Thursday, December 26, 2013

31 Days of Sensational Shops - Craftypodes

31 Days of Sensational Shops is a month long tour of geeky, fantasy and/or monster-filled shops in December. Please stick around to learn more about today's Sensational Shop!

Today we will have two Sensational Shops! First up is Craftypodes - run by David and Kelly Martinez!

Tell us about you - the creators!

We are a knitting husband, David, and a crocheting wife, Kelly. We live in Texas with one cat, one dog, and no kids. David is a disabled United States Marine who took up knitting after his service ended. And Kelly grew up with a crafty mom and grandmother. We also do some other needlecrafts such as plastic canvas needlepoint and cross stitch.  

Describe your shop and what you sell

The thing we want people who browse our store to take away from the experience is that it's all handmade with love. It's made by crafters who love each other in a home full of love, and so we make things we love like funny hats, Cthulhu dolls, and geeky magnets. We have a diverse offering with a range of prices and items from functional to purely decorative so there's a little something for everyone.

What is your favorite item to make? Why?

"Knitted Kitties because they're quick and cute" - David

"I take a creator approach rather than a strict pattern-following approach so everything I make is my favorite, at least the first time I make it." - Kelly

How and when did you start your business?

Memorial Day weekend, 2012. Kelly had been working as an independent artist for 4 years and was finding that harder to do because of her arthritis, so we made the decision to combine our crafting interests and run a business together.

Anything else you would like to add?

Thanks for running this promotion! One of the great things about online small businesses is being able to network with each other.

Where can buyers find you?

Storenvy / Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Tumblr / Pinterest

Thank you so much for visiting and meeting David and Kelly Martinez of Craftypodes! Stay tuned for another Sensational Shop TODAY!