Friday, July 30, 2010

From Massachusetts Zooguu



Ladies and Gentlemen , I am introducing you this week Zooguu and her lovely, fun, vibrant and colorful shop. Her designs are so unique and every piece is custom order. She works from her studio at Massachusetts with her husband and they create these wonderful unique plush toys for you or your loved ones. Please enjoy this wonderful artist's answers...





S: What is your name and what is the story behind your shop’s name?

J: My name is Jen Gubicza. The business name is a combination of two things: "Zoo" for animals, and "Guu" for Gubicza.

S:When did you start your business?

J: I started selling my plush in January 2006, under the shop name "sweetestpea". I changed the name to Zooguu a couple of years ago when I started doing this full time and really thought about my business and where I wanted to take things.

S: What are your motivations /inspirations in creating your work?

J: I love making things with my hands. There's a satisfaction in knowing that you've created something that someone will enjoy. I love hearing stories from my customers and finding out what people have named their new friends. It's wonderful to be able to create a physical, hug-able object and make it exactly I want it to be. I also really enjoy being my own boss and making my own hours.

S: Tell us about your daily routines.

J: I usually sew most of the day. My husband traces and cuts out the animals I need to make, and I work on them throughout the week. It's wonderful to work with him, because he helps keep me organized, and we can set goals. I tend to sew by color, so it's sort-of-like a puzzle every week. I look at the animals and work out in what order I need to sew to be most efficient. At the end of every day, I enter the animals made into a master spreadsheet to I can track everything. When an animal sells, I also put that date in and where it's going. At some point, I'll make a map on my website of where all of Zooguu animals live. Another part of my routine is to get out of the house and take a nice walk every day.

S:What is your favorite book?

J: I think I've had the most enjoyment from the Harry Potter series in recent years.

S: What was your last travel destination?

J: I just got back from a short trip to Maine, and I frequently travel to New York. We do craft shows every week, and we usually travel out of state at least once a month.

S: What do you do to relax?

J: Sitting on the back deck with a glass of wine on a summer evening is pretty great. We also enjoy going to see performances at the Symphony.

***GIVEAWAY***

Jen was so generous to offer any of her ornaments from her etsy shop for her giveaway. If you want to be a lucky winner please follow the steps. It is pretty simple!

Please visit her etsy shop and post a comment under this post with the LINK of your favorite item from her shop and please don't forget to add your email address.

http://Zooguu.etsy.com

Please also follow my blog.



The giveaway will end August 8th at midnight! The winner will be chosen using http://www.random.org/

Friday, July 23, 2010

From Connecticut SeaFindDesigns

This week I am hosting wonderful artist from Connecticut, SeaFindDesigns. She is artistically using genuine sea glasses into her art , jewelry... Her shop is proud to be eco friendly and well deserved success. Please join me to get to know her better...



S: What is your name and what is the story behind your shop’s name?

T: My name is Tracy and my shop is named Sea Find Designs for obvious reasons, most of my jewelry is made with objects I find on local beaches washed in from the sea. When I first started my business, I wanted a catchy easy to associate name, that didn't lock my designs to just jewelry.

S:When did you start your business?

T: I started selling jewelry locally more than ten years ago, to friends and family, word of mouth...but then Etsy came around and it opened a whole new world.

S: What are your motivations /inspirations in creating your work?

T: I say this in every interview I've ever done, and it's TRUE... ADHD is a huge motivator... I laugh every time I say it... but, I really can't stop creating... my mind travels at 200mph... I think being at the beach calms me down and inspires me to create... otherwise I'd go a little loopy!

S: Tell us about your daily routines.

T: I work from home so I guess I'm a bit boring... I spend most of my day creating and listing at Etsy... I go to beach with my family as much as I can, and to keep my sanity, I work about twice a month at my local Emergency room. It's the only place I get to talk to "big people".

S:What is your favorite book?

T: This is a tough one... I've been reading a lot more inspirational books lately and poetry... Anything written by The Dalai Lama or Pablo Neruda's Love Poems.

S: What was your last travel destination?

T: I am on my way to Malibu, California next week to attend my lovely niece's wedding! It's my favorite place on Earth...and she's one of my favorite people!! Yay!
S: What do you do to relax?

T: I work to relax... I go to beach... but my favorite is to hang out with my kids... I have a son Matthew 16 yo and a daughter Emma 14yo... They're wicked cool!

S: What do you suggest to other Etsian sellers to have success in their shops?

T: Amazing pictures... and believe it or not, my customers tell me they come to shop to read... I use my shop like a blog, so you never know what I'll say!!! Oh... and BE NICE!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

From Georgia Myfinch

This week, my guest is from the state of Georgia, myFinch. She is photographer by day and and craftwoman by night... Her work is elegant and shows that she loves what she is doing. Here is some more interesting facts about her and her shop....



S: What is your name and what is the story behind your shop’s name?

A: My name is Alyssa. I wanted a finch. My husband wanted a puppy. The puppy won and then I started my lovely, little shop.

S:How did you start your business?

A: MyFinch began late in 2008. Friends began to buy pieces I had made for my own home. When I looked around and realized it was very dim inside, and had very few lighting fixtures remaining. Then I thought, maybe others would like a chance to browse my craftsman house.



S: What are your motivations /inspirations in creating your work?

A: I enjoy composition and shape. Lately, I have been exploring more of the architectural aspects of lighting though textures.

S: Tell us about your daily routines.

J: By the day, I am a fine art wedding photographer. I work in my pajamas, start with my inbox, some Chai, and usually begin editing several hours...bills/housework/more editing... waiting for my husband to come home...Then, he's home! On to running with the puppies, dinner, and personal projects- this is where my shop comes in!

S:What is your favorite book?

A: The Chronicles of Narnia.

S: What was your last travel destination?

A: The Grand Bohemian in Asheville, North Carolina. We photographed a winter wedding there.

S: What do you do to relax?

A: I cook. I garden. I walk. I pray. And I sleep in far too late.


***DISCOUNT***

Alyssa was so generous to offer 10% discount on the 14" by 10" drum shades, the most popular ones until August 30th. Just mention "Floweredsky" blog on the message to seller section.

http://MyFinch.etsy.com


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

From New Jersey Jessica's Design Shop

Please welcome my last guest from New Jersey , Jessica's Design Shop.She is a graphic designer with a background of architecture. After she designed her own wedding stationary , she got so many compliments and decided to help other brides with her designs. Her creations are not only functional but also very elegant.

S: What is your name and what is the story behind your shop’s name?

J: My name is Jessica. I don't really have much of a story behind the name of my shop, it's where I create my designs so it's my design shop.

S:How did you find Etsy and what made you join to Etsy?

J: My cousin crochets and she has a shop here on Etsy. I started mu business through my blog and it became very popular right away so I wanted to get more exposure. After doing some research, I found that Etsy seemed like the right fit for me.

S: What inspires you in creating your work?

J: My education is in architecture and I think that a lot of my work comes from that. Maybe not so much the motifs, but definitely the composition of my designs.


S: We would love to hear your daily routines if there is any.

J: My daily routine is quite busy. Without too much detail, I take care of my baby and work. There is usually a trip to the post office and UPS in between. And I try to watch a little tv at night if I can.

S:What is your favorite book?

J: OK, my favorite book at this point in my life is Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy. I guess I am in total baby mode, but this book helped me through this past year and I really enjoyed it.

S: What was your last travel destination?

J: Walt Disney World.

S: What do you do to relax?

J: Umm, I don't know how to anymore!!!!
S: Do you have any suggestions to a new Etsian seller in creating and maintaining their shop?

J: Renew, renew, renew and make sure your photos are good.



Wednesday, June 30, 2010

From New Jersey LittleOwlSoapCo

As I stated earlier this week, I am hosting another Etsy artist from New Jersey , Garden State. My new guest is LittleOwlSoapCo in which you will find hand-crafted vegan soaps and body washes. You can almost feel and smell these beauties from her lovely shop. Let read more about this wonderful artist...


S: What is your name and what is the story behind your shop’s name?

J: My name is Jen Katehos, and Little Owl Shop is named after the Athena noctua (Little Owl), was sacred to Athena, the Greek goddess of, among other things, wisdom and handicrafts. I'm half Greek, and carry a medallion in my purse with Athena on one side and the Little Owl on the other. When I needed a shop name, I looked no further.

S:How did you find Etsy and what made you join Etsy?

J: I heard of Etsy a few years back on the fabulous Knit and Tonic blog, and in 2007, I started out as a buyer. In 2009, when I started making more body wash than I could use in a decent amount of time, I realized it was time to open at Etsy shop of my own.

S: What inspires you in creating your work?

J: I'm inspired by the chemical process by which soap is made. Combining carefully measured oils, water, and lye, and observing the ingredients from a completely new substance is fascinating to me.


S: We would love to hear your daily routines if there is any.

J: I commute nearly 2 hours each way to work and back, and I do a lot of reading and planning on the train. By the time I get home, I'm exhausted, but usually have an hour or two to take care of some creative business. Then it's dinner with the hubby and time for bed. The weekends are when I get to focus on making soap and experimenting with making lotions, scrubs, and lip balms.

S:What is your favorite book?

J: This changes constantly, but the last book I read that really delighted me was "Special Topics in Calamity Physics" by Marisha Pessi. It's the kind of book I wish I'd never read so I could read it again all over for the first time. Before that, it was "The Historian" , by Elizabeth Kostova. ( Apparently, I like my books wordy.)


S: What was your last travel destination?

J: Costa Rica for my honeymoon.

S: What do you do to relax?

J: I read fiction, watch ( a lot) of HGTV, knit, and sew.

S: Do you have any suggestions to a new Etsian seller in creating and maintaining their shop?

J: I'm fairly new at this myself, but I know it is very important to reply promptly to convos and to communicate with buyers. People love knowing that you've received their order and that it's on its way.

***GIVEAWAY***



Jen was so generous to offer any of her body wash/lotion sets from her etsy shop for her giveaway. If you want to be a lucky winner please follow the steps. It is pretty simple!

Please visit her etsy shop and post a comment under this post with the LINK of your favorite item from her shop and please don't forget to add your email address.

http://LittleOwlSoapCo.etsy.com

Please also follow my blog.


The giveaway will open to US only and will end July 8 at midnight! The winner will be chose using http://www.random.org/

Monday, June 28, 2010

From New Jersey Hannahshandwork


I started my third week with the state of New Jersey. This week ;different from other weeks, I will be introducing more than one very talented artists from the Garden State. My first guest is Hannahshandwork whose outstanding book bindings took my attention. Her work has a taste of royalty and an eye for detail. Please enjoy my interview with her.


S: What is your name and what is the story behind your shop’s name?

H: My name is Hannah Smith, and my rather unimaginative shop name came from thinking I was going to sell a variety of items when I first opened my shop, and I wanted everything handmade to fit in.

S:How did you find Etsy and what made you join Etsy?

H: I found Etsy through a friend who already had a shop here, who knew I could sew and book bind, and was looking for some way to work from home.


S: What inspires you in creating your work?

H: When I'm designing a book, I usually put out all my leather, materials and embossing tool, and create a book in my mind, to decide what looks best together.

S: Tell us about your daily routines.

H: I wish I was organized enough to have a daily routine, but the only thing that is regular is checking the computer first thing in the morning for transactions or emails, and then checking back periodically throughout the day.

S:What is your favorite book?

H: I love to read, and I don't think I can narrow it down to just one book. I think the books I return to most often, though, are the ones by Charles Dickens and Jane Austen.

S: What was your last travel destination?

H: My last trip was my most frequent trip: down to Virginia to visit my sister, brother-in-law, and four crazy-but-wonderful nephews.

S: What do you do to relax?

H: I love spending time with family and friends, I love to read, I take long walks, and I visit the library's classic movie section regularly.

S: Do you have any suggestions to a new Etsian seller in creating and maintaining their shop?

H: The only advise I can give others is the same advise I was given myself, and am still trying to apply: Write good descriptions, take fantastic photos, list items often, and don't give up! The more time and effort you give to your business, the more likely you are to thrive!

***FREE SHIPPING***

Hannah was so generous to offer FREE SHIPPING for the week ( ending date July 5th) to anyone who mentions Floweredsky blog in "Message to Seller" section.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

From Pennsylvania Karenfaulknerart

I am so excited that I am in my second week of my weekly featured artist series.
This week, I am honored to introduce Karenfaulknerart who creates peaceful and soothing watercolor paintings from Pennsylvania.


S: What is your name and what is the story behind your shop’s name?

K: My name is Karen Faulkner, and as you can see, my shop karenfaulkneart is named after me. Not terribly creative!

S:When did you start your business?

K: I've been painting watercolors for about twelve years now, starting first strictly as a hobby and later selling them locally since about 2004, by word of mouth, in local shops on consignment and taking commissions. I opened my Etsy shop in June 2007 thinking "let's see if I can sell ten or even twenty watercolors". I have never imagined this level of success, recently having reached 750 Etsy sales.





S: What are your motivations / inspirations in creating your work?

K: Nature, emotions, love, healing, serenity.

S: Tell us about your daily routines.

K: I don't always do it in the same order every day, except that brewing is always first. I check e-mails for orders and get them carefully packaged and addressed for shipping. I see if I'm low on inventory of any prints, or if there are any new recently sold originals that I think would reproduce nicely. I paint! The best days for that are when the morning sun is shining in the windows near my drafting table and I can look out and see the birds and flowers. Usually I play music while I'm painting.

S:What is your favorite book?

K: Tough to choose one, I'm an avid reader. I like "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron and return it often.

S: What was your last travel destination?

K: Arizona! It was my fifth time there. It has inspired a couple of my abstract paintings.

S: What do you do to relax?

K: Walk and ride bike on nearby trails, go to gym, cook, plant herbs and flowers, read, listen to music, have lunch with friends. A day with all of those plus creating some art would be an ideal day!

***GIVEAWAY***

Karen was so generous to offer any of her giclee 4x6 fineart prints for her giveaway. If you want to be a lucky winner please follow the steps. It is pretty simple!

Please visit her etsy shop and post a comment under this post with the LINK of your favorite item from her shop and please don't forget to add your e-mail address.

http://karenfaulknerart.etsy.com

Please follow my blog .

The giveaway will open to US only and will end June 17 at midnight! The winner will be chose using http://www.random.org/

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

From Delaware ChirpAndBloom

Starting this week , first week of July, 2010, I am staring to introduce wonderful Etsians from each state by the order of statehood dates. I am so happy to get to know all these artists and share their insights with you in creating their work. My first guest is ChirpAndBloom who used to be a sweater designer, currently designing kids' clothing from her own studio in Wilmington, Delaware.


S: What is your name and what is the story behind your shop’s name?

B: My name is Rebecca Harkin, but that feels so formal that I go by Becky most of the time. After years working in a high pressure fashion industry job, I feel lucky to be able to work from home where I can open the windows and appreciate the birds chirping and the flowers blooming.
I’m a gardener and we have birds galore on the property, so the name “chirp & bloom” seemed natural for my children’s clothing company.

S:When did you start your business?

B: I opened the chirp & bloom Etsy store in January of this year, so I’ve only been at it for a few months.

S: What are your motivations / inspirations in creating your work?

B: I read some advice somewhere that you should figure out what your dream job would be and don’t go after any jobs that aren’t a stepping stone to that job. I decided my ideal job would be managing the brand and directing the design of a children’s line of high quality, socially and
ecologically conscious clothing for a fun company with a family-friendly culture. I didn’t find any stepping stones, so I made my own.

Being on my own, I have the freedom to be inspired by whatever moves me. I’ve always liked the 1940’s for its cheerful aesthetic, wholesomeness, thriftiness, and its quilting and needlework traditions. I use vintage textiles like tablecloths, embroidered pillowcases, and printed yardage
whenever I can. I blab about it constantly on my blog: www.threadsandsnippets.blogspot.com.
I’m also inspired by my kids. In my single days, I lived in New York City and gravitated toward
dark, muddy colors. Now I like happy kid-friendly colors and even own pink pants! My garden inspires me too. We have several birdhouses and lots of flowering perennials. Pretty is good.

S: Tell us about your daily routines.

B: I do all the usual mom stuff. I get my two kids ready for school first thing. When the kids are at school it’s work time. That time is almost sacred to me because it is so limited, so no chores, no fooling around. At 1:00, I pick up my youngest from preschool and do errands or go to the playground with him, then come home in time to meet my daughter’s school bus. The rest of the afternoon is all about occupying the kids with crafts or homework, doing chores, making dinner, and maybe sneaking in a little computer time. We eat as a family, go for a walk or bike ride if it’s nice out, snuggle with the kids, then put them to bed. I’m back in the studio or at the computer by 9:00 if I haven’t fallen asleep in one of the kids’ beds. I try to be disciplined and turn in by 10:30, but I don’t always succeed because I really like what I’m doing. It’s always a time crunch, but it’s much less stressful than a demanding office job.

S:What is your favorite book?

B: Right now it’s _The Thunderbolt Kid_ by Bill Bryson. It’s a biography with a sense of humor about growing up in the midwest in the 1950’s.

S: What was your last travel destination?

B: We took a road trip up to Vermont for my cousin’s farmhouse wedding last September. It was rustic and fabulous with roosters crowing during the ceremony.

S: What do you do to relax?

B: Snuggling with the kids at bedtime is the ultimate in relaxation. A glass of wine with dinner to take the edge off is nice. I also like to watch TV. I admit it. I’ll watch any kind of decorating show, Project Runway, What Not to Wear, The Office, Colbert Report. We don’t have a TV in the bedroom, though. I’ll read before bed to wind down.


Align CenterAnyone who purchases an item from ChirpAndBloom in the first week of July and mentions "Floweredsky" will receive 20% discount.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Monday Motivation

Love the idea of thinking with a child's mind. Colorful, fun and whatever the day brings you , take it all!

1. Color Pencil Ear Studs-- huiyitan
2. Fancy Feather Pen Plume--prettylilthings
3. Rushmore Pencil Set of 18--tiniestj
4. Coloring Wallet for Kids -- PaperDaisyDesignCo

Monday, May 17, 2010

Motivational Picks for the Week

1. Literary quote pinback brooch-- bookity
2. Vintage Hanging Keys Display on Wood--inbloomfinds
3. Aristotle Quote Words Wall Decor--rEVOLV3rApparel
4. White Men's Socks -- RGsocks

Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday Motivation

1. Handmade Organza flowers-- supplier
2. Three Daisies Personalized Stationary--paperinstyle
3. Romance Chiffon Fabric Flower Show clips--rouziligardens
4. Handmade necklace Picnic -- dreamyvintage

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Flickr Favorites- April Flowers


Love these colors that comes with the beginning of the spring!
For more flickr favorite visit Artmind's Blog .

Monday, April 19, 2010

Motivational Picks for the Week from my Team Members -Team ESST

1. Mosaic Tiles Clay Paisley Feathers-- flyingcircus
2. Designer Paisleys--artfulmosaicsupplies
3. Mosaic Tiles Paisley Colorful Whimsy Plate--cocomo
4. Waverly Cotton Screen Perugia -- thyme2sew