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Featured Seller: sudlow

Jan 24, 2007

by sudlow

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

 

Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).

My name is Rachael Sudlow, I live in Lawrence, Kansas, a great little artsy college town in the Northeastern part of the state. Artists have surrounded me all my life, with a landscape painter grandpa and an art teacher mother. Art school was inevitable, so I went to the Rhode Island School of Design. I graduated in photography but I’m always kicking myself for not majoring in jewelry. Instead I try and take as many classes I can and work on new techniques. At least now I know how to take quality photographs of my work! I still photograph occasionally and work on my ongoing series of ‘Cowscapes’ when I can.

 

What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?

I’m an only child and lived in a rural area, so I always had to come up with ways to entertain myself. I had a great pond in our yard growing up, so it was always fun to dig moats and forts and slides in the mud. I was not a clean child.

 

What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?

I’m a pet freak, I have 4 fishtanks, a dog, cat & horse, so my critters get a lot of ideas flowing. I also worked for several years at an environmental non-profit company and that really prompted an interest in the land and ecology. Kansas has really been a big influence on me as well. I loved the East Coast, but Kansas with its fields, lakes & prairie will always be my home.

 

What are your favorite materials?

Metals of course! A sheet of silver has so many possibilities. Beads as well, can be transformed into a number of unusual creations. And of course, I’m a sucker for pearls.

 

What is your favorite color?

Hard to say, but I always love wearing greens and black.

 

What are your most and least two favorite films?

Favorites would be The Big Lebowski and Office Space. I’m a sucker for goofy comedies. As far as least favorites, alien stuff freaks me out. I still haven’t watched ET & Signs really did a number on me (didn’t help that my house was surrounded by cornfields).

 

What are you reading right now?

Several books and manuals on screen printing, my newest endeavor

 

Any tips on selling handmade stuff?

Make what you love and do it daily. I have an almost OCD obsession and must create a piece or 10 every single day. I think art school really bred a crazy work ethic into me. If you can, try and wear your products when you go out. I get a lot of great responses when I go out and wear some eye-catching earrings or necklace. In those situations ALWAYS have a business cards ready.

 

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

I’m quite hooked on aquariums right now and am in the process of setting up a small saltwater aquarium. I like watching all the life and the environment that develops in such a small little space, especially with the saltwater.

 

How can Etsy be improved? Any feature requests?

I think It would be nice to have options for shipping, so people can choose First Class or Priority or Overnight depending on their needs and budget.

It would also be cool to soup up the Street Team sites so that we can sell multiple seller’s items together and funnel the money into a group fund or to the creators themselves.

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Sterling Silver Inner Hidden Message Custom Ring
Sterling Silver Inner Hidden Message Custom Ring
sudlow
$35.00 USD
Peas and Carrots Necklace
Peas and Carrots Necklace
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$50.00 USD
Personalized Peapod Necklace
Personalized Peapod Necklace
sudlow
$48.00 USD
Tiny Turtle Ring Box
Tiny Turtle Ring Box
sudlow
$5.00 USD
Pokemon Pokeball Ring Box
Pokemon Pokeball Ring Box
sudlow
$4.00 USD
Semi Colon Custom Ring
Semi Colon Custom Ring
sudlow
$35.00 USD
Golden Wheat Earrings
Golden Wheat Earrings
sudlow
$38.00 USD
Woodland rose cut Ruby and Gold Necklace
Woodland rose cut Ruby and Gold Necklace
sudlow
$125.00 USD
Woodland Ruby and Gold Belly Button Ring
Woodland Ruby and Gold Belly Button Ring
sudlow
$120.00 USD
100 TINY Kraft cotton filled boxes - perfect for CANADIAN Shipping
100 TINY Kraft cotton filled boxes - perfect for CANADIAN Shipping
sudlow
$17.00 USD
Apple Fruit Ring Box
Apple Fruit Ring Box
sudlow
$5.00 USD
Custom Shape Cufflinks
Custom Shape Cufflinks
sudlow
$60.00 USD
Golden Peanut Necklace
Golden Peanut Necklace
sudlow
$55.00 USD
Twenty Cents Earrings
Twenty Cents Earrings
sudlow
$10.00 USD
Cicada Line Cuff Bracelet
Cicada Line Cuff Bracelet
sudlow
$40.00 USD
Figure 8 Knot Ring
Figure 8 Knot Ring
sudlow
$48.00 USD
BlueBerry Necklace
BlueBerry Necklace
sudlow
$28.00 USD
Star Wars Rebel Insignia Tie Tack or Pin
Star Wars Rebel Insignia Tie Tack or Pin
sudlow
$30.00 USD
Peapod Cufflinks
Peapod Cufflinks
sudlow
$60.00 USD
Blueberry Cufflinks
Blueberry Cufflinks
sudlow
$65.00 USD
Queen of Farts dog tag
Queen of Farts dog tag
sudlow
$10.00 USD
Deathly Hallows Necklace
Deathly Hallows Necklace
sudlow
$60.00 USD
Small Rebel Insignia Earrings
Small Rebel Insignia Earrings
sudlow
$28.00 USD
Small Rebel Insignia Necklace
Small Rebel Insignia Necklace
sudlow
$23.00 USD
Wide Inner Message Custom Ring
Wide Inner Message Custom Ring
sudlow
$42.00 USD
Elephant Ring Box
Elephant Ring Box
sudlow
$5.00 USD
Top Down Circle Belly Button Ring
Top Down Circle Belly Button Ring
sudlow
$45.00 USD
Top Down Floral Bar Belly Button Ring
Top Down Floral Bar Belly Button Ring
sudlow
$50.00 USD
Four Peas in a Pod Earrings
Four Peas in a Pod Earrings
sudlow
$44.00 USD
Three Peas in a Pod Charm Necklace
Three Peas in a Pod Charm Necklace
sudlow
$48.00 USD
Ring Sizer Coaster
Ring Sizer Coaster
sudlow
$1.00 USD
Rainy Day Cloud Earrings
Rainy Day Cloud Earrings
sudlow
$45.00 USD
Sweet Pea Necklace
Sweet Pea Necklace
sudlow
$42.00 USD
Phillips Head Hardware Screw Belly Button Ring
Phillips Head Hardware Screw Belly Button Ring
sudlow
$22.00 USD
100 small Shiny White cotton filled boxes
100 small Shiny White cotton filled boxes
sudlow
$20.00 USD
Bumble Bee Stud Earrings
Bumble Bee Stud Earrings
sudlow
$30.00 USD
Two Peas in a Pod Necklace
Two Peas in a Pod Necklace
sudlow
$35.00 USD
Key to My Heart Lariat
Key to My Heart Lariat
sudlow
$40.00 USD
Kansas City Royals KC crown Stud Earrings
Kansas City Royals KC crown Stud Earrings
sudlow
$22.00 USD
Butterfly Nose Ring
Butterfly Nose Ring
sudlow
$10.00 USD
Sample pack of cotton filled jewelry boxes in kraft, white, teal, black
Sample pack of cotton filled jewelry boxes in kraft, white, teal, black
sudlow
$3.50 USD
13 Square Kraft cotton filled boxes
13 Square Kraft cotton filled boxes
sudlow
$5.00 USD
100 small black swirl cotton filled boxes
100 small black swirl cotton filled boxes
sudlow
$20.00 USD
100 Lg Kraft cotton filled boxes
100 Lg Kraft cotton filled boxes
sudlow
$24.00 USD
Cowboy Hat Ring Box
Cowboy Hat Ring Box
sudlow
$8.00 USD
Birds of a Feather Necklace
Birds of a Feather Necklace
sudlow
$65.00 USD
Zipper Club CHD Heart Necklace
Zipper Club CHD Heart Necklace
sudlow
$60.00 USD
Double Cicada Lines Necklace
Double Cicada Lines Necklace
sudlow
$40.00 USD
Peanut Necklace
Peanut Necklace
sudlow
$45.00 USD
Dogwood Flower Silver Ring
Dogwood Flower Silver Ring
sudlow
$36.00 USD
Carrot Earrings
Carrot Earrings
sudlow
$25.00 USD
Macaroon Jewelry Ring Box
Macaroon Jewelry Ring Box
sudlow
$5.00 USD
Rebel Insignia Nose Stud
Rebel Insignia Nose Stud
sudlow
$25.00 USD
Thin Inner Message Custom Ring
Thin Inner Message Custom Ring
sudlow
$35.00 USD
Single Peapod Necklace
Single Peapod Necklace
sudlow
$34.00 USD
Copper Old Oak Ring
Copper Old Oak Ring
sudlow
$30.00 USD
Custom State Pin Brooch
Custom State Pin Brooch
sudlow
$50.00 USD
Star Wars Rebel Insignia Necklace
Star Wars Rebel Insignia Necklace
sudlow
$25.00 USD
Golden Cicada Line Earrings
Golden Cicada Line Earrings
sudlow
$35.00 USD
Extra Wide Silver Oak Ring
Extra Wide Silver Oak Ring
sudlow
$80.00 USD