1. What do you sell and how did you get started?
I sell custom painted TOMS shoes, tote bags and mugs with henna designs and themes. In June of 2012, out of over one hundred applicants, I was selected to be one of seven artists to participate in a Style Your Soles event in Oklahoma City that was put on by TOMS shoes. After the overwhelming response I received from the customers as well as the TOMS rep, I decided to open up an Etsy shop and offer my artistic ability to a wider range of people, eventually expanding my art to the tote bags and mugs.
2. Who or what is your inspiration?
My inspiration and love for everything henna came from a trip to India that I took in 2007. I observed and participated in the art of henna application while I was there and was inspired to start my own henna business when I got back into the States. After doing henna at festivals for several years, I decided I wanted to expand on the art and offer it in different ways. That’s when the opportunity with TOMS came along!
3. What is your favorite part of your creating process?
My favorite part of the creating process is probably the communication I have with my customers. I absolutely enjoy every conversation that I’ve had with my customers and being able to customize each item to their liking and needs. I also love how relaxing and freeing the painting process is.
4. Do you have any special routines?
I always have tunes going while I’m creating as it helps me focus. Even find myself singing or humming along while I paint without even realizing I’m doing it.
5. What is your most favorite item in your Etsy shop?
My favorite TOMS design is my “Floral Lace Brown Henna Custom TOMS Shoes” and my favorite cup design is the “Set of 2 - White Teacups with Black and Gold Floral Lace Henna Design”.
Floral Lace Brown Henna Custom TOMS Shoes
Set of 2 - White Teacups with Black and Gold Floral Lace Henna Design
6. Do you have any social media links?
Absolutely! I’m on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ibleedheart and Twitter @ibleedheART
7. Anything else that you want to share?
If you’re ever in the OKC area, hit me up for a little Starbucks and henna! I’m always up for that!
8. Are there any coupon codes or promotions you have going on?
There is an ongoing coupon code on my Facebook page for my Fans.
Go check it out!