Meet Dusty of Inverness Studios

Once a week I feature other Etsy artisans on my blog. Most are fellow members of my Etsy Teams: Etsy for Animals, Attack of the Craft, Etsy Moms and the Georgia Etsy Team. Some are random Etsy sellers whom I stalk whose work I love and admire. All of them are unique and have interesting stories to tell. I hope you enjoy getting to know them!

Dusty is a fellow member of the Attack of the Craft Team and makes awesome items for book people.

Tell us a bit about yourself:
At this point in my life I won’t tell you my age, but I am old enough to remember when John Lennon was shot, when leg warmers were ‘in’ the first time around, and to have had a mad, passionate crush on The Two Corey’s. I am now much older and married to a wonderful man who lets me pursue this artsy passion of mine.

How did you come up with your shop name?
I was searching and searching for a name. I wanted something interesting, but everything seemed to be taken that I liked. I had almost given up and just going with the standard of using my name when one week the name, Inverness, started popping up everywhere. I heard it on a radio show (yes, I listen to those old things), then read it in a book, and finally an episode of Kitchen Nightmares did a spot in the town in Scotland. It just seemed like someone was telling me something. So I did a little research on the meaning which has two meanings – one being ‘A long, loose overcoat with a detachable cape having a round collar.’ (like Sherlock Holmes is shown wearing) or INVERNESS, from the Gaelic “Inbhir” meaning “river mouth” and from the old Celtic word “Nesta” meaning “roaring one”. Having such a love for Doyle and his character, Mr. Holmes, and having always had an obsession for Scotland I thought it was perfect. ‘Studio’ was added to keep my options open in my design process.

When did you start sewing?
I have been ‘crafting’ and sewing for as long as I can remember. My mother was a stay-at-home and always had us (my sisters, a neighbor kid she sat for, and myself) doing something to keep us occupied. I started sewing as soon as I could reach the pedal. Officially, I started way back in 2006 then opened my Etsy shop in 2008.

What made you want to start selling your creations?
I never thought I could sell anything. I just liked making stuff; it was family and friends that finally convinced me to give it a shot. I am still hoping they were right.

Please describe your creative process?
Pretty much just doing whatever and then the ideas come. When I try to think about an idea, they don’t come, but if I focus on something else they usually come around. A lot of the times they come while working on other projects which could be why I always have too many going at one time.

What inspires you?
Everything; mostly books and my emotions.

Does your shop have a theme or purpose?
Recently I have been making a transition from a Recycled purpose to an over-all Relaxing of the Mind, Body, and Soul theme. I feel my book related items still encompass that area so I will be keeping those items in the shop; I am just expanding to an area I have always loved – a low-stress life (who doesn’t right?). I still try to incorporate a recycled element into everything I do where I can. My bookmarks are almost 100% recycled (sealer and ribbon are the only ‘new’ parts), but others, like my ComfortRead pillows only have a small portion and my ComfortTherapy pillows concentrate entirely on the Mind, Body, and Soul.

Are your items custom or premade?
Most are premade, but I have done the occasional custom for clients.

Tell us two of your short term goals and one long term goal:
My two most important short term goals are to make this smooth transition to ‘Relax Your Life’ and make sure all clients are able to do obtain that element in their life. My long term goal is to be able to support myself and family on Inverness Studios.

Walk us through a typical day in your life:
At the moment it is pretty boring. On a perfect day:
Work the ‘Day Job’ (which is pretty flexible at the moment)
Within the said flexible ‘day job’ schedule I work on any ideas I have had.
Time with hubby

What is your favorite item in your shop at the moment?
My favorite would have to be my new ComfortTherapy pillows. They are so soft, warm, and comfy. I love making the cases and creating new aromatherapies.

If you had any super power, what would it be?
To be able to live on only a 3-4 hours of sleep a night.

Where on the web can you be found?
I look forward to seeing you around the shop!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pili
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 11:25:01

    I love Dusty’s new line, the scents are fantastic!


  2. Dusty
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 23:11:51

    Thank you so much for the wonderful feature. I am honored to be selected with the wonderful people you write about. Thank you!


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