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SUNDAY FINDS ON ETSY

Why do I love Etsy?  There are so many wonderful handmade and vintage items, you can find something for everyone on your gift list!  The best part is that your purchases are helping artists make their dreams become a reality.

Here are some gorgeous items I have found from some awesome Etsy shops, I hope you will take a moment and visit their Etsy shops, you wont be disappointed!

I found this beautiful sterling silver midi heart ring by MinimallyMeJewelry

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Minimalist, thin, delicate heart ring. Lovingly hand forged, soldered and polished.
I’m not sure about others, but to me it works perfectly as midi ring, pinky ring and toe ring. 3 in one kind of ring 🙂   The interior diameter of this ring is 1.5 cm – size 5. Please convo me if you need a different size.  My daughter loves hearts. I love my daughter. Therefore, math says I must love hearts…
Part of my “Heartbeat” collection.

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If you are a lip balm fanatic you will love the Lip Butter from VictoriasBoutiqueArt!

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WHAT IT IS
Luxurious lip butter with orange flavor goes on super smooth and adds a *mild* tint to bare lips or cheeks. With a variety of nourishing butters and oils, this lip balm is sure to become a must-have in your daily routine.

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Get cooking with these awesome wood burn spoons from HummingbirdCraftsLLC!

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Give the “cook” in your life a unique gift with handmade wood burned kitchen spoons. A truly special gift that will be remembered daily with love. This makes the perfect housewarming gift or hostess gift! A great addition to any kitchen! Wood spoons are strong, look nice and are able to handle high heat. Each spoon is wood burned by hand with a Pyrography pen and given special care to ensure a unique design and effect. A Hummingbird Crafts LLC original design! Hand washing is preferred. Both spoons have been sealed to protect.

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I know many of you love your pets and pampering them is a must, you will love these adorable cat beds from CatHouseRU!

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Cat bed easy to fold, you can take with you to the exhibition of cats and dogs, as well as on the road.- The lower part of the pet bed sewn from Raincoat fabric, which is enough to wipe with a damp cloth, if stained. – Pet mats Inside two layers of Padding polyester, making the pet bed soft and warm. – The upper part is made of strong Coarse calico, it is environmentally friendly, long does not spoil. – Pet bed is bright, colorful, practical – your Pets will be happy!

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I have a confession…I am a tea fanatic!  When I saw these beautiful tea post from CeramaStudio I had to share with you!

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This Black Owls tea set made of clay and painted by hand.
The owl is a symbol of prosperity, wealth and wisdom. It is believed that the image of an owl protects people from excessive and unnecessary spending.
Tea kettle with pottery mugs – a beautiful and useful things in everyday life, a nice gift.

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I love art prints, and anything that is unique and has to do with coffee!  This BT FIRST COFFEE print from MyColorMood is a must have!

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BUT FIRST COFFEE printable poster – ampersand sign digital print. This modern and minimal black and white typography print with an “Ampersand girl” drinking the tastiest morning drink will be an excellent decor for your living room or office. Start your morning with coffee, start your morning with ampersand, start your morning with beautiful printable wall art! 🙂

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Need a unique gift?  These teacup planters from flowerfilledweddings are beautifully unique!

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Grapevine teacup planter with grapevine forming a saucer and cup attached together. Rim and handle are covered with green moss and trimmed with natural rope. Sewn in liner.
Create your own tea party, bridal shower, luncheon or gift floral centerpiece with these trendy planters.
Set of two teacup planters.

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For the music lover why not a Music Notebook by Sunbrilo.

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Music notebook, Moulin Rouge, Handmade recycled LP vinyl record notebook, vintage vinyl handmade journal music, retro wedding guest book.
This original vinyl record journal is completely handmade with love by me.
It could be a perfect gift for a musician, a music lover or anybody who loves making notes on paper and appreciates handmade objects!

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I hope you will visit these wonderful Etsy shops and show your support by buying handmade!

My interview with SanchoyDina

Today I got the pleasure of interviewing SanchoyDina from Etsy, they have a great shop full of awesome handmade items!!!

Tell me about your work, what are you currently working on? and how is this different from past projects?

Hi, We are Toni and Laura and we are leather artisans. Our comertial brand is Sancho y Dina (These are the name of our greyhound dogs). We design belts inspired in the 40’s western. These belts are dyed and studded by hand.

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Now, we are working in guitar straps, biker wallets and kidney belts.

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We are leather artisans since 3 years ago, we are autodidacts and we have improved a lot in these 3 years but we are always learning. Now, our projects are designed taking advantage of our graphic designer skills.

When and why did you decide to become a artist and designer?

We love the 40’s and the 50’s in the EEUU, its music, its clothes.
We are graphic designers.
One day we began to see people wearing western belts and we decided to learn how to make these lovely belts.

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What was the best advice given to you as a designer?

We haven’t had anybody to tell us the secret to design. :))
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Etsy is a pretty vast marketplace, how do you advertise your designs? How do you market yourself?

We are working in this at the moment, making good descriptions and trying to explain the process of our work.

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Who are some artists you enjoy on Etsy and local?

We like anyone who makes a good product and have a good presentation.

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If You were to visit any Museum or place in the world where would you go to for inspiration?

Obviously, museums or places in the United States, unfortunately they are too far to visit them. We trying to get all the information by internet.

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In addition to Etsy, where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new fashion trends, or to see what is going on in the world locally and otherwise?

We go to rockabilly festivals to see in first hand how the people wears.

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Do you have any exhibits to promote your accessory line in the near future?

We have our etsy shop and an own online shop in internet.

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Where all can we find your designs online?

www.etsy.com/es/shop/SanchoyDina

http://www.sanchoydina.com

I never met a medium I didn’t like… part 2

On one of my latest ventures to Hobby Lobby in search of a new medium that would add some spark to my jewelry creations, I ran across an air cured clay called “LUMINA.”
So, you know me and my clay obsession… I quickly put a package in my already overly full shopping basket and headed to the check out lanes. I couldn’t wait to get home and try this mysterious new clay medium. Through much trial and error, here is what I learned about this pricey, yet extrodinary air cured resin-based polymer clay.

Lumina, unlike Polymer Clay brands such as Fimo, Cernit and Sculpey is an air drying, resin-based, polymer clay . I have to admit after playing around with this clay I was amazed at how well Lumina holds up when rolled out to a paper-thin sheet. I also am amazed and love that creating delicate pieces such as flowers and intricate small designs far surpasses regular polymer clay, and when I saw far surpasses, we are talking by leaps and bounds!
It’s flexibility makes it the perfect medium that will not break or warp when cured. Although Lumina is semi-waterproof, never leave this clay in standing water… I had some clay that dried out a bit and decided to try to re hydrate it… sadly I found that if left in water too long it will melt.

The major downside to this clay is that it only comes in translucent. So, being the adventurous person I am I tried kneading in food coloring (BAD IDEA!) then tried oil paint, a sheer disaster and then moved on to try acrylic paint. To my wonderful surprise the acrylic paint worked! I must mention though that kneading in the paint is a messy job, but the results are wonderful when you can create the exact color you are wanting to achieve. One note of caution, and believe me when I warn you that Lumina can not be kneaded in a food processor like Sculpey, Cernit or Fimo, in doing so I created a huge mess that took a ton of elbow grease clean up. =( My food processor has never been the same since…

Here are some earrings I created using Lumina, they are super lightweight. I actually painted these with acrylic paint after the Lumina had cured and then sealed them with Flecto Diamond Varathane for a water protectant sealant.

Lumina does not hold a very good bond to itself either, unlike polymer clay it just doesn’t hold its own per say. I experimented with Super Glue, E-6000 and found that Mod Podge or any 3-dimensional adhesive works extremely well.
It’s important to keep Lumina at its ideal moisture level so it maintains the right texture, this means having to add a bit of water when the clay feels as if it is drying out while you are working with it.

A word of advice, if you’re used to working with oven cured clays such as Sculpey, Fimo and Cernit, it may take a bit to get accustomed to this clay. It’s quick drying nature makes it less than ideal for sculpting large pieces, and is very frustrating to work with if you are creating canes. Lumina must be kept in a tightly sealed package in the refrigerator, and yes, it can and will grow mold.

Although I am impressed with the detailed intricate work I can create with Lumina, it is priced a tad too high for my pocketbook. Hobby Lobby carries Lumina at about $9.00 to $10.00 per package. If your ready to venture into using a new medium and you don’t mind the cost, Lumina is a fabulous medium for the most delicate forms you can create.

If you have not yet given Lumina a try, you should. It is great for tediously small works such as roses, flowers, leaves or anything else you can think of. Though the clay is expensive, I think its worth experimenting with, you never know, you could find that you LOVE working with this amazing clay!

Monday I will continue with polymer clay and Precious Metal Clay, you wont want to miss reading about these two incredible mediums!

Shop of the day: Emergent Glassworks

Congratulations to Trevor the artist at Emergent Glassworks!
I am totally infatuated with this artists amazing skills with the flame! Take a look at some of his artwork, I am sure it will have you saying “WOW!” just as it did me!

(Emergence: the formation of a completely new system, patterns and properties by the complex interaction of lesser elements in the system.)

Finely crafted with exquisite detail! you’ve never seen anything this cool in your life! there’s a hundred different ways to display this; Hang it around your neck, dashboard mirror, your wall or put it somewhere cool like your fish tank, desktop zen garden or just in a display case.

This is a Handmade 1.25″ marble with a realistic amanita mushroom in it. Great for any mushroom enthusiast or marble collector!

LIKE on facebook!http://www.facebook.com/emergentglassworks

I hope you enjoyed these amazing creations as much as I did featuring them! Stay tuned for our next shop of the day!

Meet Madeline’s Jewelry Box

Meet Madeline’s Jewelry Box, our third shop of the day! Madeline’s Jewelry Box is the 3rd generation of jewelry makers in her family. Her jewelry designs are stunning, I love her use of stone in her designs!

Kelli Worth Designs (http://www.etsy.com/shop/KelliWorthDesigns) and I teamed up to make this beautiful copper and beaded bracelet.
The first layer of copper has been brushed and hand fired to bring out a hint of the same color in the beads. The beads are a gorgeous turquoise! This necklace is beaded on wire. It has a toggle clasp.

Kelli Worth Designs (http://www.etsy.com/shop/KelliWorthDesigns) and I teamed up to make this beautiful copper and beaded necklace.
The first layer of copper has been brushed and hand fired to bring out a hint of the same color in the beads. The beads are a gorgeous purple/blue agate! The beads are knotted off with leather one at a time. The toggle clasp is made with a left over bead.

This necklace is a awesome statement piece! These beads are chunky…but not to heavy. All the red beads are coral. The silver color beads at the top are silver. The toggle clasp is silver color hypo allergenic metal. This necklace is 19 inches long.

You can find Madeline’s Jewelry Box on FaceBook:

SHOP OF THE DAY is……….

I am so excited to announce our very first SHOP OF THE DAY! Today’s shop of the day is a wonderful polymer clay artist from The Amethyst Dragonfly, I am totally inspired by her creations! Lynn’s jewelry designs reflect a combination of Steam-punkery with a dash Victorian flair.

The first item from her shop is this glow in the Dark Steampunk Compass pendant. Steampunk style compass pendant painted with shimmering verdigris copper with green oval gem detail in center. Made from glow in the dark polymer clay. Pendant glows in black light or in the dark!

I really love the touch of whimsical style of this Steampunk Dragonfly Pendant. Polymer clay dragonfly pendant painted in beautiful shimmering pinks and coppers with steampunk style bronze gear accents.

I LOVE earrings, and I love the edgy, steam-punk flair these beauties posses! Charming tiny heart earrings with a steampunk twist! Hearts are painted red and accented with a copper gear detail up one side. Has silver wire bail and ear wire. Made from polymer clay

You can find more of TheAmethystDragonfly here:
You can also LIKE her fan page on FaceBook here:
I hope you enjoyed Lynn’s fabulous creations as much as I enjoyed featuring her beautiful and unique work!

Why is handmade so expensive?

Why is handmade seem more expensive than mass produced?

I have had so many people ask me over and over: “Why are handmade items so costly?” My answer has always remained the same, after 19 years of selling handmade jewelry I can list thousands of reasons; however I won’t bore you with thousands and settle for a few very important reasons.
When buying handmade you must take into consideration not only the quality materials that the artisan uses, but the expertise, time, and love spent creating an original and unique work of art.
Sure, you may be able to go buy a trendy necklace that “EVERYONE who is ANYONE” is wearing, or those FAB “knock-Off” duplicate earrings like Angelina Jolie wears, but really, in all actuality I prefer to wear custom created jewelry that no one else is wearing. Call me different, call me what you will but I love to sport a style that screams for attention.

With department store, mass produced jewelry lines you can’t get that satisfaction of knowing you are one stylish and unique individual. So, it is in this respect that I will gladly spend my hard earned cash to own a custom created piece of wearable art. The fact that no one else has a duplicate is gives me a most devious pleasure I’m afraid! It is what sets me apart from everyone else, and gives me an edge over Angelina, she may have Brad Pitt but I have a whole collection of one of a kind jewelry pieces that always get me attention when I wear them!

Another important thing to remember is that individual artisans aren’t out to make a “Killing” by creating one of kind handmade items. Most artisans are truly “Starving Artists” and are trying to in all actuality, to make ends meet. As an artist I can tell you that even though some people tell me my prices are high I still do not charge enough money to actually make a profit, however I love creating and my love for creating art is my clients gain.

When you purchase a handmade item there is no comparison between it and an item that was produced by a machine on an assembly line. First, the machine that is slamming out 1000 necklaces per hour doesn’t care about quality, it is a machine, and its one function is to repeat the same motion over and over and over again.

When an artisan creates a piece of art there is a lot of care that goes into each piece. The amount of fine detailing and special attention that is given to each and every step throughout the creating process can take an artisan hours or even days to complete. I can assure you that handmade items are created with much thought, special care and an abundance of love. Most every item an artisan creates has a story of inspiration behind it, and thus being said that creation holds more meaning than a mass produced item that has no story behind its creation other than a CEO waiting to climb the corporate ladder and receive a six figure income.

In all reality, I buy handmade whenever I can. I like knowing that I am supporting an artist who could be a single mother, a college student, a retired person who has little or no retirement to rely on, or even the artist who has a dream of working from home in order to stay home with her or his family. I love the fact that I can support a dream for someone, and that when I buy handmade I am giving something back to the community.

In closing, I must be sure to add that supporting and buying handmade has been one of the most positive experiences I have had, not just in my collection of fine art for myself and home, but also when giving gifts to family and friends. I can honestly tell you that nothing says “I care” and “I love you” more than giving a handmade item.
Sure, a box of expensive chocolates for Valentine’s Day or an anniversary is very sweet and tasty, but an artisan created piece of jewelry lasts much longer and portrays a message “I’m giving you this gift because it is as unique and special as you are.” This statement couldn’t be more correct, because I assure you the machine pumping out a thousand pieces of expensive chocolate’s doesn’t care one bit if I smiled while eating each delicious morsel. For me, Knowing that the artist who sold the handmade item is wondering if I love their design and wonder if I see the emotion and beauty in it as they did when creating it speaks volumes.

Supporting handmade is clearly a sane and sound choice for me, and I hope that once you are done reading this you may see it is a wonderful choice for you to embrace as well.

As always, wishing each of you a beautiful weekend ahead,
Peace, Love & Hippie Chic Jewelz
HCJ 2012

My interview with Lost Apostle Bronze Jewelry

Today I have a most inspirational interview that I think everyone will love! My interview is with Lost Apostle Bronze Jewelry. What I love about their jewelry is the uniqueness and mysterious beauty of their creations, truly fascinating!

Lost Apostle Bronze Jewelry… A cure for the common gold.

Please give us a brief bio, where you are from and how you started in this field?
I was born near Montreal, Canada, but have lived outside of Canada half of my life – mostly in Asia, London UK and Spain. I moved back to Canada with my husband, James, a few months ago, with absolutely no idea what I would do for work as I spent the bulk of my time away creating jewelry, clothing, bags and accessories and selling them in various markets around the world, wherever I was at the time – a gypsy lifestyle, really, we even lived out of our 1978 VW camper van in Spain for 3 years selling at whichever markets came our way. There being a lack of any good weekly craft markets in Canada had me start thinking of what I could be doing online – something I could work from home and live wherever I want, besides which, I really did feel like my time at markets was up. I needed something new, and knowing Lost Apostle was a winner (tried and tested in the markets in the UK and Spain!), I just had to try to set up an Etsy shop.

When did you first discover your creative talents?
I have always felt to be a creative person, I think I would whither and fade if I wasn’t able to use my creativity!
My first attempt at making jewelry started when I was 6. I remember very clearly my mum taking me to a bead shop in Montreal, and I was overwhelmed, and in heaven! I still to this day have some of those beads, the beautiful ones I treasured and never used. My collection of beads and jewelry is now quite something, especially after spending years in Nepal, India and Indonesia. Although a lot of my focus in the past with jewelry involved semi-precious stones and precious metals, due to the present day climate with the ever-increasing prices of silver, I was forced to think outside the box. My husband suggested bronze – he is an avid collector of antique bronze jewelry from Asia. He inspired and helped me to create something new and original.

Could you tell us about some of your work?
Right now, its all about Lost Apostle. All pendants, earrings and bracelets are cast in bronze or white bronze with silver plate using the lost wax method. I make the odd piece in sterling silver or gold plate. It all starts off with a design in mind – drawn out on paper in 3D – getting in all the angles and trying to visualize the finished piece as a sculpture. All designs are made by myself and my husband, James, and I tackle it from there. Most Lost Apostle jewelry is pendants – for him, for her, for all walks of life. Pendants range from flying pigs, to 1950’s style microphones, guns, angel wings, feathers, loads of different bird skulls, animal skulls, teddy bear skulls, anatomical hearts, bones, and more decorative skulls like my favourite – the Day of the Dead skull. I have started making earrings, bracelets and have plans for Pandora style beads (though with a Lost Apostle twist), and cuff bracelets with tribal overtones. There is just not enough time in a day!

What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?

Lost Apostle is a relatively new business, I am always looking for new ideas and am constantly inspired by what is going on around me. I keep myself motivated by letting Lost Apostle grow organically, and take advantage of opportunities that I think might help business.


How will you describe your style?
There is no real singular style for Lost Apostle. It is a fusion of Tribal, Steampunk, Retro, Gothic, Art Nouveau and Classic.

What is your approach to design?
Adapting to the latest fashion fad is only a part of it. There are so many opportunities for a brand like Lost Apostle as it caters to men, women and absolutely every style of person, it gives plenty of room to come up with a huge range of ideas and designs so that there is no one single approach.

Describe your workshop/studio for us:
I have a massive wooden table that I work on – we have just moved here from the UK, so haven’t set up a proper workshop yet! I pull out my dremel and carving tools and wax when I need them – I’ll be setting up a proper carving station hopefully within the next couple of months – I am planning some new designs and need to get going on them! Other than that there is a wall of chain, leather rolls, shelves of bags, postal supplies and of course bronze jewelry! I’ve got a giant cork board with my in-and-out info, plus new ideas for designs in drawings and images. My sewing machine’s been collecting dust, much to my dismay! The computer has taken over…

Any influences or anyone you look up to when it comes to designing?
Influences are all around. Whether it be the latest fashion styles (I love the rock n roll style of Alexander McQueen), objects of nostalgia (our 50’s style microphone pendant, cassettes…), or ancient forms and designs of jewelry, I am continuously inspired by ancient tribal designs of Asia, South & North America America & Africa. Both James and I spent much of our 20’s and 30’s travelling & working in Asia and Europe, hence developing the Lost Apostle style of jewelry along the way. I studied painting in university, and my final year thesis was a body of work dedicated to graffiti, skulls and tribal styles, so this is where I think it all began.

“What is Art?” is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?
A huge question indeed. This was a question we were asked in my first year philosophy class at university! What I want people to take away from my art is to feel like they are wearing just that – art! Not just another piece of jewelry. I like art with an edge. Lost Apostle has got an edge. It’s not easy to forget.

How do you bridge the gap of the business side of designing?

I always have to think of what might sell versus what I want to make. Ideas revolve around what might look good as a pendant and what kind of person might be looking for the said pendant, which luckily is broad! I have to be careful and keep an eye on how many designs are being produced, as I still have to stock each and every one of them – it gets expensive and I can’t stretch myself too thin. When people ask for custom made orders, I have to think long and hard about making them, as it doesn’t make sense to just make one, when the casting process and production can cost so much.

Describe yourself in 5 words.
Adaptive, artistic, original, organized & chaotic!

How has your experience been selling online?

My experience in online selling has been overwhelming. It takes so much effort to get a shop up and running – I am so used to market stalls, where you go to work, set up, stand behind a stall all day, pack up and go home… online selling never stops. My husband was instrumental in helping me set up the Etsy site. I am more of a designer and creator, and though organized, found the whole process rather daunting as there was so much to think about – photography, descriptions, SEO, tagging, promotion, and the list goes on… I am really happy with the direction business has taken. It seems that Lost Apostle’s gone viral!

What has been your most exciting moment as an artist?

There have been quite a few moments of excitement as an artist. I went to art school, and continued as an artist afterwards because I love the rush you get from creating a beautiful piece of art. I spent years working for other companies in graphic design, marketing and print production, and none were ever satisfying. It was only when I went back to doing what I love about 7 years ago, that full inspiration came back to me, though it was incredibly hard to get started again – to create something that I love and that would put money in the bank to boot! I was constantly changing and revising ideas and designs at the beginning, plus the crazy soaring prices of silver forced me to think again, and think in bronze! I guess that was Lost Apostle’s golden moment…

Do you have any advice for new artists?

Follow what you love, but be prepared to let go of it as well. Many artists create solely for themselves, and wonder why it doesn’t work when they try to make a living out of it, so it’s important to listen to advice and adapt when need be.

Where else can we find you online?

Etsy – http://www.thelostapostle.com

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/LostApostleBronzeJewelry

There are quite a few other websites that carry Lost Apostle – http://www.shanalogic.com & http://www.inkedmag.com to name a couple, as well as a few small shops & tattoo studios in Canada, the US, the UK, and in Europe. There is also still a Lost Apostle stall at Spitalfields Market in London, UK…. where it all started. Lost Apostle is going global!

Thank you Nadya for this wonderful interview! What an inspiration you are to everyone, your determination has brought you great success and I think that is so important for every artist whether they sell online or not. I really enjoyed browsing your shop, so many interestingly unique and beautiful items!

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Meet Marshfellows!

I have a treat for you today, an interview with Marshfellows!

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What is the name of your online shop and link?

Marshfellows
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marshfellows
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/MarshFellows
Blog: http://marshfellows.wordpress.com/

How has your experience been selling your art online?
So far it’s been very positive. I’m still a ‘beginner’ in many ways, but I have been lucky and grateful to those who have extended their help, expertise and advice.

What has been your most exciting moment as an artist?
When I first started making Marshfellows, the biggest thrill was just the idea that someone would pay for my artwork. It still amazes me that so many people want to bring my little guys into their homes and lives. But it’s also wonderful when other artists contact me and want one for their own.

How long have you been an artist?
I’ve been working with polymer clay for about five years now, but I’ve always loved arts and crafts ever since I was a little kid.

Who or what had the greatest influence on you as you developed as an artist?
All the credit goes to my Grandmother. When she was still with us, she was always crafting. Sewing, knitting, crocheting, sketching, painting, pottery, ceramics. You name it! But working with clay was something the two of us always did together. She encouraged my love of art and even taught me some of the techniques I know and use today. I absolutely have her to thank for my deep rooted obsession with all things arty and crafty.

How would you characterize your work?
Marshfellows are cute, chubby, silly, sweet, funny and whimsical. They’re like little reminders to smile and giggle. Which you should, it’s good for you!

Describe your workshop/studio for us:
I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten at my kitchen table, it always has materials, tools, papers and empty coffee cups scattered all over it. When I’m working the music is always playing and the coffee maker is always on. I work at high speed when I’m on a creative buzz and being in the kitchen to work is a reminder in itself that I need to stop every once in a while, come up for air and eat something. Lol.

What’s the hardest part of being an artist?
I think the hardest part has to do with pricing. I have come across situations where a would-be buyer didn’t agree with a listed price and suggested I come up with a more ‘realistic number.”
Of course for the obvious reason it bums me out. It takes my time, money and materials to create a piece, so I can’t just give it away for free, all those variables are valuable to me.
And at the same time a potential customer should see their purchase as a gain, not a loss.

How many hours a day do you create?
Anywhere between 1-4 hours. It’s usually a mixture of creating new pieces, answering e-mails and updating information on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

How does creating art make you feel?
Being able to sit down and create something new and fun is like a drug to me. I love just listening to my tunes, sipping a hot coffee and bringing something new to life. I enjoy the entire creative process from a simple idea in my mind to the final product sitting before me. It’s very relaxing.

“What is Art?” is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?
When I’m going about my daily life and I pass by a Marshfellow sitting on my shelf or on the window sill or even as the background for my desktop, I can’t help but smile. That’s all I want for anyone who brings a Marshfellow into their lives.

What are your artistic goals?
I would really like to venture into different mediums by collaborating with other artists. There are plans already being set in motion for future projects. I’m really excited about working with new people, pooling ideas, designing new products and taking advantage of learning opportunities. I think 2012 is going to be a great year for Marshfellows.

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
I have been lucky to have received help from those who are more experienced when it comes to running a small business. But the most important aspect of any business, providing good customer service, is probably what I’m best at. I figure as long as I remember to take good and proper care of my customers, the rest I can learn along the way. Because in the end, if you don’t have happy and loyal customers, you don’t have a business.

Where else on the Internet can we find your work?
Right now I’m working on setting up my shop at TheArtLand.com and I hope to set-up an Etsy account in the future. But for now I’m taking orders via e-mail and Facebook, which I prefer for custom orders. That way I can work closely with the customer and create something that is exactly what they want.

Thank you so much for taking the time to let me interview you Autumn, your items are simply adorable!