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‘ BOHEMIAN BABE’ by Bohemianredjewelry

Beautiful Bohemian Fashion. Enjoy all these hot treasures !!!!!!!


Masked Goddess, photomontage…

$24

Rockabilly Jewelry ~ Rockabi…

$20

The Kiss – Photography Photo…

$20

Coral Ombre Silk Kimono, sil…

$149

Vintage Crocheted Bow Lace B…

$11.89

Flower Baby Headband- Coral …

$3.75

ART NOUVEAU Purse Handbag Ev…

$115

Scarf – Colorful Chic Scarf …

$35

Vintage Pink and Black Corse…

$22

Fingerless Gloves Long Salmo…

$37

Vintage 1990s Black and Peac…

$23

Peach and black

$35

Vintage Wool Hat Sz 7 1/4 L …

$50

Luxury Silk Organic peach wi…

$16.25

Shoe Art – Shoe Print – Fash…

$35

A Shabby Chic Key to My Hear…

$8

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Its not easy being green…


‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ by AriesArtisticJewelry

Inspired by Kermit the Frog


Bohemian Earrings~Indian Ear…

$25

Wearable art, Original print…

$35

Top drilled Sea glass 5 pcs …

$10

Mystic Rainbow AB necklace, …

$48

Knitted Headband, Ear Warmer…

$12

Green leather backpack – Voy…

$110

recycled bracelet metal Brac…

$15

Succulent Photography, Botan…

$5

Ceramic Bowl Small Green Pet…

$18

Sea Green and Gold Bracelets…

$18

Vibrant Green Cactus Paintin…

$30

Toddler Beret with Bow, Gree…

$37

Evil Cat plush. Hand Embroid…

$220

Mint quilted pillow – modern…

$27

Waterproof shopper bag, doub…

$40

Knitting Pattern, Knit Cowl …

$2.95

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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!

STATTEAM Spotlight featured artists for 12/19-12/23

Tonight I would like to share with you the STATTEAM Spotlight featured artists for this week. These artists are not only FABULOUS, but some very wonderful friends as well as team mates! I hope you will enjoy the items I have chosen from their shops to feature.

My first featured artist is Rita from Birds n Blooms where you will find handmade bead magnets, stained suncatchers, and a variety of hand decoupaged birdhouses, plaques, and children’s foot stools.


Hand painted tri-color—decoupage—hand glazed indoor mini birdhouse is a cute decorative piece for any in-home décor. Morning Glories adorn all sides of the birdhouse. The affixed cork bottom on the birdhouse protects furniture. Overall dimensions: 3 1/4” X 3” X 4”h.

Hand painted—decoupage—stool is perfect to use as a child’s step stool or planter stand.
Dual Color scheme: Natural (top) and light mauve (base) with hand-painted medium pink hearts. Two coats of hand-brushed glaze seals the stool base while the top contains a glass-like, clear coat finish. Wipes clean with a damp cloth or sponge.
Overall Dimensions: 11 ½”w X 7 3/4”h.

Tuesdays featured artist is Amie from PrettyPigDesign with Unique Gift Idea Statement Jewelry.


This necklace makes a beautiful statement for Christmas entertaining, a wedding, prom dance or date night! It reminds me of a peppermint candy cane. Ruby or scarlet red satin and winter snow white organza lining fabric was cut and layered to make poppy flowers. In the center of three flowers are shiny red “holly berry” beads. The back of the necklace is snow white soft felt. The “chain” for the necklace is snow white quarter inch satin ribbon so that it can be worn at various lengths. It can be worn with a casual or dressy outfit – the choice is yours!


This bright and cheerful bib necklace is made of a mixture of old and new buttons. An olive green satin poppy is set slightly to the right to add texture. Inside the flower is a chartreuse green glass bead with teal seed beads sewn around it. The “chain” is two quarter inch teal blue strands of satin ribbon. The back is a soft snow white felt.
Measurements: At the widest point, the necklace is 6 inches wide and 5 inches tall. the flower is 2.5 inches in diameter. The ribbon is 22 inches long so the necklace can be hung at various lengths.

Wednesdays featured Spotlight artist is chasitypetersen with handmade items from 3 sisters, bears, dolls, clips, cowls, headbands, quilts and more.

Simple, classic, and sweet these Waldorf cloth dolls are made with recycled cotton scrap fabric and stuffed with 100% premium polyester fiberfill. The simple and somewhat imperfect nature of these dolls gives them the feel of antique cloth dolls loved and cherished for generations…the good ole’ days before plastics were even invented. The natural fibers of cotton and linen are warm and feel more ‘real’ than plastic.
Machine stitched for durability, they could be used as a decorative addition to a little girls room bringing warmth and ageless appeal, or for gentle play. Approx. 17 inches tall. Constructed in a clean, smoke free environment.
The face is hand embroidered and a signature heart and “M” on the back of the dress signify…
~~Made with love by Michelle~~

This Crib Quilt is completely hand quilted with high quality Gutermann thread (made in Greece). It is a lovely mix of chocolate and ivory flannels that correspond and complement each other nicely. There are also a couple pieces of soft swirly white fur added for contrast and extra softness. The back of the quilt is a solid piece of white flannel.
Each Baby Bird Quilt is made with high quality materials and takes approximately 50+ hours to meticulously hand quilt, making it a timeless addition to your new little one’s nursery.
This quilt was constructed in a clean, smoke free environment. The batting is 100% premium polyester and bonded to resist fiber migration. It is washable and non-allergenic.
*Measurement: 33 inches X 37 1/2 inches

Our Thursday featured artist is naturalflipside featuring Handcrafted natural & glass jewelry, art, & more.


WOW! Be prepared to hear that a lot, and to answer questions, have strangers stop you, and to be stared at. Not to brag, but that is what happens when you wear a Natural Flipside creation, especially one like this.
Two fore-wings of a Urania Ripheus, aka Madagascar Sunset Moth, were positioned on this giant Petunia to look like a regular little moth; well maybe with a little extra sparkle! The color and details of both specimens are really outstanding. To add some dimension, I pierced the flower and made some simulated stamen, using Swarovski Crystal beads, plated wire and crimp bead. This also served as the wire-wrapping used to hold the fascinator in place on the headband. The headband itself is a plastic base covered with a lightweight, comfortable material that has plenty of sparkle to it. This piece would be great for anyone who loves nature, sparkles, or standing out in a crowd. It is somewhat delicate, like wedding/prom/anniversary or other special occasion wear, but sturdy enough to be worn regularly. You will NOT find another like this anywhere else in the world! This item was handcrafted with a lot of care and good thought, and will make a very special gift for yourself or someone else.

** These are having some slight discoloration issues, which is why they are marked down. They are still very lovely, as you can see, but I cannot guarantee that their color will last as long as my other items.**

Have you ever noticed the beauty and detail of a strawberry leaf? When you see them like this, it’s hard not to notice. With so much going on in the natural structure and intricacy of the leaf (right down to the little pin-holes), I just decided to keep the design simple; which also let’s me keep the price low. These leaves are kind of broad, nearly 2 inches across, and about the same in length, set on sterling silver earwires. The last photo is an example of the description we write on the back of our earring cards.
You won’t find these anywhere else in the world! These Gloriosa petals are the only ones I have and I don’t know when/if I will find more. They were made with care and lots of good thoughts and are waiting to honor someone special.
5% of the monies received from your purchase will be donated to a charity/ies of our choice at the end of every month. We support projects that do good for the Earth and her inhabitants, people too!

Last, but not least, our Friday Spotlight artist is stymiepiestudios withhandpainted gift and art prints for children of all ages.


These wonderful hand painted ceramic piggy banks come with a rubber stopper so that once you fill it, you can empty it into that college fund! I hand paint BOTH sides of these piggy banks with colorful flowers and adorable butterflies!

Childrens Art Print Peace Fish 8.5 x 11
Everyone has joined together in an effort to show you that Peace is all you need , no matter where you are.It takes some work but it’s always worthwhile.
This piece was created with colored pencils on Strathmore watercolor paper. The print is size is 8.5 x 11″ and reproduced on thick, lustre paper to retain the texture of the original art. My hope is that it will delight and inspire you and your little one. As all of my art, it is also available as an ACEO and on a blank greeting card.

I hope you enjoyed these delightful handmade items as much as I enjoyed featuring them! Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Featured artists from the STATTEAM Spotlight

Tonight I am featuring five very talented Etsy artists from STATTEAM. These 5 artists are featured this week in the STATTEAM Spotlight.

My first featured shop artist is Rhonda Wojciak from nanioriginals, here handmade purses are unique and stylish.


This hobo style bag is medium in size and has four pockets inside.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nanioriginals/You can see more fabric choices here on flicker.
The fabric on this bag is so beautiful and fun with tattoo girls and flames. Made of all cotton. The lining is a solid light blue and the four pockets are orange and red flames with a black background. The magnetic snap has thick Pellon sewn underneath and has been double stitched for reinforcement. The pockets are double stitched and the corners have been sewn down to prevent tearing. This one includes a hand embroidered nani lable. We made this one with a short wide strap so it fits close to your body.


Surprise a loved one with this beautiful wallet.
You will love this upholstery weight fabric. It’s called “Punjab Peacock” by IMAN. The lining will be made with either teal or black Kona cotton, you choose.
We like to carry our cell phone in our wallets since they are padded enough to protect it. Send us a convo if you would like us to gift wrap with a note to your requested address at no extra charge.

My next featured Becky Helmer from BeckyHelmerDesigns, her jewelry designs are beautiful and charming with a West Texas flair.


These pretty earrings are made with black lucite trumpet flower beads, yellow lucite bell flower beads, and antique bronze bead caps, findings, and kidney earwires.

These festive earrings are made with white, red, and green lucite bell flower beads, silver colored metal bead caps, and metal findings.

Shelly from Shellyka on Etsy is my next featured artist, her shop is full of whimsical hand-painted decor for your home.

This painting of two Pink sheep is 100% handmade (Not a print) using acrylic paints on a stretched cotton canvas


A decorative and unique way to display your child’s artwork.
This colorful and fun hanger is 100% handmade and painted with acrylic paints, perfect for safely displaying your child’s artwork and helps you change the display from time to time.

I actually am the next featured artist for this week, it is truly an honor! My jewelry is handmade from clay and glass, eclectic, fun and funky!

This ring is a size 8. The rose is hand sculpted from polymer clay, has four black onyx rhinestones set in each facet corner and the zebra stripes have been hand painted making this ring its own unique work of art.


I LOVE the look of vintage inspired jewelry! I created a dark blue background that fades into a lighter blue and added a snowflake. I added Swarvoski crystals on the Vintage inspired filigree cab. This necklace would make the perfect gift for someone special or to add sparkle to your favorite holiday outfit!

My last featured artist is Noelle Argenti from potterybynoelle, her shop is full of beautiful and fun pottery items!

Heres a purple ceremic snow flake bowl

I made it from a mode and a snowflake pattern book I have It was
Glazed with non toxic glazes The color was purple It was fired in a low fired kiln. would be perfect for just home deco

Heres a ceramic bowl I made out of white clay It has a snowflake print in it the color around the snowflake is cobalt blue slip . I glaze the snowflake with non toxic glazes the color was white and the black of the bowl is blue lagoon . This bowl was fired in a low fired kiln and it is food safe.
I think this bowl would be perfect for serving those hoilday treats , would also make a perfect christmas gift .

Congratulations to each of our featured artists, I hope this week your day in the STATTEAM Spotlight and it was an honor to host each of you here on my blog!

Saturday Salute to Etsy Texas Artisans

Tonight I wanted to do something special for all my Texas neighbors on Etsy.com
I was not born in Texas, but spent my early childhood growing up in Midland until I married and relocated to Rankin, Texas. If you look Rankin up on Google, you will see that its a TEENY, TINY desolate area that is home to around 500 people, including yours truly. So, to all my Etsy friends who live in Texas, this wonderful Christmas Salute for Saturday night is for you!

I am going to start of this Christmas feature with a well known saying: “Everything is BIGGER in Texas” and I can tell you that when it comes to Texas Artisans, the enduring charm of cowboy culture goes above and beyond!

My first featured artist is from Killeen, Texas; KayzKreationz. This shop is full of Stained Glass Mosaics, Art Glass, Fused Glass, Beaded Bookmarks, Wire Jewelry and more. One item I fell in love with this Mosaic Stained Glass Bird-feeder! Featured in Birds and Bloom magazine, her bird feeders have TEXAS size style! Looking for a unique birdfeeder for your garden or as a gift for a gardening friend? This is it. It is a mosaic birdfeeder with stained glass, set in grout. It is 8 1/2″ across the top from rim to rim. It has a yellow star, blue and white bluebonnet and mosaic Texas as it’s design. Sure to attract lots of birds to your yard and lots of looks from all your envious neighbors. Have a unique Birdfeeder for your garden that’s not like every other feeder in the stores and people’s yards. This birdfeeder could also be used as a small birdbath in your yard, if you like. The grout has been sealed, but is safe for the birds.

Corpus Christi is home to my next featured shop GirlieGals who offers you sparkle and shine Texas style! What would make a better gift for someone special than this Gold Pandora Christmas Bracelet with Poinsettia Charms, to tempt you even more, this bracelet is on sale! Price reduced by over 20% Dec. 3rd only. Free gift with this purchase!
Extremely beautiful – these pandora style gold plated crystal studded beads and clear crystal faceted beads will dazzle all on their own. Then add the lovely poinsettia and gold plated fluted round bead charms and you have a bracelet that’s not only stunning but is also very sparkly and brilliant. It’s a Bling Thing! Each charm hangs from an antique gold tube bead and has a dangling silver lined red seed bead for extra shine.

My next featured artist quidditydesigns is in Georgetown, TX. Her shop is full of beautiful Texas style flair like this Copper Flower Pendant Necklace with White Freshwater Pearls and Silver. Five softly burnished copper petals surround three pistil/stamens made of white freshwater pearls on fine silver headpins. The copper flower is about 1.75 inches, so it makes a statement. I made the necklace long so that it would fit over a turtleneck sweater.

I think Killeen Texas must be a popular place to reside, another resident from there is jdfootloose. It doesnt usually get too cold in Texas so her items are perfect for the winter months, like this Autumn Patchwork Scarf! A great Autumn statement piece. Crocheted in multi colored & Golden yellow yarn in various size squares to give it a patchworl look.

Houston, Texas is home to my next featured artist BirdsBeadsTX, her shop is full of delightfully fun jewelry! Check out this great necklace made up of matte, faceted black beads and printed shell tiles in orange, blue and silver with a toggle clasp closure. It measures approx. 34 inches in length.

My next featured artist is from Dallas, Texas. Her shop is full of TEXAS style home decor that will warm up your home or that special someones heart! This Personalized Family Name Sign, Last Name Sign, Wall Art with Photo would make a perfect gift for that hard to buy for person! Beautiful personalized wood sign includes photo, first and last name, and optional established date. Medium and dark brown in color, sign is painted front and back in satin brown. Made of solid pine with decorative routed edge, Sanded edge adds detail and a vintage look and Sealed with a textured coating to protect and preserve the print. Saw-tooth hanger included, no vinyl used!

Here is a town I have never heard of! Bastrop, Texas; home of my next featured artist NMCJewelryDesign. Feather earrings are all the rage this season, surprise your BFF or that special someone in your life with these beautiful Wild Turkey Feather earrings! We don’t usually see turkeys this way, especially during this time of year..and especially wild unadulterated ones…for their beauty. These are feathers from a wild turkey and have been cleaned and assembled into an amazing set of earrings. The pattern looks near that of a tiger with the black and orangey brown stripes. They are topped off with a tigers eye gemstone and black crystal just waiting for you to show your wild side. Due to the natural materials (and the fact that the feathers were discovered on a walk) these are truly one of a kind.

Victoria, Texas, a town I have actually been to is home to RomanticThoughts. Dazzling Texas style jewels to dazzle your special someone with this Christmas! The glass Blue and Green Pendant is the centerpiece of this unique creation. The necklace is comprised of Blue and Green Swarovski crystal beads. This striking piece is designed to be noticed.

Texas is actually wine country, a great many wonderful wines are produced in Texas, who knew?! This brings me to a great Etsy shop CorkyCrafts from Fort Worth Texas. This shop has some very unique Texas style gifts that will delight even the hard to please! This wreath makes a nice gift for the wine connoisseur in your life! It is like a wine lover’s scrapbook of happy memories. It is very versatile, add a pillar candle or a vase of flowers for a lovely centerpiece. It is a great way to extend a warm friendly welcome for visitors and neighbors in a entry way, dining area, bar, Tuscany themed kitchen, and makes a great gift idea for those who love wine! Compare prices and save by purchasing it here!

Next is my very own leadeer from my Etsy team “STATTEAM”, she is responsible for the huge success of “The STATTEAM Spotlight” which runs Monday-Friday, she does an amazing job! Lubbock, Texas is home to BeckyHelmerDesigns. Her shop is full of Texas style beauty, like this Red Flower Ring! It is adjustable so it would make the perfect gift for practically anyone on your holiday shopping list!

Last but not least brings me to little ol’ me, based here in Rankin, Texas is this hot pink bangle with zebra print crosses. A TEXAS style statement piece that is sure to get some “Yee Haw’s” when you give this as a gift!
This gorgeous bracelet is a OOAK, you wont ever bump into anyone else wearing a bracelet exactly like this one! I started with a wooden bangle an applied 4 coats of Hot Pink paint, applied crosses that I created from polymer clay and then hand detailed the zebra print. For a finishing touch I added brilliant and dazzling rhinestones and a clear coat gloss to waterproof this lovely creation. This would make a wonderful gift to give someone special or to keep for yourself!

I would like to send a big ol’ Texas hug to all of ya’ll out there!

Peace, Love & Hippie Chic Jewelz

Today I am interviewing Jessica of Jat*Art aka Tylerja on Etsy. Jessica is not only a fabulous artist, but also one of my top team leaders on STATTEAM, she initiated starting the STATTEAM spotlight and is a wonderful person who will go out of her way to help others. Thank you Jessica, you totally ROCK!!!

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How long have you been an artist?
I’ve been creating since I was little…still not sure if I would consider myself an “artist” but I definitely enjoy embracing my creative side and exploring new creative techniques.

Tell us about your first attempts to be creative.
My mom still has fingerpaintings from when I was little. Since she was always painting and creating herself; I guess I followed in her footsteps and created my own little pieces of “art” at a very young age. Luckily there were always paints, crayons, pastels, fabrics, and trinkets around for me to express my creative side.

How many hours a day do you create?

I don’t always have the time to create daily…although I wish I did….I do a lot of my work in “cram sessions” where I’ll spend a good 5 – 8 hours working on several different pieces and then come back and add finishing details over the next few days until they are finished.

How does creating art make you feel?

Making something from nothing is one of the best feelings out there! I love when I can put what’s in my mind on a canvas and share it with others. It’s also great when someone else appreciates my creation and purchases the piece so that they can enjoy it in their home.

How did you pick your creative medium?
When I first started out I used acrylic paint because it was the cheapest 🙂 but I’ve just really enjoyed working with it ever since. Acrylic paint comes in so many colors and I really love watering it down to where it looks almost like watercolor. It’s very versatile. I also love adding little “found objects” or trinkets to my works to add a little funky flavor. And Sharpies are definitely my favorite ink pen…just love the bold black line they create!

What are your inspirations?

Music, nature, photography, flowers…pretty much anything! Sometimes I get inspired by a color combination or even a certain trinket and build a piece around it.

How do you recharge when your creativity hits the wall?
I love looking on etsy when I hit a roadblock. Seeing other people’s creations really gets my gears going…or sometimes I’ll go out and take pictures during a walk and get inspired that way….good music usually does the trick too 🙂

“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?
What gives you hope in the world?

Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder…so I’m THRILLED when someone else enjoys a piece that I’ve created. I know my art won’t always appeal to everyone and that’s totally fine…I know that some pieces will speak to certain individuals and that connects us! I just like to have fun with my work and I hope that others see that and can make the work their own.

What are your artistic goals?
I want to be able to create on a daily basis and really pump out some quality work. Etsy has been a great forum for me to display what I can do and I hope to grow from here!

What has been your most exciting moment as an artist?

My first big commissioned piece was very exciting for me! Since I’m usually just playing around and having fun; it’s so nice to get noticed for my work and have someone want a piece of original art in my personal style.

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
It’s definitely been a bit of a challenge. Etsy is flooded with talented artists so getting noticed isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Most of my “business” in the past came from doing little art festivals and holiday bazaars or from commissioned work….basically people reaching out to me and not the opposite. It took a while for me to realize that I really had to promote my shop for it to get noticed.

What has your experience as an artist been like on Etsy?
I’ve definitely been able to reach a lot more people on etsy than I ever could have by doing small art shows. I love that about etsy! It’s full of like-minded people from all over the world. It’s nice to know there is a place that is supporting the arts and artists alike!

What advice can you give new artists on Etsy?

Get involved with teams! There’s a whole different side of etsy that I never knew as a “buyer”. Teams can really give you that extra boost that you need when first getting started. Great way to make friends, build a support group, and learn the ins and outs of the etsy world!

Where else on the internet can we find your work besides Etsy?
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/JATArt/212463512118274

Put some FUN in your Friday with Little Lady Irish on Etsy

Fridays are all about FUN, so I found it only fitting to interview one of my favorite and fun filled shops on Etsy, meet LittleLadyIrish.
Her shop is full of wonderfully fun and charming items that is sure to bring out the inner child in you!

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1. What made you decide to sell you art on Etsy?
My husband has always been my personal cheerleader, and he actually heard about Etsy on the Today Show and encouraged me to open a shop!

2. How has your experience as on artist been since joining Etsy?
I still consider myself a newbie, while I did open my shop last August it sat ignored until this past April. So I’m still learning, but loving it!

3. How did you decide on using the medium you work with?
Polymer clay is still new for me. It wasn’t until I saw a girl at a make and take table in a craft store showing custmers how to create a polymer clay turtle that I knew I wanted to create things from clay. The fact that she wasn’t putting “life” into it bothered me and I wanted to give things life and personality.

4. I understand y ou are self-taught, how has not having a formal art education affected you as an artist?
I don’t think it does affect me. There are no rules in my studio. We live in a world where blending your play-doh colors is OK! I don’t feel limited.

5. What challenges have you found in your work on Etsy?
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with all the information and networking on etsy. Just when I think I’ve caught up on reading rules they change things! Creating my art is the easy part!

6. How have you found the popularity of the internet and Etsy to affect your work?
Social networking is a big help in promoting. Facebook and blogger is like free advertisement. I try to use them both often.

7. Do you think the internet plays a negative or postitive role in art today?
That’s tough…I think it has both a negative and positive. Promotion and advertisement is a plus, but mass producing clip art is not art (in my opinion) also there is a lot of plagiarism and copying which is heartbreaking.

8. Are there any artists on Etsy who have inspired you?
There are many artists who inspire me! We toss around ideas to eachother and laugh about new ideas! But I owe much gratitude to BlackFriday and MoJo for keeping me grounded and sane when facing challenges or feeling UNinspired!

9. You are a leader on STATTEAM, how has this role affected your art career?
It has actually been wonderful being a team leader! (I was on the road to becoming a Psychologist before “life” happened) so helping others succeed is what I love! And feedback and encouragement from fellow leaders is a blessing!

10. What are the three most improtant things you rely on when creating one of your beautifully curated Etsy treasuries?
I, of course rely on having the materials to do so. But I also rely on my family who support my goofy ideas and I rely on my ability to have the freedom to do so (preferably with music at volume 20 in the room!).

11. Tell us a key frustration when first opnening your Etsy shop and how you overcame it.
I knew nothing! haha I quite literally opened a shop, added a few things and waited for it to sell! A few family members and friends (bless um) bought some stuff. But after having my second son in Janurary and then finding my passion for polymer clay, I did some more learning about etsy and things fell into place.

12. What advice would you give a young artist thinking about openeing an Etsy shop?
.You must first love your creations before others will love them! If you love what you do and you open your shop with no expectations other than hopefully finding others that will love it too than you’ll be ok. It’s tough but you have to want it. Growing up I always heard “Good things come to those who wait.” But I believe good things come to those who work for it!

Why buy handmade?

Why buy handmade? I have asked some of Etsy’s most talented artists on why as consumers we should buy “HANDMADE”, what you read will not only make sense, but put into practice can make a huge difference not only in the economy, but also for the enviorment.

The main reason that I choose to buy handmade is simple, Buying handmade is better for the environment, plain and simple. The accumulating environmental effects of mass production being a major cause of global warming and the poisoning of our air, water and soil. Every item you make or purchase from a small-scale independent artist or crafter strikes a small blow to the forces of mass production. To me, its just an enviromentaly sound choice.

Here is what KelliWorthDesigns from Etsy said about buying handmade:

I made a conscious decision a couple years ago to only shop and eat local. I am a locavore!!! In turn I also believe that anything handmade by a fellow artisan is still…local! We are all a community in and of ourselves. Buy local and handmade….hormone free, free range….lolol

tarnishedandtrue on Etsy had this to say about buying handmade:

Because Handmade is the most unique and beautiful! I am so sick and tired of commercial product. Blah, Target, etc…blah! And….thrifting is not what it used to be with everyone and their dog combing through the stores! So…the only way to find truly unique items is to buy handmade these days.

When I asked Junkitlove from Etsy why she chooses handmade:

Because I refuse to believe the whole population of the world is a sheep, we all need something that ‘talks’ to us and us alone, buying handmade makes that possible. Because as much as possible and when we can afford to, handmade is an ethical choice, often (not always) when wer’e buying mass produced we are funding sweatshops.
I want people to buy MY handmade because I want to buy my family a house, because I want to always be able to work doing what I love, because I would go horribly mad in a bad way if I wasn’t able to create and know someone somewhere is getting pleasure or joy out of something I have made, just for them.

Kearl on Etsy had this to say:

Because it reminds you that EVERYTHING from supplies to finished products is there because of real human beings with lives and families who deserve fair pay for their work. Think globally, act locally and you will see the difference your dollars can make. Because a unique, handmade gift is incredibly meaningful. The giver had to look carefully through thousands of items for that special item that said “I must belong to the person you love, please bring us together!”

Here is what mojo3777creations on Etsy has to say about supporting handmade:

I love to buy handmade because it is more personal. I like the connection I feel with the artist who actually made the item I am purchasing. I know my item has been made with love and it gives me the opportunity to connect with an individual through their art. You can learn a lot about a person through their art.

My interview with Renaissance Days on Etsy

Today I am going to intrigue you with a mini interview from one of my favorite Etsy shops “Renaissance Days” This shop is full of gorgeous artwork that I know you will fall in love with!

I understand you are a self taught artist, when did you become interested in art?

I’ve been interested in art and becoming an artist for as long as I remember. It was when I turned eighteen and started taking glasses and had a mentor that I began taking my art more seriously.

What inspires your artwork?

I’m inspired by my spiritual questions and emotions, by nature, friends and family, and things I read. I also keep a Moleskine journal in which I do sub-conscious drawing and save my inspirations.

Do you have any coupon codes or specials for your Etsy shop?

For the month of August I’m offering 20% off – use coupon code: AUGUST20