The Featured Artist of the Week is Natalee W. from BlackWillowSoaps. In her spear time she creates handmade soaps, bath salts, candles, and other items. Let’s learn more about Natalee! For your reader BlackWillowSoaps Shop will be offering a 10% off everything in my etsy shop with a coupon code that fallows. Read on to find out more!!!
1.What would you like us to know about you?
I am a twenty-nine year old married woman with a twelve year old stepdaughter. I was born and raised in Indiana, but have resided in Florida for the past 13 years. I have an Associates and Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology. I am a disabled Army Veteran. I have been involved in the arts since I was a little girl.
2.When did you discover Etsy?
I discovered Etsy in 2007 and attempted to sell some of my artwork. I didn’t devote as much time as I should have to my shop and was not successful. I started Black Willow Soaps last January.
3.What prompted you to open an Etsy Shop?
My mother and her friend, Kurt, had been talking about selling handcrafted items at craft shows in our area. They asked me to join them and bring my soaps and candles. So, I made a bunch of soaps to go to the craft fair. Unfortunately, it never panned out and I was left with all of these soaps. Christmas had just passed, so I couldn’t really gift the items. I had sold on Etsy before with just original artwork and really couldn’t get it to work out. But, I figured why not try it again with my new products. So far, it has been a wonderful journey.
4.What do you sell?
My shop is definitely versatile. I sell a variety of handmade things from handmade, natural soap, to homemade fudge, to original artwork, to handpoured scented candles.
5.How did you come up with your shop name?
My husband and I bought our first house this past May and one of the things that I really, really wanted to plant in my yard was a Black Willow Tree. Unfortunately for me, I don’t live in the Everglades and a willow tree would not survive in my back yard. So, I thought that I would use Black Willow in my shop title so that everyday I could see the Black Willow in my items, even if it wasn’t growing in my backyard.
6.How would you describe your shop?
My shop is warm and inviting. The items are very vibrant and creative. I think that my shop creates a great atmosphere through the photographs of my work in addition to the products that can be found within it.