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Featured Seller: redheart13

Oct 8, 2010

by redheart13

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.

FS_readheart_3.jpgHello, it is nice to meet you! My name is Leila Marvel. I’m from the first state and live with my amazing husband, Bruce, and our little devil of a cat, Randall Flagg. I am quite an odd character: shy at first, I eventually open up and reveal my goofy side. I am drawn to Victorian pastimes and have hobbies such as frequenting overgrown cemeteries and watching war documentaries. I love the eeriness of a piano being tuned and enjoy the finer things in life like jumping on the bed.

I lived in Brooklyn during my quest in art school, later moving to Queens after earning my bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications at Pratt Institute. I have since returned to my hometown in the pursuit of a smaller, intimate life, though I still visit my old stomping ground for Grace’s Chinese food while I mull over silly memories of art school and dreams of making it in the design world.

I am an avid collector of antiquarian anatomy books and Catholic reliquaries. The human body is truly an inspiration in my work, the heart especially; I believe it is a powerful, eternal machine that goes beyond our blood and connects us, human-to-human. I am a strong believer in protective talismans as a guide in life and a cross can be found in each room of my home, protecting every doorway. Since I was a child, I’ve also had a curiosity with the supernatural. Though I am slowly realizing I am not meant to answer the questions of the spiritual world, I still know there are powers of good and evil. I often ponder on the answers I seek and incorporate my fascinations into my own art.

Things that make me smile: my cotton candy pink studio, cramped nooks, tattoos, Shakespeare, friends and family, other artists, sushi and bad ’80s horror flicks.

FS_redheart_2.jpgApart from creating things, what do you do?

During the day, I work my gears as a full-time designer at a rather small advertising and branding agency. I’ve been there five years and I’m truly happy I made the change from the Big Apple to a smaller city. When I have time, I love to do freelance work for many artist friends and folks in the Etsy community.

My true obsession is treasure hunting at flea markets or the cramped spaces of estate sales and antique stores. What truly gets me worked up is the mystery. When I find IT, all my senses are intrigued. I suppose it started from going to yard sales with my mom as a little girl and visits to my grandmother’s haunted third floor. I would open drawers and dusty hatboxes to find beautiful vintage lingerie and handwritten letters, often wondering the journeys they’ve traveled and the skin they’ve touched.

What first made you want to become an artist?

I believe it is in my blood. I was always very creative as a child. I remember my grandmother hanging my drawings in the kitchen from a string with clothespins and I thought it was the coolest thing. I always admired my mother’s whimsical ink drawings and knew I wanted to be an artist of some kind. Growing up, I wanted to be an interior designer, a chef, a poet, a vampire and horticulturist; it wasn’t until my late teens that I took the path of graphic design.

Creating is a passion of mine; I don’t think I could live without expressing it in some way. I’ve always been quite the imaginatarian, spinning webs of nightmares with the twinkle of happiness into both writing and art. Death has also made an appearance in my recent life, which has dramatically inspired me to paint well past my mourning stages. Over the years, my collections have morphed into assemblage art, later developing into eco-friendly jewelry.

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Please describe your creative process.

Since my schedule is all kinds of bazurk, I plan for Sundays when I venture up to my pop’s old house in Pennsylvania. I spend the afternoon dancing with my vintage pieces and painting by the daylight. I love reconstruction and almost never sketch. I feel the pieces call to each other as my hands work in a rhythmic dance, eventually renewing timeless companions together.

My jewelry inspiration comes from life experiences, spirituality and my latest obsession, the art of war. Every story comes with each footstep, and an object carries forth a piece of history. This is one of my objectives within my own art, to tell a story. I’ve been creating my own war ensembles, military-inspired jewelry that reaps my fascination to such personal stories of battle, brotherhood and the hardship of history.

My process of painting is compelled by the soul even before the brush is romanced. Like the Victorians, I believe that a photograph can be cherished as a memento of the dead and a reminder that life is fragile. The faces are often painted in a somber state and they are dolled in dark attire, ready for what I like to call the Black Parade: a celebration and reminder of death. Some of my paintings also explore oddities of the sideshow world. I love to complete each portrait with a name and short story about each character within the Skeleton Krew Collection.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

Two things come to mind; one is my Addams Family lunch box that contains every handwritten letter my husband and I that we passed between the halls of high school. The other is my very first rosary, which was a gift from my mother that was handed down from her mother.

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

Books:
Well, I am known around my house for not finishing books. I believe I am in the process of four or five.
The Dark Tower series by Stephen King (I have yet to finish, two more to go!)
Preacher series by Garth Ennis
Lord of the FliesFS_redheart_1.jpg
The Basketball Diaries

Movies:
Kids
The Wanderers
Devil’s Advocate
The Invisible Man
Dumb and Dumber
Pinocchio
True Romance

Music:
Zakk Wylde
Johnny Cash
Chuck Berry
Danzig
Faith No More
Anything with John Bush
The Cure

Websites:
Pandora
Mint
Weight Watchers
New York Public Library Digital Gallery
Share Some Candy

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

Strive for it, pray for it and have the passion! Do what you love; often, it is the inspiration and goals that keeps me pushing forward. Put your blood, sweat and tears into what you do. It is important to show that you honor your work! Have good craftsmanship, deliver excellent customer service and commit to it. Keep your look cohesive, from your shop banner down to the photos. The little things are important as well. I love to send a personal thank you note and take time to package my product well.

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

One of my favorite features is the Treasury. It’s nice to see fresh items and themed collections, and it is an ever-changing way to see beautiful shops. I also heart Favorites, which is my little closet of goodies I covet. I cannot forget the Forums, which are like a big comfort nest filled with positive support.

In the future, I would love to see the Favorites section evolve into custom categories. It would be super rad to also see gift registries, since my hubby says I am hard to shop for.

How do you promote your work? FS_redheart_4.jpg

When I do wear jewelry, I love to wear my own. It’s free advertising and often stirs up a conversation about my shop. Personally, I wish I had more time to promote, but one of the easiest ways to do so is on my Facebook fan page and blog.

I recently started doing craft shows and consigning to smaller boutiques, so that is a great way to get your name and product out there. Every year, I like to donate a few of my items to a local charity as well.

In ten years, where would you like to be?

I would like to be a mother, as it is a dream and fear of mine, but I know it will be the most beautiful creation of them all. I would love to create jewelry full-time and still do smaller freelance projects on the side. Overall, I am eager to see where the future takes me and what new chapters will begin.

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303 comments

  • GiftCreation

    GiftCreation said 6 years ago

    Very interesting!Good luck!!!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    So interesting. I've used many images from this shop in my treasuries. So nice to read about another who loves oddities. Congrats on FS!

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 6 years ago

    There is a delicious eeriness to your work. Considering the life behind objects is fascinating.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Very nice! Congrats and good luck!!!

  • ScienceKitty

    ScienceKitty said 6 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • CBMLphoto

    CBMLphoto said 6 years ago

    Love the diversity throughout all the unique items in your shop!!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    Beautiful Work! Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing! ;)

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 6 years ago

    Beautiful and unique work. Congratulations on being featured.

  • KatieMarieHorn

    KatieMarieHorn said 6 years ago

    Great shop, very interesting article. Keep up the good work

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 6 years ago

    Beautiful and unique work. Congratulations on being featured.

  • karenjcreations

    karenjcreations said 6 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL!! :)

  • thisfineday

    thisfineday said 6 years ago

    So engaging and charming..i love it!

  • bionicunicorn

    bionicunicorn said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! You are an amazing designer! I'm so happy for you.

  • BloodMilk

    BloodMilk said 6 years ago

    congrats leila! xo

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 6 years ago

    I just love your shop. Congrats :)

  • idlehandsdesigns

    idlehandsdesigns said 6 years ago

    Love your work! It's truly inspiring❥

  • bombshellstudios

    bombshellstudios said 6 years ago

    Wow! So interesting, and amazing work!

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 6 years ago

    Wow I love this article, I have so much in common Leila, From cross over every door, to treasure hunting old objects!

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Love your stuff.

  • AnniesWearableArt

    AnniesWearableArt said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, Leila!! I have always loved Leila's work and am so glad to see her featured here-I can relate so it's good to know that others are inspired by much the same: both dark and light...her Skeleton Krew portraiture is wonderful. You are all in for a treat when you visit her Etsy shoppe!!

  • 3pearls

    3pearls said 6 years ago

    Great interview! The Gunslinger was the first Stephen King book I read. Really got me hooked but that was a lot of years ago and I still haven't read the last book in the series. (So many books so little time...)

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature Leila! I enjoyed reading your story. Best wishes for your continued success! :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Fabulous work, love the detail thats gone into it you can totally see your inspirations coming to the fore.

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 6 years ago

    If one seller could come close to capsulizing Etsy, Leila is that person. Strange and lovely, smart and approachable, talented and humble, head in the clouds, feet on the ground. Congratulations on the feature. Great job on the interview.

  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz said 6 years ago

    awesome shop! congrats! :D

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    You had me at 'collecting Catholic reliquaries' and 'Danzig.' I think I'm your long lost sister. Love your art and your story! Best of luck to you!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 6 years ago

    I really like the eerie edge to all your beautiful work.

  • dkshattuck

    dkshattuck said 6 years ago

    I find your work facinating and fantastic. Congratulations!

  • GildedCageDesign

    GildedCageDesign said 6 years ago

    Love your work!! Congrats on the feature.

  • sarapalacios

    sarapalacios said 6 years ago

    This interview is great, you have shown your spirit to all of us, and it comes out in your beautiful work. Thank you.

  • Nathalyc

    Nathalyc said 6 years ago

    Im so happy 4 you !!!

  • DIVINEsweetness

    DIVINEsweetness said 6 years ago

    perfect shop for the season... congrats!

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 6 years ago

    great shop! Congrats on the feature!

  • DevineDesignStudios

    DevineDesignStudios said 6 years ago

    Fresh eclectic and visually stunning! Keep up the wonderful work!

  • humblebea

    humblebea said 6 years ago

    Congratulations~ great shop! (-:

  • sparrowsalvage

    sparrowsalvage said 6 years ago

    Hooray for red heart! One of my favourite assemblage jewelers- there's something about her work that is all at once simple and complex.

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 6 years ago

    Your work is wonderful. I am having fun poking around your shop. I chuckled when I read that your pet's name is Randall Flagg. 'The Stand' is one of my favorite books. Congratulations on being the featured seller and continued success to you!

  • evihan

    evihan said 6 years ago

    AWESOME....thanx for sharinggg

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 6 years ago

    Congratulation. Great shop.

  • ozzana

    ozzana said 6 years ago

    Wonderful creations! I like your music likes too, some of it reflected in your work!

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 6 years ago

    cool piece...inspiring etsian!

  • Talula

    Talula said 6 years ago

    Thrilled! Congratulations! I had just favorited a piece of yours, that I'm drooling over, and happened to check the Home Page! Best wishes!!!

  • noodleblossoms

    noodleblossoms said 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your story. Keep up the wonderful job! I love your artwork (and your choice in music and books!)

  • BlueDoorStyle

    BlueDoorStyle said 6 years ago

    after reading your story your shop name seems so fitting to your personality and style. Congratulations on being the featured seller.

  • tigerluxe

    tigerluxe said 6 years ago

    hooray...love your jewelry!!

  • MissesBird

    MissesBird said 6 years ago

    Wonderfully written L! Beautiful. So proud to have you in DE! Hope we can hang out soon!

  • Natalie52688

    Natalie52688 said 6 years ago

    Fascinating story. I'm really getting addicting to reading these interviews. It's awesome to read about the different lifestyles Etsy sellers live. Congrats and happy future sales Leila! :)

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

    I have always loved your creations. Your style is simply you and that's always of course a good thing.

  • MaineHarbour

    MaineHarbour said 6 years ago

    so interesting! great write up!

  • bbbennyandthejet

    bbbennyandthejet said 6 years ago

    whoa. your real last name is Marvel?! how rad is that..

  • KiKiBowns

    KiKiBowns said 6 years ago

    I've always been a big fan of redheart13. So glad to see you here!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    What a unique style and interesting interview. Congrats and wishing you continued success!

  • vernissages

    vernissages said 6 years ago

    spirited...

  • girlindustries

    girlindustries said 6 years ago

    So pleased to see an interview with this seller - I bought the necklace I wore on my wedding day from redheart13 and got lots of compliments on it. It's so interesting to have an insight into the creative process of the person responsible for one of my all time favourite pieces.

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    love this shop. :)

  • filigreelamps

    filigreelamps said 6 years ago

    You seem like a fun and interesting person. Great interview, you let us get to know you!! Great work and congrats on being a featured seller! Michelle :^.)

  • LaimaShop

    LaimaShop said 6 years ago

    What an interesting personality, so perfectly reflected in works!

  • JuJuBells

    JuJuBells said 6 years ago

    Love the dog tag earrings! Congrats!

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 6 years ago

    amazing work!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 6 years ago

    Great interview! I love your shop!

  • KristinaandJenney

    KristinaandJenney said 6 years ago

    Whoa nelly!

  • polarity

    polarity said 6 years ago

    Great Interview- I love your shop Leila! Randall Flagg was ringing in my head- then it hit me!

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 6 years ago

    Oh my gosh! What a happy surprise to see this feature...I love this shop and Leila is such a sweetheart!

  • theyellowroses

    theyellowroses said 6 years ago

    Very interesting interview & shop! Congratulations!

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 6 years ago

    Wonderful feature - medical texts fascinate me as well, and I am really drawn to Leila's prints and their gothic quality.

  • gemboxjewelry

    gemboxjewelry said 6 years ago

    Wonderful interview,very inspirational, true to the artist

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 6 years ago

    I feel like a SOUL SISTER--only I had the babies first, got my masters in occupational therapy early childhood, graduated from SESSIONS school (New York City) of Visual Arts online course and then decided to let my caged tiny little artisan out. I still have very little time to let "her" play and create but at least I am aware of that now and at 47, I guess it is really never to late to free your inner artist. I love your story!

  • craftjunky

    craftjunky said 6 years ago

    Very nice interview!Congratulations :-)

  • megafterwine

    megafterwine said 6 years ago

    This was a fantastic read. I'm going to go check out your shop right now!

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 6 years ago

    Fantastic and well deserved!

  • hattieshouse

    hattieshouse said 6 years ago

    Beautiful, dark, and mesmerizing. Congrats on your interview!

  • ArtistAdventure

    ArtistAdventure said 6 years ago

    a truly beautiful haunting.

  • AngelMaia

    AngelMaia said 6 years ago

    Very original, we love your shop!

  • skrocki

    skrocki said 6 years ago

    good interview and there are some really interesting pieces on her page!!

  • aklair

    aklair said 6 years ago

    saw you at branywine arts festival! LOVE YOUR STUFF!

  • larrysleatherwork

    larrysleatherwork said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story, very interesting. The pictures are so clear, what is your secret on taking the pictures?

  • MidwestAlchemy

    MidwestAlchemy said 6 years ago

    Another great interview - fantastic work! Best of Luck to you!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 6 years ago

    What a fascinating seller - love your shop! I just found a new favorite seller. :)

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 6 years ago

    Good fun~ Fascinating interview, thank you! Heidi

  • beebooblossom

    beebooblossom said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the article! Love your work!!

  • DeShawnMarie

    DeShawnMarie said 6 years ago

    Congrats, great feature!

  • spottedlobes

    spottedlobes said 6 years ago

    beautiful! :)

  • pileofstones

    pileofstones said 6 years ago

    Great interview, amazing feature photo, fascinating shop!

  • babyjewlz

    babyjewlz said 6 years ago

    I love your shop and products! Very cool feature! Good luck to you.

  • inbloomdesigns

    inbloomdesigns said 6 years ago

    Wow, I really enjoyed this interview! I am off to check out your shop!

  • jguilddesigns

    jguilddesigns said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! Your shop is lovely!

  • Jeelana

    Jeelana said 6 years ago

    It's a delight to capture a glimpse into the life of someone who has followed their passion and found a way to express it through art and life! Thank you!

  • AutumnJo

    AutumnJo said 6 years ago

    Your work is so eerie chic and beautiful. Congrats on the feature.

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 6 years ago

    Interesting!

  • DelphicElements

    DelphicElements said 6 years ago

    best regards to Stephen King fan! wicked name for a a cat!

  • NovemberRoseAtelier

    NovemberRoseAtelier said 6 years ago

    Great read! By chance are you a scorpio? :)

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 6 years ago

    Wow. I love your look. Great work! :)

  • 72studios

    72studios said 6 years ago

    excellent!

  • noblegnome

    noblegnome said 6 years ago

    What an incredible treat to learn more about you (especially the bed jumping:)). Congratulations on the much deserved feature.

  • ArtBoxCreations

    ArtBoxCreations said 6 years ago

    Wonderful interview your work is amazing!!!

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 6 years ago

    Fascinatic! This is one of the most interesting interviews I read!

  • SarahWhiteJewelry

    SarahWhiteJewelry said 6 years ago

    Love all your work, very intriguing article. I can really relate to so much in the article. Great Read

  • muchadoabout

    muchadoabout said 6 years ago

    very beautiful! I really like that small flower necklace :)

  • SaagarikaCreations

    SaagarikaCreations said 6 years ago

    Beautiful Work!

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 6 years ago

    I love your shop, it's such a lovely mix. Congratulations on the Feature!

  • EcoLovebyBunny

    EcoLovebyBunny said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your story. Your descriptive tale really conjures up lots of romantic victorian ghostly images. I love your work too. Keep it up.

  • AMictlan

    AMictlan said 6 years ago

    YAY!

  • PaperPicker

    PaperPicker said 6 years ago

    i love your medieval, gothic designs

  • halfmoonroad

    halfmoonroad said 6 years ago

    Love.Your.Style.

  • photographicamy

    photographicamy said 6 years ago

    Yet another fascinating, creative, deep, lovely Etsian! I can relate in the joy in the treasure hunt, your favorite music, and love of things with history. And encourage you to have a child which changes you for the better in ways you didn't know you needed to grow! (Then look for a Waldorf school, for the creative type!)

  • bombastitch

    bombastitch said 6 years ago

    WOW! Wonderful feature on an amazing artist! Very inspiring! Thank You!

  • amandarinduck

    amandarinduck said 6 years ago

    Item with chamomiles is just great! :) And she is so extravagant lady! :)

  • JollyLittlePurse

    JollyLittlePurse said 6 years ago

    It was a pleasure to read your interview. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • proteales

    proteales said 6 years ago

    A lovely shop and an awesome interview!

  • tippleandsnack

    tippleandsnack said 6 years ago

    Great interview, Leila! I've been happy to provide you with some of your pieces- especially the double gun heart. That remains one of my favorites.

  • oneofakindwisconsin

    oneofakindwisconsin said 6 years ago

    Just got back from looking at your shop- your items are divine. Love the white rabbit necklace and your artwork is extraordinary.

  • soleyaetplumesauvage

    soleyaetplumesauvage said 6 years ago

    This was great I love your pisture at top or the article

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 6 years ago

    Fabulous shop, intriguing work. Great article!

  • elizabethkelly

    elizabethkelly said 6 years ago

    So Hammer House of Horror, I can feel Peter Cushing breathing down my neck as I type and it's cold in here all of a sudden! Beautiful work, conjures up such an atmosphere, I'm all hearted out. If you ever go to London you must visit The London Dungeons!

  • LicoriceTwig

    LicoriceTwig said 6 years ago

    Very very beautiful work! It would be fascinating to take a stroll through your studio. Thanks for sharing!

  • littlebyrdvintage

    littlebyrdvintage said 6 years ago

    what a fantastic interview! Really wonderful shop too :)

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 6 years ago

    Interesting finds.....

  • moonsongranch

    moonsongranch said 6 years ago

    Great interview! I really admire your authenticity and commitment to always creating your best work. Congratulations!

  • jmijewelry

    jmijewelry said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your insight and advice with us. I am a newbie so find these interviews especially helpful. Lovely shop!

  • ourfrontyard

    ourfrontyard said 6 years ago

    Very Interesting! A young woman, an old soul. I mean that in the best way possible. Wonderful!! Thank you for sharing with us! :)

  • trinketalley

    trinketalley said 6 years ago

    Love the great attitude and genuine compassion....

  • janicewd

    janicewd said 6 years ago

    Beautiful pieces of jewelry. I am especially drawn to the florish sacred heart. I too love to rummage thru antique stores and flea markets. It is so great when you find a treasure!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 6 years ago

    Great items for this time of the year!

  • brookeelissa

    brookeelissa said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! I love your work. You have such a specific cohesive style from your jewelry to your portraits. I love it! I just love macabre. What a perfect time of year to feature you and your work. Way to stay true to yourself through your work and tour shoppe.

  • JohnHarmonGallery

    JohnHarmonGallery said 6 years ago

    Nice interview.

  • helenapuck

    helenapuck said 6 years ago

    I love your Marian altar. I collect Catholic art and icons too. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • LaCageDoree

    LaCageDoree said 6 years ago

    Glad to see another pratt grad on etsy! I love your work and feel very connected to it.

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures said 6 years ago

    Very nice interview. Very interesting and unique designs. :-)

  • AsLuckWouldHaveIt

    AsLuckWouldHaveIt said 6 years ago

    I love your cat's name matching with a character from 'eyes of the dragon' by Stephen King! Your jewelry is super cool! Congrats on the feature!

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 6 years ago

    Congrads on your success! Do you know Sara Pfau, she is my neice, also went to Pratt and makes jewelry...Take care, good luck to you!

  • SSSJ

    SSSJ said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring! Keep up the great work.

  • mienkintoshfairie

    mienkintoshfairie said 6 years ago

    Reading your interview was like listening to a tale around the campfire. I really enjoyed your interview and congrats

  • ladymadeup

    ladymadeup said 6 years ago

    You rock. I love your art. Pretty and different.

  • bonnnxx

    bonnnxx said 6 years ago

    yay for true romance!

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 6 years ago

    I love your pink walls... and such an interesting story. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Pokerladies

    Pokerladies said 6 years ago

    I LOVE your work. I feel we are kindred spirits!

  • Bluestarfire

    Bluestarfire said 6 years ago

    Love your graphics, but like the "Love Bandits" the best.

  • chanyeevon

    chanyeevon said 6 years ago

    Awesome life-sharing and great attitude of yours! :) You have inspired me to keep on moving no matter how hectic I am working full time at the day and handling part time (etsy) at night! All the best to you :) YV

  • lunaessence

    lunaessence said 6 years ago

    Very Cool interview !

  • FruitsOFtheBLooM

    FruitsOFtheBLooM said 6 years ago

    Fabulous work!

  • ladylavona

    ladylavona said 6 years ago

    Hey Cupcake!!! Congrats!!! love love love!!! xo Lavona

  • Chandeluse

    Chandeluse said 6 years ago

    Delightfully off the beaten path. I would love to see your graphics.

  • forKMZ

    forKMZ said 6 years ago

    The feel of the jewelry is a dark + vampish + victorian. Very unique

  • CyanideStitches

    CyanideStitches said 6 years ago

    Absolutely love.

  • Smadars

    Smadars said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiring story You have great items :)

  • TangoRocks

    TangoRocks said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, yor work is fa-bu-lous!

  • 2BlackCats

    2BlackCats said 6 years ago

    "The human body is truly an inspiration in my work, the heart especially; I believe it is a powerful, eternal machine that goes beyond our blood and connects us, human-to-human." -- This is such a beautiful sentiment! Love your sacred heart necklace! Congratulations on being the featured interview.

  • AidaBajar

    AidaBajar said 6 years ago

    I like your style. Your creations have some kind of magic and I believe this magic works well... Good luck. P.S. work place is perfect.

  • erindove

    erindove said 6 years ago

    unique

  • Earthystyle

    Earthystyle said 6 years ago

    Very interesting seller!

  • mayaruhi

    mayaruhi said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous jewelry from a gorgeous studio!:D

  • pinkingedgedesigns

    pinkingedgedesigns said 6 years ago

    So nice to meet the person behind this awesome shop. Congratulations!!!

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 6 years ago

    Great jewelry and shop!! Thanks for sharing your advice! Best of luck!!!

  • divinagioielli

    divinagioielli said 6 years ago

    Wow! Congrats!!!!!

  • Sylphwood

    Sylphwood said 6 years ago

    A thoughtful and inspiring story. I love the patina of your style and art.

  • OldNewAgain

    OldNewAgain said 6 years ago

    amazing gift you have!

  • Maulani

    Maulani said 6 years ago

    This is something that never across in my mind. I like her style and really love her studio. Thanks for sharing!

  • flowerandpearlstudio

    flowerandpearlstudio said 6 years ago

    The things you like to think about are very interesting. I love what you do.

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 6 years ago

    Very creative writer! I love your items and your taste in music...Faith No More and Danzig are 2 of my favorites!

  • oldcottage

    oldcottage said 6 years ago

    ...to the beat of a different drummer. just wonderful! thanks for the inspiration! Leilani

  • peanoonies

    peanoonies said 6 years ago

    Adore your black parade series!The characters & story you developed are delightful,completely enthralling & entertaining!!Totally fun to read they made me so happy!

  • johnfinkler

    johnfinkler said 6 years ago

    Great work! and shop! love your originality.

  • excely

    excely said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured seller! So glad to see a long-time favorite get the honor. Your shop has always been amazing.

  • piecesofthepastgal

    piecesofthepastgal said 6 years ago

    Girl, I think in addition to art you should do some writing!! I think you are expressive in many different ways! I bookmarked your blog and pressed "like" for your Facebook page...I know you'll do great things!!

  • GirlOfManyColors

    GirlOfManyColors said 6 years ago

    Your jewelry and prints would be perfect for this little boutique we have in Columbus. You should check it out! http://www.collierwest.com/

  • kmbutterfly

    kmbutterfly said 6 years ago

    beautiful jewelry and enchanting paintings...and hauntingly inspiring writing. I love the recognition of beauty in the unique and marginal. wonderful work.

  • CostureroReal

    CostureroReal said 6 years ago

    beautiful items!

  • nomadcraftsetc

    nomadcraftsetc said 6 years ago

    Fantastic and Wonderful Seller! Thank you for this article!

  • aLeigh32569

    aLeigh32569 said 6 years ago

    I gotta say, this is a perfect eerie (in a good way!) little shop of beautiful horrors! perfect for the month os halloween. i love the vintage spookiness of all of these creations. you are definitely one of my new faves! thanks!

  • HouseThatCrowBuilt

    HouseThatCrowBuilt said 6 years ago

    I was just in her shop the other day admiring her Dracula reliquary! Her shop definitely appeals to my darker side. Great article and congrats on the feature!

  • MaMagasin

    MaMagasin said 6 years ago

    Lovely items and I really like the photos too!

  • BeeKai

    BeeKai said 6 years ago

    I appreciate diversity... It's a hallmark of mine too... Your work and 'muses' are truly inspiring. Uniquities all and all are very beautiful.

  • ThingsUnseen

    ThingsUnseen said 6 years ago

    Beautiful article. Special individual, keep in moving forward Leila. Thank you for sharing.

  • charcoaldesigns

    charcoaldesigns said 6 years ago

    I really love the wolfman print, reminds me of the Diane Arbus movie Fur. This print has been in my favorites for awhile now, I think this is a sign that I should order it!

  • KIMMSMITH

    KIMMSMITH said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work! Fab article!

  • LaurenAlexander

    LaurenAlexander said 6 years ago

    wow! very cool.

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 6 years ago

    Interesting work - thank you.

  • Gingerly88

    Gingerly88 said 6 years ago

    Love everything!

  • trouveart

    trouveart said 6 years ago

    I feel like you're a kindred spirit. Your work is very cohesive but also diverse. Congratulations. A great interview.

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

    I love your great advice of praying and working hard.

  • TheOrganicIntrovert

    TheOrganicIntrovert said 6 years ago

    I so enjoyed reading this! You are very inspiring and interesting. Thank you!

  • LoveYouSo

    LoveYouSo said 6 years ago

    You are very talented in many ways! good luck!

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 6 years ago

    Fabulous work. So very original and refreshing!!

  • AnotherRealmScents

    AnotherRealmScents said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Great interview and original pieces!

  • VWayne

    VWayne said 6 years ago

    Uh, huh, yeah, I got you.

  • jewelryfetishlv

    jewelryfetishlv said 6 years ago

    Love your work... Nice shop... and Wonderful Story. Wish you more success.

  • zmedceramics

    zmedceramics said 6 years ago

    what a fun read!

  • bloomerie

    bloomerie said 6 years ago

    I've been a fan of her shop for a while now and it's nice to read about more about her. Lovely interview!

  • shadowempress

    shadowempress said 6 years ago

    Lovely! As someone fairly new to selling on etsy, I have to say you are a complete inspiration! It is so refreshing to see someone who is also interested in vintage and thrift finds of times past, but simultaneously into eerier and darker stuff...it gives gals like me so much hope and excitement about crafting all over again. Thank you for sharing :)

  • PureaAccessory

    PureaAccessory said 6 years ago

    Beautiful writing. Great work of art!

  • PixelWildChild

    PixelWildChild said 6 years ago

    Very intriging and interesting personality... very nice read! This shop is amazing!

  • discerningchichi

    discerningchichi said 6 years ago

    Love your individualistic taste and creations. Have enjoyed reading your feature here - all the best for the future!!

  • DiamondSand

    DiamondSand said 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed this interview. What a wonderful outlook on life, and work ethic too. Very inspiring!

  • spoonfulofmint

    spoonfulofmint said 6 years ago

    Inspiring! Love your work.

  • TahelSadot

    TahelSadot said 6 years ago

    Love your stuff. Great jewelry and shop!!

  • mmerrittdesigns

    mmerrittdesigns said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story!

  • VonlenskaVintage

    VonlenskaVintage said 6 years ago

    loved reading this! what a cool girl!

  • LivingInspired

    LivingInspired said 6 years ago

    you sounds like someone I could dig around in antique shops with! Great feature and shop!

  • HemppieJewels

    HemppieJewels said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being featured! I think your shop and items are very interesting and cool. I also started with graphic design and other art making and have ended up loving the art of jewelry making.

  • PamplemousseAndBean

    PamplemousseAndBean said 6 years ago

    Yay Delaware!

  • BreatheCouture

    BreatheCouture said 6 years ago

    wonderful items! Very unique! I love that!

  • ashcraftmegan

    ashcraftmegan said 6 years ago

    You seem out of a dream. Whimsical.

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 6 years ago

    Great Article!!! Very cool Jewel designs!!

  • DotD

    DotD said 6 years ago

    Your Halloween stuff is Oooooo scary, and your writing is wonderful!

  • Legacy925

    Legacy925 said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Wonderful interview. You have a nice selection of very unique and interesting pieces. I wish you all the best!

  • drawcity

    drawcity said 6 years ago

    Nice interview and great work!

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 6 years ago

    Love your work! Great article

  • katylunsford

    katylunsford said 6 years ago

    COngrats and best of luck to you!

  • aynart

    aynart said 6 years ago

    reminds me of gus fink's painted photographs! very nice! love the jewelry!

  • syringaspring

    syringaspring said 6 years ago

    Your interview and especially your advice to other Etsy sellers is inspirational and sincere Leila. Would love to be able to share a pot of coffee and chat with you :) I can see your good heart! All the Best to You!!

  • REALBUTTERFLYGIFTS

    REALBUTTERFLYGIFTS said 6 years ago

    Very unique great work!

  • GoblinSupermarket

    GoblinSupermarket said 6 years ago

    This is inspirational!

  • andrea0503

    andrea0503 said 6 years ago

    Such a sweet and honest person!

  • phoebemb

    phoebemb said 6 years ago

    i love love your work (and style) ...

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 6 years ago

    Leila, what a great story! Love the fact that your cat is named after a Stephen King character - I see such wonderful things in your art and love your jewelry creations. Keep up the fabulous imagination and I love your approach to "work"... I strive for the same satisfaction in my life's work.

  • OpusMuse

    OpusMuse said 6 years ago

    i love the slightly dark side of your jewelry. very nice!

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 6 years ago

    Beautiful shop!!! Congrats on your success!!!

  • envejewelry

    envejewelry said 6 years ago

    I've been such a huge fan for a long time now. So glad to see you as the featured seller! Congrats on this much deserved spotlight! :)

  • delia6667

    delia6667 said 6 years ago

    I love Randall Flag too Leila! And certainly Shakespeare. Cordelia

  • CassiopiasCreations

    CassiopiasCreations said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! Your story, pics & jewelry show you have a great eye for what your doing.. Much success to you!

  • robinwade

    robinwade said 6 years ago

    You do amazing work. I wish you light and all of the success you deserve.

  • ArkansasLeather

    ArkansasLeather said 6 years ago

    I love the fact that you left the Big Apple for the Small Cherry Tomato. Mayberry aint so bad- and if you keep your eyes peeled you may just bump into Aunt Bea. Oh, and tell your cat Randall Flag, "Uncle ArkansasLeather says "Hi"". BTW- I'm a Stephen King fan myself :-B*

  • ArkansasLeather

    ArkansasLeather said 6 years ago

    I love the fact that you left the Big Apple for the Small Cherry Tomato. Mayberry aint so bad- And if you keep your eyes peeled you may just bump into Aunt Bea. Oh, and tell your cat Randall Flag, "Uncle ArkansasLeather says "Hi"". BTW- I'm a Stephen King fan myself :-B*

  • jamiespinello

    jamiespinello said 6 years ago

    Love the photos of the artist in the studio and the different items in the artists collection.

  • mdecarli

    mdecarli said 6 years ago

    Wow!! I am very happy for you! You are such inspiration! I can't wait to meet you some day!!! I wish the best to you ... :) Happy beading! Juliana Marciszewski

  • underlandoverland

    underlandoverland said 6 years ago

    I'm so jealous of your house, amazing

  • LifeStory

    LifeStory said 6 years ago

    very inspiring! i love your work.

  • modernpearlco

    modernpearlco said 6 years ago

    Love your style and great house!

  • appearences

    appearences said 6 years ago

    I like odd characters

  • PinkNeedleDesign

    PinkNeedleDesign said 6 years ago

    I love your creative process! Very inspirational :D Keep up the good work

  • kkswede

    kkswede said 6 years ago

    Thanks for your story - we are all so unique and yet very much the same. Best of good fortune to you!

  • ezliving

    ezliving said 6 years ago

    Wow cool piece! Thanks for sharing!

  • marcontraire

    marcontraire said 6 years ago

    Your jewelry is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your story. I enjoy hearing about how others have found success :)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article! Congrats on your success!

  • itsmar62

    itsmar62 said 6 years ago

    LOVE your cat's name :)

  • EmeraldPixie

    EmeraldPixie said 6 years ago

    Adorable shop! Loved the interview!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    Looooooooove religious art! Mix religion and spook, and I am intrigued...

  • ScentfulNeeds

    ScentfulNeeds said 6 years ago

    Love your creativeness! Congratulations featured seller!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Love your stuff ! Congrats !

  • NASchuttDesign

    NASchuttDesign said 6 years ago

    Awesome pieces!

  • CircleandStoneStudio

    CircleandStoneStudio said 6 years ago

    very very cool!

  • LittleBirdsBoutique

    LittleBirdsBoutique said 6 years ago

    Wonderful Interview! Thanks!

  • RoughMagicCreations

    RoughMagicCreations said 6 years ago

    Brava! I enjoyed every word!!!

  • TheScrapBasket

    TheScrapBasket said 6 years ago

    Interesting! Very expressive.

  • TenThings

    TenThings said 6 years ago

    Cool! Love your work! It's awesome! Congratulations!

  • MinxiDesign

    MinxiDesign said 6 years ago

    Thank You! So inspirational and I adore your stuff and your passion!

  • michcaso

    michcaso said 6 years ago

    Great job - thanks for sharing!

  • MeAndBoo

    MeAndBoo said 6 years ago

    I like your style!!

  • Oddiments

    Oddiments said 6 years ago

    Lovely items and cool advice, thanks!

  • riversbendbeads

    riversbendbeads said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing with us!

  • ColleenH1964

    ColleenH1964 said 6 years ago

    First of all I love that your pet is named after Stephen King's notorious villian Randall Flagg!!! Love the the book "The Stand". You have to complete the "Dark Tower" series it's excellent! Secondly, I found so many similarities between you and I! How Fun! Your article was very very inspiring and thank you for sharing! Colleen

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 6 years ago

    Great and encouraging interview..ha! ha! Randall Flagg, my 18 year old cat is Claws E. Moto....I love old grave yards too..thanks for your advice.

  • kathimckenziedesigns

    kathimckenziedesigns said 6 years ago

    I love your spirit! You're artistic, quirky and sweet. I'm buying something from you soon!

  • writinginthesand

    writinginthesand said 6 years ago

    Many Congrats! Stay Inspired! Just love your spirit!

  • probono999

    probono999 said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your feature. Shows your art gives meaning while exposing your spirit. Very forthright.

  • Shrinefairy

    Shrinefairy said 6 years ago

    I love the picture of your room with the Mary Altar, it's beautiful!

  • gmagoods

    gmagoods said 6 years ago

    Thank You

  • earthnskystudio

    earthnskystudio said 6 years ago

    Much success to you! Great interview - very interesting! ^_^

  • ferrytalesgifts

    ferrytalesgifts said 6 years ago

    The quirkiness grabs and holds my interest. Your passion and creativity is an inspiration.

  • tatteredmoon

    tatteredmoon said 6 years ago

    A great read and love the pics. Your work is amazing too! Cheers

  • britpals

    britpals said 6 years ago

    Very interesting. I'm also a Leila from Delaware but nowhere near as creative .. but I'm inspired!

  • PoconoPrincessJewels

    PoconoPrincessJewels said 6 years ago

    Wow! You and your creativity are both unique. Good luck to you now and in the future :)

  • RocknRoyalJewelry

    RocknRoyalJewelry said 6 years ago

    Great Stuff Thanks!

  • ArtisanSoapSpa

    ArtisanSoapSpa said 6 years ago

    I love the mystery I can detect in your art and creations. It pulls one in to see more ;) Much continued success to you.

  • loneblackbird

    loneblackbird said 6 years ago

    you are refreshingly unique - wish we could meet for coffee and chat!

  • CounterFitCakes

    CounterFitCakes said 6 years ago

    Interesting interview. Thank you for sharring your style.

  • jeanettegibson

    jeanettegibson said 6 years ago

    ..the passion shines through you life and your work.. incredibly inspiring..

  • DeneTheron

    DeneTheron said 6 years ago

    awesome :D

  • VelvetBitchOriginals

    VelvetBitchOriginals said 6 years ago

    LOVE your work!!! Great article!

  • WildRhubarb

    WildRhubarb said 6 years ago

    Great information. Interesting and inspiring article. You are truly a gifted artist. Thank you.

  • Braceletqueen7

    Braceletqueen7 said 6 years ago

    Wow! You have a very interesting life! Amazing article! :)

  • TrendyTrimmingsByTT

    TrendyTrimmingsByTT said 6 years ago

    You are not only a great artist but a wonderful story teller as well. I could not stop reading this article! You have a wonderful imagination and it comes through in your work!

  • CreationbyKiskis

    CreationbyKiskis said 6 years ago

    Got to love the unusual.

  • etchhold

    etchhold said 6 years ago

    congrats fellow Delawarean. :)

  • TUTreasures

    TUTreasures said 6 years ago

    Wow, I really love the way you express yourself. Your descriptions of your creativity sparked a few of my own creative memories. My art just comes to me when I see and feel the pieces while I work, but I have so much trouble expressing the story behind so much of my work. Congratulations on being featured. Love your work, too.

  • ThistleFinchGallery

    ThistleFinchGallery said 6 years ago

    You have some interesting insights. Thank you for taking the time to inspire us all!

  • ShimmerandFizz

    ShimmerandFizz said 6 years ago

    Great artcile. Thanks for the advice. Dumb and Dumber is one of my favorite movies as well. Kids, well, that was an eye opener when I watched it many years ago.

  • LilsMonsters

    LilsMonsters said 6 years ago

    Very cool. Thank you for the advice.

  • williamkdavis

    williamkdavis said 6 years ago

    Danzig. Awesome. Miss listening to his stuff. You're work is great. Liked looking at it all as a collection with the comments and insights. Good luck.

  • lepetitruban

    lepetitruban said 6 years ago

    Great art works, really like the style you have created!

  • BeanzBeads

    BeanzBeads said 6 years ago

    Wonderfully interesting article. Very inspiring to keep doing what I love and be true to one's own style! Best wishes to you and your shop!

  • AndreaFuentesDesigns

    AndreaFuentesDesigns said 6 years ago

    u make some fun stuff! love the edited calling cards

  • loveFabrik

    loveFabrik said 6 years ago

    It's very interesting!!!

  • BeachkidARTS

    BeachkidARTS said 6 years ago

    Thank you for inspiring me !

  • Mindielee

    Mindielee said 6 years ago

    Great article, fascinating creations!

  • gnormyle

    gnormyle said 6 years ago

    Very interesting! Best wishes!

  • KristinaTea

    KristinaTea said 6 years ago

    beautiful, beautiful artwork!!! Inspiring!! Thank you for sharing your story, especialy childhood memories - the little events that make you the person that you are.. beautiful x

  • bluekilnbeads

    bluekilnbeads said 6 years ago

    Great article, being new to Etsy I am trying to gather all tidbits of info that I can. Thanks

  • roclarkin

    roclarkin said 6 years ago

    Very nice interview. I celebrate your talent and the fact that you are true to yourself. Finding our way to who we are as an artist is an awesome ride. Congratulations!

  • BeJeweledNH

    BeJeweledNH said 6 years ago

    Congrats! I really enjoyed reading your interview. I love to see where other artists draw inspiration from. I also love the name of your cat - I am a Dark Tower and Stephen King fan myself. :)

  • spaenywoodstudio

    spaenywoodstudio said 6 years ago

    Enjoyed your article. Congratulations and continued success!

  • CandaceArt

    CandaceArt said 6 years ago

    Really interesting. Thanks!!!

  • pasin

    pasin said 6 years ago

    Very original Wonderful shop

  • tecsjack

    tecsjack said 6 years ago

    thanks for giving us a tiny glimse into your heart, beautiful, keep striving for that goal. You will get there and know when you have, x

  • myriamdesigns

    myriamdesigns said 6 years ago

    Your work and the story behind it is very inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

  • ilovegem

    ilovegem said 6 years ago

    Fabulous!!

  • thedots

    thedots said 6 years ago

    "Strive for it, pray for it and have the passion! Do what you love; often..." AMEN to this! Wonderful interview w/ a unique and creative soul!

  • hiddenhand4567

    hiddenhand4567 said 6 years ago

    Leila, you are such a yin and yang! I love everything about you, most especially your heart.

  • collectablesbychris

    collectablesbychris said 6 years ago

    You are a great example of what to strive for. Love your style and also your outlook. Thanks for posting this piece.

  • BeautyCentral

    BeautyCentral said 6 years ago

    You've inspired me. I heart this article. Thanks for sharing! :)

  • lilew

    lilew said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, how cool you are. Truly inspiring. Will promote you no doubt.

  • ThreeMerryMakers

    ThreeMerryMakers said 6 years ago

    I am so proud to have u on the same team as me! I really loved that article and your work.

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