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Featured Seller: Minxshop

Aug 27, 2010

by Minxshop

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Anna-Marie but all of my good friends call me Minkie. I am a habitual collector of oddities; I have an infatuation with truly terrible vintage clothes, taxidermy, birds, and antiques. I went to high school and college in Oregon, which I consider to be my home, but I currently live in the countryside of western Pennsylvania, which is about 30 minutes outside of Pittsburgh. It’s beautiful here but I’m fairly certain all my neighbors think I am insane. This is probably fueled by the occasional sighting of me walking around in the woods wearing fishnets, dresses, and feathers. Also, there was that incident with the baby bunny and the sequin dress.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

Right now, it feels like all I ever do is create. I have a long list of projects lined up for the next year. I am constantly pushing myself to expand, make more designs, and continuously improve my shop. When I do take time off, it’s usually to fly to Oregon to see my friends, or to escape somewhere with my husband.

I usually try to spend some time every day wandering around in the woods outside my house with my two dogs. It helps keep me centered and not get too wrapped up in my work. I also like thrift shopping, reading in our hammock, taking tea breaks, watching birds and other wildlife wander through our backyard, and trying not to get shot during hunting season.

What first made you want to become an artist?

I’ve always had artistic tendencies. I’ve always loved to draw, paint, and sculpt. I started sewing completely by accident about eight years ago when I started selling vintage clothes on eBay as a part-time job. It started with small alterations, which led to T-shirt reconstruction and eventually to full garment making.

Now, clothing and fashion are my sole creative outlets. I love clothes, I love the art in them. I like it when there is something unusual or unexpected in an outfit. I love having my aesthetic boundaries pushed and challenged.

Please describe your creative process.

I draw inspiration from an eclectic mix of elements. The vintage aspect is apparent in my clothes but I also am really intoxicated by clean modern lines, natural elements, and anything dark or moody. There are so many ideas bubbling around in my head that concepts will just spring out of me — usually at the most inopportune times when I don’t have paper and pencil to draw them out and I’m always I afraid that I will simply forget them.

Oftentimes, my designs will change a lot between the time I come up with an idea on paper and when I actually construct my first sample. I have really tried to make everything in my shop wearable on a day-to-day basis so I usually have to edit down my more extreme designs in order for them to actually be wearable. On top of that, I have to make sure they aren’t so complicated as to make them absurdly expensive.

I will often receive fabric and discover that what I had drawn on paper simply won’t work in real life. Essentially, my creative process is mostly a series of alterations to my original concept. The concept itself is easy and fun to attain; it’s all the work that comes afterward that’s the difficult bit.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

A perilously threadbare Christmas stocking my grandma knitted for me when I was a baby. It’s cherry red with sequins, and sort of hideous, but I adore it. It wouldn’t be Christmas without it.

Name your top five books, movies, musicians, and websites besides Etsy.

Books:

(I am a bibliophile so I’m opting to kill the movie section and add to this one. Books and stories have so much more of an impact on me than movies.)
The Blind Assassin (the first book I ever actually wrote down quotes from)
Catch-22
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Life of Pi
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
World War Z
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Earth Abides

Music:

(As of right now, these are my consistent favorites…it changes album by album.)
Scissor Sisters
Metric
Goldfrapp
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Arcade Fire

Websites:
Kingdom of Style
Style Bubble
Kristin Cofer Photography
Stuff You Should Know
The antiques section of Craigslist

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?

Read the Seller Handbook and the Forums like your life depends on it. I spent weeks reading and researching before I was brave enough to list anything and I am still learning hugely valuable things from both sources. I would be lost without them.

What are your favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?

The Treasury and Pounce are my favorite ways to shop. I’m also an Etsy Blog junkie. It’s my favorite way to find new artists on Etsy.

I would like to see the categories cleaned up somehow. I remember (years ago) when I first visited Etsy, I was turned off by how difficult it was to find things I wanted. I still have that problem to some extent. I find billions of amazing artists on here but when I need something specific, searching is always a tad difficult.

How do you promote your work?

I recently started running ads on a couple of blogs and went to my first craft show here in Pittsburgh but until that point, it has all been word of mouth. I also have a Facebook fan page where I post new designs and inspirations.

In ten years, where would you like to be?

I’d love to start a website that focuses on and promotes indie designers. It would be something that helps them with the production aspect of the business, that way they can do what they do best, which is design. As a designer, I know how difficult it can be to get the day-to-day sewing and business work done. It leaves so very little time to create anything new and I think it would be a lot of fun to fix that issue.

I’d also like to have a summer house in Oregon by that point. Something small, cute, and easy to clean, with a great metal and glass studio for my husband, and a decent backyard for my cat and dogs (since they will never die). I also hope to have amassed a treasure trove of upsetting vintage clothes so I can be that crazy old lady on the block.

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271 comments

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio said 6 years ago

    You've got some very inspiring photography! Gorgeous items too, thanks for telling your story. :) angie

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Such a lovely blog. Nice getting to know someone else who likes their oddities! :-) Congrats on featured seller! Beautiful work.

  • nobletownvintage

    nobletownvintage said 6 years ago

    Beautiful items, you capture them very well.

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 6 years ago

    what a great look! really gorgeous and fashion forward

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 6 years ago

    Fascinating interview and lady! I love your creativity.

  • CatchTheEye

    CatchTheEye said 6 years ago

    I too, am a fan of the antiques section of Craigslist. I can never get enough.

  • JewelryByJLy

    JewelryByJLy said 6 years ago

    Your photos are so poetic... Love your designs! Definitely bookmarking your shop for future shopping!

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 6 years ago

    You have a great sense of style. And your images are very innovative!

  • TindleBears

    TindleBears said 6 years ago

    OOOOO...filling out my wish list now!

  • OhSewTru

    OhSewTru said 6 years ago

    Wow, is all I can say! I absolutely love your shop, the photographs are eyecatching. I am in love with the model. She is a goddess.

  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz said 6 years ago

    you're so pretty. :) wonderful shop, and very interesting article! and yes, beautiful photography!

  • lucysnowephotography

    lucysnowephotography said 6 years ago

    Love your clothes, model (!) and your photography...

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 6 years ago

    JUS BEAUTIFUL I love that blouse with leaves down back thanks for sharing www.jusadreamin.etsy.com

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 6 years ago

    Love you shop:) So cool and unique.

  • WrenWillow

    WrenWillow said 6 years ago

    yay!!!! this is so awesome and i'm thrilled to see you as a featured seller and read more about you. You are an inspiration! :)

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 6 years ago

    Beautiful and amazing work! The photos are so creative.

  • sweetpoppycat

    sweetpoppycat said 6 years ago

    Cool.

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 6 years ago

    OH! I hope you read this-i can relate so well to the strange sightings of me in my front yard--seemingly catatonic in my attempt to photograph, well, my neighbors probably see a piece of metal junk or trash or broken window frames. I see light, shadows, negative spaces, design, juxtapositions, lines, chaos or just something that just moves me. My neighbor sits outside a lot on her deck-I'm quite sure she thinks I am entertaining-especially the incident with the cicada wings on the tree near the street-picture me laying down in the grass with my nose to my camera and camera 1" away from some invisible thing on the tree-phew! funny and fun!!! Love your story and creative process! Cheryl at VelveteenHabbit

  • camstudiostore

    camstudiostore said 6 years ago

    Great stuff!

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 6 years ago

    mmm...breathless beauty. Love the dreamy photographical settings in the fields and forest. Very talented. She is an Oregonian :-) Just say'n! LeafandInk.com

  • Blushie

    Blushie said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Love your shop!

  • TellMeLucille

    TellMeLucille said 6 years ago

    Love these items! I might need to get one of those dresses :)

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 6 years ago

    Congrats for making Featured Seller! Your clothing is so creative and beautifully crafted.

  • xmoonbloom

    xmoonbloom said 6 years ago

    gorgeous girl. i like your style.

  • jguilddesigns

    jguilddesigns said 6 years ago

    Love your shop! Great style... Thanks for sharing!!

  • anotherghostquilts

    anotherghostquilts said 6 years ago

    Nice feature. Great photos. Wishing you continued success.

  • PoisonGarden

    PoisonGarden said 6 years ago

    This is such an inspirational story! Usually the neighbors think WE are a little crazy too...love your stuff!

  • birdsinthebramble

    birdsinthebramble said 6 years ago

    truly worthy of the featured seller spot- originality and whimsy make a for a fantatic shop. well done.

  • BeadFloraJewels

    BeadFloraJewels said 6 years ago

    Enjoyed reading about this FS :) excellent products and photography... and a spunky girl to boot! :P Cheers, Fen.

  • KiDoodlage

    KiDoodlage said 6 years ago

    Beautiful stuff, charming seller. Her photos are simply divine, kudos for "running around in the woods in fishnets", the results are clearly stunning :)

  • SillyBuddy

    SillyBuddy said 6 years ago

    Wow, great style - wonderful article. Congrats!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    Wow what a unique style Minx has!! Love the photography as well. Great choice for a featured seller! I hope to buy something from her store in the near future!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    Congrats!

  • vistahsoap

    vistahsoap said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the featured seller! Your style and shop are very unique!

  • Iryna

    Iryna said 6 years ago

    Great photos, exellent outlook at life in general, interesting designs!! I wish there were more people on this Earth like you! Good luck!

  • KamiMono

    KamiMono said 6 years ago

    Beautiful wearable works of art!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature Minkie! Happy sales to you~

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    You sound as equally enthralled with flora and fauna as I am.. I love that nature is so inspiring! You have beautiful designs and amazing photography. Splendid! Thank you for sharing, and congrats on your success!!

  • SkySaddle

    SkySaddle said 6 years ago

    I dig the style!

  • llithra

    llithra said 6 years ago

    I am convinced that this beautiful woman is surely a goddess. I love your work! You will go far.

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 6 years ago

    congrats on the feature. Great creations and feature & we have quite a few matching fav books too:)

  • QuietStorytellers

    QuietStorytellers said 6 years ago

    You seem so unafraid. Thank you for sharing!

  • RedRavenStudios

    RedRavenStudios said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being the featured seller! Your designs are really lovely, and it's nice to see Pittsburghers on the map!

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 6 years ago

    Beautiful Shop!!! Love the interview too!

  • ValentinaBlossom

    ValentinaBlossom said 6 years ago

    Congrats! I loved your story and also your skirts! Sooo beautiful.

  • ilgattoselvatico

    ilgattoselvatico said 6 years ago

    Very interesting interview! Thanks.

  • yunmee

    yunmee said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! ^__^* Beautiful style!

  • yunmee

    yunmee said 6 years ago

    Beautiful item. Congratulations!

  • DIVINEsweetness

    DIVINEsweetness said 6 years ago

    you are beautiful! your items reflect you... congrats!

  • arsniccandy

    arsniccandy said 6 years ago

    I love the Curious Convention bibbed shirt. Sooo cute!!!! The only thing...ze prices are more expensive than my elaborate handmade skirts. Que pasa?

  • notApplicable

    notApplicable said 6 years ago

    Lovely~~

  • jennifermorrisbeads

    jennifermorrisbeads said 6 years ago

    gorgeous work. i've loved minxshop since the day she opened..so happy to see her promoted here!

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 6 years ago

    I have a feeling that you will never be that little "old" lady on the block!

  • TheEvesLikeUs

    TheEvesLikeUs said 6 years ago

    Inspiring~ best of luck!

  • KeepEvolving

    KeepEvolving said 6 years ago

    I love your style~

  • EnchantingButterfly

    EnchantingButterfly said 6 years ago

    I love all your items so beautiful, the colors are perfect.

  • BreatheCouture

    BreatheCouture said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous items! I love being in the company of so many wonderfully creative people!

  • TheCyanPepper

    TheCyanPepper said 6 years ago

    What a glorious celebration of weirdness!

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 6 years ago

    WOW. I can't believe I didn't know about Minxshop! Great interview, very inspiring innovative style. Heidi

  • Lollyflower

    Lollyflower said 6 years ago

    Great collection! ... off topic question, but what type of sewing machine do you use?

  • ivoryAndOrange

    ivoryAndOrange said 6 years ago

    amazing products and presentation. Your photos look like you are truly in your element. Congratulations!

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 6 years ago

    Continued success! You'll have that summer house in no time.

  • KalliopeJewelry

    KalliopeJewelry said 6 years ago

    Your creations are decadent and exquisite, love love love! Congrats, and best of luck for continued success!

  • Quams

    Quams said 6 years ago

    i can defiantly see your taste in music stitched into your personal style, beautiful. kudos!

  • StelmaDesigns

    StelmaDesigns said 6 years ago

    Very interesting interview. OK, now I am curious about the rabbit and sequin incident, haha!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 6 years ago

    Minke, you are obviously doing the work. Great collection you have going. Thanks for featuring this seller, Etsy. Inspirational.

  • HowlingDogsStudio

    HowlingDogsStudio said 6 years ago

    Mysteriously beautiful - I love your designs and all of the details. All the best to you!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 6 years ago

    great interview - cool items :)

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    Great Article! Love this Shop...it's my new favorite!

  • NefNef

    NefNef said 6 years ago

    one of my favorite designers!!!!

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 6 years ago

    very cool interview talented artist!

  • yourethatgirldesigns

    yourethatgirldesigns said 6 years ago

    She's truly talented! Great quality!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    love it. the skirts are great.

  • FruitsOFtheBLooM

    FruitsOFtheBLooM said 6 years ago

    Your style is so inspiring! I love your entire shop, and the photos...WOW!

  • HindLand

    HindLand said 6 years ago

    Oh my gosh I love loVE LOVE this stuff!! Awesome interview!

  • Shrinkle

    Shrinkle said 6 years ago

    MINKIE I'm so proud of you! Looking goooooood baby!!

  • knitocracy

    knitocracy said 6 years ago

    i love your whimsical, carefree spirit, which obviously impact your designs. /a

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 6 years ago

    Minkie is the best!! Congrats, lady!!

  • ginnyhuber

    ginnyhuber said 6 years ago

    Gorgeousness all the way around!! Yay, Minkie; nice article.

  • exclusivelybyv

    exclusivelybyv said 6 years ago

    yay scissor sisters!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    wonderful photos of your work. you are very creative with your designs. love em'.

  • VogueVixens

    VogueVixens said 6 years ago

    Some lovely dresses here, and the photos are so interesting that really do pull you into a different world.

  • secdus

    secdus said 6 years ago

    I am a fan of your shop before this feature.You are a great designer!!!!!

  • HugAPugStudios

    HugAPugStudios said 6 years ago

    I am in love with the Entomologist Field Dress! Fabulous! Love your photos!

  • metalmorphoz

    metalmorphoz said 6 years ago

    your items are very unique and elegant! really loved them!

  • jewelrytutorials

    jewelrytutorials said 6 years ago

    Great items and fabulously original photography!

  • Monicaj

    Monicaj said 6 years ago

    YAY! I am absolutely thrilled to see you as the featured seller Minkie!! One of your biggest fans! Congratulations!!

  • HotPinkHearts

    HotPinkHearts said 6 years ago

    You've made me a proud mama hen, drinkie minkie. Hopefully I won't miss you on your next visit :) <3 Alicia

  • ladaworks

    ladaworks said 6 years ago

    Minkie, you are trully original and unique, your pictures are best.

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop said 6 years ago

    Thanks everyone and Etsy! I will try to get back to some of you privately to answer questions. xoxoxox

  • Lilena

    Lilena said 6 years ago

    Wow!

  • WildWomanJewelry

    WildWomanJewelry said 6 years ago

    beautiful designs~ congrats!

  • TheStageDoor

    TheStageDoor said 6 years ago

    Great story.. thank you for sharing!!

  • jfsd

    jfsd said 6 years ago

    Love this shop, well deserved feature!

  • italiacraft

    italiacraft said 6 years ago

    Love the details on your clothing... accurate stitches and beautiful high quality fabric. You are a talented seamstress and designer! Congratulations!!

  • PurpleDeerVintage

    PurpleDeerVintage said 6 years ago

    So Romantic <3

  • MidwestAlchemy

    MidwestAlchemy said 6 years ago

    Great interview - Best of Luck to you!

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin said 6 years ago

    I've admired your work for a while! Its awesome. Congrats! :)

  • onelovebird

    onelovebird said 6 years ago

    INSPIRING to say the least.

  • LOVERLINE

    LOVERLINE said 6 years ago

    Love the photography and your story! good luck

  • handmadethings

    handmadethings said 6 years ago

    I love your stuff. Your photos are amazing! Great work!

  • piprobins

    piprobins said 6 years ago

    Such gorgeous photography! Well done, and congratulations on being a featured seller. Seriously beautiful wares.

  • LittleBlueDay

    LittleBlueDay said 6 years ago

    absolutely love your desings!

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 6 years ago

    Lovely stuff! Love the designs.

  • CreativeCleo

    CreativeCleo said 6 years ago

    Amazing pictures and great desings

  • ConjuredMemories

    ConjuredMemories said 6 years ago

    very cool indeed!

  • ConjuredMemories

    ConjuredMemories said 6 years ago

    very cool indeed!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 6 years ago

    Love your style! Outstanding & Original! XOXO

  • sandraline

    sandraline said 6 years ago

    Absolutely stunning designs. You are very creative!

  • MattiOnline

    MattiOnline said 6 years ago

    Wow! Beautiful photography and great modeling!!

  • YummyPhotoProps

    YummyPhotoProps said 6 years ago

    I've got to say that the "I’m fairly certain all my neighbors think I am insane" sentence drew me in as I felt I had found a soul sister! LOL!! Then when I read your musical tendencies, I was SURE we were kindred spirits! You have some super amazing designs, I'm now following you on facebook as well, Keep up the great work xoxo

  • LianaCasanovaDesigns

    LianaCasanovaDesigns said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story and creative process. The photos are inspiring....

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 6 years ago

    Great original designs and beautiful photos! Congrats, on your success!

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 6 years ago

    beauitful shop - it's so great to be introduced to wonderful shops this way - I wish you much luck :)

  • spoolandsparrowshop

    spoolandsparrowshop said 6 years ago

    I especially love your dresses. Beautiful photographs! The Blind Assassin and The Curious Incident.... are definitely among my favorites as well. I love these profiles.

  • StringsnTings

    StringsnTings said 6 years ago

    Lovely interview, you remind me so much of myself! Congratulations on everything and keep continuing to create, interviews like this one are what keep me inspired!

  • Paintingsbygeri

    Paintingsbygeri said 6 years ago

    Great imagination! Wish I had your flare for clothes. Keep up the good work.

  • yodasboner

    yodasboner said 6 years ago

    So sexygorgeous...when I first saw this I thought 'Karen O' as I'm a huge fan, love the pictures, article, fantastic piece! Congratulations to you!

  • trulyenchanted

    trulyenchanted said 6 years ago

    Wow, you are a true inspiration. I adore your work and your stunning photos (oh yeah, and your model is stunning as well). Your Q and A is one of the best I've read thus far...I appreciate your insight. Thanks!!!

  • PeekoApparel

    PeekoApparel said 6 years ago

    stunning!

  • PonyAndPoppy

    PonyAndPoppy said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing...a smart and funny interview! Your shop is amazing and so is your photography! Bravo!

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story! You have a lovely shop and a great vision! I love the attitude you put forth! Thank you for this insightful and informative read! ~Wren ZenAndCoffee.etsy.com Arm Warmers & Fingerless Gloves for all seasons & styles!

  • claudiascreation1

    claudiascreation1 said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring! Stimulating and seductive!

  • pinkpong

    pinkpong said 6 years ago

    i like your way of seeing life :) cool interview!

  • VedaArts

    VedaArts said 6 years ago

    Really wonderful!! COngrats! you are beautiful!

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 6 years ago

    Absolutely fabulous!!!

  • jenniferhigby

    jenniferhigby said 6 years ago

    I have been a fan of yours, congratgulations on the interview, an inspiration for sure!

  • bamboozled89

    bamboozled89 said 6 years ago

    Great Job, Minkie!

  • vintageagogirl

    vintageagogirl said 6 years ago

    Fantastic. You truly are an inspiration. I enjoyed the photography, works of art and your story. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • ToadLillie

    ToadLillie said 6 years ago

    Wonderful and inspired interview! And absolutely stellar photography! I've been lucky enough to be featured next to your designs on a few treasuries and have been intrigued by your design process. So happy for your success! Best of luck. xo

  • theNest00

    theNest00 said 6 years ago

    Love your style! Very unique! Best of luck!

  • eri059

    eri059 said 6 years ago

    Wow, your clothing really is like wearable art. Life of Pi and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime are two of my favorites as well! Highly recommend The Life of Edgar Sawtelle too :)

  • smellyrhino

    smellyrhino said 6 years ago

    great stuff, Minkie, beautiful in fact. What a great combination of quirky, beauty, and thoughtful design. I say you rock!

  • redtailedhawk

    redtailedhawk said 6 years ago

    I'd love to see you walking around my woods dressed like you dress. WOOHOO, wildlife baby! Oh yeah, you and your clothing lines look fantastic. GORGEOUS...GORGEOUS...GORGEOUS!!!!!!

  • Ewcia11029

    Ewcia11029 said 6 years ago

    I love every single one of your items! you inspired me so much. You think outside of the box and your not afraid to show what you love. I want to become a brave artist like you! Keep doing what you do cuz its amazing! Lots of love and luck.!

  • 5orangepotatoes

    5orangepotatoes said 6 years ago

    What a unique an lovely woman! Thanks for sharing your story and creativity. lisa

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 6 years ago

    cute,cute clothing line!

  • charcoaldesigns

    charcoaldesigns said 6 years ago

    Luv the zip up skirt with suspenders and tuxedo dress!

  • mark13148

    mark13148 said 6 years ago

    cool!

  • VibrantLifeHandmade

    VibrantLifeHandmade said 6 years ago

    Some stunning and unique garments!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 6 years ago

    Amazing photographs....lovely clothes...glad to hear u'r enjoying Oregon visits....I love it here in gorgeous Oregon!

  • PeartreeAccessories

    PeartreeAccessories said 6 years ago

    Beautiful photography....it features your items well.

  • HeyChica

    HeyChica said 6 years ago

    You have a lovely shop, beautiful pictures, congratulations!

  • miascloset

    miascloset said 6 years ago

    Awesome shop!

  • TheTrendySparrow

    TheTrendySparrow said 6 years ago

    wonderful shop!

  • GrammaGrammie

    GrammaGrammie said 6 years ago

    You are hysterical! I love colorful personalities, being one myself, and you are QUITE colorful! I must show my daughters your adorable teatime dress. It will be interesting to see who wins the debate of who will look most charming in it!!

  • JeweledAmbrosia

    JeweledAmbrosia said 6 years ago

    I've always loved your clothing line! I am strangely attracted to ugly vintage clothing as well ;)

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 6 years ago

    Cool clothes and I love your photos in the woods.

  • 5gardenias

    5gardenias said 6 years ago

    wonderful to see you gracing the FP as a featured seller-- your neighbors are lucky to have you prancing around in the forest and feilds-- i'm sure it's much more exciting than seeing hunters in their bright orange and camouflage! your designs are wonderful-- enjoy your days in the sun!

  • GuineveresCloset

    GuineveresCloset said 6 years ago

    so lovely! I'm ready to go shopping now :)

  • BrownBagBakery

    BrownBagBakery said 6 years ago

    you ROCK!!!

  • yalipaz

    yalipaz said 6 years ago

    Love the clothes, amazing photos and beautiful artist! congrats!!!

  • PinkMoustache

    PinkMoustache said 6 years ago

    It's about time! Love your shop!

  • Stargazer1984

    Stargazer1984 said 6 years ago

    Great interview. I love reading about sellers on etsy. People should always push their creativity; really stretch what they see as safe. Love it! : D

  • catbun

    catbun said 6 years ago

    It's great to hear from such an inspiring artist. Thumbs up for the individualistic show!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Supper!

  • pasin

    pasin said 6 years ago

    Love all, beautiful

  • SilverCoastSeaGlass

    SilverCoastSeaGlass said 6 years ago

    Heading over to heart your shop right now! Clever, unique..bordering on "spellbinding"

  • PRIDASH

    PRIDASH said 6 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL STUFF

  • bibandtucker

    bibandtucker said 6 years ago

    It's so nice to read seller's stories and to be able to appreciate the work and thought that goes into their creativity. Awesome stuff!! :-) Kate

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 6 years ago

    What a great and inspiring interview...sometimes I get overwhelmed by all of the activity and creative power on ETSY, so I appreciate your advice about the forums and blogs, etc. Keep up the great work....I wish there was an etsy when I was young like you, I already am that crazy old lady, but hey what the heck!

  • Happiknits

    Happiknits said 6 years ago

    Awesome! Thank you Etsy for featuring Minkie, she is one super talented designer. I currently own 2 dresses and 2 tops I adore ALL of them. They take me on the best adventures :) Congrats Minkie xoxo!!!!!!

  • colorada

    colorada said 6 years ago

    Loved reading about your creative process and all the little bits of how your life and work intersect. Best wishes to you...and I envy your woods :-)

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 6 years ago

    Your shop is beautiful! Good luck with all the ideas for next year!

  • AngelMaia

    AngelMaia said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! If you are insane, that makes two of us! :) -Heather

  • wygirl

    wygirl said 6 years ago

    Love your interview. Love your clothes... they are much better than many I've seen in catalogs or stores (including online) Wish I had the figure for them :) Hope you get that summerhouse soon. I love living out East (originally from West coast) but the summers can be unbearable sometime.

  • GardenAngels

    GardenAngels said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful spirit you have!

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 6 years ago

    ohhh i've loved your shop for quite a bit now. super huge congrats to you!!!

  • CreatedbyLee

    CreatedbyLee said 6 years ago

    Love your stuff and your style!

  • thepuddingstorevint

    thepuddingstorevint said 6 years ago

    Stunning shop! ♥...!

  • ceecee8

    ceecee8 said 6 years ago

    You are not only talented, but you have a great sense of humor. Thanks for sharing how you got into your art and best of luck to you!

  • ElizabethOHara

    ElizabethOHara said 6 years ago

    Minkie: Thanks for being candid, frank and interesting! Great interview!

  • OnTheRoadVintage

    OnTheRoadVintage said 6 years ago

    Loved the read!

  • VainityDesigns

    VainityDesigns said 6 years ago

    You have some absolutely amazing talents!!! Gorgeous and delicate work!! Love it!!! Best of luck, sweetie!

  • mjclaire

    mjclaire said 6 years ago

    I wish I was younger in body!My mind is still when I was 18 but with a full life of experience. You have inspiring designs.

  • bindingbee

    bindingbee said 6 years ago

    Lovely shop & amazing photos!! Thanks for sharing. --Megan

  • paulamcgurdy

    paulamcgurdy said 6 years ago

    They are all on my wish list!!!

  • MandaGirlDesigns

    MandaGirlDesigns said 6 years ago

    Fabulous clothes! Fabulous shop! Fabulous feature! Oh yeah - and fabulous Western PA traipsing through the woods, I can relate. Cheers!

  • odelay03

    odelay03 said 6 years ago

    Wow! Really beautiful and dreamy. The area you live in sounds lovely and inspirational. Glad you took the step to sell on Etsy and that you romp around the woods. My cats will never die either! ;0)

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 6 years ago

    Minkie! Your designs are wonderful. I love how unique and well thought-out they are! Kudos and much future success!

  • Absurdious

    Absurdious said 6 years ago

    I love the mystical feel of your designs!! Great images!

  • tayloredtreasure

    tayloredtreasure said 6 years ago

    You're awesome! I hung on every word because I feel the same way as you do regarding creating and all that goes with it! I am still in my infancy here in etsy and gathering all my vintage to sell while I have tons of ideas bubbling around in my head I set things aside for that magical day I get to begin to create, where is the time it can be so elusive. the the best to you Minkie. Linda

  • graciebeal

    graciebeal said 6 years ago

    I love the out-there feel of your designs! Keep on inspiring!

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 6 years ago

    Great pictures and designs!

  • AParisFleaMarket

    AParisFleaMarket said 6 years ago

    Absolutely brilliant...I see the mod vibe of the 60's into the edge of the new-age, you blend them seamlessly!!! I am totally captivated by your descriptive way of relating a garments qualities. You are a fascinating energy. Congrats on being a featured seller.

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 6 years ago

    Lovely collection! ... you make me laugh about your neighbores ;) thinking you might be crazy walking on the woods like that, they probably think the same about me, when I walk with many shoes only one of each to take pictures of my shoe clips ;)

  • Earthystyle

    Earthystyle said 6 years ago

    very interesting interview!

  • DeiDeisempai07

    DeiDeisempai07 said 6 years ago

    Wow, ur photos are...different, i like different^^ very interesting,original and unique

  • MariesJewelryshop

    MariesJewelryshop said 6 years ago

    I added your shop to my favorites, as soon as I get some sales I'll be visiting you again! Thanks for the interesting and informative post!

  • selenavallejo

    selenavallejo said 6 years ago

    So many lovely and delicate items! I just faved a few for my wish list :).

  • oatkacreekstudio

    oatkacreekstudio said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous creations!

  • oneperfectday

    oneperfectday said 6 years ago

    very nice!

  • babook

    babook said 6 years ago

    the shop of all creative it all special and style i do very love them : )

  • sevenply

    sevenply said 6 years ago

    “Also, there was that incident with the baby bunny and the sequin dress.” I would love to hear this story sometime! I absolutely love your work! Congrats on the feature!

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 6 years ago

    A creative beauty who could be a model - thanks for sharing your wonderful eclecticism!

  • KattyKinns

    KattyKinns said 6 years ago

    beautiful, i adore her shop xoxo

  • lilabelledesign

    lilabelledesign said 6 years ago

    amazing photos, lovely items ;o)

  • LisaMarino

    LisaMarino said 6 years ago

    you are so creative and I love love what you do! Congrats on being selected for a featured seller! :D

  • elidupont

    elidupont said 6 years ago

    I Heart Your Shop!!!!!!!!

  • rakubuttons

    rakubuttons said 6 years ago

    Doesn't this gal just have it ALLL ! Excellent design skills, creative details, top notch images and the perfect model. It was fun to read about her and browse the shop... take it all in. Maybe even an inspirational nudge. One of the most interesting featured sellers you've done.

  • FoundVintageStyle

    FoundVintageStyle said 6 years ago

    a very deserving feature seller~ creativity in all aspects of her work and presentation!

  • LycheeKiss

    LycheeKiss said 6 years ago

    Great feature and a beautiful seller! Gosh I wish I could wear all your design clothings. Keep up the good work!

  • DreamGallery

    DreamGallery said 6 years ago

    Love your shop! Makes me want to make clothes again. Wonderfully inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  • LaBohemeBijoux

    LaBohemeBijoux said 6 years ago

    Great interview and what a beautiful shop!! Your photography inspires me. Thanks!

  • paivacrafts

    paivacrafts said 6 years ago

    I also recently moved from Oregon and now am a PA resident:) Good luck on all of your amazing work! Truly stunning!

  • GiftsnCrafts

    GiftsnCrafts said 6 years ago

    lovely model and photography === congratulations and best of luck to you

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 6 years ago

    Fabulous!!

  • samsstuff

    samsstuff said 6 years ago

    Great items & interview, thank you for introducing us to Minxshop!

  • seaoats

    seaoats said 6 years ago

    minkie, you have such a BEAUTIFUL shop! and your photos are just gorgeous...you are truly truly talented!

  • handsthatsee

    handsthatsee said 6 years ago

    wow!!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    I love your creativity and you make beautiful clothes!

  • mydogandi

    mydogandi said 6 years ago

    I love your photography! It is really beautiful!! Very inspiring!

  • PetitSimplicity

    PetitSimplicity said 6 years ago

    I'd be interested to know where 30 min. in the country outside of Pgh. is, because it sounds like my hometown and I now live in Oregon! Small world.

  • asherjasper

    asherjasper said 6 years ago

    Really creative. Love the interview and her unique style.

  • sillychic

    sillychic said 6 years ago

    What a lovely shop!

  • sparrowsalvage

    sparrowsalvage said 6 years ago

    Fantastic shop, great seller. I love the idea of a trunk full of 'upsetting' vintage clothes! I must climb on board the Oregon envy, if I lived in the States it would be my top destination.

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 6 years ago

    Amazing job Minkie... I think I remember when you were still selling on Ebay, and I went by "Hysteric Faerie"... amazing work! I'm totally jealous of your walks in the woods. <3 Andrea

  • silverkitty3

    silverkitty3 said 6 years ago

    I really want to know more about that baby bunny and the sequin dress. :)

  • anakit

    anakit said 6 years ago

    Do tell about the bunny :)

  • MyBerryRed

    MyBerryRed said 6 years ago

    So cool and unique!

  • WoodspriteDesigns

    WoodspriteDesigns said 6 years ago

    Perhaps...perhaps...it is the 'Flip side of the coin", and that your NEIGHBORS are a little odd?!! Everything you have shown is beautiful, your interview, great. I am inspired to keep on "keeping on". I really want to get my site going. TODAY I will spend time working on it again! Thank you! Marjie

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 6 years ago

    Awesome stuff!

  • ValleGirlDesigns

    ValleGirlDesigns said 6 years ago

    Wow! I love your creative and unique ideas for personally adornment. Very cool.

  • ValleGirlDesigns

    ValleGirlDesigns said 6 years ago

    That's personal adornment. It's early. Need coffee.

  • PotterBeanie

    PotterBeanie said 6 years ago

    What happened to the baby bunny??

  • mtrgood

    mtrgood said 6 years ago

    So cool, I love it!!

  • greenwillow

    greenwillow said 6 years ago

    Very, very interesting. Love the things you make, and ESPECIALLY your photography. Wish I was young again.......(sigh)......that shoulder/arm chain is to die for!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 6 years ago

    I can see why you were chosen for the featured artist, a great looking selections of clothes.

  • VictoriasBeads777

    VictoriasBeads777 said 6 years ago

    I can appreciate your style and creativity. I am a jewelry designer but cator to the community I live in Alton IL (bedroom community of St. Louis) but try to creative interesting one of a kind pieces that fit into everyday life. I also am getting involved in my husband's business, designing websites. He is very affordable so if you are ever shopping around look at www.getwebbed.net or email bruno@getwebbed.net. He has an impressive list of customers and I am working to learn the biz and help him expand on the creative side of things. Best wishes with your business. Vicky

  • SouthIndustry

    SouthIndustry said 6 years ago

    congrats!!! we love your work!!

  • chelebert12

    chelebert12 said 6 years ago

    love the looks and especially the photography. really sells the art of the clothes.

  • indiraVillalobos

    indiraVillalobos said 6 years ago

    I love your work, congrats..

  • RelativeArt

    RelativeArt said 6 years ago

    Amazing Work!

  • Lolavintage

    Lolavintage said 6 years ago

    wow! I remember you from ebay days years ago, and I've ALWAYS loved your creations. Congrats on the feature! So happy to see you on Etsy now.

  • supayana

    supayana said 6 years ago

    congrats anna!!!! it's been awesome to know you since the ebay days...I love how your style has progressed. keep up the awesome work. xo

  • loreliekaydesigns

    loreliekaydesigns said 6 years ago

    Fun interview! LOVE your sense of humor AND your designs!

  • Smilge

    Smilge said 6 years ago

    It's amazing!

  • OliviaClare

    OliviaClare said 6 years ago

    Great interview! Beautiful work! Congrats :)

  • graceunderpaper

    graceunderpaper said 6 years ago

    Have you read "The Robber Bride" by Margaret Atwood? That one's my favorite. Congrats on the interview!

  • BarbiesBest

    BarbiesBest said 6 years ago

    You are beautiful.

  • queenofpainting

    queenofpainting said 6 years ago

    One of my favorite designers on Etsy. <3

  • CrazyBoy

    CrazyBoy said 6 years ago

    You are beautiful. Confirm

  • DawnCorrespondence

    DawnCorrespondence said 6 years ago

    LOVE!!! I own lots of Minkie's clothes and know she is a fantastic artist and person :) So happy to see you here!

  • paramijewelry

    paramijewelry said 6 years ago

    Love it all!!!

  • alicesatticonline

    alicesatticonline said 6 years ago

    You are so much fun!!!!!

  • themarketintheglen

    themarketintheglen said 6 years ago

    We love the same kinds of books! This is rare for me. As I love things as different as Margaret Atwood and Zombies, which often don't come together in most people's worlds. I really like how the feathers look like wings on that one tank top!

  • treeoflifestudio

    treeoflifestudio said 6 years ago

    Beautiful and exotic shop. Way to go!

  • Ningswonderworld

    Ningswonderworld said 6 years ago

    JUST BECOME BIG FAN OF YOURS... GREAT JOB...........

  • AndisAccessories

    AndisAccessories said 6 years ago

    If we were all the same, what a boring world it would be! Congratulations on finding your niche, and what a lovely one it is.

  • tiemee

    tiemee said 6 years ago

    So aesthetically pleasing--wonderful work!

  • SassySashadoxie

    SassySashadoxie said 6 years ago

    Aww, good to know that other people's neighbors think they are nuts, too. I am just the crazy wiener dog lady to mine though. Love your artistic photos and creativity.

  • walldecors

    walldecors said 6 years ago

    wow great items!!

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 6 years ago

    wow I love your stuff a lot! great creation!

  • ArtzyFartzyBug

    ArtzyFartzyBug said 6 years ago

    Beautiful items!!;o)

  • ArtzyFartzyBug

    ArtzyFartzyBug said 6 years ago

    Beautiful Items!!:o)

  • hottinroofneworleans

    hottinroofneworleans said 6 years ago

    Ooooh! I love that steel gray wool jersey shirt with the scooped out back!

  • augustagrayvintage

    augustagrayvintage said 6 years ago

    gorgeous clothes and accessories

  • Vintage50sEyewear

    Vintage50sEyewear said 6 years ago

    Cool shop! I love it!

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 6 years ago

    Big ups for Westerna Pa beauty and awesomeness :) Congrats on being the Featured Seller!

  • bonjourpierre

    bonjourpierre said 6 years ago

    You are awesome! I've admired your talents dating back to ebaY when you were one of my favorite sellers. I'm a fan!

  • TwoBackFlats

    TwoBackFlats said 6 years ago

    Love you!! Let's be friends!

  • camamiel

    camamiel said 6 years ago

    Very original, great shop! Congrats

  • ladybugcall

    ladybugcall said 6 years ago

    Beautiful Shop

  • museumshop

    museumshop said 6 years ago

    Beautiful items. Thanks, The leaf artist

  • museumshop

    museumshop said 6 years ago

    Beautiful products. Thanks, Leaf artist

  • museumshop

    museumshop said 6 years ago

    Beautiful products. Thanks

  • MyGrandpasPen

    MyGrandpasPen said 6 years ago

    Neighbours think you're insane! That's great - but your photos are lovely so I think wandering is the woods is working for you!

  • jamiespinello

    jamiespinello said 5 years ago

    Great work and beautiful photos!

  • ManoBello

    ManoBello said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work...very interesting and helpful person as well! Thanks Minkie for all of your help! I just love your story here! <3

  • CovetedVintage

    CovetedVintage said 5 years ago

    Beautiful photography and designs.

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