>> Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I think it's time to get back to my features. A few months ago I started making coffee sleeves and 80% of the sales are donated to my friend's Relay for Life team. I wanted to help others spread the word about their causes that they support with some or all of their sales.
Today I'm featuring Tamisha Design
Let's get to know Tamisha and what she does.
How long have you been creating?
Well I've been crafting since I was very little. Both my mom and my grandma were crafty and started teaching me to sew at a very young age. I loved making clothes for my dolls and embroidering tea towels, pillowcases and anything else I could get my hands on. I started making crafts to sell as early as grade school and have made and sold crafts off and on since then. I started my Etsy shop about a year ago but most of my sales have still been offline because I've been very busy working full time and going to school.
How did you get started?
I started my Etsy shop after requests for jewelry from friends, some of which lived out of town. Once I returned to work full time I took a little bit of a break from selling my crafts online to focus on school and work. I recently started creating new pieces to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society because I started participating in their Team in Training program.
Tell me a little about your charity and why you started donating to it.
The charity I'm currently donating to is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. My mother lost her battle with cancer in 2004 and she has always been an inspiration to me. Even when she was sick she was selfless and gave what she could to others. She was a cook at the local Head Start and loved children and loved caring for them, so when I saw the opportunity to help raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma society through their Team in Training program (Leukemia is the most common form of childhood cancer) I literally ran with it. Team in Training is a program that trains people for endurance sports such as triathlons, marathons, and in my case half marathons in exchange for fund raising for LLS. I've never been a runner or really even athletic so it's been tough for me but totally worth it. You can read more about my journey and learn more about the program at www.teamtamisha.com I can't become a doctor or a scientist and help find a cure but I can run to raise funds and awareness.
Make sure that the first reason you create is because you love it. It sounds simple but I've found myself become stagnant from time to time and I've come to realize that it's because my focus was to much on creating just to re-stock my shop. When you create things because you love to it makes it a lot easier to stock up your shop, and empty it again with sales!
That's some great advice. I certainly do not create just for the money, I love what I do and I hope to pass on the joy to other through my stuff.