February 3, 2012
If you will pardon my cheesiness, I would like to use this week's installment of notes from the captain to introduce myself. My name is Nicole and I am taking over captain's duties for the Etsy NeedleArts Team. On Etsy I go by AniaJane, which is a mash-up of parts of my two-year-old daughter's name. She seems cool with it so far. I was born in Western New York (Go Buffalo!) and still live here with my family. It's a cool little place, even if Tom Brady doesn't like our hotels.
I've been sewing since my husband gave me a machine for Christmas three years ago, and now I like to mix it with free style hand embroidery. I love drawing designs and working them onto a piece of fabric with my needle and thread and then making something wearable or useful out of it. I enjoy learning new stitches and I am really interested in making the shapes of the stitches themselves a main feature in my design.
I've been doing this for a bit under a year and have had my shop on Etsy for only half of that time, so I still have a lot to learn, and that is why I am so excited about becoming captain of this team. We have members doing all sorts of cool things with the needle arts and I want to be inspired by and promote their great work!
I want to thank Amanda for doing a great job captain-ing us this far. I look forward to building on the hard work the leaders of this team have already done and to finding new ways to engage and grow our team.