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Featured Seller: Red Onion Woodworks

Nov 3, 2010

by Camille Storch

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m Camille, woodcrafter and owner of RedOnionWoodworks. I live with my husband and two little kids in an off-the-grid, 450-square-foot cabin at the dead end of a gravel road in rural western Oregon. As a genuine country girl, I spend as much time as possible outside or in our huge greenhouse oasis, nibbling on fruits and vegetables grown by my husband (a farrier by trade).

I am lucky to be a member of a family and a community who has always supported local businesses and environmentally friendly practices. With RedOnionWoodworks, like the rest of my life, I take sustainability very seriously, using only locally-sourced wood including trees taken out of backyards by arborists and hardwood logs salvaged from industrial logging operations, reusing or repurposing shipping materials, and applying non-toxic finish on all my cutting boards and serving trays.

I’m a pretty sensible, rational person in general, but Etsy is the first place that my commitment to restraint as a consumer has failed completely. I see things all the time on here that grip me with an uncontrollable “you must buy me” even though I didn’t know that I needed or wanted a new purse, belt, or whatever. Fortunately, I am happy to support and have a direct connection with folks doing it the handmade way and giving back to their own far-flung communities.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

I raise Nubian dairy goats, so I spend a lot of time doing barn chores, milking, and making delicious fresh cheeses. I enjoy many of those clichéd farmstead activities like baking crusty loaves of bread, hiking with my heeler dog, and preserving summer produce. I also browse thrift stores and help my mom at the local farmers’ market, where she’s been selling baked goods and organic vegetables for 27 years (easy to keep track because that’s how old I am). Mostly though, I hang out with my kids, trying to foster in them a sense of curiosity about the natural world.

FS_RedOnions_2.jpgWhat first made you want to become an artist?

I was not a particularly creative kid. After graduating from college with a degree in geoscience, I was burned out on academia and sitting in front of a computer, so I changed directions drastically. I started working a part-time job splitting firewood by hand, helping operate a small sawmill, and organizing a barn full of rough-sawn lumber. I also apprenticed in a woodworking shop, using many different power tools and spent a lot of time finish sanding custom furniture. I had no previous experience with woodworking, but after seeing the whole process from standing tree to piece of fine furniture, I fell in love with the craft. The concept of producing something that was beautiful as well as functional was a bit of a revelation and a motivator for me. It took a couple years for me to build my skills and develop my ideas that eventually went into Red Onion Woodworks.

Please describe your creative process.

My entire creative process and production model is dictated by the wood itself, starting with board selection. I choose slabs with an eye for, above all else, shape and character of the natural edge. Other considerations include color and figure (the seemingly three-dimensional textures of smooth boards). My wood source is a friend who is wonderful but a bit disorganized, which actually works out well because I end up spending a lot of time burrowing through lumber piles and finding perfect boards tucked behind piles of old farm equipment. It’s kind of a treasure hunt.

I don’t yet have my own shop, so I haul all my tools around in a giant Makita-blue duffel bag. It’s a sparse but functional collection: a power hand planer, a belt sander, a cordless drill, a cordless circular saw, and a cordless jigsaw. Gotta say that lithium-ion batteries are an off-grid girl’s best friend. In the summer, I work outdoors, which is pleasant as well as inspirational, but I move inside for the fall and winter. I can’t complain too much about the transient conditions because I have the freedom to do what I love.

When designing, I consider each board individually. My wood of choice is bigleaf maple because it machines well and has great character. The nature of figured maple, however, is that its beauty is a product of irregular patterns in the grain (crotches, burls, etc.), which are the areas that have the most cracks, bark inclusions, and strange knots. I find many of these supposed defects to be aesthetically pleasing, so I often leave them unadulterated in my serving trays. My favorite part is the last step, putting on the finish, when the figure suddenly pops into 3-D.

FS_RedOnion_1.jpgWhat handmade possession do you most cherish?

Definitely my house. My husband built it with timbers that he milled (some from our property) and many other salvaged building materials. None of the windows match, and the bathing facilities are outside, but that doesn’t bother me; in fact, sometimes it’s nice to shower under the stars. I’m kind of a conspiracy theorist about having too much plastic in everyday life, so a lot of wood, glass, iron, ceramics, textiles, and books fill the cozy living space. Except for a couple of chairs picked up at a garage sale, all our furniture was made by us or various family members. We have a plan to someday build a “real” house, but for now, I am very happy where I am.

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

Spend a lot of time browsing and shopping on the site. Pay close attention to what catches your eye and what appeals to you aesthetically. Know that your product won’t appeal to everyone, so focus on catering to a target group of consumers. Don’t monitor your competitor’s every move because you should be trying to do something unique, and there are probably enough customers to sustain both shops. Most importantly, make something in a category which isn’t already over-saturated.

FS_RedOnions_3.jpgWhat are your favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?

The Etsy community is so supportive. Every time I have a question I go straight to the Forums, and the answer is always there. When someone marks my shop as his or her favorite or sends me a nice convo, it makes my day a little brighter. I also recently joined a great team, TeamT International (Go TeamT!), and that has been an awesome experience. The fact that I can forge real relationships with teammates, customers, and other sellers all over the world is pretty darn cool.

I wish I was able to search through all my favorite shops at the same time. This would allow me to find possible purchases more easily as well as pick out items for treasuries from shops that I already know and like.

I’d also like to post pictures of my materials and production methods on my profile page.

FS_RedOnions_4.jpgHow do you promote your work?

I believe in some kind of Etsy karma. I buy plenty of stuff here, and whenever I get compliments on my purchases, I send people to Etsy. In fact, I’ve told just about everyone I know about this site. I make treasuries that feature other people’s beautiful things in the hopes that what’s good for other sellers is good for me as well as the whole Etsy organization.

I am just so thankful to those behind-the-scenes Etsy Admin, working hard on everyone’s behalf to make the buyers’ shopping experiences so pleasant and easy. With this convenient venue for sellers to showcase products, it’s kind of been, “If you build it, they will come.”

I do have a Facebook page where I post pictures and tidbits of information. If you “like” it, I promise not to bug you too often.

In ten years, where would you like to be?

I hope to be living in a slightly bigger house on the same property that has space for luxuries like a closet, a couch, and an indoor shower. I’ll be working away in a well-stocked shop, crafting fine furniture and other home accessories. Ideally, I’d also like to have a good cheese facility where I can age artisan hard goat cheeses to feed my good friends and growing family.

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436 comments

  • littlebugjewelry

    littlebugjewelry said 6 years ago

    Oh, I want that house! Great feature!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 6 years ago

    stunning pieces, they are works of art. congratulations!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 6 years ago

    what a fabulous home and interview - your work is stunning and i'm so happy to see you featured here. thanks for sharing part of your inspiration and your life with us. and congratulations!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    Great Shop and great article! Thanks so much for sharing! ;)

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 6 years ago

    What an interesting interview! Loved reading a little bit about your daily life. congratulations on being feautured.

  • JewelryByJLy

    JewelryByJLy said 6 years ago

    Great article! Thank you so much for sharing your story! I love the photo with you & your house! It's adorable! Congratulations Featured Seller!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 6 years ago

    I love everything in your shop, I love your house, and love that hand-forged knife that is in all your photos. You might have my dream life!

  • TulleMeAboutIt

    TulleMeAboutIt said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! I loved the article. Thanks for sharing!

  • TulleMeAboutIt

    TulleMeAboutIt said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! I loved the article. Thanks for sharing!

  • ArtigianoJewelBox

    ArtigianoJewelBox said 6 years ago

    Beautiful product and great philosophy! Thank you.

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 6 years ago

    Your items are amazing. Continued success to you. I think I speak for many when I say I would love a tour of your cabin!

  • DIVINEsweetness

    DIVINEsweetness said 6 years ago

    i would love to bath under the stars... so dreamy =)

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    What a great story! You never do know where you'll end up, of what you'll be doing. Beautiful pieces :)

  • Xenotees

    Xenotees said 6 years ago

    Yay! I'm so happy for you- love your shop! Keep up the great work!

  • LilaClareJewelry

    LilaClareJewelry said 6 years ago

    Wow - This is the way I grew up and I have the same values. Love your wood.

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    Lovely seller and great looking cutting boards! Etsy Karma is a excellent way of thinking of it. I refer a lot of people on here too over the years :)

  • 1001days

    1001days said 6 years ago

    great... great... great...

  • SillyBuddy

    SillyBuddy said 6 years ago

    Lovely!! Yahoo! Grats Camille this is wonderful!

  • boobsRus

    boobsRus said 6 years ago

    The way you live and create is inspiring to me, thank you for sharing. Maybe one day you can get to selling some of your yummy baked goods and cheese on etsy!!~Beth

  • SanibelsTreasures

    SanibelsTreasures said 6 years ago

    Very interesting life! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  • arsniccandy

    arsniccandy said 6 years ago

    Such fabulous creations. I love when people really design and create their work.......patterns, clothing.....cutting boards!! What an amazing house. I want to visit:)

  • noblegnome

    noblegnome said 6 years ago

    Fantastic. What a wonderful and well deserved feature. Congrats!

  • Momyzmunymakerz

    Momyzmunymakerz said 6 years ago

    sounds like the perfect life! I'm envious!

  • maechevrette

    maechevrette said 6 years ago

    This has been one of my favorite featured seller articles to date. Your work and your life is super inspiring-- I loved the quote "Mostly though, I hang out with my kids, trying to foster in them a sense of curiosity about the natural world." So awesome!

  • WrenWillow

    WrenWillow said 6 years ago

    Congrats!!!

  • Magicinthegrass

    Magicinthegrass said 6 years ago

    Can I come and live in your house please? What a lovely story xxx

  • FeltShmelt

    FeltShmelt said 6 years ago

    awesome, AWESOME feature - your commitment to nature and community is outstanding. Congratulations to you!

  • TopsailWinds

    TopsailWinds said 6 years ago

    Such lovely work! I love your story and what a beautiful little home you have! :) Thanks for sharing! Best of continued luck to you!

  • TimothyAdamDesigns

    TimothyAdamDesigns said 6 years ago

    Lovin it!

  • shannondzikas

    shannondzikas said 6 years ago

    The concept of Etsy Karma is so right. I've loved my purchases and hope others are completely happy with theirs. Congrats to you!

  • TheFancyLamb

    TheFancyLamb said 6 years ago

    Hoooray Camille! Great interview!

  • cindymars7

    cindymars7 said 6 years ago

    Camille, you remind me of the strong women in my family. What an inspirational article. Thank you for sharing and keep crafting. Your work is wonderful.

  • Raceytay

    Raceytay said 6 years ago

    Congrats, Camille!

  • Jealousydesign

    Jealousydesign said 6 years ago

    Congrats Camille! Great interview!

  • TanjaDesign

    TanjaDesign said 6 years ago

    I absolutely love your work and envy you for your house in the country :) Wonderful!

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 6 years ago

    So cool and practical!

  • gatelinesalsa

    gatelinesalsa said 6 years ago

    YAY Camille! So happy to see you as the FEAUTRED SELLER! CONGRATS!!!!!!

  • calloohcallay

    calloohcallay said 6 years ago

    Wonderful interview--so inspiring! Congratulations, Camille!

  • Balanced

    Balanced said 6 years ago

    I want to shower under the stars! congrats, Camille!

  • discomedusa

    discomedusa said 6 years ago

    living the good life...congrats!

  • YanniCreations

    YanniCreations said 6 years ago

    Great interview. Congratulations on being the featured seller. Thanks for sharing...and oh I love your house,so adorable.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    What a fabulous home and interview ! lOVE YOUR HANDMADE WORK, LOVE YOUR HISTORY LOVE YOUR HOME :)) Congrats Camille !

  • veroeperez

    veroeperez said 6 years ago

    I'm inspired by your lifestyle. You have a beautiful Home and way of life. I can appreciate if from afar cuz as a city folk, we take for granted what nature has to offer.

  • jennyndesign

    jennyndesign said 6 years ago

    Lovely interview! Congratulations! :)

  • MajikHorse

    MajikHorse said 6 years ago

    You are amazing!! All the best to you!!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 6 years ago

    very very cool. Congratulations and much success for you in the future!

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 6 years ago

    very cool! thanks!

  • rockysprings1984

    rockysprings1984 said 6 years ago

    Well you really have the life. I am so envious even though my husband and I just built our own home with our own hands one hour from New Orleans in dairy country. Thank you for all the wood pieces. I want them all.

  • ARemarkYouMade

    ARemarkYouMade said 6 years ago

    What a great story! I love other "Green" people. Thank you for being so eco-conscious and for creating such beautiful cutting boards and serving trays! Absolutely stunning!

  • IslaNewYork

    IslaNewYork said 6 years ago

    So cool!! The pieces are gorgeous - simple yet so unique! And the pictures really stand out! Wishing you all the best! :)

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 6 years ago

    Love your work!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    beautiful in every way!

  • rockysprings1984

    rockysprings1984 said 6 years ago

    Well you really have the life. I am so envious even though my husband and I just built our own home with our own hands one hour from New Orleans in dairy country. Thank you for all the wood pieces. I want them all.

  • moonovermaize

    moonovermaize said 6 years ago

    I've really enjoyed reading your interview. The house your husband made looks so cozy and quaint. Congratulations!

  • LilyVoltaire

    LilyVoltaire said 6 years ago

    Super super fabulous! Inspiring lifestyle :)

  • TheThreadbareGypsies

    TheThreadbareGypsies said 6 years ago

    Love your work-so inspiring! And beautiful!

  • StuffByKim

    StuffByKim said 6 years ago

    I love your work and I have 2 Blue Heelers just like yours. And you are living in my dream home!

  • MidwestFinds

    MidwestFinds said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! I love your house. What an awesome place you've built. Wishing many sales upon you. :)

  • mandymoomoo

    mandymoomoo said 6 years ago

    I really admire you, "real houses" are overrated. Stay off the grid! I wish you all the success in the world

  • birdhouseaccents

    birdhouseaccents said 6 years ago

    Congrats love your work

  • SoFino

    SoFino said 6 years ago

    Fantastic interview! Congrats :)

  • 3dots

    3dots said 6 years ago

    Lovely work, person, philosophy and home!! Congrats on the feature!! :)

  • warmnfuzzies

    warmnfuzzies said 6 years ago

    Congrats Camille! Your shop is great!!

  • EdensWake

    EdensWake said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, Camille!! I'm so happy for you, and such a great interview!

  • GildedCageDesign

    GildedCageDesign said 6 years ago

    Your house looks awesome!! We just installed solar panels to ours, so cool! Congrats on the feature:)

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! What a fun interview. Thanks for sharing yourself with us!

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 6 years ago

    Wonderful. I love this.

  • SouthernBelleOOAK

    SouthernBelleOOAK said 6 years ago

    Your work shows your love affair with wood!

  • RoseyFinch

    RoseyFinch said 6 years ago

    Wow, what an amazing way to live...wonderful pieces, congratulations on your success!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats!!! =)

  • soleil38

    soleil38 said 6 years ago

    I aspire to become a good person like you.

  • agatsijoias

    agatsijoias said 6 years ago

    Hello, I like the fact that you are so attentive to nature, and that you seem to have a very peaceful lifestyle. Congratulations!! http://www.agatsijoias.etsy.com http://www.agatsijewelryline.com

  • Maulani

    Maulani said 6 years ago

    I love this!

  • theeye

    theeye said 6 years ago

    this was so fun to read! congrats on your feature :)

  • holzfurhaus

    holzfurhaus said 6 years ago

    Outstanding!

  • gypsygyrl

    gypsygyrl said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! We're near you on the rural, northern California coast in a tiny cabin too! Best of luck with homesteading, family and your woodworking!

  • gwinc

    gwinc said 6 years ago

    WOW!!! These are just to nice to use!!! LOL Nice write up....good answers....Beautiful "product"!!!

  • littlefootmek

    littlefootmek said 6 years ago

    wow Cammille!!! Thank you so much for sharing!! What an inspiration- I love your creations and your life philosophy- I would love to someday live on a small farm similar to yours, my heeler would love it too! Keep up the good work & livin the dream! outstanding.

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Camille! I love the interview, the lifestyle, the house, the cheese, the bread, the goats and your fabulous work!

  • GingersGirl

    GingersGirl said 6 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • madsciencechik

    madsciencechik said 6 years ago

    I found myself thinking: this is the life I'd love to have... this feature was so inspiring to read, thank you for sharing your story and gorgeous work!

  • tantancharms

    tantancharms said 6 years ago

    Love your work, love you house! Really inspiring!

  • ecomum

    ecomum said 6 years ago

    thanks for reminding me why we do what we do! Great profile!

  • YellowViolet

    YellowViolet said 6 years ago

    Oh Camille I want your life! I long to live simply and off the grid! Good for you!

  • 2007musarra

    2007musarra said 6 years ago

    Thank you for inviting us into your life, which is so inspiring and you are one talented lady! I am not sure that I could live off the grid but out of the corporate world , I could do that.

  • DawnCorrespondence

    DawnCorrespondence said 6 years ago

    SO AWESOME! Congrats!!! Love your shop :D

  • Velvetmanna

    Velvetmanna said 6 years ago

    oh camille, i loved reading about you! what a wonderful life you have to share with your little ones! i found myself "there" while reading your article. your work is beautiful!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Great article!

  • CarriesCustomDesigns

    CarriesCustomDesigns said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring! Keep living the life your love!!

  • gypsyjens

    gypsyjens said 6 years ago

    I shared your story on my Gypsyjens Facebook page with my followers! I really enjoyed reading your story. Thanks for sharing a little piece of your life :)www.gypsyjens.etsy.com

  • inourgarden

    inourgarden said 6 years ago

    Quite the testimonial that less IS more!

  • EnrikaCabrera

    EnrikaCabrera said 6 years ago

    That's how I dream to live someday...

  • DreamLifePaintings

    DreamLifePaintings said 6 years ago

    Love your woodworks!

  • AudreyGardenLady

    AudreyGardenLady said 6 years ago

    What a great article. Love the pics of the beautiful area you live in Camille. Your cabin is awesome!

  • kiteless

    kiteless said 6 years ago

    Congrats to Camille on the article! I have one of her boards, and it is truly gorgeous. I've even begun taking pictures of my items on her board since it photographs beautifully, and the raw edge makes a nice base. I just love that the wood is sourced so sustainably, and worked with so intimately. Go Camille!

  • NSpottery

    NSpottery said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I love your cutting boards! And I love goats!! :) Cheers to the country girl!

  • anthologyorganic

    anthologyorganic said 6 years ago

    These items are so wonderful! What a terrific story!

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop said 6 years ago

    Congrats Camille! I appreciate any woman who knows how to use a circular saw. I want to come visit you and learn how to make goat cheese. xoxoxoxo

  • TerraNovaJewelry

    TerraNovaJewelry said 6 years ago

    I swear, I dream about having a shower outside and showering underneath the sun and stars! Thanks for sharing. How fortunate you are! : )

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Great story thanks for inviting us into your life, I like how your bathing facilities are outside! Must get a bit cold in winter though!

  • ingermaaike

    ingermaaike said 6 years ago

    I would love to try your cheese and love your cutting boards a lot! Just my kind of life, though my shower is inside...at -30 celcius it is a bit nippy to be showering outside :)

  • Modulation

    Modulation said 6 years ago

    This is going to sound weird, but your cutting boards look delicious! There is something about them that seems to enhance the yumminess of the food. Wonderful! I want some of your goat cheese too! It is only my most favorite food in the whole world!

  • chickaloo

    chickaloo said 6 years ago

    Fascinating, yet simplistic, life you lead Camille! I absolutely love your back-to-basics mentality. And your work is gorgeous!

  • SundayTreasures

    SundayTreasures said 6 years ago

    beautiful country living at its purest. love your lifestyle and love your shop. i want to live in a cabin like yours!

  • BlytheAnne

    BlytheAnne said 6 years ago

    Amazing story, I always dream of learning to wood work.

  • VintageRubyHearts

    VintageRubyHearts said 6 years ago

    Awesome! Great life.

  • onetrueness

    onetrueness said 6 years ago

    Congrats for making the featured seller. Pacific Northwest artist rule! Good luck with future endeavors.

  • atelierpompadour

    atelierpompadour said 6 years ago

    congrats!! pieces of nature at home!! great work!!I'm in love with that cabin!!

  • Kasploy

    Kasploy said 6 years ago

    So cool and practical

  • strawberrypaintbrush

    strawberrypaintbrush said 6 years ago

    This was so fun to read! All the best to you!

  • Kasploy

    Kasploy said 6 years ago

    So cool and practical

  • EveryThingWonderful

    EveryThingWonderful said 6 years ago

    What a nice article...I want it all the cabin and lifestyle! What wonderful works of natural art form-your cutting boards are beautiful. Good luck and much happiness.

  • bunsonb

    bunsonb said 6 years ago

    You have the real beat on things. Less plastic is a good thing. Your little house is a real house, in tune with nature and humble. Your work is a testimony to the human need for basic and earthy things. I toast you!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 6 years ago

    Wow - what an inspiring story! I'm impressed with your energy and motivation to accomplish so much! Thank you for sharing.

  • FaithTeArt

    FaithTeArt said 6 years ago

    Great interview! I would LOVE to live in a house like that!

  • CinnamonInk

    CinnamonInk said 6 years ago

    What a cool house! Love your work too, great interview!

  • WhimsyGood

    WhimsyGood said 6 years ago

    As my British-half of the family in the UK would say, "Brilliant" "Lovely shop"

  • creativebusybee

    creativebusybee said 6 years ago

    Thank you for reminding us to cherish what we have no matter how simple. You are truly inspirational and passionate which beams through your article and your precious work. God Bless you and Good luck in your future. I wish you much success and more happiness!

  • jelene

    jelene said 6 years ago

    wonderful! love your house!

  • tinahdee

    tinahdee said 6 years ago

    Yay Camille! Go TeamT!! WB... LOL Tina :)

  • WELSHWINTER

    WELSHWINTER said 6 years ago

    i want your house love it i bet you are never cold!

  • heatherberry

    heatherberry said 6 years ago

    Your work is just beautiful! Well done!

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    IlluminatedPerfume said 6 years ago

    What a fabulous feature!

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 6 years ago

    Wow, I love your story, work and cattle dog!

  • graycat26

    graycat26 said 6 years ago

    I loved reading this story- thank you for sharing your beautiful work and something of your life with us all! Very interesting- best of luck :)

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 6 years ago

    Love all that gorgeous wood.

  • peanoonies

    peanoonies said 6 years ago

    Wow, I just posted on facebook I wish I lived in the forest,and have ever since I left Oregon in grade school.I love S.F but I am a country girl at heart also.These are just beautiful cutting boards!

  • sansmap

    sansmap said 6 years ago

    camille ~ your work is gorgeous, your story is compelling and you are inspiring. thank you so much for sharing!!

  • KeepEvolving

    KeepEvolving said 6 years ago

    Finally, after many years of evolving, I have discovered that I too love being in a rural environment. I smile after writing this, because I live in Loxahatchee, Florida which, although rural to me is only 20 minutes from a shopping mall. I love what you are doing. Your house, wood and way of life are so glorious. KeepEvolving, always.

  • Toxicguineapigs

    Toxicguineapigs said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful story, I envy your living situation so much! I grew up in the sticks and i miss it!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 6 years ago

    Congratulations...so glad to see you here! Much success!

  • FancifulFluff

    FancifulFluff said 6 years ago

    Great feature! I need one of those cutting boards STAT!

  • bleuherron

    bleuherron said 6 years ago

    so beautiful! thanks so much for sharing with us all!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 6 years ago

    I love how your cutting boards retains the quality wood as found in nature, these boards are both rustic and elegantly crafted- very unique!

  • blissthings

    blissthings said 6 years ago

    Your pieces are beautiful and I love your whole story!

  • kjmarksjewelry

    kjmarksjewelry said 6 years ago

    I love your house! Great story too :)

  • Lori411

    Lori411 said 6 years ago

    YAY! Congrats Camille! :) I loved reading your story!

  • TinkleToots

    TinkleToots said 6 years ago

    What a great feature! I sent the link to a friend to read!

  • OfTheFountain

    OfTheFountain said 6 years ago

    Awesome story! Is it too stalkerish of me to admit that the details I enjoy reading about most from the featured sellers are how they live? Literally, the environment in which they live their everyday lives...

  • blueridgewoodworking

    blueridgewoodworking said 6 years ago

    Very Awesome...Been out to Bend, a couple of times. Very Beautiful Country. Love the Grain pattern in the one in your left hand in the first picture. Good Luck and Keep up the good work.

  • Wishfulness

    Wishfulness said 6 years ago

    She sounds like so much fun! And I love her shop!

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 6 years ago

    Great story and amazing work!

  • sevenply

    sevenply said 6 years ago

    Awesome!

  • sdfoodie

    sdfoodie said 6 years ago

    Your article was so inspiring for me! As an urbanite I dream of someday doing what you are doing - trying live off the grid, making cheese and just soaking up nature and life. Thank you for sharing!!

  • quenchmetalworks

    quenchmetalworks said 6 years ago

    Wonderful feature! Congrats! It seems to me that you already have a "real" house! Don't try to upgrade...enjoy what you have and the love that was put into your home!

  • BowWowBeds

    BowWowBeds said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous house! Lovely shop!

  • susanj2255

    susanj2255 said 6 years ago

    Camille, you are living the life I want to live! Good for you. And I love your work. My sister-in-law lives in Oregon, in Klamath Falls.

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    beautiful pieces. the house looks amazing. :)

  • sweetmelissasmn

    sweetmelissasmn said 6 years ago

    Goodness, your store is beautiful! What a wonderful story.

  • Moonbeam008

    Moonbeam008 said 6 years ago

    Very cool! Love the shop!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    mattyhandmadecrafts said 6 years ago

    Sounds like amazing, hard work fairy tale! All the best and thank you for sharing.

  • greenmarketvintage

    greenmarketvintage said 6 years ago

    I LOVE that You are a College Graduate, Articulate Woman and have made the decisions that You and Your Husband have made! You've gone straight to the source of your TRUE HAPPINESS! God Bless You and Yours and all the People that you are influencing throughout our world Today! BE WELL,X0X0X cheryl P.s....if you ever want a Get Away...we can home trade! I'm overlooking the Monterey Bay; My Honey & I could squeeze into your TuB together and We LOVEGOATS!!

  • ThatOldBlueHouse2

    ThatOldBlueHouse2 said 6 years ago

    Great interview!!! Congrats!!

  • MissMeghanElizabeth

    MissMeghanElizabeth said 6 years ago

    This was a fantastic article! Congrats on your success, I want to buy your cheese!

  • MonkeysOnTheRoof

    MonkeysOnTheRoof said 6 years ago

    I love your lifestyle and hope to follow on this same path one day! I always notice your work on the front page and loved it, but it means more now that I know a little about you! Congrats!

  • Metamorphosi

    Metamorphosi said 6 years ago

    We have the same old but tube...inside.Thank you for sharing such a nice and inspiring story.

  • PuraBella

    PuraBella said 6 years ago

    WOW! I love your work! Loved reading about you.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 6 years ago

    great interview! love your shop. there's nothing like living in a handmade house. i wish ours was smaller. wanna trade? :)

  • Nummynaze

    Nummynaze said 6 years ago

    I love your house too! Your shop is awesome! I live in a large Cedar A frame so I know how you feel about natural wood. It's a wonderful place to be. Unfortunately the bats and the woodpeckers love it too. hahahha Good luck on your shop, and keep up the great work. Take Care! Elaine - Nummynaze@Etsy.com

  • thatspretty

    thatspretty said 6 years ago

    I am enchanted!!! Thanks for sharing pieces of your life with us!

  • mrhudon

    mrhudon said 6 years ago

    Love your cutting Boards!!

  • THINGMAJIG

    THINGMAJIG said 6 years ago

    @of the fountain That is curiosity about where her creative inspiration comes from. At least, that is why I like to read about other artisans' lifestyle and environment :-)

  • DotD

    DotD said 6 years ago

    Fresh and inspiring story, and beautiful shop!

  • freshfromthefarm

    freshfromthefarm said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Great article and your products are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your corner of the world with us. What a wonder life! Best of luck in the future.

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this story of such a talented individual. There is so much creativity here.

  • Patriacontemporary

    Patriacontemporary said 6 years ago

    Beautiful shop!

  • Metamorphosi

    Metamorphosi said 6 years ago

    Oops bathtub..that was funny!And I am italian.

  • Garden22DesignStudio

    Garden22DesignStudio said 6 years ago

    I loved your interview! Your shop is beautiful and your pieces have such a perfect rustic look to them. Congratulations!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 6 years ago

    What wonderful work! Congratulations and thank you for not only being concerned, but for actually practicing sustainability in its purest form! Your home is gorgeous, and bathing under the stars is the best!

  • giftworldz

    giftworldz said 6 years ago

    Very unique and beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  • shazzasknits

    shazzasknits said 6 years ago

    Cool lifestyle you have there, and awesome products you make also!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Interesting article! You have a great shop and lifestyle!

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible said 6 years ago

    WOW, oh wow, fantastic! What a joy to behold, peace DevineCollectilbe

  • stacykathryn

    stacykathryn said 6 years ago

    Very interesting article! Love that you live off the grid, make beautiful things and believe in etsy karma!! :)

  • laurastark

    laurastark said 6 years ago

    Beautiful cutting boards. I love the unique shapes!

  • robinwade

    robinwade said 6 years ago

    Love your work. Organic and beautiful. light...

  • badcandystudios

    badcandystudios said 6 years ago

    Oh wow, your house and your creations reminded me of the ranch I grew up on in Santa Fe. My uncle tried to start a business making cutting boards and coasters but found out early on that pine and juniper aren't the best for heavy-duty cutting. LOL. You make beautiful pieces!

  • FruteJuce

    FruteJuce said 6 years ago

    Very nice items and such a beautiful house.

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 6 years ago

    What a fabulous article! Your home sounds beautiful. :)

  • modernbird

    modernbird said 6 years ago

    Wonderful to read about you, your work and life! I want to trade places for a week or so, can we? Congrats and thank you for sharing. ~Laura

  • FAIRYTALE13

    FAIRYTALE13 said 6 years ago

    I loved reading all about you - congrats on being the FS. Happy etsying to all x.

  • hattieshouse

    hattieshouse said 6 years ago

    Way to go my fellow country oregonian!!!!!! Awesome interview and love the wood! Christy

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing so generously. Your article really captured your passion. Congratulations!

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 6 years ago

    Your stuff is fantastic, thanks for sharing your story with us.

  • laceydu

    laceydu said 6 years ago

    WWOOHOOO!! Off the grid! Star showers!! Your boards are gorgeous, I love the bark left on your cherry boards! Mighty fine.

  • KikiLaRu

    KikiLaRu said 6 years ago

    Wow, this is an Etsian after my heart. What a special soul! I love your life and your heart, Camille!!

  • AirTraffic1

    AirTraffic1 said 6 years ago

    what a fabulous home and interview - your work is stunning and i'm so happy to see you featured here. thanks for sharing part of your inspiration and your life with us. and congratulations!

  • NoFrump

    NoFrump said 6 years ago

    living in a cozy little off-grid house is one of my life dreams! good for you! :)

  • Serrelynda

    Serrelynda said 6 years ago

    Your story is one of the most intriguing featured seller articles I have read. I love that you help your mom at the local farmers market too.

  • tanmoil

    tanmoil said 6 years ago

    Love your house, how much to post it to oz? Oh and your boards are beautiful too

  • onceagaintreasures

    onceagaintreasures said 6 years ago

    OH! Very nice product sweetie..Love em. You should post more pics of your house..seriously intrigued by it. Looks great from what I can see. Good for you on not being one of the millions who live in cookie cutter homes (not that this is a bad thing) but an orginal mad by your man.. you do not see that anymore

  • pillowsbytamilyn

    pillowsbytamilyn said 6 years ago

    Your life sounds like Heaven on earth girl! So wonderful! I'll be shopping soon...your items are beautiful!

  • quant

    quant said 6 years ago

    love your story! and is that a sandmaiden sweater you're wearing in the first photo? mmm... merino...

  • ourfrontyard

    ourfrontyard said 6 years ago

    Great Story!

  • AlissaRose

    AlissaRose said 6 years ago

    Wow. Thank you Camille for sharing your story. I love every bit of it!

  • scrapsoupcropcircles

    scrapsoupcropcircles said 6 years ago

    Definitely the most interesting profile I've read of a featured seller. I'm jealous, I want to be off the grid! Alas, with my techie husband, that just wont happen. Kudos to you for your amazing and inspired woodwork!

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings said 6 years ago

    What a talented girl!

  • lterrill9

    lterrill9 said 6 years ago

    Great interview, I dream of living in a home and surrounds such as yours, what a life! Beautiful work!

  • elmstreetmarket

    elmstreetmarket said 6 years ago

    Your cabin is as cool as your art! I loved reading about your background. You have a pretty amazing life, Camille!

  • autumm

    autumm said 6 years ago

    you have a nice life

  • dirtdancestonewerks

    dirtdancestonewerks said 6 years ago

    Great shop, great life and great interview! You love wood the way I love stone; and my red heeler mix is jealous of your blue.

  • TiffanyMorganDesigns

    TiffanyMorganDesigns said 6 years ago

    Isn't it cold showering outside in the winter. Burrrr. lol. Great interview I really enjoyed it. :)

  • JohannaVintage

    JohannaVintage said 6 years ago

    Inspirational...

  • thefullspectrum

    thefullspectrum said 6 years ago

    congratulations! how i miss the beautiful northwest. your home is heaven. best wishes.

  • CraftyCrab

    CraftyCrab said 6 years ago

    Great interview - congrats on the feature! Your cutting boards and your goat cheese are the BEST!! Hope to see you at spinning night sometime soon.

  • indigotwin

    indigotwin said 6 years ago

    Fabulous! Intriguing to read about your "off the grid" lifestyle. Congrats!

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 6 years ago

    Fantastic Camille!

  • VintThor

    VintThor said 6 years ago

    Wow, amazing stuff! Super article and very interesting life!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    I lived like this for a while... no small feat in the overcrowded UK. Loved it but wouldn't go back, not least because you tend to stay a whole lot dirtier in the winter! LOL And actually, anything that runs on batteries is REALLY bad for the environment.

  • CelesteBlakeDesigns

    CelesteBlakeDesigns said 6 years ago

    You inspire me!! I think I will go make a purse now!!

  • wileyoak

    wileyoak said 6 years ago

    Even though I could not live like you do I admire you for living that way. What an incredible peaceful life you and your family must have. Your works are gorgeous.

  • ADoseOfAlchemy

    ADoseOfAlchemy said 6 years ago

    First of all, YEAH OREGON!!! Camille, your work is wonderful, your 'off the grid' life sounds enviable, and you must be a genuinely nice person (bonus!) from the tone of your profile. It's great to know your story, and I hope you have a LOAD of new business AND new Etsy friends from being the Featured Seller! You deserve it!

  • badcatjewelry

    badcatjewelry said 6 years ago

    What a fun interview. The house looks gorgeous, I want to peek inside.

  • LalisLittleWorldOn

    LalisLittleWorldOn said 6 years ago

    Love the interview ...love your life style...and I'm in love with your fabulose house!!!!

  • Bonefish1

    Bonefish1 said 6 years ago

    Wow! Love the interview, LOVE your boards!

  • BodaciousBiddies

    BodaciousBiddies said 6 years ago

    Awesome interview and shop! Gotta love someone who does good things for the environment!

  • linenclothing

    linenclothing said 6 years ago

    My kind of girl...awsome article and person. Now this is an artist in more ways than one.

  • loveclothing

    loveclothing said 6 years ago

    love this shop! LOVE your items...truly inspiring!

  • Quiltedhearts5

    Quiltedhearts5 said 6 years ago

    Great article, love the way you live and think, but most of all love the cutting boards, great for gifts...gotta go shop now.

  • AwesomeApplique

    AwesomeApplique said 6 years ago

    What a fantastic life you live!

  • RedHoundWoodworking

    RedHoundWoodworking said 6 years ago

    You go girl, Thanks for all your inspiration and help

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 6 years ago

    thank you for sharing!!

  • HandmadeByBarb

    HandmadeByBarb said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being feautured! I love your natural way about things, I feel the same as you do! The "Rat Race" I live in is driving me crazy! Take care and good luck with your sucess!

  • knittingmomma

    knittingmomma said 6 years ago

    I admire how you and your family are living - our family strives to live a similar life, even with the portable workshop.

  • howlingbaxter

    howlingbaxter said 6 years ago

    absolutely beautiful.... howling baxter wants to come over and explore!!

  • VintageMaryT

    VintageMaryT said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! Your house and outlook are both awe inspiring!

  • QueeniesCloset

    QueeniesCloset said 6 years ago

    Amazing,sustainable life! And the house reminds me of Little House on the Prairie! Your wood boards are beautiful. I am soon to cut down an apple tree in my London garden and would love to make someboards from it. You've inspired me! x

  • TuscanBlooms

    TuscanBlooms said 6 years ago

    Your interview was FANTASTIC!!!! You are fresh, real, and inspiring!!! I love the house and that your bathing facilities are outside...you inspired me to go green! Good luck with your shop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and look out for Bigfoot LOL)

  • tamaracat

    tamaracat said 6 years ago

    Wonderful interview...I love people doing what they love and living off the grid! Your works are absolutely beautiful! Embracing the "imperfections" of wood makes your pieces so unique and warm. Keep up the amazing work!

  • rosebankave

    rosebankave said 6 years ago

    Sounds like a wonderful, wholesome life...you go girl!!!

  • jneale3

    jneale3 said 6 years ago

    Very nice! Beautiful work! I'm adding your page to my favorites right now.

  • rosebankave

    rosebankave said 6 years ago

    Sounds likee a wonderful wholesome life...you go girl!!!

  • TheSpotlessLoop

    TheSpotlessLoop said 6 years ago

    Wow amazing... I really love these cutting boards! (...and your house it's lovely!). Congrats! :)

  • denimdreamer

    denimdreamer said 6 years ago

    I loved your interview and the photos. Thank you so much for giving us a glimpse into your life and reminding us how little we truly "need" to be happy!

  • MostlyMadelines

    MostlyMadelines said 6 years ago

    Wonderful life story. I've always heard Oregon is the "place to be" and you certainly are indicative of the reason why! Thanks for sharing!

  • MyGrandpasPen

    MyGrandpasPen said 6 years ago

    Your story made me smile! I spend all summer living off grid too - it's amazing how much I can get done without the 'necessities' of life!

  • LeeLeesCloset

    LeeLeesCloset said 6 years ago

    Simply beautiful and your story is inspiring to us all! Thank you!

  • Laminated

    Laminated said 6 years ago

    Fabulous!! Your work is beautiful as is your story. Thank you for sharing.

  • BDVintage

    BDVintage said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful shop, story, and life you have. I love everything about this! Your woodwork is gorgeous. And I envy your adorable cabin! Congrats!

  • VagabondButtons

    VagabondButtons said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! What about her favorite books & music, etc? I hope that question hasn't been tossed.

  • BoBoChild

    BoBoChild said 6 years ago

    pure simple natural beauty

  • LANYARDLADY

    LANYARDLADY said 6 years ago

    You're very talented; your love for the wood shines through in your designs, and in your smile. Enjoy your wonderful life to the fullest every day!

  • HomeGrownPillows

    HomeGrownPillows said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, so cool!!

  • spaenywoodstudio

    spaenywoodstudio said 6 years ago

    Can I come visit? Great article and of course, I love your work.

  • byebyebirdy

    byebyebirdy said 6 years ago

    great shop, great story & great house!! I loved reading your interview! congrats!!

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 6 years ago

    Fantastic article. Thank you for sharing.

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio said 6 years ago

    When you open your cheese shop I want to know where to buy! : ) Delightful article. Congratulations on your feature and good luck on your future!

  • rudeeves

    rudeeves said 6 years ago

    your work is amazing- you are amazing- what an incredible journey you've been on thanks for all that you do

  • IntoTheTrees

    IntoTheTrees said 6 years ago

    Wow ! You are my kind of girl. From one girl too another. Loved your advice to Artist! Great interview!

  • mekp

    mekp said 6 years ago

    congrats on doing what you love! your house is beautiful. if and when you move out i'm sure you'll have plenty of people who wouldn't mind renting it from you for a sojourn in nature:)

  • abelabodycare

    abelabodycare said 6 years ago

    I very much enjoyed your interview, and your work is lovely. I too built my house from local wood, wood from this land & salvage, which gives a place some soul, don't you think? Congratulations, and all the best with your woodworking and other dreams!

  • CraftedByHeidi

    CraftedByHeidi said 6 years ago

    Loved reading your interview. Keep up the good work!

  • aqanderson

    aqanderson said 6 years ago

    Your life and work are a beautiful inspiration!

  • bloomerie

    bloomerie said 6 years ago

    I love this! Fabulous featured seller and I love hearing her story in her own words.

  • JenSanCandles

    JenSanCandles said 6 years ago

    Congrats Camille! Great read!

  • ldh13

    ldh13 said 6 years ago

    I might need your husband to build my house. :)

  • barnaclebetty

    barnaclebetty said 6 years ago

    You're living my dream life!

  • RedHoundWoodworking

    RedHoundWoodworking said 6 years ago

    You go girl, Thanks for all your help

  • griffinhouse

    griffinhouse said 6 years ago

    Thanks for all the great inspiration! Love what you do!

  • wortsandcunning

    wortsandcunning said 6 years ago

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Such an inspiring story on sustainable community values!

  • funkomavintage

    funkomavintage said 6 years ago

    omg. awesome. so,like how'd you get started in farming and why? aren't goats cute?

  • snlcreations

    snlcreations said 6 years ago

    Inspiring! Love your work and your interview! Thanks and congrats!

  • ReendiculousGourds57

    ReendiculousGourds57 said 6 years ago

    Enjoyed reading your article and love all the wood and the way it all makes you feel. Very relaxing and close to nature. Keep up the great work. Love your home and the door is awesome!

  • momsboxes

    momsboxes said 6 years ago

    Great story, great house!

  • handittou

    handittou said 6 years ago

    Wow! I love love love your pieces!!! They are gorgeous. My husband and I love the warmth and earthiness of wood. I am heading to your site now to look for a Christmas present for him! Thanks for sharing and good luck to you and your store.

  • avabliss

    avabliss said 6 years ago

    Such amazing pieces!!

  • theartlyons

    theartlyons said 6 years ago

    I love your info on your life and will have to check your page often as I'd love to see pictures of your goats. I have a friend with 2 goats. Keep up the good work and we all appreciate that you spread the word about etsy!

  • RebirthRecycling

    RebirthRecycling said 6 years ago

    Great feature artist...loved the integrity and process for your work. Best to you.

  • AdoroMe

    AdoroMe said 6 years ago

    Camille, What a great life! I bet that you are never bored and that stress does not fit in your world! Best Wishes!

  • HoneyBScrapbooks

    HoneyBScrapbooks said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! Such interesting information about your homelife and how it all began. Very inspiring! As a newby to ETSY, I appreciated your words of advice for sellers. I plan to utilize your words of wisdom. I wish you the best of luck with your sales!! When you are creating something you truly enjoy it's very rewarding in many ways. :-)

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions said 6 years ago

    Holy crap! Camille -- it's Jenn! (as in, we went to PHS together!) I'm so happy for you girl! You're living the dream, and I am supremely jealous! Those photos really make me miss Oregon something terrible! (My life in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jennpants ) Keep up the awesome work -- I'm going to be moving into a more permanent living situation here pretty soon -- looks like I'll have to break in a new kitchen with a beautiful cutting board!

  • simplycharminglife

    simplycharminglife said 6 years ago

    My wishes, your life, how wonderful. The best to you!!!

  • Handamade

    Handamade said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature seller. Good luck on your sales....:)

  • goodtymes

    goodtymes said 6 years ago

    great article. very inspiring...and your woodworks are awesome!

  • Bohoknitterchic

    Bohoknitterchic said 6 years ago

    yay Camille! What an exciting and awesome article (and your woodworking rocks too)!

  • FruitsOFtheBLooM

    FruitsOFtheBLooM said 6 years ago

    Camille is fascinating! Nothing this woman cannot do! You go girl!

  • silviasong

    silviasong said 6 years ago

    im so glad to have found this! i've been in the market for a nice wood cutting board! :)

  • tulip77

    tulip77 said 6 years ago

    I love your work and I know how you feel about timber. My husband started off using redgum and made wonderful pieces of art. Now he is working with Victorian Ash and makes wonderful pieces of furniture. I am his apprentice and learning how to use all the tools and learning about the grains on the timber. Trees are the source of beauty that we can we can create into art. thanks for sharing

  • KisforCalligraphy

    KisforCalligraphy said 6 years ago

    So awesome Camille! Your work and your work ethic are a true inspiration. I am so happy your amazing creations are getting all the appreciation and recognition they deserve! Congratulations! xoxo

  • HautePinkDesigns

    HautePinkDesigns said 6 years ago

    I have been been wanting to go off the grid for ages!!! Your have beautiful cutting boards!

  • woodpencils

    woodpencils said 6 years ago

    Great, your works inspire me!!!

  • doodlekreations

    doodlekreations said 6 years ago

    Nice work ! and beautiful house :)

  • TahelSadot

    TahelSadot said 6 years ago

    Simply beautiful I loved the article. Thanks for sharing!

  • Flie

    Flie said 6 years ago

    You are my hero. Keep up the good work!

  • Flie

    Flie said 6 years ago

    You are my hero. Keep up the good work!!!

  • TheSteelFork

    TheSteelFork said 6 years ago

    great story! really enjoyed reading it. thanks for sharing.

  • DorsetHillBeads

    DorsetHillBeads said 6 years ago

    great article...i've got you in my favs and will come back to buy for sure... :)

  • Fibrillaria

    Fibrillaria said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful home, I am very impressed!

  • muffintopdesigns

    muffintopdesigns said 6 years ago

    thank you so much for the little "window" into your handmade life! kudos on being able to blend the off-the-grid mentality with the good stuff about the modern world! xoxox

  • casualtatter

    casualtatter said 6 years ago

    Awesome, awesome, awesome! You do have everything there in Oregon! What a great article-thanks for sharing!!

  • DevilishlyDomestic

    DevilishlyDomestic said 6 years ago

    Beautiful functional works of art!

  • ByronMorrisArt

    ByronMorrisArt said 6 years ago

    You go Girl - love your house!

  • BackyardBrand

    BackyardBrand said 6 years ago

    I loved this piece. My fave so far. So well writtten and edited, too. Great job, EVERYBODY! Best Regards, The Backyard Harmonica Teacher

  • LucindaAndJane

    LucindaAndJane said 6 years ago

    Your story is quite inspirational, especially for a fellow woodworker :) Thanks so much! Your work is beautiful.

  • ChristinaRomeo

    ChristinaRomeo said 6 years ago

    Amazing work and inspiring lifestyle!!! Congrats!

  • cicadavalley

    cicadavalley said 6 years ago

    That was a great article. I love the cabin and your work is beautiful!

  • davidsphotography

    davidsphotography said 6 years ago

    WOW! Your cutting boards are truly works of art.

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    Fantastic interview, prducts and beautiful house! Is house timber framed?

  • VaVaRa

    VaVaRa said 6 years ago

    You are amazing and your work is beautiful!!!

  • VaVaRa

    VaVaRa said 6 years ago

    You are amazing and your work is beautiful!!!

  • MoonDanceTextiles

    MoonDanceTextiles said 6 years ago

    I love how you retain the natural beauty of the wood...your lifestyle sounds very similar to mine...we began bathing outdoors too and living in a 350 square ft. cabin...then progress happened over time...now I have my own studio in the attic and a fine indoor bathroom...keep up the fine work!...

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work and your life sounds peaceful..heavenly!

  • jadedgoats

    jadedgoats said 6 years ago

    What a great story! I love your house, your dog, you veggies, and your work! You are amazing; keep it up!

  • Ainurcrochet

    Ainurcrochet said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful home and lifestyle. congrats!.

  • kerrihale

    kerrihale said 6 years ago

    I want to see more photos of your house! :)

  • FuchstBags

    FuchstBags said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring story! Congrats! Your work is wonderful and best of all they're environment friendly. I would also love to shower under the stars. :)

  • dressurdolly2

    dressurdolly2 said 6 years ago

    This is the most enjoyable feature I've read in a long time! The features are always great....but Camille's commitment and enthusiasm just bubble off the page!

  • TallulahsSoaps

    TallulahsSoaps said 6 years ago

    What a truly wonderful life you have! You are an inspiration. Beautiful work that you do.

  • andrea0503

    andrea0503 said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story! I've been dreaming of a life like that!

  • dibabeads

    dibabeads said 6 years ago

    Love your feature and your attitude! Your work is beautiful and can't wait to see some of your furniture when you get it going ;)

  • OutNumberedNovelties

    OutNumberedNovelties said 6 years ago

    Great story and stunning work.

  • avgustvarjanja

    avgustvarjanja said 6 years ago

    I love wood and your art-works are just beautiful! :)

  • SandisShellscapes

    SandisShellscapes said 6 years ago

    Am fascinated by you - my sister lived for a while in a log cabin in Alaska that she and her husband built. Their fridge was a hole cut in the kitchen floor. Your work is awesome!

  • MIDEZINES

    MIDEZINES said 6 years ago

    Congrats! What wonderful attitude, dreams and work!! Simple is better! Love your work.

  • saramather

    saramather said 6 years ago

    I envy your lifestyle. What a peaceful and serene place to live. So many children these days are being raised by televisons and video games. Life is about being simple, enjoying nature and loving unconditionally. Great story!

  • MIDEZINES

    MIDEZINES said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Love your story- Love your work- Simple is better!

  • orchardfarmsoap

    orchardfarmsoap said 6 years ago

    Such a beautiful life you have! I feel compelled to shop In your store!!!!!

  • TheBittenCherry

    TheBittenCherry said 6 years ago

    YOU ROCK! What an inspiration - you make me want to scrap suburban life, get a really old volkswagon caboose, and move into the cabin in the woods - it's a dream I've had but never had the guts - kudos to you! Love your work! The boards are AWESOME!

  • LaModage

    LaModage said 6 years ago

    Absolutely love love love your article! You have painted such a beautiful picture of your life(style). Very well written, and I can truly feel how strong you feel about the way you live and that you enjoy every minute of it. Your work is amazing...gorgeous!!

  • shabbyroses

    shabbyroses said 6 years ago

    Oh yes ! I love all your wood work,I see the love you put in each piece.And,your cabin is awesome ! I also live in a very rural area on a dirt road,and would not trade it for anything in this world!

  • tonicofwildness

    tonicofwildness said 6 years ago

    What a lovely existence you have forged for your family! You are a beautiful writer and I loved the piece.

  • Lyzzjewelry

    Lyzzjewelry said 6 years ago

    Loved reading this and has inspired me to try harder to be green and also learn to write better:)good luck with all your endeavors!

  • grayworksdesign

    grayworksdesign said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Your work is beautiful and unique and we're really happy to see you as a featured seller! Best wishes to you...

  • meggancolleen

    meggancolleen said 6 years ago

    what an inspiring lifestyle!! makes me want to bust out of the city :) love the work & appreciate your eco-conscience -meggancolleen-

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig said 6 years ago

    Congrats Camille! What a Beautiful Home. You and your husband are so talented.Really enjoyed this article, Like straight out of mother Earth news.Your Cutting Boards are so Original. Best Wishes!! Tammy

  • JustPlainVintage

    JustPlainVintage said 6 years ago

    You already have a "real house," don't go anywhere! You are BY FAR my favorite featured seller! Love your product! Love your lifestyle! Stay off the grid and keep up the outstanding work!

  • MetzBurgh

    MetzBurgh said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work! Hearing about your goats make me want to go back home to the countryside and leave the city life far behind!

  • jkamakate

    jkamakate said 6 years ago

    Completely inspirational!!!!

  • AnotherRealmScents

    AnotherRealmScents said 6 years ago

    Fab interview! Love the house!!!

  • larkspurfunnyfarm

    larkspurfunnyfarm said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article - great to see another who lives so close to nature and who embrases their passion. My goats say HI to your goats... Blessings and keep the passion!

  • vwghiagirl

    vwghiagirl said 6 years ago

    Your inspiring, you don't have to have a large beautiful shop to create beautiful things. Simple in home, life & work. Love that you have dairy goats. Always have wanted a small farm, hoping upcountry Maui someday...with the rainforest mists & the beautiful sunsets...good luck to you!!!

  • ASHWoodshops

    ASHWoodshops said 6 years ago

    Very nice work and interesting to hear about your wonderful life. I agree, that the best part of woodworking is when you finally put on the finish. Love it too! Best wishes and Blessings, Alan @ ASH Woodshops

  • AppliedOptics

    AppliedOptics said 6 years ago

    Great article and wonderful work.

  • FoxglovePhoto

    FoxglovePhoto said 6 years ago

    awesome!! I would love to bath under the stars...but in the city they arrest you for that sort of thing...

  • Jiab

    Jiab said 6 years ago

    i love the board in wood! and the house too! BEST GREETINGS from Jiab

  • REALBUTTERFLYGIFTS

    REALBUTTERFLYGIFTS said 6 years ago

    Wonderful interview, this is so inspiring! Congratulations, Camille!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 6 years ago

    inviting and warm the article captures a life well lived ~ love love all that beautiful woodwork

  • VintageNesting

    VintageNesting said 6 years ago

    A fabulous story! It seems so many people, including myself, are yearning for a life far more simple/natural than the ones we lead. Your story and the responses to it show a GREAT movement in our society. Thank you for sharing. By the way.... your products ROCK!!!!

  • Earleyimages

    Earleyimages said 6 years ago

    Living the dream well my dream lol

  • MarkSchreiberArtist

    MarkSchreiberArtist said 6 years ago

    off the grid! you are so lucky.

  • PonyAndPoppy

    PonyAndPoppy said 6 years ago

    wonderful interview! way to go, camille!

  • DesigningIt

    DesigningIt said 6 years ago

    Great interview. I was in Oregon late this summer and what a beautiful place to live. I could smell the trees in some of your pictures!!!

  • ThisTinder

    ThisTinder said 6 years ago

    Wow Camille. Beautiful work and I *love love love* the little details about your home, life (maybe a house tour on ApartmentTherapy is in order!!). Congrats and thanks for the great advice :)

  • robinsnestoriginals

    robinsnestoriginals said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! I am crossing my fingers for your future success, and eventually your indoor shower!! It's cold in the winter!

  • saraleighs

    saraleighs said 6 years ago

    Wonderful interview, can't get enough of the seller interviews, they are so inspiring. I always take away at least one nugget of advice from each one!

  • satorydesigns

    satorydesigns said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! such beautiful things...I love knotty crazy wood! And have my own 2 heelers! I look forward to owning a piece!

  • CurlyGirlCrochet

    CurlyGirlCrochet said 6 years ago

    This interview was wonderful to read, very down to earth and with heart. Love it! Congratulations on being the featured seller, RedOnionWoodworks ~ very well deserved!

  • ishbas

    ishbas said 6 years ago

    Her stuff is so cool. i love stumbling across shops that are soo unique. i think my mom would just die for one of those cutting boards!

  • indigobjects

    indigobjects said 6 years ago

    Nature sure is stunning!

  • ishtishama

    ishtishama said 6 years ago

    I really love the way u live and the way u start business with the natural materials:)

  • Vocisconnesse

    Vocisconnesse said 6 years ago

    Wonderful!! °V°

  • LifeUnfolding

    LifeUnfolding said 6 years ago

    This is my favorite Featured Seller article by far! I read with such interest that I both couldn't wait to click over and view your shop and couldn't pull myself away from the article. I did end up finishing the article first. Your cutting boards are not only stunning but the eco-friendliness behind every step of the process makes your work that much more beautiful. I will be purchasing from you as soon as funds allow. I would love to help you on your farm one week during the summer just for the experience of "living like you" for one week. I want to one day move out of the suburbs into rural North Georgia and have a few goats and chickens myself.

  • barbrie777

    barbrie777 said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful story and wonderful creations! I make my dolls out of cedar and LOVE wood. How wonderful you are brave&strong to live off the grid! If we were not in our 60's, would definitely prefer that life style. Thanks for the beautiful story.

  • momosoho

    momosoho said 6 years ago

    We love everything you do....I love outside showers!!! Peace, MoMo

  • scarletbegonia11

    scarletbegonia11 said 6 years ago

    livin' the dream :-)

  • DeltasWorkshop

    DeltasWorkshop said 6 years ago

    I'd be hard pressed to use these boards for cutting vegies. They are beautiful!

  • KeehnImages

    KeehnImages said 6 years ago

    Wow! Methinks I'd like to trade lives with you! Except for the kids...you can keep the kids. haha! I have always wanted goats though, and thinking of taking that leap next year.

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 6 years ago

    Wow, I love your rural, in touch with nature and the chores of daily living kind of lifestyle. My life has taken such a detour, (used to lead backpacking trips into primitive areas) there are times I long for such a life. I have the couch (too many actually) and indoor showers, but feel disconnected from the flow of nature. I'm off to the huge natural park to hike along the creek with my daughter. We can hike for hours on the trails. Thanks for the lovely inspiration!

  • Crownover

    Crownover said 6 years ago

    Love the cabin! So awesome that you are using natural products in your area and are giving back to the community. I believe you have the perfect idea for a good life, natural and free. Best to you!

  • SiklosPhoto

    SiklosPhoto said 6 years ago

    really enjoyed reading this post - the outside shower sounds magical, and your life, charming Beautiful boards!

  • brillosito

    brillosito said 6 years ago

    congrats on the feature

  • GreenhouseGlassworks

    GreenhouseGlassworks said 6 years ago

    Beautiful shop, and great story!

  • CordelliasCrochet

    CordelliasCrochet said 6 years ago

    I LOVE this shop and the story and everything about your home and love of nature and natural items! wow! Great story! Keep creating! :)

  • WildWillow

    WildWillow said 6 years ago

    Very enjoyable read. Rural Oregon sounds wonderful.

  • SwankyStitch

    SwankyStitch said 6 years ago

    I love your story. I lived in Oregon for a bit. It's beautiful there! :) I think a lot of us on Etsy strayed toward the reduce, reuse, recycle trend even before it was a trend. That's part of what I love about Etsy. I like being able to reuse something that was great in days past and make it fit into our times.

  • TheSnowshoeLoft

    TheSnowshoeLoft said 6 years ago

    Trees are one of nature's most miraculous gifts - and you have displayed that in such beautiful ways. Congratulations on your successes!

  • kgummey

    kgummey said 6 years ago

    Beautiful, beautiful work!! I also live in a rural area on the Oregon coast and I LOVE it!! Sounds like you have a wonderful life!! Your interview was really great!! I grew up with friends who only had outdoor/open air bathroom facilities and they LOVED it!!

  • larmorij

    larmorij said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful story/life! you are truley blessed.

  • RomanticPlanet

    RomanticPlanet said 6 years ago

    Wow! I adore you...your thoughts on life, home, family, art & nature are so inspirational. Back to basics is what I believe most of us need. It is happiness in the true sense. It is fine living. You did a wonderful interview! Congratulations on your shop & your success in life :)

  • theredshop

    theredshop said 6 years ago

    Love the house & love your stuff! I have a serious appreciation for woodworking and your stuff is amazing and very sharp looking!

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 6 years ago

    Fantastic - love this shop/this lifestyle. Awesome.

  • NewEnglandCurio

    NewEnglandCurio said 6 years ago

    What a super interesting interview! Your lifestyle is truly inspirational! I love the smell of fresh cut wood, and love goat cheese even more. Thank-you for sharing!

  • KarensRopeWork

    KarensRopeWork said 6 years ago

    Lovely article. I smiled at the goats...we used to have them and they are wonderful! I loved the milk and didn't make enough cheese!!! Your work is lovely. :)

  • hollyberry67

    hollyberry67 said 6 years ago

    I love your home and your TUB! And the cutting boards are gorgeous. :)

  • Lmcmanus

    Lmcmanus said 6 years ago

    Love love love this interview your words and your work. Inspirational! Keep up the fantastic work.

  • Beadymonkey

    Beadymonkey said 6 years ago

    Too cool!

  • beautifulearthgrl

    beautifulearthgrl said 6 years ago

    This is a very refreshing article... I appreciate your creativity... Thank you for the insightful advice...

  • PersonalizedGiftsbyJ

    PersonalizedGiftsbyJ said 6 years ago

    I love your work. Thanks, J

  • PersonalizedGiftsbyJ

    PersonalizedGiftsbyJ said 6 years ago

    I love your work.

  • LifeInThePastLane

    LifeInThePastLane said 6 years ago

    Love your outlook, your home, your artistic expression. Thanks for letting us peek into your beautiful world!

  • museumshop

    museumshop said 6 years ago

    Showering in the moonlight wonderful thought. Congratulatons on being featured seller. Good luck. God bless you.

  • codyparkcrafter

    codyparkcrafter said 6 years ago

    It's so nice to see a down to earth kind of girl featured here. I live in the mountains of Co. so I do understand your peaceful surroundings! Good luck in all your endeavors.

  • TheCandleFarm01

    TheCandleFarm01 said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful way to live. So many of us have gotten away from nature.

  • eurekapaprika

    eurekapaprika said 6 years ago

    Wow, this is so interesting and inspiring! Everything about this is absolutely amazing.

  • deLacey

    deLacey said 6 years ago

    I feel like I bonded with you through your interview! I live in a 600 sq ft cabin on the back of my parent's rural Tennessee property with my partner and son. It's not done yet but we are living in it and working on it as we are able to buy or salvage materials. I'm always inspired by those who live sustainably and maintain creativity....Rock on sister! ps. you've also inspired me to not be concerned about bathing outside in the winter, I used to live in Oregon and it gets cold!

  • thebeehivery

    thebeehivery said 6 years ago

    Your work is absolutely beautiful!! I can see the love and care you put in to each and every item in your shop too. Goats, cheese, a sustainable craft...what a bounty! Peace to you and yours!

  • mulberrylanefolkart

    mulberrylanefolkart said 6 years ago

    Simply Wonderful!

  • OldNewAgain

    OldNewAgain said 6 years ago

    such an interesting story! awesome!

  • BroadleyStreet

    BroadleyStreet said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Great article!!

  • artbyaimeejoy

    artbyaimeejoy said 6 years ago

    I love the fact you live off the grid in rural Oregon. Sounds so beautiful and peaceful. Loved reading this!

  • AvonellDesign

    AvonellDesign said 6 years ago

    Love that picture of your cabin. Such a cute house!

  • Alywillows

    Alywillows said 6 years ago

    I just joined Etsy and this was the first article that I read. I think your work is just beautiful and congrats on living off the grid, that is SO awesome! Namaste

  • auntjjsattic

    auntjjsattic said 6 years ago

    Wow! After reading your story and seeing the pictures of your gorgeous property and home...I'm feeling a bit stifled by the air in the city of Phoenix! I need some of that fresh air! And one of those beautiful cutting boards! Excellent craftsmanship! Love your work and passion. Can I come visit?? :O)

  • AdorableFinds

    AdorableFinds said 6 years ago

    Such an awesome article! I love your way of life! :D

  • aihwba

    aihwba said 6 years ago

    One of my favorite interviews!Very different from the norm. I envy your natural lifestyle - it's good for the soul. Beautiful work!

  • kristincoffin

    kristincoffin said 6 years ago

    Ahhh, such a breath of fresh air to read your interview. So honest and unpretentious. I was raised the same way, and plan on living completely off the grid in the near future. You can tell that your life, craft, and goals are entirely genuine, and not faddish. Your positivity and support of fellow artists just brightened my night. Thank you!

  • urchinbags

    urchinbags said 6 years ago

    I think your house is awesome! and I would love to own one of your cutting boards... one day.

  • StitcheryPatterns

    StitcheryPatterns said 6 years ago

    love all your work.

  • 32paces

    32paces said 6 years ago

    Wonderful advice for newcomers. Your work is gorgeous!

  • ModernShop

    ModernShop said 6 years ago

    Great work, best of luck!

  • RawSugarJL

    RawSugarJL said 6 years ago

    Great idea! My bf wants one. maybe for xmas. :)

  • chriswaind

    chriswaind said 6 years ago

    Incredible. I love your cabin (and your work).

  • courtneyoquist

    courtneyoquist said 6 years ago

    Wow! I love it. Wood is amazing.

  • charnae

    charnae said 6 years ago

    love showering under the stars. love your products. love your philosophy.

  • ixela

    ixela said 6 years ago

    Woww... great article!!!... congratulation Camille!!!

  • bigpawsaints

    bigpawsaints said 6 years ago

    You are living THE life~thank you for sharing with us!.

  • tropAcool

    tropAcool said 6 years ago

    I love your work!!!, and can't help being curious about the bathroom being outside. I live in the south and would love that, but where you live...isn't it really! cold in the winter?? brrrr

  • shtaim

    shtaim said 6 years ago

    As a green architect I loved your house, and your work! you seem to have a real passion for nature and that shows in your art. Lots of success!

  • bayousalvage

    bayousalvage said 6 years ago

    oh that dog is so dang cute- great story

  • VintageSewandSew

    VintageSewandSew said 6 years ago

    WOW...what a life...what a house..what beautiful wood. Loved the interview...glad you were featured!

  • creativbusywork

    creativbusywork said 6 years ago

    What a great interview!! "Off-the-grid" is where it's at!! Keep it simple and beautiful. Best to you!!

  • AccessoryAddiction

    AccessoryAddiction said 6 years ago

    Wow, you rock! Love your work, your atittude and your lifestyle. I am definitely envious...seems like you built a nice life " off the grid "! But I have one burning question- do you shower outdoors in the winter as well- or use a family member's shower?

  • bengtja

    bengtja said 6 years ago

    Such a delight for you to share your home -- and your craft!

  • talulabelles

    talulabelles said 6 years ago

    Camille..How inspiring to read your story..your life seems idyllic..Envious..you bet I am..all happiness to you and yours..:))

  • MagickalIntentions

    MagickalIntentions said 6 years ago

    How incredible to live and create as you do... Bravo!

  • anothertimeantiques

    anothertimeantiques said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring and that is truly my dream cabin!! Kept thinking ... off grid is great- so how do you manage being online??

  • CounterFitCakes

    CounterFitCakes said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Love your passion. About the outside shower. I used one at a condo in Hawaii for a week. The house was by the beach and the weather was beautiful. Pretty cool.

  • nihonfleur

    nihonfleur said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work and story! and Hooray for Nubian goats and cheese making. I am waiting for that phase of my life to start (the goat phase) ;) I also agree with spreading the etsy love and karma!

  • PaperPicker

    PaperPicker said 6 years ago

    i love the natural textures and grains in your wood, thanks for leaving it there.

  • rusticrevivals

    rusticrevivals said 6 years ago

    I Love your place, had a bathtub like that myself once! (See the day of salvaging on Rustic Revivals' Facebook - the elderly lady SHOWERS outside after RUNNING! In a cute little cedar-rail cubicle she made herself, in the true tradition of do-it-yourselfers!) Your woods and resources are simply beautiful.

  • Benzy55

    Benzy55 said 6 years ago

    I love your house and it really is inspiring to see where you live and see that you are a really country girl that has Nubian goats and makes cheese. I would use my cabin as your background picture on your etsy page, it's so great. I think everyone is loving your cabin and makes it even cooler that's where you really live. Bren

  • CloudLoveBaby

    CloudLoveBaby said 6 years ago

    Can I have *that* house when you move on to your 'real house'? Thanks. ;)

  • WilsonRiverPottery

    WilsonRiverPottery said 6 years ago

    Love the article and love your home and way of life. Do you sell your cheese?

  • sweetlittlefelt

    sweetlittlefelt said 6 years ago

    Wonderous!

  • fran8

    fran8 said 6 years ago

    Love your inspiring way of life.

  • BEADazzelite

    BEADazzelite said 6 years ago

    I love woodwork and your house seems amazing. Way to keep things organic and natural!

  • BijouxRedux

    BijouxRedux said 6 years ago

    Discovering that you have an interest and a talent for something creative is really a gift. Then living the life to go along with that interest is the icing on the cake. You appear to have a lovely life, and that's what it's all about. Your woodwork is beautiful and would look lovely in anyone's home.

  • NicePots

    NicePots said 6 years ago

    Carol Chapel told me about your work recently and I'm so glad you're a local success! Beautiful work and nice feature.

  • trulyenchanted

    trulyenchanted said 6 years ago

    Wow--I am also one who admires and enjoys the unique character of wood. I think your items showcase the natural beauty of wood grain so wonderfully and am thankful that I came across your shop! Great interview and what an interesting life story!

  • creativefeltboards

    creativefeltboards said 5 years ago

    Wonderful work!!! Love your lifestyle! cheers! : )

  • volleyballgirl

    volleyballgirl said 5 years ago

    wow, congrats.....I love reading your blogs. Your work is beautiful!!

  • imeondesign

    Noemi from imeondesign said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the wonderful feature Camille!!

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