Meet Carla of Carrotcake

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Name: Carla Morales
Birthdate: December 5, 1983
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Shop Name: Carrotcake
When and why did you first join Etsy? January 2007. I had recently graduated from art school and for the first time in my life, I didn't have homework. It was a really weird feeling, so I started assigning myself projects. Many of which were ideas I had had for years, and finally hadthe time to make.
Did you open your shop right away? Yup. Ever since i was little, I've loved playing store. Beauty parlor, candy store, pet shop, you name it. I love being a shopkeeper.

Why are you a member of EtsyTeaParty?
It's really fun to be in a cute club. I love our little network. It's like having a ton of BFFs.

Easy one, what is your favorite color(s)?
I love pastel Easter colors,particularly seafoam green. I hate being around ugly colors. If I buy anappliance that only comes in beige, I paint it. Or glue trim to it.

How did you choose your shop's name?
Carrots are a big part of my life. I have a rabbit, red hair, and I'm vegetarian. My first name also starts with the same three letters. I love food coloring and frosting. And want to decorate you like a cake.

What is your favorite item that you have listed in your shop and why (addURL)?
The garments I have sewn using my own screenprinted fabric. These pieces combine my love for graphic design and fashion and are totally one-of-a-kind and unique.Pretzel Print - Things -

Do you have any other hobbies besides crafting/creating gorgeous handmadethings for Etsy?
I'm in a highly-acclaimed rap group with Sam of andKelly of We've been performing off-and-on for six years.

Do you have any pets?
I have an amazing 6 year old rabbit named Paris.I've had him since he was a baby and have taught him many tricks andwords. He's litterbox trained, and is always hopping around the house and hanging out on furniture.

What is your most cherished possession and why?
Everything made by SamGerlach. Particularly the iron pooper scooper she made for my bunny Parisin a blacksmithing class. I will keep every hilariously thoughtful thingshe's ever made for me forever.

What is/are your favorite item(s) that you bought from Etsy?
A pastel sheep dress by ImYourPresent. I love Easter, so of course I had to buy it.It's fleece so it makes me feel like a big baby.

Tell us about your family members.
I'm the youngest of three sisters. My sister Jennie is an attorney, my sister Bonnie an architect. For mybirthday Jennie bought me a Trademark for my Fancypacks. Bonnie has a 4 year old boy named Nico, my nephew. I hang out with him almost everydayand teach him words like "glitter, leopard print, hot pink, lavender." Heloves maps and Katy Perry. For Halloween, my dad was a pizza. My mom isreally tiny, hyper and fun.

If you were stranded on an island and could only bring three things, whatwould they be?
A Fancypack, obviously. Paris and chocolate milk.

What things inspire you to craft/create?
I'm inspired by all my friends and the amazing things they make.

What advice do you have for fledgling Etsy sellers?
Make what you love,not what you think may sell. Create items with a clever, peculiar twist. Write entertaining descriptions.

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