Featured Artist: Millys Art Designs

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If you are looking for unique wall art and jewelry, look no further than Mary Ann Millington’s MillysArtDesigns shop on Etsy.  Read more right here on Promo Junkies of Etsy:

How did you first get started on Etsy? 
When I quit my high stress position in Health Care I was looking for something to use my creative side. I started making things out of paper and people loved them . I decided to open my Etsy Shop so I could continue to create and hope that others would enjoy my designs. 

What is your inspiration for your shop? 
I am addicted to scrapbook paper but not scrapbooking. So I came up with a way to use high quality scrapbook paper that I love, in all kinds of different ways. For jewelry, ornaments, home decor and keychains to mention a few. The ideas in my head are endless so that’s why I went with the name Milly’s Art Designs so that I was not locked into one specific thing to sell.

What is your favorite item from your own shop and why?
Its hard to choose which would be my favorite but I really enjoy making my framed quilt art pictures. I love the process of looking through my scrapbook papers and picking just the right colors and patterns to coordinate within my intricate designs. They seem to be one of my most popular items at my craft fair booth. I have even sold one to a local news celebrity from my area, which was exciting.

How do you unwind when you’re not creating? 
OK don’t judge me, but I am a big Reality TV fan. I enjoy the competitive shows like Survivor, Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars and American Idol. 

List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops. 
www.etsy.com/shop/PigeonHouseHandmade
I love the whimsical way she uses colors and her creations have so much personality.

www.etsy.com/shop/feltingdreams
Now I am not usually a fan of mice but hers are so sweet that I cannot help wanting every one of her little cuties.

www.etsy.com/shop/dollytime
Love her knitted doll patterns, all I need now is to learn how to knit so I could produce one of her adorable dolls.

How would you describe your work style? 
I consider my work style obsessive. When I get a new idea, (usually in the middle of the night) I have no choice but to get up early and immediately start working. Hours will go by and I will still be in my PJ’s working on my new idea. Sometimes it does not come out the way I had envisioned it so I will have to take a step back and rethink it. I have to say I love every minute of the process. 

If you could choose any one superhero power, what would it be and why?
If I had a super power I think I would probably add some hours to the day. Some days all I want to do is sit and create but I often feel a bit guilty because I am leaving the wash undone or the floor unwashed. If I have a few days a week with longer days I could create to my hearts content and still have clean clothes

If you knew then what you know now, what would you do differently in opening your shop?
If I could change anything, I think I would have promoted myself more in the beginning. I was kind of finding my own way. I have now learned how promotion is the key through teams and treasuries and connecting with other Etsy shops. Its been very rewarding being in touch with people with common interests from all over the globe.

Please list where you can be found (FB, Twitter, etc)
I can be found on
Facebook www.facebook.com/MillysArtDesigns
Blog talesofthereborncrafter.blogspot.com/
Pinterest www.pinterest.com/millysartdesign

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