BooksByBexx - thisisbexx.etsy.com
Location: Boston/Medford, MA
How long has your Etsy shop been open?
I've been selling on Etsy for about 15 months.
How did you get into crafting?
I have always loved crafting! I honestly can't remember a time in my life when making things wasn't an important part of my everyday life.
How did Etsy come into your life?
About 2 years ago my then roommate was talking the site up to me. I initially joined as a buyer, and then became a seller at the behest of my friends.
What was your involvement in the crafting world before stumbling upon Etsy?
I had a few crafty hobbies, shopped at craft fairs, and took workshops. I'm really glad I found etsy - it has opened up a whole new world of shopping goodness, and it has given me the confidence to sell my work!
Do you have a day job?
I am a full-time student, so I'm not working right now. Etsy is my "job", and pretty much my only source of income!
Tell us about your shop: Does anyone help you?
I sell handmade books and journals made from cruelty free materials. I am vegan, and it is important to me that all of my items be vegan as well. I have a series of books about vegan nutrition, which includes "How I Get My Protein", "How I Get My Calcium" and "How I Get My Iron". I also make lots of miniature books! I do everything in my shop on my own.
What advice would you give to newbies on Etsy or in the crafting world?
Don't make or sell anything you yourself would not buy. If it's not good enough for you, its probably not good enough for anyone else either!
What's the most challenging part of your crafting?
Working in a small space without all of the equipment I'd like to have.
Do you show your work locally?
Last year I participated in two shows and I hope to do more.
How did you get interested in bookmaking?
When I was in school getting my Masters in library science I started taking bookbinding workshops to hone my repair skills and fell in love.
How long have you been crafting? Bookmaking?
I have always participated in crafting in some way, but only got involved in bookbinding about 2 or 3 years ago.
What is your favorite stitch/technique?
I like making miniature case bound books the best.
What is the one tool or supply that you couldn't live without?
My teflon bonefolder!
Materials you use for your books?
I use high quality machine-made papers, linen thread, and eco-friendly book cloth.
What inspires you?
Everything I look at, all I see is books!
Soy ice cream.
submitted by Barbara, of moonbindery