Featured Artist – Calcedonia Design
My name is Dora and I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself, my new company and how I started this business. Calcedonia is my 85 year old mom’s “real” name. I say “real” because when she was in school everyone thought her name was too long and it was shortened to Dora. She kept her shortened name and when I was born, she named me after her. She is partner and crochets and knits up a storm-she tucks in all of the threads, tells me what should be fixed and what should be ripped out and redone. She is much faster than me and seems to get even faster the older she gets. We both decided that we’d name the company after ourselves.
I had an unusual journey towards becoming an Etsy entrepreneur. Back when my son was young, I used to spend so much time at the craft store that one day they offered me a job! I worked there for several years. Later, I branched out and started to sell handmade crafts and supplies at local fairs, churches and boutiques. Whatever it took-I even worked as a concessionaire at the Fort Hamilton Army Base. Later, I became manager of a Christian book and gift store and opened an online book store on half.com.
I got involved in ETSY when my mom and I made and donated blankets, preemie hats and booties to BABIES in NEED, a non-profit organization out in Long Island. We also made scarves out of left over yarn and we donated them to an organization for children in need at Christmas time. My son asked me one day “Why don’t you sell these on Etsy?” And while I didn’t know what Etsy was at the time, I quickly learned what an amazing marketplace it is. So we’ve been working non-stop and are finally ready to launch our online store. I hope everyone likes and enjoys our pieces. For questions, or if there is something we can specially create for you, get in touch with us at email@example.com we would love to hear from you!
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