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Featured Seller: Leah Duncan

Dec 23, 2011

by leahduncan

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m Leah and I’m an illustrator, textile and surface pattern designer. I live in Austin, TX with my husband, our two cats and our pit-mix, Oslo. I love sunny weather, Topo Chico and chocolate. I don’t care for shoelaces.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
On the off-chance I’m not making something, I’m doing yoga, running, hiking with my husband and dog in tow, sipping coffee on my back porch, riding my bike, dancing while I clean, trying to put together an outfit, and keeping my toenails painted bright red.

What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
I Want Sugar in My Tea. I love this phrase and have used it as my part-time motto for years. A lot of people ask me what it means, so I’d like to take a moment to explain.

If you don’t recognize it, it’s a lyric from Weezer’s “The Good Life,” which is the band that single-handedly got my sister, myself and our small group of friends through the awkwardness of high school. Secondly, I’m Southern and I like sugar in most things, tea being the best of those things. Lastly, and possibly most importantly, is what the song means to me. I’ve made a promise to myself to live my life in pursuit of my “sugar”: my hopes, my goals and ultimately my happiness. It means living life with courage and going for everything I want so, at the end of the day, life feels sweet. It’s what keeps me going as I run my own business and as I make my way through life.

Where does your inspiration come from?
I’m mostly inspired by the small moments in my life; I love recreating those moments or humanizing a creature as I portray them. Also, my neighborhood in East Austin has piñatas, brightly colored buildings and great Mexican food, so you can often find traces of it in my work. I also love folk art and children’s illustrations. I’m part Cherokee, so those influences sneak in from time to time. Other things that always provide inspiration are color, animals and interesting pieces of nature I see from day to day.

What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade means sharing a small piece of yourself with the world. It’s creating a connection between yourself and whoever wants to take a peek.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
My friends, my family, the creative community around me and anyone who has ever supported my work, because it gave me the confidence to do it. Looking back, I can see all of the pieces falling into place and how each moment of my life, good or bad, has led me to this path.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I’m rather sure I came out of the womb this way. I was alway a dreamer, I was always making things, and my favorite classes were art and English. Having the courage to make a living doing it was an entirely different story. I only took one art class in college and strayed for a few years, doing work that I was less than excited about. It was never enough for me and I felt my creative roots tugging at me. Luckily I found my way.

How would you describe your creative process?
It’s messy, sometimes agonizing and almost makes me lose my sanity. Sometimes it comes naturally and sometimes it needs a lot of nourishment. It starts with a thought or an idea and almost always grows into something unexpected.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Frida Kahlo. She was brave, quirky and a tremendously unique lady. I inherited a love for her from my sister and it has never faded.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
I have a quilt from my great-grandmother that she made from pieces of my family’s clothing. It has scraps of pants my grandfather had grown out of, pieces from my my great-grandfather’s jackets, and dresses she no longer wore.  Each piece of fabric feels like history, and as I look at it I wonder about each piece and what stories she might tell me. I hope to continue the tradition when I have a family of my own.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
I’d like to grow my retail and wholesale line, as well as have my own brick and mortar store. I’ll definitely have my own family and hopefully a great team working with me, which means I’ll have time to spend with my family chasing monsters, building tents, drawing in the sand and making moments and memories.

Featured Seller Archive

Wildflowers of Texas Poster
Wildflowers of Texas Poster
leahduncan
$48.00 USD
Meadow Tea Towel White
Meadow Tea Towel White
leahduncan
$26.00 USD
Planty Print
Planty Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
Art Card Set
Art Card Set
leahduncan
$16.00 USD
Imprints Print
Imprints Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
Dance Print  5 x 7
Dance Print 5 x 7
leahduncan
$16.00 USD
3 Print Set - Desert Flowers
3 Print Set - Desert Flowers
leahduncan
$28.00 USD
Growing Horns Print
Growing Horns Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
Pyramids Print
Pyramids Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
Desert Poppies Print
Desert Poppies Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
Succulent Print Set
Succulent Print Set
leahduncan
$48.00 USD
Village Print
Village Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
Sprouting Print
Sprouting Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
Circles, Lines, and Shapes Print Set 5 x 7
Circles, Lines, and Shapes Print Set 5 x 7
leahduncan
$32.00 USD
SALE Chevy Pillow Cover 16 x 16
SALE Chevy Pillow Cover 16 x 16
leahduncan
$20.00 USD
Morning Walk Print
Morning Walk Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
Mountains Print
Mountains Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
Cactus Tea Towel
Cactus Tea Towel
leahduncan
$26.00 USD
Alligator and Lizards Print Set
Alligator and Lizards Print Set
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
Territory Tea Towel
Territory Tea Towel
leahduncan
$26.00 USD
Agave Shapes Tea Towel
Agave Shapes Tea Towel
leahduncan
$26.00 USD
Three Small Eggs Print Set
Three Small Eggs Print Set
leahduncan
$26.00 USD
Creature Card Set
Creature Card Set
leahduncan
$16.00 USD
Spring Print
Spring Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
Atari Tea Towel
Atari Tea Towel
leahduncan
$26.00 USD
Petals Brass Cuff
Petals Brass Cuff
leahduncan
$115.00 USD
Nesting Print
Nesting Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
My Heart to Your Heart Print
My Heart to Your Heart Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
Cactus Print
Cactus Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
Dreams Print
Dreams Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
Follow Me Print 8 x 10
Follow Me Print 8 x 10
leahduncan
$26.00 USD
Peacolope Print 5 x 7
Peacolope Print 5 x 7
leahduncan
$16.00 USD
3 Print Set - Moose, Jack Rabbit, Owl 5 x 7
3 Print Set - Moose, Jack Rabbit, Owl 5 x 7
leahduncan
$26.00 USD
Harry Had a Bad Feeling Print
Harry Had a Bad Feeling Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
Desert Flowers Card Set
Desert Flowers Card Set
leahduncan
$16.00 USD
Local Nature Poster
Local Nature Poster
leahduncan
$48.00 USD
Alfred Print
Alfred Print
leahduncan
$16.00 USD
Agave Leaves Print
Agave Leaves Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
Buffalo Print 5 x 7
Buffalo Print 5 x 7
leahduncan
$16.00 USD
Hello Print
Hello Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
Little Mountains Brass Cuff
Little Mountains Brass Cuff
leahduncan
$115.00 USD
Let's Make a Pile Print
Let's Make a Pile Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
I'll Be Your Swan Print
I'll Be Your Swan Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
Meadow Tea Towel Natural
Meadow Tea Towel Natural
leahduncan
$26.00 USD
Pebbles Pillow Cover 18 x 18
Pebbles Pillow Cover 18 x 18
leahduncan
$54.00 USD
Desert Lily 5 x 7 Print
Desert Lily 5 x 7 Print
leahduncan
$16.00 USD
Seasonal Eggs Print
Seasonal Eggs Print
leahduncan
$26.00 USD
Succulent Poster
Succulent Poster
leahduncan
$48.00 USD
Fields From Above Print
Fields From Above Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD
Underneath the Stars Tea Towel
Underneath the Stars Tea Towel
leahduncan
$26.00 USD
Seasons Print Set of Four 5 x 7
Seasons Print Set of Four 5 x 7
leahduncan
$28.00 USD
Sardines Card Set
Sardines Card Set
leahduncan
$16.00 USD
Pride Print
Pride Print
leahduncan
$22.00 USD

250 comments

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 5 years ago

    Beautiful unique work! love it, thank you for sharing your story

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 5 years ago

    I love your work! What a beautiful shop!!

  • TheBakersDaughter

    TheBakersDaughter said 5 years ago

    I can see your quilt in my mind - what a treasured possession. Wonderful, creative work - congratulations on the feature!

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn said 5 years ago

    You are an inspiration. I really enjoy this article and your outlook on life... bravo on your choices.

  • jojosvintagecupboard

    jojosvintagecupboard said 5 years ago

    Your shop is wonderful!! Gorgeous work!!

  • dabsh01

    dabsh01 said 5 years ago

    I love your shop and Love your promise to yourself...

  • LauraBoyea

    LauraBoyea said 5 years ago

    So beautiful! Great article.

  • INKhandcrafted

    INKhandcrafted said 5 years ago

    'I want sugar in my tea' I love love love the meaning behind that!

  • SofiaDesArt

    SofiaDesArt said 5 years ago

    so lovely and sweet...

  • leanimale

    leanimale said 5 years ago

    I love your work! Congrats on the feature!

  • Knitarelli

    Knitarelli said 5 years ago

    Amazing! I love it :)

  • talktothesun

    talktothesun said 5 years ago

    i like you said what handmade means to you! wonderful work!!

  • OliveandFern

    OliveandFern said 5 years ago

    I'll take some sugar too...Congrats!

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 5 years ago

    Wonderful interview! Very inspiring! Love the part about Weezer's song "The Good Life".... Awesome! Congrats and best wishes for much continued success!!

  • Gingiber

    Gingiber said 5 years ago

    I have been a huge fan of Leah's for a while now! Congrats on the feature :)

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 5 years ago

    Cool!

  • bernabermek

    bernabermek said 5 years ago

    congrats!

  • LuckyDollar

    LuckyDollar said 5 years ago

    Elegant! :)

  • CLWPottery

    CLWPottery said 5 years ago

    Fun,fun,fun!

  • shannonporter

    shannonporter said 5 years ago

    I adore your work, and your story is beautifully inspiring. May we all chase our "sugar" each and every day!

  • pipapiep

    pipapiep said 5 years ago

    Very nice!

  • baleandtwine

    baleandtwine said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Will enjoy exploring your shop:-) Congrats and Happy Holidays!

  • beadLanyard

    beadLanyard said 5 years ago

    I love your shop!

  • TheJoyofColor

    TheJoyofColor said 5 years ago

    Congratulations Leah, I love your works , colors, prints its so cheerful and happy and so well designed

  • JewelryBySS

    JewelryBySS said 5 years ago

    Your pillow covers are my favorite, just lovely! Congratulations on your 'sweet' feature!!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 5 years ago

    I love your motto & your shop! I especially love that you have your designs featured on fabric, they look amazing!

  • SparklePower

    SparklePower said 5 years ago

    Been a fan for a while. congrats on the feature!!!

  • SacredandProfane

    SacredandProfane said 5 years ago

    I'm a huge fan!!!

  • prunellasoap

    prunellasoap said 5 years ago

    Wonderful interview & gorgeous work, I just purchased one of your prints at a shop here in Portland. Congrats!

  • TinfenaStudio

    TinfenaStudio said 5 years ago

    I love your artwork and I completely relate to that pursuit of sugar motto (litterally too, I'm afraid...)

  • peacesofindigo

    peacesofindigo said 5 years ago

    I LOVE your art, and this interview is simply perfect. Congrats!!!

  • MissPattisAttic

    MissPattisAttic said 5 years ago

    Just love your shop! Thank you for taking the time to share it with all of us. You are so talented! Much Success to you and Merry Christmas!

  • LynnsMix

    LynnsMix said 5 years ago

    Stunning! Your designs are too cute!

  • seaworthysend

    seaworthysend said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! I bought some of your work at the Austin Renegade. Beautiful story and well deserved feature!

  • JPwithlove

    JPwithlove said 5 years ago

    Love your work!

  • NicoleNicoletta

    NicoleNicoletta said 5 years ago

    love it! congrats!

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 5 years ago

    Love your art!!!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Beautiful!!!! Love your work! Congrats!!! =)

  • StrandRedesign

    StrandRedesign said 5 years ago

    Great interview! I'm an admirer of your work!

  • stitchduchess

    stitchduchess said 5 years ago

    Love your style and your thoughts about sugar.

  • thehouseofhemp

    thehouseofhemp said 5 years ago

    love your stuff! congrats & merry xmas

  • brownpigeon

    brownpigeon said 5 years ago

    I have admired your shop for some time now. Congrats! Your work is beautiful and your use of color is exquisite!

  • CreativeCardsForYou

    CreativeCardsForYou said 5 years ago

    Love this!! Very beautiful work.

  • TheHickoryTree

    TheHickoryTree said 5 years ago

    Yes indeed we all need sugar in our tea. Wonderful shop and interview. Congratulations on being the featured seller.

  • odelae

    odelae said 5 years ago

    Leah Duncan, You make my heart sing!!!! I adore your work. Thank you for sharing your brilliance with us all and for having the courage to do what you love to do!

  • icing101

    icing101 said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, great story, Congratulations!!!

  • lillysshoppe

    lillysshoppe said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats!

  • rollad6

    rollad6 said 5 years ago

    YAY! I've been a fan for quite a while! :) Congrats! Roll for initiative, J & J

  • theTurquoiseIris

    theTurquoiseIris said 5 years ago

    You are beautiful inside and out. Thank you for inspiring the rest of us, that walk around trying to make our own path, as well.

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 5 years ago

    I love your beautiful shop Leah! Huge congrats to you! :)

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 5 years ago

    Love your shop, I've purchased from you before. Congratulations on the feature!

  • CharmedFox

    CharmedFox said 5 years ago

    Awesome! I'm so glad you're being featured. I discovered your shop a week ago, and have been making a wishlist. You really do need your own store in Austin!

  • longwinterfarm

    longwinterfarm said 5 years ago

    Oh my gosh, finally! So happy to see your face, Leah!

  • thetootsiewootsie

    thetootsiewootsie said 5 years ago

    CONGRATS!!! WOOOT!

  • expressyourself

    expressyourself said 5 years ago

    Great article!

  • NowISee

    NowISee said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. I like Sugar in My Tea and Pitbulls as well ;)!

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 5 years ago

    Your inspiring words were very nice to read this morning. I love your beautiful, graphic designs. Congrats on the feature!

  • studioNinocka

    studioNinocka said 5 years ago

    I love love love your work!

  • baygun

    baygun said 5 years ago

    Leah Love your shop and love your story. 'Sugar in my tea', such a wonderful goal for life.......I've never been able to put it into such succinct words, but this is also what I am striving for. Thank you for inspiring me. Barbara

  • isewcute

    isewcute said 5 years ago

    Your shop is so pretty! Congrats on the feature!

  • btaylorquilts

    btaylorquilts said 5 years ago

    I've been a fan for a long time! Congrats :)

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth said 5 years ago

    Have admired your work from afar for awhile now.... nice to see your feature. Happy Holidays !

  • monicalee

    monicalee said 5 years ago

    Terrific, Love your work leah! Good for you!

  • beadsofaquarius

    beadsofaquarius said 5 years ago

    Wonderful interview ! congras ! you're so talented , love your vision of handmade " sharing small piece of you with the World" this is definitely what i feel ! :) thank you for sharing a part of you with us! Merry Christmas!

  • knamundson

    knamundson said 5 years ago

    about time this gal got on here! I LOVE LEAH DUNCAN's work and my home would be so sad and empty without her amazing art!!

  • 6ImpossibleThingsLLC

    6ImpossibleThingsLLC said 5 years ago

    Yay! You're one of my favorite shops! Your illustrations often remind me of the Gond art I saw (fell in love with and bought) while living in India (especially your 'growing horns' piece). Congratulations on the feature!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 5 years ago

    Leah i am happy for you being Featured Seller ..your work is so wonderful ..many more years of success to you!!

  • laurenpb

    laurenpb said 5 years ago

    I want to buy absolutely everything in your shop! Your style is so great, and I'm spreading the word about you! It's all just so gorgeous!

  • WISHsupplies

    WISHsupplies said 5 years ago

    Nice work! Congratulations for the interview

  • CrownBindery

    CrownBindery said 5 years ago

    A wonderful interview and beautiful work. Nice to see an Austin artist featured again!

  • ankitakejariwal

    ankitakejariwal said 5 years ago

    lovely style and colors...very calming ..congratulations.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    Great interview Leah and your shop is so nice. Thank you for the inspiration and for the way that you look at life. Very inspiring fellow Texan!

  • StudioBotanica

    StudioBotanica said 5 years ago

    I love your shop, many Congrats!!

  • noemiah

    noemiah said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature !! I love your shop!!

  • wolfartglass

    wolfartglass said 5 years ago

    LOVE to see a fellow Austinite featured! Congrats and love your work!

  • autumnvelvetrose

    autumnvelvetrose said 5 years ago

    intricate and beautiful!

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Your work is fabulous!

  • eemadobson

    eemadobson said 5 years ago

    Love your shop! Have you ever heard the Tori Amos song "SUGAR" I think you would LOVE it!!!! XOXO ~Amy

  • RWScissors2010

    RWScissors2010 said 5 years ago

    I love your shop and it was already a favorite but nice to learn more about the brain behind it. Love your motto and think i might want more sugar in my life too :) x

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • oddlyeven

    oddlyeven said 5 years ago

    Excellent I am so excited for you leah I just love your work so much. You certainly deserve this to be featured. Congrats!!!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 5 years ago

    Such a beautiful shop! Congrats!

  • bliss21078

    bliss21078 said 5 years ago

    I recently purchased your "Mountains" print to hang in our guest room, which looks out onto Tiger Mt. in Issaquah, WA... the print is lovely and the perfect accompaniment to the room. Thank you for your wonderful work... it really "speaks" to me. I WILL be purchasing more in the future! Congratulations on the feature... well-deserved!

  • knitfitt

    knitfitt said 5 years ago

    Enjoyed your interview. I like learning more about the sellers making work that I respect.

  • fricdementol

    fricdementol said 5 years ago

    :) So happy to see you here!! ~~~* happy brilliant season!

  • wwbc

    wwbc said 5 years ago

    Inspiring work and interview! Congratulations!

  • AudPottery

    AudPottery said 5 years ago

    I find it very interesting that you would like to have your own brick and mortar company :)

  • cartelle

    cartelle said 5 years ago

    Love Love Love your explanation of "I want sugar in my tea". Brilliantly said and so inspiring.

  • pillowlink

    pillowlink said 5 years ago

    I love your work, I love your ideas and the way you tell the story!!

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 5 years ago

    I love your style...congrats on the article!

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson said 5 years ago

    Fantastic interview, I really enjoyed reading it! Your shop is marvelous as well, congratulations on the feature!

  • babyjives

    babyjives said 5 years ago

    So nice to hear more about you and your work which I absolutely love. Talking about keeping your toenails red made me wish I still lived in Texas, I miss open toe shoes year round. Congrats on the feature!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 5 years ago

    gorgeous work.

  • SashaWalshDesigns

    SashaWalshDesigns said 5 years ago

    your prints are spectacular! I Love your use of color and fun contours. Beautiful

  • sparrownestscript

    sparrownestscript said 5 years ago

    Lovely interview of a truly amazing artist! Well-deserved feature and pleasure to read.

  • EmeraldCut

    EmeraldCut said 5 years ago

    Beautiful story--I especially love your most-cherished possession. Congrats on being a featured seller! :)

  • JewelMeShop

    JewelMeShop said 5 years ago

    Great Work! Congrats!

  • zakonek

    zakonek said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Beautiful and inspiring... Love it! :)

  • Balanced

    Balanced said 5 years ago

    LOVE your shop!! this is long overdue! congrats!

  • 2vcreative

    2vcreative said 5 years ago

    I love your energy and your beautiful creations. Congrats.

  • freeomdancer407

    freeomdancer407 said 5 years ago

    "Life is made of sugar - it can crumble so easily, but don't be afraid to stick your tongue out and taste it"

  • Armalique

    Armalique said 5 years ago

    Your work is absolutely beautiful! I love the colour combinations! Congrats on the feature :)

  • BizzieLane

    BizzieLane said 5 years ago

    Love your shop! Congrats on being Featured!!!

  • peshka

    peshka said 5 years ago

    Love love love everything you do! Great work! I follow it for a long time .. Congrats

  • naturametallum

    naturametallum said 5 years ago

    I have been smitten with your work for a long time now and am tickled pink to see you as a featured artist! Never stop!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous tea towels! ..to the sweet life, cheers!

  • PrincesaAnastasia

    PrincesaAnastasia said 5 years ago

    Congrat! Lovely shop!

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats on the feature... and your Jack Rabbit tea towel = fabulous!! :)

  • jewelsbymoon

    jewelsbymoon said 5 years ago

    I love that , Sugar in my tea! Congrats on your feature, and much success! Happy Holidays Moon

  • LaughRabbitJr

    LaughRabbitJr said 5 years ago

    Lovely article .... lovely shop! Continued success!

  • DawnCorrespondence

    DawnCorrespondence said 5 years ago

    yay! so happy to see you here! i LOVE your shop!

  • SlopingBarnVintage

    SlopingBarnVintage said 5 years ago

    Your work is so cute and colorful and whimsical! I just love it! Congratulations on your feature!

  • AspireFineArts

    AspireFineArts said 5 years ago

    Great work, great philosophy. Success is yours for the taking!

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 5 years ago

    I'm instantly in love with your work, and enjoyed reading your story.

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 5 years ago

    Your work is beautiful - and I love your motto. I wish you plenty of sugar and dreams made visible.

  • ShelleAnne

    ShelleAnne said 5 years ago

    Love your store and the feature. Congrats!

  • BrooklynLoveDesigns

    BrooklynLoveDesigns said 5 years ago

    love your shop! you are so talented

  • AdoroMe

    AdoroMe said 5 years ago

    Congrats!!!!!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 5 years ago

    wonderful interview and Sweet products. Thanks for posting

  • ArtByKristin

    ArtByKristin said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work...and you have such a wonderful sweet outlook on life, i hope that will never change!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Great work!

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard said 5 years ago

    So lovely to see you here! Best wishes and congratulations, Your work is wonderful!

  • byebyebirdy

    byebyebirdy said 5 years ago

    Super stoked to see you here, Leah! Such a well deserved feature - congrats!!

  • briannalamar

    briannalamar said 5 years ago

    Congrats Leah, love your stuff as always!

  • angledust

    angledust said 5 years ago

    Love your work.Your designs are too cute!Congrats!

  • davkadeergirl

    davkadeergirl said 5 years ago

    Such gorgeous designs. Minimal yet complex and gorgeous. NIce!

  • ElloPoppetBeauty

    ElloPoppetBeauty said 5 years ago

    Great interview - a lovely story & a lovely shop!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 5 years ago

    yay leah! massive fan :) congrats!

  • Maulani

    Maulani said 5 years ago

    I love you, Leah! Your calendar has been hanging on my wall for almost a year now! Yay!

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad said 5 years ago

    love your shop!!! congrats on the feature!!

  • ashleyweber

    ashleyweber said 5 years ago

    Congrats leah- your work is so calming to me. I have two of your pieces on one of my walls in my family room and I often catch myself come to a dead stop as i walk by them- just to stop- take it in- and breath for a minute. I hope you find all of the sugar life has to offer you.

  • WhenGuineaPigsFly

    WhenGuineaPigsFly said 5 years ago

    "I’m rather sure I came out of the womb this way. I was alway a dreamer, I was always making things, and my favorite classes were art and English. Having the courage to make a living doing it was an entirely different story. I only took one art class in college and strayed for a few years, doing work that I was less than excited about. It was never enough for me and I felt my creative roots tugging at me. Luckily I found my way." Girl, it's like you've read my mind. Congrats on being a featured seller and yay for living life with courage, trust, and creativity! <3

  • MissMaggiesPlace

    MissMaggiesPlace said 5 years ago

    I loved reading your story especially the part about having the courage to follow your dreams and how it takes the good and bad things to get us to where we are. Awesome. :)

  • seule771

    seule771 said 5 years ago

    Here is to living life in Pursuit...and Per chance to say it as is!

  • needlenerd

    needlenerd said 5 years ago

    Shappow!

  • BigBadBuddha

    BigBadBuddha said 5 years ago

    Her work is cool

  • needlenerd

    needlenerd said 5 years ago

    Love your shop, congrats!

  • jikits

    jikits said 5 years ago

    Wonderful interview Leah! You are truly an inspiration and such a sweet soul (sweeter than the sugar in your tea!). Looking forward to see your works in the New Year.

  • evanspicks

    evanspicks said 5 years ago

    love your work + story. very inspiring!!

  • TresChicNmodern

    TresChicNmodern said 5 years ago

    I LOVEEEEEEEE YOUR WORK!! BEAUTIFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL STUFF :-) KEEP IT UP N CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • janellelile

    janellelile said 5 years ago

    Yay, Leah is the best! Really the best :) Congrats on the interview!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    pretty.

  • HoneysuckleKiss

    HoneysuckleKiss said 5 years ago

    Love your definition of handmade. "Handmade means sharing a small piece of yourself with the world. It’s creating a connection between yourself and whoever wants to take a peek." That is so true and just perfect! Much luck to you.

  • EtchedInSilver

    EtchedInSilver said 5 years ago

    I love checking out featured sellers. You guys inspire me! Keep up the fantastic work. And Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  • NateWhittaker

    NateWhittaker said 5 years ago

    I love the art, it is very inspiring :)

  • reyespaintings

    reyespaintings said 5 years ago

    Beautiful earth tones you have chosen for your work. Enjoyed your article. Congratulations!

  • jessicawrasman

    jessicawrasman said 5 years ago

    What a sweet story. Great work and great motto for life--seeking out all things that bring sugary sweetness. I love the idea of living for what brings life and what makes you come alive. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work and journey with us!

  • jessicawrasman

    jessicawrasman said 5 years ago

    What a sweet story! I love the idea of living for what makes you come alive--the sugary sweetness of life. So much of what you said resonated with me and my pursuits. Thank you for sharing your beautiful journey and stunning work!

  • curiouscreaturesshop

    curiouscreaturesshop said 5 years ago

    im in love with your prints, it's just gorgeous. Congrats on the feature, wonderful story :)

  • SundayOwl

    SundayOwl said 5 years ago

    I LOVE your shop, it is one of my favorites! I am so happy to see you as the featured seller! Wishing you lots of sugar in your tea!

  • Ainurcrochet

    Ainurcrochet said 5 years ago

    Greattt !!! Congratulations!!! ♥♥♥♥♥

  • jamiespinello

    jamiespinello said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your success and finding your way as an artist!

  • TropicalGarden

    TropicalGarden said 5 years ago

    Wonderful interview! Love your work & shop! Congratulations!! Happy Holidays:)

  • TintedVintage

    TintedVintage said 5 years ago

    Weezer helped a lot of kids through high school! Your work has always amazed me and it's a joy to see you are the featured seller. Congratulations!

  • tamilyn

    tamilyn said 5 years ago

    Leah...your interview has got to be my favorite so far! You truly are a gifted writer as well. I love the "Sugar in my Tea" part the best. That is how I tend to live my life and run my business as well. I really got such joy reading your interview. I will now go wander through your shop. I am sure I will get pleasure from that as well. Take care!

  • ellemoss

    ellemoss said 5 years ago

    lovely interview from a lovely artist!

  • Heartfulart

    Heartfulart said 5 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your interview, love your motto and outlook on life, and your art is wonderful. I have confidence that all of what you wish for (and more) will come to pass. My blessings go with you. You are an inspiration. Thanks.

  • packmatthews

    packmatthews said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration Leah. Weezer rocks! Glad to hear artistic process is messy for others as well. Half the joy is seeing how things turn other than planned isn't it?

  • shantyirish

    shantyirish said 5 years ago

    i've loved your work for some time now. so glad to read your equally lovely interview - very inspiring :) congrats on the feature and all the best.

  • PoppyandPearlCo

    PoppyandPearlCo said 5 years ago

    Huge fan, Leah! Congrats on your feature!! Love reading your story, you are an inspiration : ) xoxo

  • InnerWild

    InnerWild said 5 years ago

    brilliant. beautiful. Leah, you are sugar to the world.

  • jinny888

    jinny888 said 5 years ago

    your shop so nice ;)

  • shivtea

    shivtea said 5 years ago

    I love you style! Bought a couple of prints a year ago that I adore having. Knowing you create in Austin was also one of many little hints that combined to inspire me to travel there this year - I'm from Australia! It was so full of life and colour and creative elements, I loved it. All the best as you expand your business..I know it's gonna thrive!!

  • FreelyExpressed

    FreelyExpressed said 5 years ago

    Very lovely story! I like sugar in my tea too! Thank you for your inspiration. Irmi

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Beautiful! Congrats!

  • starlingmemory

    starlingmemory said 5 years ago

    I absolutely love your designs!!! Congrats on the feature ♥

  • PonyAndPoppy

    PonyAndPoppy said 5 years ago

    congratulations, Leah! i am such a fan of your beautiful work! thanks for sharing your story!

  • funretro

    funretro said 5 years ago

    love that you referenced Weezer - awesome! congrats on the well-deserved feature!

  • CassiasGarden

    CassiasGarden said 5 years ago

    Love this: How would you describe your creative process? It’s messy, sometimes agonizing and almost makes me lose my sanity. Sometimes it comes naturally and sometimes it needs a lot of nourishment. It starts with a thought or an idea and almost always grows into something unexpected. Yep, that sums it up for sure! Great interview Leah and thank you for letting us all take a peek into your (messy!) life!

  • MySoCalledVintage

    MySoCalledVintage said 5 years ago

    I absolutely love Leah's work and am so glad she was featured! I have one of her beautiful prints and would love many more. Glad I got to know a little more about her.

  • Jackphelpsstudio

    Jackphelpsstudio said 5 years ago

    Love your work! Gongrats !

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 5 years ago

    I love your art style, so cool!

  • eversolovely

    eversolovely said 5 years ago

    You've been one of our favorite designers for years and we are so excited to see you on the front of Etsy! Congrats and thanks for sharing your story!

  • joy228

    joy228 said 5 years ago

    I love your shop! The towels I purchased for my friend are beautiful! I can see I'm in competition for being your number 1 fan! :)

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 5 years ago

    Your words are so very inspiring! I'm constantly trying to make my own life more "sweet" too. Congratulations on your success and your amazing work!

  • AlphabetCityStudio

    AlphabetCityStudio said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Thanks for taking a moment to explain what "I Want Sugar in My Tea" means to you! Love it!

  • PIGandFiSH

    PIGandFiSH said 5 years ago

    Congratulations Leah! We have long admired your work + got to see it in person when visiting Red Tile Studio in Dallas, TX at the "We are 1976" shop! A real treat.

  • Melissababycreations

    Melissababycreations said 5 years ago

    What an inspiration. I liked your story, so much, I printed it to read again! Your joy of life comes shining through!! Your items are beautiful!

  • somefinefolks

    somefinefolks said 5 years ago

    Great article! I had the chance to meet you last year at surtex and it was such an inspiring meet/talk! Love your stuff :)

  • CathyMcMurray

    CathyMcMurray said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing a little bit of your story with us, Leah. Your work is beautiful and inspiring. Congrats on the feature, and I look forward to hearing about a brick and mortar store one day!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 5 years ago

    Love your shop! You know cause I put ya in my T's all the time. :-) Congrats, well deserved. Polkadotmagpie & Thepolkadotmagpie

  • failjewelry

    failjewelry said 5 years ago

    Leah is amazing! I am excited to give several lucky people in my life gifts from her. She is another fantastic Austin artist, designer and craftsman making our community flourish.

  • dodelinedesign

    dodelinedesign said 5 years ago

    absolutely love your work!

  • RaspberryMarket

    RaspberryMarket said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! I love your work...very beautiful!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 5 years ago

    Great article ~ its a nice day in the life of... Much success!

  • KimDulaney

    KimDulaney said 5 years ago

    Congrats!!!

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    webcontentwriter said 5 years ago

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  • CelebrateToday

    CelebrateToday said 5 years ago

    Beautiful feature and I am in love with the idea of the quilt. Thanks for sharing!

  • thetravelingcabinet

    thetravelingcabinet said 5 years ago

    I admire your beautiful spirit, thank you for inspiring me today. I once heard a lady tell me "God is in the details of your life and he'll never leave you" - so it gives me courage to find my sugar too ;) Makes it easier to take risks

  • leahduncan

    leahduncan said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for your kind words everyone! Your support truly means the world to me. Happy Holidays! xo

  • sassandperil

    sassandperil said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work and you also seem like a great person on top of it! I've admired your work for a while now and I wish you much continued success Leah!!

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 5 years ago

    Great Article!!! Beautiful Creations!!!!! Congratulations on this Feature and Happy Holidays!!!!

  • sweetolivejewelry

    sweetolivejewelry said 5 years ago

    I've been admiring your work online for quite some time--great to get a glimpse into your inspired (and inspiring) process!

  • FromTheHeath

    FromTheHeath said 5 years ago

    Adorable items. Love your "motto"!

  • eliwill

    eliwill said 5 years ago

    Love her work!

  • caitlinsuzanne

    caitlinsuzanne said 5 years ago

    Beautiful interview, and gorgeous work!

  • Craftelina

    Craftelina said 5 years ago

    Leah, thank you very much for sharing. Your story about the quilt from your great-grandmother touches heart and somehow is really close to us. Loved your work. Keep it up and Happy New Year! :) ig & vik

  • SarahOfSweden

    SarahOfSweden said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 5 years ago

    Beautiful linens! You are so creative and congratulations! Love your work!

  • AnnealedHeart

    AnnealedHeart said 5 years ago

    I have been a fan of your work for awhile- so lovely. It is great to get to know a little more about you. Congrats on the feature- I wish you continued success and lots of sugar :)

  • divelegant

    divelegant said 5 years ago

    me tooooo, congrats and Merry Christmas!

  • lrendar

    lrendar said 5 years ago

    Beautiful life philosophy and outlook, so inspiring. Your work is beautiful, all the best to you.

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    “I’ve made a promise to myself to live my life in pursuit of my ‘sugar’: my hopes, my goals, and ultimately my happiness.” — Leah Duncan I love that you said this!!!

  • celineandkate

    celineandkate said 5 years ago

    congrats! i love you shop! happy holidays!

  • okapiknits

    okapiknits said 5 years ago

    I love your work! Congrats on the feature!

  • giftworldz

    giftworldz said 5 years ago

    I just love your stuff! Thanks so much for sharing yourself with us.

  • MissWyolene

    MissWyolene said 5 years ago

    So excited to see one of my favorites as the featured seller!! Yay!!!

  • halfpintsalvage

    halfpintsalvage said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Love your shop--so cool!

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 5 years ago

    I LOVE your work! Congrats

  • Tinka

    Tinka said 5 years ago

    Beautiful creations! I love the story behind your motto too. Thanks for sharing.

  • LiuRokSilver

    LiuRokSilver said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 5 years ago

    Lovely work! Wonderful inspiration!

  • McNiffDesigns

    McNiffDesigns said 5 years ago

    What a great outlook on life - love your shop. Good luck in the future with all that inspires you!

  • thebeachhousegallery

    thebeachhousegallery said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Really love the soft colors, and fine lines of your designs. There is a peacefulness or a comforting calmness to your linens. Lovely & so uniquely original. The very best to you! Sincerely, Inez Dunn Homer, Alaska

  • DragonflyDesignsbySK

    DragonflyDesignsbySK said 5 years ago

    I am inspired!! Unique & beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.

  • LeelaPurse

    LeelaPurse said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and unique work! love it, thank you for sharing your story

  • erarsena Admin

    erarsena said 5 years ago

    Such a beautiful story and beautiful designs! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to follow your success!

  • robinwade

    robinwade said 5 years ago

    Love your work! Congrats on the interview. Looking forward to seeing your next creation.

  • HomesteadingRoasters

    HomesteadingRoasters said 5 years ago

    I don't wanna be an old man anymore! Big fan, congrats!

  • Gelada

    Gelada said 5 years ago

    love your stuff ♥

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD said 5 years ago

    Fabulous work!! I think you are absolutely right! We should all work to find our "sugar"...I love that motto.

  • diggsdesigns

    diggsdesigns said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for giving a little of you to all of us. I live in in the bush in Australia and am on a very different art/creative wave then those around me so it's a breath of fresh air and companionship for me. Sleep the sugar bowl close.

  • audreytolove

    audreytolove said 5 years ago

    Very nice, beautiful work! Keep it up!

  • sianykitty

    sianykitty said 5 years ago

    ohh it's so hard to keep the nails red, I thought I'm the only one who is fighting for that.. "I want sugar in my tea" is a gorgeous phrase...

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 5 years ago

    Amazing work! Congrats on being featured!

  • Poiriers

    Poiriers said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats!

  • celysedrew

    celysedrew said 5 years ago

    This is spectacular work - you are such an inspiration to me!

  • NadinGlassico

    NadinGlassico said 5 years ago

    amazing items Nadin

  • polishedtwo

    polishedtwo said 5 years ago

    Lovely! Hooray for another creative Austinite making beautiful things!!

  • madefromscratch4u

    madefromscratch4u said 5 years ago

    congrats!!!

  • marcgounard

    marcgounard said 5 years ago

    Great work, keep up the fun, congratulation !!

  • Shallot

    Shallot said 5 years ago

    Lovely!

  • SaraAmrhein

    SaraAmrhein said 5 years ago

    Super inspiring! A story that many of us can relate to and keeps us pushing to follow our dreams! Your work is fantastic!

  • GianmarcoConegliano

    GianmarcoConegliano said 5 years ago

    Cool stuff!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature, Leah! Your art is wonderful!

  • gloriafreshley

    gloriafreshley said 5 years ago

    Wonderful to see you here and to learn more about you! I've always admired your work. Cheers!

  • fashionistaera

    fashionistaera said 5 years ago

    such a fab interview!! really lovely..will feature you on my website too!! :) cheersss

  • ElwynJewelry

    ElwynJewelry said 5 years ago

    Leah, you're cute! Beautiful work. Best of luck to you :)

  • anitasmithson7

    anitasmithson7 said 5 years ago

    your work is amazing, I would love to feature you on my blog in the girlfriends corner. also if you would like to host a giveaway on my blog. i know my girlfriends would love to enter it. happy new year. hope to connect soon.

  • AmericanDeadstock

    AmericanDeadstock said 5 years ago

    COOL

  • pasin

    pasin said 5 years ago

    I love your work! Wonderful!

  • JenniferChammas

    JenniferChammas said 5 years ago

    I enjoyed this write up about you Leah. Congrats on being the featured seller.

  • steenoneill

    steenoneill said 5 years ago

    Your work is beautiful and I wish you nothing but continued success!

  • xZOUix

    xZOUix said 5 years ago

    very inspiring shop! :)

  • sandrabees

    sandrabees said 5 years ago

    Love the sugar in the tea line! And that quilt made from scraps of family's clothes... wow that is awesome!

  • yaarah

    yaarah said 5 years ago

    thank u:) beautiful

  • micahhaber

    micahhaber said 5 years ago

    Your amazing! Wonderful work. Hope to see more in the future.

  • tableclothpad

    tableclothpad said 5 years ago

    I love this.

  • rubisartnmore

    rubisartnmore said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work!

  • theresatolleson

    Kat Tolleson from BellesandBeausDesign said 4 years ago

    I love your shop! When in Austin it always amazes me the talent and creavity of the people. "Keep Austin Weird!" The people are just amazing!!! Hope to see more of your work in the future.

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