Isn't she lovely? Gina is the genius behind the twitter chat #setupshop on Mondays at 8 PM EST where we chat about all things related to owning a handmade business (join us next time!). Not only that, but she creates delightful pouches and accessories like this one:
Here's the scoop on Gina:
What is the easiest thing about running your shop? What's the hardest?
The easiest thing about running my shop is that I am my own boss. I make my own schedule however don't let that fool you! :) However, the hardest aspect of running my shop is that I have very, VERY limited time to spend on it. Because I have a full time job outside of the home, I rarely have much time to concentrate on my shop. I have to focus on the positives though and relish in the fact that my shop is a creative outlet that I am so privileged to take part in.
What is one thing you wished you had known before you started your shop?
A lot of things! :) Shop owners make it look so easy. Picture taking, editing photos, marketing, packaging, etc. all take tons of time. I love creating but creating the product is just a 1/4th of the actual process. Successful shop owners also make it look like they are rolling in the dough. Perhaps we define success differently. I haven't made a penny yet but I love it so much. :) I am happy with what I create so that could be defined as success. Or perhaps I am doing something wrong?
Gina is giving away a $15 gift certificate to her shop!
Visit Hiya Luv and leave a comment with your favorite item from her shop! Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you if you win.
EXTRA ENTRIES (leave a separate comment for each!):
+1 Follow Gina's blog
+1 Like Hiya Luv on Facebook (and leave your username)
+1 Follow Gina on Twitter
+1 Tweet about this giveaway
(Sample tweet: Woo hoo! Enter to win $15 to @hiyaluv via @yes_teacher's blog! http://tiny.cc/41rtu )
*Giveaway ends Thursday, 6/23 at 11:59 PM. Winner will be notified the following day.
*The shop credit can be used towards any item in the shop and shipping. If the item and shipping are more than $15, she will send an invoice for the difference.
*Shop credit is not available for custom orders; only what is currently in the shop.