Craft Cafe Artisan Chat - A Penny for Your Thoughts

Craft Cafe Artisan Interview - A Penny for Your Thoughts

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Meet Parrie L. Brooks from A Penny for Your Thoughts (A Penny 4 Ur Thoughts)

♥ Please tell us about yourself:
A Penny for Your Thoughts is the realization of a lifetime love of crafting. As a former Teacher and Trainer with the nickname Penny, I honed my crafting skills creating exemplary classroom decorations and learning tools.  Soon I realized a passion for all types of paper and the wealth of possibilities in its use . Our goal is to create a miniature work of art that serves as a communications vehicle for savvy consumers.

♥ How long have you been in business?
We have been a formal business for five years. Prior to that we provided cards and gift-wrap to close family and friends.

♥ Please describe your business:
A Penny for Your Thoughts is your source for quality handcrafted Greeting Cards and Gift Accessories. We are honored to provide our customers with a variety of Greeting Cards, Note Card Sets, Gift Tags, Gift Bags and Gift Boxes.
Our mission is to remain faithful to artisanal traditions in the digital age.

♥ Tell us what inspires you:
Our style is constantly evolving based on inspirational influences in both nature and fabric.

♥ Please share with others, your best marketing techniques:
Our online presence continues to grow as our primary marketing tool through participation in  FacebookPinterestWanelo and  Twitter. We also participate in the Sampler Village. This gives us an opportunity to provide samples of our products to individuals. Quality online  photos of our products is critical, the opportunity to get actual products in the hands of potential customers serves as a bridge from the virtual marketplace to the physical. I also feel a sense of Karma when distributing my card samples. The sharing of my talents is a way to pay homage to a swiftly diminishing tradition, the hand written note.

♥ What do you love most about your business?
As a life long learner, the opportunity to explore new techniques and skills is exciting and rewarding. Also, interacting with fellow artisans online provides critical feedback and support.

♥ Please tell us why have chosen Craft Café as a venue for your business?
 Craft Café aligns with both our professional and personal philosophies. As an online marketplace, the values of a “brick and mortar” location are evident. Community: Craft Café provides pages for Sellers and Fans as well. Ongoing interaction is invited and encouraged. Swift and courteous Seller support: The Admin Team is “always at the ready” to assist Sellers no matter how comprehensive or minute the concern.

♥ What advice can you give for crafters/artisans just starting out?
Believe in yourself and your product. Join a collaborative to receive feedback from fellow artisans. Be patient, take the time to learn more about your craft and how to promote your product. In essence you are everything…help desk, marketing, packaging and design department!

♥ Where do you see your business in 5 years?
As Craft Café continues to grow, I see our shop as an integral part of that community. Our partnership with local artisans is inspirational as well. In five years, I see this collaborative as an opportunity to continue to learn from these individuals.

♥ Lastly, would you like to offer our readers a special or coupon code for your Craft Cafe shop?
Yes! Please use Coupon Code: CCFan15 in my Craft Cafe Shop which will give you 15% off your total order!
Effective Date: November 12, 2012 through February  12, 2013

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We would like to send out a big THANK YOU to Parrie for all her love and support.

Be sure to visit A Penny for Your Thoughts soon ♥ ♥ Craft Cafe Shop / Facebook / Twitter / Wanelo / Pinterest

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