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Featured Seller: shmugusta

Nov 5, 2010

by shmugusta

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Augusta and I live in Richmond, Virginia with my husband David and our somewhat poorly-behaved dog Rodie. I’m Virginia born-and-raised, and therefore tend to say things like “y’all” and “dahlin.” I don’t like cold weather.

I have a degree in art history, which —  as art history degrees are prone to do — morphed into a teaching career. I’ve taught art to museum-goers, preschoolers, and currently, high school students.

Shmugusta is the nickname my college roommate gave me and I chose it as my username on Etsy long before I considered selling my work here. My business’s actual name is adknits. I’m A.D. and I knit. I like that “knits” functions as both a verb and noun.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

I love to be outdoors, gardening, hiking, or just sitting on my porch watching the birds in my backyard. I like to organize things, which probably shouldn’t be filed under the “hobby” category, but there’s something very soothing about putting everything in its place. I like making things from scratch: growing vegetables, making cheese, binding books. This does not extend to home improvements, however. I’m tragically untalented in that department.

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What first made you want to become an artist?

I’ve always loved color. A significant part of my childhood was spent wanting to be Rainbow Brite. But being an artist was never something I set out to do. Creating things has always just been part of my life. You know — eat, sleep, breathe, make stuff. I sewed a quilt by hand when I was twelve. Isn’t that what all preteens do? It never occurred to me that it was odd — it was just what I did.

I get my artistic genes from my dad, but it was my mom who taught me to knit when I was about seven years old. Aside from that one instance, though, I’ve never seen her knit a thing, so before completing this interview I actually had to check with her to make sure I had the real story and not one I had fabricated as part of my childhood lore.

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Please describe your creative process.

I have to see a finished product in my head before I can begin sketching or creating. My ideas tend to come all at once, and I usually have to start work on them right away. I will literally abandon what I’m working on in favor of whatever idea has just popped into my head. It’s like creative A.D.D. Eventually, both will get completed. But needless to say, I usually have several projects going on at once.

With each idea, I have to find the right yarn. I take color, texture, and fiber composition into consideration when I’m searching for the right material. I only use natural fibers and blends in my work. I also like to use nature-inspired motifs, earthy rustic colors, and of course, natural fibers like wool and cotton.

FS_schmugusta_3.jpgWhat handmade possession do you most cherish?

The engagement ring my husband gave me. I’m not a diamonds sort of girl, so he had a beautiful ring made with turquoise and lapis lazuli.

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?

Don’t get bogged down in the Twittering, Facebooking, blogging and all the other cyberspace tools out there. Focus instead on what you love to do in the first place — create. Make a quality product and then photograph it well.

What are your favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?

I love reading about other artists on the Blog, and I love make a Treasury when I have the time.

I’d love to see something that allows me to organize orders. Folders, perhaps? And I would also like to change my username to reflect my business’ name.

How do you promote your work?

I have a website, but other than that, I have tried almost every promotional method and found that most of it just doesn’t work for me. Good photographs and daily renewing have been my most effective methods of promotion.

In ten years, where would you like to be?

Happy, healthy, and living in the mountains with my husband, dog (who will live forever, by the way), and a goat.

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211 comments

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Lovely! Congrats!!!!

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible said 6 years ago

    Way cool, love your choice of colors. I can't use the small/4 needles and knit in a circle anymore so I truly appreciate the work that goes into anything done this way. I have arthritis in my hands & wrists. All the best to you, peace. DevineCollectible

  • heatherberry

    heatherberry said 6 years ago

    A fellow Rainbow Brite fan!! I knew there had to be more of us ;) Congratulations!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 6 years ago

    Hahaha...I always tell my husband that my dogs are going to live forever. It's great that you learned to knit at such an early age! I think it's important for children to learn to appreciate the arts and crafts early on so that they grow up to be unique individuals and it seems like that's exactly what you've done. Congrats on being featured!

  • CBMLphoto

    CBMLphoto said 6 years ago

    Always advocate for natural goods!!

  • HugAPugStudios

    HugAPugStudios said 6 years ago

    Very pretty items! I want my dog to live forever too :)

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Lovely piece, wonderful work. Congrats!

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 6 years ago

    WONDERFUL great knitting, hope you much sucess

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 6 years ago

    Great items and use of color! Virginia is a great place to visit, too!

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being feautured. Your work is lovely.

  • patchesnthings

    patchesnthings said 6 years ago

    Very creative. I love the wristbands!

  • vistahsoap

    vistahsoap said 6 years ago

    Great items, congratulations!

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes said 6 years ago

    Love the knit fingerless gloves :)

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 6 years ago

    I can totally relate to "creative A.D.D." Just love your felted tree clutch.

  • choisette

    choisette said 6 years ago

    when i was 12 i didn't know what a quilt was, much less how to make one. i probably should've gotten out more.

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara said 6 years ago

    Lovely Congratulation.

  • inbloomdesigns

    inbloomdesigns said 6 years ago

    lovely colourful knit crations! congrats on being the featured seller!

  • loosethreads2

    loosethreads2 said 6 years ago

    Lovely items and great interview. I love that you made a quilt at 12. How awesome is that?

  • TenderLetters

    TenderLetters said 6 years ago

    How cool! Augusta, I wish I had known you when we were preteens! We could have sewed all day together! I love your knits...I'm going to have to visit your shop for holiday shopping! xoxo, Gina p.s. I love how you said to focus on the creative side of promotion--quality product, excellent pictures and daily listings make the most sense to me too!

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 6 years ago

    It's so wonderful to grow up in a house where handcrafts and the arts are embraced. I learned how to knit at seven also and sewed doll clothes on my grandma's treadle sewing machine. I'm so happy to see artists like Augusta keeping the art of the "home arts" alive for coming generations!!!

  • JPATPURSES

    JPATPURSES said 6 years ago

    Very nice shop! Good luck this weekend and most of all-- HAVE FUN :)

  • TulleMeAboutIt

    TulleMeAboutIt said 6 years ago

    Lovely items! Thanks for sharing!

  • ornamentalprojects

    ornamentalprojects said 6 years ago

    I love your stuff! The colors and the textures look so yummy and cozy on this cold morning :)

  • avgustvarjanja

    avgustvarjanja said 6 years ago

    Beautiful knit-works! By the way: so interesting to know other people who have the word "august" in their name! :) Lep pozdrav/Greetings!

  • yarnyoda

    yarnyoda said 6 years ago

    I definitely feel a link with you, although I never questioned the fact that I *had* to be knitting, crocheting or sewing - from 4 years on! I, too, inherited my artistic genes from my Dad but it was my Mom who taught me my needlework skills. I'm so glad you said to not "get bogged down in the Twittering, Facebooking, blogging", etc. Afterall there are only so many hours in a day. Seeing that working for you gives me peace of mind that it will work for me, too. Thank You so much!

  • RoseyFinch

    RoseyFinch said 6 years ago

    Beautiful knits! They look cozy :-)

  • mythicalmermaid

    mythicalmermaid said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • bodicegoddess

    bodicegoddess said 6 years ago

    Wait, you mean it's not *normal* to stay up until 2 in the morning in junior high because you have an idea for something and you absolutely have to make it right then? Huh. Thought I was normal. It's nice to see I'm in good company. Love your shop, and keep up the good work!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    Very Cute work! Thanks for sharing! ;)

  • rkbBeccaDesigns

    rkbBeccaDesigns said 6 years ago

    Your creative process sounds so similar to mine. Creative A.D.D. - I like it! In my vision of the future, my dog will live forever too! Good luck with everything and congratulations.

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    Lovely knits, congrats on being featured seller and having your face on the homepage for a few days!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 6 years ago

    I love the colors! Really fantastic shop.

  • delightcrochet

    delightcrochet said 6 years ago

    Love, love, love your shop!!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Bonjour ;) Congratulations on being feautured. ! Your work is lovely.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work, I love how colourful it is!

  • FAIRYTALE13

    FAIRYTALE13 said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being the FS - my Christmas wish list just grew!!! Happy etsying to all x

  • sonicka

    sonicka said 6 years ago

    Love to see fellow knitters, crocheters, can't stop at one thing creators featured here!!

  • BDVintage

    BDVintage said 6 years ago

    REALLY cute stuff. So cheery and cozy. Congrats!

  • strikk

    strikk said 6 years ago

    he he - another knitter.....lovely :-) all the best on your fabulous shop. x

  • littlebugjewelry

    littlebugjewelry said 6 years ago

    Love the name :-)

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your success:) I especially love your fingerless mittens-- they look so cozy!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 6 years ago

    Lovely product!! Congratulations!! :)

  • ittybittybag

    ittybittybag said 6 years ago

    I love shmugusta it is so so cute! I love your items and love when the featured artist is someone I can relate too. Gives me something to look forward too. My best to you, Jen

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 6 years ago

    beautiful!

  • ElephantTrunkCrochet

    ElephantTrunkCrochet said 6 years ago

    Love your shop! Thanks for sharing and YAY for Richmond! Much success :)

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery said 6 years ago

    Your work is beautiful! Wonderful story!

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 6 years ago

    What an interesting interview:) I enjoyed reading it and your work is beautiful! Congrats.

  • traceygarciadesigns

    traceygarciadesigns said 6 years ago

    Great article and beautiful items in your shop!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 6 years ago

    you are as adorable as your creations! xoxo

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 6 years ago

    Beautiful pieces! Congrats on being the featured seller!!

  • cowgirl055

    cowgirl055 said 6 years ago

    Really nice items.

  • GwathmeyGalleries

    GwathmeyGalleries said 6 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Tessa sent me your link. Well deserved. I like the A.D.D. part -- I can relate lol!!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 6 years ago

    Your fingerless mittens are beautiful! I'd love to see your binded books in your shop too. Congrats.

  • GildedCageDesign

    GildedCageDesign said 6 years ago

    your little headbands are adorable. Great article, many congrats!!

  • VintageHouseDecor

    VintageHouseDecor said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on a lovely interview Augusta. I enjoy that you aren't afraid to use vibrant combinations of bold color in your work. Color is THE best! - Linda

  • Earthystyle

    Earthystyle said 6 years ago

    the detail on your work is nice :)

  • donebydigits

    donebydigits said 6 years ago

    congratulations! I love this article. I also can relate with the A.D.D part. I tell myself get one thing done at a time but it's hard when creative ideas start popping up. I love the colors! I hope I knew you when I was a preteen( but I was all the way in the Philippines then) and we could have crafted on Saturdays. Happy weekend!

  • 1luckysoul

    1luckysoul said 6 years ago

    Augusta, loove your name. cutte shooop

  • curiouspug

    curiouspug said 6 years ago

    great interview! i love your shop Augusta :)

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 6 years ago

    Nice stuff! Love the bows!

  • kimannaprints

    kimannaprints said 6 years ago

    I really like your fingerless mittens. I wish I'd listened more when my Mum tried to teach me to knit!

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig said 6 years ago

    Congrats Augusta! I just LOVE all the Bright colors. Beautiful Work! Best Wishes Tammy

  • Peaceseedsbeading

    Peaceseedsbeading said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous stuff Augusta! :)

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 6 years ago

    I'll take that as I sign...this morning I was just feeling bogged down with twittering/blogging/"liking"... its taking me away from what I enjoy the most..(time not spent in front of the computer)--enjoying creativity! Thanks for the refreshing read on someone who just loves to create :)

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 6 years ago

    Just peeked through your shop! Loving all the colors~

  • CandacesCloset

    CandacesCloset said 6 years ago

    Such beautiful work. I've been admiring your shop for some time now.

  • dooglelinhk

    dooglelinhk said 6 years ago

    Love the interview, love the shop... love the colors!

  • NotoriousKnits

    NotoriousKnits said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Your work is beautiful and so is your mindset!

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 6 years ago

    Lovely work, beautiful combinations of colors. Virginia sounds like a great place to live, a house in the country would be ideal!

  • anotherghostquilts

    anotherghostquilts said 6 years ago

    Nice feature, lovely work. Good luck with your shop!

  • MaghanBee

    MaghanBee said 6 years ago

    You sound like me---- I made my 1st quilt when I was twelve!! You are a very talanted artist.

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie said 6 years ago

    FANTASTIC interview! YAYYYYY for Richmond, VA Etsians! You know I'm already a fan of your work! Delighted to see a local in the spotlight! Here's to many more years of success!

  • roadslesstraveled

    roadslesstraveled said 6 years ago

    I was quilting when I was twelve too! It's good to know there are others out there who discovered the joy of creating things by hand at an early age and continue to enjoy it. I think we are the lucky ones! By the way, I LOVE your knitted gloves!

  • SweetBabyJanesShop

    SweetBabyJanesShop said 6 years ago

    Great feature! Such a cute shop.

  • TheLandofG

    TheLandofG said 6 years ago

    I love seeing knitters as the featured seller. It gives me hope! Your work is beautiful!

  • mcldrygoods

    mcldrygoods said 6 years ago

    loving your shop and the bow headband!

  • SarahsSerendipities

    SarahsSerendipities said 6 years ago

    I'm in Virginia also and have laughingly told friends that I have CRAFT A.D.D...I go from one thing to the next and lately haven't finished a thing! Your work is lovely and accolades for finishing stuff!

  • monkeyminddesign09

    monkeyminddesign09 said 6 years ago

    I love reading these... so interesting and inspiring. Love the work and by the way, my dogs are living forever too! I'd love to end up in a small mountain town as well. Thanks for sharing your lovely story!

  • iowajewel

    iowajewel said 6 years ago

    loved your interview answers and your great advice other artist new to Etsy! best luck in your shop, it is beautiful!!!! xoxo

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin said 6 years ago

    Your work is beautiful, Congrats!! :)

  • aTempestinaTeapot

    aTempestinaTeapot said 6 years ago

    Congrats on featured seller! I love your fingerless mittens :)

  • ragandstone

    ragandstone said 6 years ago

    Loved this interview! Creative A.D.D. I think is such a beautiful part of what makes a creative life work... You make beautiful things! Thanks for sharing and good luck to ya'.

  • arsniccandy

    arsniccandy said 6 years ago

    Aaaaaaww me gusta los headbands:)

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 6 years ago

    Never ever stop.

  • TheCatsWhiskersShop

    TheCatsWhiskersShop said 6 years ago

    Awsesome! I'm glad there are other people like me on here... I read your interview, and felt I was reading about myself! Go creative A.D.D.! :)

  • CuriousTuesday

    CuriousTuesday said 6 years ago

    I LOVE the chunky cowl. Also I love that you make your own cheese. Congrats on being featured!

  • nnsideout

    nnsideout said 6 years ago

    I actually like your shop name! I am located in Petersburg VA, and it's really cool to see a "local" featured.

  • lilywhitesparty

    lilywhitesparty said 6 years ago

    I love your stuff. I wish I could knit!

  • MagicalCards

    MagicalCards said 6 years ago

    So interesting,great stuff! Congratulation on being featured!

  • SundustStudio

    SundustStudio said 6 years ago

    Enjoyed the article. Adorable.. and useful creations. Congratulations.

  • JensGems84

    JensGems84 said 6 years ago

    I love to read about other Richmonders! Your items are adorable, best of luck! If you're a member of REST, maybe I'll get to meet you sometime!

  • giraffe2

    giraffe2 said 6 years ago

    You mean it is not normal to knit and sew at age 12? Congratulations on being featured saler. I love your things!!!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 6 years ago

    I think what you experienced as a child was normal for the creative ones. It's great you have continued and shared with us. Thank you and congratulations.

  • billysuetextiles

    billysuetextiles said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work!!

  • CraftsByBabz

    CraftsByBabz said 6 years ago

    Thanks you for sharing!! Of course its normal to knit and sew when you're twelve!! Why wouldn't it be? :)

  • jmijewelry

    jmijewelry said 6 years ago

    I made my own pj's and robe at 10 and thought it was very cool. Loved your article and love your shop. Good luck to you in achieving your goal for 10 years from now! Glad to hear you don't do all the techie stuff too. I just don't have the time for all that and create jewelry too. If I don't make it I just go back to doing shows.

  • ApollosonAcres

    ApollosonAcres said 6 years ago

    Lovely work! Congrats on your feature!

  • satoui

    satoui said 6 years ago

    I agree about tweeting, and good photographs! Congratulations getting noticed!

  • renarockwellart

    renarockwellart said 6 years ago

    I love the chunky cowl. I, too, was taught to knit by my mother, but never kept with it. I spent my childhood riding my bike, painting, writing, and sewing. I think your husband's engagement ring to you is an excellent idea in turquoise and lapis lazuli. I was also a silversmith many years ago and absolutely love lapis lazuli. It is one of the most beautiful stones containing blues that will take your breath away.

  • ModernShop

    ModernShop said 6 years ago

    Great work, best of luck!!

  • JarvisGift

    JarvisGift said 6 years ago

    Beautiful items! Congrats.

  • BabysIndulgence

    BabysIndulgence said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! I too was sewing my own clothes and pjs at a very young age and thought nothing of it!

  • vincentsmommy

    vincentsmommy said 6 years ago

    Love your work! Congrats of featured seller!

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 6 years ago

    Great article! Your work is so beautiful! Keep up the good work!

  • madeofsherbert

    madeofsherbert said 6 years ago

    Yey finally some knitter on here.

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    Loved reading this! Your knitted items are beautiful! Best wishes for your continued success. PS--I too want a goat!

  • handmadebyjd

    handmadebyjd said 6 years ago

    creative ADD - I like it! Thanks for sharing!

  • messicakes

    messicakes said 6 years ago

    i was obsessed with rainbow brite!!! love your talent!

  • vintagegirldezigns

    vintagegirldezigns said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work...I would love to learn how to knit someday myself. Stories like this keep me inspired!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    Oh, I want a goat too! And chickens! Beautiful knitted items by the way :)

  • Twinklefluff

    Twinklefluff said 6 years ago

    I love your items, they are so cute! Enjoyed the advice too, thanks! Keep crafting!!

  • ElizabethOs

    ElizabethOs said 6 years ago

    Great job....keep it up....

  • sandie898

    sandie898 said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work. I just love your story.

  • dirtdancestonewerks

    dirtdancestonewerks said 6 years ago

    Thanks for a great interview! And keep the shmugusta name... it makes your shop you... unique!

  • memawsvintage

    memawsvintage said 6 years ago

    Beautiful items. Love the colors you choose. Congrats!

  • PEACEandWELLNESS

    PEACEandWELLNESS said 6 years ago

    Awesome stuff...simply beautiful!

  • chelebert12

    chelebert12 said 6 years ago

    beautiful work. that knit headband i so so so cute!

  • theparisgiftshop

    theparisgiftshop said 6 years ago

    I love your mittens. I feel the same way as far as ideas and having to stop what I am doing and start that idea and also have alot of irons in the fire so to speak of things to get done as far as my projects.

  • JewelrybyDorothy

    JewelrybyDorothy said 6 years ago

    Very cute items and lovely shop!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your article! Thanks for sharing! Love your items!

  • 13thFloorVinyl

    13thFloorVinyl said 6 years ago

    Nice story!

  • WildTiles

    WildTiles said 6 years ago

    i like the way you think...just keep making what you love to make. i've been trying to explain that to people for years! congrats on your new stardom! :)

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 6 years ago

    Love her items...sooooooo cute!!!!! xx Emily from EL Vintage

  • TheOnly

    TheOnly said 6 years ago

    Wonderful work! Good luck, girl!

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 6 years ago

    Beautiful items:)

  • GreatestJoyDesigns

    GreatestJoyDesigns said 6 years ago

    Augusta, love your creations. You are not odd but unique. I too love Etsy because it gives us the opportunity to showcase our "loves" and it is hard not to get overly consumed with the "business" end. :)

  • TCaponePhoto

    TCaponePhoto said 6 years ago

    Great story! I love that gray felted clutch! Hmmm Dear Santa... Good luck with everything!!!

  • DigitalCS

    DigitalCS said 6 years ago

    You're such a lovely person! Congrats:)

  • leeannline

    leeannline said 6 years ago

    What lovely designs, best of luck to you!

  • Bigbonehandmade

    Bigbonehandmade said 6 years ago

    Love your works,so beautiful!

  • bMichelleDesigns

    bMichelleDesigns said 6 years ago

    I made a 5,000 piece quilt by hand as a teen. You are not alone. Keep up your unique style, your knitting is beautiful!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Congrats. Beautiful work - love the colors! I agree that Facebook/Bloggibg take time away from creating. Best of luck to you.

  • JustColor

    JustColor said 6 years ago

    I enjoyed reading the article and about you. Your shop is very cute. I also like both your nickname and shop name. Congrads on being featured.

  • thefullspectrum

    thefullspectrum said 6 years ago

    nice work, "dahlin!"

  • nickisrainbow

    nickisrainbow said 6 years ago

    I love your shop! Best of luck to you here on Etsy!

  • CraftedByHeidi

    CraftedByHeidi said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being the featured seller.

  • byKEONA

    byKEONA said 6 years ago

    I love your story. I sew my own doll when I was a teen. I also thought that was normal at the time. Congratulations!

  • aegeansea

    aegeansea said 6 years ago

    Love your colorful creations & can relate to your story..I have always created & really, really want my doggy to live forever! I'm a y'all girl, too, raised in southeast Texas, but residing in northern Greece for years! Continued success to you!

  • bkost3

    bkost3 said 6 years ago

    You are fabulous! Congrats on the story! Love this!!

  • quicksilvergoddess

    quicksilvergoddess said 6 years ago

    i too have dogs that will live forever :-) keep your shop name as shmugusta-it really is one of a kind and it is a perfect reflection of you-after reading this article. i never learned to knit/crochet till i was an adult and i feel i truly did miss out on something-however i did learn to handsew and was my barbie's favorite fashion designer. we live in the mountains in bc, canada. a perfect day is to go for a hike/walk/ski with the dogs and your peeps, come home to a nice lunch and then get creative :-) i love your wristbands with the flowers-sweet!!!! blessings.

  • Sammis2shoes

    Sammis2shoes said 6 years ago

    Im soooo into colors ! Loved this feature article : ) Congrats!

  • Hoooked

    Hoooked said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 6 years ago

    I too am inspired by color...your work is gorgeous. BEAUTIFUL colors!

  • wazu

    wazu said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, Shmugusta! I loved this interview! I love this: "Don't get bogged down in the Twittering, Facebooking, blogging and all the other cyberspace tools out there. Focus instead on what you love to do in the first place — create. Make a quality product and then photograph it well." I get distracted by thinking I need to have my own web site, Facebook, etc, before I set up shop, when, really, I need to just focus and create! I can relate--my username was a nickname a boss gave me, and now I'm stuck with it :)

  • lillollipop

    lillollipop said 6 years ago

    I love how she said, "You know — eat, sleep, breathe, make stuff. I sewed a quilt by hand when I was twelve. Isn't that what all preteens do? It never occurred to me that it was odd — it was just what I did." That was so me. I was always making, designing, or crafting something at a very young age. My father would always say..."Wow, you should sell that." Of course we didn't have internet back then and of course no Etsy. I would not have known where to start. That is what I love about Etsy. It is such a tool to help all ages of crafters. I love when I see very young kids turning out amazing things here on Etsy.

  • AlissaRose

    AlissaRose said 6 years ago

    Beautiful pieces Augusta. Thanks for sharing your story. I'm not a diamond girl either so I just ordered a ring to liven up my plain band for my anniversary from good ol' etsy. "Focus instead on what you love to do in the first place — create. Make a quality product and then photograph it well." I couldn't have said it better!

  • knitsandwhatknots

    knitsandwhatknots said 6 years ago

    gorgeous work! love your colors. congrats on being featured.

  • lilyanewyork

    lilyanewyork said 6 years ago

    love your work and the attention to detail, and most especially the colors. ooops, and of course your doggie; i have two that are as bad as bad can be....but no doubt the spirited ones are definitely the easist to love.)

  • rosi3

    rosi3 said 6 years ago

    I like the idea of using fibers and knitting for braclets and hair pieces...comfy.

  • Moosemom

    Moosemom said 6 years ago

    I couldn't agree with you more when you say focus on what you love doing first and the rest is secondary. For me, stitching is a stress reliever and the more I do the better I feel. Congratulations on your feature article and I wish you much success.

  • HoneyBScrapbooks

    HoneyBScrapbooks said 6 years ago

    Very nice dahlin'! Glad to know there are others to speak the language! Enjoyed your "knit-name" explanation. Appreciate the suggestions for other new etsians like myself. :-) Wishing you lots of success.

  • CarriesCustomDesigns

    CarriesCustomDesigns said 6 years ago

    Best of everything to you! Thanks for sharing!!

  • VelvetBitchOriginals

    VelvetBitchOriginals said 6 years ago

    Lovely article! My great friend always says do what you love and the money will come...she does practice what she preaches! Now how about showing us your awesome engagement ring!

  • DazzledBeader

    DazzledBeader said 6 years ago

    Very nice items. Congrats!

  • LaLasLand08

    LaLasLand08 said 6 years ago

    Love your work!

  • Princessas

    Princessas said 6 years ago

    Love the headbands, Thanks for sharing!

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures said 6 years ago

    Very lovely. Congrats!

  • exclusivelyhannah

    exclusivelyhannah said 6 years ago

    I believe organizing should be considered a hobby! :D

  • PaperPicker

    PaperPicker said 6 years ago

    cute wristbands.

  • lissilulu

    lissilulu said 6 years ago

    love your flower fingerless gloves...sigh

  • 3patch

    3patch said 6 years ago

    Very nice!

  • iroirocrafts

    iroirocrafts said 6 years ago

    Great work! I like your story of making a quilt at twelve, I tend to do things like that (I'm sixteen). People don't really expect you to bring out your knitting on the bus!

  • jmbarber

    jmbarber said 6 years ago

    HAHA... my dog is also going to live forever to spite me. I so feel your pain, even though it is a pain of love. :) Great interview!

  • LittleDropOfSunshine

    LittleDropOfSunshine said 6 years ago

    Great job! I love the colors and simplicity!

  • ashleyweakley

    ashleyweakley said 6 years ago

    Great to see another Richmonder! Love your work, congrats to you!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 6 years ago

    Love ur knits!

  • SwankyStitch

    SwankyStitch said 6 years ago

    I LOVE the story about your mom. That's so funny! The honeycomb cowl and fingerless mittens are my favorite. Love that you make cheese; that's awesome!! :) Congrats on being featured.

  • ourfrontyard

    ourfrontyard said 6 years ago

    Really cute stuff! Rainbow brite would be proud! :)

  • seaoats

    seaoats said 6 years ago

    congrats! nice interview and beautiful shop! :D

  • PropShop

    PropShop said 6 years ago

    Great interview and I love your GIANT knitting needles. Beautiful work!!!

  • QuiltsbyErin

    QuiltsbyErin said 6 years ago

    Do you ever quilt anymore? I would love to see what you could do with that medium. :)

  • audreytolove

    audreytolove said 6 years ago

    I like your sharing! Great shop!

  • ruthc61

    ruthc61 said 6 years ago

    Liked your interview, You have beautiful work. I'm a mountain girl (ky). Like you i've allways been able to sew from a young age. I started out with doll cloths.LOL I'm retired now and started to do wood work. It passes the time. Friends and neighbors ask me ( why dont you sale your work ) I never dreamed anyone would be interested, I just do it for the pleasure. Good luck

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 6 years ago

    Beautiful shop!

  • riorita

    riorita said 6 years ago

    I find these small knitted items adorable!

  • beadsandbangles

    beadsandbangles said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work. If you ever get to live that dream in the mountains with your husband and dog, you must have more than one goat. They are social creatures, gotta have more than one!

  • masonke

    masonke said 6 years ago

    Congratulations!

  • AlwaysLookDown

    AlwaysLookDown said 6 years ago

    So happy to see a fellow Richmond'er featured on Etsy. Congrats!!!! I love the colors that you use...going to check out all your items now.

  • SpottedFish

    SpottedFish said 6 years ago

    Great story, I love your clever shop name!

  • Patriacontemporary

    Patriacontemporary said 6 years ago

    Beautiful art!

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 6 years ago

    stunning - congratulations

  • littleeyedesigns

    littleeyedesigns said 6 years ago

    A great interview - mostly because I've been distracting myself with numbers and 'hits' and tweets and status updates. Your statement above re: not getting bogged down with all that stuff: right on! The #1 reason I 'built' an Etsy store and started crafting in the first place was because it didn't seem like work! Way to put me back in a place with good perspective. Canning the laptop for tonight - I'm gonna go bake a pie and crochet a scarf!

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 6 years ago

    Fantastic article - keeping focused on the reason 'why' we have stores is sooo important. thank you :-)

  • tranifer

    tranifer said 6 years ago

    The entire time I was reading this, it was like an interview with myself. I love it!

  • peaceknots

    peaceknots said 6 years ago

    Beautiful colors!

  • CarolynWaweru

    CarolynWaweru said 6 years ago

    Beautiful creations! I too spent my childhood and teens making things, it is normal right!!

  • silverstreetstudio

    silverstreetstudio said 6 years ago

    Very pretty!

  • KellysGifts

    KellysGifts said 6 years ago

    Beautiful knits! I love to crochet and teaching myself to knit. Love to see others that love to work with yarn!

  • agatsijoias

    agatsijoias said 6 years ago

    I love to work with colors,too! http://www.agatsijoias.etsy.com

  • DirtyDivas

    DirtyDivas said 6 years ago

    The knits are gorgeous - and Augusta just seems like someone it would be fun to have lunch with. :)

  • NASchuttDesign

    NASchuttDesign said 6 years ago

    I love the bit about the Art History degree. I was considering getting one but the deal breaker was that I really didn't want to necessarily teach. Fabulous site, best of luck to you! Nadja

  • Sinatradame

    Sinatradame said 6 years ago

    Fantastic! What a great thing to see on a Monday morning!

  • milkmoneyshop

    milkmoneyshop said 6 years ago

    I loooooove to organize, too. So funny you said that! I love your knits - AND your photography. Beautiful!

  • enjvanbeb

    enjvanbeb said 6 years ago

    I'm in love! If you ever want to feature a giveaway we would love to do one on our cooking and crafting blog. http://mycupcakejourney.blogspot.com Let us know.

  • mayaruhi

    mayaruhi said 6 years ago

    So inspiring! Such lovely heartfelt handmade lovelies! I must admit: I recently started crocheting again, and am currently hopelessly addicted... :)

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 6 years ago

    Great advice, thank you!

  • dragonflymoonembarts

    dragonflymoonembarts said 6 years ago

    I can totally understand the Creative ADD. I have had it all my life too. I almost always have at least 4 projects going at once and in different mediums (crochet, sew, embroider, etc...). It is like, if I don't start the project now, the wonderful idea might just slip away. I also keep notebooks of well described ideas for the ones I can't get to right away. Your work is beautiful.

  • HookedandPurled

    HookedandPurled said 6 years ago

    wow! I love the textures and colors! You are a very creative person!

  • rusticrevivals

    rusticrevivals said 6 years ago

    Creative ADD! Teachers know it, and have to ignore it! Now I can USE it. ADD the A.D.D.!

  • NestingBluebird

    NestingBluebird said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! I adore the snowflake mittens :)

  • deLoop

    deLoop said 6 years ago

    So lovely!!! Your mittens are fabulous! Great Christmas gift for sure ... Creative A.D.D..... I know all about it ... hehe !

  • CourtOfMiracles

    CourtOfMiracles said 6 years ago

    I am in awe of people who knit or crochet items to sell. It takes me so long to knit the most basic of patterns that I'd need to charge $1000 for a plain scarf!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 6 years ago

    I wish I could knit and crochet! When I do my vintage shopping, I am always looking for hand made crochet and knitted items, they are comforting. Great interview, thank you!

  • RosalindMaroney

    RosalindMaroney said 6 years ago

    Great interview and wonderful wintery gift ideas! Thankyou!

  • Kabrina

    Kabrina said 6 years ago

    Started to learn how to knit once and then gave up, every winter it seems like the perfect thing to start up again. Perhaps this winter will be the time I actually do! =) Great shop, BTW!

  • lulusmuse

    lulusmuse said 6 years ago

    Awesome!

  • Kasploy

    Kasploy said 6 years ago

    Your work is beautiful!

  • sweetlittlefelt

    sweetlittlefelt said 6 years ago

    Lovely photos!

  • jaipuronline

    jaipuronline said 6 years ago

    Very interesting........

  • theslowcatwalk

    Sandra TheSlowCatwalk from TheSlowCatwalk said 3 years ago

    Beautiful and so inspiring!!

  • lavendarquilts

    Kris from lavendarquilts said 2 years ago

    Great interview!! You are darling and I love all your fun stuff!!

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