We hope to introduce you to all the great Etsy sellers to be found right here in Toronto. Here at the T.E.S.T. blog, we plan to interview them all. This is the 52nd in our series with Annafay and Lionelle of TwoCatsBoutique.
How and when did you meet?
We are two mothers who love crafting. We are both recently moved to Canada but from different countries. We've met just last summer on internet and found many common interests. We both were dreaming about some place where we could share with the crowd the stuff we make. Later on we've decided to open a jewelry and accessories shop together on Etsy.
How did you come up with the name of your shop?
Annafay: A few years ago me and my friend decided to make a shop on Etsy with some sewing supplies. We both were homestaying busy moms, so it gave us the association for mom cats and kittens. From on to another it led us to this name - Two Cats Boutique.
After a while the shop was closed, I moved to Canada and met Lionelle. When we thought about opening shop on Etsy, it naturally came to me to stay with this name - same situation- homestaying mommies with kids. Lionelle liked the idea and we've kept this name for our rebranded shop.
Do you sell via other channels - craft shows, retail space?
Lionelle: I used to sell on craft shows in Ukraine, but since moved to Toronto I sell only on Etsy, but really want to go to craft shows some time soon.
You have a variety of techniques across your range - which is your favourite?
Lionelle: I really like wire wrap technique. Also enjoy using stamps on polymer clay and then adding some mica powder or inks on jewelry.
Annafay: Well, it depends on current mood each time I sit to work, no favourite technique for all times.
What do you do when you are not making jewellery and accessories?
Taking care of kids, exploring Canada.
Where would you like your business to be in 5 years' time?
We would like to create a place with creativity spirit all around, with workshops and other crafty events! So hopefully in 5 years we will have a studio in the city along with the online shop.
What does your Etsy life add to your life?
Etsy is not just a place to sell, it's a big community. When you need a creativity boost you just look around on different shops and see how many wonderful things people make.
Check out the other items available from Annafay and Lionelle in their Etsy shop! You can find more of their work on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Interviewed by Kate of HandmadeInToronto in May 2013 in Toronto.