Today’s featured Etsy artist is Jen Menkahaus of The Littlest Bean. Aren’t those little felt buttons too cute??? I had spied these on the front page of etsy and immediately took notice. Wandering through Jen’s shop, I noted she had a great sense of color and design, and I purchased two large brooches in an instant. I love how they perk up my purse or any piece of clothing.
And she worked for Anthropologie… which just so happens to be my favorite store eva! 🙂
Give us the 411 about yourself.
I am a mom to an amazing 2 and 1/2 year old girl, I work part time securing funding for arts organizations in Maryland, and I have my craft business. Before becoming a mom, I worked for the Buyers Market of American Craft, one of the largest wholesale craft shows in the US. It was an amazing job, but far too time-consuming to continue on with after I had my daughter. I also used to work as a display person for Anthropologie, which was also an amazing job, and really taught me a lot.
What’s the story behind the name of your business?
I have always called my daughter Bean, even before she was born, and since she is the reason I started crafting seriously (I have always been a dabbler), it seemed natural.
What inspires you?
Mostly children’s books, animation, nature
Beside your craft, what other activities do you enjoy?
We blow a lot of bubbles, and make chalk drawings. When I have time, I like to read. I also enjoy going to see all kinds of art – we go to as many openings as we can.
Can you give any advice about selling on Etsy?
I haven’t been doing it long enough to really be an expert, but I would say good photographs are crucial. And don’t sell yourself short – I see lots of people selling work for way below what it’s worth.
Amelie, The Science of Sleep, Moulin Rouge, Across the Universe, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Frieda, all stop-motion animation, Ratatouille
I am addicted to Harry Potter, I love anything by Jeanette Winterson, Oscar and Lucinda, the poetry of Margaret Atwood
Jeff Buckley, Ani Difranco, Tori Amos, Leonard Cohen, I love Indian music, and really all types of music. I grew up in a home where there was always music.
In ten years you’ll be…
Oh, that is so hard to say. I really don’t know. I’m sure I’ll still be creating something, and hopefully living somewhere peaceful and beautiful with my family.