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Etsy Love – Water Street Design

11 Jan

il_570xN_379255009_aoldToday I am getting to know Kim from Water Street Design.  Kim offers a wide variety of personalised stationery including pet note cards and portraits – all created with a sense of fun and lightheartedness which makes me smile.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop. 

Art has been my life long hobby. I am so grateful that I have the time, interest and energy to paint, draw and create… It has been such a wonderful way for me to express my creativity, observations about life and personality. My husband Mike encouraged me to join Etsy, and the timing was just right!

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.il_570xN_364418014_kod1

My favorite piece is my Personalized Just Married/Engaged print. I love the simple black and white (I want to keep working in this style) with the pop of modern color. I think it’s a romantic piece of art — even appropriate for those married 21 years. (hint hint)

3. What is it that makes your shop unique?

I am expressing myself with all of my cards and prints, and have been told I have an easily recognizable style. I hope this style stands out in my shop and makes it unique. I would have to add that my cartoon dog cards seem pretty unique.

4. What’s next in the pipeline?

Next in the pipeline is linoleum block printing. One of the first cards I made when I opened my business, was a lino cut of handbags. I want to get back to that style.

5. Tell us something about you or your shop that you haven’t previously shared!il_570xN_377370773_5i1r

My first sale was one of my Westie cards which has always been one of my most popular designs. I was so happy and danced around the house when I got that first sale. I get a high from each and every sale actually!

6. And finally, let us know where we can find you.

Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/WaterStreetDesign
Follow me on Twitter: @WaterSt_Design
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WaterStreetDesignbyKimCrumrine
Email: WaterStreet-Design@comcast.net

Thanks for sharing your beautiful shop with us Kim, you are a very talented artist.  I especially love your Chocolate Lab Note Card – you get a real sense that he has just popped over to say hello!

Etsy Love – TA-DA! Studio

29 Feb

  

Next up in my Etsy Love series is Višnja from TA-DA! Studio (what a fabulous name!) who sells handcrafted, illustrated jewellery.  I just love the intricacy of  Višnja’s illustrations, and what a wonderful way of showcasing her beautiful talent by turning it into wearable art!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop.

My name is Višnja Mihatov Barić, I’m a 28 year old artist living in Zagreb, Croatia, but I was born in the most beautiful city in the Adriatic coast, Zadar. I work as a graphic designer and illustrator and a couple of months ago I started making illustrated jewelry. I’ve graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts because I always wanted to become an artist, it was my dream come true. I was fortunate to be surrounded by my creative family, the are my biggest support and it means so much to me, especially for my work. I spend a lot of time on sketching, drawing, making things, and Etsy is a great place where I can show my art!

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.

It’s hard to say which of my items is my favourite, I really love them all because I put a lot of effort and work into each one of them. Every single part of creating one item is my favourite, first I make sketches, then I play with various shapes of polymer clay and in my head I have a vision of what drawing would go perfect with each shape.

3. What is the biggest milestone you have achieved so far whilst selling on Etsy?

The biggest milestone? Don’t know, I think I’m on the right path with my Etsy shop! Hope I will continue with making my jewelry this way, soon there will be lots of different items in my shop, like bracelets and necklaces..My biggest goal is not selling, just making jewelry with my own hands, hopefully more and more people will like what I do!

4. What are your future plans for your shop and crafting in general?

I’m taking one step at the time, I’m not rushing into something that I feel won’t work in the future. I’m still learning everything about Etsy and finding the best way to promote my work, it takes time and lot of patience. The only thing I wish the most, is to become my own boss and work full time creating jewelry!

5. And finally let us know where we can find you.

Etsy Shop: http://www.tadastudio.etsy.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/TA-DAhandmade-jewelry/
Tumbler: http://tadastudio.tumblr.com/
Twitter: http://tada_studio.twitter.com/

Thanks for sharing your beautiful, unique jewellery with us Višnja!  It’s always refreshing to discover something a bit different and I love the fact that each of your pieces has its own story.  I hope you accomplish your dream of being able to create jewellery full time – I know I sometimes wish I could craft all day too!

Etsy Love – Lemon Dear

15 Feb

It’s always great to be featured on someone’s blog so I thought I would share the love and feature some of my fellow Etsyans’ wonderful shops in my new blog series called ‘Etsy Love’.

First up is Susana Johnston from Lemon Dear, a vibrantly lovely shop full of embroidered and illustrated delights.  I really enjoy Susana’s unique style and bold use of colour in her designs.

So let’s get started!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop.
 
I am a film maker with a penchant for arts & crafts, in the past few years my love for painting and embroidery have taken over my love for making films and my inspiration for starting my Etsy shop came from my admiration toward all the wonderful artists whose pieces I’ve been coveting for many years via their Etsy shops. Etsy is such a wonderful place to get exposure and to reach people who otherwise wouldn’t have heard about one’s work.
 
2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.
 
I love each and every piece of my shop, but my big favourite at the moment is the circus ringmaster embroidery, he started as an illustration and it was that wonderful red and white stripes fabric which gave him a whole new life and a whole new dimension and he is my current favourite because of the way he started: so humble in black and white paper and now he is this whole other piece in a fabric that compliments him so well. 
 
 
3. What is the biggest milestone you have achieved so far whilst selling on Etsy?
 
Every single heart, every single shop favourite and treasury and of course, every single sale and positive feedback are all huge milestones. Having an Etsy shop is a constant process of improving yourself and your product. Everyday is a milestone and a reminder to those persons who might want to close their shop to keep on going because greater milestones will come with time.
 
4. What are your future plans for your shop and crafting in general?
 
My Etsy goal of the year is to reach the magical 100 listings. I also would like to complete my 365 watercolours a day project and to keep on making group exhibits in local galleries (My next one is in early March) and hopefully, to have my own art show before 2012 ends. 
 
5. And finally let us know where we can find you.
 
I am everywhere!
 
 
Thank you Susana for taking the time to answer my questions – it was a pleasure to feature such an interesting and unique shop.  I wish you every success in your crafting endeavours!