Who are you? I’m Alison Kooney, wife, mom, full-time graphic artist/designer, part-time Etsian, and oh yeah, I own my own business, AJKArtistry.
What is your Etsy Shop Name/link? I’m currently operating two shops on Etsy, http://www.ajkartistry.etsy.com for my paper goods and crafts, and http://www.ajkstudio.etsy.com for my watercolor artwork.
What tag categories do you specialize in? The bulk of my business is in paper goods: handmade greeting cards, note cards, bookmarks and invitations. The rest of my work: magnets, watercolor art and art note cards are more for fun and creative release, but people seem to like most of what I do!
Do you create for children or adults, women or men? My products apply to everyone! I’ve got handmade greeting cards for just about every occasion, life event, holiday and even a new gay and lesbian collection that’s been getting a lot of attention lately.
What do you like about Etsy? I love that no matter what time of day I take to add items to my shop, there’s always someone looking. The whole “open 24 hours” thing really proves true online. I can list something at 2 in the morning and I’ll check again at 7 and it’s got a bunch of views! I’m also addicted to making/viewing treasuries. I’m constantly trying to come up with fun ideas that I haven’t seen before.
Where do you find inspiration for your products? I started my business soon after my daughter was born to bring in some extra money. So initially, she was my inspiration. My mom had always been a crafter (still is) and I can remember going to shows with her and helping out stamping and cutting her product tags… it was all fun for me.
What do you love about your business? I guess what everybody says… I’m my own boss. I have no one to report to, I make up my own hours and I work when I feel like it. I also love that it keeps me home and gives me my “quiet time” I need after a long day of working, mothering, wife-ing, etc… Creating is what I do for myself, and I’m fortunate to have the support of my family and friends that encourage me to do it!
What is your favorite product right now? Right now I’d have to say my greeting cards are a constant favorite. My ideas are endless… I’m always thinking of new cards to make. I even do custom cards (adding names to baby and wedding cards) and custom invites that people have been liking lately.
What makes you unique at Etsy? I think because I do a lot of different things, I have a lot to offer between the two shops. I’ve seen a few sellers with products similar to mine, but when I look closely at the pics, the detail that I have is just not there, so I feel good knowing that my products are some of the best out there for the price.
What other street teams are you a member of? In addition to the NJ Street Team, I’m also a member of EtsyGreetings, though I haven’t been that active. TeamNJ keeps me busy, and I love it!
What are some other sites to find out more about you and what you love to create?
Here goes the laundry list…
My official website: http://www.ajkartistry.com
My Paper Shop: http://www.ajkartistry.etsy.com
My Art Shop: http://www.ajkstudio.etsy.com
My Blog: http://www.ajk-artistry.blogspot.com
Although Allison talked mostly about her paper shop, one of my favorites by her comes from her other shop, she makes gorgeous long gemstone necklaces, this one is my ultimate favorite:
I also chuckle every time I see her PB&J card and her gnome cards!