Tag Archives: whimsical

My interview with Rose Hill Design

I am pleased to introduce on my blog tonight Rose Hill Design Studio by Heather Stillufsen. Her artwork is delightfully whimsical, I love browsing her shop and know you will love this interview!

1. What is the name of your online shop and the url?
Rose Hill Design Studio by Heather Stillufsen
http://www.etsy.com/shop/RoseHillDesignStudio

2. What has been your most exciting moment as an artist?
The most exciting moment as an artist probably was one I sold my first painting….to someone outside my family! ha ha ha

3. How long have you been an artist?
I have been an artist my whole life, but didn’t really find true creativity until I was out of college….in my early 20s.

4. Who or what had the greatest influence on you as you developed as an artist?
I have been influenced by many artists, but Susan Branch is one of my favorites, as is Beatrix Potter, Mary Engelbreit and Margie Moore – and I love Jane Dyer, too.

5. How would you characterize your work?
My work is whimsical and fun. I like to think its colorful and I hope it makes people happy when they see it!

6. How do you feel when people interpret your artwork differently?
I am not sure, but I guess everyone interprets art differently!

7. Describe your workshop or studio for us:
My studio is a spare room in my house, which by the way is from 1763!
Its all white and I would say it’s somewhat messy!!!! I have always kept a messy desk – I think it helps with the creativity….for me anyway! I have paints, markers and ideas on post its scattered all over! 🙂

8. What’s the hardest part of being an artist?
The hardest part of being an artist, for me, is not having enough time to draw and paint all of the things inside my head!!

9. How many hours a day do you create?
I am always creating or thinking….I spend anywhere from 5-9 hours a day in my studio thinking, dreaming and creating!
I would work all day if I could! I really do love creating and coloring and inventing new characters. I love being able to have an idea…draw it …color it or paint it and see it on screen or in someone’s house!

10. How does creating art make you feel?
Art makes me feel good….it really does!

11. “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?
Art to me is life, I try to incorporate feelings, emotions and ideas from life into my art!

12. What are your artistic goals?
My artistic goals are to be a published illustrator – in a children’s book – and continue my stationery line…I would love to see my artwork on products sold in stores, too! That would be awesome!

13. How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
I am still working on that business side of things…I always say I wish I was better at the business side of things – maybe I would be more advanced in my career if I was more business oriented…i don’t know.

14. Describe your artwork in 3 words:
I would say my work is – Whimsical, fun, happy

15. Where else on the internet can we find your work online?
My work can be seen on my blog at http://www.rosehilldesigns.blogspot.com and on FACEBOOK

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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!

Meet Shelly from Shellyka on Etsy

Todays interview is with Shelly from Shellyka on Etsy, Shelly not only has some adorable items in her shop but has been the winner of the STATTEAM Saturday Treasury Challenge. Grab a cup of Java or tea and enjoy this delightful interview!

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How long have you been an artist?
I loved drawing and painting since I can remember myself but after my first son was born I really decided to concentrate in my love for art and after receiving good feedbacks from friends and family the idea of opening a business was born.

Tell us about your first attempts to be creative.
I started to decorate my son’s nursery when I was pregnant with him. This was the first real attempt to be creative and the first time I exposed my art to people and got really good feedbacks.

How many hours a day do you create? At the beginning I spent most of my day time creating and developing new ideas for children’s rooms. Lately I think it is around 4-5 hours a day and in the rest of it I’m looking for promotion places and other websites that can help increase the exposure of my shop and products.

How does creating art make you feel? Oh, that’s easy!! This is my most favorite part and it takes me to my safety place where I feel good and I can use my imagination and creativity using colors and textures that I love.

How did you pick your creative medium?
Usually I work with the same medium that I feel comfortable with, but sometimes in my craft’s shop stroll, I love to explore some more materials. Basically I chose what I like the most, which is painting on canvas and wood.

What are your inspirations?
My biggest Inspiration is my children and I have to admit that they inspire me so much!! They tell me what they love best, we are creating new stories together and I always get surprised with their wonderful imagination that gives me many fantastic ideas\that will take me years to create.

How do you recharge when your creativity hits the wall?
I do something else; there are plenty of other things that need to be done such as Marketing my stuff or ordering from the suppliers. Because I’m working from my home, I can also do something useful like cleaning. It is defiantly helps recharge my creativity.

“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?

As you said this is a really “big” question but in my opinion Art is most wonderful and joyful way to express love, creativity and feelings.
I think that creativity is the only thing that comes out from people without even wanting it (you can’t control it….). It can connect people in so many levels that you didn’t realize that it will. I find it so beautiful that people can understand and get emotional without using any words.

What are your artistic goals?
I want to develop my skills and to learn more about other mediums, I want to open a craft class and teach art and of course that I want to make a good living from my art.

What has been your most exciting moment as an artist?

I can’t pick one moment, but every time I get a lovely feedback from my clients I get really happy.

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
Marketing my products is very hard for me but I keep learning all the time and I try my best to get to meet as many people, websites and other places that can help me with this task. I’m learning to enjoy it and I dedicate at least 3 hours a day to help my shop reach to the next level (I hope that more exposure will mean more sales!!).
What has your experience as an artist been like on Etsy?
I’m addicted to my shop, I love the “Etsy experience” and I learn a lot from it. Running a business on Etsy isn’t easy but there are many great advantages like meeting amazing people and artists and being a part of supporting groups/teams. I think that opening a shop was a great decision for me as this medium really suits me and I enjoy doing it very much.

What advice can you give new artists on Etsy?
I’m sure they heard it before but there are no short cuts so: work hard, don’t despair, meet other Etsy sellers and learn from their experience, read a lot and love what you’re doing!

Where else on the internet can we find your work besides Etsy?
I have a face book fan page: http://www.facebook.com/kishkushelly
And you can follow me on twitter:
twitter.com/#!/shellykadesigns

Todays Featured Etsy Artist: Kambachshop

One of my favorite shops on Etsy is owned by two Danish women, who enjoy doing several kinds of crafts. Mostly needlefelt and paintings though. Each of their shop items are unique.

I adore their paintings which are whimsical, they are perfect for both adults and kids.

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You can find more of their items on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/people/kambachshop
You can also find them on facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kambachshop