IMG_0372.JPGI’d like to introduce you to Sabahnur, a talented Etsy seller from Istanbul, Turkey.

Sabahnur Gökalp is a stay-at-home Mom with 8 year old daughter. Her daughter is her muse and the reason why she started making crochet toys. Sabahnur believes that motherhood is a journey that opens doors, gives you fantastic ideas and a passion for learning. What a great attitude to have!

Her Etsy shop is filled with, in her own words, “lovely, funky, weird but totally CUTE products which had been crocheted with care and love.” I couldn’t agree more.

I’ve been following Sabahnur’s work for a while as one of My Favourite Shops, so I wanted to know a bit more about her and her crochet.

Q: Why did you start making cute crochet and what made you decide to sell it on Etsy?
A: Ah. It all started by my daughter’s birth. I wanted to crochet a toy which would be more healthy and playful than those sold in toyshops.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being an Etsy seller?
A: Getting positive feedback and lovely messages from my buyers.

Q: Describe your typical day.
A: I get up, prepare breakfast for my daughter and hubby, give my daughter a lift to school, then back to home. First breakfast, then housework, then checking my orders and crocheting them. If I have finished orders I go to post office and maybe meet up with friends. Then I pick up my daughter from school, prepare dinner and do more crocheting. In the evenings I read or watch tv.

Q: Do you worry about, or have you experienced, people copying your work?
A: Yes, in my country there are a lot of copycats. I was worried about it at first, but I’m used to it now.

Q: Do you have any tips for crochet sellers on Etsy?
A: Keep your items fresh. Beautiful photography helps a lot and be active on social networks.

Q: Where else, apart from Etsy, can readers find you?

A: My blog: petiteandcute.blogspot.co.uk

Instagram: sabahnur

Twitter: sabahnur

Facebook fan page: petite and cute design

Find Sabahnur’s Etsy shop Petite and Cute Design here.

I wish Sabahnur all the best for her Etsy shop and the birth of her second child. I can’t wait to see what cute and petite crochet toys she comes up with two muses to inspire her!

love my journey, love my life on etsy

– Sabahnur