EFA MEMBER INTERVIEW
Athena Rayne Anderson is “a recovering PhD, hoping to be able to quit my day job and "do" my Etsy shop full-time.” She says she’s been a “nature nerd” from her earliest memories. “The first adventures I remember are of chasing lizards through stick piles, staring in disbelief when I grabbed them and their tails popped off, then having mom remove ticks from my belly afterwards.” No wonder her shop is filled with nature-themed items!
1st in our new series!
1st in our new series!
Autumn Pumpkins Photograph
Set of Tree-Themed Cards
Oliver... the snuggle-bunny
"The photo of Barred Owl babies was such a surprise. I was on my first vacation to Everglades National Park, just poking around like I do. I stopped on a walkway under an enormous, beautiful old oak tree, and was looking around of it for photo subjects. Then my eyes met with this pair of fluffy babies and I could not believe the luck. They were peeking at me like owls do, and I nearly squealed with excitement.”
Barred Owl Babies Photograph
“I'm gathering supplies for a beach-themed scrapbook. Yeay! It's going to be done in soft colors, like the beaches of North Carolina where I grew up.” I’m betting that will be beautiful, and a good seller too. Beach-themed and ocean items seem to sell well and be featured a lot in treasuries!
Set of Four Dunes Photographs
"Lately, I'm either working on something related to my day job (teaching college biology), something related to cat rescue, or something related to my shop. When my brain can't handle any more, I love spacing out watching a good movie. I also love a stroll in the woods, but there's nowhere to do that where I live now.” Athena, you're most welcome to come stroll in the woods around my home in North Carolina any time!
Cracked Earth with Plant Photograph
ANY TIPS FOR OTHER ETSY SELLERS & EFA MEMBERS?
"Improve your item photos. Mine aren't perfect, of course, but I see a lot of nice items with photos that need a lot of improvement. When I'm shopping on Etsy, a nice photo makes a difference in whether I want to click on the item.”
I can’t agree more, Athena!
"Follow your passion. I don't like hearing people say things like, ʺYou're never going to like everything about your job.ʺ Or, ʺyou're always going to have to deal with (insert annoying thing).ʺ I want maximum fun! Figure out how to do what would be your maximum fun, then go do it.” Can we get a loud AMEN!
Artwork by Rebecca of KneeDeepOriginals