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One of Etsy’s Most Hearted: ashleyg

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For Valentine’s Day, we at Etsy’s blog thought we’d seek out the Etsy members who are the most beloved (or rather, be-hearted). We tracked six of the top one hundred most-hearted users and sought them out for interviews. They were totally surprised and pleased to find out! The fourth in this series is ashleyg.

Ashley Goldberg, 27, and Drew Bell, 30, are creative partners in crime, living and loving in Portland, Oregon. They live with Isadora the cat and mounds of shipping supplies. Oh — and they work really well together.

Tell us how you first got involved with Etsy.
I was looking through craft blogs for the first time and many of them were talking about this new site “Etsy”. I decided to check it out and was just amazed at the marketplace and community that I found. I joined (and purchased things) that very evening. It’s been amazing to see Etsy grow and evolve to what it is now.

What’s your favorite Etsy feature?
Oooh, that’s a tough one. My favorite feature is… RELIST, an oldie but a goody. It may sound like an obvious choice, but if you have multiple items that are the same you gotta have it.

How do you think you became so beloved in the Etsy community? (You’ve got a lot of hearts!)

Well, first, thank you, thank you, thank you to anyone who has hearted me. I am so flattered to be one of “the top 100 most hearted”. Certainly, timing has helped me out. I have been a part of Etsy a long time so I have had time to build up hearts. BUT, more importantly, I hope that I make products that people enjoy and offer customer service that keeps them coming back.

Who are your favorite Etsians?
HARDEST QUESTION EVER. They are so many talented and kind Etsians. My favorites are those who won me over initially by making awesome stuff but who are also amazing people who I have connected with on a personal level. Etsy is a great place to find friends. :) Those folks are:

– Shauna and Steven from Something’s Hiding in Here. My jaw drops every time they create something new.
– Matte Stephens and his lovely wife Vivian of MatteArt. Their generosity and kindness is as endless as their combined talent…and they are cat people(!)
– Ryan from LittlePutBooks…who I will never be able to thank enough for a HUGE favor she did for me about a year and a half ago. That Ryan, she’s good stuff.

I could go on and on but I will stop with a person who is not only my “co-worker” (I like to call everyone on Etsy my “co-workers”) but has become a close friend. After a cross country move for both of us, we are in the same city: Miss Emily Martin of theblackapple and her partner in crime, Josiah.

What are you doing this Valentine’s Day?
On Valentine’s Day I will be spending the day my better half, Drew. Each Valentine’s Day we try and do something silly/crafty/fun/memorable. A few years ago we went to a paint-your-own pottery place and made things for each other. It was us and 12 year old girls and their moms. It was ridiculous and the best. This year, I am leaning towards something outdoors. Maybe driving to the ocean and spending the day. (You hear that, Drew?)

Below you’ll find some items hearted by Ashley and Drew. Check out the other Most Hearted individuals here...

  • lelephantrose

    lelephantrose says:

    this is awesome!

    6 years ago

  • Thepaperboat

    Thepaperboat says:

    sweet!

    6 years ago

  • piperewan

    piperewan says:

    i did't know you were in pdx too! i have long admired you work!

    6 years ago

  • susarto

    susarto says:

    one of my first hearts i ever gave :D congrats! and happy valentines day!

    6 years ago

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations says:

    what a nice article!

    6 years ago

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget says:

    wow, congrats! this is awesome!!

    6 years ago

  • Faeriedtreasures

    Faeriedtreasures says:

    Haha.. This just goes to further prove my theory that the most awesome people ever live in Portland. Oh Portland, oh how I miss you... And your voodoo donuts. mmm.. donuts.

    6 years ago

  • tascha

    tascha says:

    Great article! ashleyg is one of my very favorite etsians! <3

    6 years ago

  • stillpoorart

    stillpoorart says:

    I really like ashleyg's work! this was one of the first shops i hearted several months ago when i started. keep rockin girl!

    6 years ago

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite says:

    Cute! Great picks!

    6 years ago

  • berkleyillustration

    berkleyillustration says:

    Yay Ashley & Drew! We love having you handy in Portland!

    6 years ago

  • sweetshorn

    sweetshorn says:

    She is definitely one of my favorite artists on Etsy. And she was one of my first buyers!

    6 years ago

  • makye77

    makye77 says:

    Beautiful items... Very cool! Greg, NSS

    6 years ago

  • livefunky

    livefunky says:

    Ashley, I have 470 pages of sellers I've hearted since I joined Etsy in October 2006 (I just checked to make sure of the next statement) and you were MY VERY FIRST FAVORITE! It just goes to show what a powerful impression your art makes on all who see it. Hope you have a great Valentine's Day. :)

    6 years ago

  • stilettoheights

    stilettoheights says:

    Yay Ashley & Drew!! xoxoxoxoxo

    6 years ago

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch says:

    awesome!

    6 years ago

  • norajane

    norajane says:

    fabulous!

    6 years ago

  • KellesKitchen

    KellesKitchen says:

    Congrats Ashley and Drew!! Drew should talk with my boyfriend about living amongst packaging and crafting supplies, ha ha :) It can get a bit overwhelming...

    6 years ago

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna says:

    Awww fun!

    6 years ago

  • olivehuedesigns

    olivehuedesigns says:

    Your shop is fab! But what I really want to know is the secret to your incredible amount of sales! :)

    6 years ago

  • madisongre

    madisongre says:

    lovely shop

    6 years ago

  • wookwoodworking

    wookwoodworking says:

    Wow, really beautiful work...congratulations!!!

    6 years ago

  • ashleyg

    ashleyg says:

    Thank you guys so much!!!

    6 years ago

  • theLittleOak

    theLittleOak says:

    i love to look at you use of color and combinations. all your art is so unique and lovely. you are very talented. Congrats!

    6 years ago

  • rosetung

    rosetung says:

    the pic of you 2 at the top is GREAT! love your work, love your taste.

    6 years ago

  • OrganicPanic

    OrganicPanic says:

    What a nice article. Nice genuine people.

    6 years ago

  • PDXfabricdeli

    PDXfabricdeli says:

    Way to go for PDX! Love the work.

    6 years ago

  • craftyfolk

    craftyfolk says:

    You were my first heart as well:)

    6 years ago

  • HeartlessArts

    HeartlessArts says:

    love LOVE ashley G! this is a great article :)

    6 years ago

  • eightdozenroses

    eightdozenroses says:

    How is that picture supposed to interest me in her shop? Violence does not appeal to me - even if it is meant to be humourous. Too many men ARE victims of domestic abuse. Not funny, dear. Not cool either. I won't be hearting her anytime soon.

    6 years ago

  • droob

    droob says:

    @eightdozenroses That's the most bizarre comment I've read in a long time. Grow a thicker skin.

    6 years ago

  • LushPunk

    LushPunk says:

    uhhh yeah - I agree with droob, a thicker skin and a sense of humour seems to be in order here.

    6 years ago

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy says:

    Hooray for talented Oregonians! You have a great shop and your favorites are cool too. (Love the pig)

    6 years ago

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo says:

    I heart Ashley and Drew!

    6 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    I've always admired your work~ Lots of talented arists on the West Coast. hmmm. Congrats on your success and may it continue~

    6 years ago

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy says:

    Ashely looks like Princess Leia in that punching photo! <3

    6 years ago

  • shellieartist

    shellieartist says:

    love these two...I always love these little interviews...feel like you get a little glimpse into their world! Thank you!

    6 years ago

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams says:

    yay ashleyg!!! she's how i found out about etsy...so glad to read an interview with her.

    6 years ago

  • Julzevi

    Julzevi says:

    I love ashley too! And am happy to own a couple of originals....very treasured pieces! Great article, too.

    6 years ago

  • johnwgolden

    johnwgolden says:

    Congrats to you both!

    6 years ago

  • Leelinau

    Leelinau says:

    14,685 hearts! Great job, and adorable work!! ^__^

    6 years ago

  • thegratulatest

    thegratulatest says:

    An Etsy giant!

    6 years ago

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist says:

    you have my heart too! love your work and thanks for sharing your favs.

    6 years ago

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers says:

    Neat shop! Love it!

    6 years ago

  • DeborahVoizin

    DeborahVoizin says:

    So many lovely finds!

    6 years ago

  • LynzieLee

    LynzieLee says:

    Simply amazing

    6 years ago

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign says:

    I love the cute and fun sketches at asleyg -- lots of positive creative energy.

    6 years ago

  • metzypants

    metzypants says:

    really great!!!

    6 years ago

  • BeeGracious

    BeeGracious says:

    sweet story ~ agree, so many talented people in one place ~ community of kind, helpful people ~ thanks etsy ~ thanks for sharing!

    6 years ago

  • Whillickers

    Whillickers says:

    Your art is so beautiful and sweet.

    6 years ago

  • karmaticoma

    karmaticoma says:

    one of my favorite Etsy sellers, for sure!

    6 years ago

  • Bohemianwhimsey

    Bohemianwhimsey says:

    Nice Artist, very creative !!! much luck !!!

    6 years ago

  • deidgoods

    deidgoods says:

    Why did it take me so long to join etsy? It's a great place. Is there a dark side I don't know about...

    6 years ago

  • Ottoman

    Ottoman says:

    Wow! Thanks for the heart on my Lichen for your Wall! :)

    6 years ago

  • moonstr

    moonstr says:

    great article!!!! yaaay!

    6 years ago

  • jared Admin

    jared says:

    Definitely one of my most hearted.

    6 years ago

  • simpson

    simpson says:

    kudos

    6 years ago

  • schmooks

    schmooks says:

    One of my first hearted too! LOVE UR WORK!

    6 years ago

  • chetart

    chetart says:

    Wonderfully talented with a great sense of style and humor.

    6 years ago

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace says:

    SUPER article! What a lovely couple! (And love, LOVE their work!) Hope they get their day at the ocean on Valentine's day. :)

    6 years ago

  • pinkshowercurtain

    pinkshowercurtain says:

    Such a cool couple, LOVE their work! Also love their favs they mentioned...Matte & Vivienne, Black Apple...and I absolutely adore the lightshade by Nice! :)

    6 years ago

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk says:

    Adorable work! Congrats on your success!

    6 years ago

  • seedknits

    seedknits says:

    so good!

    6 years ago

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones says:

    love it, these folks seem adorable.

    6 years ago

  • BetsyOldAndNew

    BetsyOldAndNew says:

    The Valentine's Day idea--to do something together that is fun/memorable/silly/crafty--is such a good one--to do, rather than just buy--that's a real gift of love! Great interview!

    6 years ago

  • ShiezasLiving

    ShiezasLiving says:

    What a great idea for Valentine's. It would be so much more memorable to do something together apart from just buying gifts. Nice article. Thanks for sharing and congrats!

    6 years ago

  • AutumnAndEve

    AutumnAndEve says:

    Thanks for the shout out! You may be thinking, "I don't know you"... but you thanked anyone who hearted you, and I did ;) Ashley always awesome!

    6 years ago

  • hoganfe

    hoganfe says:

    Love this interview! mary

    6 years ago

  • eleen

    eleen says:

    Ha! Love the idea of considering everyone on Etsy your co-workers. And here I thought I was working solo...no longer! Great interview, and ashleyg's Bearded Guy Button Pack is awesome!

    6 years ago

  • felt4u

    felt4u says:

    interesting story. Enjoyed it

    6 years ago

  • kirby

    kirby says:

    Very cute interview!

    6 years ago

  • somethingshidinghere

    somethingshidinghere says:

    everyone should also know they are the nicest two kids EVER!!! i'll never forget the first time ashley made a purchase from our shop... i ran around screaming "ashley g likes us". they are the perfect example of why we love etsy. thanks ashley & drew for the constant inspiration! happy valentine's day.

    6 years ago

  • Mwilson

    Mwilson says:

    Wup~ Wup~ Super news :) Great work too!

    6 years ago

  • matteart

    matteart says:

    Congratulations Ashley and Drew!! You guys are great!

    6 years ago

  • lauradeponte

    lauradeponte says:

    im so glad they interviewed you-you're definitely one of the most hearted because of your talent! i love seeing fellow portland etsyers.

    6 years ago

  • pengpengs

    pengpengs says:

    thanks for sharing! And congrats on being SO hearted! :O)

    6 years ago

  • FoundVintageStyle

    FoundVintageStyle says:

    what a great story. it's so nice to get a sense of the people who's work you admire. congratulations on all your hearts & success!!!

    6 years ago

  • CRBoggsDesigns

    CRBoggsDesigns says:

    WOW, i've checked their shop...have loved it so much and just after reading their article, found out they are from Oregon to...ME TO...amazing how many talented Oregonians we have here. Cheers to you both..

    6 years ago

  • ratgirl

    ratgirl says:

    She makes such cute stuff! I'm one of those "hearts"....

    6 years ago

  • stitchcrafter

    stitchcrafter says:

    What a ubnch of sweet, humorous picks.. or,uh, I mean, hearts...

    6 years ago

  • AeFondKis

    AeFondKis says:

    Beautiful and minimum, keep being creative. Best wishes Linda x

    6 years ago

  • sjross

    sjross says:

    I find this photo disturbing and sad. Are we looking at a picture of domestic violence? What if he were punching her in the face? I love the craft - I am very very upset by the photo.

    6 years ago

  • suryasajnani

    suryasajnani says:

    Love your work - congratulations!

    6 years ago

  • MySerenityWay

    MySerenityWay says:

    Great article, creations and enthusiasm. I'm new to etsy and your article gives me hope. It's a bit overwhelming at first. But you show success can happen. I too am finding some really neat people in etsy. Made my first sale Fri. to an etsy seller who I think was trying to encourage me. What a great community and I can see you have contributed to that.

    6 years ago

  • BROOKLYNrehab

    BROOKLYNrehab says:

    one of my favorite stores from way way back before i even had a store. you both are an inspiration! i {heart} you.

    6 years ago

  • bethybethybethy

    bethybethybethy says:

    Ashley and Drew are wonderful! I am proud to have many Ashley and Drew creations in my home, and I feel lucky to have them. It is always so great to read about etsians and their lives and work--I'm always so touched by the sense of community that we etsians have. It's a joy to behold and participate in. (as for those commmenting on the image, it's obviously a parody. and please--men are very rarely victims of domestic violence. get over yourself.)

    6 years ago

  • LittleMamasDesigns

    LittleMamasDesigns says:

    Go Portland crafters! Great article:)

    6 years ago

  • mammabonita

    mammabonita says:

    I agree with eightdozenroses about the image. Yes, I get that it's supposed to be funny but if the sexes were reversed, would you find it funny he was hitting her?

    6 years ago

  • droob

    droob says:

    Sheesh, people. Don't try to make a silly photobooth picture into something it's not. It is completely retarded that I have to say this, but: ASHLEY G AND DREW IN NO WAY CONDONE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. DON'T HIT ANYBODY.

    6 years ago

  • nfall2rt

    nfall2rt says:

    Congrats to you both!

    6 years ago

  • Legacy925

    Legacy925 says:

    Congrats to Ashley! And, thank you, Admin, for giving us a glimpse into the lives of other etsyians. It's always inspiring to hear from those who are successful in their creative passions. Keep those stories comin'! To eightdozenroses - If this picture promotes violence, does your picture of pharmaceuticals promote drug abuse?

    6 years ago

  • zutaten

    zutaten says:

    Now that I read this interview I needed to show some love and bought my favourites from you!

    6 years ago

  • JJsJewelry112605

    JJsJewelry112605 says:

    Very nice article. I 'heart' her already. Sweet & unspoiled. I think the pic shows an awesome, sweet & loving couple who can laugh together. KUDOS to ashleyg!!! I'm a fan!

    6 years ago

  • theblackapple

    theblackapple says:

    I'm hearting both of them as hard as I can right now!

    6 years ago

  • madamehoux

    madamehoux says:

    very cute. one more heart from me:=)

    6 years ago

  • savor

    savor says:

    My first Etsy purchase was from ashleyg, for my hubby Mike :)

    6 years ago

  • DaisyChains

    DaisyChains says:

    I heart Ryan too!!! She's totally the bestest. And um Yay Portland we're blessed with some of Etsy's bestest! ;O)

    6 years ago

  • BluCille

    BluCille says:

    Cute bunny vase again.

    6 years ago

  • LuLusPhotography

    LuLusPhotography says:

    I love the items you guys make! Very cool :)

    6 years ago

  • maiziedesigns

    maiziedesigns says:

    It is easy to see why this shop is one of Etsy's most hearted.

    6 years ago

  • blinkonmynose

    blinkonmynose says:

    Congrats! You are very talented and deserve all the success you have achieved and more!!

    6 years ago

  • knitalatte

    knitalatte says:

    you guys are the best and you ashley are one of the sweetest , kindest people on earth.

    6 years ago

  • fuzzibax

    fuzzibax says:

    Fun stuff. Orange is in again!

    6 years ago

  • acageybee

    acageybee says:

    Great little interview! I've seen Ashley's work all over the place (love the distinctive style), but putting a face & voice to the work is even better. Cheers, *kgb*

    6 years ago

  • theaxx

    theaxx says:

    LoNG time HEArTer of ashleyG (shy blush) think her work is FAB!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago