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Looking for features.

Last week we didn’t have a “Feature Friday”. There were two main reasons for this.

1. Super crazy high winds knocked out my cable internet for most of the day on Thursday.
2. I had no volunteers to be featured.

We have no control over the weather, but you can help me out with the second issue. If you have a shop on Etsy, ArtFire, 1000 Markets, Shop Handmade or any other similar venue and have not been featured here, then please, show me what you got and I’ll feature you here.

The complete info and questionnaire can be found here: http://subearthancottage.blogspot.com/2009/02/want-to-be-featured.html If you’re interested, fill in the info and email it to me at csloan AT subearthancottage DOT com. Your shop could be featured as soon as this Friday.

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This week’s featured artist: Carol, creator of Quirky’nBerkeley

Name and Business name: My name is Carol and my business name is Quirky’nBerkeley

Tell us a little about yourself and your business: I live in Berkeley with Rosie the Wonder Dog and Twink the Monster Kitten. I’ve been making handcrafted cards for about ten years, now.

I make handcrafted cards mostly, although I also sell handmade books, teeny tiny envelopes and origami boxes from time to time — all paper crafts. I make them because I really enjoy paper. But I make cards also because of the pleasure a handwritten note can bring to someone’s life. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t get a thrill out of finding a hand-addressed piece of mail in their box. Sometimes people tell me what they plan to do with the card that they’re sending, and it is always about giving and bringing someone else happiness at a very affordable price. Very satisfying.

What made you get started in your business?: I started out with one rubber stamp and now have about 800. I started making cards for friends who encouraged me to sell them.

Anything else you’d like to share: (This is a great place to share about any teams you’re in.) I’ve been selling on Etsy for about two and a half years. I’m a proud member of the California Crafters Club of Etsy (CCCOE), EtsyTwitter and EtsyGreetings.

Tell us about your favorite item currently listed in your shop: This is my favorite item, I think, because of the sentiment it expresses http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22817193

Links to your Etsy shop, website and/or blog:
http://quirkynberkeley.etsy.com
http://quirkynberkeley.1000markets.com
http://quirkynberkeley.artfire.com
http://quirkynberkeley.blogspot.com


My Favorite from Quirky’nBerkeley
: Quirky’nBerkeley offers so many beautiful cards that it was hard to pick a favorite. (I know I say that a lot, but it’s true. Etsy artists rock!) Her “Love and Chocolate” card stood out to me because really, who doesn’t need a little chocolate now and then. The box of chocolates is totally cute, too.

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This week’s featured artist: Heather, creator of Twiddlestix

Tell us a little about yourself and your business:

My name is Heather, I am a (stay at home) mom to some really great kids! My Etsy shop is Twiddlestix, and I try to keep it filled with various handmade cards.

What made you get started in your business?:
I really like to receive handmade cards, and since I really enjoy making them, I decided to start up my Etsy shop! After a friendly “shouting match” trying to decide what my shop name should be, twiddlestix won! Just recently I have expanded and set up shop at ArtFire.

Anything else you’d like to share:
I am involved with the Etsy Greetings Team! I think it’s fun to be involved, although I cannot participate as much as I would like!


Tell us about your favorite item currently listed in your shop:
My favorite item in my shop would have to be this brag book :
I love the colors of it, and it was very fun to make!

Links to your Etsy shop, website and/or blog:


My Favorite fr
om Twiddlestix: Twiddlestix’s gorgeous Wonderful Tree card would be the perfect card to have on hand. It’s blank on the inside and holiday non-specific, so it could easily work for birthdays, anniversaries, or a simple pick-me-up note to a friend. Oh, and did I mention that it is gorgeous? Heather I love the mix of the green leaf print with the simple black and white image and backdrop. The blue accents also work to set off the image nicely without being too much.

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This week’s featured artist: Valerie, aka Crochetgal

Name and Business name: I’m known throughout the crochet world as Crochetgal but my close friends call me Valerie

Tell us a little about yourself and your business: Right now, the business is involved in three distinct lines. Firstly my wearable art pieces. Many are my own designs and yarn blends. Secondly is my ‘yarn shop’. Yes, I’m a terrible yarnaholic, but its more of an adventure than an addiction. I love to buy yarns and tend to buy much more than I will ever use in a lifetime. As a result, there are always new and exciting yarns in the shop.

The third portion of the business is beautiful wooden soap dishes. We started supplying these to some of the local soap makers a few years ago but never thought of selling them online until my partner saw an alchemy request for a 2″ square custom soapdish. As a result, we now carry the ‘mini’ and the standard size in varying quantities. These have been a great seller for us.

What made you get started in your business?: The business started as a result of seeing one too many television advertisement with a young child watching a battery operated toy play with itself. There was absolutely no play interaction for the child at all. I turned to my partner and said ‘That’s it. For Christmas this year, the grandkids will get absolutely no plastic and no batteries. Each toy MUST have some intrinsic value.” And that’s how it all began. And then we had to come up with some ideas for two young grandchildren!! Since I had learned to crochet as a child, I figured that I would pull out some patterns and make a couple of stuffed animals. That’s basically how we started! Before Christmas had arrived, I had two or three friends ask about purchasing a set of the Winnie the Pooh characters that I had made… Winnie, Piglet, Tigger, and of course Eeyore. Before I knew it I was selling my work.

By the time Christmas arrived, I had sold 4 sets of animals, From there I branched out into making Christmas stockings, wash cloths and anything else that intrigued me. But I really wanted to do wearable art. After playing with some yarns and some different patterns over the years, I developed a style that I like to call ‘exploded lace’. Basically I use antique doily patterns for inspiration and let my imagination run.

About three years ago I was contacted by a small fashion house here in Phoenix who wanted me to come and do finishing for them. I was really excited! And my boss is an absolute gem! She was the inspiration behind my blending of yarns to make my own unique ones so that each piece that I make is a one of a kind.

I love to design and can often be found with a sketch book full of ideas.

Anything else you’d like to share:

I’m a proud member of the EtsyHookers and the CreateCrochet team here on Etsy. I’m member of the SASsy team (Sellers Assisting Sellers) and can often be found in the Etsy Labs doing a workshop for both new and experienced Etsians on various topics.
I’m a member of the Crochet Guild of America http://www.crochet.org/ and a member of the local crochet guild.

Tell us about your favorite item currently listed in your shop: I’m not sure if I really have a favorite item but if I had to choose, it would have to be one of my elegant shawls.

Check out Crochetgal here:

My Etsy shop is http://crochetgal.etsy.com – affordable luxury
I blog at http://crochetgals.blogspot.com – confessions of a yarnaholic
My twitter channel is http://twitter.com/crochetgal .
I can also be found locally at many of the various art festivals located throughout the valley.

My Favorite from Crochetgal: I love this shawl from Crochetgal. It looks like it would be so warm and cozy to have wrapped around me. The different yarns and colors keep it looking fresh and easy to wear.

I also have to add that I recently purchased the three-pack of soap dishes from Valerie’s shop, and they are wonderful! I have one in the kitchen, one at the bathroom sink and one in the shower, and they really do let the soap dry quicker and more completely. They’re a great way to keep your handmade soap longer.

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Featured Artist of the Week: Diane Kovach creator of DK Designs.BIZ, LLC.

Name and Business name: Diane Kovach – DK Designs.BIZ, LLC.

Tell us a little about yourself and your business: I have been creating jewelry for 15+ years and have been creating handmade glass bead for 10+ years. I teach glass bead making lessons out of my studio and I create handmade glass beads and one of a kind jewelry designs

What made you get started in your business?: I had the opportunity to do my business full time and went for it ! I truly LOVE what I do !

Anything else you’d like to share: I am currently co-president of the Southern Flames in Atlanta, GA which is a chapter of the Int’l Society of Glass Bead Makers, and I am on the following teams on Etsy – LEST and GaEtsyTeam

Tell us about your favorite item currently listed in your shop: Well it would be my new Pineapple bead.

Links to your Etsy shop, website and/or blog: http://www.dkovach.etsy.com , http://www.dkdesigns.BIZ , http://myfirstbeadblog.blogspot.com/

My Favorite from DK Designs: I love rings, and Diane offers so many beautiful floral rings that it was hard to pick just one. I finally chose this one because of the rich purple color. I can easily see wearing it everyday with jeans or dressed up for a night out.

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Want to be featured?

I’m always looking for great handmade/vintage shops to be featured here. If you would like to be featured, please answer the following questions and email your responses to csloan AT subearthancottage Dot com.

My focus has been on Etsy shops, but if you use other sites like ArtFire, Shop Handmade, 1000Markets, etc, those are fine, too. Just change Etsy to the appropriate venue.

You can give as much or a little info for each section as you are comfortable with sharing. Be sure to include links to your shop, webpage and blog, if you have them. If you have a brick and mortar store that you sell from and would like to include that info, you may include that as well.

I also choose a favorite from your shop on the week that you’re featured and briefly tell why I like it. The first image from your shop for both your favorite item and my favorite item will be included in the blog.

Thanks,
Charity
SubEarthan Cottage

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This Week’s Featured Artist: June Jessie, creator of I Sew Cute

Name & Business Name:
June Jessie, isewcute (I Sew Cute)

Tell us a little about yourself and your business:
I’m a wife, mom, toydesigner, craftster …as in craftster.org…love that place!
Been crafty ever since I was a little girl…watching my Nana sew & my mom knit…just rubbed off on me. I can’t remember ever not being able to draw….I think I came into this world with a pencil in my hand!

My etsy shop just kind of happened …one day a friend said, ‘hey…you should check out etsy for selling your crafty things….’ and the rest is history! Etsy is a full-time hobby for me…which I do take very seriously & I always handle things as professional as possible. I give folks the type of customer service I would like to receive, quality handmade items that they can treasure for years…at a reasonable price.

Anything else you’d like to share:
There are so many projects & not enough time to get everything done I’d like to do, but I take moments throughout the day to just stop & take a mental picture…capturing a thought…stopping to just be aware of ‘now’ …seeing my little kids be silly together, remembering a phone call with a loved one, or eating something particularly yummy & relishing it.

I believe it’s so important to stop & smell the flowers for one’s well being. What good is life if you don’t stop to appreciate it once in awhile!

I laugh a lot…and much amuses me! This world is a funny place & having 2 little kids gives me endless reasons to crack up! I enjoy my life & blogging about anything that strikes my fancy…from recipes, to shopping (mostly on etsy), parenting…preschooler fun & activities, & of course my crafty adventures. www.isewcute.blogspot.com
Twitter has been a wonderful way to do some mini blogging without committing to an entire blog post. As a mom, it’s exhausting sometimes to keep up with the blog…but I’ve been doing really well with both since last fall…perhaps because I crave some adult interaction when stuck in the house all day with the little monkeys! LoL!

Tell us about your favorite item currently listed in your shop:
This is so hard to pick just one…because I get so attached to some of my items…it really sometimes tears at me when something sells & I have to let it go…out there somewhere. I’m very partial to any of my kitty items…because I’m one of those crazy cat ladies…but my husband will only put up with one cat. Over Christmas, my absolute favorite item was ‘bambi forever‘ …it’s a ‘gleer’ (glitter deer) pendant necklace that looks like the little deer is walking in a snowglobe wonderland full of snow & glitter….I loved it so much I made one for me and my daughter…for when she’s old enough to wear it!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18602266

I’ve been known to write notes to my buyers asking that they give my special creations ‘a good home’. It’s so meaningful to have someone say how much they appreciate my creations…that’s why I keep on keeping on. It’s all for love!

My favorite from I Sew Cute: I love rings, so I Sew Cute’s Sweet Heart for Sweetie Rainbow Candy Sprinkles Resin Heart Adjustable Ring jumped out at me. Such a sweet ring would put a smile on my face every time I wore it.