Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Interview with Kat from ReadingsByKat- Part of the TT Blog Swap

I'm taking part in a great blog swap with my Time Travelers Team on Etsy. What happens is you have a set of question about yourself and your shop and everyone sends in their answers to the person above them on the thread.

The person I am featuring is Kat from ReadingsByKat who specialises in Tarot Readings and Witchy-Wares.

1. How did your shop get its name and what was the main inspiration behind opening your shop?

My shop name is actually pretty self descriptive, but then I like to be a no-nonsense reader. My inspiration is also pretty simple, I have always enjoyed reading tarot for people as it tends to help them look at situations in a different light. The spell crafting came about when I did it for one of my clients and really enjoyed the whole process of research and development! I've gotten a lot of positive reactions such as "It's so nice to be able to get a quality spell, especially when my mind is just coming up with nothing."

2. What do you create and do you have a signature product? If so how did it come to be?
Aside from the readings I create simple but effective spells to help people achieve their goals and move opportunities into their lives. My favorite set so far is the Knot and Sachet kits but I think my signature is the Mini-Spell Bottles. They are packed with color magic, symbolism, candle magic, herb correspondences and gemstones that all roll together into a tiny and unobtrusive bottle.

3. Where do you find your inspiration and what makes you different from the other people that make what you make?
Honestly my inspiration comes from my clients. While spells for love and money are no-brainers all of my other creations were originally written at the request of a client. I would never have thought to put together a spell to help boost confidence without being inspired by my clients. As to what makes me different, I believe it's my focus on simplicity and effectiveness as well as custom requests and customer service. I also hold myself to a high ethical standard and have unfortunately had to tell clients that I cannot help them achieve what they want because of that.

4. What do you enjoy most about your craft?
I love my most accurate and transformational readings. I usually end up shaking my head as I'm typing them up because the messages that are coming through the cards mean nothing to me. I write it up anyway and send it off to the client; these are the readings that my clients are so thankful for. I love that I can help people hear and see their situations in helpful ways.

5. What is your best advice to newbie Etsians just opening their shops?
Take everything in bite sized pieces otherwise you end up overwhelmed. Build up your store and put effort into your listings. Make sure your customers have ways to connect to you outside of etsy such as facebook, twitter and/or a blog. Put effort into those connections or they will do nothing for you. Also, find teams that are active and supportive and crowd-source ideas and ask for feedback! I humbly suggest the Time Travelers Team ;)

6. What are your top 3 favorite shops on Etsy and what do you like about them? I just want to own almost everything in her shop. His artwork is amazing! She is an amazing woman working very hard to support her family. I can't wait till I have enough money to order a full quilt!

7. Where else (other than Etsy) can you be found online?

8. Do you have any coupon codes / special sales / upcoming or current promotional events going on in your shop?
Just for all of you, TTT15 for 15% off anything in the shop!

These are some of Kats wonderful products



  1. Thanks so much for the feature! I can't wait to pay it forward too!

  2. Your welcome Kat :) Its a great idea