Interview with Camille of By Camille Designs Etsy Shop

Interview with Camille of By Camille Designs Etsy Store - Camille stocks her Etsy store with a wide variety of items: handmade jewelry, drawings, paintings, blankets, jewelry and handcrafted rugs. Take a look!

Today I have to pleasure of presenting an interview with Camille, the busy Etsy shop owner of By Camille Desgins,  that keeps my Instagram feed busy and happy. Camille stocks her Etsy store with a wide variety of items: handmade jewelry, drawings, paintings, blankets, scarfs and handcrafted rugs. Her handcrafted doily rugs seem to be a hot seller, and you can see why. They are stunning!

Robins Egg Blue Cotton Crochet Rug in Large Circle Pineapple Lacy Pattern (c) By Camille Designs Etsy https://www.etsy.com/listing/97062622/robins-egg-blue-cotton-crochet-rug-in

Robins Egg Blue Cotton Crochet Rug in Large Circle Pineapple Lacy Pattern (c) By Camille Designs | Etsy Listing

I love that Camille is multi-talented: she crochets, knits, does macrame, paints, draws, is a business owner, and loves bunnies.  All that combined and having a thriving Etsy store high on my wishlist, I felt it was time to get to know Camille a little better. So let’s see what she has to say.

(c) by Camille Designs

Camille’s adorable fur baby (c) by Camille Designs

Interview with Camille of By Camille Designs

You crochet, knit, paint, draw and dabble in macrame. And probably you have more hobbies I haven’t seen on Instagram yet. Which one is your favorite and why?

I do have others, like sewing, but there is only so much time in the day 🙂 I think drawing has to be my first love. Probably because it came naturally and from early on it was the thing I was best at in school. I am in such a happy place when I draw/paint.

Pastel Drawing of Teal Yarn and Crochet Hook (c) By Camille Designs, Etsy listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/205991629/6-x-9-pastel-drawing-of-teal-yarn-and

Pastel Drawing of Teal Yarn and Crochet Hook (c) By Camille Designs | Etsy listing

 

You run a pretty busy Etsy shop and it looks like you work at it as a full time job. What’s the most important habit you have that helps you organize your time to get it all done?

Discipline. I work at it every single day whether I feel like it or not. If I’m sick of crocheting then I do something else like reading up on how to improve SEO, take better pictures, etc.

Throw Blanket Fisherman White Round Doily Thick Wool Hand Knit 45" (c) By Camille Designs Etsy listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/211104791/throw-blanket-fisherman-white-round

Throw Blanket Fisherman White Round Doily Thick Wool Hand Knit 45″ (c)By Camille Designs | Etsy listing

Your doily rugs are very popular. How do you keep it interesting for yourself crocheting the same general design concept a lot?

I have one particular design that I think I must have made about 100 of by now. It can get a bit boring and I resort to bribing myself with promises of trips to the Art Store, chocolate, whatever it takes 🙂 I also find it helps to alternate with working on something new.

Interview with Camille of By Camille Designs - Cream Cotton Crochet Doily Rug in 36" Circle Lacy Shell Pattern (c) By Camille Designs, Etsy Listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/109940817/cream-cotton-crochet-doily-rug-in-36

Cream Cotton Crochet Doily Rug in 36″ Circle Lacy Shell Pattern (c) By Camille Designs, | Etsy Listing

Your shop has been open since 2008, that’s quite an accomplishment! What’s your one best tip for aspiring Etsy entrepreneurs?

Be prepared to work your derriere off. By work I mean figuring out your target market and how to find them, working at titles, tags, descriptions, pictures and some sort of social media while also filling your shop with great items. I’ve been open since 2008, but with sporadic sales, it’s only been in the last 3 years that I’ve been able to generate a decent income.

Flower Ring Crocheted in Silver Plated Wire with Pink Freshwater Pearl (c) By Camille Designs Etsy listing https://www.etsy.com/listing/215095288/flower-ring-crocheted-in-silver-plated

Flower Ring Crocheted in Silver Plated Wire with Pink Freshwater Pearl (c) By Camille Designs | Etsy listing

A big thank you to Camille for answering my interview questions! I really loved her replies. I only regret I couldn’t include tons more of her pictures. Please do check out her shop for more inspiration. You can find Camille on Instagram and Etsy.

Selling on Etsy and interviewing successful shop owners is something I would love to have as a regular feature. Is this something you’d like to read more on? Let me know in the comments. Want to learn more about how to succeed selling on Etsy? Check out Etsy Empire: Proven Tactics for Your Etsy Business Success

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