~"My name is Jillian Doskocil and I think the best way to describe me is purely lackadaisical. By day I am a merchandiser at Urban Outfitters and by night I am a crafting shut in.
~"I love adventures, ideas, and colors, as well as creating with no limits. Like most people I don't like to limit myself to one artistic medium. I went to school for fashion design and then got my degree in photography. I think that photography is relaxing, therapeutic and just another way for people to see what the world looks like through my eyes.
~"I got my etsy account the day before my birthday (April 28th), promised myself that I would start selling things in 2 months and I just posted my first item four days ago. I love when people want my jewelry. It motivates me to make more and better my craft and really try to make things unique. The name for my etsy is actually my favorite poem by Charles Bukowski, for the foxes. It speaks to me on so many levels. Plus, I have a long-haired chihuahua named Wiley, that looks just like a fox.
~"My biggest inspiration is the 70's. I love the colors, the people, the fashion, the ideas, the photography... I could really go on forever.
I also get a lot of inspiration from native american culture, and my mothers old photographs. So I guess the jewelry I sell has a 70's meets native american meets your grandma kind of vibe. I like it and I really hope that others like it too.
~"I like to keep myself busy with little things here and there. I recently started a website: Ifoundaheart.com
I started it because I was finding hearts in everything I would look at (my food, in my make up, at work). Once it started to be something more than a coincidence, I began taking photos of them and putting them on facebook. Then my friends started finding hearts and sending them to me. So I made my website and started showcasing all of the hearts I received, including my own. I get about 1 a week from friends and strangers. Its really cool to see what everyone comes up with. A lot of people can't find natural occurring hearts, and others find like 4 a week. I hope that the site grows and grows so people from all over start sending them in."
Today's Shop is another one that I just wanted to copy and paste the entire shop and post it, but unfortunately blogger won't let me do it. Say Hello to this adorable shop: Studio 827 KC!!!!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Studio827KC I'm serious, I really wish that I could just paste this whole shop, it would have saved me oodles of time....I just hate debating over which items to feature.
But isn't this Pocket Journal to die for? It's so cute, just like everything else in this shop!
Okay....I'm done, let's hear from this great seller:
~"I am Laura and I am the creator of Studio827kc. I currently make handmade journals and stationery from my little letterpress! I work full time as a graphic designer, and would love to one day open my own design/photography studio. ~"Back in college one of my favorite art classes was a fibers class where we worked with textiles, paper, and book binding. I knew immediately that this was something I would want to continue to incorporate in the work that I did. I started creating these journals, and after the positive response I received I knew it was my time to open my shop!
~"I am continuously inspired by the colors, patterns, and textures I see in papers and fabrics. I am also inspired by great design and photography. These things push me to continue to create new work and learn new techniques. ~"I am also extremely lucky to have such a supportive and encouraging boyfriend, family, and friends who keep me motivated everyday! I am continuously thankful for everyone who takes the time to visit my shop and I look forward to continue creating new and exciting art to share with you all!"
~"Aquariann, a combination of my sun sign and middle name, is the alter ego that's given me the courage to share my art with the world. I've always been on the shy side and have used my creativeness to quietly express myself.
~"I've wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember, and art just came along for the ride and kind of borrowed the wheel. In elementary school, my friends and I used to make up hordes of characters to write into a young adult series. However, I spent way more time drawing the characters and their situations than actually writing about them - a realization that occurred to me much later. It wasn't until college that it dawned on me to seriously try drawing - thanks to a new addiction to anime and comic books, the discovery of modern fantasy artists such as Amy Brown and Jessica Galbreth, and many art history classes where I got to drool over the beauty of 10,000 years of work. ~"After graduating and finding a graphic design position at a local newspaper, I halfheartedly tried to sell my art on deviantArt and eBay. Both venues made me feel akin to microscopic plankton drifting silently through infinite waters. Fortunately, a jewelry artist discovered my work at a craft fair and enthusiastically insisted I try Etsy. The amount of support from fellow shops in the first month alone could have powered a rocket to Jupiter. ~"Becoming part of the Fantasy Artists of Etsy team (http://faeteam.com) back in 2007 is probably one of the best choices I've made for my shop since opening its gates. I've learned so much from sellers that are far more experienced than I at reaching our target audience of enchanted souls. Even when sales are slow, the friends I've made motivate me to keep creating and promoting my art. And smile, of course. ;D"
~Thanks so much for sharing with us Kristin, you are very talented!
Here is her shop link again....off you go to admire her work:
I'm excited to share today's feature with you, as this shop is not only creative...but beyond adorable!!! Say Hello to What no mints!!!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/whatnomints Isn't this Bird Garland just too cute for words? I'd love to hang it just about any where in my house! So darling! This is definitely a shop that you are going to want to mark as a favorite!
Alright...I'm off my soap box! Let's learn a little more about What no mints!
~"I've always enjoyed crafting from a very young age and when other students in school groaned and complained at the thought of having to make a model of a cell for biology class or a brain for psychology class, my heart would jump with excitement and I couldn't wait to get to the craft store and get started!
~"I've grown up a bit now and have recently graduated with a degree in Biochemistry. My geeky and cute felt goodies are a way for me to merge my creativity and my love of making things with my hands with my infatuation with chemistry. ~"I am constantly inspired by my studies and my research in the science field and my nerdy items absolutely reflect that! I also create many bright and colorful non-science felt goodies for those who don't exactly share my passion for chemistry :) I also enjoy the little connections you make with each customer and knowing that your item brightened someone's day. It is the inspirational variety and more personal transactions with buyers that always keeps me motivated and excited about what I make! ~"I will be participating in Etsy's Christmas in July Sale (I am hard at work stocking up on fall and winter items ... while its nearly 90 degrees out!) so be sure to check in after the 4th of July for discounts on my items!
I also post nearly daily on my blog about not only Etsy-related topics, but recipes I make, photos I take during my day-to-day adventures, random science tidbits, etc."
Thanks so much for sharing your adorable shop with us Sasha!
Now we all need to hurry on over to take advantage of her Christmas in July Sale! Here's her shop link again:
~"I am a California artist spending most of my time painting, making charms, and my newest passion- stained glass!
~"I have loved all kinds of art for as long as I can remember, and started drawing and painting as a kid. I grew up with a very creative mom and that definitely inspired me to continue on with art, and to get an art degree. ~"When I lived on Long Island, I was a stay at home mom (which I thoroughly enjoyed) and painted whenever I got a chance. I was lucky to find a variety of shops where I was able to sell my work. I spent a lot of time painting beaches and nautical themes, as well as wine glasses painted with the Fire Island Lighthouse. I learned how to solder so I could make memory charms for myself, and then started selling them also. My favorite charm is always around my neck as a good luck charm- my boys' Air Force photos!
~"Now that my boys are grown and in the Air Force, we moved back to California to be near our families. I found Etsy and got started selling online. I chose the name Mermaid's Palette for my shop because it says a little about two of my favorite things- the beach and painting! I divide my painting time between watercolors, and oils. ~"I find my painting inspiration all around me, looking at everything as a possible painting. This time of year when everything is in full bloom, my garden gives me a lot of painting possibilities.
~"My best motivation comes from my husband who is always encouraging me! Etsy is a great outlet for selling, but I spend as much time as possible painting and creating whether it pays or not- most of us didn't become artists for the money!"
Thanks so much for sharing with us Sheryl! Love your work! here's the link to her shop again:
Let's learn a little more about this great Etsy Shop Seller!
~"I'm Kelly, a stay at home mom of a busy little toddler boy, and a professional violinist. I love to make jewelry from stones, pearls, vintage beads, copper and silver. ~"I started making beaded jewelry with a friend when I was in high school. I continued to do so off and on in college, but as a violin performance major, I did not have as much time (or money!) to spend on beading. After I graduated and moved back to my hometown, my mom (Linda, a hair stylist) started doing some beading and she got me interested in it again. She sells some of her items in my shop and helps with the packaging of the orders.
~"I'm inspired by the colors of the season (I'm in love with aqua, orange and pink right now) and all the beautiful supplies I find.
Creating new pieces keeps me motivated. I love to think of new designs and bring them to life.
Let's learn a little more about this Great Etsy Seller!
~"My name is Tarah Burge. I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, but I've been living in Ankara, Turkey for a little over a year now. I became inspired to create things when I was given a handmade wedding gift by my husbands cousin. The details of the handmade lace made me eager to learn how it was crafted, and I spent a lot of time learning the technique. After that I developed an urgency to learn new forms of art, but I wanted to add my own personal twist. ~"I always loved eccentric fashions and cultural art forms, so my hope was to combine the two. I'm still working on some ideas that I haven't fully been able to mesh out yet, but I love the idea of steam punk influences being blended in with traditional Japanese art, and different forms of embroidery. When I imagine a new idea, I usually take about 3-4 months to piece it together before I actually attempt to make it. The process of creation usually causes me to gain even more ideas, and I'll instantly turn to my sketchbook, draw out the rough draft, and start ordering supplies. ~"I know it may seem a bit cheesy, but the person that first motivated me to even begin creating accessories was my husband. I actually wanted to be a designer when I was a kid, but I never took the idea seriously until he suggested it. I spent a lot of time sketching out costumes, or jewelry that I would want to make. Now, I realize that this dream is possible, so I opened my Etsy store on June 5th. I plan to really build up my Etsy shop in the next 6 months with some culturally rich pieces, and I'm really excited about all the opportunities that may come along the way."
~Thanks so much for sharing a little about yourself and your shop with us Tarah! Now off we all go to check out all this Great Shop and to tell all our Friends about it too!
I'm Beyond Excited to Share Today's Featured Seller with you (I've wanted to for weeks now). This Shop is One of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITES!!!! I'm a customer for life!!!
Say Hello to Kindle and Cast!!!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/KindleAndCast So I'm sure that most of you are thinking "okay...you're over reacting a little bit here Krista"...but hear me out!!! (Yes...I usually stay away from ranting and raving but you HAVE TO HEAR THIS).
So I've been VERY STRESSED OUT lately, as my hubby has been laid off for months, lingering health problems, and just fighting like mad to keep me home with my kids.
So when I saw this Tension Tamer Bath Salts....I thought...."right, like that will ever work for me" (yes, I'm very skeptical) but I decided to give it a try.
My package arrived about two months ago, and being as swamped as I am it took about two weeks for me to take the time to take a bath and try this out. Well, I finally did (I usually hate baths...just can't relax long enough to enjoy one..too much to do)
and.......Girls/ Guys....I felt my muscles relax immediately! I felt all the tension just leave my body...and I loved it so much I stayed in the tub for over an hour (totally not like me, and my hubby was worried about me, and checked on me several times.) And after this bath I fell asleep immediately and slept soundly for the first time in years!!!
So LONG STORY SHORT!!!I'm a customer for life! I will be buying all my friends and family (especially the stressed out ones) this bath salt, because it works like you would not believe!!! So here's the link to BUY IT NOW!!! Tension Tamer Bath Salts
Alright, I've said what I need to say....so let's hear a little about this GREAT SELLER!!!
~"Hi, I’m Rowan. I’m an artist, work-from-home mum and tribal belly dancer living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I’ve been a crafter all my life, got to be creating something to be happy. My 4-yr-old loves to lend a hand and share ideas… unfortunately, unicorns don’t really factor into my current passions, but she’s trying to convert me.
~"I’m a neuromuscular therapist, and preferred organics when I could get them when I lived in the big city, but when I got pregnant I went into research overdrive on child health and development. Talk about a runaway nesting instinct! Anyway, I learned a great deal; and resolved to move to a cleaner, safer environment (Floyd County, VA) and start putting some of my convictions where my mouth was. Ta-dah! My beautiful Etsy ‘natural Goddess’ store, where you can find gentle yet effective organic skin care, spiritual and nature-inspired jewelry and prayer circles, and tribal belly dance adornments (a girl’s gotta have a bit of bling in her life, and a touch of shimmy to those beautiful birthin’ hips!). ~"Mums so often forget to breathe, deeply or otherwise, and the right 15 minutes makes all the difference in the world sometimes. Yes, your children need you, the people in your life need you – but that is exactly why you must give yourself a bit of time every day. It’s not selfish, it’s practical common sense; if you don’t recharge, you’re no good to them. Take a nice hot bath, inhale a bit of healing, good-for-you herbs and aromatherapy… and relax! Remember to enjoy your life, and take care.
Enough personal opinions....let's learn about this Great Designer!
~"My name is Sandra and I'm originally from Bolivia, but living in California right now. I started doing jewelry a few years ago, but never took the time to do it consistently until this year, when I decided that it was a good idea to make some money out of my hobby and show everyone my jewelry. My mom has been doing this for years, in Bolivia and always has more orders than what she can actually make, so she encouraged me to try it out. A friend at the office told me about Etsy, so I checked it out, liked it and that's how Estylo Jewelry was founded. ~"I like doing stylish and sparkly jewelry, so I normally use a lot of crystals but also combine it with pearls to get some classic models. Additionally, I am proud to have an exotic line, which incorporates natural seeds from Bolivia. They all are handpicked, dried, drilled and some dyed by local artisans in the eastern region of Bolivia. I enhance those seeds by mixing them with crystals and silver in my jewelry. ~"My inspiration is seeing my finished jewelry and receive compliments from other people. It keeps me motivated to keep creating more items. Also all the support and encouragement I receive from my family and friends. They all have been great about this and I'm happy with where I am with my shop, since I can only work on it on nights and weekends.
Today's Featured Seller just blows my mind!!! This Shop is far beyond adorable! And I have to say that I Love Everything in This Cute Shop! Say Aloha to Love Lee Soaps!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/LoveLeeSoaps This Hamburger looks way too real....my 3 year old's Favorite food is "hamberbergers" so I'm afraid she's just eat this if I got it for her (we'll give her a couple more years).
Let's learn a little about this Great Etsy Seller!
~"My name is Leeana Provan and I live in Daytona Beach, Florida.
~" I am 21 years old and currently attending college majoring in Graphic Design. ~"My soaps are inspired by many different things. As you can tell by looking at my shop foods and sweets play a big part. Aside from those I am also inspired by bright colors, fun shapes and circus themes. ~"I am very fortunate to have a lot of help and support around keeping me motivated. My mom helps with orders, dad makes molds and my boyfriend has become a master soap shrink wrapper over time!"
Let's learn a little more about this great Seller:
~"With an enduring believe that form and function must coexist Devil May Wear’s latest collection for summer 2010 is just that. This collection is named after everyones favorite lazy day of the week in hopes that it will be Always Sunday. With comfortable, forgiving fabrics mostly in sustainable blends and vintage prints this mini collection is somewhere between stylized basics and artistic additions. ~"Made to be versatile these pieces can easily be dressed up or worn with comfy casuals. “The idea is we all need a little more time to relax. Creating a wardrobe of wearable, long lasting styles does just that,” boasts designer/owner Stephanie Ostler.
~"Her faves of this group are the cream Donna shirt with its volume on top and not in the body giving a fabulous figure with a little roman charm created by pleats at the neckline and the Midnight high waist skirt shorter in the front, and longer in the back with a large tie at the waist for a feminine touch that suits every body type. “I know, I chose all the bamboo jersey blends but they really do make fantastic pieces. ~"Regardless of ones opinion on sustainability they’re just better fabrics” Worn with a cardigan for a chilly evening or in the muggy heat of the summer the breathable fabric and functional fits are excellent options since bamboo fabrics have a property similar to wool where they cool when your too hot and insulate when your cold. “I don’t really know how that is,” Ostler admits, “all I know is that it works and I personally love it.”
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