LeshasWorkshop

Knitted Accessories and Hair Goodies that are Yummy

Florida, United States · 549 Sales

LeshasWorkshop

Knitted Accessories and Hair Goodies that are Yummy

Florida, United States 549 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Lesha

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★ I also have another shop on Etsy specializing in fine art originals and prints
http://www.etsy.com/shop/leshasartshop
★ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LeshasWorkshop or Twitter: http://twitter.com/LeshasWorkshop
★ Items marked "READY TO SHIP" can be sent out next day
★ Vegan Knits available

Announcement

★ Free US Shipping
★ I also have another shop on Etsy specializing in fine art originals and prints
http://www.etsy.com/shop/leshasartshop
★ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LeshasWorkshop or Twitter: http://twitter.com/LeshasWorkshop
★ Items marked "READY TO SHIP" can be sent out next day
★ Vegan Knits available

Lesha

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Lesha

About

Life's to short to not have a little fun.....

(Large excerpts taken from my Featured Seller Interview here: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2010/featured-seller-leshasworkshop/)

My name is Lesha Denega and I live in FL with the best pound puppy ever, Mac.

I am a turbo knitter who loves it, but I also love making hats an fascinators - especially for bridal parties and costume events

I have a couple of disabilities, but I have turned them in my favor as they almost dictate I work from home right now. So instead of being curtailed, I feel free to work on my handmade efforts. It’s harder than it would be for some, but easier in that the nature of my medical problems often leads to intense bouts of productivity. I also eat a lot of chocolate.

--Apart from creating things, what do you do?

Well, I used to swim and run competitively, so I’m going back to the those. My big passion is reading and writing, so I usually have an audio book on while I’m knitting — kind of like redundant relaxation therapy. I like to see my family, who’ve been so supportive and I love to read, read, read. Did I mention read?

--What first made you want to become an artist?

I don’t know when, which is why I know it’s probably a really, really long time ago. Hanging in my sewing room is a “My Special Place” picture I drew in crayon when I was about five. It showed the modular plywood blocks and lamp and art supplies we’d set up in a corner of the room for me to work. Since I moved a lot, those blocks kind of grew up with me, and we always hung that picture. I’ve been scribbling, sewing, knitting and crocheting in corners of rooms ever since. I thank my mom for that. She always encouraged me to make, and then sell. I was selling handmade in high school because of her.

--Please describe your creative process.

I’m big on getting inspiration from odd sources and from books, net culture and magazines. I am a people watcher, and I often get distracted at movies looking at costume design. I kind of let it percolate, but I also keep binders of things that catch my eye. Then I’ll be eating a Tofutti and bam!, I run to grab one of my ten Moleskine notebooks hanging around and sketch it out. (The one below is an early prototype sketch of my “faux boots.”) Then or later, I’ll do the knitting swatch and whip out a prototype. Same with sewing.

As for my schedule, I’m trying to get one. If I wake up early (like 4 a.m.), I’ll work for a few hours and go back to sleep. I work on and off throughout the day, and am very productive at night, going to bed around 1 a.m. I get to be a morning AND a night person (at least that’s what I tell myself).

--What handmade possession do you most cherish?

Any of the jewelry my mom makes, my collection of jewelry from NobleGnome, my bag from GetReadySetGo, and anything a friend made.

Name your top five books, movies, musicians, and websites besides Etsy.

Books:

This is an evil thing to ask of me, but here goes, in no particular order:
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
The Places that Scare You by Pema Chodron
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Movies:
The Shawshank Redemption
Amelie
Groundhog Day
Batman Begins
Pulp Fiction

Musicians:
Rachmaninoff
Ms. John Soda
James Brown
Nickel Creek
Old Prince

Websites:
Slate
Pandora
Audible
Barnes & Noble
Style

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?

Assuming you are confident, or semi-confident that someone might, maybe, could want your craft (and heck, anyone would, you’re you, right? DO IT.), my advice would be to focus on the pictures. And then I would recommend pictures again. Then I’d say network — get to know people, make treasuries, and renew as much as you can afford. Use your analytics and other tools like Craftopolis to see what it is of yours that is trending. Don’t try to push your back stock; let it ride the coattails of your showstoppers.

--What are your favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?

I love all member-curated front page treasuries. I admit I use the Greasemonkey plug-in religiously, so I’d like to see them native to the site. I like the latest improvements. I think I’d like to see it be easier to search by seller for people who don’t know how to use a drop-down menu (laugh).

--How do you promote your work?

Well, I Twitter, I Facebook, I am religious about always having a business card on me, and I make sure to give my customers coupons regularly, so they will come back. I renew and I make treasuries, treasuries, treasuries. Good things come to those who promote others’ work.

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    craft mistress| book lover | Nutella fiend | knitting junkie | sewing experimenter | audio book-o-phile| recidivist runner

Shop policies

Last updated on November 5, 2013
PLEASE READ NEW POLICIES REGARDING INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING!

Hello! Lesha's Workshop is committed to making fun, funky, happy good things. So I'd like to think that when you are done with your transaction, you’ll feel fun, funky, and happy, too. As such, please do not hesitate to contact me - I respond quickly and welcome your feedback. If there is a problem, I firmly believe it's because there is a solution.

Creation time is currently 3 days to two weeks, depending om the item. If you need it rush or priority please convo me, and I'll see what I can do to meet you needs. Thanks

Please note almost all photos are edited for lighting and color, as many raw digital photos do not reflect the color of the yarn. I will always happily send a swatch ahead of time if you request in a convo.

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
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Payment
★★★ Payment must be received within 24 hours. After this time I will place your item back in the shop. If you can't pay in that time frame, please contact me and we will see what we can work out.
Shipping
★ INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING INFORMATION CHANGE effective 12/3/2010
★ ADDRESS INFORMATION POLICY CHANGE! effective 1/1/09

IMPORTANT: - If there is a difference between your Paypal address and your Etsy address, I will ship to the ★★★Etsy★★★ address unless you contact me!

★★★All standard shipping is free for the US. I ship USPS. I can ship fast, or I can ship economically, but in all cases I will ship well. Free Priority shipping is for US only, and only for select items, or otherwise noted during specials. Contact me if you wish to purchase faster shipping.


★★★ I ship International orders on Monday and Thursday USPS First Class International; for an increased fee I can ship Priority international - This provides additional tracking information and the option for insurance. Please note: shipping USPS First Class International may have unavoidable delays, especially at the holidays. If you are concerned please opt for faster shipping. I would rather quarantee you a speedy and safe package. Global Expedited (2 days) is available for an extra charge.

★★★ All items are shipped within 48 business (postal) hours of creation. Creation usually takes 3 days to two weeks Please convo me if you need it sooner. Custom items or items with notations regarding production time will ship later.

NO INTERNATIONAL PACKAGES WILL BE MARKED AS "GIFT" FOR CUSTOMS. I'm sorry, I could be legally prosecuted if I do so.
Refunds and Exchanges
I can't accept returns except in cases where the item is damaged. In these cases I will happily repair the item (and pay for all shipping) or refund your money if it cannot be fixed.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do custom orders on all knit and hairpiece items. There are more colors of yarn available than what you see on the site. So please do not hesitate to contact me about a custom order.

Creation time is currently 3 days to two weeks, depending om the item. If you need it rush or priority please convo me, and I'll see what I can do to meet you needs. Thanks

Clothing is custom based on availability of fabric and turnaround. Please convo me for more information.