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Featured Seller: 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.

Featured Seller Archive

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Lovely! Congrats!!!!

    5 years ago

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible says:

    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

    5 years ago

  • heatherberry

    heatherberry says:

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

    5 years ago

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • CBMLphoto

    CBMLphoto says:

    Always advocate for natural goods!!

    5 years ago

  • HugAPugStudios

    HugAPugStudios says:

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

    5 years ago

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie says:

    Lovely piece, wonderful work. Congrats!

    5 years ago

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin says:

    WONDERFUL great knitting, hope you much sucess

    5 years ago

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts says:

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

    5 years ago

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique says:

    Congratulations on being feautured. Your work is lovely.

    5 years ago

  • patchesnthings

    patchesnthings says:

    Very creative. I love the wristbands!

    5 years ago

  • vistahsoap

    vistahsoap says:

    Great items, congratulations!

    5 years ago

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes says:

    Love the knit fingerless gloves :)

    5 years ago

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome says:

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

    5 years ago

  • choisette

    choisette says:

    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.

    5 years ago

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara says:

    Lovely Congratulation.

    5 years ago

  • inbloomdesigns

    inbloomdesigns says:

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

    5 years ago

  • loosethreads2

    loosethreads2 says:

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

    5 years ago

  • TenderLetters

    TenderLetters says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye says:

    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!!!

    5 years ago

  • JPATPURSES

    JPATPURSES says:

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

    5 years ago

  • TulleMeAboutIt

    TulleMeAboutIt says:

    Lovely items! Thanks for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • ornamentalprojects

    ornamentalprojects says:

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

    5 years ago

  • avgustvarjanja

    avgustvarjanja says:

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

    5 years ago

  • yarnyoda

    yarnyoda says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • RoseyFinch

    RoseyFinch says:

    Beautiful knits! They look cozy :-)

    5 years ago

  • mythicalmermaid

    mythicalmermaid says:

    Beautiful work!

    5 years ago

  • bodicegoddess

    bodicegoddess says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs says:

    Very Cute work! Thanks for sharing! ;)

    5 years ago

  • rkbBeccaDesigns

    rkbBeccaDesigns says:

    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.

    5 years ago

  • rozzie

    rozzie says:

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

    5 years ago

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations says:

    I love the colors! Really fantastic shop.

    5 years ago

  • delightcrochet

    delightcrochet says:

    Love, love, love your shop!!

    5 years ago

  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

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

    5 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Beautiful work, I love how colourful it is!

    5 years ago

  • FAIRYTALE13

    FAIRYTALE13 says:

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

    5 years ago

  • sonicka

    sonicka says:

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

    5 years ago

  • BDVintage

    BDVintage says:

    REALLY cute stuff. So cheery and cozy. Congrats!

    5 years ago

  • strikk

    strikk says:

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

    5 years ago

  • littlebugjewelry

    littlebugjewelry says:

    Love the name :-)

    5 years ago

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign says:

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

    5 years ago

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy says:

    Lovely product!! Congratulations!! :)

    5 years ago

  • ittybittybag

    ittybittybag says:

    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

    5 years ago

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage says:

    beautiful!

    5 years ago

  • ElephantTrunkCrochet

    ElephantTrunkCrochet says:

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

    5 years ago

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery says:

    Your work is beautiful! Wonderful story!

    5 years ago

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha says:

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

    5 years ago

  • traceygarciadesigns

    traceygarciadesigns says:

    Great article and beautiful items in your shop!

    5 years ago

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie says:

    you are as adorable as your creations! xoxo

    5 years ago

  • vitamini

    vitamini says:

    Beautiful pieces! Congrats on being the featured seller!!

    5 years ago

  • cowgirl055

    cowgirl055 says:

    Really nice items.

    5 years ago

  • GwathmeyGalleries

    GwathmeyGalleries says:

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

    5 years ago

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections says:

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

    5 years ago

  • GildedCageDesign

    GildedCageDesign says:

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

    5 years ago

  • VintageHouseDecor

    VintageHouseDecor says:

    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

    5 years ago

  • Earthystyle

    Earthystyle says:

    the detail on your work is nice :)

    5 years ago

  • donebydigits

    donebydigits says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • 1luckysoul

    1luckysoul says:

    Augusta, loove your name. cutte shooop

    5 years ago

  • curiouspug

    curiouspug says:

    great interview! i love your shop Augusta :)

    5 years ago

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez says:

    Nice stuff! Love the bows!

    5 years ago

  • kimannaprints

    kimannaprints says:

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

    5 years ago

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig says:

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

    5 years ago

  • Peaceseedsbeading

    Peaceseedsbeading says:

    Gorgeous stuff Augusta! :)

    5 years ago

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread says:

    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 :)

    5 years ago

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread says:

    Just peeked through your shop! Loving all the colors~

    5 years ago

  • CandacesCloset

    CandacesCloset says:

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

    5 years ago

  • dooglelinhk

    dooglelinhk says:

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

    5 years ago

  • NotoriousKnits

    NotoriousKnits says:

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

    5 years ago

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry says:

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

    5 years ago

  • anotherghostquilts

    anotherghostquilts says:

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

    5 years ago

  • MaghanBee

    MaghanBee says:

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

    5 years ago

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • roadslesstraveled

    roadslesstraveled says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • SweetBabyJanesShop

    SweetBabyJanesShop says:

    Great feature! Such a cute shop.

    5 years ago

  • TheLandofG

    TheLandofG says:

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

    5 years ago

  • mcldrygoods

    mcldrygoods says:

    loving your shop and the bow headband!

    5 years ago

  • SarahsSerendipities

    SarahsSerendipities says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • monkeyminddesign09

    monkeyminddesign09 says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • iowajewel

    iowajewel says:

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

    5 years ago

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin says:

    Your work is beautiful, Congrats!! :)

    5 years ago

  • aTempestinaTeapot

    aTempestinaTeapot says:

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

    5 years ago

  • ragandstone

    ragandstone says:

    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'.

    5 years ago

  • arsniccandy

    arsniccandy says:

    Aaaaaaww me gusta los headbands:)

    5 years ago

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt says:

    Never ever stop.

    5 years ago

  • TheCatsWhiskersShop

    TheCatsWhiskersShop says:

    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.! :)

    5 years ago

  • CuriousTuesday

    CuriousTuesday says:

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

    5 years ago

  • nnsideout

    nnsideout says:

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

    5 years ago

  • lilywhitesparty

    lilywhitesparty says:

    I love your stuff. I wish I could knit!

    5 years ago

  • MagicalCards

    MagicalCards says:

    So interesting,great stuff! Congratulation on being featured!

    5 years ago

  • SundustStudio

    SundustStudio says:

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

    5 years ago

  • JensGems84

    JensGems84 says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • giraffe2

    giraffe2 says:

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

    5 years ago

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign says:

    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.

    5 years ago

  • billysuetextiles

    billysuetextiles says:

    Beautiful work!!

    5 years ago

  • CraftsByBabz

    CraftsByBabz says:

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

    5 years ago

  • jmijewelry

    jmijewelry says:

    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.

    5 years ago

  • ApollosonAcres

    ApollosonAcres says:

    Lovely work! Congrats on your feature!

    5 years ago

  • satoui

    satoui says:

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

    5 years ago

  • renarockwellart

    renarockwellart says:

    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.

    5 years ago

  • ModernShop

    ModernShop says:

    Great work, best of luck!!

    5 years ago

  • JarvisGift

    JarvisGift says:

    Beautiful items! Congrats.

    5 years ago

  • BabysIndulgence

    BabysIndulgence says:

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

    5 years ago

  • vincentsmommy

    vincentsmommy says:

    Love your work! Congrats of featured seller!

    5 years ago

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns says:

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

    5 years ago

  • madeofsherbert

    madeofsherbert says:

    Yey finally some knitter on here.

    5 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:

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

    5 years ago

  • handmadebyjd

    handmadebyjd says:

    creative ADD - I like it! Thanks for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • messicakes

    messicakes says:

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

    5 years ago

  • vintagegirldezigns

    vintagegirldezigns says:

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

    5 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

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

    5 years ago

  • Twinklefluff

    Twinklefluff says:

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

    5 years ago

  • ElizabethOs

    ElizabethOs says:

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

    5 years ago

  • sandie898

    sandie898 says:

    Beautiful work. I just love your story.

    5 years ago

  • dirtdancestonewerks

    dirtdancestonewerks says:

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

    5 years ago

  • memawsvintage

    memawsvintage says:

    Beautiful items. Love the colors you choose. Congrats!

    5 years ago

  • PEACEandWELLNESS

    PEACEandWELLNESS says:

    Awesome stuff...simply beautiful!

    5 years ago

  • chelebert12

    chelebert12 says:

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

    5 years ago

  • theparisgiftshop

    theparisgiftshop says:

    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.

    5 years ago

  • JewelrybyDorothy

    JewelrybyDorothy says:

    Very cute items and lovely shop!

    5 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

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

    5 years ago

  • 13thFloorVinyl

    13thFloorVinyl says:

    Nice story!

    5 years ago

  • WildTiles

    WildTiles says:

    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! :)

    5 years ago

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife says:

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

    5 years ago

  • TheOnly

    TheOnly says:

    Wonderful work! Good luck, girl!

    5 years ago

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr says:

    Beautiful items:)

    5 years ago

  • GreatestJoyDesigns

    GreatestJoyDesigns says:

    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. :)

    5 years ago

  • TCaponePhoto

    TCaponePhoto says:

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

    5 years ago

  • DigitalCS

    DigitalCS says:

    You're such a lovely person! Congrats:)

    5 years ago

  • leeannline

    leeannline says:

    What lovely designs, best of luck to you!

    5 years ago

  • Bigbonehandmade

    Bigbonehandmade says:

    Love your works,so beautiful!

    5 years ago

  • bMichelleDesigns

    bMichelleDesigns says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

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

    5 years ago

  • JustColor

    JustColor says:

    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.

    5 years ago

  • thefullspectrum

    thefullspectrum says:

    nice work, "dahlin!"

    5 years ago

  • nickisrainbow

    nickisrainbow says:

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

    5 years ago

  • CraftedByHeidi

    CraftedByHeidi says:

    Congrats on being the featured seller.

    5 years ago

  • byKEONA

    byKEONA says:

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

    5 years ago

  • aegeansea

    aegeansea says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • bkost3

    bkost3 says:

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

    5 years ago

  • quicksilvergoddess

    quicksilvergoddess says:

    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.

    5 years ago

  • Sammis2shoes

    Sammis2shoes says:

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

    5 years ago

  • Hoooked

    Hoooked says:

    Beautiful work!

    5 years ago

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane says:

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

    5 years ago

  • wazu

    wazu says:

    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 :)

    5 years ago

  • lillollipop

    lillollipop says:

    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.

    5 years ago

  • AlissaRose

    AlissaRose says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • knitsandwhatknots

    knitsandwhatknots says:

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

    5 years ago

  • lilyanewyork

    lilyanewyork says:

    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.)

    5 years ago

  • rosi3

    rosi3 says:

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

    5 years ago

  • Moosemom

    Moosemom says:

    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.

    5 years ago

  • HoneyBScrapbooks

    HoneyBScrapbooks says:

    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.

    5 years ago

  • CarriesCustomDesigns

    CarriesCustomDesigns says:

    Best of everything to you! Thanks for sharing!!

    5 years ago

  • VelvetBitchOriginals

    VelvetBitchOriginals says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • DazzledBeader

    DazzledBeader says:

    Very nice items. Congrats!

    5 years ago

  • LaLasLand08

    LaLasLand08 says:

    Love your work!

    5 years ago

  • Princessas

    Princessas says:

    Love the headbands, Thanks for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures says:

    Very lovely. Congrats!

    5 years ago

  • exclusivelyhannah

    exclusivelyhannah says:

    I believe organizing should be considered a hobby! :D

    5 years ago

  • PaperPicker

    PaperPicker says:

    cute wristbands.

    5 years ago

  • lissilulu

    lissilulu says:

    love your flower fingerless gloves...sigh

    5 years ago

  • 3patch

    3patch says:

    Very nice!

    5 years ago

  • iroirocrafts

    iroirocrafts says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • jmbarber

    jmbarber says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • LittleDropOfSunshine

    LittleDropOfSunshine says:

    Great job! I love the colors and simplicity!

    5 years ago

  • ashleyweakley

    ashleyweakley says:

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

    5 years ago

  • artofjane

    artofjane says:

    Love ur knits!

    5 years ago

  • SwankyStitch

    SwankyStitch says:

    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.

    5 years ago

  • ourfrontyard

    ourfrontyard says:

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

    5 years ago

  • seaoats

    seaoats says:

    congrats! nice interview and beautiful shop! :D

    5 years ago

  • PropShop

    PropShop says:

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

    5 years ago

  • QuiltsbyErin

    QuiltsbyErin says:

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

    5 years ago

  • audreytolove

    audreytolove says:

    I like your sharing! Great shop!

    5 years ago

  • ruthc61

    ruthc61 says:

    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

    5 years ago

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions says:

    Beautiful shop!

    5 years ago

  • riorita

    riorita says:

    I find these small knitted items adorable!

    5 years ago

  • beadsandbangles

    beadsandbangles says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • masonke

    masonke says:

    Congratulations!

    5 years ago

  • AlwaysLookDown

    AlwaysLookDown says:

    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.

    5 years ago

  • SpottedFish

    SpottedFish says:

    Great story, I love your clever shop name!

    5 years ago

  • Patriacontemporary

    Patriacontemporary says:

    Beautiful art!

    5 years ago

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop says:

    stunning - congratulations

    5 years ago

  • littleeyedesigns

    littleeyedesigns says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl says:

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

    5 years ago

  • tranifer

    tranifer says:

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

    5 years ago

  • peaceknots

    peaceknots says:

    Beautiful colors!

    5 years ago

  • CarolynWaweru

    CarolynWaweru says:

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

    5 years ago

  • silverstreetstudio

    silverstreetstudio says:

    Very pretty!

    5 years ago

  • KellysGifts

    KellysGifts says:

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

    5 years ago

  • agatsijoias

    agatsijoias says:

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

    5 years ago

  • DirtyDivas

    DirtyDivas says:

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

    5 years ago

  • NASchuttDesign

    NASchuttDesign says:

    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

    5 years ago

  • Sinatradame

    Sinatradame says:

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

    5 years ago

  • milkmoneyshop

    milkmoneyshop says:

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

    5 years ago

  • enjvanbeb

    enjvanbeb says:

    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.

    5 years ago

  • mayaruhi

    mayaruhi says:

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

    5 years ago

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels says:

    Great advice, thank you!

    5 years ago

  • dragonflymoonembarts

    dragonflymoonembarts says:

    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.

    5 years ago

  • HookedandPurled

    HookedandPurled says:

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

    5 years ago

  • rusticrevivals

    rusticrevivals says:

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

    5 years ago

  • NestingBluebird

    NestingBluebird says:

    Congratulations! I adore the snowflake mittens :)

    5 years ago

  • deLoop

    deLoop says:

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

    5 years ago

  • CourtOfMiracles

    CourtOfMiracles says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • RosalindMaroney

    RosalindMaroney says:

    Great interview and wonderful wintery gift ideas! Thankyou!

    5 years ago

  • Kabrina

    Kabrina says:

    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!

    5 years ago

  • lulusmuse

    lulusmuse says:

    Awesome!

    5 years ago

  • Kasploy

    Kasploy says:

    Your work is beautiful!

    5 years ago

  • sweetlittlefelt

    sweetlittlefelt says:

    Lovely photos!

    5 years ago

  • jaipuronline

    jaipuronline says:

    Very interesting........

    5 years ago

  • theslowcatwalk

    Sandra TheSlowCatwalk from TheSlowCatwalk says:

    Beautiful and so inspiring!!

    2 years ago

  • lavendarquilts

    Kris from lavendarquilts says:

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

    1 year ago