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Featured Shop: Hello Chiqui

Jul 8, 2015

by Carolina Ossa

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hi! My name is Carolina Ossa, and I sell DIY kits and finished goods in my shop, Hello Chiqui. I’m based in sunny Miami, Florida.

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I went to school for fashion merchandising, and for the last six years I’ve worked in merchandising at Anthropologie and Zara. After a few years working in corporate merchandising, I felt like I wanted to express my creativity a little more. Looking for materials and beginner how-to’s was time-consuming. The craft kits available at the store were relatively affordable, but they included flimsy materials that made learning a new craft frustrating and difficult. After speaking with some of my crafty friends, I realized this was an issue we had all dealt with. I decided to take a stab at solving the problem myself.

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When I launched my shop in August 2014, I offered one weaving kit that included a frame loom made from responsibly sourced pine, along with easy-to-follow, illustrated instructions. Since then, I’ve expanded my line to include supplies and macramé kits, as well as finished products for not-so-crafty individuals. I also offer simple how-to videos on my YouTube and Instagram channels, which were produced with help from my loving boyfriend.

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One of my favorite parts of running Hello Chiqui is seeing posts or emails about my customers’ creations and watching them use materials from my kits in ways I could never have imagined. I want to make all of my customers feel like they could jump into a new craft at any time and be a natural.

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My kits and ready-made products have traveled to places I could only dream of visiting. This wouldn’t have been possible without Etsy; Etsy helped me gain exposure and confidence in my product. I love being part of this community of makers! In the future, I hope to continue passing along tricks of the trade to new crafters, and to eventually expand my kits to other crafts, like terrarium-making, knitting, and more. Happy crafting!

Follow Hello Chiqui on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

All photographs by Hello Chiqui.

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