I am Alicia Bernstein, my shop is called Sally Bateau. I sell mostly jewelry, but I have started offering stuffed owls, vases, and storage containers as well!
Tell us a little about your family.
I am married to an amazing musician and we have 2 children. My youngest is 4 years old and incredibly entertaining, the eldest (technically a step-son, but mine just the same) is 12. We live with my husband’s mother in a beautiful old farmhouse in the sticks. We have one clinically insane cat called “Mickey” who feigns ignorance but is actually a criminal mastermind.
|Me and Ziggy|
Where are you in Maine and what’s it like?
I live in New Canada, a small town just outside of Fort Kent. We are in a gorgeous spot covered with rolling hills and lush, green landscape. It is an amazing place. We have a little garden and an amazing yard. My mother-in-law and I work together on our flower beds and veggie gardens each year; we are both quite passionate about gardening.
Are you a native Mainer? If so, what’s kept you. If not, what brought you here?
I am a native Mainer, I have lived in Maine all of my life. I grew up just south of Fort Kent in an even SMALLER town called Portage. I really love the quiet serenity of this area, it is very conducive to my creativity. I spend as much time as I can out in the woods looking at flowers, colors, and all sorts of different things that inspire me.
How long have you been making your craft and what got you into it?
|Modeling a prototype of a goblin costume|
for Midsummer Night's Dream
|Watercolor Ragmuffin Stuffed Owl|
Do you feel your craft is related to where you live?
I think that I am influenced by my location, but my crafts aren’t really a reflection of where I live.
How has being a part of the Etsy Maine Team helped you?
Etsy Maine Team has been a sort of divine intervention for me, the team has been MORE than helpful; I can throw ANY type of question out there in our chat threads and within an hour I have MULTIPLE answers. Maine Team members really seem to look out for each other; I have gotten so much encouragement and support from this team. I am a member of a few other teams, but Etsy Maine Team has become my “home” team.
What are some of your favorite shops on Etsy?
|Mushroom Design Clay covered Container|
Where do you see yourself and your Etsy shop in the future?
I sincerely hope that I am able to become more successful with my sales and shop, but time will tell. I love Etsy, but there is something special about going to craft shows and spending time with customers.
Where can we find you online and locally?
|Hemp Anklet with Clay and Wooden Beads|
www.facebook.com/pages/Sally-Bateau/ and my Etsy shop at: www.etsy.com/shop/Sallybateau.
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