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Featured Seller: Royal Mint

Sep 12, 2011

by RoyalMint

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Sabina and I live in a 100-year-old textile factory in downtown Montreal with my partner Ryan. We are both artists and we’ve been working together for eight years as directors and producers of various film and TV-related projects, most of which involve some kind of puppet character, crazy prop or prosthetic.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Here in Montreal it is freezing cold about 65% of the year, so when we aren’t trapped under ice or locked in the studio on a deadline, we love to get outside. When the weather is good Ry and I do our best to squeeze in as many bike rides, BBQs and badminton games as possible. We also parent a wild dog from Taiwan called Mayble who keeps us sane and entertained.

Where does your inspiration come from?
My friends and peers in real life and here on Etsy, along with books, music, and videos. Not to mention the many “classic” films I watched as a kid that really shaped my tastes as an artist today. I like to create things that are sweet, but that have a bit of an edge as well, so movies like Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Legend, The Dark Crystal, and The Neverending Story stand out and I still love them as an adult. Those films were intended for a young audience but their themes were quite dark and adult at the same time. Some scenes were frightening, but I became very attached to the characters they brought to life. Films of that time (the 1980s) were heavy on the art department — most sets and props were real, and the studios used puppets, prosthetics and innovation over CG characters and FX. It was awesome! I hope to make movies and characters like that.

What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade is the connection that an object has to the person who created it. The skill and the pride that goes into any handmade product is really special; just knowing that the maker put all their good energy into creating this one thing to the best of their ability is inspiring. The little variations that stand out are like brushstrokes on a canvas, or fingerprints in the clay. I like things that are imperfect. Perfection is boring.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
Apart from books and films that influence me, fundamentally I would have to say my Gram. She was never one to spend much time in front of the television; instead she was always making something and encouraging the kids in the family to spend our time doing projects by giving us tasks and teaching us things.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
Since I was little. I always kept creative hobbies growing up, but I only started taking myself seriously as an artist around the time Ryan and I got together. Before that I hadn’t considered myself good enough at painting or drawing to make a career of it. It was when we met that I really found my medium in soft sculpture. We were both creatively inclined and one day Ryan brought home this “sock baby” he started at a friend’s place out of single socks as a sort of joke. I instantly loved it and from there we began making things together.

How would you describe your creative process?
Over the course of eight years our work evolved from simple socks to more complex sculptures with armatures and latex. We eventually wanted to go further by animating them and that led us into film making and puppet work.

With my Etsy shop I am able to take a step back and create things just for me. When I am not busy with film work, I can dive right in to a pile of felt and decide on the spot what I would like to make and see it rendered in a few hours or days instead of spending weeks or years to realize something for a film. I don’t sketch anything out first, I just get busy, draft my pattern and run with it. I become very obsessed with finishing so I can meet whoever comes out at the other end. Most of the time I will choose something new over something I have already made so there is always this anticipation of “Oh no, this is going to suck” and I won’t find out if my idea was successful until it is nearly finished. I’m never quite sure who my character is until I add the eyes — at that instant I know who I’ve created and I love to take my time with adding the details and personal touches that make each piece unique. But my absolute favorite part of the process is taking photos. I put up tiny sets and props and I try to concoct a world for each creation. I want people to see them as I do, with personality and life. That is the director in me.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
No one individual stands out to me in particular, but I would love to time travel. It would be amazing to observe the studios people kept in Montmartre, Paris where so many prolific artists got together and made their mark: Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, Utrillo, and Toulouse-Lautrec all worked and partied in Montmartre.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
A quilt my Gram made for me from my old baby clothing. It has all these amazing applique animals and faces. I love it so much.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
My biggest dilemma is prioritizing which ideas to focus on. I have so many thoughts stuffed in my head that it can be overwhelming. Drawing in my sketch book helps relax my brain, and so does a good walk with Mayble or a visit with friends.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
With Ryan on the set of our next feature.

 

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286 comments

  • JewelryByJLy

    JewelryByJLy said 6 years ago

    Amazing work! Even more amazing how your work comes to life without premeditation. Very creative being! Congratulations on your feature!

  • acuriousbrood

    acuriousbrood said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. I see Mayble enjoys your work too, she is lovely.

  • violintide

    violintide said 6 years ago

    Awesome stuff! Congrats on the feature!

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 6 years ago

    Wow, I love your creations! So adorable.

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 6 years ago

    Amazing work!

  • dropkicktims

    dropkicktims said 6 years ago

    Ahh! I love the squirrels!!! :)

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry said 6 years ago

    I have long admired your shop. Love your little creatures! Congratulations on the feature :-)

  • TheFancyLamb

    TheFancyLamb said 6 years ago

    What a fantastic interview! Big congrats Sabina, I'm so thrilled to see you featured!

  • GlitzGlitter

    GlitzGlitter said 6 years ago

    I am so happy for you Sabina!!! Yay!! So well deserved!

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion said 6 years ago

    Such wonderful work! Congrats on the feature!

  • sparrowgrey

    sparrowgrey said 6 years ago

    Amazing pieces. Love the little red deer. Congrats!

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 6 years ago

    Sabina so happy to see you here!!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Love your work! Your story is wonderful!

  • HandyMaiden

    HandyMaiden said 6 years ago

    I'm so happy for you, Sabina! You're an amazing artist and it's great to see you featured!

  • Balanced

    Balanced said 6 years ago

    congrats, Sabina! a wonderful interview!

  • ClotheslineNosh

    ClotheslineNosh said 6 years ago

    Cah-uuuuuute!

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 said 6 years ago

    ¸.•*¨*•☆Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ☆•*¨*•. ~ Lovely ~ best wishes xo

  • CoquesiaBelle

    CoquesiaBelle said 6 years ago

    I love your quote about perfection - I hope you don't mind if I share it on my Facebook page! Wish I'd thought of it myself!

  • TheAngryWeather

    TheAngryWeather said 6 years ago

    This is awesome!!! I swear I had a feeling of you being featured, Sabina! your stuff is just too awesome!!! I'm so happy for you, congratulations! and yay for Montreal!!!

  • jensdreamdecor

    jensdreamdecor said 6 years ago

    so awesome...I made bears for years and I was always in a hurry to get the eyes in (so I can see) the ears (so I can hear) and so on...my little bears used to talk to me all the time (lol) it's a wonderful process and your little guys are fabulous....wish you continuing good luck!!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    yay! love your shop.

  • SovietEra

    SovietEra said 6 years ago

    Congrats! I love very much your creation, especially alley cat :)))))

  • steampunkfunk

    steampunkfunk said 6 years ago

    YAY! Congrats Sabina! I had good feeling your were going to be featured seller. I'm so happy for you!

  • SweetandDandyVintage

    SweetandDandyVintage said 6 years ago

    My crafting inspiration also comes from my grandmother, Mamo. Since I was home schooled, she was my home ec. teacher...what an amazing experience learning to cook, sew and craft with her. Congrats on your beautiful feature!!

  • IslandFelt

    IslandFelt said 6 years ago

    Yay! Congratulations. I have always loved your work! It's about time :)

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims said 6 years ago

    Awesome interview!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 6 years ago

    Congratulations

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    My goodness CONGRATS, I am happily delighted to see you as Featured Seller because I really enjoy your miniatures!

  • jacobswoodentoys

    jacobswoodentoys said 6 years ago

    Love the interview! Your creations are darling. All the best wishes to our fellow Canadian:)

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 6 years ago

    Your animals are extremely cute! Congratulations on the feature!!!

  • prunellasoap

    prunellasoap said 6 years ago

    yay Sabina! Congrats!

  • zime

    zime said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Sabina!!! Your work is awesome!!! You Rocks ;)

  • BooandBooFactory

    BooandBooFactory said 6 years ago

    So happy to see you featured Sabina!

  • RustBeltThreads

    RustBeltThreads said 6 years ago

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Congrats, Sabina!!

  • CelebrateToday

    CelebrateToday said 6 years ago

    Love the peek into your process!

  • BrooklynLoveDesigns

    BrooklynLoveDesigns said 6 years ago

    Congrats! I love what you do so cute!

  • TheFlyingSquirrel

    TheFlyingSquirrel said 6 years ago

    I recently discovered your shop and fell in love! My favorties are are bad ass alley cats... I adore them! Congrats!

  • stephaniemonroe

    stephaniemonroe said 6 years ago

    Funny, I had just stumbled upon your shop earlier today,right before you were featured, thinking how I loved the life in your pieces. Your work sort of reminds me of characters in a magical place. Congratulations on being featured!

  • babyjives

    babyjives said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! So exciting to see you here and learn a bit more about you and your wonderful work!

  • NaturalGlam

    NaturalGlam said 6 years ago

    I luv "tabby the alley cat,"...congrats on the feature!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 6 years ago

    Wonderful work! I agree film makers should bring back stop motion animation.

  • beautifulearthgrl

    beautifulearthgrl said 6 years ago

    I love all those movies too. We watch them with the kids! Your work is very nice!

  • tinygalaxies

    tinygalaxies said 6 years ago

    So glad to see you as the featured seller! I've loved your work ever since I first saw it.

  • BRHDesigns

    BRHDesigns said 6 years ago

    What a great article, fabulous items! Congratulations.

  • Luncheonettevintage

    Luncheonettevintage said 6 years ago

    shouting with joy and making big cheering gestures!

  • CashmereJewels

    CashmereJewels said 6 years ago

    Congratulations!

  • Stefaniaiovon

    Stefaniaiovon said 6 years ago

    Your work is Great! Congrats! :)

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 6 years ago

    Love the work. Congrats on the feature!

  • byebyebirdy

    byebyebirdy said 6 years ago

    So happy to see you as featured seller! You shop is adorbs!!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    So adorable! Great interview!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 6 years ago

    I love Montreal! Nice story.

  • PolClary

    PolClary said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous items. Your work is amazing. And Mayble is beautiful!

  • LidiDesign

    LidiDesign said 6 years ago

    Cute & beautiful stuff! Nice pictures too. Congrats on the feature! Keep up the great work!

  • Raceytay

    Raceytay said 6 years ago

    This is so thrilling Sabina! Congratulations :)

  • RareDesign

    RareDesign said 6 years ago

    I absolutely agree with the perfection thing! I like pieces where you see something a little different every time you look at them.

  • srobyn

    srobyn said 6 years ago

    I have that cute little fox in the above picture sitting at my desk. He is adorable! Thanks for your creative and expressive work!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Congrats Sabina :)

  • PhotoLarks

    PhotoLarks said 6 years ago

    Oh, I love the little white deer. So cute! Very creative. Congrats on the feature.

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 6 years ago

    Love all your little creatures! So Delightful. Wonderful profile, thanks for sharing.

  • 10VioletStreet

    10VioletStreet said 6 years ago

    I adore the little spirits :)

  • sesideco

    sesideco said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous designs! Congrats!

  • theowlshop

    theowlshop said 6 years ago

    Amazing ! And your photography so obviously captures exactly the mood you have created...

  • MeadowTea

    MeadowTea said 6 years ago

    I LOVE YOUR SHOP!!!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 6 years ago

    love the part about adding the eyes at the end and then knowing who it is. I love the work! congratulations on the feature.

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful interview! Congratulations on being featured. Looove your shop.

  • silversamba

    silversamba said 6 years ago

    so in love with this work!! wonderfully inspiring :) alana

  • ayasuki

    ayasuki said 6 years ago

    I love your work!! ... such great new inspiration :) Congrats on your feature <3

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!! ~KK~

  • HandmadeMonster

    HandmadeMonster said 6 years ago

    So cute!

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 6 years ago

    Great interview and very cute shop !!! Enjoyed a lot while reading !! Congrats !!

  • owlgypsy

    owlgypsy said 6 years ago

    So very cute! I love it all!

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 6 years ago

    I adore your felted animals!! They are beyond cute! Oo' and Mayble - what a gorgeous, gorgeous beast (I assume she's the one in the photo). Congratulations on an excellent feature!

  • anotherghostquilts

    anotherghostquilts said 6 years ago

    Great story, lovely items. That is a cute pooch! Best of luck with your shop.

  • fantasyfloorplans

    fantasyfloorplans said 6 years ago

    Adorable!

  • myAvonlea

    myAvonlea said 6 years ago

    Congrats Sabina. You're such a unique artist. I have to agree with you on the beauties of imperfections. I was earlier admiring your thumbprint on Mat's tummy. I have to say it made me truly appreciate him in a more sincere way. I am so looking forward to seeing your new pieces. I am loving your deers. I LOVE deers. Congrats again Love. You deserve it.

  • abbyberkson

    abbyberkson said 6 years ago

    This is my favorite featured artist post yet- such a wonderful interview, and just amazing, amazing work. Thank you for this, i am going to go re-read it and explore this new favorite shop. LOVE.

  • abbyberkson

    abbyberkson said 6 years ago

    Inspired photography in your shop as well- fantastic job!

  • jewelrycollectibles

    jewelrycollectibles said 6 years ago

    Your work is lovely. Nice that you have the Etsy recognition.

  • teconlene

    teconlene said 6 years ago

    Congrats! I love your work!

  • HeatherKent

    HeatherKent said 6 years ago

    Well deserved Featured Seller!! You are amazing, Sabina - loved your interview, too. Also, that photo of you and the dog setting up your little scene is amazing! Congratulations :)

  • TheBakersDaughter

    TheBakersDaughter said 6 years ago

    Oh yay!!! Your creations are so adorable, and what workmanship! Congratulations on the feature, and wishing you much success!

  • RawBoneStudio

    RawBoneStudio said 6 years ago

    I just discovered your wonderful shop and it's so nice to get to know the artists I admire. Congrats on your feature!

  • BabyOasis

    BabyOasis said 6 years ago

    Ah, such sweet adorable items!!! Congrats on the feature!

  • BirdiesCozyNest

    BirdiesCozyNest said 6 years ago

    Love your work! Is there an additional website where we can also see your film projects? My husband teaches 3D design at the local Junior College and sometimes has his students make self-portrait marionettes, so he'd love to find more info on the films/television to have more real-life references for his students who are just starting in the classroom. Thanks! :)

  • cherrytime

    cherrytime said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story and your art work!! congrats!

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson said 6 years ago

    Great interview (I also really loved the photos) and such quaint items! Congratulations on the feature!

  • WithTheRain

    WithTheRain said 6 years ago

    Congrats! It was great to learn a little more about you and your shop!!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

    These woodland animals are so cute! Congratulations on a great interview.

  • lottalosten

    lottalosten said 6 years ago

    Lovely shop and lovely story. We have quite similar creative process even though the things we make are so different. Congrats on being featured seller!

  • AzaferraJewelry

    AzaferraJewelry said 6 years ago

    Ha Ha! My sentiments exactly! My saying (to myself) is "perfect symmetry is perfectly boring"! I love the first sock puppet best, is he a wolf or a fox? And love the idea of the "scenery".

  • forLoveOfGraySkys

    forLoveOfGraySkys said 6 years ago

  • AzaferraJewelry

    AzaferraJewelry said 6 years ago

    Forgot to add, how lucky to have a creative partner, I'm still looking for mine!

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDeneMoneuseJewelry said 6 years ago

    What lovely work you have! I particularly like your comment about "prioritizing which ideas to focus on". I too have trouble with that and constantly have 10 projects going at once. I have written those words down to place somewhere where I can see them now and maybe you will have helped me : ) Thank you!

  • wwbc

    wwbc said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! We too know how it feels to have our head stuffed with ideas! Best of luck!

  • InYourBones

    InYourBones said 6 years ago

    sassy shop and cute story. Congratulations!

  • DaniCalve

    DaniCalve said 6 years ago

    Great interview. I love all those movies too. :) Your shy mummy is so wonderful.

  • amybunz16

    amybunz16 said 6 years ago

    What a fabulous interview! Congrats on the feature Sabrina! Always great to see a favourite shop as a featured seller!! That photo of you and Mayble is absolutely precious!!!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 6 years ago

    true inspiration ~ happy to have you as a featured seller!!

  • FindingBrooke

    FindingBrooke said 6 years ago

    Lovely story! Congrats!

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 6 years ago

    Your little creatures are just lovely! I especially love the deer and the spirit bears. Yay for crazy creative 80's movies! I just watched The Dark Crystal again for the millionth time last night.

  • juliesadorabowls

    juliesadorabowls said 6 years ago

    I love your creatures and the stories that go with them! Congrats!

  • FabienneAndSoho

    FabienneAndSoho said 6 years ago

    your little puppets are so cute and adorable. wonderful work!:)

  • builtonbranches

    builtonbranches said 6 years ago

    I love your work! As a fellow creature maker, I totally identify with the part about not knowing who you've created until you add the eyes. Congrats on the feature and best of luck! :)

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    first of all, the way you photograph your cute little creatures is amazing! secondly, the photo of you an your dog may be the cutest thing i have ever seen :)

  • SlopingBarnVintage

    SlopingBarnVintage said 6 years ago

    I'm so happy to see you featured! I've admired your work for a long time. Montreal is a gorgeous city! I really enjoyed your interview. :)

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 6 years ago

    Love your pieces....so beautiful!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Such an adorable shop! Congrats on the FS!!! =)

  • betsybensen

    betsybensen said 6 years ago

    so nice to meet the Sabina behind all of these lovable little creatures!

  • muruach

    muruach said 6 years ago

    love this! fantastic :)

  • Trenza

    Trenza said 6 years ago

    Lovely little things. Congrats on the feature!

  • woolies

    woolies said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work, congrats!

  • gardenmis

    gardenmis said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Lovely read ~ fun shop!

  • limestone

    limestone said 6 years ago

    Your photos are amazing. They really do justice to your creations and bring them to life. Well done!

  • helendesign

    helendesign said 6 years ago

    how wonderfully wonderful to see you and your happy creations featured! congrats and thanks for bringing so many smiles!

  • Blushie

    Blushie said 6 years ago

    Yay! Congrats Sabina!

  • FruitOfMyHands

    FruitOfMyHands said 6 years ago

    Adorable little critters. Enjoyed reading this. I wish these interviews were longer and included some video of their process and life.

  • ChelseaGirlDesigns

    ChelseaGirlDesigns said 6 years ago

    So glad to hear more about your creative process. Love Mayble!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Great to see a fellow team mate featured! I love your bears, congratulations!

  • TakkaPetit

    TakkaPetit said 6 years ago

    I love your little creatures! so adorable!

  • chloescrochetcloset

    chloescrochetcloset said 6 years ago

    Enjoyed reading! Excellent work:)

  • brookeelissa

    brookeelissa said 6 years ago

    I loved all those movies too! The Never Ending Story probably being my absolute favorite and you forgot to mention Labyrinth . . . So fun to read your story, I am so amazed you did not discover your artistic side until later in life. Sometimes it's the unconventional arts that end up being these amazing hidden talents. Congratulations!

  • marianealexandre

    marianealexandre said 6 years ago

    Oh yeah! One of my favorite artist as Featured seller, also a fellow Montrealer! I adore your creatures, congratrulations!

  • subtleacts

    subtleacts said 6 years ago

    What a great feature! It is so great to learn about the person behind such a fabulously lovely and imaginative shop. Great job Sabina!! :)

  • blainedesign

    blainedesign said 6 years ago

    I LOVE YOUR STUFF!!! It's so dear and quirky and adorable.

  • FreshFromtheFlame

    FreshFromtheFlame said 6 years ago

    Love your work. I am with you on the movies. But I am also a big fan of Wallace and Gromit. Great job! Thank you for sharing.

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 6 years ago

    Awesome, congrats Sabina!! I heart my little kitty! He's sitting over my computer, keeping watch. ;) Also, movies of the 80s = the best. Dark Crystal is still one of my favorites! oxox.

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts said 6 years ago

    Love your work-congratulations on the feature!

  • fajitafieldtrip

    fajitafieldtrip said 6 years ago

    I love, love, LOVE your shop! Brilliant!

  • cupcakegangster

    cupcakegangster said 6 years ago

    love your work!

  • belindasaville

    belindasaville said 6 years ago

    Love your work! I've been a fan of your shop for some time so it's been a delight to read more about the creative souls behind these fabulous creations :-) Congrats on the feature!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 6 years ago

    Congrats!!!! Very cool shop!!!

  • 717ClayStudio

    717ClayStudio said 6 years ago

    Perfect is totally boring-I couldn't agree more!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    I am smitten! Love the tabby cat - bet he's not bad at all. He's too cute. Congrats!

  • CaliforniaCraft

    CaliforniaCraft said 6 years ago

    Very cute little creatures :)

  • Critterstop

    Critterstop said 6 years ago

    your critters are gorgeous :) congrats!

  • ilgattoselvatico

    ilgattoselvatico said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, your stuff is really great.

  • terrymillsphoto

    terrymillsphoto said 6 years ago

    Your little animals are so adorable. I have visited your shop several times and I love everything. Congrats on the interview!!!

  • mylenefoster

    mylenefoster said 6 years ago

    I love the photo of the dog watching.

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS said 6 years ago

    I've always loved your work and have been wondering when you were to become the next Featured Artist here on Etsy. Like I mentioned in a Convo a while ago, I still say that you could sell prints of the listing photographs as works of art themselves. Thanks for sharing your story and Congratulations on the feature!

  • Leatherworks4U

    Leatherworks4U said 6 years ago

    I have seen your bad ass cats in my dreams...no kiddin'

  • SkinnyKnits

    SkinnyKnits said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! I love your shop, keep up the amazing work! My grandfather is buried in Montreal so it holds a special place in my heart. Best Always!

  • CandyBandits

    CandyBandits said 6 years ago

    I have always loved you.

  • anekanena

    anekanena said 6 years ago

    Magical!!

  • ShelleAnne

    ShelleAnne said 6 years ago

    Wonderful interview and shop! Congrats!

  • BodaciousBiddies

    BodaciousBiddies said 6 years ago

    Your imperfectness is just perfect! Love the gatherer spirit bear and the fox! And Mayble is absolutely adorable! You need to make a miniture of her! Maybe I am partial to her because I do long haired german shepherd rescue. She is amazing!

  • phydeauxdesigns

    phydeauxdesigns said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, Sabina! I love love love your work!

  • TheCrochetCafe

    TheCrochetCafe said 6 years ago

    Cute, congrats! :)

  • gleneagle

    gleneagle said 6 years ago

    Really great work!

  • oneeyedgirls

    oneeyedgirls said 6 years ago

    Wonderful perfect imperfections! Great work! Congrats!

  • NorthWoodworks

    NorthWoodworks said 6 years ago

    Very cute critters. They have loads of character.

  • OscarDeanPhotography

    OscarDeanPhotography said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being a featured seller!

  • HollerAndWhistle

    HollerAndWhistle said 6 years ago

    Love your work! Congratulations on being a featured seller!

  • LalaStudios

    LalaStudios said 6 years ago

    Definitely one of my favorite shops, your work is so fun! Congratulations on your feature!

  • PeanutAndButtons

    PeanutAndButtons said 6 years ago

    My sister and I used to make little dolls and clothing out of our old underwear! They were so hilarious. We even made a home video of "Fashion through the Ages" with vintage Barbies. Your creations are adorable and reading your piece brought back such fond memories! Keep doing what you love!

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 6 years ago

    your shop is so full of charming characters! the worlds you create for them are magical. congrats on the well deserved feature!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 6 years ago

    Lovely work! Congrats on being FS!

  • shaylen303

    shaylen303 said 6 years ago

    I just LOVE your creations. Mathilde. Whimsical, beautiful, & so very unique. Congrats on your feature. : )

  • maclancy

    maclancy said 6 years ago

    adorable~darling~ magical ~whimsical... and more~ I love your miniature creations.. more more!! congrats on the feature!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 6 years ago

    love your work ~ especially the detail. great interview too. congrats!

  • onelovebird

    onelovebird said 6 years ago

    LOVE IT!

  • moinette

    moinette said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being featured! xx

  • sunshinetwo

    sunshinetwo said 6 years ago

    I love this seller. I have seen her shop several times and always look through everything. My favorites are the bears (clan bears especially, I am loving the glacier bear right now though). Thank you for creating such special little things and sending them out into the world.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Cute shop! Congrats!

  • Tuuni

    Tuuni said 6 years ago

    Fabulous work! I enjoyed reading the article, congrats on the feature! Love your defenition of handmade, I've been thinking about this subject a lot and you defined it perfectly :)

  • Inkrements

    Inkrements said 6 years ago

    I love your whimsical creations, congrats on the feature!

  • Peachygirl

    Peachygirl said 6 years ago

    It's so heart warming to read yet another interview that gives credit to a grandmother for something she made and gave to them that they cherish to this day and even inspires them. That alone is a testament to the value of handmade items. I agree with Sabina that perfection is highly overrated. I'm sure the items her Gram gave her were not perfect but her thought, time and effort went into them especially for Sabina...a real expression of love and it's wonderful to see that gift appreciated and even carried on. A great interview! Much continued success to you, Ryan & Maybe. :)

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature. Your creations are just wonderful! I love your movie references, some of my favorites,as well as your inspirational artists! All the best to you, Ryan and Maybe. Aloha, Connie

  • fortunekitty

    fortunekitty said 6 years ago

    loved this!

  • pasin

    pasin said 6 years ago

    Congrats! I love very much your creation

  • asherjasper

    asherjasper said 6 years ago

    I was JUST admiring your work the other day! Great stuff, so full of life and love. Congrats on the feature - I will be back to make a purchase ;)

  • marmamamma

    marmamamma said 6 years ago

    congratulations on your feature, i figure you'll be very busy for the next little while ;)

  • atelierpompadour

    atelierpompadour said 6 years ago

    totally in love with your work! congrats!!

  • vistra

    vistra said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! So nice to read about how you create and where it all comes from. Love your work (as you already know). :)

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 6 years ago

    P e R f E c T ................ but never boring XXX

  • bernabermek

    bernabermek said 6 years ago

    lovely!! congrats!

  • BagNoir

    BagNoir said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! Your minis are so adorable!!!

  • MonikaDesign

    MonikaDesign said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature Sabina! Love your work :)

  • theaterclouds

    theaterclouds said 6 years ago

    Great feature. Love your little creatures.

  • lilyanewyork

    lilyanewyork said 6 years ago

    enjoyed your insight and your world of little animal people! congrats on your feature.

  • hiddengarden11

    hiddengarden11 said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your feature! We love your work,definitely not something you see every day.Wonderful! :)

  • HappyAccidents10

    HappyAccidents10 said 6 years ago

    I love you creations but I also love your philosophy on you art. Congratulations on being featured. It was very interesting to learn about you.

  • TheOldGlassChipper

    TheOldGlassChipper said 6 years ago

    Your work is amazing! Thank you for the interview. Also, I'm reasonably sure I went to high school with both Marsha and Mathilde.......

  • SmallWondersArt

    SmallWondersArt said 6 years ago

    Wonderful interview and love your wonderful little creatures!

  • Hurray4Crochet

    Hurray4Crochet said 6 years ago

    The mini turtle and snail are so cute! I love little things. Congrats on your feature!

  • grammijforeveryoung

    grammijforeveryoung said 6 years ago

    I just adore miniatures and I'm adding yours to my list. Congratulations on being featured!

  • SeeDollyRun

    SeeDollyRun said 6 years ago

    Already a favorite of mine! Congratulations on the feature! <3

  • myart4wear2007

    myart4wear2007 said 6 years ago

    Great interview! I so agree about the "Perfection" comment! The mistakes & surprises are what make Art! Kudos to this Seller!

  • MyyMaria

    MyyMaria said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature, loved the interview, love your work!!!

  • debixiyo

    debixiyo said 6 years ago

    Sweet adorable things, you make! Congratulations on your success and may you continue to prosper!

  • WereRabbit2006

    WereRabbit2006 said 6 years ago

    I love your little creature, very inspiring ! Congratulations on the featured!

  • willowstreetworkshop

    willowstreetworkshop said 6 years ago

    Your work is just precious.

  • kellyemeraldhart

    kellyemeraldhart said 6 years ago

    love this shop!!!... im gonna have to collect them all and devote a shelf to make them a little world

  • PeaceStitchStudio

    PeaceStitchStudio said 6 years ago

    cool and totally amazing creations! Congrats and best wishes!

  • PinkLemonadeDuxbury

    PinkLemonadeDuxbury said 6 years ago

    My kids almost missed the bus this morning because they were peeking at your shop and couldn't stop!!! Wonderful story, simply fabulous handwork, so happy you were featured!

  • OneLaneRoad

    OneLaneRoad said 6 years ago

    Wow! Your little animals are so great. I think I'm in love with every single one. Legend, Dark Crystal, Neverending Story....I was way into the same movies growing up! How about Labyrinth?? =) Fabulous interview, congrats!

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig said 6 years ago

    Congrats Sabina! Awesome peices with so much personality, I love the mini Grey Squirrel. Best Wishes, Tammy

  • FeFeTheGreat

    FeFeTheGreat said 6 years ago

    Great work - very expressive!

  • Manjuzaka

    Manjuzaka said 6 years ago

    Pretty Agree with her, too much suffering to be perfect.

  • Suppliesjungle

    Suppliesjungle said 6 years ago

    awesome :)

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 6 years ago

    Yay! Love your shop and photos.

  • CrochetbyCandice

    CrochetbyCandice said 6 years ago

    Omg love your work so much. amazing. and great taste in movies. My fave since I was a kid is Legend. Love it so much i named my daughter Lily after Mia Sarah"s character.

  • MomsCottage

    MomsCottage said 6 years ago

    Have admired your shop before.... love the mushroom pencil topper! It's so nice to read about the creator of these wonderful pieces. Congrats on the feature, you are so talented!

  • roogna

    roogna said 6 years ago

    lovely interview

  • johnnyvintage

    johnnyvintage said 6 years ago

    Great interview and great work! I'd love to see the films!

  • thepropheticsandal

    thepropheticsandal said 6 years ago

    Love your work and well done on the feature. Btw odd question.. What is the meaning of your name?

  • everythingok

    everythingok said 6 years ago

    *gigantic high fives* You are so cool, Sabina. Also extra bonus high fives for loving The Dark Crystal!

  • QuiltedPleasures

    QuiltedPleasures said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! I just love your creations. And I absolutely love your quote, "I like things that are imperfect. Perfection is boring." My sentiments also. Good luck with all your are doing.

  • PinkCheeksStudios

    PinkCheeksStudios said 6 years ago

    Lovely work from a lovely artist. I enjoyed this interview very much.

  • HoneyBearsCloset

    HoneyBearsCloset said 6 years ago

    Wowtastic Interview! My Grandmother's also inspired me in sewing and knitting. I would be so happy if my Grandchildren will say that about their HoneyBear. You are very inspiring and so correct about perfection, a quilting expression say's "Only God (Higher Power, ...) is Perfect," so there is always at least one error in a quilt. Love your Bad Ass Kitty's!

  • oopalele

    oopalele said 6 years ago

    found you the other day in a treasury and fell in love with your little characters. Happy to see you featured!

  • Linohandmade

    Linohandmade said 6 years ago

    Cute! Congrats !

  • somethinspecial

    somethinspecial said 6 years ago

    These are the cutest little figures I have ever seen. I love sven.

  • aldontrujacks

    aldontrujacks said 6 years ago

    The little woodland minis are so adorable. Thanks for sharing about yourself with all of us. Hope you have many years to create things you love.

  • oneofakindgiftshop

    oneofakindgiftshop said 6 years ago

    awesome little ones

  • deepindigo

    deepindigo said 6 years ago

    Congratulations!! Excelent interview! I really loooooove your work!

  • starmekcreations

    starmekcreations said 6 years ago

    Love your work.. great interview

  • dustbincards

    dustbincards said 6 years ago

    Wow...fabulous imagination you have! Neat work.

  • RadVintager

    RadVintager said 6 years ago

    Just Loverly <3

  • deeshandmades

    deeshandmades said 6 years ago

    I have one of your creations! Love your shop.

  • coffeebreakdesigns

    coffeebreakdesigns said 6 years ago

    I love your stories about your little creations! So glad you are featured so we can learn more about you!

  • masonke

    masonke said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your fabulous story!

  • 1crazybeadgal

    1crazybeadgal said 6 years ago

    So whimsical and a little dark. Love it! I wish you the best, Sabrina!!!

  • blackbirdtees

    blackbirdtees said 6 years ago

    Sabina! Congrats to you. So happy to see you as the featured seller ;)

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 6 years ago

    Congrats Sabina! Love your work! Thank you for sharing your story :D

  • embracenature

    embracenature said 6 years ago

    Soooooo lovely creations! :D

  • Jasminepots

    Jasminepots said 6 years ago

    Such personality in your work, it is intoxicating. Enjoyed reading your story, and seeing your work!

  • PeonySTBebe

    PeonySTBebe said 6 years ago

    Felicitations, Sabrina! Aimez vos oeuvres d'art! I especially agree and echo what "handmade" means to you! Bravo! To me-- "la perfection est ennuyeuse" aussi!

  • AmyJiggetts

    AmyJiggetts said 6 years ago

    Really cute and enjoyed your feature! Love all the different characters you almost don't even need animation, they speak for themselves. Lovely

  • vinskord

    vinskord said 6 years ago

    WOW!! Your work is super cool!

  • ChiclyKamaraL

    ChiclyKamaraL said 6 years ago

    The little animals are adorable. Congrats on the feature!

  • TDNCreations

    TDNCreations said 6 years ago

    Adorable! I love the miniature pink bunny! Congrats!

  • ShirleyBeMine

    ShirleyBeMine said 6 years ago

    I love the imagination and story telling that goes into your work!

  • ahmusing

    ahmusing said 6 years ago

    Those are so adorable! Great feature, and I completely believe that -- perfection is boring, espcially in art.

  • frogtoprince

    frogtoprince said 6 years ago

    Your little creations are adorable.

  • penumbraimages

    penumbraimages said 6 years ago

    your little creatures are so playful !!! How fun :) Congrats on the well deserved feature.

  • saltcityspice

    saltcityspice said 6 years ago

    Sabina, I finally had a chance to read this and loved getting to know more about you! Such a great feature - huge congrats!

  • Officeboy01

    Officeboy01 said 6 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your story and how you get out of the creative ruts we all fall into. Some of author's designs remind me of the I miss u collection in the 70s.

  • tiltomorrow

    tiltomorrow said 6 years ago

    Cute pink bunny. Wonderful story. Missing my art. Congrats on your beautiful art.

  • Namoo

    Namoo said 6 years ago

    Love your work. So glad to read your story behind your shop. Inspiring!

  • bewsthaicrafts

    bewsthaicrafts said 6 years ago

    Always love these tiny little friends.

  • humblebea

    humblebea said 6 years ago

    Congratulations~ great work! (-:

  • TaiLightDenim

    TaiLightDenim said 6 years ago

    So Cool!! :)

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 6 years ago

    It seems like you have a good creative process & system worked out. I absolutely love the amazing personality you pull out with your final stitches.. and then of course there is your beautiful photography. Congratulations !

  • adieuangeline

    adieuangeline said 6 years ago

    Fabulous. Perfection is definitely boring! Congrats, Adieu Angeline

  • catreneesmith42

    catreneesmith42 said 6 years ago

    These are the most adorable little creatures. Your work is very well done.

  • tuckooandmoocow

    tuckooandmoocow said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your feature! So well deserved :D. Been a fan of your work for a while--your lovely shop is just wonderful!

  • sandboxcastle

    sandboxcastle said 6 years ago

    Love your stuff - haven't had a chance to make another treasury yet but I'm sure I'll feature your stuff again- they are so whimsical and just full of character and absolutely beautifully made!

  • TheIndianPaperForest

    TheIndianPaperForest said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature, Sabina :) What fabulous characters, and there's such wonderful detail you've created. I adore the simplicity of Sven & all the little detailing of your spirit bears. Wishing you continued success, joy and inspiration! Suzanne

  • joyallaround

    joyallaround said 6 years ago

    I've been a fan for a while -- your work is wonderful! So happy you are the featured seller. Congratulations!

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 6 years ago

    your shop is adorable! congrats on the feature!

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 6 years ago

    gorgeous creations!!!

  • SomeOtherPrairie

    SomeOtherPrairie said 6 years ago

    Congrats!!

  • jennymendes

    jennymendes said 6 years ago

    Wonderful! I am a big fan!

  • MussyandBirds

    MussyandBirds said 6 years ago

    ...don't think anything could be cuter than your "bad ass alley cats." They make us smile. Congratulations and continued success. Adorable :) Best wishes, Theresa and Jessica

  • QuirkMuseum

    QuirkMuseum said 6 years ago

    Nice story about your work Sabina. Have you created a Mabel figure yet?

  • jpgphotography

    jpgphotography said 6 years ago

    I love Sven the dino! Such fun work to look at :)

  • reyespaintings

    reyespaintings said 6 years ago

    My daughters and I are now big fans of your shop. "Swen" is our favorite so far. Congratulations on being featured!

  • VintageByLeigh

    VintageByLeigh said 6 years ago

    Your work is adorable!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 6 years ago

    These creatures are the absolute cutest! The strange thing is I found this site and favourited some things just a week or so ago! Gorgeous, lovely work! Wish you all the best and many sales!

  • bijoukitty

    bijoukitty said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being featured--absolutely deserved :) I have admired your work for awhile now and as a softie artist myself, your amazing photos,sets and creations are truly an inspiration. Thank you for creating and keep up the dazzling work!

  • dotpebbles

    dotpebbles said 6 years ago

    Sabina - your fab work has so much spirit, and your quote about imperfections really got me thinking... I tear my hair out thinking something I've made is not good enough because it's not perfect enough but you're right - 'perfect is boring' - it's mass manufacture... so thanks, you've made me change! x

  • dotpebbles

    dotpebbles said 6 years ago

    ... and congrats on your feature - well deserved...

  • BigHelmetHead

    BigHelmetHead said 6 years ago

    Love you work! Great story, thanks for sharing it :)

  • ChakraSymbolTees

    ChakraSymbolTees said 6 years ago

    I love your work as well...it is so un-contrived.

  • archivioGotico

    archivioGotico said 6 years ago

    Love reading about different lifestyles. I woudn't mind living in a 100-year old textile factory but I wouldn't like the cold and ice! I wish you and your lovely little creatures lots of fun and I will remember to 'flaunt my imperfections', which are many, whenever possible!

  • raganella

    raganella said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your feature! I have been a fan of your work since I joined Etsy. Amazingly adorable, and your set-ups are incredible. Thank you, Etsy for featuring such great artists!

  • Monicaj

    Monicaj said 6 years ago

    Great to see you as a featured seller! I love your creations! Congratulations!!

  • TrellisVintage

    TrellisVintage said 6 years ago

    The photo of you and Mayble is absolutely precious. Congrats on you feature. Your creations are imperfect perfection.

  • bumperfriend

    bumperfriend said 6 years ago

    Your shop is great! I love the photos of your creatures!

  • HonuStyleImports

    HonuStyleImports said 6 years ago

    Your shop is great! Thanks for sharing a piece of your World with us. My husband and I would love to live in a factory, it must be very exciting for you and Ryan to have that inspiration all around you. Congrats to you both!

  • alderande

    alderande said 6 years ago

    Great little things!

  • alderande

    alderande said 6 years ago

    By the way, how do we get to watch your movies? i have kids that I would like to show them to. Thanx!

  • EvesLittleEarthlings

    EvesLittleEarthlings said 6 years ago

    I have been an admirer of your photos and shop for a while now. Congrats on being a featured seller :)

  • rockinstonesjewelry

    rockinstonesjewelry said 6 years ago

    Beautiful little creatures:)

  • BrittneyWest

    BrittneyWest said 6 years ago

    Wonderful work! Thanks for sharing! "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." --Rumi

  • thisisblaise

    thisisblaise said 6 years ago

    great photographs!

  • teeds

    Theresa Warren from WoollyFishWorx said 5 years ago

    I love you work amazing..yes what you said about perfection is soo true, so nice to see this little beings you have created

  • shantitakemoto

    Shanti Takemoto from shantitakemoto said 5 years ago

    I looove your work!!! and your photographs make me feel like I'm entering into their own little world. I too grew up with all those 80's films, and I too still love them today! Was just watching The Flight of Dragons, which I found on DVD the other day. A kids movie, but like you said, there was a seriousness and gravity to it that seems very specific to that time. Again, wonderful work and congrats!

  • malissasplace

    Malissa from MalissaRyder said 5 years ago

    Your work is amazing, and so is your story! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • lepetitknit

    Anna Maria and Erika from LePetitKnit said 5 years ago

    I love your world!

  • amevay

    Adriane from TheGOOSEandTheHOUND said 5 years ago

    I am so impressed by your work! It's absolutely wonderful.

  • ayakiyohisa

    Eydele said 4 years ago

    First, I encountered with your shop on the top page of Etsy, and then found the article. You are such an awesome artist. I am very much impressed with your crafts!!!! So cute animals as if they are animated!!! I am sure to visit and get one of them soon :)

  • VioletGlitterworks

    Violet Woods said 4 years ago

    Wow!! Sabina you're an amazing person! you inspire me to work more on my miniature art and open my own etsy shop too! :D I just can't decide what I most want to make for my shop since I have so many hobbies. lol I saw you featured in Stuffed! magazine the other day and since I was already a fan of you I squealed. It was really cool. ;D Good luck with everything!! <3

  • karoart

    Karo from karoArt said 4 years ago

    your work is just outstanding!

  • onefoxsound

    Miranda Rodgers said 4 years ago

    i love these little "soft sculptures" neverending story and dark crystal also stuck with me (and i'm 28). there is something magical and comfortable about those little worlds than inspire you to create your own!

  • ogs13

    Olga Guzhevnikova from MurMurik said 2 years ago

    i love your works! a fox is my favoirit )

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