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This Week’s Featured Artist: Iris Morrison creator of Warm ‘N Fuzzy Fiber Arts

Name and Business name: Iris Morrison, Warm ‘N Fuzzy Fiber Arts

Tell us a little about yourself and your business: I’ve been around on Earth for 46 years now…I’m married and a loving mom of a nine year old boy, professional fiber artist, hand-spinner, violin student. My Etsy shop is an on-line yarn store- I make handmade supplies for knitters, crocheters, etc; I also design & publish patterns and I teach fiber arts

What made you get started in your business?: I learned to knit and crochet when I was about 9 or 10 years old and I’ve always had a huge interest in heritage crafts and art ever since I was very little. When considering what type of business to start, it was a very natural choice.
Anything else you’d like to share: Giving back to my community has always been a natural part of being a fiber artist, so I make caps for the children going thru chemo treatment at Children’s Hospital and I’m the volunteer knitting teacher at my son’s elementary school- the children in the club always make blankets to donate to Project Linus, an organization of ‘blanketeers’ that donates blankets to comfort children in need.

Tell us about your favorite item currently listed in your shop: So many to chose from! My particular favorite at the moment would be the Bouquet of Roses, a handspun hand-dyed worsted weight wool http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19695895

Check out Warm ‘N Fuzzy Fiber Arts here:

Warm ‘N Fuzzy Fiber Arts http://warmnfuzzyfibers.etsy.com

The Knitting Krazies blog http://knittingkrazies.blogspot.com

My favorite from Warm ‘N Fuzzy Fiber Arts: Warm ‘N Fuzzy Fiber Arts has so many beautiful things to offer that it was hard to choose just one. When I saw her Wild Side Collar, though, I totally knew which item I had to feature. The rich colors make the collar look like an expensive piece of jewelry and the edgy style is definitely not something you’d expect your grandma to make.

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This Week’s Featured Artist: Kathy Fowler of Art of Spirit Leather Works

Name and Business name: Kathy Fowler / Art of Spirit LeatherWorks (aosleather)


Tell us a little about yourself and your business: Working with my hands
brings a satisf
action nothing else can compare to, and I strive to make sure
a measure of that fervor comes through in what I make. In the years since I
made my first belt I have gone through a few changes, from hippy
leathercrafter in the beginning through a western phase while I lived in
Texas, to the
"now. I began to have a strong focus on Native American
styling when I returned
to my birth-area here in Northern Michigan. There is
a large Native population here, and my roots are part Maumee so the
transition was, in part, an exploration of that side of my heritage. Much of
that influence is evident in what I currently do, and I spend much of the
summer season vendoring at Powwows here in the Great Lakes ar
ea. In the past
year my primary energy has gone into perfecting my Earth Medallions, which
have been quite popular for me. Playing with beautiful natural stones,
wrapping them in leather
, is almost too much fun to consider it work!

What made you get started in your business?: Simply put, selfish drive. I
love working with leather and seem to have a natural skill for it. I started
in a small hippy leather shop when I was 17 and though I have had other jobs
along the way, nothing else has ever given me the same satisfaction.

Anything else you'd like to share: I'd like to express my joy
at finding Etsy. It's a great community full of awesome talent -- my
daughter met Rob (Kalen?) at a conference she was attending and told me I
needed to check his crafty website out. In typical fashion it took several
months before I followed her advice, a delay I kick myself over!

Tell us about your favorite item currently listed in your shop: This is not an easy question to answer -- if I don't like something I make, it doesn't get listed. If I have to narrow it down, though, from what is in the shop
today I'd say any of the Earth Medallions (especially the Kona Dolomite or
the Howlite) or the hand-carved Regalia Dance Belt with the sunrise
pattern
... lol -- see? Difficult to narrow down!


Check out Art of Spirit Leather Works here: www.aosleather.etsy.com
www.aosleather.blogspot.com

 My Favorite from aosleather: I'm with Kathy - it's hard to choose a favorite from among her wonderful creations.  I finally decided on her Big Blue Flowers wide leather wristband.  Wristbands are a bit edgy and the flowers on this one soften the look without taking away from it.  It is totally something I could see myself wearing on a daily basis.


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Featured artist of the week: Jodie, creator of Pretty Little Love Objects

Jodie – Pretty Little Love Objects


Tell us a little about yourself and your business:

I’m 23, English and living in the West Midlands. I left university in Swansea two years ago with a degree in history and ended up working in Marketing (as I believe most humanities students do).

My shop sells individual, original love tokens. These pieces of jewellery are designed to be special and given as gifts of love to someone or to yourself to increase the happiness in the world. A carefully designed and handpicked present is the best kind.

I sell necklaces, earrings, bracelets and spend time searching for the best materials to create each Pretty Little Love Object with. My favourite materials are buttons, ribbons, glass and ceramic beads. I also make cards so you can send some lovely letters, as I believe that a piece of personal post is a great start to a day.


What made you get started in your business?

I love crafting and I make items for friends and family all the time but there’s only so much jewellery they can wear at once and I felt a big crafting itch when I didn’t have a project to work on. Starting an Etsy shop gave me something to work on in between friend birthdays.


Anything else you’d like to share:

I’m constantly working on my shop. I’ve just finished a full range of new neck modeled pictures to accompany each necklace listed. I’ve ordered a new banner (which is just perfect thanks to the seller who worked with my requests). I’m even pioneering an innovative repairs policy. If a customer breaks their jewellery, for example smashes a glass bead, I will repair or repurpose the piece. All the buyer has to do is pay for the piece to be packaged and returned to me. This offer is good a year from purchase. I think it’s really important to always be developing areas of my shop.

I’ve also reached the point where there are 70 items listed in the shop, which is quite an achievement. I’m hoping to have 100 listed by the end of the year. Maybe I’ll have some sort of special offer when I reach that milestone!


Tell us about your favorite item currently listed in your shop:

My favourite item has to be a button necklace called ‘The Botanist Collecting‘. It’s a random pattern necklace made from a variety of green and brown buttons and has a big ceramic bead as its focal point. Each button is threaded through with green glass seed beads to bring the selection together.

I love collecting and using buttons because you can find them in so many shapes, colours and textures. They can be hard to string to achieve the effect you want and you need to have a creative mind to work out different methods of attaching them.


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

Etsy shop: http://www.blinkingmouse.etsy.com

Blog: http://prettylitleloveobjects.blogspot.com

Team blog: http://survivingetsy.blogspot.com

My Favorite from Pretty Little Love Objects:

I love this necklace, titled Starry Eyed Remembrance Necklace from Jodie’s shop. It’s fun and simple style are what first attracted me to this necklace. I also love the way she took materials that aren’t usually thought of for “grownup” jewelry and made them into a wonderful piece of jewelry.

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Featured Etsy Artist of the Week: Vanessa of Designs by Vanessa

Featured Etsy Artist of the Week: Vanessa of Designs by Vanessa

Tell us a little about yourself and your business: I’m 25 years old and I live in Austin, TX with my husband and our 2 furbabies. I enjoy watching movies, listening to live music, reading a good book, retail therapy, working out and anything crafty! My latest hobby (obsession) is jewelry and you can buy my fun and feminine jewelry in my etsy shop. I love all things girly and my work definitely reflects that side of me. I’m also getting ready to start selling my handmade sewn cards in my etsy shop.

What made you get started in your business?: I have been crafting (sewing, scrapbooking, jewelry making, etc.) since I was little with my grandmother but it wasn’t until last month that I started selling my creations on etsy. I work in the foster care/adoption field and at times my job can be stressful. Etsy has provided not only a creative outlet for my work but also a stress reliever for my full time job.

Tell us about your favorite item currently listed in your shop: My favorite item in my shop would have to be my Beautiful Bloom Earrings: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13341140

I fell in love with these aqua lampwork beads when I first saw them and I knew that they would make beautiful earrings. I love using Swarovski crystals in my designs because of how they sparkle in the light. These earrings are just very whimsical and feminine.


Links to your Etsy shop and blog:

Designs by Vanessa Etsy Shop ♥ www.designsbyvanessa.etsy.com
Designs by Vanessa Blog ♥ http://designsbyvanessa.blogspot.com

My Favorite from Vanessa’s Shop: While I do love Vanessa’s Beautiful Bloom Earrings, I have to say I am partial to the chandelier style of her Darling Dangle Earrings. They are perfect for an evening out or to dress up a pair of jeans.

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Red and Blue Trifold Wallet

Opened, this wallet measures just over 4in by 8.5in. The lining is a thrift store find, so I’m not sure of the exact fabric make up, but I think it’s a cotton blend with one side that’s really shiny. You have to touch it to tell that it’s not vinyl or some other waterproof material. The outside is a new fabric remnant, so I don’t know the exact fabric make-up of it either, but it’s a heavy material, similar to canvas or a lightweight upholstery fabric.

The wallet has six card pockets and one large pocket at the top for cash. I haven’t decided if I’ll add a closure, and if I do, I’m not sure if it will be Velcro or a snap closure. The far left set of pockets is a bit wider than the other four, so it would be pretty easy to put the closure there and not sacrifice the pocket space.

I need to learn more about different types of fabrics so I can more accurately describe anything I make. I love using second hand material, but I have no idea how to label it.

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Bandanna Print Zipper Pouch



This pouch is about 5in by 6.5in. I made it using a salvaged zipper from a pair of slacks. The outside bandanna print fabric was from a thrift store lot of fabric. The inside blue lining is from some scrap material mom gave me. I also sewed a loop of the bandanna print into a side seam that I could attach a keyring to if I wanted.

This was my first attempt at sewing something with a zipper and it turned out pretty well, if I do say so. There are no raw edges showing, so it should hold up well.

I made the pouch to fit the zipper I had. It’s a little big to be a change purse or key chain wallet, but I discovered this weekend that it’s the perfect size for my digital camera. If I’d known that when I made it, I would have added some padding or lined it with a lens cloth. Oh, well, more ideas for next time.