Featured Zibbeter - GrandmothersHouse
Zibbet is pleased to present Carolyn Sloan and her Zibbet shop she named Grandmother’s House.
Grandmother’s House is filled with lovingly handmade items for babies and children. There is a wide variety because the shop is comprised of works by Grandmother Carolyn, Poppa Craft, Grandmother Natalie and Grammy Carter.
Carolyn’s presence on Zibbet is always cheerful and uplifting and we really appreciate her. We hope after reading her interview that you will use the share tool so others may enjoy her delightful interview, also.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
The words “average” and “ordinary” come to mind - I have yet to swim the English Channel or run a marathon, or ride the winning horse on Derby Day, but then, I’m never certain just what tomorrow will bring - and I’ll never stop dreaming of the next adventure, whatever it might be! Now in my 70th year, I am blessed with good health and sound mind, and a core belief that anything is possible. There are children and grandchildren in my life that are awesome - beautiful, intelligent, full of unlimited potential and there is incredible joy in being able to observe them from a distance - watching them bloom on their own, so to speak, where they have been planted.
Apart from being ‘creative’ what do you do?
Creativity seems to spill over into all areas of my life - I love to cook and the idea of taking a little of this, a pinch of that and whatever is in the cupboard, and coming up with an outstanding meal plan is a happy challenge (and accomplishment) for me. Diabetes management is a constant in the household, therefore the meal-plan is vital to good health and is the MOST important aspect of my present home-making/management - followed closely by creating that cozy nest feeling within the walls of this home. IF Spring ever arrives in this most beautiful corner of western North Carolina, gardening will present another opportunity to bring color and life to our immediate environment. I also use gardening as my gym-time - bend, squat, stretch, dig, pull, reach!!!!
What inspires you to do the kind of work you do?
Grandmother’s House is a tribute to Grandmothers and Mothers - all of our elders, really - who have invested time and love by teaching their young daughters (and sons, too!) the fine arts of hand-work and home-making; so many of those crafts are now a dying art and that is why it is SO heart-warming to see, among the Zibbet family, people who are skilled in Tatting or Crocheting, Weaving, Knitting, or carrying on traditions of natural skin care or soap-making. I love that which is old and traditional and am passionate about creating items that are affordable to struggling young parents - items that are quality-made, useful, practical.
Do you look up to anyone? Who? Why?
Without question, that would be the men and women of our Military who stand at the ready 24/7 to protect our freedom, without regard to the costs to them. Beyond that, I do look up to every-day people whose names would mean nothing to the readers here; they are people with illnesses, disabilities, adversities and through it all, a strong Faith. These are the people who inspire me, at any given time, with their doggedness and direction; I so admire the discipline and business-sense that I remember in my Mother during her lifetime. She was reserved, the soul of tact, and a tower of strength that held our family together during some very challenging times. Whenever I started to “whine” about something (usually trivial) she would say, “Consider the alternative”, and that would pretty much bring me back to reality.
Several years ago, I came across a quote by Marie Curie (1867-1834); it spoke volumes to me then and I have kept it near to me ever since - “Life is not easy for any of us, But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”
What other passions do you have in your life?
That’s a difficult question to answer…….whatever I do, I do with a passion - I throw myself into the matter at hand and tackle it every-which-way-but-Sunday! I worked actively in Real Estate Sales for about ten years before retiring; the days were long and one day would often spill on over into the next day as I researched, analyzed, and studied what was to be the BEST for my clients. I have very little self-control - if one cookie is good, then six or seven would be better!!!!!!
What do you like most about Zibbet?
I LOVE the simplicity of the entire site! It is true genius on the part of the creators to make and keep the system so user-friendly. Shop set-up and on-going maintenance is minimal and for someone with limited technology skills and understanding, like myself, that keeps the entire experienceof E-shopkeeping stress-less! Admin response time to requests or concerns is generally within 24 hours, and the response is usually simple and straightforward, not complicated or difficult to comprehend.
I also love the fact that we’ve kept politics OUT of Zibbet! Z is a wonderfully safe haven where we all can come with our common goal of creating and marketing our own specialties and it is the place we seek when we need that extra little shot of comfort, support, sharing, as relates to our involvement with Zibbet……………. period!
What ‘new’ things would you like to see added to Zibbet?
I believe this is an area currently being fine-tuned, and we will probably see it in the near future, if not already - it will be wonderful to have that cumulative Sales information (Sales This Month/Monthly Sales) available to each Shop in the My Zibbet page. I can’t wait!
How do you promote your work?
Lots of Business Cards, wherever I go…… BUY HANDMADE!!! with my URL on mailing labels on every piece of mail that goes out of the house….and that includes every e-mail message that I send, too. This may be the year of a Blog, and most certainly FaceBook.
I’ve also established a Research & Development Team of young people - sending them products to try out and then to report back to me what they liked or didn’t like about the item. They, of course, keep the item, show to their little friends and hopefully, that reaches young families beyond the usual marketing effort!
How would you recommend other Zibbeters make the most of Zibbet.com?
Join the Community! Jump into the Forums, start Discussions, meet the fellow-Zibbeters, and definitely look for ways to do collaborative Listings! If you live in an area near other Zibbeters, why not plan to meet up for Coffee or Lunch once a month, just to chat and cheer each other on?
In the future I’d like to be…
hmmmmm, another tough one! The truth of the matter is that I am in the twilight of my life, and we are not really guaranteed anything beyond this one day, are we? So I will be content to take each day as it comes, live it to the fullest, create treasures for Grandmother’s House for as long as I am physically able - it will never make me ($$) rich, but the heart will be happy - and a happy heart is a wealthy heart! I have a good life….and now, I wonder what tomorrow will bring?