Artisan Spotlight: Teddyella Treasures

First off, tell us about yourself?
My name is Rachael Macdonald and I live in Fife in Scotland. I have two beautiful children and a crazy, fun cockapoo pup!

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How did you start your polymer clay business, and how long have you been doing it?
Ever since I was young I have loved drawing, particularly in the cartoon style. Then at about age 9 I received a pack of fimo clay for Christmas and just fell in love with making models and being able to turn my cartoon style characters into 3d versions.

All through my adult life I have worked with polymer clay as a hobby and when my children were old enough I enjoyed introducing them to it. My ten year old daughter in particular is very arty and enjoys making her own models and designs. My shelves are full of her little gifts to me just as my own mothers were with the things I’d made her!

About a year and a half ago I started making personalised pictures just for family and the children of friends, then people started asking me to make different themes and ideas and wanting to pay me for it! So using a combination of my children’s names my own little business was born!

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What do you love most about your handmade business?
In August this year I opened my shop on Etsy and things are going well, hopefully in the coming year it will grow and turn more into a part time job as now my children are older I have more time to devote to it and can combine doing something I love with being a stay at home mum. Which I think must really be what every mum wants if they can manage it.

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Where do you get your inspiration from?
Most of my inspiration comes from my love of art and cute and quirky animals / creatures. Living in Scotland I take inspiration from some of the animals here, my little highland coos are one of my favourite to make and have been popular in my shop and locally. I also use tartan patterns alot in my card making and picture making.

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Outside of crafting what else do you enjoy doing?
Outside of my crafting , I’m a typical, busy mum of two.

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Is there any thing else you would like to share?
As a family we love going skiing when we can & walking, especially when we go and visit family in the beautiful west highlands. We own a playful, fun cockapoo pup and he keeps me pretty busy too!

URL of your shop/ where can your handmade products be found?
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/teddyellatreasures

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Artisan Spotlight: Kindness Confetti

First off, tell us about yourself?
Hi, my name is Katie. I make DIY Craft tutorials on Youtube and I sell hand embroidered sequin earrings and hand painted clutches on Etsy.

Where are you from?
I’m from Adelaide, South Australia.

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How did you start making hand made items, and how long have you been doing it?
I’ve been hand making all kinds of things ever since I can remember. As a really little kid my mum let me use her good art and craft supplies and ever since then I’ve always had a creative project up my sleeve. I was lucky to be surrounded by very creative people as I was growing up and that likely rubbed off on me. In recent years I was working very hard in an office job and not making any time for art and craft and I felt like a part of my self was missing. Mid way through 2016 I moved to Colombia, South America to explore a different country and culture. I didn’t have a job while I was there, so I finally had the time to really focus on creative projects. Not long after that I launched my channel and started making my Youtube tutorials in early 2017. I really love all different kind of crafts, so I made my channel as an outlet for myself to do all these projects, and share the process with others along the way.

It wasn’t until I returned home to Australia midway through 2017 that I started thinking about making items to physically sell. I saw some similar styles of handmade clutches on Pinterest in September this year and I decided to see if I could make one, but in my own style, it turned out to be a success, so I decided to make a few more. I had tried hand beading and embroidering headbands in 2011 and ever since then I realised how much I enjoy it, so I decided to try making earrings out of felt and sequins, and they were received really well.

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What do you love most about your Handmade business?
I love seeing someone using or wearing something I have made, its so nice to know someone is getting enjoyment from it and that I have touched their lives in someway. I also love the rush from getting that spark of inspiration and holding onto it until it turns into something beautiful. I recently had a night where I could barely sleep because I just had so many ideas going through my mind that I just wanted to wake up and start making things straight away.

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Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get inspiration from everywhere, everything in my physical and online environment. Last year I drew a lot of inspiration from the textiles I saw in South America, there was so much colour and vibrance. I also love Instagram and I have made a lot of creative friends through that platform, often their work really inspires me. I love the colour movement accounts that you can find on Instagram, that style has also influenced me as I like to use a lot of colour and glitter in my work. I also draw on Pinterest a lot for idea inspiration, its such a great resource.

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Outside of crafting what else do you enjoy doing?
I love travelling and meeting people from different countries and I love exploring new cultures and learning new things about different parts of the world and trying new and delicious foods. I love my country, but I believe there is so much more out there in the rest of the world to discover and learn about, different perspectives to discover, different ways to do things, different sayings, different traditions, different values, different senses of humour, different histories, beautiful places to see, I want to know it all! I have been lucky enough to explore a lot of Australia and travel to many countries, including Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, New Zealand, Hawaii, Vanuatu and a few more, but in the future I have many more places on my bucket list. I just have to keep working hard so that I can get to see everything that I want to.

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Is there any thing else you would like to share?
I have a ‘freebies’ section on my website where I have free templates to some of my craft tutorials, and I have a 12 page colouring book, designed by me, full of inspirational quotes that is available as a free download. Please feel free to head there and check it out.

Shop URL:
Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/kindnessconfetti
Shop website: http://www.kindnessconfetti.com

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Artisan Spotlight: Hook in A Hand

First off, tell us about yourself?
I’m Grace and I hand crochet all my crochet items I sell!

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How did you start your crochet business, and how long have you been doing it?
I learned when I was just 6 years old. I’ve been crocheting ever since and then decided to sell my items so others can enjoy them as well. I live in Fredericksburg, VA, I love white chocolate, Starbucks, Netflix, and hot chocolate!

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Where do you get your inspiration from?
I got my inspiration through my grandmother who has been crocheting as long as she can remember, as well as my great grandma, (crocheting is in the family blood 😉).

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What do you love most about your handmade business?
What I love most about my business is seeing photos of customers with there little ones holding something I’ve made. And seeing the smiles on their faces.

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Outside of crafting what else do you enjoy doing?
I love Lularoe. I host Lularoe parties when I’m not crocheting. I’m also cleaning after kiddos and taking care of my doggy.

URL of your shop/ where can your handmade products be found?
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hookinahand

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Artisan Spotlight: Nicki Lenore

First off, tell us about yourself?
My name is Nicki Nysven and I live in Central California in a quaint town called Paso Robles.

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How did you start your artwork, and how long have you been doing it?
I have always loved to draw and paint ever since I was a kid. I didn’t realize my passion would turn into a purpose until recently. On my journey having two children who’s lives, our lives, have been highly affected by chronic illnesses (Lyme disease & Co-infections) I turned to art as a form of therapy. I had to change my mindset. Life sucks ass sometimes, but it’s all about how you choose to handle it. My daughter has been sick with a chronic disease (Lyme Disease) for most of her life and the last 3 1/2 years it has taken her childhood completely away from her. And then my son falls ill to a co-infection of Lyme and his life changed dramatically. Well, it took me a little while into our journey to figure out that if I don’t change my mindset I would either fall into a deep depression or lose my mind, because watching your child go through this you feel so helpless and ask “why us, why my kids?”. But, I had to dig deep to figure out how to remain strong for my children, to fight for them to get well. That’s when I realized I needed to change my mindset. Instead of focusing on all the negatives I needed to find the positives amongst them.

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I started turning the negatives into positives. I can’t control what tomorrow will bring, but I can control my choice on how to handle it. So, amongst finding the positive ways to change one way was to use art. It was like therapy to me and one day I decided to post some of my pieces up on Instagram. Instagram was my positive place to post what makes me happy and art made me happy. I then started to have people express their interest in my art and share how they really liked it and wanted it. I was having so much fun painting for people and friends as they started asking me more and more to paint for them. I then decided I need to get a logo, apply for a city business license and let it happen organically. So that I did and now Nicki Lenore is officially a business.

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What do you love most about your art business?
Each piece I create is carefully thought out and made from my heart and most important, I am having so much fun. I guess you can say that art has saved me in a way and I did not realize that until now as I write this bio. Art lead me to meeting Caroline Matthews, the creator of the Luxe magazine, and all the incredible people who’ve been a huge support to me along the way. Lyme disease started this journey, which was so dark at times, but my art was the positivity in my life that helped shed light through all the negativity. So here I am writing this still in awe that my paintings have a purpose now, in so many ways. Our Lyme journey is not over, and will never be over….but at least this is a HUGE positive that has come out of a HUGE negative

Where do you get your inspiration from?
I really had no inspiration to paint, I’ve always loved to. It was when my children were diagnosed with chronic illnesses when I turned to art as a form of therapy.

Outside of your art what else do you enjoy doing?
Outside of art I love spending time with my family, working out or going on hikes. I also am an advocate spreading Lyme Disease Awareness. I am a contributor for a campaign called Lyme Disease Challenge.

URL of your shop
I have been given an amazing opportunity to have my paintings a beautiful high end boutique here in my home town called Ambiance. Lucy Huffman, Ambiance Paso Robles Manager, took immediate interest in my artwork and has given me this amazing opportunity and I am so grateful and super excited to see where this journey continues to lead me.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickilenore

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