Tuesday, August 23, 2011

BESTeam Feature:: Las Flores del Sur

Where would you like to be in ten years?

Doing what I love: Handmade and colorful accessories for making people happy.

Where would you like your shop to be in ten years?

Working full, 100 sales a day! (Why not? :)

How did you originally get into the business of making things?

I always loved to make things, since I was a little kid. And I always dreamed of making and make a living of it. That dream is now closer than ever!

What's been your most popular item or line to date?

Beaded Xmas Ornaments tutorials you could find at my Crafts & Pixels shop, and the Fabric Poppy Pins in different colors.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

I am a freelance graphic and web designer. I also teach all about Adobe programs and I am the official interior designer at my husband´s hostel here in Montevideo (Uruguay), where we live.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

BESTeam Feature:: Creativitybugs

 If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or crafts man (dead or alive), who would it be?

Marion Smith from Prima Flowers would be the artist/designer of choice. She creates beautiful embellishments such as flowers, butterflies, and accent elements that can easily be used for any paper crafting design. Sandy and Sue agree that a day spent in Marion's studio watching her create would be a dream come true.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?

Our mom has always been a huge crafter and DIY gal, so growing up we learned how to make creative projects such as doll furniture out of Kleenex boxes at a very early age. As we got older, our crafting moved into scrapbooking, cardmaking, sewing, paper crafting, and then making trash to treasure items. As our talents grew, so did our collection of craft supplies. Since we were already making crafts as gifts for teachers, friends, etc. we decided to try our hand at a small business.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

Sandy cherishes everything handmade she receives including the handmade baby blanket her mother crocheted for her daughter, the handmade quilts by her Mother in Law made for her daughter, and all the scrapbook pages her sister (Sue) has made for her.

Sue cherishes the Thanksgiving plate that she and her now 8 year old niece made together. They created turkeys using their hands and finger tips. The plate comes out every year and they serve desserts on it.

How would you describe your creative process?

Sandy loves to see other projects that people create and try to recreate them with her own special twist. Sometimes an idea will be sparked out of a crafting magazine. Other times, she will see an item at a thrift store and come up with an unusual way to reuse the item or even how to trash to treasure it up. Some ideas come right from her daughter Catie "mom, why can’t you make that clothes pin that holds the chips closed pretty?".

Sue finds ideas from blogs and magazines, researches how they are made, does a few trial and error run throughs, and then finally completes a project. Being a true Virgo, everything must be perfect!

What does handmade mean to you?

Lovingly creating something with your own hands to share with others. Being that it is handmade, no two items are the same and the artists originality and personality shines through.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday Favs:A Walk Around the interweb!

 An obviously unharmed owl got a wee bit to close to the house!

 Don't we all feel like this somedays!? Well this has kinda been what my week has felt like.

 This beautiful statuesque stone woman, makes me think of the chakras, karma, enlightenment and peace.

 There has never been a truer statement then this!

Can ANYONE tell me where to get this!? LOL I want one for my front door!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

BESTeam Feature:: Msformaldehyde

I would like to introduce you to Kelly of msformaldehyde on Etsy, A wonderful designer making fun feather and flower accessories (among other things).

What decade or style inspires you?

1920s and 1930s

How do you get out of your creative ruts?

Luckily, I have a plethora of ideas in my head!

How did you originally get into the business of making things?

Love being creative

Is there anything else you would like to share?

15%off coupon ETSY15

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

I am a research associate at a pharmaceutical company

What does handmade mean to you?

One of a kind special creation from the heart

How would you describe your creative process?

Trial and error

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

My bride of Frankenstein necklace my gf made

For more information about being apart of the BESTeam go HERE

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

BESTeam Feature:: JBling

Lets all give a nice big warm welcome to Jane of JBling. One of the newest members of the BESTeam .

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I have always enjoyed working with my hands - with a variety of materials. I've returned to my love of images, print ephemera, photography and the many forms that images can take. I love the intersection between vintage and contemporary - although most recently I've been leaning toward vintage.

What decade or style inspires you?

My soul belongs in the 1930s - I love the vibe, fashion, demeanor and joie de vivre of that time. I am currently obsessed with the 1960s - it,too,has a distinctive vibe, fashion and joie de vivre.

What's been your most popular item or line to date?

I have a series of prints and cards based on 1930s images that I've found, restored and repurposed. Its very gratifying to find a match between my interests and Etsy buyers.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?

I have several idea boards in my home office. I pin up all manner of things that I'm inspired by or intrigued by: fans, tassels, photos, stickers, pages from the newspaper, fabric and momentos from my travels. I try to glance up every now and then to get some inspiration from these beloved objects.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

I love found objects. My most recent find was a length of rusty chain. The chain links are nearly 2 inches long. The rust is encrusted over a period of months or years. The red rusty color, the texture and the discovery all spark my imagination. I don't know what I'll do with the chain, but I'm inspired by its possibilities.



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