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Thursday, 11 February 2010
Friday Finds... FlutteringFlowers
This is my 15th interview of the amazing not-so-well-known artists of Etsy!
Hello all! It's Friiiiiiday! Hope you all have a good weekend planned? I myself am trying to catch up modifying my shop, making new prints and designing new collage sheets. I do wish Etsy would do various things with listings to make life a little easier. When you have hundreds of listings, a batch modify tool would be a dream come true!... hopefully one day ay?
Anyway FlutteringFlowers on Etsy is the newest seller to take part in my weekly interviews for new sellers! Like a few shops recently, I came across this gem on Link Referral and fell in love with all the cute lil' polymer clay buttons, trinkets, plant sticks etc! Deborah's shop is a treasure trove full of little critters, lovingly made which is very apparent as each piece is very considered and full of personality :) So enjoy the interview and DO visit her shop! I think anyone that particularly likes to make things using buttons will fall in love with her handmade supplies!
(Just click the images to go direct to the listings)
-- Tell me a bit about you! (Name, Age, Location, and give us a random fact whilst you're at it.) Hi! I'm Deborah, I'm 33 and I live in Guthrie Oklahoma with my husband and animals on some acreage in a genuine log home.
-- What is your business about then? My business is about making things that put a smile on others faces.
-- How did Etsy come into your life? A favorite seller of mine on ebay slipped "Etsy" into her listing and I just had to find out what that was.
-- Are you working a day job too? I'm a housewife/domestic engineer. Between running the house, yard and animals who has time for a job?
-- How long has the artist in you been 'unleashed' for? The artist in me was unleashed at a very early age. My parents always encouraged my siblings and I to be creative. There was never a shortage of clay, paints, pens, pencils, etc, to use.
-- What has been the inspiration behind your business? Other people have been the inspiration for my business. Over the years friends and family have enjoyed what I make and want things for their friends and family.
-- If you could describe your products in three words, what would you tell me? Three words to describe my items: whimsical, silly, humorous
-- What would an average working day for you be like from dawn til dusk? An average day for me starts with coffee and meditation. From there it can go in any direction. Mostly though it follows with getting my husband and animals fed, housework, yardwork, running errands. Then the afternoon playing with clay and the evening catching up with friends and family in e-mails or phone calls.
-- What's your favourite material and techniques to work with? My favorite materials are clay. I'm always looking for new techniques and mediums to play with. Eventially I'd like to practice with Genesis heat set paint but I'm a little intimidated at the moment.
-- What is your ideal vision for the future for you and your work? My vision for the future is to get better at what I do and improve my skill/technique and hopefully reach more people with my silly creations.
-- Away from work, what do you like to do for fun or to wind down? Away from work I love spending time with my husband. We love spending time by water. Oklahoma is so full of wildlife. There are so many bugs and insects, turtles and frogs, deer and coyotes. Summer evenings are great when the air is full of fireflies.
-- What are you likely to search for on Etsy? I always search for other artists that make things with polymer clays. Every day I'm left in complete awe of the things that others make. Wow! So much talent at Etsy!
-- Any last words? Take time to enjoy every moment and cherish it!