Friday, April 29, 2011

Etsy Feature Friday

This is a new segment for my blog. I am using this and future features to promote some great people and introduce a shop that you may not know about.

Today's feature is Jill with Printastic Designs! Here is a little about Jill.

What inspires you?
I find inspiration in many things, some of which are nature, art, animals, and especially my family and my faith in God. A lot of my wall designs are family and home oriented. For example, there is a listing in my shop now with a little girl blowing the dandelion flower. This design was inspired by my 4 yr old who loves to pick dandelions almost every day. I love the simply fact that she sees a beautiful flower, when most everyone else sees a useless weed.

How long have you been doing this?
I have always been the creative type, and I've wanted to run my own business for as long as I can remember. I loved art class all through school, and developed a major interest in computers in high school. Combining these two favorites, I went to college for Graphic Design. Shortly after I graduated, I started working in the Art Dept of a small plaque casting foundry, where I am still employed. When the economy slowed down a few years ago and our hours were cut back at work, I finally made the decision to start up a small graphics business from my home that consisted of reselling printed products (business cards, flyers, postcards etc.) with my designs. I have a website, blog, and a facebook page in addition to my Etsy shop which all enable me to sell online as well as locally through word of mouth. I still only work at it part time, but I have expanded into reselling small signage, and now do my own vinyl wall designs which I sell on Etsy.
As far as when I officially started my business, I set up my website the summer of 2008 and have been slowly gaining momentum ever since. There are several entrepreneurs in my family so I've grown up with some great role models and hopefully one day, like them, I will be able to break away from my day job and work completely for myself.

Do you take custom orders?
Of course! Although I have a good selection of stock wall art designs on my website, I love custom orders. I enjoy discussing ideas with a customer who is excited about the project and has a good grasp of what they want. I always learn something new when trying to come up with a design to match my customer's vision and this push to do more, and learn more in order to please my customer is one of my favorite parts of being a graphic designer.
Logo design, Vinyl Wall Expressions and the printed products that I sell all have one thing in common. They all require some kind of design intended to catch the eye and draw attention to the information being displayed, so in my opinion, the best kind of sign is a unique one.

Favorite things?
There are so many.....
My family scrapbooks, works of art, interior vinyl, computers, art pens and colored pencils, a warm fireplace and a good book, handmade journals, lazy summer days, home made ice cream, dogs, cats and almost any other animal you can think of, cabins in the mountains, and the ocean among many others.

Jill's Etsy Shop

You can check out Jill's fabulous designs here, at her etsy shop and be sure to stop by her blog here.

A little hiccup...

As you can probably see I have no giveaway ready like I promised. The item is 85% complete but I am waiting for a crucial piece. It was supposed to be here on Tuesday and now it's not going to arrive until Monday, maybe Saturday if I'm lucky. To say I'm disappointed is an understatement. I will not be doing business with this company again.

Anyway, I figured I would do something fun and take a chance to promote a shop on etsy that I think is the bee's knees. I have met some lovely people and joined some fantastic teams and I think that may be one of the reasons my shop is getting some much needed exposure.

I think we will call my little segment Spotlight Seller Friday, creative huh?

So, stay tuned and I hopefully will have a seller ready to promote in a few.


Monday, April 25, 2011

Big News!!!

Hello all!! Things have been going really well lately. I received my first custom order for a wedding, I am meeting some wonderful etsians, and Easter was fantastic!!

Speaking of Easter my sweet baby M has been talking about a rainbow Easter egg for over a week, thanks to Team Umizoomi. The Easter bunny ;) was able to get one for her! Made from a clay egg and crayola paint it was simple to do just a little frustrating at 2 am. I had one very happy girl on Easter morning.

So who else is excited for the royal wedding? I am!! It's my first and I love a royal love story. I made this lovely necklace in celebration of this event and inspired by the future Princess Kate's engagement ring.

Also here is another new item available at my etsy shop. It's a vintage glitter glass shaker. We all know that glitter glass in expensive and a little goes a long way so here is a nifty way to sprinkle just the right amount.

Well, I should be going so I can get to bed. Before I go I wanted to share a little treat with you. On Thursday I will be doing a special giveaway for one of my newest items so check back and be sure to enter! I am so excited about my first giveaway! I hope everyone has a great night!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sweet Pea Garden Sprite

Hello all! I have been a busy bee, working on my etsy, crafting, scapbooking, working, and getting over a flu bug. Yuck! It's nice to have a moment to put my feet up and blog.

I just wanted to show you all one of the newest things I have been working on. It's called mixed media art and I think it came out really cute.

Well I hope everyone has a great day and don't forget to to click on my etsy store front to the right of your screen and check out all of my new goodies. :)