Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Final January Feature - Art by Suzanne LaPierre

For the final Artist Feature for January we will be looking at an original artist who works in many mediums. Her skills are vast and her art desirable. Her style is one that moves with the subject even when stationary. Read on for more on this inspiring lady.

Suzanne LaPierre even does custom work!!!

Meet Suzanne LaPierre. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and opened her Etsy store in March of 2011. Her work is collected by art lovers in many parts of the world with her followers bragging about the use of vivid colors.

When asked what inspires her to create here is what Suzanne had to say:

"My art is inspired by nature and imagination, usually containing both abstract and representational elements. I paint in acrylic, oil, watercolor, encaustic and have experimented with many other materials and techniques over the years. My goal is to be continually evolving as an artist. I am a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (Painting, BFA) and The George Washington University (Museum Studies, MA). The poet Forrest Gander wrote "I don't think poets tell things at all. Poetry listens." I believe this is true for painting as well, though in a visual sense."

 Browse through the lovely collection Suzanne has showcased on her Etsy and ask her about her custom order work if you need something specific. Feel what inspires her as an artist while you admire her skills with oil, acrylic, watercolor, and other mediums.

Don't forget to use your exclusive coupon code for 10% off purchases from Suzanne LaPierre's Etsy Shop: SPECIAL10

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Friday, January 25, 2013

A Rare Level of Care

I purchased some LEDs from eBay the other day and they just arrived. Nicely wrapped around the bag of lights inside the box was a little comic strip about why leaving feedback is so important. It got me thinking about my own feedback for my online store and I came to the conclusion that I don't mind when people don't leave feedback.

Most sellers are anal about getting that positive feedback. They print notes to send with each package and try to find polite ways to say "give me good marks." If you don't leave feedback right away some give you neutral reviews. They get their undies in a bundle over a couple mouse clicks and stars!

There are times when I make an online purchase and, even though it arrives at it's destination, it takes me an extra week to pick it up. I'm not trying to procrastinate in leaving feedback. I'm simply busy. I'm just as excited to open that package as the seller is to get their positive review. I also like to take the time to really evaluate the product so I know my review is accurate. Times like these I get really bothered by sellers who nag about giving scores. My approach as a seller is a little different.

When I sell an item, custom orders especially, I know that my buyer is looking for something specific. They took the time to converse with me about the most minute details to ensure they get what they want and I put forth every effort to honor that request by sending them the best product I can offer. (Note: I'm a perfectionist almost to a fault.) I take the time to write them a personal note about the item and include it in the shipment. I give them multiple ways to contact me for any reason they might need to. Most importantly, I do not pester them about scores, feedback, stars, or positive reviews. I send them a message online asking to let me know their product arrived safely and that they are pleased. I let them know that if they are in any way unsatisfied to let me know so I can do everything in my power to fix the situation. I really do care that they are happy with their purchase and everything I need to know can be summed up in an email. It would seem almost rude to me to ask my customer to log into a website, click such-and-such link, write a few blah-blahs, and click some stars. That is their choice and I do not feel I have a right (or need) to nag.

I feel my approach is more personal. I think it shows a level of caring that many online shoppers never experience. I take the time to ask them personally if they are happy, not ask them to boast my stats with a silly score. When I do get a positive review (no negative reviews yet!) I see it as a bonus. That customer was so happy with their purchase they took the time from their busy schedule to leave me a good review. If I email a customer inquiring about a purchase and never hear back from them I take it as a sign that they are satisfied and may not have the time to reply, that is perfectly acceptable in my opinion. Yes, I have made many sales online. No, my stores do not show a lot of reviews. If you could see my email though, it tells a different story.

I don't mind when you don't leave feedback - but it makes my day to get a happy email. :)

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

4th Weekly Feature - Kelly Axtell: An Artist Who Gives Back

Few people can find time for themselves these days and even fewer have time to give back to others. In this busy time with so many distractions it has become rare to hear of someone who volunteers or donates to a worthy cause. Grab your teddy bear and perhaps a tissue as we embark this week on a very touching feature for a loving mother and awesome artist.

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Kelly Axtell is an amazing mother and artist who creates for a charitable cause. Her Etsy shop donates a percentage of all sales to the Hydrocephalus Association to help those suffering from this chronic condition. Kelly takes the time to hand make each unique piece of jewelery so that her customers get the best of what she has to offer.

When asked what inspired her to create here is what she had to say:

     "I joined Etsy in early 2012 as I have always loved handmade items. I started to create jewelry and other items to specifically give back to a cause that is dear to my heart, the Hydrocephalus Association. I truly enjoy creating each piece and am excited to share my work with others. The Hydrocephalus Association helps create awareness and research for this chronic condition that affects so many people. I appreciate you taking a look at my shop and I hope people come to visit my shop and page often!"

Hydrocephalus, also known as water on the brain, causes pressure to build up in the affected person's head and can lead to brain damage. As a mother of a child with Hydrocephalus Kelly is very close to this cause.

You can keep up with Kelly Axtell and all the new happenings on her company Facebook Page (make sure to give her a like and leave her a nice comment for us). Check out Kelly's Etsy Store and remember that every purchase gives back to a good cause.

Don't forget your special coupon code when you purchase one of her amazing pieces of jewelery or child's hats: Tiny2013


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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

3rd January Feature - Angelina's Avenue

Are you a pet lover? Do you have a furry little thing running around your home? More importantly, do you spoil your dog or cat the way they deserve? This week I am featuring a lovely shop that caters to out furry four legged friends, Angelina's Avenue. These pet beds are sure to please your pet and give your home a stylish look. Read more to get the full details on these amazing handmade items.

Angelina Elizabeth, owner and artist extraordinaire, has done an amazing job creating a reliable and gorgeous pet bed line for her Etsy shop. When asked why Angelina's Avenue was so special here is what she had to say:

"Angelina's Avenue opened its pet bed section on October 15, 2012. Our pet beds focus on comfort and cuteness! We use 100% recycled materials in all of our poly filling. Our beds are machine washable for your convenience and maintain the same super soft feeling to keep your pets comfy."
Angelina's Avenue offers more than just pet beds though. Check out the amazing fine art and photography offered in the store as well!

You can keep up with Angelina'sAvenue on Facebook or browse the anytime you like. Your pet will thank you!

Don't forget to use your special coupon code for 10% off: 10OFFAVE

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Second January Feature - Crooked Corks Wine Racks

How is your year going so far? Have you been able to stick to your New Years resolutions? My resolutions this year were to get organized and to finish projects. I want to make a point of finishing the lovely things I started! I'll admit it, I'm already falling behind on the finishing projects but the organizing is going great!

I'll bet you've been waiting all week for the new feature artist and super secret coupon code. A new and tasty talent for you to sip up into your eager mind... Wait no longer! This week I have an especially juicy, and perhaps even fermented, treat for you.

Crooked Corks Wine Racks

Elise, the brilliant mind behind Crooked Corks, hand-crafts each wine rack sold in her online store. Her wooden wine holders are made with careful attention to detail to ensure the functionality is second only to the visual appeal. Here was what she had to say when asked why her shop is so unique:

"Crooked Corks creates custom made wine racks, wine stands, wine gift sets and wine accessories for anyone who simply enjoys a glass of wine. Our natural wood designs are made by hand and are designed to be unique, eye catching, and functional. We love exploring the different flavors and cultures wine brings to our kitchen table and taste buds. Wine is special, and so are you!"

The idea for Crooked Corks creations was born from a very special Christmas gift given to Elise by her husband a few years ago, a handmade wine rack of course! The gift brought tears to her eyes as she unwrapped it and inspired her to start her shop. Now, over 3 years later, Elise still loves selecting old, new, and recycled wood to turn into the wine accessories she will sell in her store. You can find Crooked Corks on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Wanelo in addition to their Etsy Store.

You have to check out these gorgeous hand crafted wine racks! Order from them now and receive 10% off your entire purchase with the Special Coupon Code BLOGTIME.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Yummy Snack Time

On the nights my hubby works late I like to make a snack for my son and I before we go to bed. The other night I was running low on groceries and needed to get creative. In no time at all I whipped this together from items that needed to be used - bacon, cucumber, and cream cheese on toasted wheat.

Look at that rich layer of cream cheese... yum!

To make this delicious snack follow these simple steps:

1) Toast bread - this gives it some texture and keeps it from getting soggy when you add the other ingredients.

2) Spread desired amount of cream cheese on toast - I do it on both peices. The cream cheese acts as a moisture barrier to keep the bread crunchy and the cucumber juice away from it.

3) Layer bacon to desired level - I used 3 slices cut in half.

4) Add cucumber slices - I used five 1/8 inch slices on mine.

5) Enjoy!

Next time I make this I think I'll try some turkey on it too. Maybe some sprouts... What do you think?

I  <3  BACON!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year - 1st January Feature

Happy New Year Everyone!!! How were your holidays? Mine were great but I'm so glad to be done with all the craziness. This year I decided to take a look at other artists and creative people that I admire. I want to share their passion with you and hope that you will be inspired. As a bonus the artists I feature will be sharing a super uber secret coupon code for you to use in their store. Do you feel loved yet? Good.
Meet Sally-Ann. She is the creative genius behind Etsy Store The Navigatrix. Her store features Upcycled Steampunk creations and other Victorian inspired jewelery. I asked her what inspired her and why she started making Steampunk accessories. Here is what she had to say:

"I have a background as a professional modelmaker and began making costume and props for Live Roleplay, a favourite hobby. I began getting involved in Steampunk fairly recently, being introduced to it by a friend and by my brother Matt simultaneously, who both encouraged me to take my Steampunk costume creations further. My creative impulse has re-awakened and now I'm doing the cliche: making stuff on my dining room table out of bits and bobs and inspirations. Etsy taught me the verb 'to upcycle'; my materials come mostly from charity shops and family hoards!"

Her brother Matt has an Etsy Store as well, Arcane Armoury. The two of them work closely together to inspire each other and create one of a kind items. Both Sally-Ann and her brother are located in England and come from a creative family. Sally-Ann has a degree in model making from the University of Hertfordshire and enjoys being a mom.

If you would like to purchase any of Sally-Ann's lovely items you can find them in her Etsy Store and don't forget to use your special coupon code: BLOG15 for 15% off!

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