Interview With Carrie Chitwood Of Anastasia’s Crocheted Creations Etsy Shop
I’m from the South (Georgia) and was born into an incredible family. From the time I was young I’ve had a love for animals and crafting. My mother used to marvel at how much time I could spend doodling or “sewing” with fabric scraps and a blunted needle. Of course, as I grew up, my abilities developed a bit. I began to cross stitch, make cards, dabble in graphic design. A little over a year ago, a dear friend taught me how to crochet. Soon after that, I discovered Etsy, and the rest is history (as they say!). I now devote my life and time to God, my family, my animals, my crafts, and continuing my college education.
Etsy Shop: www.Anastasia91.etsy.com
All answers are copyright of Carrie Chitwood.
1. How did you get interested in cats? How old were you when you had your first kitty?
I’m not really sure how I got interested in cats, to be honest. I think I was born with the “cat person” mentality. My family got our first cat, Pippi, a couple of weeks after I was born. She was a kitten and I was a newborn, so we practically grew up together.
2. How did you discover Etsy? Did you consider other ways to sell your products?
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I heard about Etsy from a friend who had seen the site. I had just learned to crochet, so I’m not sure what possessed me to open up a store. I hadn’t even really considered selling my stuff before I found out about Etsy, so all of my musings about selling venues came later.
3. Do you sell your products in a local store in your area?
I don’t currently sell them in a local store, but I am definitely considering it. There seem to be a lot of cute animal (and human!) boutiques in my area that might enjoy having cat toys or scarves to sell.
4. Have you been successful at selling your products on Etsy? Have you always been successful, or did you end up getting a lot more traffic after being featured on a specific blog?
I would say that I was fairly successful when I first started my shop. Ironic, I know. My success level has declined considerably here lately though, I think due to the simple fact that crocheting is such a saturated category on Etsy. Such is the way of life…
I don’t think I’ve noticed a sudden burst of activity at any specific time, honestly. 😉
5. Do your customers ever give you new ideas for products?
6. Have you thought of featuring a Ragdoll cat is some way? (Had to ask.)
Unfortunately, I don’t have a Ragdoll. I do adore them though! I think they are some of the most gorgeous cats out there. My neighbor raises Ragdolls… Maybe I should sneak her cats some Soggies.
7. Are you a one wo/man show?
Yep. That’s me! A one woman show. I do pretty much everything on my own. I do enlist family members to make post office runs if I need them too (i.e. they’re going to be right by the post office, I’m too busy, etc.).
8. Do you have a blog?
I sure do! The address is:
It is still a new-ish blog, so it is a work in progress. It mostly focuses on my crocheting endeavors, my patterns and designs, and my various crafty ventures.
9. Do you do custom ordering? Can someone return it if they don’t care for it?
I certainly do custom orders. I love custom orders! I only allow returns if the item hasn’t been used and if the buyer pays return shipping. I do my best to ensure that my customers are completely satisfied, though, and returns are rare (thankfully!).
10. Can you share a story with us behind any of your products that you especially enjoyed working on? Maybe because of the story behind the kitty?
Oh, I love working on my Soggy Sardines. Each Soggy has its own unique personality. The facial features always turn out to be slightly different, lending a comical affect to the toys.
When I made my cat his first Soggy, I knew I was going to enjoy making them. Now, trust me, the first Soggy I made looked more like a poorly executed submarine than a fish, but I improved my design a bit. Rex (my cat) absolutely adored his Soggy. We thought we’d never get him to stop acting goofy! It was so sweet. The slobber on the toy after he conked out wasn’t so sweet, but watching him play was sweet… All of that slobber is where the name Soggy Sardine originated. The sardine was soggy.