Featured Zibbeter - ItsMyThingDesigns
At Its My Thing Designs you’ll discover that her creative talents are many. From jewelry to crochet and designing her very own amazing cross stitch designs, we think she is a very talented lady.
We are very happy to have Wanitta as a member of Zibbet. If you love this interview please use the “Share” feature so that others may enjoy it, too.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia but moved to Northern Vancouver Island when I was ten years old. We moved around a lot but finally settled in Duncan, which I would consider my home town.
After I left home I attended Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia. My studies included Art History, Anthropology, Introduction to First Nations Law and Canadian Studies focusing on First Nations Culture and History.
While living in Victoria I met my husband, who was attending the University of Victoria, and we quickly became friends. Although he moved back to Alberta and I moved to Vancouver later that year we continued our friendship through letters for the next two years. One of my last letters to him asked “what if you were in love with someone but were afraid to say because it might ruin the friendship”. Not too obvious. He called me after reading the letter and said he hoped I meant him. Fourteen months later I moved to Alberta where we were married. The rest, as they say, is history.
Over the years I have engaged in many community activities such as a volunteer craft instructor at a nursing home, sang in a community choir, volunteer costume designer and maker for a local children’s musical theatre group all the while being a stay at home mom and “living” at the kids’ schools doing various volunteer work. I took on odd jobs during school hours to keep my feet wet.
I love life, adventure, family, photography and creating. As I say “It’s my thing and I love it!”
Apart from being ‘creative’ what do you do?
When I’m not being creative I am a professional practical joker and part time Ninja. Seriously though, I worked full time for three years as a warranty administrator but retired from the workforce to pursue my on line business full time. With five on line stores, an auction site, craft shows throughout the year as well as selling my fingerless gloves at a local swanky spa I keep pretty busy.
What inspires you to do the kind of work you do?
Designing is my passion! Whether it is a new pair of earrings or a cross stitch chart, I love the satisfaction I get from creating something new. Much of what I create is influenced by my interests in ancient and contemporary textiles, architecture and art alike. I have been designing cross stitch charts for over 20 years and they reflect hints of such cultures as the Incas, Paracas, Celts and Egyptians. I have been designing fashion jewelry since the fall of 2006 and my styles range from Victorian Gothic, Art Deco and Art Nouveau to Modern Elegance, Rock Chic and the just plain fun. There is nothing better than sitting in front of a pile of new charms, beads, findings, etc., and coming up with new ideas.
If you would like to know about my early inspirations please feel free to read “Jewelry – Not Just About the Bling” on my website.
Do you look up to anyone? Who? Why?
I have four people in my life that I really look up to. First on my list is my husband. Besides being my best friend he has always been a wonderful, supportive partner and father. Second are my kids. Despite all the outside peer pressure, negative temptations and influences in the world they have both grown into remarkable human beings. Last but not least is my Mum-in-law. She could be the poster woman for awesome moms and grandmas around the world.
What other passions do you have in your life?
My other passions include thrift store shopping, going to garage sales, furniture refinishing, photography and hanging out with my friends.
What do you like most about Zibbet?
I love Zibbet! There are so many favorite features, but if I can only pick one it would have to be the ease of listing.
What ‘new’ things would you like to see added to Zibbet?
Something that I would love to see added is a super easy collection builder. This is a really fun way to share the works of other sellers. Maybe it could be as simple as pulling items from our ‘favorite’ file.
How do you promote your work?
While I do self promote I find that sharing the works of others gets me noticed too. Some of the ways I promote my work are to auto-Tweet from my business Facebook page, build ‘collections’ on another site, share good news on my website and other social networks such as Zibbet Community and last month I started a customer appreciation coupon program to drive traffic to my Zibbet shop. Each customer that makes a purchase from me, no matter what other site they buy from, receives a discount-off coupon with their order. Along with other awesome sellers I also contribute samples and coupons to the Sample ZBOX shop. With regard to promoting others I recently started a discussion on Zibbet Community called “Saying thanks to fellow sellers who shop at your stores. Post your thanks here ”
How would you recommend other Zibbeters make the most of Zibbet.com?
I would recommend that people join fun groups on Zibbet Community. There seems to be a core group of us that keep bumping into each other on other social sites and a lot of support and wisdom can be found by hanging out with us. Many of us met through Zibbet. I would also recommend that you go Premium if you can. With over 500 handmade-by-me items in my shop I couldn’t have done it without the Premium features.
In the future I’d like to be…
In the future I would like to be the Empress of the Universe… and have a sea-side brick and mortar shop when we retire to Vancouver Island.