Showing posts with label Etsy Seller Feature. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Etsy Seller Feature. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Get to know Shawna from Scrawny Girl!

Take TWO! Sorry guys.. There was something fishy going on with the HTML in my last post. Ughhh such computer problems lately!! 

Hey guys! Today's post is to get to know Shawna from Scrawny Girl a bit better. 
Shawna is on the blog this week giving away an adorable doll.  It's been a lot of fun working with her, and getting to know her. Read through her interview, see what fuels her desire to create and take a peek into her life! 

Please give us a brief bio, where are you from, who you are and how you started in this field? 

Hi! My name is Shawna and I live in dusty Lubbock, Texas with my bass playing husband, darling daughter Amelia, and troublesome pup Loki. I love coffee, dying my hair, reading manga, thrifting, Dolly Parton, collecting/listening to vinyl, and anything cute! 
I started out making dolls a few years ago as Christmas gifts for my nieces (I have 6). At the time I was jobless, so I decided to make everyone's gifts from things we had around the house. Being a craft supply hoarder, I had plenty of vintage fabric to make dolls. I didn't know much about sewing, and just watched a few YouTube videos. 

Here are the 1st two dolls I ever made.

When did you first discover your creative talents?

I think I was born this way, and it's just the way I think. As a girl I remember turning the field behind our house into a maze, and our playhouse into Laura Ingalls Wilder's home. I was always drawing, especially Lisa Frank inspired pieces and unicorns. I'm that person who always wants to try new things, whether it's being in a punk band, teaching myself to knit, or dying my hair blue. 

What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated? 
A passion to create keeps me going, it's ingrained into me and not creating makes me depresso-girl. I also enjoy making my life cute, bright, and fun; and letting it spill over into other people lives. 

 Making goals keeps me motivated, even if I don't ever complete them. It is more about the journey/process for me. Although, a cup of coffee and a cupcake never hurt.

How would you describe your style? 

My personal style could probably be described as cat lady chic, who might be in a 90's alternative band. I wear lots of flannel, band tees, vintage pearl snaps, big glasses, tights with holes in them, leopard print, hats, and Converse. 

My artistic style is very cutesy/Kawaii. I am heavily influenced by Japanese anime and music (mostly Kyary Pamyu Pamyu). I like to keep my illustrations simple, clean, and cartoonish; that you can also see in my dolls. 

Describe yourself in 5 words.

Quirky, cute, geeky, fearless, creative

Share with us something funny that has happened to you recently. 

I spend most of my days just laughing at my daughter, she has the funniest personality and makes the funniest faces!

Anything else you would like to add? Favorite quote? Words of advice?

My favorite quote is from a poem by Robert Frost: "The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep..." If I ever got a tattoo it would be the words 'miles to go'.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Big Welcome To Kirsten

Today I'm doing a feature on my newest sponsor Kirsten! Her shop is quite lovely, bright a cheerful. Check out her shop, there is a coupon code there for 20% off any purchase from her!
Here is a little about my new friend Kirsten.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I currently live in South Dakota, although I have lived in several other states and grew up in Washington (state). Creating has always been part of my life – I think doing such a variety of crafting and service activities in Girl Scouts and school helped shaped what I believe is important as an adult. Now, I am always on the lookout for something new to try, from learning how to set up a website to taking a pottery class through community ed. I firmly believe that being a lifelong learner makes life more interesting.

 2. Tell us a bit about your shop.
I started Absolutely Kismet a year ago – I had been making and giving away beaded jewelry and wine charms as Christmas and birthday gifts for two years before that. I now sell beaded jewelry, hemp necklaces, wine charms, and new this summer, stitch markers in three different sizes for knitting. I love making things, and the opportunity to sell has been really fun! I’ve found one of the best sources of inspiration is my family. One of the parts of creating I love best is starting a project with someone else in mind and trying to capture his/her interests and personality.

3. What do you hope to accomplish over the next 2 years. 
I have lots of plans for my shop! My first goal is to increase the number of listings at Absolutely Kismet so people can see the variety of things I do within a category. I would also like to introduce several new product lines over the next few years. My hope is that Absolutely Kismet moves from hobby shop to a fully self-supporting enterprise.

4. What is something not many know about you?
Not many people know I always celebrate my half-birthday. My birthday is in the summer, so when I was a kid, my mom used to make cupcakes in February to bring to my class. Now that I’m an adult, I still celebrate in February (and August, of course!), but it’s more low-key with just my husband – although there’s still cake.

5. What is your dream vacation?
I would love to visit a tropical island! I love beaches and have visited several coasts, but no islands. I’ve always found the coast to be a wonderful and relaxing place to visit, summer or winter. Don’t forget the sunscreen, though!

Check out her shop and facebook page

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Welcome To Giulia!

I've actually known Giulia for a few months now, we have been emailing each other and  even sending letters and small packages for a while. She is a very very sweet and creative girl, and I am sooo excited to introduce her to you today!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi! My name is Giulia (Julia), I am Italian and have been living in the UK since 2007. I met my boyfriend back in 2003 while studying as an exchange year student in Cardiff, Wales. Between 2005 and 2007 I went back to Italy to finish my degree in Modern Languages and had a long distance relationship with my boyfriend. Those years were pretty hard as I used to see him every 2-3 months but that time made us stronger as a couple and in some way was very special. Now we are living in London. Coming from a small Italian village, I find London extremely fascinating and glamorous. I love every moment of it!
I enjoy painting, crafting, taking photos, live music and traveling. I am very much interested in different cultures, languages and countries.

2. Tell us a bit about your blog. (When did you start it, and why.)
I have started blogging a couple of months ago and I am now totally in love with it! I blog about my everyday adventures, my travels, my passions (cooking, art, fashion and music) and I have now opened an  Etsy shop called Il Gatto Bianco where I sell my jewelery! I needed to do something to compensate my boring 9-5 job and blogging and crafting have helped me to feel happier and feel more satisfied with myself! I think blogging is a great communication tool to get in touch with people who have similar interests to yours! It's a great community where you can learn, teach, laugh, give and get support! I find it extremely therapeutic! 

3. What do you hope to accomplish over the next 2 years.
At the moment I am working hard on myself. I hope to be able to gain a good self esteem and to manage my anxiety disorders. I also want to focus on my creative side and try to get into a job where I can put a bit more of my skills and ideas.

4. What is something not many know about you?
When I was a child I played piano for several  years. I was pretty good and used to do concerts as well. I jacked it in when I was a teenager and I now regret it so much! When I go back home and try to play my piano I can hardly play the Happy Birthday tune!

5. What is your dream vacation?
My dream vacation is a road trip to the US. I would love to do a coast to coast tour and discover its landscapes and cultures within its states. I also would love to go to Iceland and go to the Blue Lagoon and while there I would love to go to a Sigur Ros gig as well!!! I am a daydreamer oh yeah!

I hope she DOES take a trip to the US, I think her and I would get along splendidly.
Be sure to check out her blog here!
Thanks Giulia! xoxo

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Welcome To Brittany!

Check out my new sponsor Brittany! She has just opened her shop on the 3rd! I'm so excited for her. I love when people start a selling handmade online.. It takes a lot of talent and determination as well as lots of creativity!

I love Brittany's style, read this little feature on her, and you will too!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I'll try to keep this as short as possible ;) My name is Brittany! I am a 20 year old wife with no children and I love to create :) My interests include mostly nerdy things such as Video Games, Learning Japanese, Anime, Manga, etc. I'm also dying my hair Cotton Candy PINK this month! My favorite magazine is POPTEEN!

2. Tell us a bit about your shop. (When did you start it, what do you sell, and why.)

My shop opened April 3, 2011! So it is a virgin shop, with no sales. I am currently selling slouch hats, and will put up a pre-order of Amigurumi Cupcakes NEXT! I have a lot of NERD related items having something to do with MARIO, etc. in the works as well! I'll probably also sell a lot of Indie related things in the future, I have so many ideas with no direction right now!

3. What do you hope to accomplish over the next 2 years.

Well, above all else I hope to serve God in a WILD way, make friends of every race, religion, gender and belief, travel, be the best wife I can be. BUT! Shop related, I hope to expand my inventory to include crazy cute and nerdy items.

4. What is something not many know about you?

Hmm, I think that what I believe in and how I act and look always confuses people. Something that may surprise you is that in spite of what I believe in or how I look (pink hair soon), I am a very open and loving person despite the stereotype that goes with people who believe in God. I don't care what your sexual orientation is, or how you live your life <3 xoxo. Love is always my answer. Sorry if that is a little too deep for this question lol :P

5. What is your dream vacation?

My dream vacation would be with my husband in a house or cabin in the middle of the forest. Wolves howling, Owls, etc. Nature is beautiful! So anywhere surrounded with life really.

Isn't she awesome?! Please check out her shop, and blog!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Welcome To Amber!

You may have noticed this cute picture over by my sponsor section..
and the link may have been leading you to an empty shop... But, fear not. Abbey Roo is now open!

Meet Amber, my new sponsor. She is a wonderful artist and such a sweet person. I'm in love with the owl paintings AND the mushroom paintings. Some of my favorite things.

1.Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hello!  I am a part time artist that puts my focus on anything regarding nature. I feel that is my greatest inspiration when I want to create. And it puts me at the greatest of ease.
2. Tell us a bit about what your shop? (When did you start it, what do you sell, and why.)
I just opened my shop Abbey Roo this past week! After selling my work to locals and friends, I have been greatly encouraged to start selling online. I do custom work like portraits or pictures of names. I absolutely LOVE owls, deer, mushrooms, and anything foresty so you will see a lot of those on there too.  

3. What do you hope to accomplish over the next 2 years.
I would love to be able do this full time. I feel being able to create me be able to handle obstacles better. I can express what I'm feeling through my art.
4. What is something not many know about you?
My husband says I laugh like Scooby doo. Also it surprises people that I have 3 kids. And that I'm 30. I know that I look like I'm 20-24. I still act like it. :)
5. What is your dream vacation?
Europe! I have always wanted to go explore Holland, Norway, Germany, France, Italy, and England! 

Mmm! I love all the subtle colors and cute owls. So please check out Amber's blog and shop!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Welcome To Clair!

I am so excited to introduce my newest sponsor.. Clair! She is an artist and she paints some beautiful things! I just may have a portrait of Mowgli done some day.... 

1.Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a full time painter and since the economy took a dive, I stumbled on pet portraiture  – turns out I like painting dogs, a lot. They make me smile.

2. Tell us a bit about what your shop?
I try to do a painting a day in combination with my pet commissions, so there is a mix of everything.

3. What do you hope to accomplish over the next 2 years.
I would like to learn, improve skills, keep enjoying painting & have enough large paintings for a big show.

4. What is something not many know about you?
I’m a recovering alcoholic – almost 15 years sober.

5. What is your dream vacation?
Fuji, in one of those houses over the water with the glass floor so you can see the fish swimming around while your having coffee and dark chocolate. :)

My goodness! Aren't these beautiful?!
Check out here Shop, Blog and Website
Thanks Clair!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Welcome Ira!

A big welcome to my newest sponsor.. Ira is a very sweet and talented lady, and I'm so excited to be doing a little feature on her today! She sells art and clothing in her Etsy shop.

1.Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Ira Lee Henson.  I've lived in Arkansas my whole life and I love it!  I have 2 beautiful kiddos that are my everything!  I went to college for radiology and I'm in my 9th year doing MRI's at an orthopaedic clinic.  I've always loved to be creative and unique but this really started blossoming after college, along with regretting not studying art!  So... I create in my spare time!!  I love to be outside in nature, love our church and serving God, & perfecting my southern charm!!
2. Tell us a bit about what your shop?
I sell paintings and clothing online.  My art is all original, acrylic and mixed media.  The clothing is a mix of new and re-fashioned.  Its all very fun and colorful. 
3. What do you hope to accomplish over the next 2 years.
I would really like the etsy shop to take off, its a good creative outlet for me.  I am also focused on my kids, I want them to grow into strong Christians.  They both have beautiful souls and I love to watch the world though their eyes!   
4. What is something not many know about you?
Hmmm, I am always collecting something: taking pictures, song lyrics, quotes, torn pages from magazines, Bible verses, pretty rooms and outfits online.  All these are glued or taped in numerous messy folders or stored on my trusty jump drive.  It makes me crazy but I do it anyway.  I try to find inspiration in everything and inspire my children to do the same. 

5. What is your dream vacation?

Dream vacation?  A free one!!!  lol  I would love to go back to Peru.  I guess anything off the beaten path, not tourist-y.  I would love to go to New York City, New England in the Fall, on an adventure on an isolated beach, back to New Orleans, the kids want to go back to Disneyworld, or a mission trip to help others.  It's all about the experience you have, really!  This world is beautiful and there is so much I would love to see.

 Thanks so much Ira!

Interested in being a featured sponsor? Read about it here! 

Friday, October 1, 2010

Friday Favorites: If I Lived in a Tree

I spend a lot of time on Etsy browsing a lot of wonderful shops. I am constantly "hearting" favorites,
and I thought it would great to show off these talented people once a week. 
So here is the first official Friday Favorites.

Theme: If I Lived in a Tree

Happy Friday, and Happy October!

Today is going to be awesome..