Monday, May 10, 2010

Handmade Shop of the Week: Paradise Purls

Elizabeth Humphries, of Paradise Purls, loves handmade. She loves it so much that she could not limit herslef to one category. She has been selling both Hand Knits and Handcrafted Jewelry since January 8, 2010.

Why did you decide to open your handmade shop? 
I've always made knits and given them to close friends and family. When friends of friends starting asking if I "was on etsy" I decided to find out what that was! One look and I was hooked as a shopper, and it didn't take long to progress to opening shop. I thoroughly enjoy knitting as well as beading so I'm excited for the opportunity to bring my creations to the handmade community.

Has your inventory changed much since you first opened?

In the beginning, my inventory was mainly baby hats and scarves. As the seasons, changed my inventory needed to change with it. Most recently I've added knitted bracelets and beaded jewelry and bookmarks in addition to my knits.

Who are the majority of your customers? 
Fellow etsians and friends (and friends of friends!).
How did they find you?
I spend a significant amount of time promoting my shop on twitter, facebook and in the etsy forums. Most of my customers come from those sources.
What inspires you to create?

Color and texture! I love shopping for yarn. It's always first the color, then the texture of the yarn that draws me in. I also take note of colors that occur in nature and draw inspiration from that beauty as well. On a selfish note, knitting is very calming to me. I knit to relax as well as to create!
What is your favorite item in your shop currently? 
The "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Chenille Scarf is my favorite. I'm seriously thinking of keeping it! Your most popular item?
Right now my most popular item are the hand knit bracelets. 

What has been your greatest resource to make your shop successful? 
Time...time to invest in marketing and promoting to get some exposure and to get noticed.

Any changes coming to your shop in the future? 
I am working on several additions at the moment. I'll be adding more knit accessories such as coffee sleeves (very eco-friendly!), possibly ipod/cell phone cozies and eventually some felted soaps.
How else can we find you online? Any team affiliations?
And, yes, I'm a member of the Etsyknitters Team, HAF Etsy Team (Handmade Artists' Forum), and BEST (Boosting Etsy Shops Team)

All this week, Paradise Purls is proud to offer a 15% discount to anyone mentioning TRACEYKNITS at the time of purchase. She will refund the money through paypal. This is good on every item in her shop, so stock up on those adorable hats and scarves!

Interested in being featured? Email me for information.


  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful article!

  2. Nice interview! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Great article. Love your new banner Tracey.

  4. Your bracelet is awesome! Great interview!

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  6. Great article! Thanks for sharing this wonderful artist

  7. Great interview! Nice feature.

  8. Great interview - love the adorable knit items especially! Her shop has such vibrant and "happy" pictures of her items! --Laura @ PetScribbles