Everything Tiny

Kelly Farrell of Everything Tiny carries teeny tiny dinosaur models and laser-cut craft supplies.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I got my degree in metalsmithing at Virginia Commonwealth University, but fell into lasering last August when some friends of mine decided to go in on one together. Since then I've been lasing nonstop, cutting and etching anything I can get my hands on (providing it's laser-safe, of course).

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Bicycle on a nice day. Liberty State Park is right near where I live. It's pretty flat, has tons of little paths, an amazing view of Manhattan, and is usually pretty empty. Great for a leisurely bike ride. As a bonus I can ride my bike to Liberty Science Center! Although I have yet to actually go in.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Pacing myself and keeping organized. I tend to get overwhelmed easily with all the stuff I have to do in a given week. I haven't really got a good "system" in place yet, so whenever I get a wholesale order I get a rush of excitement followed by "oh god how am I going to make that much stuff in a week." And of course the more overwhelmed I get the less organized I tend to be. It's a vicious cycle.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I think the Tinysaurs make the best gifts, I've always been a fan of gifts you can do something with. And the gift tins have the added bonus of being reusable, you can store Tinysaurs or something else entirely in them.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I think I wanted to be an Artist. At least, I idolized Claudia from the Babysitters Club Books, because she was the artsy one. The big difference between me and Claudia is that she was a fashion trendsetter. I on the other hand have no fashion sense. [I always wanted to be Claudia too! - FP]

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
I love ZooGuu, formerly known as Sweetest Pea. Not only is her stuff amazing but she's also sort of my hero in terms of independent business owners. And she's so nice!
I also have to give a shout out to Lollibomb because her lotion is the only stuff that doesn't make my hands feel gross and slimy afterward. I go through that stuff like nobody's business.

What does your future hold?
Probably a lot of time on the laser. I'm thinking about doing some laser-cut dinosaur themed jewelry, although jewelry is an insanely competitive market and I'm not sure I really want to go there.
This year for me is all about transitioning away from retail and doing mostly wholesale, which could take me some really interesting places!

Visit Everything Tiny at Etsy or kellbot.com