Friday, March 18, 2011

Favourite Etsy Shop Friday

Favourite Etsy Shop Feature

Alphabet Art Photography Designs

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Debbie loves to cook and watch reality TV. Cheryl loves to scrapbook and is team photographer during motocross season.

2. What made you open your shop and why Etsy?
Debbie always gets me started in new projects but this one we both fell in love with (however, I was quite fond of her cupcake phase...). It was unique and different and no one in our area was doing it so we decided to give our families a sample for Christmas gifts and it was well received. We thought about building our own website when someone mentioned that we should look into we did and the rest is history.

3. Do you sell your photographs anywhere else?
Yes, we have 2 shops that we do consignment retail with; Home Chic in Mayville NY and Randolph Retail in Randolph NY. We also have attended various craft shows in our area (Randolph, Westfield, The What's New Fair)

4. Do you do any other types of photography?
We do not sell other types of photography but we love to take pictures of flowers and elements outdoors. Not to mention that I take photographs at my husband's motocross events. The pictures are typically posted on the WYNOA series website :)

5. What are your favourite things to do?
Debbie's favorites include: travel to NYC, Time with family and pets. Cheryl's Favorites include: Scrapbooking, dining out, spending time with my family and pets, and a good movie.

6. What inspires you?
For Debbie, everything around her inspires her. For Cheryl, Debbie's new ideas inspire me and looking at scrapbooking magazines.

7. Which of your photographs are the most popular?
Our most popular design is our Custom orders typically for weddings. The "Forever" print has been the most talked about and most ordered for weddings.

8. If you could learn one new craft what would it be?
Debbie has been trying to teach me how to crochet...I guess I would like to learn/master that!

9. Which handmade possession given to you do you cherish?
The most cherished handmade gift was the queen size crocheted afghan given to me by my grandmother as a wedding gift.

10. Name 3 other Etsy shops you love to visit.
Debbie is the Etsy surfer and is always looking for new and unique things...I don't think she could pick just 3. Unfortunately, I (cheryl) do not get much surfing time on Etsy :(

Thank you to Alphabet Art Photography Designs for being my featured favourite shop this week. I really love how they have made letters out of different objects. I think these photographs would look great in any home and make a really creative, different gift. The black and white photography would look good in any setting. You can also just buy individual letters so you could use them for initials or spell out whatever you wish. Take a look at this shop and you will thinking of all sorts of uses for this wonderful photography.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Favourite Etsy Shop Friday

Favourite Etsy Shop Feature


1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I have 4 children, I'm very proud to have been married for a long time, nearly 28 years, I became a licensed vocational nurse at age 20. Was back in school 20 years later to get my bachelors in nursing when I was critically injured in an auto accident and didn't walk for about 2 years. It is how I started lampworking and I taught myself. I love walking on the beach with my dogs. I work full time at an optometric practice, love it!

2. What made you open your shop and why Etsy?
I used to do home parties and sell jewelry only. I had my own website but wasn't getting enough traffic to my site. A friend encouraged me to join Etsy because she was doing very well with it.

3. Do you sell your items anywhere else?
From time to time I have trunk shows here on the island, and I am in a gallery here on Whidbey Island, WA.. Also sell to the bead store at Pikes Place Market in Seattle, and have sold to several bead stores in California.

4. What are your favourite things to do?
Favorite things, hmmm. besides making beads... baking, I love sweets. Also I'm an accomplished cook and worked as a cook and baker for 2 years. Love making homemade bread and anything from scratch. I also enjoy doing pastel drawings, ink drawings, am learning to do watercolor, sewing, embroidery, spinning wool, reading, knitting and crocheting.

5. What inspires you?
My love of nature and animals, absolutely cannot live without dogs in my life! Mountains, the beach, calm and peaceful surroundings, one of the reasons I live on an island in the Puget Sound. Birds

6. Which bead design to you most enjoy creating?
Right now owls and birds, but that can change.

7. Which is your most popular bead design?
Owls, birds

8. If you could learn one new craft what would it be?
I want to work with paper clay and make animals and do felted animals as well.

9. Which handmade possession given to you do most cherish?
I love all of the original drawings and art that I have purchased here on etsy, owning a one of a kind is so very special. Right now I just purchased an angel pendant from Robin Wade and I adore it, along with her wonderful little stories about them.

10. Name 3 other Etsy shops you love to visit.
barby303, Leuckit, Mary Judy , your shop of course!
I've been so blessed to have met so many kindred spirits here on Etsy.

A big thank you to DeniseAnnette for being my feature favourite Etsy shop for this week. I just love her beads. They are so cute and have such character. I think my favourites are the sheep and the pigs. I think its great that you can not only buy individual beads to make your own creations but you can buy jewelry thats been created using wonderful handmade beads. Take a look at this shop and see if you can find a favourite, Im sure you will.