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Open Studio Tour: TheHouseOfMouse

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In this Open Studio Tour series, we’ll be snooping around artists’ creative spaces, how they set them up, when, why…even how often they clean them! We really want to know all about our artists, and maybe get a bit of inspiration!

Today I’m visiting the Netherlands, where Anna of TheHouseOfMouse creates little felt mice full-time. She made her first mice as Christmas gifts for her family back in 2007, and they went over so well, she decided to open an Etsy shop. The first mouse was listed and sold the same day on March 8th, 2008!

Let’s have a look where the magic happens…

What’s your name and what kind of craft do you do?
My name is Anna and I make little felt mouse ornaments. My mice are inspired by jobs and hobbies, movies, special occasions, famous people, monsters and just about anything that grabs my imagination. Each little mouse has his or her own personality and character.

When did you decide that you needed a studio?
Even as a kid I always had a space in my room for making things. The need for a studio came when I discovered my collection of materials and tools could take up a whole room all by themselves! My crafting studio was previously a painting studio, because before I started TheHouseOfMouse I was a professional oil painter. Anyone who paints with oils will know that it is a smelly process, all that turpentine and spirits does not make for an aromatic experience. My husband quickly designated a room for my painting just so he could close the door and escape the smells coming from it. Once TheHouseOfMouse took over my imagination, I re-organized the painting studio into a crafting room (fewer easels, more tables). Recently, I put up lots of shelves to store my ever-increasing stock of mice and materials for making them.

Did the studio set up impact your crafter budget?
Not really, it is made up of a collection of old bits of furniture and boxes I had lying around. I believe in recycling and reusing whenever possible. I also try to avoid spending money unless I have to. I did splash out on a laptop for my studio last week, but that was from some of my profits over the run up to Christmas. I see it more as a Christmas bonus than a dent in the budget.

How big is your studio?
It is about 4 by 3 meters (13 by 10 feet) with a slanting roof on one side, as it is up in the top of the house. It’s not large, but it’s more than enough space for one person to work.

Which is your favorite tool in your studio?
This is a tricky question, because the tools you need to make a mouse are very simple. I don’t exactly have a favorite needle or pair of scissors! I do have some custom tools I ordered, including a custom seal to use on my certificates of authenticity, I also have a couple of custom stamps from terbearco that I use on my shipping boxes. I love them because they add a little something extra to my product and packaging.

Do you want to share with us one secret of your studio?
While I am sewing a new mouse, it tells me a little story. The story is usually about the things he or she likes to do or see. This only ever happens when I am working alone in my studio — they are shy around other people until they’re finished and they have their whiskers in.

How many hours do you normally spend in your studio?
I work on my business for at least 10 hours a day. It used to be 16 hours a day but I am trying to find some balance between work and home this year, so I am cutting back. Not all of the 10 hours is spent in my studio unfortunately. I need to spend time promoting my store online and off, packing shipping boxes and waiting in line at the post office. I also have to go shopping for supplies (which of course I love). I probably spend between 4 and 8 hours a day in my studio now.

Do you share your studio with someone or would you like to do so?
No thanks! I had to share studio space during my years in University, when I was studying for my Fine Art degree, and I really didn’t enjoy it. Although, of course I had no say in whom I shared with! My studio “buddies” included a tone-deaf guy who liked to whistle to the music on his iPod, and a teenage girl who never stopped talking. Both made it impossible to concentrate, and put me off the idea of sharing a studio unless I had to.  I work much better on my own, I can listen to the music I want to and I can be in my own creative bubble. That’s perfect for me.

Is there anything you would add to your working space?
I love to add new bits of art from Etsy to my studio space. I have a beautiful print by yalipaz and a wonderful recycled clock from foundbrooklyn, which I love. I think any additional things for my studio will be aesthetic; I have all the tools I will need for a long time!

If you had to choose one synonym for your studio, which one would you pick: atelier, family room, lair, lodge, nest, playroom, retreat, sanctuary, shelter, darkroom, or showroom and why?
I think “nest” would describe it best. Like a magpie, I collect all kinds of jewels and treasures to put in it. I am creating my little mice, which will one day “fly the nest” to their new owners all over the world.

And last but not least how often do you clean it?
I clean up my desk each night when I am finished for the day, and the whole studio gets vacuumed once a week.  If my space is cluttered, my mind is cluttered. Because I am dyslexic, I rely on organization to keep me sane.

Anything else you’d like to add?
If you would like to read more about TheHouseOfMouse, and get your chance to vote for the next new mouse in my store please check out my blog.

Thank you Anna, until next studio snooping, ciao!

If you have an interesting studio or workspace and some tips to share, comment below and you may be next in our  Open Studio Tour series!

  • TheMayofTeckClub

    TheMayofTeckClub says:

    Wow, what a cool idea for a series! Also, those Sgt. Pepper mousies are adorable.

    6 years ago

  • sweetshorn

    sweetshorn says:

    I love seeing people's work spaces - what a great feature!

    6 years ago

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives says:

    This was a really fun read! I love the wax seal idea too.

    6 years ago

  • eraseandrepeat

    eraseandrepeat says:

    how cute are those mouse?! i'm off to peek into her shop :)

    6 years ago

  • beadznthingz

    beadznthingz says:

    It is always incredibly interesting and inspiring to see artists at work. I love the idea for this series and look forward to reading all of them! *love the little mouse booties - too cute!!

    6 years ago

  • PearsonMaron

    PearsonMaron says:

    I adore all the crazy little mice from thehouseofmouse.

    6 years ago

  • LuckyYouStudio

    LuckyYouStudio says:

    I love those mice!

    6 years ago

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts says:

    Awesome! What a great way to see all your trim inventory as well as keep it dust-free in the zip-locks. I like her Certificate as well. Thank-you Frucci Design and House of Mouse! Best wishes!

    6 years ago

  • Whatsupyoursleeve

    Whatsupyoursleeve says:

    Her shop is one of the most creative ones I have seen. The detail she puts into each item is incredible.

    6 years ago

  • zombuki

    zombuki says:

    A Flickr friend of mine! ^___^ I love seeing studios. That's part of the reason I'm always posting photos of mine, lol!

    6 years ago

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns says:

    Yay Ana!! I can speak from experience, my daughter owns a bunch of mice! They are super well made, cute as can be and Miss Em loves them! Ana is a super sweet seller!! Great job guys!

    6 years ago

  • sudlow

    sudlow says:

    so cool! I got a set of little mice custom made for my wedding cake toppers! http://www.flickr.com/photos/risd/2370742443/ mine had a jewelers saw & his had a little guitar..too perfect & everyone asked about them. Seriously, they're so beautifully made!

    6 years ago

  • KellesKitchen

    KellesKitchen says:

    I LOVE that photo of the mouse troop - I'm sad about the mouse head with no body, though! Very clever.

    6 years ago

  • mykonos

    mykonos says:

    they are sooo cute!!

    6 years ago

  • Karmacrochet

    Karmacrochet says:

    Great article! BTW I love my Frida and Diego mice! :-)

    6 years ago

  • staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca says:

    Oh my gosh, Anna! You're BEAUTIFUL! Awwwwww

    6 years ago

  • kittyanydots

    kittyanydots says:

    I heart House of Mouse! Anna's mice are so cute and creative! Thanks for this feature!

    6 years ago

  • mydeepbluec

    mydeepbluec says:

    OMG ! I LOVE House Of Mouse and I'm so happy to see the face behind the Mice !! Thanks !!

    6 years ago

  • swiedebie

    swiedebie says:

    That's a wonderful feature. Great job, Anna!

    6 years ago

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion says:

    Lovely mice! Wonderful article! You are very talented, Anna!

    6 years ago

  • Zooguu

    Zooguu says:

    Anna is wonderful! I love all of the little mice at House of Mouse. Great feature!

    6 years ago

  • Morrgan

    Morrgan says:

    Yay Mouse! What a fun read, I'm looking forward to more in this series. =)

    6 years ago

  • whichgoose

    whichgoose says:

    Great article!! And go H-O-M!!!! :D

    6 years ago

  • NestaHome

    NestaHome says:

    Yay Anna! Great article! One of my favorite movies is The Witches. hehehe.

    6 years ago

  • ixela

    ixela says:

    A great article for a great artist and a great group of mice... Anna you are a mice Queen!!!

    6 years ago

  • kraplap

    kraplap says:

    great reading !

    6 years ago

  • novadesigns

    novadesigns says:

    so much fun to read about you Anna!

    6 years ago

  • VKnO

    VKnO says:

    Wonderful article, Anna! I'm looking forward to the next article in this series :)

    6 years ago

  • ArtMind

    ArtMind says:

    Great article! Love Anna & her mice! Can't believe how neat she keeps her ribbons! :)

    6 years ago

  • Sumikoshop

    Sumikoshop says:

    wow.....great article !!

    6 years ago

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones says:

    nice article. the questions asked were really helpful. I love learning about the tools other artists use and how the use their space. I've gotta get me one of those custom stamps by terbearco!!

    6 years ago

  • emmapardos

    emmapardos says:

    that is so great! :)

    6 years ago

  • ingermaaike

    ingermaaike says:

    Every time I see a new mouse again I am surprised by her boundless fantasy. I wish I were as organised..

    6 years ago

  • 1beadweaver

    1beadweaver says:

    I am dyslexic too and have to keep my work space orderly or I start getting a little crazy. Do you think that's why?

    6 years ago

  • MelissaSue

    MelissaSue says:

    great idea for a series!

    6 years ago

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew says:

    So great to see you here, Anna!

    6 years ago

  • aysetugrul

    aysetugrul says:

    you are my favorite mouse I follow you always

    6 years ago

  • LeLapinTriste

    LeLapinTriste says:

    this was splendid! I share my studio and yearn to have my own space like Anna :)

    6 years ago

  • bluedogrose

    bluedogrose says:

    Fun article, thanks for sharing!

    6 years ago

  • CatherinetteRings

    CatherinetteRings says:

    I love your mice , You are very talented .

    6 years ago

  • GoldenPearArtStudio

    GoldenPearArtStudio says:

    Those Mice!!!! I love those Mice!

    6 years ago

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations says:

    SUCH A GOOD ARTICLE!!!!

    6 years ago

  • RFColorfulCreations

    RFColorfulCreations says:

    Enjoyed your article. Your mice are the cutest.

    6 years ago

  • glamasaurus

    glamasaurus says:

    Awesome! I wish my studio was so big and organized. I have a table.

    6 years ago

  • EnfinLaVoila

    EnfinLaVoila says:

    Nice article!

    6 years ago

  • Ozknits

    Ozknits says:

    What an inspiring story! I am cringing with jealousy that anyone could be so organized :) I learned that in absence of marrying a carpenter, the next best thing for my fiber goodies is Tupperware (TM), and plenty of it. I still have a problem dragging fibery bits from my studio throughout my house even though I vacuum myself off whenever I am finished for the night. This is a great feature and a good incentive to try to stay organized. Lovely shop too!

    6 years ago

  • fleurfatale

    fleurfatale says:

    Oh Anna, great to read about your workspace, that ribbon wall is a fun and great idea!!!!

    6 years ago

  • lindabutterfly

    lindabutterfly says:

    I said you were famous!

    6 years ago

  • thevintagebelljar

    thevintagebelljar says:

    great to see your space Anna!!

    6 years ago

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage says:

    Good article!

    6 years ago

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux says:

    Oh yay! What a treat to learn more about Anna and her creative process/space. I just adore all of her little creations!

    6 years ago

  • karuski

    karuski says:

    Interesting series, hope to read more in the future! Thanks so much that we got a chance to take a peek into your studio Anna:)

    6 years ago

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy says:

    I heart HouseOfMouse! oxox.

    6 years ago

  • Sigmosaics

    Sigmosaics says:

    congratulations anna! this is wonderful and so great to see you in your space :D

    6 years ago

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy says:

    After looking at those pictures of your studio, I'm feeling way unorganized. You've inspired me. I love mice too, by the way!

    6 years ago

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch says:

    Very cute pics to accompany the article - well the mouse head is a bit disturbing :) Great Artistic and clean studio~ love Anna's mice!

    6 years ago

  • birribe

    birribe says:

    Very nice to read about you Anna and your creative studio.

    6 years ago

  • lynncyrart

    lynncyrart says:

    What a terrific article - it always makes me happy to see other artist's studios and what works for them. Your product is very unique, completely adorable, and I wish you continued success!! You go, girl!!! :)

    6 years ago

  • theowlbarn

    theowlbarn says:

    Sooo many cute mice!! And, she's a sweetheart too!

    6 years ago

  • lovejujube

    lovejujube says:

    That is very cute. The customized stamp is a brilliant idea for packaging.

    6 years ago

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer says:

    Love this series - it's so inspiring to see other studio spaces.

    6 years ago

  • LittleGreenSquirrel

    LittleGreenSquirrel says:

    How fun to learn a bit more about the person behind House of Mouse! Of course, her mice are so cute, but I've also seen her being very helpful to other sellers in the forums! I hope she has much continued success!

    6 years ago

  • creationsbyeve

    creationsbyeve says:

    Lovely article!So great to see where Anna makes her adorable mice!

    6 years ago

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite says:

    I love House of Mouse! Great workspace!

    6 years ago

  • ExoticFlavour

    ExoticFlavour says:

    This is brilliant!! I love seeing how others great artists working and how is the studio like. I love your creations and I especially like your idea of the custom seal for the certificates.

    6 years ago

  • pogoshop

    pogoshop says:

    I love this series! It's so neat to be invited into our favorite artists' studios. Can't wait to read them all. These mice are all a riot! Who wouldn't love to see those little gray mouse booties scooting around the house?

    6 years ago

  • sherrisscentsandsoys

    sherrisscentsandsoys says:

    Anna, you are so creative and talented. Your mice always makes me smile;)

    6 years ago

  • notmoira

    notmoira says:

    Love this! The Sgt. Pepper mice are my eternal favorite. :D

    6 years ago

  • Mimiandlola

    Mimiandlola says:

    What a fun article! Nice Work!

    6 years ago

  • timesandchimes

    timesandchimes says:

    How charming and whimsical! Anna and her mice are beautiful creatures! Love them!

    6 years ago

  • AgapeBridal

    AgapeBridal says:

    Congrats Anna! It's so cool to read about you and to look at your studio! : D

    6 years ago

  • jeanpelle

    jeanpelle says:

    your mice are hilarious, not to mention, beautifully made!

    6 years ago

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 says:

    a fabulous seller, an inspiration to us all :)

    6 years ago

  • GryWinther

    GryWinther says:

    What a great read!! :) I love your mice.

    6 years ago

  • RatAttackTeam

    RatAttackTeam says:

    I love anything mousie or rattie!I could use a "biker" mouse. Those are so cute & I love that they talk to you while work is in progress ;-) Organization is the only way I agree. Thanks for sharing x<:3 )~~~ Love these.

    6 years ago

  • treefp

    treefp says:

    adorable mice....love the gardener mouse and the hannibal lechter...hilarious! thanks for sharing your space and your special story about making your mice...

    6 years ago

  • panyizsuzsi

    panyizsuzsi says:

    Congrats Anna! I really enjoyed reading it!

    6 years ago

  • slidesideways

    slidesideways says:

    Great! We've been waiting for an article on sellers work spaces. Everyone has such a unique way of doing things. We love our space and Anna's was great to see.

    6 years ago

  • dinafragola

    dinafragola says:

    Thanks for sharing Mouse ^_^ I love lurking!

    6 years ago

  • krize

    krize says:

    I love these mouses and I loved the secret about "a little story" :) I have a real mouse, named Hugo, who also tels me little stories and even jokes!

    6 years ago

  • kunklebaby

    kunklebaby says:

    I love seeing where other artist & crafters work!! Those mice are so sweet too!

    6 years ago

  • LoriCitsay

    LoriCitsay says:

    Great article. I love the picture of all Anna's "magpie" bits organized and visable. I may try that with my stuff--so much better to see and be inspired--rummaging through drawers does nothing to inspire. The mice are adorable!

    6 years ago

  • mashulu

    mashulu says:

    I ADORE the way you have your ribbons stored! That is sooo smart...I have all of mine in a plastic container, but I think I may "borrow" your idea. Then I can see all that i have at a glance. I am going to enjoy this series!

    6 years ago

  • ArgyleWhale

    ArgyleWhale says:

    I love the little ribbon baggies too. It reminds me of "Everything Is Illuminated" and the main character's way of cataloging his life.

    6 years ago

  • babygaga

    babygaga says:

    Your store is so cute!!! I love the mice! The way they talk to you when you are creating them is priceless!

    6 years ago

  • yalipaz

    yalipaz says:

    Anna, It was so great and fun to read this wonderful article about you. I think you are an amazing artist and not only your mice are amazing but also your paintings. I am so proud that you chosen one of my prints to decorate your studio wall. Your mice are the coolest thing I ever seen. Hugs from Israel, Yali

    6 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    Wow, nice to see a picture of Anna, your so pretty I might add, love your mice creations, nice to know the story behind them now. Wish you continued success on Etsy and ??? whatever, wherever~!

    6 years ago

  • giusypatch

    giusypatch says:

    your mice are so cooool and I love you! Nice to read about the Studio! And hey, check her painting, she's a very talented painter too!

    6 years ago

  • deepindigo

    deepindigo says:

    Love to read about EST members! Anna, I envy you, you got such a nice space there!! Congratulations!!

    6 years ago

  • tinahdee

    tinahdee says:

    Aw, that's just so cute and sweet and yummy! Lots of fun. Best to you...

    6 years ago

  • pouch

    pouch says:

    fab article about a fab seller, but ewwwww at the decapitated mouse cat toy in the related items!!

    6 years ago

  • zigzagstitches

    zigzagstitches says:

    What a great article! I love your little mice. Congratulations!

    6 years ago

  • starlettefinery

    starlettefinery says:

    GREAT organization skills and I love the idea of being able to vote on a new mouse!

    6 years ago

  • julieboyles

    julieboyles says:

    This is a great feature! So interesting to hear other artist's backgrounds and to see where they work. Congratulations House of Mouse, you have a great shop!

    6 years ago

  • MamaRobot

    MamaRobot says:

    Yay! One of my fave Etsy shops! Very cool to read more about the House of Mouse :)

    6 years ago

  • SweetLollipopShop

    SweetLollipopShop says:

    I only recently realised you were also an expat from the UK! I love your mice and am amazed at how organized you are, I wish I had the self discipline!

    6 years ago

  • rafya

    rafya says:

    So great to meet artist through their studio and work space, I love this series. Anna, you are very talented, your mice are wonderful !

    6 years ago

  • Majestyinc

    Majestyinc says:

    I love hearing about crafters that are able to work full time from home, I made the plunge in 2007 and haven't looked back!

    6 years ago

  • tizzalicious

    tizzalicious says:

    Nice to see you here Anna! I love your work!

    6 years ago

  • pixiepaper

    pixiepaper says:

    How nice to see your work space Anna! Thanks for sharing! You are too cute just like your little mice.

    6 years ago

  • RubyStudios

    RubyStudios says:

    Cute article, Anna! Thanks for sharing and letting us into your world a bit! I'm off to check out your little meeces!

    6 years ago

  • pinkpatrice

    pinkpatrice says:

    Love Anna's mice and her painting are incredible! ~Patrice

    6 years ago

  • raisinlike

    raisinlike says:

    I love reading about Anna's creative adventures. She continues to share her marketing experience and tips, and truly is an Etsy star. Yay Anna!

    6 years ago

  • mullishmuse

    mullishmuse says:

    HEY FRIEND...it was so awesome to take the tour. Glad to hear you are finding balance in 2009. Your wall of ribbon is inspiring.

    6 years ago

  • undertheroot

    undertheroot says:

    House of Mouse found me while I was looking for it! Beautiful to place a face and studio to the tiny things.

    6 years ago

  • maiziedesigns

    maiziedesigns says:

    Thanks for the tour and sharing your story! Your product is so charming and I think of so many people to buy them for.

    6 years ago

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux says:

    ♥Congrats Anna!! You know I love your work...Fabulous article, gf!! :)

    6 years ago

  • Lazyfish

    Lazyfish says:

    Yay for supercute HOM!!!!We love her!

    6 years ago

  • InuInspirations

    InuInspirations says:

    Great article! I love reading about how others work and it's always great to get some ideas on new ways to store things and keep everything in order. And I've always loved the little mice! ^.^

    6 years ago

  • LisasLovlies

    LisasLovlies says:

    You are so organized!! I love the way you have your ribbon arranged!

    6 years ago

  • brownbunnybyiris

    brownbunnybyiris says:

    I love Anna the Mouse! She creates amazing characters:-)

    6 years ago

  • ReFabulous

    ReFabulous says:

    These little mice are just about the cutest things ever! Congrats, Anna! Fabulous article, and I can't wait to see more of this series! It's so much fun peeking into others' workspaces.

    6 years ago

  • MGMart

    MGMart says:

    What a great new idea!!! I love Anna's works, and I really enjoyed her writing! I love your paintings too Anna! Well done :)

    6 years ago

  • Zygopsyche

    Zygopsyche says:

    I love these little characters:) Cheers to a great studio!

    6 years ago

  • raycious

    raycious says:

    I love her mouse! I just love to watching her creations. Fabulous article!!Congratulations Anna:D

    6 years ago

  • RubyBeets

    RubyBeets says:

    Anna You are as darling as your little Mice!

    6 years ago

  • MicroCirqueRinka

    MicroCirqueRinka says:

    What a lovely studio full of adorable mice!! I just got my working space organized and there's such a difference once everything is in its right place and you don't need to spend hours looking for something! =) But I still have the problem of the cats: mine are gifted, they can open any door, any drawer, and they seem to be fascinated with all my stuff! Naughty kitties!

    6 years ago

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams says:

    i feel like such a voyuer! thanks for letting up see your work space. great shop too.

    6 years ago

  • TCdesign

    TCdesign says:

    Very nice! Mice are nice!!!

    6 years ago

  • lindab142

    lindab142 says:

    Anna, Congratulations! I've been following your blog for a while now and read your articles online too. Thanks for your inspiration. I'm clearing clutter little by little.

    6 years ago

  • theseawithin

    theseawithin says:

    Beautiful! I love this shop!

    6 years ago

  • CandelariosKids

    CandelariosKids says:

    Great artist!!! keep up the great work!! love the mouse!!! thanks so much for the inspiration!!

    6 years ago

  • FleurDeIrk

    FleurDeIrk says:

    Fun and friendly. We all need that additional smile. Thank you!

    6 years ago

  • KMCdesigns

    KMCdesigns says:

    Great tour! Well done Anna :)

    6 years ago

  • digitalexpressions

    digitalexpressions says:

    What wonderful items. Nice to see a picture of the artist who is a cute as her creations.

    6 years ago

  • isewcute

    isewcute says:

    How fun! Great tour!

    6 years ago

  • nfall2rt

    nfall2rt says:

    What a great idea for a series! I love seeing how others work and what their spaces/ organization is like.

    6 years ago

  • alwaysadorable

    alwaysadorable says:

    House of Mouse is one of my favorite shops! Anna has such a great creative genious!

    6 years ago

  • nakedpeggies

    nakedpeggies says:

    LOVE the little Mousey!

    6 years ago

  • LaireMarie

    LaireMarie says:

    How cute are these little guys?!?!?!?!

    6 years ago

  • BeEntangled

    BeEntangled says:

    I completely hate mice, but these are way too cute to hate... I think maybe I can love these little guys! Lol!

    6 years ago

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden says:

    Lovely start of a new series!!

    6 years ago

  • helisengezer

    helisengezer says:

    Wow! How organized you are Anna! :)

    6 years ago

  • BluCille

    BluCille says:

    Such cute little booties!

    6 years ago

  • MiliJewels

    MiliJewels says:

    I love your little mouses!

    6 years ago

  • theaxx

    theaxx says:

    I have been a big long-time fan of the whimsical and varied realm of theHouseofMouse!! YAY for the house of the totally cute mouse! Viva le mouse! thea. xx

    6 years ago

  • bastiano

    bastiano says:

    The artist is very cute and sweet too : )

    6 years ago

  • swellvintage

    swellvintage says:

    LOVE the house of mouse! Very interesting read x

    6 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Oh, your shop is really nice. I love it!

    6 years ago

  • lostintheforest

    lostintheforest says:

    Excellent article - I love snooping other peoples spaces & I love thehouseofmouse too :)

    6 years ago

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal says:

    Its absolutely wonderful to see a little of the 'Etsian behind the shop'. Thanks for providing this wonderful window on Anna and the House of Mouse.

    6 years ago

  • realisationcreations

    realisationcreations says:

    Wonderful wonderful article Anna! I loved learning a little more about you and your art. xo

    6 years ago

  • Aranwen

    Aranwen says:

    Lovely article, Anna's creations are brilliant and always make me laugh :)

    6 years ago

  • LabyrinthLeather

    LabyrinthLeather says:

    Yah Axel! I love that little mouse. Beautiful space/set-up, wonderful article.

    6 years ago

  • gloilocksandbody

    gloilocksandbody says:

    oh my! how adorable!

    6 years ago

  • ScrapChick08

    ScrapChick08 says:

    The House of Mouse is one of my very favorite shops...she's so creative! I really like the monster/villain mice-so funny! Great feature and very interesting.

    6 years ago

  • urbanbead

    urbanbead says:

    You ROCK Anna!! I am loving the little chef! Great Article! - monica

    6 years ago

  • HungryDesigns

    HungryDesigns says:

    Great article. i love all the little mice! they are super cute!

    6 years ago

  • smithveg

    smithveg says:

    Cute! Your creative.

    6 years ago

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers says:

    So inspiring! I love HouseofMouse! Great article! Way to go Anna! :)

    6 years ago

  • embellishedlife

    embellishedlife says:

    Congrats, Anna! My crochet mouse is looking at me from on top of the computer screen as I type!

    6 years ago

  • Stemellina

    Stemellina says:

    Anna is an amazing artist! She is talented person but a beautiful girl too. Great article!BRAVO ANNA !

    6 years ago

  • whispy420

    whispy420 says:

    adorable, anna. i'd love to do one of these open studio tours of my stained glass workshop.

    6 years ago

  • risabeads

    risabeads says:

    Sweet mice!

    6 years ago

  • TwoWomensCreations

    TwoWomensCreations says:

    So much fun!

    6 years ago

  • threepeats

    threepeats says:

    I've loved your work for a while and I really enjoyed reading about you. You are very organized and one of the only other women I know (besides me) that is not afraid of mice.

    6 years ago

  • Lumpkin

    Lumpkin says:

    I love this series! Such cute mice too!

    6 years ago

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese says:

    Such a great idea for a series of articles. I can use the input on organizing my office/studio! TheHouseOfMouse has such a neat shop, and the name is so clever!

    6 years ago

  • penguinandfish

    penguinandfish says:

    I love these little guys. It's really neat to see where all the magic happens. FUN!

    6 years ago

  • papertreats

    papertreats says:

    Wonderful article! Can't wait to see more studios!

    6 years ago

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher says:

    These mice are adorable! I wonder if she has a flute playing mouse? I'm off to go find out. :)

    6 years ago

  • mulberrymoose

    mulberrymoose says:

    Great article!! Love TheHouseOfMouse and her fabulously organized studio!

    6 years ago

  • rakubuttons

    rakubuttons says:

    Go Anna! Note also she is one of the nicest persons I ever encountered on etsy. Talented, savvy, diplomatic, smart. She is our team SASsy leader.

    6 years ago

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry says:

    Great article! ...and the Mice are just adorable! All the Best!

    6 years ago

  • cheriebeadle

    cheriebeadle says:

    Great Article!!! I love the wall of baggies with your supplies in it. I might use that idea but with jars of beads and supplies. However we just had a huge flood two days ago and my studio which is in the basement was totally flooded by water, sand and mud. I have to look on the bright side at least I can start from scratch and redesign the space for all my creative projects. I would love to have them come check out my unveiling of my new and improved studio!!!

    6 years ago

  • JuliaCatherine

    JuliaCatherine says:

    Awesome little mice!

    6 years ago

  • mybabydiapers

    mybabydiapers says:

    Great article , wonderful mice!!

    6 years ago

  • Creativewithclay

    Creativewithclay says:

    Wow! Those mice are adorable!

    6 years ago

  • thehauntedstudio

    thehauntedstudio says:

    I have always loved mice and these are even cuter!

    6 years ago

  • ClayGreys

    ClayGreys says:

    how cute! I'm so thrilled to be featured in this story. Thank you a million times over!

    6 years ago

  • HouseOnTheHill

    HouseOnTheHill says:

    Love the mice! Love this article series even more!, almost as much as the "Quit Your Day Job" series. Thanks Etsy. Live long and prosper, Anna!

    6 years ago

  • moonbindery

    moonbindery says:

    Great idea for a feature--I always love to see where artists work. Cute mice, Anna!

    6 years ago

  • WHIMSYlove

    WHIMSYlove says:

    I love getting to peek at other artist's spaces! Can't wait for more! And I love the wee baggies hanging up to store your ribbon. Gonna totally do that!

    6 years ago

  • mouserkinsmagic

    mouserkinsmagic says:

    From one mouse artist to another, AWESOME interview!

    6 years ago

  • bijougirldesigns

    bijougirldesigns says:

    Anna, I love seeing your space and learning a little more about you! Great article!

    6 years ago

  • SarahMadsen

    SarahMadsen says:

    So adorable and inspirational,Thank you Anna!!

    6 years ago

  • lorisplace

    lorisplace says:

    What a great product! Very cute mice!

    6 years ago

  • makemesmile

    makemesmile says:

    Great interview to read; lovely to take a peak into the studio =^x^=

    6 years ago

  • blossomnbird

    blossomnbird says:

    Oooo I love this article...can't wait to see more studio tours! Gorgeous work Anna.

    6 years ago

  • Inbaliya

    Inbaliya says:

    Wow those little mice are gorgeous. Your studio is full of love and happiness. I enjoyed this article.

    6 years ago

  • memoriesandmayhem

    memoriesandmayhem says:

    Excellent story. I am new to Etsy but have been making 80cm calico dolls for a LOT of years and people laugh at me when I tell them the DOLL tells me which colour dress or apron she wants made for her! It was great to see another crafter "communicating" with her creations! This article is really prompting me to "get my act together" and get my dolls made and up on Etsy! Congratulations on an excellent workspace also!

    6 years ago

  • greavesdesign

    greavesdesign says:

    this is such a great idea for a series. I love seeing people's work spaces and House of Mouse is a joy. I totally understand about not wanting to share a studio space! it is where the creativity can flow and that it generally a solitary time. I would love to open the door to my studio... I have such beautiful findings I use in my work and I love gathering vintage storage pieces to organize them in! I also have bought some special pieces of art off Etsy to adorn my walls. It's become my sanctuary...

    6 years ago

  • esmeraldadesigns

    esmeraldadesigns says:

    Aww, love this story! Hey admin, I'd love to show Etsy community where I work-I have a really really magical sanctuary of a studio in my old sears robuck house on the north shire of Long Island look at these images http://www.flickr.com/photos/esmeraldabeautifuldesigns/3240390958/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/esmeraldabeautifuldesigns/3239553137/in/photostream/

    6 years ago

  • liabuffa

    liabuffa says:

    Congrats on being profiled! I love your work... Well-done!

    6 years ago

  • BirdWingProductions

    BirdWingProductions says:

    What a GREAT story! It's so inspiring to see another artist carve her own space out in the world. Bravo!! I'm lucky enough to have a space of my own which I bleed, sweat, and cry to keep. It's so full of good energy and creativity that it's become part of how I define myself as an artist. As you might imagine, I need quite a bit of space for all these lamps; my studio is in an old school house in Kittery, Maine and they're piled high in every corner. I would LOVE the opportunity to share it with the Etsy community!

    6 years ago

  • 1dream

    1dream says:

    Very nice article Anna! All the best wishes!!

    6 years ago

  • 1CardCreator

    1CardCreator says:

    Great article, I love your mice. I am so intrigued in reading about crafters in other countries and how they operate their Etsy shops.

    6 years ago

  • WoodcraftsandCandles

    WoodcraftsandCandles says:

    Oh who doesn't immediately know a House of Mouse mouse when they see it now on Etsy. What a success! Lovely article on a lovely person.

    6 years ago

  • taffnie

    taffnie says:

    "it only takes one idea" a quote from somewhere that rings true... you have got it going on! persist in love and stay authentic....Taffnie

    6 years ago

  • meltemsem

    meltemsem says:

    I love Anna's mice! I love her studio now!

    6 years ago

  • shopgoldmine

    shopgoldmine says:

    This is a fantastic idea--seeing into how people make their crafts makes me want to get crafty right now!

    6 years ago

  • karinec

    karinec says:

    Wow ! very inspiring young women !

    6 years ago

  • littlesapling

    littlesapling says:

    Those little mice are so adorable. I am afraid if I buy one that I will not be able to stop. So fun to see the studio space, too.

    6 years ago

  • smilingbluedog

    smilingbluedog says:

    What a great article! And adorable mice! I'm looking forward to reading this series...as we construct my 1st real studio!

    6 years ago

  • pennyglassgirl

    pennyglassgirl says:

    It's always great to get a peek into someone's studio, Anna I love yours!

    6 years ago

  • junquerevival

    junquerevival says:

    So sweet, that little Mouse! (I wish I would clean my desk every night!)

    6 years ago

  • thyme4creating

    thyme4creating says:

    I agree that a craetive space needs to have some semblance of order to it. I enjoy reading about these spaces where people create. My space is my sanctuary and one of the happiest places for me to spend time. When I walk through the door, the weight of the world lifts from my shoulders. It's a very therapeutic feel!

    6 years ago

  • sewjoy

    sewjoy says:

    Those mice are adorable!

    6 years ago

  • atticusfinchnz

    atticusfinchnz says:

    Your space is sooooo tidy, how do you do it?! Wedding topper mice ! Yay!

    6 years ago

  • GoldenSilhouette

    GoldenSilhouette says:

    I love seeing others' studios! Mine began at the kitchen table, like so many others. But then it took over a corner of my bedroom: just an old door, painted white and mounted onto a handmade base by my ever-so-crafty husband--you might call it his wedding gift to me! A few months passed before I outgrew the space and my husband told me that the sound of the printer wasn't helping him sleep at night. However, all the late night hours in my esty shop helped us save up enough money to buy a house with one entire bedroom devoted to my studio...it's like a dream come true.

    6 years ago

  • tanyap

    tanyap says:

    This is super fun :) I love seeing the way other people work! I wish I could be disciplined enough to clan it every night. I heart that wall of ribbon baggies!!!

    6 years ago

  • beckykazana

    beckykazana says:

    I think a peek into someone's studio tells so much about them and their creative process. What a great interview! Thanks.

    6 years ago

  • JenniferDowney

    JenniferDowney says:

    I LOVE seeing other artist's studios, and hearing about their processes, so thanks so much for this series!! This artist's mice are adorable, and I especially loved the "assembly line" photo with them all lined up :) I am lucky to have a great studio space in a wonderful building that has had previous lives as a stamp & coin dealership, an oven factory, and who knows what else. In its entirety, the building is around 6,000 sq ft., and has an arching redwood roof, exposed brick walls and many skylights. My space within the building is an upstairs studio (we call it the "garrett studio"), that's sectioned off for privacy and quiet. I have my own skylight, a tall ceiling, space for my drawing table and easels, room for my source material "collections" (bones, twigs, driftwood, feathers, skulls, bark, dried flowers etc.), and a little couch tucked away in the corner for naps. My ongoing challenge is consistently protecting my studio time from all of life's interruptions. My tips, to that effect, are: 1. Set regular hours (gasp--a schedule!) and make the utmost effort to stick to them. It really does make a difference. 2. Even if you're not feeling particularly inspired, still "show up." You can always tidy up, do mindless busy work, etc., but showing up keeps you grounded in your artistic practice. 3. Your studio is a place for inspiration! Tack up images, sketches, quotes, photos, whatever gets your creative juices flowing. 4. If possible, separate your "business space" (computer, shipping stuff, paperwork) from your creative space. Even if it just means that you tuck your computer behind a standing screen divider, there's an energy thing about keeping the spaces separate. 5. Have fun! In the midst of deadlines and projects, sometimes it's hard to remember, but that's what it's all about right?

    6 years ago

  • bikimiki

    bikimiki says:

    Very inspiring story and adorable mice!

    6 years ago

  • paperfection

    paperfection says:

    Such talent, a favourite shop!

    6 years ago

  • LuLusPhotography

    LuLusPhotography says:

    Lovely shop! The mice are SO cute!

    6 years ago

  • brindakaydesign

    brindakaydesign says:

    Great article! Those mice rock!

    6 years ago

  • amorevivo

    amorevivo says:

    Wow, loved reading about you. Great job!

    6 years ago

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk says:

    Absolutely adorable!

    6 years ago

  • Signs

    Signs says:

    everyone needs a mouse in their house..

    6 years ago

  • difart

    difart says:

    Your Mice are Fantastic!

    6 years ago

  • misterplenty

    misterplenty says:

    i just love the little mice anna makes!! and the open studio tour is a great idea, snooping around people's workspaces is the best way to take a pick into their mind! i'd love to be a future target, but i think europe is a little out of the way.. even tough i cross my fingers ;) just love the storque!! love

    6 years ago

  • Kwan

    Kwan says:

    Anna your creations are super cute! Thanks for adding such cuteness to the world!

    6 years ago

  • csandersjewelrycom

    csandersjewelrycom says:

    Loved seeing your studio. LOVE the mice! you are so talented and creative!

    6 years ago

  • BirdWatching

    BirdWatching says:

    Awesome article! Cool behind the scenes look! I love her mice!

    6 years ago

  • chubbycheeksweaters

    chubbycheeksweaters says:

    How very clever!!!

    6 years ago

  • artish

    artish says:

    This was such a great read - I'm hooked on open studio tours! It's so interesting to see how artists work. And I love the mice.

    6 years ago

  • BlessedRepublic

    BlessedRepublic says:

    Very interesting and inspiring.

    6 years ago

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar says:

    love this article! very inspiring

    6 years ago

  • dovegrey

    dovegrey says:

    Great studio pictures! I have a small studio at the back of my house, it was a summer kitchen/sunporch but now it is all my own! I seem to be in need of more space, may have to take over one of the spare bedrooms!

    5 years ago

  • Marichik

    Marichik says:

    Love your cute creations. Makes one happy :)

    5 years ago

  • OwlandMouse

    OwlandMouse says:

    I love that your mice speak to you! And that they're shy around other people...that is adorable!

    5 years ago

  • BusyBeadLady

    BusyBeadLady says:

    Nice to meet you, House of Mouse. Thanks for the insight into your inspiration.

    5 years ago

  • carriagetownkids

    carriagetownkids says:

    Those mice are sooo adorable. I'll have to get some for Christmas. Great Artical!

    5 years ago

  • creativemindboutique

    creativemindboutique says:

    Great artical and the fact that each mouse has it's own personality is such a nice unique touch

    5 years ago

  • LondonParticulars

    LondonParticulars says:

    That mouse head cat toy is genius, I love it!

    5 years ago

  • filofashion

    filofashion says:

    Gorgeous shop Anna !!!Happy new years :)))

    5 years ago

  • StudioCybele

    StudioCybele says:

    Great article!

    5 years ago

  • Popogirl

    Popogirl says:

    Great mice! But I bet you could sell them for a lot better price if you didn't have to do the certificate, seal and special boxes. Just a tip for this economy.

    5 years ago

  • juanwilliams

    juanwilliams says:

    Great article and great mice. I loved your studio!

    5 years ago

  • mecheware1959

    mecheware1959 says:

    The House of Mouse, I think that is so cool, it just makes you feel warm inside that something so small can be so cute. Just to let you know that I have a little friend, run around he or she just wont get caught, it just a baby but I know that soon it will have to go. Grate work

    5 years ago

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