My second interview is with the two women behind the Etsy store JavaGirls. They sell awesome journals, notebooks, and sketchbooks, and I love their slogan: A little caffeine and a lot of creativity!
What is your name?
Java Girls is a two-person team. My name is Ruth Gadbois, and my business partner is Renee Coombe. Renee is the primary crafter in our business, and I do photography, posting, accounting, shipping and banking.
Where are you right now?
We both live in Salem, CT.
How did you choose the name of your Etsy shop?
We have been friends for 25 years. Over these years we've shared many cups of coffee. Actually, the discussion of opening our shop was over a hot cup of java! Therefore, the name, Java Girls, seemed perfect!
When did you learn to create the things you sell in your shop?
Renee is a natural artist. She has been an avid scrapbooker for years. She decided to apply these skills to making altered journals. She is self-taught and a very talented crafter. I am continually amazed at her creations.
If you had to choose one craft to do for the rest of this year, what would it be?
I think we're doing it: altered custom and personalized keepsake journals. Families are very important, and we feel that our journals and notebooks provide a means of bringing families closer together. Our journals are meant to be used and treasured. They are a way to preserve precious memories and express heartfelt thoughts and feelings. It's very rewarding when someone chooses one of our journals. It's not just a product. It is a very precious keepsake.
What author are you recommending today?
I love Mary Higgins Clark.
Why do her books appeal to you?
I enjoy her easy-read style. She's an amazing author. I personally prefer books that are not too deep. I also appreciate the fact that her books have very little profanity. Her books are intriguing, full of suspense, and very enjoyable and entertaining.