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‘ BOHEMIAN BABE’ by Bohemianredjewelry

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


Masked Goddess, photomontage…

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Rockabilly Jewelry ~ Rockabi…

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The Kiss – Photography Photo…

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Coral Ombre Silk Kimono, sil…

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Vintage Crocheted Bow Lace B…

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Flower Baby Headband- Coral …

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ART NOUVEAU Purse Handbag Ev…

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Scarf – Colorful Chic Scarf …

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Vintage Pink and Black Corse…

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Fingerless Gloves Long Salmo…

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Vintage 1990s Black and Peac…

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Peach and black

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Luxury Silk Organic peach wi…

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A Shabby Chic Key to My Hear…

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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…

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Wearable art, Original print…

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Top drilled Sea glass 5 pcs …

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Mystic Rainbow AB necklace, …

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Knitted Headband, Ear Warmer…

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Green leather backpack – Voy…

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recycled bracelet metal Brac…

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Succulent Photography, Botan…

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Ceramic Bowl Small Green Pet…

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Sea Green and Gold Bracelets…

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Vibrant Green Cactus Paintin…

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Toddler Beret with Bow, Gree…

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Evil Cat plush. Hand Embroid…

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Mint quilted pillow – modern…

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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!

Saturday Night Shopping with Pure Prana Label

* What is your name and your shop name

My name is Cindy van den Heuvel, owner and creator of Pure Prana Label.

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* How did you get started in your craft?

I graduated as a mastor tailor, earlier in life, and had an internship with a well known hat designer located in the Netherlands, where all hats were made by hand. I finished this internship with all A’s and I got invited at an art academy in Rotterdam. I loved it, but I could not see how I would ever have my own label. Internet wasn’t so far yet and owning a real shop would cost me a lot of investments. I got cold feet and started working in several jobs, still in fashion, but I wanted to be an entrepreneur. In my 30’s I started with yoga class and somehow I couldn’t find the products I’d like, it was all a bit boring to me and I wanted something beautiful and Eco-friendly. That was the moment I started making some products, showed them on Facebook, to see how people would react and… I had my first sale instantly. I loved it and figured this could be my niche!

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* What made you decide to sell on Etsy

I didn’t know Etsy, it is not so well known in The Netherlands, but when I was talking about starting my own label a friend told me about his friend who sold jewelry on Etsy. A worldwide network of artist. I figured this would be handy, I had no idea how big Etsy was. I opened my shop, just as a hobby at first and sold my first collection right away. This year I completely changed my strategy and re- opened the store with new products. I am officially an entrepreneur now 😀 and making income out of my creativity… Finally!

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* Tell us about the items in your shop:

Mostly my items are used for meditation, yoga or relaxation, but I am heading to a home decor line as well. My products are made out of organic linen, European linen, which is very strong and durable. I only use non toxic dyes and try to work as durable as possible. All prints are hand-printed and I love using old techniques like wooden stamps or shibori.
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* What inspires you?

My inspiration comes from the most strange places, during the day I am collecting color patterns in my mind. I can’t explain how inspiration works actually, I think it is like a little antenna on top of my head that’s collecting wherever I am, every moment of the day and at one point… It just all comes together in a new idea.

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* How long you have been crafting or selling

I started at Etsy in 2014, I have always been creative and that showed in all levels of my life. I can’t remember a time that I didn’t create, invent or had ideas to create. I have always called them ‘my projects’ and I am making people crazy with it. So it is good that I can loose some of that creativity now in my products!
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* What your plans are for the future with your work

I am officially an entrepreneur now and I love it. Besides Etsy I have opened my own web-shop at Purepranalabel.com and I am so proud of that step!
I do like to sell on Etsy, so that will not change, but I’d like to be more established as a label, so I do think my own site will help me with this. My goal is to be known as ‘that label that sells amazing beautiful and sustainable meditation cushions’ and has stellar customer service!

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Thank you for taking the time to interview with me, Cindy!  Your Etsy shop is lovely and its wonderful of you to share your awesome Etsy Success story with us!  

You can visit her shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PurePranaLabel?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Special on Etsy

Special on EtsyimageA very special thank you to Brooke Baxter Howie for featuring my queen owl necklace in her gorgeous treasury. If you have a moment stop by, have a look and leave a comment. Click here to visit:  https://www.etsy.com/treasury/Njg1Mjc5NnwyODY0ODAwNzA3/special

 

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!

Wonderful Wednesday Christmas Wish List

It’s always so fun to shop from a local seller whose work you love! Since being on Etsy I have come across so many talented artists and their handmade items are amazing! Christmas is just a hop, skip and jump away so I wanted to share some beautiful items I have found that you may want to add to your Christmas Wish List, too!

The first item I have been eyeing is this beautiful Tibetan Om Pendant created by Exotic Treasures Jewelry on Etsy.
One of a Kind, Handmade, original Turquoise & Coral Necklace with Tibetan Om Pendant is beautiful! Gorgeous turquoise and natural shaped red coral underscore the beauty that shines from the traditional Tibetan pendant.

I have a sheer LOVE for anything steam-punk, so when I saw this ring from GothicCloset on Etsy, it immediately went on my “MUST HAVE” list!
This ring is unique – designed and handmade in New Zealand by Janne Perry. The ring will be delivered to the buyer in a handmade black felt ClosetGothic envelope.

Almost anyone who knows me well knows I have a deep infatuation for ACEO’s that are unique, so when I came across this beauty created by Nightsvision on Etsy, it went directly on my list to Santa!
ACEO Limited Edition print “Awake” by Tina Lynn Ellis. Measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches. Printed on quality archival paper and sealed for protection. This print is mounted on textured card stock for additional protection. The back is signed and numbered 1-20.

If you LOVE faries, you are going to LOVE this next feature, a beautiful custom made Fairy house from DreamofaDream on Etsy. A custom made fairy house built just how you want it! The house is made from recycled fine silver, which is .999% pure (as compared to sterling silver, which is only .925% pure). Each componant is hand formed out of precious metal clay.

I dont know how many of you watched the hit television show “Prison Break” it was one of my favorites! Those of you who followed the show will know why I chose this next piece. This Origami Crane Necklace from sithakokachiluka on Etsy is truly beautiful! Paper Crane Varnished paper pendant on 18k Gold over Sterling Silver Chain.

My next item is one that I know my 3 year old would definitely ask Santa for this holiday! This adorable Tinkerbell Costume by mylittleangelco on Etsy is simply darling! Tinkerbell Costume Pixie Tiara Wand Wings set in Green Gold White with Feathers Flowers Crystal Bling Fairy Costume

Each My Little Angel Co. hat, dress, or accessory is designed with careful attention to every detail. All My Little Angel Co. items are made of high quality tulle, silk flowers, ribbons, marabou, crystals and knitted items (materials will be stated in description). The mini top hats, headbands, or crocheted hats are perfect for any occasion and make a beautiful addition to any picture.

I think Santa would agree that each of these featured items are not only beautiful, but would make IDEAL Christmas gifts for those special people in our lives!

Good night friends, I hope you enjoyed my selected items for the day! Check back tomorrow to see what other goodies I will find!

Peace, Love and Hippie Chic Jewelz

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

My interview with Lindsay Maree, the artist behind LindsayMareeJewelry

Tonight I have a treat for you, an interview with LindsayMareeeJewelry on Etsy, so get comfortable and enjoy this wonderful post!

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How long have you been an artist?
I have been creating art ever since I can remember. It was always my favorite subject in school as a kid and I entered many competitions in elementary through high school. It’s always been a great outlet for me emotionally and have always been encouraged by my family to continue creating.

Tell us about your first attempts to be creative.

Art has always been something that I’ve done simply because I enjoy it. After I graduated high school, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, so I took classes in college that looked interesting, Drawing 1 being among them. I fell in love with everything new I was learning in Drawing 1 and received high marks on every project. It wasn’t until then that I started trying to take art a little more seriously, using new materials and experimenting with techniques I wasn’t familiar with.

How many hours a day do you create?
I usually spend 2-3 hours creating per day. I use it as a way to wind down after a long day of work.

How does creating art make you feel?
Creating art makes me feel accomplished. I like the release of getting to do something physical with my hands. Whether the energy comes from happiness, sadness, anger, or excitement, anything that has been created is a beautiful release of emotion.

How did you pick your creative medium?
I chose to make jewelry because I had never tried it before. I knew that I enjoyed drawing and painting, but I was never particularly fond of working with 3 dimensional objects. With 3D art, I have had problems completing a thought well enough to successfully execute a project. It was always a frustrating medium to work with, so I thought, why not? I like the challenge.

What are your inspirations?
Right now, I’m inspired by food, patterns, and love.

How do you recharge when your creativity hits the wall?

I recharge by taking a look at other artist’s work. It’s refreshing to see what others are creating and how my items differ. I love looking at very technical and specifically designed pieces of art because it helps me refocus my less technical and more free flowing art.

“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?

To me, art is expression. By looking at my jewelry, I hope people see it and think about how it applies to them. I hope they ask themselves first if the piece is particularly pleasing to the eye. If so, how they will apply it to their life. Will they wear these earrings simply because they’ll go with a specific outfit, or will they wear them because it makes them feel like their expressing themselves? For instance, what does the color yellow mean to you? Does it evoke happiness? Does it speak to you about a particular season? Does it remind you of your mother’s favorite color? All of your answers to those questions causes some sort of emotion, and wearing my creations is an expression of that emotion.

What are your artistic goals?

My goals are simple. I just want to make someone feel something. If they like my jewelry, then it makes them feel good. Consequently, if they hate it, then it makes them feel disgusted. Someone stopping what they’re doing for 5 seconds to take a peek at my work means I’ve done my job. I’ve created something that has caused a person to think, even if just for a moment.

What has been your most exciting moment as an artist?
The most exciting moment was after I “dropped out” of college and realized that I didn’t need a degree to tell me that I could create art, and be good at it. The self realization (with a little help from my fiance) that I could indeed teach myself how to create art has been an eye opening experience. It’s pushed aside the creative block I had for 5 years and forced me to just dive in. It’s been an exciting journey, being able to do what I love every day.

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
I have just started pursuing the business side of being an artist. Until a few months ago, I hadn’t even thought about trying to make money off of my items. It has been an adventure for me, learning the ins and outs of selling something that I have put my soul into.

What has your experience as an artist been like on Etsy?

My experience has been positive so far. I have yet to encounter anything negative, honestly. Etsy has made it easy for me to start up my little business. I really love that I can communicate with fellow artists and have made a few friends. Having one place to meet other artists, as well as taking a look at their work is refreshing. Everyone is so kind and willing to offer advice. My first couple months here have been wonderful.

What advice can you give new artists on Etsy?
The small amount of success I’ve had so far on Etsy is simply because I have put myself out there and introduced myself. I’ve joined Teams, taken part in BNS/BNRs, and haven’t been afraid to ask questions.

Where else on the internet can we find your work besides Etsy?
I’m on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lindsaymareejewelry
I’m on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/#!/lindsay_maree
And I have a blog: lindsaymareejewelry.blogspot.com

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