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Interview with Studio Gauthier

I’m LeeAnn Gauthier at Studio Gauthier. LeeAnn is an urban adventuress in beautiful Portland OR. I specialize in vivid eye candy, classic cars, Cuba, pirates and oddities.il_570xn-819197070_4uyd

I am a wedding, portrait and wedding photographer in Portland, OR. Please visit my portfolio at: http://StudioGauthier.Zenfolio.com

and Etsy shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/StudioGauthier?ref=l2-shopheader-name

. An Instamatic 110 camera got me started photographing my adorable mo-hawked baby sister. Etsy drew me in because it’s the world’s greatest market of cool art.

Pink convertibles in Cuba, waterscapes and rainbow oddities are a few of the fine art photos I create. Pink peonies adorn pillow case covers, and naked ladies in the Caribbean make the perfect shower curtain — so sexy that a printer censored these stone statues as “sexually suggestive.”
I plan to create more original transfers on canvas or bamboo with beeswax.


Its not easy being green…

‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ by AriesArtisticJewelry

Inspired by Kermit the Frog

Bohemian Earrings~Indian Ear…


Wearable art, Original print…


Top drilled Sea glass 5 pcs …


Mystic Rainbow AB necklace, …


Knitted Headband, Ear Warmer…


Green leather backpack – Voy…


recycled bracelet metal Brac…


Succulent Photography, Botan…


Ceramic Bowl Small Green Pet…


Sea Green and Gold Bracelets…


Vibrant Green Cactus Paintin…


Toddler Beret with Bow, Gree…


Evil Cat plush. Hand Embroid…


Mint quilted pillow – modern…


Waterproof shopper bag, doub…


Knitting Pattern, Knit Cowl …


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Monday shopping with some of my favorite Etsy friends!

I am in LOVE with these beautifully colored paper straws from ButtercreamDreamShop !

These sweet paper straws make me want to sit on a front porch swing & sip cold lemonade on a hot summer day.

Not only are these straws cute & colorful, they are also eco-friendly and completely biodegradable. Made with high quality paper, they are also covered in a food grade coating that will make them last for hours. So no more worrying – they will NOT fall apart in your drink!


Brighten any day with these pretty sunshine flowers from FlowersByKara!

Felt flowers poppy (rauchullus) applique 3 shades of yellow sunshine, canary summer, sunflower – 6pcs. Handmade yellow felt poppies appliques, hand cut and sewed with black beads.






How beautiful is this Summer Felted Bag created by LanaDiNata, just stunning!

Even in rainy weather, this BRIGHT COLORFUL SUMMER FASHION BAG will bring you good mood and joy of use.Hand crafted, OOAK , green yellow bag made from high quality felted wool with the addition of silk fibers. A really useful bag and very handy, as it is big enough to fit all of your essential bits and pieces in there, like your phone, keys, wallet, make up, glasses etc.

This eco friendly Bright Summer bag is an excellent gift for a loved one, friend, MOM and all whom you care…




Add a touch of adorable to your day with this cell phone charm from  WELOVESTITCHES!

Hello everyone . i am the Girly Bear cell phone charm attached with a removable gold strap . Bring me out with you and have an enjoyable experience all day long ! i can be a cell phone charm , keychain , a decor hang on the bag , clutch , camera or even a christmas onament that hangs on your christmas tree! : )

Each of our girly bear keychain are made out of felt , they measures approximately 2.4″ / 6 cm tall and 2.8″ / 7.5 cm wide filled with stuffing . All details are carefully and securely stitched on.

100% handmade with love! No machine use. Designed , hand cut and hand sewn by me .





I love this Yellow Rose Vintage Pin Set from  Holly !

Yellow Roses for Summer! This is an adorable vintage set right out of the 60’s ~ the delicate little roses are a sunny yellow with peridot green rhinestone centers, detailed green leaves & a gold-tone base possibly gold filled or vermeil as it has kept it’s color very well the clips are a gold-tone metal as well. All in great vintage condition with minor wear a small nick or 2 in the enamel typical for vintage enamel jewelry. Brooch m. 2″ tip to tip – Earrings 1″ l x .5″w





Beautifully bright and perfect for wearing with any outfit is this sweet necklace from our featured guest shop of the dayPrettyNecklaces.  ♥GORGEOUS! This stunning necklace is designed with our delicate hand-sculpted rose cabochon. The silver-plated links of high-quality glass rounds are accented with a silver-plated chain that closes with a silver-plated lobster claw clasp, total approximately measures 19″ long. 



Thank you for stopping by and shopping with me today!

To purchase any item you see here, just click on the SHOP NAME highlighted in blue.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day!

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!

Friday Night Finds

Tonight it is too cold for me to go out with my family and do anything, plus the fact that I live an hour away from civilization doesn’t help, either! So tonight I have browsed some new shops on Etsy.com and found some sweet Christmas gift giving ideas, I think you will like them as much as I did!

My first fantastic feature find is from Etsy shop ageratum with these delicately sweet Angels of the Rain Forest natural amazonite lily bead earrings. These very unique and lovely dangling Angels were created with hand carved natural amazonite (lily shaped) beads and I have added 6mm swarovsky light peach glass pearls, antiqued silver wings, and sp jumprings. They dangle about 1 3/4 inches from the top of the platinum plated silver french hooks. Be so Merry and the talk of the party wearing these loveliest of Holiday earrings! Enjoy and Always Be Beautiful wherever you are!

I visited next a great shop SQResources, and happened upon this lovely OOAK Knit Cowl (Lime and Turquoise Art Yarn)OOAK cowl knit with a beautiful functional art yarn from kittygrrlz.etsy.com. This highly textured yarn is a combination of hand spun / hand dyed yarns combined with novelty eyelash and ribbon yarns. The yarn is squishy with lots of nubs and is spun to be thick and thin. The colors include shades of lime green and turquoise. The cowl is a 10 inch by 18 inch rectangle whichis designed to be worn many ways by adjusting how and where you close the ends with the stick pin (which is included)

My next featured item is from beautifulswagstore with a beautiful Yellow Rose Headband. This is a handwrapped plastic headband in yellow satin ribbon with a large yellow rose headband attached along inset in the middle is a yellow aylric gem inset in the middle. This large yellow rose handwrapped satin ribbon in matching yellow is perfect for all occassions, formal, informal, and semi-formal. I have seen similar items worn as hair accessories, hair decorations, for homecoming events, school dances, coordinating with cheer squad events, wedding or engagement needs. Perfect for that sweet sixteen or an teen mega birthday celebrations. Don’t forget those sorority meetings, parties, and ceremonies.

If you love Cameos, you will love this beautiful butterfly cameo necklace from sydemcgus! This cameo is vintage inspired. A lovely butterfly cameo style pendant ( 1 5/8″ long not including the bail) dangles from an antique brass tone chain. The chain is 19 1/2″ long and ends with a lobster claw clasp. A great new piece for your Fall/Winter wardrobe!

I love trinket boxes, so when I saw this handmade metal box from vintagenowandthen I knew I had to feature it! I LOVE this old metal rustic box with a beautiful sculpted flower on the top! Handmade in Mexico of tin & brass that has developed an awesome patina that only time can create! In very good vintage condition, there is an embossed pattern around all four sides of the box. Approx. 4″ square & 2″ tall, increasing to approx. 3″ tall including the flower. Some rust in interior corners.

I am really into fused glass, and I love this next item from KanYoFuse. Fantastic Snow Fused Glass Pendant with ribbon necklace is truly stunning! Fa La La La Fantastic and absolutely gorgeous! This wonderful piece of snow flake dichroic glass is absolutely brilliant. Step out this holiday season in style with this wonderful pendant. This pendant measures approximately 1.25″ w by 2″ l (3.2 cm x 5.2 cm). It features silver and blue fusion snow flake Profusion Studio dichroic glass over true blue glass nestled in a silver-plated round lipped pendant plate and a 18 inch blue ribbon necklace with 2 inch extender.

Since I have little ones at home, I always have to stop and check out fun things that I think my kids would love like this Green Space Alien created by wigglysee. Crocheted Alien is 14 inches tall, about 6 inches wide.
He is looking for a home on earth with a great little kid. He loves to cuddle and take long naps He makes a great friend for kids of all ages. He crocheted with acrylic yarn, has safety eyes and stuffed with polyfil.

I hope you enjoyed my Friday Night Window Shopping, I know I sure did! I really love handmade items, this year I have pledged to buy only handmade. Buying handmade items has never been so important particularly given the current economic climate. I want my hard earned money to support a person, not a massive corporate company who buys machine produced goods by the thousands at a very low cost and then raises the price by huge leaps and bounds. I want to know I am helping a stay at home, a man who has been laid off due to economic crisis and is relying on his craft to support his family, or the college student who is struggling to make ends meet. To me, pledging to buy handmade is the right choice for myself and my family. I hope that you will consider buying handmade, too!

Meet Elsbet from Elsbetart on Etsy

Today on my Etsy treasury team “STATTEAM” we have Elsbetsart in the spotlight, here is her lovely interview! ENJOY!

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What is the name of your Etsy shop and link?

– I created a simple name similar to my own: elsbetsart.com. I am Elsbet (from Germany) creating art or something like that.

How long have you been an artist?
– What is an artist? -I made my works since my childhood in many different techniques, some shown in exhibitions and sold. At that time I was member of an artist-group. Always creating art was one aspect of my life.
2005 my family told me there is much time to try it again and I need time for my paintings! I took out my very good old watercolors and wonderful papers and that was the new beginning.

Who or what had the greatest influence on you as you developed as an artist?
– Some people observed my creations more than me. They told me I had to learn more about painting. I was always interested in music and art and I loved singing more than drawing.

How would you characterize your work?

– There is a lot of ideas. It’s my personal dealing with art, fine art, special styles and live!

Describe your workshops for us.

– My workshop?- For the last years I have recently an atelier at home with some easels and where my paintings also can dry.

What’s the hardest part of being an artist?

– I think it’s making art as I want it and nobody is interested in. Or for me: I have a painting well done but not ready. I have to practice special techniques before going on.

What’s next in your art career?
– I want to find a group to work together and of course selling paintings!

How many hours a day do you create?
– I am working in time blocks, some days and some days not.

How does creating art make you feel?
– When I made a painting I don’t know if it is well or not. I have to wait and the egg tempera has to dry – perfectly! When I am sure its ready it get varnished.

How do you recharge when your creativity hits the wall?

– I cook some good things for me and my husband and after getting complements from him I have recharged and continue.

“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?

Paul Klee said: Kunst gibt nichts Sichtbares wieder, Kunst macht sichtbar.
I try to translate: Art does not show you what you see, art makes visible.
He did not paint what you can look at, but something behind or included in.

What are your artistic goals?

– Create a good painting! I have a lot of goals but I can’t really tell you which is the most important.

What has your experience as an artist been like on Etsy?
– I am new on Etsy between very kind members of a great network.

What has been your most exciting moment as an artist here on Etsy?
The increasing interest on my paintings!

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
– I am here only for a short time and try to build my own little network. I have large items and same prices are true so I have to wait for a sale. A great help are the shop-stats. Someone can find me if he likes.

What advice can you give new artists on Etsy?
I am new myself using all helps of the community I am finding!

Where else on the internet can we find your work besides Etsy?
I am a painter with a lot of paintings. I opened the Etsy shop to find out more about the quality of my paintings compared to others. Next will be a website with a blog.
You can find me now on Twitter and facebook.


Follow me on twitter.com/#!/elsbetsart

Thank you for inviting me to the Spotlight

Elsbet with elsbetsart

My interview with SewTamz on Etsy

Tonight I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite shops on Etsy, if you are a photographer like myself you will absolutely adore her creations!

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How long have you been an artist?
It seems so funny to be called an artist because I have always struggled all my life to create art – I’m not that great at drawing or singing or any traditional art form. But I have always had a deep appreciation for all art. Just since my kids were born have I been able to find a talent creating things for them.

Tell us about your first attempts to be creative.
I learned to sew from a Home Economics class. I really am self-taught – my sewing has evolved over the years – patterns just make me crazy – when I bought a sewing machine after my son was born I made a Cinderella dress for my daughter for Halloween without a pattern – It was really challenging but rewarding.

How many hours a day do you create?

Right now – too many – I average on very little sleep – I have a hard time keeping up with orders and with two kids at home for summer I am always juggling everything. I am hoping it will be easier when school is back and I can have a set routine.

How does creating art make you feel? I love thinking of new ideas and can’t wait to try them out.
How did you pick your creative medium?
I had left my corporate job as a database engineer when my son was born. I bought one of those expensive embroidery sewing machines and thought I could make an income at home embroidering shirts and things. I also made personalized baby blankets for friend’s gifts. Fast forward years later- I opened my Etsy shop with baby blankets and applique shirts – a couple of my friends are photographers so I made a personalized camera strap cover for one and a camera strap for another. I listed them on Etsy and it has been kind of crazy ever since.

What are your inspirations? I love fabric! I love colors! I love blogs! I love Etsy! I love Pinterest! I am constantly looking at things and thinking of ideas – I just can’t find the time to develop them.

How do you recharge when your creativity hits the wall? Go to my local quilt shop, read blogs, Etsy, Facebook and Pinterest.

“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?
I get to use all the wonderfully talented fabric Designer’s patterns to create something that is pretty, functional and comfy all at the same time.

What gives you hope in the world? I love that Etsy is truly a global experience – I am thrilled to discover other artist around the world – I just bought a pin from a shop in Finland for a gift for my daughter’s friend whom just visited Finland this summer.

What are your artistic goals? I have lots of ideas for new products, so I hope to find the time to develop them this fall.

What has been your most exciting moment as an artist?
I had the sweetest compliment from a customer from Romania – “Only few of us can say that their job is to make the lives of others more beautiful :)”. It is really great to hear nice compliments.

How have you handled the business side of being an artist? It can be a hard balance – I love offering custom orders but they do tend to take more time and sometimes hinder keeping up with other orders. Sometimes everything is such instant gratification that the handmade equation can be forgotten.

What has your experience as an artist been like on Etsy? It has been really exciting seeing how many visits I get from all around the world – I have had one sale to South Africa so in my Google Analytics it is fun to see that Africa is all blank except for a few little hits right there in South Africa…

What advice can you give new artists on Etsy?
Just keep faith and trying new ways to list or photograph your items – I remember watching my shop for two months before I received my first order.

Where else on the internet can we find your work besides Etsy? Right now I am only on Etsy but I do hope to also have a new website in the future. You can visit me on FaceBook: facebook.com/sewtamz

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?

Meet Denise Cooper from The Journey Accents on Etsy

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Who are you and what do you do?
I am Denise Cooper , the mother of two wonderful young men, grandmother of 4 beautiful young ladies, from a very small community in North East Texas. I work as the office manager / HR manager for a mechanical contractor.

Where can we find you besides on Etsy?

I have two shops on Etsy (TheJourneyAccents and JazzyWreathsInTexas) and I also have a booth on Bonanza.com (Best Little Wreath House in Texas), Zibbett.com (TheJourneyAccents), and Facebook (TheJourneyAccents). I have also just begun to try my hand at Ebay, but the jury is still out on that.

What inspired you to become an artist?
I’m not sure what inspired me to become an artist. As long as I can remember I have sketched, painted, and done floral design. It’s not something I planned to do, it’s just something I have to do.

Why is it important to support handmade?
Handmade supports the individual and encourages entrepreneurship. Handmade also fosters creativity. Who wants to live in a cookie cutter world if you don’t have to?

What’s integral to the work of an artist?
Time! Time is the most precious commodity for me. I wish I could just practice my art and learn more skill, but the ‘day’ job gets in the way.

What role does the artist have in society?
I believe artist in society help others think out of the box. Artist helps the imagination to soar.

What art do you most identify with?
Oil painting

What work do you most enjoying doing?

Home decorating

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

I began working on crafts and floral design mostly to give as gifts. When I was first on my own, I didn’t have much extra money for gifts, but I could create a large beautiful door wreath for my family as a Christmas gift, so that’s what I did.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
Legal secretary, substitute teacher, office manager, farm hand

What is your artistic outlook on life?
I think artist should look into their mind’s eye and create what they see there and look into their heart and create what they feel there.

What is your dream project?
To decorate a house from top to bottom with a huge budget.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
To take a negative feedback with a grain of salt and just continue to do your best for your customers.

What advice would you give new Etsians?

Be ready to dedicate a lot of time on promoting your shop. Advertise, advertise, advertise!

List five of your favorite Etsy shops:
AlteredHead, KitchenCarvings , ruraloriginals , andybartosjr , and staceyyacula. It’s very hard to choose only five. I am constantly amazed at the fantastic art available on Etsy.com

Meet Tylerja AKA JAT ART on Etsy

Meet Jessica aka Tylerja from JAT*ART

Saturday’s Treasury Challenge featured some very lovely treasuries, but one stood out above all the rest. It was curated by the very talented Jessica from JAT*ART. Grab a cup of Java or tea and indulge in a fascinating interview!

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What is the first thing that usually comes to your mind first thing in the morning?
“THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY” and I try to think something positive about my life and my many blessings before I put my feet on the ground and start my day 🙂

What are some fun facts about you that may or may not be directly related to your art?
I’m planning to write a children’s book and illustrate it myself. I wrote it over a year ago but haven’t created my “art” for it yet 🙂

What is the strangest or funniest comment or question you’ve ever gotten about your work?
I made my little cousin a “cowl scarf” for Christmas and when I spoke to her mom after the holidays she said “Emilie loves the hat you knit her” She had apparently been wearing it as a turban…all I could say was “Hell yeah! Rock it!” I love that about creating things…people make them their own 🙂

What term would you use to describe your creative talent:

Why is it you see yourself in this way?
I’m so very thankful to have art as a way to express myself and thankful for my God-given talents. My creations come from the happiness that comes from being blessed and thankful!

How did you begin with this creative process and how does it add to your life?
I’ve been creating all my life in one way or another…it’s a part of me and it’s definitely enriched my life. I’m so thankful that I can express myself in creative ways and that others can relate to me through my work!

Were you creative before this time? If so, what other creative arts do/did you dabble in?

I’ve been an “artsy fartsy” kid my entire life; Theatre, Art, Music, Writing…the works.

Can you remember the first creation that you made?

Thanks to my mom I can…I don’t remember creating it but luckily my mom kept ALL of my art and I have my very first finger painting 🙂 Thankful for a mother who appreciates creativity even at its simplest form.

Is there something else that you made that you are particularly proud of?
I did a mixed media piece back in high school that I’m rather proud of. The piece earned me a scholarship to SCAD and the 2nd Congressional Art Award. It was on display in the Capitol Building in DC for a year and now it hangs in my mother’s dining room…she’s pretty proud of it too.

Do you have a particular customer (on or off the internet) that you remember particularly well for good reasons?
Katt from Black Friday Studios has been so supportive of my work! She has purchased a few items and continually helps me out in BNRs and with exposure. She rocks!

Have you ever created an online tutorial or video? Would you share it with us and has it helped your Etsy business?
I haven’t created a tutorial video yet…actually, the only video I have on my comp. is of my dog spinning in cirlces…doubt that you guys would benefit from that 🙂 even if it is hilarious!

What are the three websites you couldn’t live without?
This is a TOUGH one! I would be able to live without them all but these are my favorites for sure!
http://www.etsy.com… of course
http://www.postsecret.com ….if you’re not already addicted to this site like me…check it out every Sunday and you will be 🙂

When you have a quiet moment to indulge yourself and there’s no one around to bother you, what is it you like to do best?

Drink tea and read or if I’m in a creative mood I’ll paint!

What question is constantly asked about your work?

“Do you make prints?” I’m currently exploring that idea…I’ve started with my first prints on my postcards and greeting cards…I think I’ll build from there 🙂

Where else can you be found on the web?


Name 5 of your favorite ETSY shops.

Here are my NON- STATTEAM FAVORITES (Because I have way more than 5 faves in the STATTEAM)