3 weeks ago
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Casey and I met the first week I set up shop on Etsy - we did a fabulous trade... a necklace for a brooch. She's a sweetheart indeed! Enjoy meeting her and be sure to check out her Etsy shop.
1) What is your craft and what led to you to take it up?
I dabble in a lot of crafts, but I have stuck with mostly papercrafts and jewelry. I love old things and I enjoy thinking of the history behind them, so I've made my focus creating with vintage or antique items, like buttons, clock parts, paper, etc. I also think it's important to record the history we're making in the here-and-now, which leads to a love of writing and scrapbooking, which in turn leads to my papercrafting hobby.
2) What part of your work do you enjoy the most?
Shopping for supplies! I'm happiest when I'm surrounded with an entire store full of paper, ribbon, beads, fabric, and all the other little bits and bobs.
3) What part of your work is the hardest?
Adding that finishing touch. You know when you've made something according to your plan, but when you finish you realize the item is not "finished"? I get that a lot. Then the item I made sits in waiting for a long time while I think about it, and sometimes it never gets done.
4) A top ten list of your favorites...
The little sweater and hat my mother made for my son. They are so beautiful and such a wonderful family heirloom.
...item in your shop...
This just came together beautifully, including the photos!
"Just a Note" Locket
...item in your favorites list...
This print from LondonParticulars
I'm married to a Londoner and I love the city...we're even planning a move there in 2010! This print is so unusual and magical.
I had these silhouettes of my children made by jennyleefowler for my mom for Christmas. They came out perfect and it was the favorite gift I gave this year.
...item you've sold...
I just sold this one about a week ago. I was actually logging on to take it off my list because I had decided to keep it when I saw that it had sold, lol. I miss it. :-)
Just one? I always have such a hard time answering this because there are so many awesome shops on Etsy! I'll go with Deciduous Soul. This was one of the first shops I hearted and is still a favorite. I want everything she makes!
"love letter" by Deciduous Soul
...blog or website...
Etsy, of course!
...source of inspiration...
My materials are what really gets me going. I love leafing through my papers or digging through my buttons and dreaming of all the things I can make! I also get a lot of inspiration from other artists.
...rule to break...
I'm a rule follower, lol.
...piece of advice...
Everyone, even the most successful, were once where you are today. Don't give up.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I have to share this wonderful artist with you! Yesterday she purchased these blocks from me for her "new urban/retro office" - very cool. Her Etsy profile listed her as a children's photographer and had her website - Work Of Heart Photography. I was intrigued and had to check it out, thinking maybe she was using these fun blocks in her photos. WOW! Her photography is FABULOUS! 100% Original and Inspirational! What a unique and personal style. I am ready to jump on a plane and have her photograph my girls... Her art is brave - enjoy the blocks, Skye!
Introducing Skye Hardwick-Edmonds.
May she inspire you too!