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Featured Seller: Slippin’ Southern

Sep 28, 2011

by SlippinSouthern

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m originally from the South, near Pensacola, Florida. My whole family is from Alabama. I left home in the ’80s to pursue an art career in Chicago. I married a super talented gal while attending the School of the Art Institute. We have two children who are nearly grown up, plus two pugs, two rabbits, a cat, as well as a hen and a rooster. I spent most of my adult life as a designer/art director in Chicago, working in ad agencies and marketing firms. A couple of years ago, we decided a lifestyle change was needed so we bought an old farm house in North Carolina and moved the family.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Our farmhouse property is actually historic and significant to the area. Through renovation, I’m learning a lot about carpentry and restoration; you can do anything yourself if you just take the time to learn how. I’ve converted the larger of the two pack house barns into my workshop/studio. I also like riding my bicycle around the farm roads, listening to jazz, finding a hidden antique, and cooking.

What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
The title of my memoir would be Heck, I Should Have Done This Years Ago! I never took the time early in my creative career to think about whether or not I could work for myself as an artist. It is so rewarding to have reinvented myself with a business based upon my skills in design. It’s like my entire career in advertising was all leading up to this success with Slippin’ Southern.

Where does your inspiration come from?
Returning to my roots in the South was the major thrust of it all. As my realtor explained to me, “Things move slower in the South.” And she’s not kidding — everybody goes home at 5 p.m., and there is no banking on Saturdays. My insurance agent even owns a turkey farm and is there more often than the office! In the first few months of living in Carolina, my wife and kids noticed that folks down here refer to each other as “shug,” “darlin’,” and “sweetheart.” When I began using these colloquial terms on my family for fun they would call me out and say “hey, y’all are slippin Southern on us!”

What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade is the way I’m redefining myself. After 25+ years of using a computer every day, going back to basics and making things with my hands again has been so eye opening. I was in school before Macs were invented, so finding those hand skills again and rediscovering what drew me to art in the first place is very empowering.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
At this point in my career, the driving force is my family. They were the first to point out to me that I should take my creative skills and passions and parlay them into a new business. My wife, who has been with me since the ’80s, knows my passion for letters and typography (we hauled around an old letterpress early in our marriage to three apartments). And my kids also pointed out how I love to work with wood.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
A big hint was when I was in the sixth grade. In art class, we were making clay sculptures and I made a little kitty with a meowing face. One of my teachers came to me a few weeks after making it and offered me $5 for it. I declined, because I knew if she thought it was valuable it meant that I was special.

How would you describe your creative process?
It’s a lot of listening and paying attention to things people just take for granted. And then turning that into something simple and clever.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
I think I’d peek into one of Andy Warhol‘s factories because of the designer-to-
artist parallel we have in common. I’d love to hear what someone like Warhol would recommend as my next step.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
Our studio barn and house sits in the middle of a 350-acre farm field. The Tuscarora Indians had a fort here and I sometimes find arrowheads in the fields while on walks. It’s an amazing feeling when you’re wandering along and find one lying on a row of soil. They are totally handmade and crafted by Native Americans more than 300 years ago, but they still look like they were carved from their stone just yesterday. The historical aspects of these arrowheads simply dumbfound me.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
I would love to have totally completed our farmhouse project and moved on to a grander one — an older property, possibly in Virginia or New Orleans. We both love visiting those two areas of the country and seeing the history and natural beauty they possess. I also hope to keep working for myself long into the future — I feel like I’ve found a groove and there aren’t any knots to slow me down.

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271 comments

  • HallesHouse

    HallesHouse said 5 years ago

    One of my favorite shops here on Etsy. I am a Southerner and his work really expresses the Southern heart. Continued success!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    i love your stuff. congrats :)

  • BreatheCouture

    BreatheCouture said 5 years ago

    One of my favorite shops! :) Congrats on the well deserved feature.

  • dorothydomingo

    dorothydomingo said 5 years ago

    I love your shop and I'm coveting the large green gator! Congrats on your feature!

  • TheHickoryTree

    TheHickoryTree said 5 years ago

    Fantastic Interview by one of the talented Men of Etsy. I'm a native Chicagoan and going from Chi town to North Carolina has got to be a culture shock. Wonderful shop by the way. I just love your signs.

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 5 years ago

    Wonderful woodwork

  • Lilena

    Lilena said 5 years ago

    I love your work, your story and your shop name. Congratulations. Y'all keep doin' what you're doin', sugah. Nita at LILENA

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 5 years ago

    Congrats ob being featured. Like the white whale. Good luck.

  • lulusnest

    lulusnest said 5 years ago

    Congrats on being feauted! Gotta love another Southerner getting some much needed love!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 5 years ago

    Can I live at your house? ;) Fab feature!

  • mysweetn0vember

    mysweetn0vember said 5 years ago

    What a fabulous shop! Love your story and shop name as well. ;)

  • Quiltedhearts5

    Quiltedhearts5 said 5 years ago

    Congrats on "Featured Seller"...I love your shop...continued success

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Nice I like the cursive font you use, your pieces look great against white! Sounds like its been quite a long journey for you, congratulations : )

  • OhCreativeOne

    OhCreativeOne said 5 years ago

    great shop, love the name and the way you capture the South! :)

  • Nachokitty

    Nachokitty said 5 years ago

    What a fantastic life path you've followed! I loved reading your interview. Thanks for sharing with everyone.

  • designsbytaylor2u

    designsbytaylor2u said 5 years ago

    <----- Formerly from Chicago, now in Texas. I'm lovin' that Hey Y'all sign!! Great interview!

  • artlife

    artlife said 5 years ago

    Loved reading your feature! Congrats slippinsouthern -- such a fun shop!! : )

  • BarbaraWoltmannPhoto

    BarbaraWoltmannPhoto said 5 years ago

    Such a fun and colorful shop! Congratulations on the feature! I especially love the moby dick whale, it would go perfect in my house!

  • stillpointworks

    stillpointworks said 5 years ago

    Absolutely love your story and your work...thank you for sharing it! Would love to have a barn in the country...

  • shabbyvintagemom

    shabbyvintagemom said 5 years ago

    What a wonderful lifestyle, very inspiring♥ Awesome story about your sixth grade teacher :) Love your Shop!!!

  • Suppliesjungle

    Suppliesjungle said 5 years ago

    Great shop!!!! I love your shop :)

  • artbyheather

    artbyheather said 5 years ago

    LOVE your shop! Congrats on the feature! Well deserved!

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature, it was a great read! I've been a big fan of your shop for awhile now. Best of luck for continued success!

  • angryhairjewelry

    angryhairjewelry said 5 years ago

    love your style!

  • VintageExpedition

    VintageExpedition said 5 years ago

    I feel this coming in my life so it is fantastic to hear about your journey! Thank you for sharing! I wish you all the best!

  • LetterChef

    LetterChef said 5 years ago

    Since I work with 'letters' myself, it is great to see them in another medium. Great shop.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Love your shop! Congrats on the FS!!!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Cool work! Congrats!

  • tarikyousef

    tarikyousef said 5 years ago

    Great work, I love all the great colors and letters you use!

  • thebqe

    thebqe said 5 years ago

    Always enjoyed your shop on Etsy! So excited to see you on here!

  • thebqe

    thebqe said 5 years ago

    Always enjoyed your shop on Etsy! So excited to see you on here!

  • pulpsushi

    pulpsushi said 5 years ago

    Great interview! Loved the story about your art teacher offering you money. Congratulations! :)

  • ValerieLorimer

    ValerieLorimer said 5 years ago

    Absolutely love your work! Congrats.

  • ScissorwizardDesigns

    ScissorwizardDesigns said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the feature. Thanks for sharing your journey. Your work is awesome. From one Southerner to another....best of luck to you always.

  • TeegsAndHenry

    TeegsAndHenry said 5 years ago

    I love this interview/story. We have the same graphic arts background and I am working towards launching my etsy shop for all the same reasons, you took the words right out of my mouth. Congrats on all your success!

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 5 years ago

    I love your work. It is very colorful and pretty. Congratulations on the feature! I love seeing the large figures of small things... or small figures of large things like that crocodile in your hand :-) Cute!

  • fredandlulu

    fredandlulu said 5 years ago

    Adorable interview and shop! Love the photos and artwork! I too share a love of typography, ever since I was a little girl I would sit for hours drawing letters and numbers in different fonts I would make up. Wishing you a happy and full life...

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson said 5 years ago

    Love your whole reinvention realization! Splendid interview and awesome items. Congratulations on the feature!

  • storyline

    storyline said 5 years ago

    gorgeous! great interview and shop. many congrats for being featured.

  • tinygalaxies

    tinygalaxies said 5 years ago

    really nice, genuine interview. congrats!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 5 years ago

    very very cool! great feature and great shop!

  • StrandRedesign

    StrandRedesign said 5 years ago

    Hey! One of my favorite Etsy shops! I loved to read more about you.

  • MyImaginationIsYours

    MyImaginationIsYours said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your past and future success!

  • fantasyfloorplans

    fantasyfloorplans said 5 years ago

    Nothing like southern hospitality!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 5 years ago

    Love your shop. The photo of you with the gator is a hoot. Yay for Chicago art directors...me too. I was just working out an order with my husband for our coop and gate. Congrats, well deserved!

  • oldsnapshot

    oldsnapshot said 5 years ago

    Congrats to you! Love your work! I lived near Lake Lure for 5 years. NC is is so beautiful and I do miss the fall colors in the mountains..though I do not miss the summers :)

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS said 5 years ago

    Great interview, love your shop! Keep following your dreams! Congratulations as the newest Etsy Featured Artist!

  • sweetoliviadesigns

    sweetoliviadesigns said 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed your feature! I love how your shop name was created! Good luck to you;)

  • JPATPURSES

    JPATPURSES said 5 years ago

    Such a deserving featured seller! Wonderful shop and such great work :)

  • junkyardglitter

    junkyardglitter said 5 years ago

    Well I completely adore your shop! I have wanted something from it for quite some time!! Just gotta figure out a space for it! Congrats to you!! Swell pick Etsy!

  • SmallWondersArt

    SmallWondersArt said 5 years ago

    Love your work and shop! Much success to you, from fellow Chicago to NC transplant.

  • jenniferh72

    jenniferh72 said 5 years ago

    Very nice interview! (And can I be you when I grow up?)

  • JAShirraPatterns

    JAShirraPatterns said 5 years ago

    Few people get to live their dream. Love your work. Keep persuing. Congrats on your Etsy feature.

  • stockannette

    stockannette said 5 years ago

    I enjoy typography, too!

  • NopalitoVintageMore

    NopalitoVintageMore said 5 years ago

    So glad I read the article. Great shop. I had to run outside and pull my husband out of his shop to see your art. Thank you for the inspiration your story gave me to help me encourage my husband to go for it in his art/craft stuff he makes for our home.

  • lapisbeach

    lapisbeach said 5 years ago

    Wonderful interview! Fabulous shop! Continued success in all areas:)

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 5 years ago

    What a great interview. Congrats are your success. I ran across your shop here on Etsy a while ago and thought it was very clever. And now I read the story behind the shop/artist and that's even more cool!

  • ArtByKristin

    ArtByKristin said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the feature. It is obvious that you are meant to be exactly where you are now. <3

  • cassandrastephanie

    cassandrastephanie said 5 years ago

    Great story! I think most of us could use some time away from a city. I'm glad that that was the move that started your shop. Congrats on the feature!

  • sewgracious

    sewgracious said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature from a fellow {sister} Southerner! Your shop has been one of my favorites for a long time!

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 5 years ago

    Great story! One of my neighbors does this type of art and I love their display every holiday or event going on. Congrats ont he feature!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 5 years ago

    Lovely work! Congrats on your feature. Love the second photo where you placed your work uo on the shed wall.

  • ButlerPottery

    ButlerPottery said 5 years ago

    Very good work. Congrats on your feature.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 5 years ago

    So glad to see this shop featured! And what an awesome interview. I know what you mean about finding arrowheads just sitting on top of the soil. We find a lot of them in TN. To hold one in your hands is a feeling like no other.

  • PiecefullyHome

    PiecefullyHome said 5 years ago

    i've had my eye on the "hey y'all" for so long now...i love it! congratulations on the feature!

  • bittersweetdesign

    bittersweetdesign said 5 years ago

    great read. love your work and your shop!

  • saltcityspice

    saltcityspice said 5 years ago

    Yay! I've loved your shop since it opened, and I'm a Northerner through & through :) Fantastic feature, congrats Greg!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 5 years ago

    This shop is too much fun! Congrats on the feature and thank you for sharing your story.

  • FunnyFarmToyBarn

    FunnyFarmToyBarn said 5 years ago

    Awesome shop. Congrats and best of luck to your future!

  • electrogrunge

    electrogrunge said 5 years ago

    YES! I love this guy. We just bought one of his signs recently and I'm so glad to see him featured. :)

  • FruitionJewelry

    FruitionJewelry said 5 years ago

    Glad you found your knot free groove :)

  • SeaPinks

    SeaPinks said 5 years ago

    Big congratulations on your feature, love your work!

  • Vintage2NewJewelry

    Vintage2NewJewelry said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story with us! I love your shop! Congrats on being featured!

  • locklovelies

    locklovelies said 5 years ago

    Love your work and your story. And your shop name is awesome!

  • OuterKnits

    OuterKnits said 5 years ago

    Great story! So there is hope for people in advertising.

  • DayDreamerVintage

    DayDreamerVintage said 5 years ago

    Very inspirational interview. I wish you the best in your creative business. :)

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 5 years ago

    love!

  • dgierat

    dgierat said 5 years ago

    I love your garden box kitchen organizer. Congrats on the feature!!

  • LittleLadyIrish

    LittleLadyIrish said 5 years ago

    Congratulations!!! I love this shop and always find amazing items for my treasuires!! Wishing you much success :)

  • hattieshouse

    hattieshouse said 5 years ago

    so glad to see one of my fav southern gents featured. I love this guys artwork!!!

  • picklehead

    picklehead said 5 years ago

    awesome stuff! :)

  • juliesadorabowls

    juliesadorabowls said 5 years ago

    Great story! Congratulations!

  • FlameJewels

    FlameJewels said 5 years ago

    You create great work!! Congrats!!

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 5 years ago

    Love your work! Congrats on your feature! :)

  • MissPattisAttic

    MissPattisAttic said 5 years ago

    The oversized scissors are a favorite!!! I had found your shop earlier and am glad that you are getting the recognition you deserve. Thank you for sharing your life, family, and art with us. The best to you. Patti and Terry

  • ahmusing

    ahmusing said 5 years ago

    Amazing products! Huge congrats, you deserve it!

  • oakstudiosofdesign

    oakstudiosofdesign said 5 years ago

    Great feature! Love the studio barn!

  • restruct3

    restruct3 said 5 years ago

    you're a long time favorite of mine . . .very inspirational so happy to see you here . . .much success and happiness to you & your family

  • BizzieLane

    BizzieLane said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being Featured! Wonderful shop! I love the huge scissors! I have a pair that were made more than 50 years.

  • BizzieLane

    BizzieLane said 5 years ago

    ago. Sorry ~ I hit enter to fast.

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 5 years ago

    a wonderful story .. the studio barn is amazing ~ congrats on the feature and continued success!!

  • NorthWoodworks

    NorthWoodworks said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on having your wonderful shop featured.

  • sassandperil

    sassandperil said 5 years ago

    I'm from Pensacola, FL! Wonderful interview and amazing work! Thank you for sharing :)

  • faeriesbycindy

    faeriesbycindy said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on following your passion and rediscovering those hand skills again. Such an inspiring story......Best of luck to you and your shop!

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 5 years ago

    One of my favorite shops on Etsy! Love your style! Thanks for sharing your story :D

  • daisydesignsgallery

    daisydesignsgallery said 5 years ago

    Very cool!! Love the red truck!

  • vntagequeen

    vntagequeen said 5 years ago

    One of my fave shops! So glad you are here! Congrats!

  • artofisaac

    artofisaac said 5 years ago

    I like how the artwork is simple yet meaningful. Nice use of colors too.

  • jessiemccann

    jessiemccann said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Great feature. I can totally relate. I have been working in the graphic design field for 20 years, then finally found my passion when I started to sell my creations three years ago. Best of luck to you and your shop!

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage said 5 years ago

    GREAT things and a great article. Good blessings to you. Love your work which reminds me of my Granddaddy.

  • needleyou

    needleyou said 5 years ago

    This was so nice to read about Mr. Slippin Southern. Clever guy & love your items. Congratulations ! Go SAIC Alumni : D

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 5 years ago

    Well written, witty and inspiring. I'm slippin' Southern again too and it's a grand place to slip.

  • linneaheide

    linneaheide said 5 years ago

    Always loved your stuff! As a former art director myself, I totally appreciate your creative journey. You would adore the outskirts of Williamsburg, Va. Lots of old plantation homes and historic farmland. Just sayin' ; )

  • livingstonandporter

    livingstonandporter said 5 years ago

    Oh, I am a big fan of yours and putting the story together with your face and a name makes it all so sweet! What a nice story- I live in Chicago and it may not be THE SOUTH...But I find the midwest has a kindness all it's own. WIshing you all the best!!

  • justfewofakind

    justfewofakind said 5 years ago

    amazing!

  • TheOldWhittlerShop

    TheOldWhittlerShop said 5 years ago

    It was a joy and inspiration to read your story! Congratulation and looking forward to see your upcoming projects!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Your work is awesome! Great story! Congrats!

  • WilkinsonStudio

    WilkinsonStudio said 5 years ago

    Congrats on being featured - one the first shops that I stumbled across after finding Etsy and you remain a favorite!

  • PonyAndPoppy

    PonyAndPoppy said 5 years ago

    Wonderful interview! There is something completely endearing about the slower pace and graciousness of the South. You capture the essence of it beautifully. Love your work!

  • claireandjanae

    claireandjanae said 5 years ago

    Wonderful shop and feature! Congrats!

  • KateStealey

    KateStealey said 5 years ago

    I have been a huge fan of your work for quite a while...what a lovely feature! You must be so proud. Congrats!~

  • ditsyblonde529

    ditsyblonde529 said 5 years ago

    Wow, this is so ironic...I was born and raised near Pensacola and now live in NC. You do really great work, and I love how your family inspires you! Keep it up!

  • violintide

    violintide said 5 years ago

    Great stuff! Congrats on the feature!

  • danielfranklin

    danielfranklin said 5 years ago

    I live in Alabama and grew up in NC, love the south, the people, and the country living. like your style.

  • GoddessOfJewelry

    GoddessOfJewelry said 5 years ago

    I love your items, I love your shop and I love your photography! Glad to finally meet the man behind the shop! Keep up the great work! :) CONGRATS!

  • shopbobbi

    shopbobbi said 5 years ago

    way cool!

  • GingersGirl

    GingersGirl said 5 years ago

    One of my favorite Etsy sellers -- so nice to see you on the front page.

  • cracksinthewax

    cracksinthewax said 5 years ago

    Nice interview, very inspiring!

  • jenniferjstanford

    jenniferjstanford said 5 years ago

    Great article! Best of luck to y'all!

  • murphymae

    murphymae said 5 years ago

    Your stuff is wonderful and your story is amazing. My husband who is a teacher but also a beekeeper and urban farmer who makes hard cider and I (an artist) have been wanting to slow down and do something similar. You are an inspiration!

  • AstoriaLane

    AstoriaLane said 5 years ago

    I have always loved your shop! Congrats on being featured, it really was just a matter of time!

  • arizonastartradingco

    arizonastartradingco said 5 years ago

    good job on following your bliss!! i love it and wish you continued success!!

  • catchNrelease

    catchNrelease said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! So happy that you are finding much joy and success with your unique and charming creations!

  • finethreadz

    finethreadz said 5 years ago

    I love this shop! Congrats! Great feature!

  • aspendreams

    aspendreams said 5 years ago

    Amazing woodwork, and excellent feature story. Congrats

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 5 years ago

    A very "handy" man! Great creations and congrats on your feature on the front page!

  • lenoxswan

    lenoxswan said 5 years ago

    One of my Favorite Etsy Shops! I Love your work, sooooo happy to see your story on the Front Page... Congratulations!!!

  • frogprincessdesigns

    frogprincessdesigns said 5 years ago

    Great interview! Congrats on being featured!

  • 2vcreative

    2vcreative said 5 years ago

    Amazing work. I'm glad you're doing what you love and I hope you get to move to Virginia or New Orleans. Best of luck to you and your family.

  • beeloudglade

    beeloudglade said 5 years ago

    I'm just happy you know how to spell "y'all." You'd be surprised how many SOUTHERNERS don't.

  • go2girl

    go2girl said 5 years ago

    Great creations, I love your mermaid!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 5 years ago

    neat stuff, love the whale!

  • cliffordmanthey

    cliffordmanthey said 5 years ago

    Looking good thanks Clifford Manthey

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 5 years ago

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! The slower pace of the south sounds very attractive. Best wishes for your continued success!

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 5 years ago

    Great shop!

  • kerrigilpin

    kerrigilpin said 5 years ago

    What I want to know is - do you still have that meowing kitty you made in grade school? I love that story!

  • thoughtfullyadorned

    thoughtfullyadorned said 5 years ago

    Oh I just enjoyed this article so much. I too love typography and I love that you bought an old farmhouse. You and your family sound like fun! Congrats on this feature and good luck!

  • AKingsThings

    AKingsThings said 5 years ago

    They say if you do what you love everyday.. it's not called work! Congrats on taking the leap.

  • TodayImInspired

    TodayImInspired said 5 years ago

    awesome interview...i love the authenticity and heart that you exude - both in your adventurous move back to your roots in the south and in your artistic spirit. much luck and continued success!

  • HouseHoldWords

    HouseHoldWords said 5 years ago

    super cute woodcrafts! loved the story

  • NaturalandVintage

    NaturalandVintage said 5 years ago

    as someone who has come and gone from the south (Georgia is home) I can completely related to slippin' into southern! the accent comes and (almost) goes sometimes

  • 2CreativeOutlets

    2CreativeOutlets said 5 years ago

    You're living the American Dream! Your work is wonderful. Congratulations. : )

  • JANNYSGIRL

    JANNYSGIRL said 5 years ago

    I have followed your work for a while, I'm so thrilled to see you are the featured seller! Keep doing what your doing, it's GREAT!

  • maclancy

    maclancy said 5 years ago

    congrats Greg! wonderful work!!

  • TheBakersDaughter

    TheBakersDaughter said 5 years ago

    Congratulations all around - I can tell from reading your interview that now you're doin' what you love and love what you're doin'!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 5 years ago

    Fantastic! What an inspiration to people who have been brainwashed to believe that there is no life after the downturn! I love how you are embracing the country lifestyle after being so used to the city! Best of luck to you and your family!

  • brandmojointeriors

    brandmojointeriors said 5 years ago

    Gotta love North Carolina handmade... keep it real and keep it made in America!!!!

  • SkinnyKnits

    SkinnyKnits said 5 years ago

    Very inspirational! Thank you for sharing and congratulations, keep up the great work!

  • SevenDesignStudios

    SevenDesignStudios said 5 years ago

    Greg's story is exactly why I'm here too! I, too, have been in computer art for over 25 years but now with all the layoffs in video games I had to re-invent myself as well! Thank you for your story greg! It makes me feel like I'm not alone in this! Best of luck to your continued sucess!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 5 years ago

    I've loved your shop for long. It's so refreshing to meet the man who's "Slippin' Southern"

  • searchnrescue2

    searchnrescue2 said 5 years ago

    Love your shop, your story and the interview! The picture included of the barn/shed with all the signs on the side is fabulous! AWEsome work and wishing you and your family all our best!

  • just4theartofit

    just4theartofit said 5 years ago

    Very inspirational story! Enjoyed browsing your store and congrats on being featured!

  • andiespecialtysweets

    andiespecialtysweets said 5 years ago

    Totally inspiring - thanks for sharing!

  • drowning80

    drowning80 said 5 years ago

    Great post, thank for share! I will return this blog to read more useful posts. Thanks! ____________________________ Counselling London

  • FirefliesAndLadybugs

    FirefliesAndLadybugs said 5 years ago

    Great story! Love my "hey y'all" & get so many compliments on it.

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva said 5 years ago

    Fantastic experience and looked where it landed! Thanks for sharing your story and being true to your passion:)

  • Leatherworks4U

    Leatherworks4U said 5 years ago

    First thought you were sippinsouthern when I found your shop...and that could be any number of things. Either way sippin or slippin, your work is great and I aspire to have me some of it.

  • gcmillinery

    gcmillinery said 5 years ago

    It is so incredible to read your comment about going from computer to hand work...where as I have been doing hand work for 35 years and had to completely learn the computer from scratch...i.e. from just even learning how to move files..to a media school to learn Final Cut Pro, 3D Animation, Photoshop, Illustrator, Pro Tools, After Effects, etc, etc, etc... to just name a few...What a mind twist!!... So I really feel what you are saying...and really believe... anyway you learn... is good for the soul and the planet...and this... brings us all even closer to an appreciation of God. Way to go Man.... Happy Trails to You.....XOXOOOX

  • chicmoderne

    chicmoderne said 5 years ago

    Congrats on being featured! Great article! Love your work and it's very inspiring!

  • chicmoderne

    chicmoderne said 5 years ago

    Congrats on being featured! Awesome work and very inspirational!

  • BriannaBlueStudio

    BriannaBlueStudio said 5 years ago

    Love your work! I love the Southern way of life, and your items reflect it so well! Congrats:)

  • tanbat73

    tanbat73 said 5 years ago

    Loved your story! Congrats on being featured!! I am newbie here on Etsy and you have really inspired me!

  • HopesThree

    HopesThree said 5 years ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your story and shop! Congrats on the feature. I love it, "slippin southern"!

  • WhiteRabbit7

    WhiteRabbit7 said 5 years ago

    One of my favorites! Wonderful learning a bit more about you, congrats!!

  • CashmereJewels

    CashmereJewels said 5 years ago

    Congratulations!

  • LovesPaperArt

    LovesPaperArt said 5 years ago

    One of my favorite shops too! Love your work! Congrats!

  • aussiekn

    aussiekn said 5 years ago

    lovely work!!! so creative. well done!

  • bernabermek

    bernabermek said 5 years ago

    great works! congrats!

  • dorijenn

    dorijenn said 5 years ago

    Great work! Love the colors!

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 5 years ago

    so true...................... it's not until we're older that we realize,,,,,,,,, heck, i should have done this years ago !!!!................ if only we knew then what we know now ! Fantastic shop................... all the best X

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 5 years ago

    great shop............. all the very best X

  • feathersink

    feathersink said 5 years ago

    Wonderful! Loved reading about the process you have experienced and find similarities with myself. Thanks for sharing it all!

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin said 5 years ago

    I love your shop, congratulations!!!!!!

  • FridayArtBunch

    FridayArtBunch said 5 years ago

    Ya'll done good! We hope for the best for your shop!

  • Garden22DesignStudio

    Garden22DesignStudio said 5 years ago

    I've been coveting your rooster sign for some time! Congrats on the feature, great read!

  • suzyssentiments

    suzyssentiments said 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your story, learning about your journey. You shop is really neat! Congratulations on the feature and much success!!

  • Jackphelpsstudio

    Jackphelpsstudio said 5 years ago

    Congratulations ! nice work .

  • ExclusiefByVera

    ExclusiefByVera said 5 years ago

    Congratulations for making the big lifestyle and location decisions to pursue a simpler country life. I hope your story inspires others to contemplate the benefits of a lifestyle change. My recent lifestyle change was the right one for our family. Enjoy and continue to grow your Etsy shop. I wish you and your family great success.

  • JessPurses

    JessPurses said 5 years ago

    Great Interview, Congrats on the Feature!

  • giardino

    giardino said 5 years ago

    Wonderful interview, I really enjoyed reading your story. I love your shop and attitude, your work just looks joyful:)

  • misscharlottejewelry

    misscharlottejewelry said 5 years ago

    I love your work. A wonderful and inspiring interview.

  • tannerglass

    tannerglass said 5 years ago

    I love your interview as much as I love your work (and barn!). Congrats on the feature.

  • EWMcCall

    EWMcCall said 5 years ago

    Congrats on being the featured seller!! Slippin Southern has been a favorite shop of ours for a while now!! :)

  • QuirkMuseum

    QuirkMuseum said 5 years ago

    Great feature there. I've been getting back to working with wood again after years of computer stuff too. Now I gotta get around to listing some stuff on Etsy. Need a bigger barn too. Good Luck SS.

  • MyGrandpasPen

    MyGrandpasPen said 5 years ago

    Great feature - your work is amazing!

  • theoldewoodstove

    theoldewoodstove said 5 years ago

    Awesome work! Congrats man!

  • dewdropdaisies

    dewdropdaisies said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Love your Southern shop! However, if you've been in Chicago for so many years...I'd have to hear a "Ya'll" before I could decide if you are a "Recovering Southerner" or if you've "gone Yankee". ;) Keep workin' on it! Southern craftsmen and artists are like Southern authors...a breed apart. Pam :~)

  • peaceloveandartshop

    peaceloveandartshop said 5 years ago

    The barrel of monkeys...Classic!!! I love that! Your work is amazing, where you live is amazing, congratulations on a living the good life! Some people really get the secret to life right!

  • ursuladodge

    ursuladodge said 5 years ago

    LOVE the typography, your life, and your story! We're moving to south carolina (from eastern washington state) in the spring (one more winter, sigh...see the snow behind me in my picture?) and your story inspires me, i love hearing that you should have done it a long time ago.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    Wow! Great shop! ..love the name too :)

  • CelebrateToday

    CelebrateToday said 5 years ago

    I have several of your items in my favorites! Congrats on the feature!

  • littleyellowyarrow

    littleyellowyarrow said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being a featured seller - I love your colorful shop and the art on the shed. Ya'll are my kind of peeps, southern and all.

  • ByJenniferLeigh

    ByJenniferLeigh said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! Truly wonderful :o)

  • Batwa

    Batwa said 5 years ago

    I love your shop! Congrats on the feature!

  • aiek

    aiek said 5 years ago

    Do ya'll have rooms to rent? I love your work. I want to stop by! Congrats on your feature.

  • aiek

    aiek said 5 years ago

    p.s. love the name of your shop.

  • brookiecookiesbows

    brookiecookiesbows said 5 years ago

    I love "Slippin' Southern"! One of my favorite shops on etsy! ;) I love your designs and it was so fun to get an inside view into your path as an artist! Congrats, and many blessings!

  • lulisplanet

    lulisplanet said 5 years ago

    Amazing and unique handmade designs congratulations

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    I wish I could be your apprentice. Your work is beautiful. I worked in advertising for years and one day needed change and I like you went from New York to North Carolina. It is much much slower but gives one time to think and create. Keep up the great work!

  • PrincessOfPainting

    PrincessOfPainting said 5 years ago

    I loved reading this :) great feature

  • StoneMe

    StoneMe said 5 years ago

    Awesome to read. I would be in love with those arrowheads too...I love American history. You do beautiful work. Congrats and good luck!

  • PinkGlitterBoutique

    PinkGlitterBoutique said 5 years ago

    Great interview! Loved your story. I've been in your shop many times- I love the flying pig. Congrats!

  • pienchips

    pienchips said 5 years ago

    Been a fan for a while. Well deserved feature. Congrats!

  • BeMyBee

    BeMyBee said 5 years ago

    Beautiful craftsmanship!

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature! I love your story about moving from the big city to the slower life in the South. :) Best wishes and keep on living your dream!

  • nextdoortoheaven

    nextdoortoheaven said 5 years ago

    Greg, we knew you were going to be a success when you put us in your 1st treasury. We are so happy you made featured seller. Your work is beyond fabulous!!!

  • kerriannshop

    kerriannshop said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!

  • LidiDesign

    LidiDesign said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! Great shop, great work! Love your typo! Wishing you much continued success!

  • MussyandBirds

    MussyandBirds said 5 years ago

    Great feature. Love your work. Congratulations. Best wishes and continued success, Theresa and Jessica

  • PassThePretty

    PassThePretty said 5 years ago

    Love your work; it's beautiful!

  • GrandmaJcollection

    GrandmaJcollection said 5 years ago

    So glad you are able to do what you love! That had to be a major adjustment from big city living to southern style. Love the wooden "LETTERS''!

  • PosyPop

    PosyPop said 5 years ago

    Very, very cool! I was so excited to see your interview. Slippin Southern is certainly a stand-out shop! I love including your items in my treasuries too!

  • redcatrun

    redcatrun said 5 years ago

    Great range - y'all need a crawdaddy! (transplanted Louisianan) Congrats on the feature, well deserved!

  • aestivationdesigns

    aestivationdesigns said 5 years ago

    You are my inspiration!!! I love the title of your memoir "Heck I should have done this year's ago!!!" The simplicity of the realization is pure beauty in finding what works for you when ever that can be. Thank you for sharing.

  • BiscottiQueen

    BiscottiQueen said 5 years ago

    Great shop, already hearted you way back. Just wanted to say isn't it just GRAND in the Carolina's! If you ever want more chickens we raise them on our hobby farm... and yes, I'll waste a whole southern afternoon hanging out with the chickens and pickin' berries along the woods. It sure is a picturesque life. :D

  • FrancesMarin

    FrancesMarin said 5 years ago

    Congrats on going back to your roots! It's so inspiring to see an artist do what they love!

  • ViviVivian

    ViviVivian said 5 years ago

    What a wonderful, really inspiring story :)! Thank you for sharing it, I feel rejuvenated just from reading it. Congrats!

  • anotherghostquilts

    anotherghostquilts said 5 years ago

    This is terrific. I love your work and wish you the best. I have to have those scissors.

  • WallCakes

    WallCakes said 5 years ago

    Great interview! Great Shop!

  • SkateBetty

    SkateBetty said 5 years ago

    Cool shop! (i am a pug owner too lol)

  • myneedlehabit

    myneedlehabit said 5 years ago

    Absolutely LOVE This Shop. WAY before this interview. Rock ON! A fellow Wordster in NYC. XO Carla

  • vintagejunkfm

    vintagejunkfm said 5 years ago

    hi! i love your shop. im not far from you! i moved here from upstate NY and i love it!

  • SevenElevenStudios

    SevenElevenStudios said 5 years ago

    Oh My! I am in love with your shop. Fantastic work! I love NC. In fact, I love it so much I got married there and visit 2-3 times a year. Great article.

  • jaynethepain

    jaynethepain said 5 years ago

    Fantastic write-up! Love love love the shop!!!

  • spiritfruits

    spiritfruits said 5 years ago

    absolutely inspiring shop and story. congratulations on the success!

  • michemozaix

    michemozaix said 5 years ago

    OMG!! You worked at a Woolworth's!!?? No wonder you turned out so fabulously creative and awesome! Congrats... good things (and good people) come from a good foundation! lol

  • NowISee

    NowISee said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. I the bright colors and great figures. Love your decision to make a lifestyle change.

  • smileykylie97

    smileykylie97 said 5 years ago

    I love the colors and your word carvings especially. All the best to you and your family!

  • brookeelissa

    brookeelissa said 5 years ago

    You are living the dream! Congratulations to you for finding your groove.

  • 3rdAveShore

    3rdAveShore said 5 years ago

    So happy to see one of my favorite shops featured. You deserve it. Aloha and Congrats, Sam{antha} www.3rdaveshore.com

  • TheCreativeTree

    TheCreativeTree said 5 years ago

    Wow, what a neat shop!! Love it (: Congrats on the feature!!

  • JillianReneDecor

    JillianReneDecor said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature and your beaming happiness! It is so clear that you love what you're doing, and doing what you love. Born and raised in the south, I can't help adoring the charm in your shop - love it! Best wishes!

  • TheMusicAndArtShop

    TheMusicAndArtShop said 5 years ago

    Wow! What a great story! There are a lot of us who feel the desire to get back to doing creative things that we can enjoy and also earn a living from. I'm happy you've found your true calling. Continued success to you!

  • mysticrafts

    mysticrafts said 5 years ago

    Love your shop :-) Congrats on the feature!!

  • BigPhilsEmporium

    BigPhilsEmporium said 5 years ago

    Cant get enough of your stuff! Yall need to add a Yes Mam and Thank Ya Lord! to your sayings! Love your stuff! BIG PHIL

  • thankyoulucky

    thankyoulucky said 5 years ago

    thanks for this! very inspiring to read your story. appreciate your discoveries- both inside and out! love your creations! keep up the good play!!

  • anekanena

    anekanena said 5 years ago

    bravo!

  • shannonvall

    shannonvall said 5 years ago

    Great interview! Congrats!

  • RachelBollmanDesign

    RachelBollmanDesign said 5 years ago

    Love that gator! I like the idea of this in a child's room.

  • misshettie

    misshettie said 5 years ago

    Welcome back to the South! Congrats on the feature! Love your shop!

  • tortillagirl

    tortillagirl said 5 years ago

    Such a great interview. What an awesome guy. Love his work!

  • savethedate

    savethedate said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, what a great interview, very inspiring to read your story and lifestyle - living in a farmhouse? maybe I'll talk to my hubby about that :)

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 5 years ago

    What a delightful interview! It made me a little homesick for my native Maryland, and very happy for you and your family. You have a beautiful shop!

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects said 5 years ago

    Very cool! I can picture you riding a bike, listening to jazz. A pack house barn...I need one of those!

  • FunkyFriendsFactory

    FunkyFriendsFactory said 5 years ago

    Awesome feature - congrats on making such a huge lifestyle change - obviously for the better! : )

  • chloescrochetcloset

    chloescrochetcloset said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Love your shop and it's Southern flare! I'm located 45 minutes South of New Orleans. I think you would have great luck with a shop in the French Quarter area if ever you decide to move :) Good luck to ya'll!!!

  • DiscoBeach

    DiscoBeach said 5 years ago

    I have loved your work since I first saw it--huge fan. Congrats on being featured--great story! May you have continued success and happiness! (But why would you want to leave North Carolina--we love having you here!)

  • TheShopSisters

    TheShopSisters said 5 years ago

    So happy for you and your life change. I love your story...you should be a writer as well!!

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig said 5 years ago

    Congrats Slippin'Southern!! I Really enjoyed your Interview. Your Art and Craftsmanship are So Original and Awesome! Love all the Signage. Best Wishes, Tammy

  • koolnkrafty

    koolnkrafty said 5 years ago

    Love your work! As soon as I can afford it I plan on purchasing many of your pieces!

  • samantha2818

    samantha2818 said 5 years ago

    I love your work and have had a few of them as favourites for a while. I am in the UK so the shipping costs, sadly, would be ridiculous nevertheless I am a big fan and dreaming of having one (or more) of your pieces one day. Congratulations on your feature - it's well deserved!

  • LaTouchables

    LaTouchables said 5 years ago

    It's great reading about you and your inspiration. I love the south, lived there many years--and you've caught the spirit in your words and photos.

  • theyellowroses

    theyellowroses said 5 years ago

    Glad you slipped South! Loved the interview & your shop!

  • cyberbelle

    cyberbelle said 5 years ago

    What a lovely and inspiring story! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • noodlehug

    noodlehug said 5 years ago

    I can't stop oggling the barrel of monkeys! Fantastic.

  • PansyMaiden

    PansyMaiden said 5 years ago

    He custom-made the sign I used for my tent at craft fairs. I love it so much! He captured my logo perfectly. And I get so many compliments on it at every single show I do.

  • TheIndianPaperForest

    TheIndianPaperForest said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the feature :) It was so enjoyable reading your story, esp. cos I'm ex-advertising too, lol. Wishing you continued success, joy and inspiration - Suzanne

  • WakulaWorks

    WakulaWorks said 5 years ago

    My Pap was from the south and when I saw your "purdy" sign, it brought back a flood of memories. Love your journey and wish you the best of luck!

  • willowstreetworkshop

    willowstreetworkshop said 5 years ago

    Great story and really love your work.

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 5 years ago

    Love your work! Great job! Wishing you all the best!

  • catiques

    catiques said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the featured article. Very nice, I really like the signs in your shop. Good luck on the old farm land.

  • drowning80

    drowning80 said 5 years ago

    Love your Southern shop! However, if you've been in Chicago for so many years... ____________________________ chat

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops said 5 years ago

    Love people making a living with their hands. Someday, I want to see North Carolina and Tennessee!

  • drowning80

    drowning80 said 5 years ago

    I love your shop and I love your photography! Glad to finally meet the man behind the shop! Keep up the great work! :) ++++++++++++++++++ credit immobilier

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    hellfire306 said 5 years ago

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  • earlmmr

    earlmmr said 5 years ago

    I am so excited to find you! I have been looking for your "Hey Y'all" Sign since I saw it on Pinterest. I am from Texas, but have since moved to Kansas. Although I live in the "middle" of the map, don't think I am not going to throw that sign up right beside my front door! ;)

  • angelwo

    angelwo said 4 years ago

    Love your stuff! Can't wait to get my order in the post, very, very excited!

  • maryscott869

    mary scott said 3 years ago

    I love the expression Slippibon Southern. Two of my favorite books about sayings in the South are titled Well Butter My Butt And Call me A Biscuit, Look Whose Here. The other one is How To Talk Southern. Mary

  • maryscott869

    mary scott said 3 years ago

    I love the name Slipping Southern!! Two of my favorite books on southern saying are Well Butter My Butt And Call Me A Biscuit Look Who's Here, the second one is How To Talk Southern. I think most people will love these books. Mary

  • shelleb55

    shelley behrman said 2 years ago

    great article...feel like i know you. can't wait for my lobster. congrats, shelley

  • RetroChalet

    Cyn Marie from RetroChalet said 1 year ago

    So glad to see him here. Bought some items for my business from him, custom work, did a great job xoxo

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