I am super excited about today’s Etsy Day profile. I have been pinning after one of Jennifer Daniel’s custom camera straps ever since our photo shoot with Jenn Hopkins. Jenn (the photographer) had the most adorable camera strap on her camera and come to find out it was custom made by another reader of my blog, Jen Daniels! So many Jen’s! So many camera straps!
(See Jenn’s cute camera strap?)
So imagine my happiness when I started exchanging emails with Jen (the strap lady) and she said she’d like to send me one of her straps!!! And that I could PICK MY COLORS!! I have zero creativity in my soul and so I told her that I just wanted something gender neutral so that Chris and I could both carry the camera. Today I went to my P.O. box and look what I found!!!!
Isn’t it adorable?!?!? And it looks just like me! It’s exactly what I would have picked if I had 1,000 camera straps to choose from!
As often as I carry my camera, I never use the camera strap because it’s so uncomfortable. It’s stiff and has no padding in it – and my camera is heavy! Not to mention, it’s not cute at ALL.
But Jen’s straps are super soft because they are made from cotton AND they are padded all the way around, so they won’t cut into my neck when I carry my camera. And they are just the cutest! These just became my go-to birthday/Christmas/graduation/everything else gift!!!
I immediately sent Jen a nosy bunch of questions so I could know more about this cute camera strap makin’ lady. (Don’t you just like knowing about the people who are making crafts that you own? I do.)
What city and state do you live in?
We live in not terribly pretty North Carolina. I love where we live and really enjoy it but its not the “best” parts of North Carolina for sure! I live in between the ocean and the mountains in some incredibly flat farm land. My son loves it because we see cows and horses everyday. I love it because its where we started our family.
How many kids do you have?
We have one and a half-I’m currently pregnant with number 2! Joe is 18 months old and this one is due December 25th.
Do you work or stay home with your kids?
I am a stay at home mom and am the first to admit that while I love it and wouldn’t change anything, it makes for some long days sometimes! Before kids, I was a teacher at a local elementary school. I really loved teaching my quickly realized that I could not teach other kids all day long and then come back home to small children at my house. Teaching takes a huge amount of patience and, for me, I knew that I couldn’t maintain that level of patience ALL DAY. Someone was going to suffer and as much as I enjoyed my job, I selfishly wanted my kids to get the best from me. I have an huge amount of respect for those that do it. Not just teach, but find a way to balance a work life and home life with kids. I have come to believe mom’s everywhere have a large appreciation for each other. If you stay at home you can truly appreciate the moms that work and if you work you can truly appreciate staying at home. I think that’s been one of the most eye opening experiences of motherhood.
You mentioned your husband was in the military. How in the world do you balance everything in your life, like an Etsy shop, with him being deployed?
My husband is in the military and while very hard at times, its also been one of the most rewarding experiences ever. We have lived some amazing places, met some AMAZING people and learned some incredible lessons. Its been our entire married life so I really don’t know anything different! He is home right now which has really helped me have the extra time and support to get my Etsy shop going. I’m not exactly sure how I am going to balance everything when he leaves again. All I know is that, somehow, it will work out. My shop is very new and I think that its going to be a great distraction for me and will help make the time fly by!
How and why did you start making camera straps?
Camera straps weren’t my main focus when I opened my Etsy shop. They have quickly become the new focus but they were about number 5 of my “must make” list. I actually made one for my sister in law for the first time and then one for me and it kind of took off from there. There are so many different ways to create them and it took me a while to really get my process down. After the process was in place, I went in search of fabric and think I have found some really pretty and modern options in the fabric department. I never anticipated the response which I have gotten. I thought that I may sell 4 or 5 and I was ok with that. I was making something and putting it out there and that was about all I expected from it. I always loved sewing. My mom put me in a sewing class in middle school. I was a scrunchie making MACHINE back in the day! I never really appreciated the fact that I knew how to sew until I was an adult. I realized how much I could really make and loved creating something. I am not a creative person by nature. I would love to be able to paint but that’s not in the cards for me. I can sew though and quickly found a love for making everyday things just a little bit more unique. That’s my goal in all of this. I still have the “must make” list and still intent on making those items for my shop. Camera straps are the current focus until I have a bit more time (and everyone laugh with me now…..hahaha…).
What’s in your purse?
I am the over-preparer. I would rather tote everything around and not need it then need something and NOT have it! So, my purse is a diaper bag. I always carried big bags before kids, so the idea of a big diaper bag was not really threatening to me. I am not going to pull everything out and take a picture because I probably wouldn’t be able to get everything back into the correct place. Diaper bad includes all of the “normal” items for a toddler, extra pair of sun glasses for me, some suckers in case we have a mega melt down somewhere, disposable changing pads and table toppers (most amazing invention every), lipgloss, a sampling of tons of adult medications (tylenol, advil, benadryl, tums, dramamine, etc), minor first aid stuff (bandaids), a bug bite stick (which I can’t tell you how many times I have actually used!!!), extra change in case I am ever stuck somewhere and need to make a call at a pay phone (thanks for making me crazy mom)-this change actually gets used for purchasing emergency diet cokes which is almost as important as making a call on a pay phone some days. And most days, my wallet. The days it doesn’t make it in there is when the emergency change is used. There’s a few more items but this is getting embarrassing!
THANKS FOR ANSWERING ALL MY NOSY QUESTIONS, JEN!
As if Jen could get ANY nicer, she has graciously offered to give away a custom camera strap to a lucky reader today. The winner will be able to either pick a premade one from Jen’s Etsy shop or they can customize their order by choosing colors and Jen will make one especially for you! And don’t worry if you don’t have a big camera to lug around with a big strap – she also make smaller digital camera straps, too!!
To be entered to win a custom camera strap from Jen, leave a comment below telling me where you would carry your camera if you had one of these fantastic straps. I’ll go first – I will now carry my camera on the playground because I have this adorable strap that will keep me hands free!
All comments must be in by 8:00 PM today and a winner will be announced tomorrow. Good luck!
Thanks to Jennifer Daniels for my adorable strap and for sponsoring today’s giveaway. Be sure to check out her Etsy shop and order a camera strap for everyone you know!