Featured Artist: CreativityUnraveled

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Meet Tina from CreativityUnraveled

1. How’d you get started on Etsy?
I had heard about Etsy years and years ago so when I began designing and handbags I figured this would be the perfect place to open a shop!

2. What was your inspiration for your shop?
I was in my final semester of college and Christmas was approaching ( I graduated in Dec instead of May). I have 5 younger sisters and wanted to get them gifts that were quality, but with my income being almost non existent at that time I decided I was going to sew them gifts. I searched Pinterest and found a great fabric store and spent all my free time at my sewing machine. After that I was hooked on creating all types of bags. My shop was created just a couple months later and has been growing since then!


3. What’s your favorite shop item and why?
I love all my products, but right now my favorite item is my Simple Tote Bag because they are perfect for any occasion. They can be an everyday bag, a bag for a dinner with the girls or even a date night.

4. How do you unwind when you’re not creating?
I love to hang out with my husband and our yorkie, we usually get some food and watch whatever TV show we are hooked on at the moment (right now it’s The Blacklist!)

5. What’s your favorite kind of cupcake?
Chocolate with a cream cheese frosting!

6. What was your worst job?
I worked at Toys’R’Us for a couple months and I was incredibly bored! Maybe it was a slow season or just not a fast enough pace position but I just never had enough to do.

 

7. What’s your favorite cartoon as a kid? As an adult, if you stumble upon it while channel surfing now would you stop & watch?
I would say Rugrats had to have been my favorite cartoon. I don’t even think they have reruns on anymore but I think I would at least watch a couple minuets and reminisce.

8. What’s your fantasy job?
My fantasy job is one where I work for myself, so my shop on Etsy is fulfilling that aspect of it. Eventually I would love to be able to go back to school and get my MA in school counseling and work at an elementary school.

9. Do you have a secret guilty pleasure?
Yes! I have no problem admitting it either! I love Hanson’s music! One of my all time favorite artists!

10. List 3 things you are so obsessed with it is torture to ever say no to.
1. Karaoke
2. Thanksgiving Dinner
3. My Dog

11. List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops.
1. www.etsy.com/shop/LeahLerner?ref=pr_faveshops
2. www.etsy.com/shop/PattersonPaper?ref=pr_faveshops
3. www.etsy.com/shop/BitofWhimsyCrochet?ref=pr_faveshops

12. Do you have a favorite author? When you read, do you use a proper bookmark, bend the page, or grab anything handy to mark your place?
Mitch Albom! I love my Kindle because I can store sooo many books at once and it weights less then one book would!

13. If money was no object and you can live wherever you want, where would that be?
Disney World! My husband and I are obsessed! We go every chance we can!

14. What is your best childhood memory?
Apple picking when I was super little!


15. How would you describe your work style?
I love to put on some music or a good movie and just work for hours! Oh, and don’t forget the coffee, and it’s not just the caffeine something about the taste of it gets me motivated.

16. If you could choose any one superhero power, what would it be and why?
Super speed like The Flash then I wouldn’t have to fly on an airplane! I could get anywhere super fast!

17. Who are your heroes?
My mother! She was a single mom and had her own business so she could be there for all of us girls whenever we needed her!

18. What would you do if you won the lottery?

Invest and buy a brand new house!

 

19. What was the last movie you watched? Was it good?
Gone Girl, yes very creepy but great! The book is great too!

20. If you knew what you know now, when you first opened your store, what would you do differently?
Pictures, descriptions and tags are soooo important!

Featured Artist: designsbysusandbs

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1. How’d you get started on Etsy?
A friend wondered why I wasn’t on Etsy yet since I sold via email and facebook and word of mouth. I told her there were too many jewelry designers on Etsy and she said not to worry about the competition since I already have a following. So, I opened my shop.
2. What was your inspiration for your shop?
Don’t really understand the question

3. What’s your favorite shop item and why?
My fav is the pearl and crystals crocheted necklace that can also be a multi wrap bracelet. All white and clear or in colors, still my fav!
4. How do you unwind when you’re not creating?
Watch tv, movies, in love with hgtv, read an piddle on the computer
5. What’s your favorite kind of cupcake?
Devils food cake with white icing (not the mamby pamby whipped topping but the kind made with real sugar!
6. What was your worst job?
Cleaning houses when I was in high school. It took me over 40 years to realize the reason I was so bad was because I was a big picture person and not a detailed person. Don’t hire a house cleaner if they are not detail oriented. Just sayin
7. What’s your favorite cartoon as a kid? As an adult, if you stumble upon it while channel surfing now would you stop & watch?
I never watch them cuz I thought they were too violent even then.

 

8. What’s your fantasy job?
Hmmm, never thought of that one. Let me think, I am very pragmatic, practical and in the moment. I really don’t know of one, oh , wait, testing out cruises! I love to cruise, yep, that would be me, a tester for the suites on different cruise lines at least 10 times a year!
9. Do you have a secret guilty pleasure?
If I told you, then it wouldn’t be a secret any longer
10. List 3 things you are so obsessed with it is torture to ever say no to.
Chocolate
My son
A kitten that needs a home
11. List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops.
cathydailey
bluebirdheaven
GypsyIntent
12. Do you have a favorite author? When you read, do you use a proper bookmark, bend the page, or grab anything handy to mark your place?
Too many to name, really but dean koontz is my longest fav. Anything I can find to mark the page but hate to dog ear though I have been known to in a pinch.
13. If money was no object and you can live wherever you want, where would that be?
It’s not the money, it’s the family thing but Alaska is my fav state.
14. What is your best childhood memory?
15. How would you describe your work style?
Eclectic? Not really sure if I even know.

 

16. If you could choose any one superhero power, what would it be and why?
I Dream of Genie (can you tell I don’t like being boxed in) she could just cross her arms and blink and everything would be done and she could be were she wanted in a blink of the eye.
17. Who are your heroes?
18. What would you do if you won the lottery?
Pay off house and all bills. Buy new car. Give to my church. Build my dream house. Quit my job and hire a full time housekeeper so I never have to worry about picking/cleaning up again (read about worst job, remember!)
19. What was the last movie you watched? Was it good?
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, yes, cuz I love those types of movies. I think I need to watch it again to totally understand it but not before I read the book series.

 


20. If you knew what you know now, when you first opened your store, what would you do differently?
Join a bunch of helpful groups and follow blogs about advertising, marketing, branding, etc.

 

You can find designsbysusandbs on Etsy!

Featured Artist: Once Upon A Craft 4 You

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 Meet Alison from OnceUponACraft4U on Etsy!

How did you get started on Etsy? 

I got started on Etsy after my daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, trying to figure out a way to earn extra income to cover our unexpected medical expenses. My sister was also pregnant at the time, and showed me all the crochet items she had purchased for the baby. It was then I told her that the next items she wanted, she should tell me and I would make them for her. That got my creative juices going and I started crocheting away designing new things and the next thing you know, my shop OnceUponACraft4U was born, perfectly combining my love of crochet into something that could bring us extra income. 

What is your inspiration for your shop?

My greatest inspiration would be designing things for my 1yr old niece, and just born nephew. I love to crochet to turn old patterns into trendy new fashion pieces.

What is your favorite item from your own shop and why?

Round Nautical Rug OOAK Sailboat Large Nursery Decor Thick, Soft Crochet 36" Area Rug (Sea in Popsicle Blue) Many Colors- Mat Housewares

My favorite item is my sailboat rug. I was inspired by a 1950’s doily sailboat pattern, and worked long and hard to make it into a novel area rug. 

How do you unwind when you’re not creating?

I would say that creating is my time to unwind. I have a very busy life with new medical equipment to figure out, like her Dexcom Monitor and Insulin Pump, and all the associated Dr. Appointments. I also am a substitute teacher part-time, and I go to college at ISU to get my Master of Art’s in Teaching. So when I have a moment to research ancient patterns, and craft them into something new, that is the time I am able to unwind the most!

List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops. 
I love the home decor you can find in Ever and Oak. 
www.etsy.com/shop/EverandOak?ref=teams_post
I really love bright colors, and so fell in love with this shop’s artwork
www.etsy.com/shop/nJoyArt?ref=teams_post
And my last favorite shop would be My Little Pixels because I love the airiness of her designs, on iphone cases and jewlery.
www.etsy.com/shop/mylittlepixels?ref=teams_post

How would you describe your work style?

I like to get things done as quickly as possible. I also love to work with customers to make their dreams come true, it’s always a good day when a customer comes to me with an idea and I can craft that into a piece they will love as much as I loved to make it for them!

If you could choose any one superhero power, what would it be and why? 

I would love the superhero power that lets you freeze time. That way I could focus on my crochet for hours and not get tired and never have to put my crochet hook down!

If you knew then what you know now, what would you do differently in opening your shop? 

The one thing I realized now that I didn’t know then is the importance of good pictures. When I opened my shop, I put up my items and waited for a sale that seemed like forever to come. Then I read on etsy other sellers asking how someone took such a good picture. The seller’s answer was that they hung the item in their bathtub and then lay in an awkward position on the floor to get the best angle and lighting. Through experimenting I learned that taking pictures on my kitchen table gives me the best light. 

Please list where you can be found (FB, Twitter, etc)
I can be found on 
Facebook at www.facebook.com/OnceUponACraft4U?ref=hl
Wanelo at wanelo.com/store/onceuponacraft4u/trending
Twitter at twitter.com/SisAMTrimble
Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/onceuponacraft4

Feature Friday: DebraMarieDesigns

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DebraMarieDesigns is a beautiful shop with such cute polymer clay jewelry, phone charms, and keychains.

Pink Bow Necklace

Pink Bow Necklace

Not only does DebraMarieDesigns make cute little bow necklaces, but she also makes keychains, earrings, bracelets and rings. Check them out!

Philly Roll Sushi Post Earrings

Philly Roll Sushi Post Earrings

Pug Keychain

Pug Keychain

Cinnamon Roll Bracelet

Cinnamon Roll Bracelet

Buttered Toast Ring

Buttered Toast Ring

Blue Berry Popsicle Earrings

Blue Berry Popsicle Earrings

Find DebraMarieDesigns on Etsy and Facebook.

Featured Artist: Ghirlandiamo

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1.How’d you get started on Etsy?
Since I was a little girl, my mom helped me developing my manual skills: I built nativity scene houses with medicine boxes, I prepared ” collage” and many other crafts. So, in my life, in addition to my job, I always expressed my creativity by working dried flowers , leaves and other natural elements, to create home decor.
I filled up my friends’ home – and mine too! – with my wreaths and decorations for many years. When relatives and friends could not stand any other of my gifts ….. they suggested me to sell them! So I opened my shop Ghirlandiamo at the end of November 2013 and I’m here, on Etsy, trying to seduce you with my creations!
That’s life: what was just a hobby, now is a job and I dedicate most part of my days to it.

2. What was your inspiration for your shop?
I live in Salerno, a not so big town in South Italy, near to Naples, Amalfi, Positano (some of the most beautiful places in the world), Paestum and Pompei, with their great Greek and Roman ruins, testimonials of the most ancient civilizations.
The sea, the sky and all around me in the the nature have strong colors.

 

I think all that certainly influenced the way I am , that, in turn, is deeply expressed in my works .

Made in Italy is appreciated all over the world and I think my creations represent the Italian taste through my modern and personal style, the one of a smiling, friendly Italian woman.

www.etsy.com/it/listing/170909171/ghirlanda-fucsia-idea-regalo-made-in?r…

3. What’s your favorite shop item and why?

I can’t have a favorite item; for me it should sound as asking which is my favorite son : it’s impossible.
But I can say that, among all home decors, I prefer creating wreaths and I can show you the one, I believe, most represents my creativity and my way to read the nature.

www.etsy.com/listing/170901309/extremely-particular-home-decor-made-by?r…

4. How do you unwind when you?re not creating?
I like reading and take care of my plants (I’ve a green thumb!). It’s also very pleasant taking a walk on “Lungomare”, the long beautiful promenade on the sea.

6. What was your worst job?
I was willing to create a black and white wreath, something minimal and rarefied, but the result was not what I expected! 

7. What’s your favorite cartoon as a kid? As an adult, if you stumble upon it while channel surfing now would you stop & watch?

All those by Walt Disney, even today!

 

9. Do you have a secret guilty pleasure?

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, and it isn’t secret at all!

11. List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops.

Oh, it’s so difficult listing only 3!
www.etsy.com/shop/ChimericalDragonfly
www.etsy.com/shop/SusanSorrentino?ref=l2-shopheader-name
www.etsy.com/it/shop/oldandnew8?ref=pr_shop_more

12. Do you have a favorite author? When you read, do you use a proper bookmark, bend the page, or grab anything handy to mark your place?

I haven’t a preferred one, but on this occasion I wish to suggest a book every woman should read: In the Beginning by Catherine Dunne, a woman who suddenly is compelled to face her awareness.
Oh, it’s horrible bending the page! I have a little collection of nice bookmarks!

13. If money was no object and you can live wherever you want, where would that be?

In Italy …in spite of all our problems!

15. How would you describe your work style?

Of course I can describe my style only as I see it, from my point of view.
I think my style can be defined essential, simple but smart, sophisticated but warm.
www.etsy.com/it/listing/170871952/ghirlanda-idea-regalo-made-in-italy?re…

16. If you could choose any one super power, what would it be and why?

Only … a magic wand!

 

17. Who are your heroes?

Women and mums who every day are engaged in working at and out home, often also dealing with bad situations in jobs, just because raising children , women who manage family, home, job and much more always smiling : daily heroes!

18. What would you do if you won the lottery?

No problem: I never could win as I never play!

20. If you knew what you know now, when you first opened your store, what would you do different?
I’d have saved a lot of time and energies! When I opened my shop on Etsy, I was in a hurry to insert all my items: I was wrong!
Creating beautiful things is not enough, it’s only the starting point.
It’s likewise important studying SEO, web marketing, how Etsy
works, how to use facebook and other socials.

First of all it’s necessary to visit forums and read, read and read about different topics, to avoid mistakes and get suggestions from older sellers.

For more information about my shop:

www.etsy.com/it/shop/Ghirlandiamo
www.facebook.com/ghirlandiamo
www.pinterest.com/ghirlandiamo
www.ghirlandiamo.com

Featured Artist: ShabbyAnnieCorner

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1. How’d you get started on Etsy?

Well, once upon a time I found Etsy. With it I discovered an entire world of people who care to create and sell and those who care to buy created and stuff in Shabby Chic and much more J So, slowly, it took me about 3years, I decided I wanna be a part of it and now I am.

2. What was your inspiration for your shop?

I guess I answered it in first question.

3. What’s your favorite shop item and why?

Mine? I guess the most I love my pillows. Cos pillows its everything, without pillows there’s no harmony and there’s no home. Its only premises J I know it sounds cruel but that’s the truth J

https://www.etsy.com/listing/199138232/rustic-heart-wreath-rustic-wedding?ref=pr_shop

https://www.etsy.com/listing/199098987/light-pink-round-pillow-decorative-throw?ref=shop_home_active_4

https://www.etsy.com/listing/199105645/round-pink-pillow-matching-round-pillows?ref=listing-shop-header-2

4. How do you unwind when you?re not creating? Am thinking about my next projects and I party in style which is quite creation as well. 5. What’s your favorite kind of cupcake?

Chocolate

6. What was your worst job?

It was working as a secretary in a school. It was physically killing me to sit in 4 walls and do stupid work.

 

7. What’s your favorite cartoon as a kid? As an adult, if you stumble upon it while channel surfing now would you stop & watch?

As watching different sort of cartoons due to living in other part of the world the name hardly would mean anything to most of you, but I guess I would, maybe not till the end but I liked them and I do now.

8. What’s your fantasy job?

To be a decorator. Real one. And to run a real shop

9. Do you have a secret guilty pleasure?

Don’t think so, I don’t have any secret pleasures and definitely don’t feel guilt doing it J as only to buy something real pretty when don’t have money hmmmmm, but that is only happens accidentally J

10. List 3 things you are so obsessed with it is torture to ever say no to.

Next piece of nice fabric to buy for work, or something pretty for my house

11. List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/PetiteSophisticateDz?ref=l2-shopheader-name

https://www.etsy.com/shop/FrenchCountryDesign?ref=unav_listing-h

https://www.etsy.com/shop/LoveEmbellished?ref=l2-shopheader-name

12. Do you have a favorite author? When you read, do you use a proper bookmark, bend the page, or grab anything handy to mark your place? Many but I guess Jane Austen is one of all time. And yes I bend the page and stick something I find around. 13. If money was no object and you can live wherever you want, where would that be?

That is a very complicated question I try to answer practically every day. From my childhood I dreamed about living in warm country on a beach. Up to now I tried 2 countries but in spite of my hopes none of them fit my dreams. So…. Am still working on it.

 

 

14. What is your best childhood memory?

I had kinda wonderful childhood J and uncomfortable to say I have so many of them so I don’t know which one to choose from. But most of them are somehow related to traveling and sea.

15. How would you describe your work style?

hmmmmmmm

16. If you could choose any one super power, what would it be and why?

To know what people think? Maybe I’d get sick soon cos I bet they mostly think rubbish not worthy knowing

17. Who are your heroes?

Jesus Christ

 

18. What would you do if you won the lottery?

Travel, move to warm country and got myself a shop to multiply he money to hopefully be useful in this life

19. What was the last movie you watched? Was it good?

A bit hard on that department at the moment. The last nice movie I watched was About time

20. If you knew what you know now, when you first opened your store, what would you do different?

I wouldn’t wait and I would open it as soon as I thought about it. Surely I would be much farther already than I am now J https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shabby-Annie/488942197820812?ref=bookmarks https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShabbyAnnieCorner?ref=l2-shopheader-name 1. How’d you get started on Etsy? Well, once upon a time I found Etsy. With it I discovered an entire world of people who care to create and sell and those who care to buy created and stuff in Shabby Chic and much more So, slowly, it took me about 3years, I decided I wanna be a part of it and now I am.

 

You can find ShabbyAnnieCorner on Etsy and Facebook.

Featured Artist: OrdinaryCrochet

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1. How’d you get started on Etsy? I was scrolling through youtube and saw it so I thought I would give it a try. This is my second shop my first shop is www.normacreativejewelry.etsy.com that I started in Sept of 2011

2. What was your inspiration for your shop? The jewelry shop was the resin and how I could put anything in it and make jewelry. My Ordinary Crochet shop I loved crocheting and knitting as a young child and here I am today.

 

3. What’s your favorite shop item and why? Oh gosh I really don’t have a favorite, because all are unique I actually like them all. Just to look at all the work I put into it.

4. How do you unwind when you?re not creating? I don’t my life is on going. My husband has cancer and I am his caregiver and I have a 14 year old at home so creating things winds me down on my down time.

5. What’s your favorite kind of cupcake? Strawberry with white icing

6. What was your worst job? I really didn’t have a bad job. I love all of the jobs I worked at 🙂

7. What’s your favorite cartoon as a kid? As an adult, if you stumble upon it while channel surfing now would you stop & watch? Tom and Jerry and yes I do watch them when the grandkids come over 🙂

8. What’s your fantasy job? Becoming a Chemo nurse. I see all the work they do and how the care for the patients and that’s what I want to do now or when I will be able to.

 

9. Do you have a secret guilty pleasure? Is this a trick question 😉

10. List 3 things you are so obsessed with it is torture to ever say no to. My grandkids, chocolate, and mashed potatoes with brown gravy

11. List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops. That’s hard to do. I have a lot of favorite shops. I like your shop and I love your items. I could make them myself, but what the heck if I see something for my grandkids and it’s already made why not purchase from you 🙂

12. Do you have a favorite author? When you read, do you use a proper bookmark, bend the page, or grab anything handy to mark your place? Steven King……grab anything handy to mark my place.

13. If money was no object and you can live wherever you want, where would that be? California, my husband used to live there and I visited there a few times and loved every moment.

14. What is your best childhood memory? When my grandfather used to take me and get ice cream when the boys would be mean to me. I was a tomboy and they always tried to beat me up.

15. How would you describe your work style? Very original

16. If you could choose any one super power, what would it be and why? A power to cure cancer. I hate seeing my husband go through these tough times (he has 4 different types of cancer) and when we go to the doctors office those poor people. Most of them have to spend most of their day sitting and getting chemo. I hate cancer.

 

17. Who are your heroes? My mother she had worked since she was 14yrs and didn’t stop until she got laid off and then that’s when massive stroke even though she can’t walk she still has a strong spirit and she never complains. Prior to that she had a heart attack and still went strong after that.

18. What would you do if you won the lottery? first and for most pay my tithe and then live like I’m living now loving every day of life and sharing

19. What was the last movie you watched? Was it good? Actually I can’t remember, it’s been so long I don’t have the time to watch movies.

20. If you knew what you know now, when you first opened your store, what would you do different? Planning out how to take pictures, tagging the items while making them, thinking of a title for the item.

 

Etsy: www.ordinarycrochet.etsy.com
Twitter: twitter.com/RSCProducts123
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Ordinary-Crochet/219772154887726?ref=ts&fref=ts
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/rscproducts/
Instagram: normacreativejewelry