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Thursday Feature – Print Me Prettiful

18 Apr

This week we get to know Leanne from Print Me Prettiful who creates premade and personalised prints and stationery.  Leanne’s shop has only been open for a couple of weeks but is already full of beautifully presented and professional looking designs!il_570xN_444158431_dccl

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

My main business is actually as a lifestyle & wedding photographer. It was through branding and photo editing that I realised how much I loved design in general. I dabbled with the idea of helping other people brand their businesses but with a huge passion for interior design, I kind of found my comfy zone in wall art. From there I spread into other areas of design such as stationery, blog design & things like reward charts etc.

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_439002751_adtm

I don’t really have a favourite piece. I guess each new print I design forms with the one before and is ready for the one after and it’s the collection on a whole that I love the most. I think personalised wall art is the perfect way to display your family story.

3. What is it that makes your shop unique?

I think the flow in colour helps to make my shop stand out. Each item blends with the next but as single items they each stand out for their own reason too. There’s something playful yet sophisticated with my prints and they really work for everybody. One of my customers has ordered a print that was originally designed for a child’s bedroom. She instead wanted the details of her wedding name and date and it worked beautifully. So my items can be for you or your child or even your pet hehe.

4. What’s next in the pipeline?

I’m working on quite a large collection of blogger templates for the online store. Next for my wall art will be promoting my products offline. I’m hoping to take some of my work to some local independent high street stores and start selling this way too.

5. Tell us something about you or your shop that you haven’t previously shared!il_570xN_441126712_8pem

One of my first listed items on Etsy was a family print that included many phrases and details about my own family. I made the print for myself and loved it. It wasn’t until some weeks later I realised I’d made a slight error. I’d spelt my surname wrong *eeek!* So now I am EXTRA careful personalising items that everything is spelled correctly.

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

Etsy Shop: www.printmeprettiful.etsy.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeannePmP
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/printmeprettiful

Thanks for sharing your shop with us Leanne.  I’ve enjoyed all of the features I’ve done in the series, however it’s nice to be able to feature someone a bit closer to home!  I wish you lots of success and many sales!

Etsy Love – A Flash of Nature

25 Jan

il_570xN.363567611_jvbzNext up in my Etsy Love series is Kacie from A Flash of Nature, a nature photographer who sells prints and gadget cases featuring her stunning images.   I’ve always been a fan of nature and Kacie’s photographs capture the vivid colours and natural patterns which sum up my passion perfectly!

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

Nature photography has provided me the opportunity to blend my two passions as a Biology Major who also happens to love art. I came across Etsy in 2009 as a shopper and fell in love with the sheer volume and variety of hand-crafted items available. About a year later, I was looking through all of my photos and realized that I had a number of unique shots. For the next two years, I pondered the idea of opening up an Etsy shop until finally this past summer I took the plunge. Since opening my shop, I have added two lines of functional art depicting my photography including iPhone cases and neoprene iPad sleeves.

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.363577260_7pyi

I actually have several favorite pieces, but probably the photo I am most proud of is my “Hummingbird Flight” photo; it is part of a 17 piece collection. One of the things I really enjoy doing during the summer is sitting at my hummingbird feeder and watching these amazing creatures do their aerobatic acts. I had always wanted to photograph a hummingbird in flight so that I could share with my family and the world what beauty lies in their own backyard. Capturing a flying hummingbird on camera however is not easy. Hummingbirds are jumpy and fast, they beat their wings 70 times per second. So, in order to get the perfect photo I had to not only gain the bird’s trust, but also be quick to take the shot. It took me two summers, but eventually I captured a female on high-speed.

3. What is it that makes your shop unique?

My shop is unique in a few ways. As I mentioned above, I like to get close to my subjects. I’d say at least 50% of my pictures are macro photography. Often times, when you see wildlife photos for sale, they are taken using a fancy camera with a zoom lens. With my photos, if it looks like the animals are close, it’s because they are. My photos are also unique in that they are realistically vivid and color saturated. These pops of color make them ideal for functional art. Not everyone has a place in their home to hang another photo, but just about everyone has a cell phone and a computer; which is why I started offering iPad/iPhone cases this past fall. It enables my customers to take their art with them wherever they go!

4. What’s next in the pipeline?

I hope to keep adding to my photo collection and hopefully expand my functional art line. I will also be having at Valentine’s Day sale from January 23rd- February 14th. All items are 10% off with coupon code MDVD13.

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

I do custom orders as well, so if you see a photo you like but need it in a different size or if you wish a photo were offered in another form of functional art such as a laptop bag, coffee mug, or note card, let me know!il_570xN.375782343_teg8

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

Etsy Store: www.etsy.com/shop/AFlashOfNature
Wanelo: wanelo.com/aflashofnature
Tumblr: www.tumblr.com/blog/aflashofnature

Thanks Kacie, you have a wonderful eye for detail and have captured some beautiful shots!  Don’t forget to visit A Flash of Nature and use Coupon Code MDVD13 for 10% off – offer ends 14th February!

 

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!

Treasury – My Pastel Dreams of Europe

17 May

‘My Pastel Dreams of Europe’ by thecandytree125

I hope you enjoy my selection of pastel delights which all make me want to pack up and expore the warmer climes of mainland Europe!  Click on a picture to be taken to the relevant Etsy shop for full details.

$20.00

$25.00

$1568.63

$19.00

$8.00

$25.00

$30.00

$30.00

$21.00

$45.00

$24.50

$30.00

$16.00

$30.00

$6.00

$25.00

Treasury – Etsy Love Series

13 Mar

My Etsy Love blog series has come to an end and as a thank you to my featured shops I have created this treasury filled with some of my favourite pieces.


16×20 Folk Art Boat Painting…

$98.00

Red Heart Baby Bib, 6 month …

$19.75

Vine Earrings -Wire Wrapped,…

$48.00

Vintage Wood Shoe Shine Box,…

$28.50

Poppies Watercolor Card 5×7

$3.00

Plush Yellow Doll Toy Emmado…

$30.00

Irish Eye – 1inch wood penda…

$5.00

Bird Collage Art Mixed Media…

$55.00

Sea Turtle Plate Blue

$23.99

Dia De Los Muertos Art Print…

$28.00

Lewis Carroll – Who in the W…

$70.00

Gemstone necklace, Aquamarin…

$460.00

girl illustration – black an…

$22.00

OOAK Fabric flower wall art …

$30.00

home sweet home embroidery

$32.00

Amethyst Tree Business Card …

$35.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Etsy Love – When Shutters Click

12 Mar


We come to the end of my Etsy Love series with Natalie from When Shutters Click Gifts who sells handcrafted pendants, greetings cards and other gifts featuring her own photography.  Natalie’s shop is full of beautiful images and I get a wonderful nostalgic feeling when looking through her products.  I love nature and colour and the fact that Natalie’s jewellery and gifts are made using her own original photography make them truly unique.

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

The name is Natalie and I’m a fun-loving, crafting gal who fell in love with photography at the age of 15. I have always been a very creative, visual person and come from a family of artists; my mother is a writer and my older brother is a jazz/R&B drummer.

When I decided to close my portrait/wedding/commercial photography business after 3 successful years so I could focus on friends, family and my health.. it didn’t take long for me to miss being creative and creating something I could share with others. After a few months, I decided to use my photography, and my love for crafting, to create pieces of jewelry and other accessories.

While still being able to focus on friends, family and health, I am still able to fulfill my need to be creative and share my work with others.

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

My favourite piece is my Irish Eye necklace. I love that photograph so much, I have a 16×20 canvas print that I hang in my living room wall. The pendant is created using a high quality glass tile and a silver plated high-shine tray; it is my favourite because it is so bright and happy, it is a great fit for any outfit.

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

I can’t say that I have hit any yet. My shop is still fairly new, so I can’t celebrate being open for a year or anything like that. I am hoping that in 2012 I will hit the 100 sales milestone, that would be wonderful!

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

I have a number of products waiting to be added to the shop, new styles but also new photographs! I have a very special line of pendants coming out soon for my fellow photographers 😉

I am planning a new blog design and hoping to open a shop, in addition to Etsy, on my website where I can offer other products.

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

Etsy Shop: http://www.whenshuttersclick.etsy.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhenShuttersClickGifts
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/shuttersclick
Website: http://www.whenshuttersclick.com

 Thanks for sharing with us Natalie, your work is very beautiful.  I know that you will do well on Etsy as you have a truly original product and a brilliant eye for photography – it will just be a matter of time before the sales come flooding in!

I’d like to say thank you to all of my contributors to my Etsy Love series.  It has been a pleasure looking at so many original and beautiful designs and vintage finds.

I will still feature shops from time to time and if you would like me to feature your shop, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Etsy Love – Cheryl Brisson Folk Art

20 Feb


Next up in my Etsy Love series is Cheryl from Cheryl Brisson Folk Art who paints jewellery boxes and other vintage and thrift shop finds.  She also sells original artwork, art prints and cards.  I just adore the whimsical style of Cheryl’s folk art.  The attention to detail and vibrant colours are so relaxing to look at.

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

I live in a small city in Northern Canada and was having trouble finding shops that fit my style of folk art – when I found Etsy I knew I’d hit the jackpot!

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

I loooove every vintage jewelry box that I paint – just knowing that someone gave that piece up and that with a little paint and imagination it will be beautiful and useful again – and holding someone’s precious jewels!

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

Shipping to Japan!

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

I want to keep growing my Etsy shop…I’m also interested in teaching classes and workshops (I’m a part-time Special Education teacher).

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

You can find me here:
Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CherylBrissonFolkArt
Blog: www.cherylbrisson.blogspot.com

Thank you for sharing with us Cheryl.  It’s always great to see unwanted items being turned into something beautiful and given a new lease of life, and you do it with amazing style!

Etsy Love – Susan Windsor

16 Feb

Next up in my Etsy Love series is Susan Windsor who sells note cards, prints, pendants, magnets and calendars made from original watercolour paintings in her delightful shop.  I really enjoyed browsing Susan’s shop – her watercolours have a delicate, impressionistic air to them.  Each piece is beautiful in its own right but has been cleverly adapted into a useful object!

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


I started painting in high school. Watercolor was the first paint I tried and it stuck with me. I tried working with oil paints, but they just take too long to dry! 🙂 I’ve painted off and on since then. A little over two years ago I heard about Etsy from a friend who had a shop. I was so intimidated by the idea, but she encouraged me to really consider selling my art. I have a degree in graphic design, so I knew I could scan my paintings and format them well enough for cards and prints. Once I invested in a pretty good printer, I knew I should start on Etsy.

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

My favourite piece is the Restaurant Waiter.   It’s my favourite painting to date, because I remember the learning curve it was for me to paint it. I did this while taking a class about eight years ago. The teacher encouraged me to not use any black paint, but instead to choose varying dark colors for the shadows. By doing that, it added real depth to the painting. The things I learned from that teacher have affected most of my paintings since then.

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

A few weeks after opening my Etsy shop I found out we were expecting our first child! I thought I couldn’t handle working full time, having a baby, AND keeping an Etsy shop running. Our little guy is now 17 months old, and I have found that I’ve never painted so much in my life as I have these last two years! Having the Etsy shop keeps me accountable to my creative side. I’m most happy when I’m using the gifts I’ve been given. When life is full and crazy, I go to my paints…it’s my therapy. 🙂 I think it makes me a better wife and mother in the end.

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

I’m always up for a new challenging subject matter. It’s so gratifying when I have a finished piece that people will enjoy. I’ve recently starting listing my original paintings along with the note cards, prints, pendants, and magnets. I’d like to start taking requests for new paintings to work on and list in my shop. I may even take the plunge and offer commission portraits through my Etsy shop, which until now have only been done by word of mouth. I’d also like to try painting original miniature paintings that can be made into pendants–wearable art!

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

You can find me here:
Etsy Shop: www.susanwindsor.etsy.com
Blog: www.susanwindsor.blogspot.com
Twitter: @Susan_Windsor
Facebook: www.facebook.com/susanwindsorartwork

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions Susan.  I am in awe of your ability to do so much!  I also work full time whilst running my Etsy shop and that is tricky at times, but to have a young baby as well must have you rushed off your feet!  Congratulations on all your success and I wish you much more to come!