Posts Tagged ‘Etsy’

Being sick sucks!

April 23, 2010

I am sick.  And, I am sick of being sick.  It seems like my son and I have been sick more this year than in years past.  What is up with that?  Sigh…we are on the mend but it is slow going…  I’m hoping to have my voice back by Sunday for work!  A big part of my job is answering the phone.  Last time I had a horrible cough and cold, work was miserable!  Sigh…

Being sick and not wanting to craft got me to thinking…what kinds of illness related items might I find on Etsy?  Check out these lovelies!

Senor Salmonella Pet Pathogen by SublimeDzign is so cute!  I just want to hug him, and cuddle him, and squeeze him!

This little squirrel illustration, Sick Day, by doodleandhoob is absolutely adorable!  Is it just me, or does this remind you of Beatrix Potter as well? So cute!

Maybe we should scrub ourselves clean with some Happy Pill Soap by LoveLeeSoaps?

Wouldn’t you just love to get a cute card like these when sick?  I just adore the cat’s expression! Get Well Sad Cat card set by SkribblyKids.

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You know that Etsy item, Featured Seller? I decided to do one of my own…

April 3, 2010

I love the Featured Seller profiles on Etsy.  There are so many amazing and talented artists and crafters out there and it is so fun to learn what makes them tick!  I love it so much that I decided to go through and answer the questions myself!  I think every seller on Etsy or anywhere else should do this…I also think it should be a requirement in school that students write their own letter of recommendation.  I firmly believe that you must know how to sell yourself before you can get anyone to take you seriously.  So, here goes!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Well, I’m Malea and my son is JP.  JP is 11.  We both love to draw, read, play with Legos, and watch movies.  JP is homeschooled by me and we both LOVE it!  I wish we had homeschooled from the beginning!  We started halfway through JP’s fourth-grade year.  By age, he is at the end of his 6th grade year.

We are about to move from California to New York so that I can attend graduate school.  My goal is to earn an MFA in Writing and eventually teach online writing classes.  I also want to teach poetry and self-expression to women and children who have escaped from abusive home situations.  In fact, I hope to make that a major part of my graduate thesis project.

We are both incredibly excited about moving and seeing and experiencing new things!  We are going to drive cross-country this summer to get from Cali to New York and it will be an amazing experience!  I love that I have my son to share it with and I love even more that he is excited to do it!  We are also taking our black lab, Mattie.

Black lab, Mattie, and my mom's dog, Callie

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

As stated previously, we both love to draw, play with Legos, and watch loads of movies.  We just finished watching “Kabluey” on Netflix and it was hilarious!  We couldn’t stop laughing!  It was hard to watch the serious bits of the film because the rest of it was so funny!

We also love to travel and see new things.  Lately we have been exploring Berkeley, California and found a great park with cement slides!  We also found a yummy deli/cafe called Poulet.  On our next trip we plan to stop at Adventure Playground and at Ici – an ice cream shop that supposedly has awesome sorbet as well (we are both allergic to dairy).

What first made you want to become an artist?

When I was a kid, I had horrible hand-eye coordination.  My mother enrolled me in drawing and dance classes to help.  I hated drawing!  Hated, hated, hated it!  But then, something magical happened…a great teacher, a subject I *wanted* to draw, and the rest was history!  That was probably in 3rd grade or so.  I’ve been drawing and creating ever since.  I think my son was born an artist…

Please describe your creative process.

I’m not sure I really have a creative process.  My best ideas usually come to me at the most inopportune times…when I’m in the shower, driving on the freeway, falling asleep…  And, of course, there is never anyone around at those times to jot down a note or two for me.  I can’t tell you how often I’ve had to pull off the freeway to get an idea on paper before it’s gone.  I keep a pad and pencil next to the shower and next to my bed now as well.

After I have my ideas on scraps of paper, I later mull them over and tweak them with more notes.  Eventually I get around to creating whatever the idea is, usually while watching a movie.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

My most cherished handmade possession is….um….I have too many to count.  They all are things JP has created for me though.  I could never choose just one.

Name your top five books, movies, musicians, and websites besides Etsy.

BOOKS:  The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg; Shopgirl by Steve Martin; House Like a Lotus by Madeline L’Engle; Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain; The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

MOVIES:  Shopgirl; LA Story; Stranger Than Fiction; 27 Dresses; Amelie

MUSICIANS: U2, Peter Gabriel, Sinead O’Connor, Annie Lennox, The Chieftains

WEBSITES:  Facebook; Wardrobe Refashion; Letter Writer’s Alliance; Poor Girl Eats Well; Postcrossing

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?

BEFORE starting your shop, think very carefully about your shop name/username.  I wish I’d considered this much more before starting.  My username/shop name isn’t what I call our shop…it’s not memorable…it’s not anything interesting.

Also, read through all of the guides and how-to’s you can find both on Etsy and on other websites.  If you don’t understand something, ask another Etsy member…most are very helpful and supportive.

Network with other Etsians.  You can do this on Etsy via the Forums.  Use Twitter and Facebook.  Meet other local Etsians in your geographic region.

What are your favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?

I love the ability to rearrange my shop.  I would love to be able to drag and drop in the ranking feature.

How do you promote your work?

I use Facebook and Twitter quite a bit.  In fact, most of my sales have come from these two avenues.  I try to be interactive with both and not just add listing after listing.

In ten years, where would you like to be?

In ten years, JP will be 21!!!  I would like to have a successful university level teaching position but to be teaching primarily online. Hopefully I will be traveling a lot and with JP.  I would love to have a couple of books published by then too.  And, I’d love to still be creating and selling on Etsy.

THANKS BUNCHES FOR CHECKING OUR BLOG AND OUR ETSY SHOP!

Sooooo long since my last post!

February 17, 2010

Well, we have been quite busy and I’m not the best of bloggers.  Eep!  I have a couple of things to blog about today, however!

First of all, I’ve had a little bout of “I suckitis” which has thankfully come to an end this week!  I was just feeling so overwhelmed with appointments, a little drama with a group I’m in, extra hours at my day job and more.  I’m still super busy this week and for the next several.  But, I’ve scaled back a few things (some out of necessity, some by choice) and have been working to refocus.

I feel like I also got my creative mojo back.  It was hiding under a blanket in a corner of the closet for some reason!  My mojo returned and appears to be channeling Keith Haring, my friend Nicole, and other artists who use either simple lines or simple colors.  When I was a teenager I was madly in love with all things Keith Haring.  I mean, I could not get enough of the stuff….and it began to show in my own art.  My lines were simple and clean, my colors were bold and bright.  Unfortunately, I don’t have much of my own work from that period in my creative life. 😦  But, look at these images and just sit with the simplicity and boldness of it all:

Ain’t it grand?  So simple, so pure!

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Recently I became acquainted with the fabulous Nicole Docimo who is also crazy talented and loves to work in bold black and white.  Her work also combines bold with simple, classic with modern.  Take a moment to check out these fantastic pieces.  Then, pop on over to When I Grow Up and enter a giveaway of an Everyday Creative Kit made by Nicole.  Please visit Nicole’s Etsy shop as well for even more great art!

I bought one of the “Ride Bikes” buttons and love it!  I get compliments on it every time people see it on my tote bag!

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Later this evening I hope to have a few new items in my Etsy shop and on Zazzle…all featuring simple lines, black and white, and maybe the tiniest splash of color.

Recent Etsy Purchase…Thank You!

October 15, 2009

This past Saturday I purchased three items from a fellow Etsian – Kylie Parry.  The BEST and EASIEST online purchase EVER!  Seriously…  The products look exactly like what was promised.  Communication was super fast (I asked a question and had a same day answer…actually within only a few hours!).  And, even with no mail service on Monday (due to Columbus Day in the USA), I received my items today, Thursday!

Really, I can’t imagine a smoother transaction.  And, when I opened the mailbox and saw my little package waiting for me, I was pleased to see a little personal touch on the envelope – a little stamp marking.  Inside, things just got better!  Here is a photo of the package that I pulled out of the envelope:

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Do you see the extra little trinket attached to the business cards?  Isn’t that sweet?  So unexpected!

And, inside the box, were my three items:

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Help spread the love and visit Kylie’s Etsy shop TODAY!