Monday, January 18, 2010

Handmade Shop of the Week: Handmade By Sandi

I am so excited about this new feature and am happy that it is such a worthy shop.

Sandi Myers, creative talent behind Handmade By Sandi, opened her shop on etsy in June 19, 2009. She is fully stocked with beautifully crocheted items and hand-painted totes. This is what she had to say about her shop:

Why did you decide to open your handmade shop? 

I have a website, where most of the things I sell are either purchased from another company or are the same thing made over and over. I wanted somewhere - where I could sell things as one of a kind, crocheted items that I don't sell on my website, or just things I love to make.

Has your inventory changed much since you first opened? 

I've sold a number of things, and as the mood strikes, I try to find other patterns to use to create new looks for the shop. 

Who are the majority of your customers? How did they find you? 

A lot of my team members - for the Sneak Team have bought from me. The other customers are those buyers who found what I sell to be something they want.

What inspires you to create? 

New hat or shawl patterns, Satisfied with what I have made, but want to try something completely different. That is one of the reasons I made a pet mat. I have some ideas for more of those too.

What is your favorite item in your shop currently? Your most popular item? 

My favorite item is my crocheted lacy shawl. It was a difficult pattern for me, and I was delighted that it came out so well. I think my hats are the most popular, since I sell more of those.

What has been your greatest resource to make your shop successful? 

Tweeting. I'd really like to do more with Facebook - but I never seem to have enough time.

Any changes coming to your shop in the future? 
My first change for this year was to have my avi and banner redone - to better reflect what my shop is all about. I'd like to try more scarves - curly ones and ribbon ones. They are so beautiful, and I just need the patience to create them. 

How else can we find you online? Any team affiliations? 

I'm a member of the Sneak Team, Etsytwitter Team and Etsybloggers Street Team.
I have a blog
My facebook is

LETS DO A GIVEAWAY! Sandi loves making felted bowls, and I love giving them away. Handmadebysandi has several of these beautiful bowls in fall colors, perfect for holding paperclips on your desk or packets of sugar on your kitchen counter. To enter: 

1) tweet this article to your friends, be sure to use the hashtag #traceyknits 
2) become her fan on facebook and be sure to write on her wall how you found her
3) heart her shop on etsy
Hurry! Names will be drawn Monday, January 25th, 2010

Interested in being a Handmade Shops of the Week? email me and I will get you all the information.


  1. Very nice opportunity to get to know more about Sandi, who is one of the nicest persons and supportive team mates I have ever met virtually!

  2. Nice article. The pink shawl is lovely.

  3. FB fan #117! :) Hearting her shop as well, I love those bowls!

  4. Already a FB fan, just "hearted" her shop and am about to tweet this great article about her!

  5. Sandi is obviously much beloved :)