Craft Cafe Artisan Chat - KSMonkeys

Craft Cafe Artisan Interview - KSMonkeys

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Meet Amber Melzer and Family from KSMonkeys

♥ Please tell us about yourself:
I am a 28 year old mom of 4 beautiful little girls. They are the reason KSMonkeys was born. I am from Arizona, finally being able to move back after my husband recently seperated from the Air Force after serving 12 years. I have been sewing since I was about 7 years old. I would sew with my elderly neighbor who would sew for infants and children in the hospital or other needy children. I am all things crafty. If I don't have at least 5 different craft projects going on then my husband will start to think I am getting sick. When I am not sewing or crafting I love to spend time with my girls and husband. The one big thing that we love to do is go geocaching together.

♥ How long have you been in business?
KSMonkeys was born in 2005 when I had my first daughter, although at the time I was working full time. I officially launched into the boutique world in early 2011 and have been on Craft Cafe since they opened their doors.

♥ Please describe your business:
KSMonkeys is an affordable Children's Boutique. We love to create different and unique looks to the customers looks. I am constantly challenging myself to look outside the box. I started with just children's boutique clothing and have slowly started to offer custom applique and embroidery shirts.

♥ Tell us what inspires you:
The number one thing that inspires me are my girls. They are a huge part of the creative process. My 5 year old loves to put fabric together for me to create new ideas.

♥ Please share with others, your best marketing techniques:
I believe that social media is a big one, also word of mouth.

♥ What do you love most about your business?
Seeing the smile on childrens faces in their new outfits. The best thing I hear and makes me keep doing what I am doing is my 3 year old trying on something I made for her and her running up to me, giving me the biggest hug, and saying "Mommy, it's bee-t-ful!" Melts my heart every time and I think of all of my customers and their children having that same moment.

♥ Please tell us why have chosen Craft CafĂ© as a venue for your business?
Simple, it is affordable and they have the best customer service around. I have been with multiple other sites and by far Craft Cafe has the best customer service and the best crew. There is support almost 24/7. If I have a question it is usually answered within minutes not hours like many of the other sites.

♥ What advice can you give for crafters/artisans just starting out?
 patient. Orders aren't going to come in over night. I had to learn this. Don't get discouraged. Keep going and the orders will come in.

♥ Where do you see your business in 5 years?
 I would love to have a steady income from my boutique and also possibly have my own "brick and mortar" store.

♥ Lastly, would you like to offer our readers a special or coupon code for your Craft Cafe shop?
Yes, please use code: ccblog20 and Get 20% Off your entire purchase at my Craft Cafe Shop!

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

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