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Featured Seller: winsomehollow

Nov 12, 2010

by winsomehollow

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi all, my name is Katy, and while I currently call Atlanta, Georgia my home, I come by way of New York, North Carolina, Kentucky, and a childhood spent in Southern California. My degree is in theatre with a background in performance art. My love of textile and fiber art came later!

I’m a vegetarian (except for seafood), an old dusty English novel reader, a vintage thrifter, a garden lover (a plant killer), an out of practice dancer, an actress, a proud aunt, a free verse writer, an organic food eater, and a girl with an often chaotic life who savors the simple bits that make it all so wonderful. There really are very few things in life (including myself) in which I can’t find humor. Unfortunately, this leads me to quite often laugh inappropriately in public settings. And, much to my sister’s chagrin, my nephew and niece know that their mischievous ways will inevitably lead to a bout of my uncontrolled laughter. On the flip side, tears come quite easily to me as well. I’m often described as shy and introverted, until I get to know someone. I’m more of an observer and listener. I’m independent and fiercely stubborn at times.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

Well, apart from my homebody ways, I do love little day trips with my sister, nephew and niece, which inevitably involves laughing, made-up games, and jabbering away until we become completely lost. In fact, I love spending time with my family in general. My other loves include watching movies (I ditched my TV a few years ago), reading, sitting in nature and writing, eating good food, consuming coffee and chocolate, going to zoos and museums, and wandering the local farmer’s market and the local back roads.

FS_winsome_1.jpgWhat first made you want to become an artist?

The whole course of my life changed when I learned, at age three, that those people in television and movies were playing make believe as a job! I vowed to be one of those people, and after a few short years of practicing and reenacting my character studies in the bedroom mirror, I found my way into the magical world of acting and have never looked back.

Except for a brief stint when I was stubbornly determined to simultaneously study law, theatre, and primatology (I planned to move to Africa to work with mountain gorillas), I canot remember a time that I imagined working as anything other than as an artist. I come from a creative, artistic, and eccentrically Southern family where my mom’s sewing machine was a regular guest at the dinner table. It’s lovely discovering bits of my family within myself. It was my sister, along with a wonderful circle of friends in Brooklyn, who helped lead me down the path of learning the somewhat lost art of hand stitching.

Please describe your creative process.

For me, my work often happens on a whim. I think about bits of nature that I can incorporate into my work, and when I strike upon an idea that really gets me excited, I usually begin to pull fabrics and start stitching. This means I often have several projects going at once. My pieces are mostly hand cut (often based on sketches I’ve drawn) and carefully hand stitched. Many of the materials for my work are vintage or recycled, so I collect interesting textiles whenever I can find them, concurrently feeding my addiction for fabrics.

Now that my sister and I have opened a vintage and handmade wedding shop called PrairieSeed we spend many fun hours thrifting for lovely finds for the shop, as well as designing and stitching between cups of coffee.

FS_winsome_3.jpgWhat handmade possession do you most cherish?

With a sister (littleloveblue), mom (ImSoVintage), and aunt (LadySneezeweed) who all have Etsy shops, I’ve amassed quite a few new and vintage handmade items. I think I would have to say that I most cherish a little textile bird, made by my sister — not only do I love the beautiful work, but it was also sewn from a cotton shirt which once belonged to a wonderful little girl who I nannied for several years. The shirt was eventually passed down to my niece, and was thus worn by two girls who hold very special places in my heart before becoming my little bird!

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

This is the single most difficult question for me, as I am so not a person who plays favorites. So I’ll just randomly list a few which I love.

Books:
Pride and Prejudice, or anything Jane Austen
Prodigal Summer, or anything by Barbara Kingsolver
The Grapes of Wrath, or anything by John Steinbeck
People of the Book, or anything by Geraldine BrooksFS_winsome_2.jpg
The entire Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

Movies:
Pride and Prejudice
Benny and Joon
Sense and Sensibility
North & South
(BBC)
Bright Star

Musicians:
She & Him
Angus and Julia Stone
Johnny Flynn
Priscilla Ahn
Ray Lamontagne
and the list goes on…

Websites:
dlisted
flickr
dooce
Netflix
Gorilla.cd’s Blog
Immune Deficiency Foundation

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

I’m sure this has been said many times over, but beautiful photography is a huge key to any online business. Make sure that your images are instantly identifiable to your shop. Whether through the props, lighting, or angles, I can always instantly recognize a favorite shop through an image. Display your pieces in a way that is truly unique to you. When I’m drawn to a piece, it’s not only the item itself but also the mood of the whole shop that I’m buying. A seller is selling me a whole atmosphere which I love and want to bring into my own home.

Just create what you truly love, find a way to make your pieces unique, continue to grow, and stick with it. If nothing else, the love for what you do will show in your work, and I think that is always appealing to others. Also, pretty packaging with surprising little touches is always nice too!

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

I love both poring over and curating treasuries, and I’m an avid reader of the Blog — love the Get the Look series!

FS_winesome_4.jpgI would love to see a drop down menu during checkout, where buyers can have the option of clicking on how they found your item —Twitter, Blog, Etsy search, returning customer, business card, etc. — to help see what promotional tools are working best for you. I’d also like a place to make wish lists and registries for gifts!

How do you promote your work?

While I do post shop updates on my Twitter and Facebook pages, I concentrate more fully on my blog. Through my blog I express who I am as both a person and an artist by sharing my inspirations, creative process, and personal writing.

In ten years, where would you like to be?

Oh, I can’t even begin to imagine where I’ll be in ten years, as my life is always changing in such unexpected ways! But truly living in each and every day, surrounded by the ones I love, creating in some form, and continually working towards a healthier body and more compassionate soul sounds like a good place to be. Living in a little house by the sea, with a couple of kids and a fabulously dorky guy, along with annual travels to various spots around the world, sounds pretty good too!

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dark green aloe, in vintage handmade pottery.
dark green aloe, in vintage handmade pottery.
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single blossom, kimono orchid. hand stitched, from midcentury kimono silk and wool. ready to ship
single blossom, kimono orchid. hand stitched, from midcentury kimono silk and wool. ready to ship
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miniature prickly pear cactus, in a vintage coffee cup.
miniature prickly pear cactus, in a vintage coffee cup.
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tribal print cactus and succulent. hand stitched soft-sculpture, in vintage haeger pottery planter
tribal print cactus and succulent. hand stitched soft-sculpture, in vintage haeger pottery planter
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linen succulent, in vintage wooden chalice.
linen succulent, in vintage wooden chalice.
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249 comments

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 5 years ago

    lovely items-great interview :)

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 5 years ago

    Love your items. So unique!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 5 years ago

    your work is so whimsical and sweet! wishes for much success over the next couple of days!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 5 years ago

    Your items are so beautiful and have a quality to them that makes me smile. I adore the orchids and succulents!

  • SweetandDandyVintage

    SweetandDandyVintage said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work filled with whimsy! Congrats on the feature!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Inspiring article! Your beautiful felt flowers show your creative spirit! Congrats!

  • MaryLeeByTheSea

    MaryLeeByTheSea said 5 years ago

    Sweet interview and pretty items. You have a great attitude!

  • tangente

    tangente said 5 years ago

    Lovely shop. Congrats!

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 5 years ago

    Love the orchids looks like they would be easy to care for..

  • brienna

    brienna said 5 years ago

    Katie, just such inspirational works, I had found your beautiful orchids before and I simply adore them!

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 5 years ago

    New and different ideas, good luck!

  • FerntreeFlowers

    FerntreeFlowers said 5 years ago

    Congrats to a fabulous local girl! :)

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the featured. Your work is beautiful!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    very whimsical. very lovely

  • FlaxandSpindle

    FlaxandSpindle said 5 years ago

    congrats winsome!! I've always admired your work!! So nice to learn more about you!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 5 years ago

    Interesting work, very tactile. Congrats on the feature!

  • choisette

    choisette said 5 years ago

    i especially liked the tale of the little textile bird.

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 5 years ago

    Great interview! Congratulations on the feature! Your work is beautiful!!!!

  • undertheroot

    undertheroot said 5 years ago

    Katy grabbed me a couple years ago and I am a fan of her vision, works, and care. A dearheart with expression streaming from her core. Seriously overjoyed to see her featured. xo

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 5 years ago

    Such an enchanted world you've created!

  • humblebea

    humblebea said 5 years ago

    Congrats! I love your shop!

  • nikkimichele

    nikkimichele said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and whimsical!!! Love it!

  • QuiltedNoodles

    QuiltedNoodles said 5 years ago

    What lovely items and a nice interview. I like your outlook on life and the things that matter. Keep up the good work!

  • ElephantTrunkCrochet

    ElephantTrunkCrochet said 5 years ago

    Your shop is wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

  • GildedCageDesign

    GildedCageDesign said 5 years ago

    love the orchids, finally some that can't be killed. Great feature.

  • ImSoVintage

    ImSoVintage said 5 years ago

    Congratulations to my beautiful, talented, and very special daughter. I love you so much and I am so proud of you. Okay, I promise not to gush anymore.

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 5 years ago

    sweet & mindful your craft is uniquely you

  • ekra

    ekra said 5 years ago

    Truly beautiful work! Congratulations!

  • TulleMeAboutIt

    TulleMeAboutIt said 5 years ago

    Lovely work. Congrats!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 5 years ago

    Great Shop! Congrats on th feature...you've totally earned it! ;)

  • MontclairMade

    MontclairMade said 5 years ago

    Lovely! Congrats!

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie said 5 years ago

    Lovely shop! Congrats on the feature! LOVED reading your story! Awwww - LOVE your mother's post above!!

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Very beautiful shop =) love love love

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 5 years ago

    yay! Another lovely "hand-stitch" shop~ love your shop~ congrats on the interview!

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 5 years ago

    and your sisters animals are darling!

  • thriftstore

    thriftstore said 5 years ago

    I love love this seller! Her blog and her shop are like little arrows to the heart, they have so much charm! I am very happy to see her featured!

  • elinart

    elinart said 5 years ago

    Lovely work! p.s. if you eat seafood you are not a vegetarian.

  • thechinagirl

    thechinagirl said 5 years ago

    How nice! Congrats on being a featured seller! Your Mom is very proud of you!! (with good reason!

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard said 5 years ago

    congratulations! love your work!

  • houseoftelsa

    houseoftelsa said 5 years ago

    You seem enchanting and your shop is both fresh and inviting. Congratulations on being featured! H of T

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 5 years ago

    Very nice work!

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara said 5 years ago

    Lovely Work. Great interview.

  • TheLadySlipper

    TheLadySlipper said 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed your interview and just love your shop!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! So unique! Love it =) Congrats!!!

  • GooseBugDesigns

    GooseBugDesigns said 5 years ago

    Wow. I feel like somewhat of a kindred spirit. I'm currently enjoying a quiet morning in my house by the sea next to my completely dorky but amazing husband... O and I am about a third of the way through Sense and Sensibility... again. :) Lovely article and fabulous shop. I'll will be adding you to my favorites.

  • scarletbegonia11

    scarletbegonia11 said 5 years ago

    i love these orchids, what an amazing idea.... I can never keep an orchid alive...

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 5 years ago

    So cute and creative work!

  • andiespecialtysweets

    andiespecialtysweets said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, Katy! A well-deserved interview...so happy to see your beautiful work featured!!

  • littleloveblue

    littleloveblue said 5 years ago

    HOORAY! Love my sister, and her talent continually amazes me! So glad to see her hard work recognized:) xo

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 5 years ago

    love the cacti!

  • pearhugstudio

    pearhugstudio said 5 years ago

    Wow, etsy is reading my mind! I just made a small, simple nativity scene and I see yours and just marvel at it--it's beautiful! I love seeing what you do with wool and felt and other textiles and your studio is beautiful.

  • TickledPinkKnits

    TickledPinkKnits said 5 years ago

    What a lovely interview! Congratulations to you :)

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 5 years ago

    Very cool! I second the motion for wish lists and gift registries!

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio said 5 years ago

    What a lovely shop! Congratulations!

  • JulieAnnLopez

    JulieAnnLopez said 5 years ago

    It's always so nice to learn more about the artist. Especially when you recognize the shop from your own favorites! No surprise that such lovely work is made by such a lovely person.

  • StudioCybele

    StudioCybele said 5 years ago

    Lovely work. Congrats!

  • NutfieldWeaver

    NutfieldWeaver said 5 years ago

    How nice of you to let us peek into your creative life! Your fiber art is lovely. PS: Hold out for the dorky guy. They are definitely the best! :)

  • oguerrero

    oguerrero said 5 years ago

    Wow, so beautiful and inspiring.

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 5 years ago

    So beautiful!

  • gemboxjewelry

    gemboxjewelry said 5 years ago

    Awesome article and very lovely shop! Love it!

  • odelay03

    odelay03 said 5 years ago

    I love your nativity set! It is so sweet and beautiful. Congrats on making featured seller! I can also relate to your love for your niece. One of my favorite things in life is spending time with my nieces, as well. They love doing arts and crafts. Maybe they will be future etsians ;0) Take care, M.

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work:)

  • TheGinghamOwl

    TheGinghamOwl said 5 years ago

    I Love her Shop!! Great article:)

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin said 5 years ago

    Your work is beautiful, congrats!!

  • sherilaz

    sherilaz said 5 years ago

    very unique and pretty art!

  • DonnaWalker

    DonnaWalker said 5 years ago

    Beautiful items. And I love that Katy's family is involved with Etsy--how fun.

  • hattieshouse

    hattieshouse said 5 years ago

    Beautiful artwork you create there and a big shout out to the most awesome state we have in common...KENTUCKY!

  • NSpottery

    NSpottery said 5 years ago

    Love your nativity! So cute!

  • agatsijoias

    agatsijoias said 5 years ago

    Good advice!!http://www.agatsijoias.etsy.com

  • TheSingingBird

    TheSingingBird said 5 years ago

    So glad to see you (and your family) featured here Katy! Congratulations and best wishes on your new shop with your sister too! :)

  • DirdyBirdy

    DirdyBirdy said 5 years ago

    I'm in love with the orchids! So whimsical and sweet:)

  • Earthystyle

    Earthystyle said 5 years ago

    I love the flowers ^_^

  • moonsongranch

    moonsongranch said 5 years ago

    Your work is very fun and original. Great interview, congratulations!!

  • 225WaterStreet

    225WaterStreet said 5 years ago

    Lovely article! Beautiful work;) Good luck and congratulations!

  • Gypsymoondesigns

    Gypsymoondesigns said 5 years ago

    Lovely shop! Congrats!

  • FiligreeCreations

    FiligreeCreations said 5 years ago

    I know that I don't know you, but reading part where you tell about yourself seems so familiar... :) and I absolutely agree about "seeing favorite shop by pictures" Great shop & artist!!

  • ragamuffinshop1

    ragamuffinshop1 said 5 years ago

    Hi, Nice to meet you! Looks like you do some fabulous work there, love the handmade flowers. Always nice to read about a fellow fabriholique.

  • BlueDoorStyle

    BlueDoorStyle said 5 years ago

    lovely crafting. THank you for sharing!

  • SimplyByBex

    SimplyByBex said 5 years ago

    congrats on your success and thanks for sharing your story with us!

  • kathiroussel

    kathiroussel said 5 years ago

    katy-- wonderful to find you featured here-- your sweet work is always beautifully inspired-- many congrats to you!!

  • dooglelinhk

    dooglelinhk said 5 years ago

    Amazing work!!! I love the look and feel of your shop. Congratulations and all the best to you.

  • Flowerleaf

    Flowerleaf said 5 years ago

    Love this shop...a newfound favorite! Awesome featured seller! - my favorite item is the arbol del amor (tree of love) fiber art. (and I never tire over seeing other people who are big time Jane Austen fans.)

  • 2chloesroom

    2chloesroom said 5 years ago

    Love the shop, your items seem to be such a reflection of yourself after reading your interview. Congrats, keep up the love of your work.

  • LadySneezeweed

    LadySneezeweed said 5 years ago

    YOU ROCK....and you and your shop are completely perfect and precious beyond belief... and I am just so proud !!! LOVE YOU, Aunt Tricia

  • southernladysvintage

    southernladysvintage said 5 years ago

    Love your shop and all of your wonderful creations! Have hearted you. Gotta support my Georgia neighbors!! Love your sister's, mom's and aunt's shops too!

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible said 5 years ago

    Way cool, in fact way, way,way cool! I used to work as an nurse, life is too short is all I can say ~ not to have one's freedom! Peace, DevineCollectilbe

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth said 5 years ago

    Very pretty shop! I'm an introvert too and it made me oh so happy that you said so about yourself in this interview :) I have to mention that I saw Bright Star for the first time recently and it just floored me--beautifully executed in every way. Anyway, congrats on your successes and keep up the interesting work.

  • SwankyStitch

    SwankyStitch said 5 years ago

    WOW! So beautiful. I love that you work get to and enjoy working with your family! :)

  • babyjives

    babyjives said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! I've noticed your plants a few times and loved them - especially since I can't seem to keep my real houseplants alive.

  • LaBohemeBijoux

    LaBohemeBijoux said 5 years ago

    Such a charming shop...love the heirloom nativity. How wonderful and inspiring for you to be surrounded by such a creative and supportive family!

  • Sunblossoms

    Sunblossoms said 5 years ago

    love love love the vibe of her creations. so simple and beautiful, darling!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    Thanks for such a great and very inspiring interview. Your shop is so neat I love your photos and you are so on top of your gain to be so young. Keep up the good and very inspiring work.

  • daintylibrarian

    daintylibrarian said 5 years ago

    Your shop is lovely.

  • GloucesterStreet

    GloucesterStreet said 5 years ago

    This shop is sooo lovely! I instantly fell in love. Katy's favorite movies are all my favorite too! We have a lot in common. Best of luck to you!

  • BrittneyMethvin

    BrittneyMethvin said 5 years ago

    Such a cute shop. Love your story. Very inspiring!

  • claudiascreation1

    claudiascreation1 said 5 years ago

    Congratulation and best of luck! Your item are precious.

  • kirrikila

    kirrikila said 5 years ago

    very pretty things! :)

  • CraftedByHeidi

    CraftedByHeidi said 5 years ago

    Such wonderful items! Love it!

  • ilovewhatilove

    ilovewhatilove said 5 years ago

    beautiful stuff=)

  • loveFabrik

    loveFabrik said 5 years ago

    Great work!!!!

  • jmijewelry

    jmijewelry said 5 years ago

    Awesome items! Great interview!

  • shazzasknits

    shazzasknits said 5 years ago

    You sound like a lovely well grounded young lady, all the very best with your gorgeous shop. I love your description of being an old dusty English novel reader.

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 5 years ago

    Love the tree! Unique stuff!!

  • FallsvaleCrochet

    FallsvaleCrochet said 5 years ago

    gREETINGS tO yOU fROM sOUTHERN cALIFORNIA gIRL! lOVE yOUR pINK oRCHID, yOUR aRT iS wONDERFUL:) cONGRATS oN bEING tHE fEATURED aRTIST!

  • BellaBellaCrochet

    BellaBellaCrochet said 5 years ago

    So charming, thanks for sharing!

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 5 years ago

    So adorable! Congrats :)

  • WakeIslandSeaJewels

    WakeIslandSeaJewels said 5 years ago

    love your writing style

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and whimsical! Such a great handmade work ! Congratulations !

  • MouseTrapVintage

    MouseTrapVintage said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! LOVELY shop, lovely gal! :)

  • kaylovesvintage

    kaylovesvintage said 5 years ago

    love your work

  • haveitconfections

    haveitconfections said 5 years ago

    Oh my how lovely. Thanks for making such unique and beautiful creations.

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 5 years ago

    I loved reading your story. Your passion and love for life is contagious. Thank you for so generously sharing.

  • jackandellapaper

    jackandellapaper said 5 years ago

    Truly inspiring...a joy to read this interview. Anxious to look at the goods :)

  • CraftsByBabz

    CraftsByBabz said 5 years ago

    Truly inspiring! Thanks for sharing!!

  • TCaponePhoto

    TCaponePhoto said 5 years ago

    Great feature! Loved reading your story; your work is so whimsical and sweet! Best of luck!

  • nattirootz

    nattirootz said 5 years ago

    wow...... soooo unique!

  • juneshin

    juneshin said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being the features seller!

  • TesoroViejo

    TesoroViejo said 5 years ago

    Awesome! Very nice products, truly unique

  • WayuuSusu

    WayuuSusu said 5 years ago

    thank you for the inspiration. it keeps me going. lmg

  • AJewelsQuest

    AJewelsQuest said 5 years ago

    Great interview & inspiration. Congrats!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    So cute, great interview!

  • curiouspug

    curiouspug said 5 years ago

    gorgeous shop! i love the mini conifer tree <3

  • FunWithNeedles

    FunWithNeedles said 5 years ago

    awwww! that was a wonderful interview... i loved reading it, you sound adorable, and your work is beautiful!!!

  • TheFancyLamb

    TheFancyLamb said 5 years ago

    Love winsomehollow! Such a beautifully dreamy shop.

  • arsniccandy

    arsniccandy said 5 years ago

    Such cute creations! I love all the..."plants":)

  • StelmaDesigns

    StelmaDesigns said 5 years ago

    Your shop is truly lovely! The photography is excellent. I enjoyed your feature; Best to you!

  • aTempestinaTeapot

    aTempestinaTeapot said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on FS! I love the red and gray succulent, so pretty!

  • Retreauxgirl

    Retreauxgirl said 5 years ago

    Congrats! We are extremely similar, except I am a bit older. Love your work. Sending many kudo's your way!!

  • FeltShmelt

    FeltShmelt said 5 years ago

    Awesome interview - congratulations!!!! Your work is absolutely wonderful. :)

  • etcink

    etcink said 5 years ago

    Excellent interview, I feel like I want to get to know you even better! Beautiful shop as well!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 5 years ago

    Can't believe I've never seen this shop before....love your work!

  • deLoop

    deLoop said 5 years ago

    "A garden lover and a plant killer" ... that makes 2 of us!!! Your items are beee u tiful! Perfect for Holiday gifts!!

  • BellaPuzzlesToo

    BellaPuzzlesToo said 5 years ago

    gorgeous shop, gorgeous girl, and wonderful interview. i'd say "let's swap books" but I think you've got all the same ones I have. best of luck on etsy!

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 5 years ago

    Beautiful pieces ~ thanks for the inspiration.

  • ValintheValley

    ValintheValley said 5 years ago

    "There really are very few things in life (including myself) in which I can't find humor. Unfortunately, this leads me to quite often laugh inappropriately in public settings." haha I always like feeling like I'm not the only one like this! Your interview is really sweet, you sound so creative. Great tip about photography and the feel of a shop. thanks!

  • raininggiraffes

    raininggiraffes said 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading this-lovely artist,lovely items, lovely shop!

  • rivahside

    rivahside said 5 years ago

    So terrific to see a young person excel at hand-sewing. Your work is really beautiful!

  • janicewd

    janicewd said 5 years ago

    Beautiful hand stitched pieces. Enjoyed your article too.

  • battysbath

    battysbath said 5 years ago

    Lovely and inspiring article! I definitely agree with the "mood of a shop" comment - That's definitely a draw to me too! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  • msquaredj

    msquaredj said 5 years ago

    great funky stuff! beautiful! :)

  • theartlyons

    theartlyons said 5 years ago

    Love your article and appreciate your work! Thinking of showing some branding with my photos now, great idea, thanks, I think my pics are too varied, even in the vintage world...

  • Baisimu

    Baisimu said 5 years ago

    What an enjoyable read! And i would love it if my family members all had an etsy shop for themselves :) it would be so much fun!

  • GalleonGal

    GalleonGal said 5 years ago

    Lovely items, Floral and Wilderness items are so peaceful

  • PrimitiveWild

    PrimitiveWild said 5 years ago

    Congratulations.Beautiful photography. Your shop has a magical, whimsical feel.

  • handmadecharlotte

    handmadecharlotte said 5 years ago

    You are as pretty as your work! XO,Rachel

  • lulusmuse

    lulusmuse said 5 years ago

    cool stuff!

  • mnaDesigns

    mnaDesigns said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! You truly make beautiful work! And the article was funny and inspiring- thanks for the tips!

  • shegekko

    shegekko said 5 years ago

    I simply adore the little house :-) Debi of SheGekko

  • rockysprings1984

    rockysprings1984 said 5 years ago

    A fabulous dorky guy? I doubt that with all your talent, spirit, humor and artistic expression. I bet that guy is all you have ever dreamed of and more. Good luck with the shop and the dreams.

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 5 years ago

    Wonderful article. Your items are so lovely.

  • iowajewel

    iowajewel said 5 years ago

    so happy for you being featured seller!!!! you are so talented! love the nativity set so much-so sweet and beautiful!

  • HighPointFarm2010

    HighPointFarm2010 said 5 years ago

    I think I need to hang out with you. You seem like such a sweet gentle person. Your words were magical and made me calm..ummmmmmm And maybe a little yoga would help as well. You have lovely things was a joy to look at!! Congrads

  • SkiDoodle

    SkiDoodle said 5 years ago

    Great interview! Keep up the good work, and thank you for the advice about photography, mood of shop, etc. Love the nativity set.

  • StemDesigns

    StemDesigns said 5 years ago

    adorably items!

  • localevintage

    localevintage said 5 years ago

    I love your style! Yay! Great article!

  • LaFamilleAtHome

    LaFamilleAtHome said 5 years ago

    what an inspirational post! love your style and your work.... great idea with the drop down menu at check out. i'm always wondering how people found me. now i'm off to go check out your blog :)

  • lofficina

    lofficina said 5 years ago

    wow! lovely shop!

  • GooseyGirlDesigns

    GooseyGirlDesigns said 5 years ago

    Lovely shop and great interview! Congrats!

  • Type7872

    Type7872 said 5 years ago

    Great article, and wishing you much continued success w/career and family. Thanks for sharing!

  • fastsoftpress

    fastsoftpress said 5 years ago

    lovely shop and work!

  • weewhimsies

    weewhimsies said 5 years ago

    You sound like a completely delightful person. Your work, your life and love for family warms my heart. May you be blessed by all the obvious blessing you are to others.

  • Jewelyett

    Jewelyett said 5 years ago

    KATY: YOU ARE DELIGHTFUL AND IT SHOWS IN YOUR CHARMING WORK! Thanks for the seller tips also.

  • pinart

    pinart said 5 years ago

    beautiful items and inspirational interview.

  • pinart

    pinart said 5 years ago

    beautifully crafted items and inspiring interview.

  • CassiasGarden

    CassiasGarden said 5 years ago

    What a fantastic interview. I can So identify with Thy Multi Faceted Life and love of all things creative. That you are an out of practice dancer is also among my dusty cast aside loves..... Thank you so much for sharing your story!!! XO!

  • silverstreetstudio

    silverstreetstudio said 5 years ago

    Warming and beautiful, very talented!

  • artbyaimeejoy

    artbyaimeejoy said 5 years ago

    Love it! Fun and inspiring :)

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 5 years ago

    Love your shop! Great fun loving article. Keep up the good work!

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 5 years ago

    Beautiful! Sooo elegant.

  • bridgemanstudios

    bridgemanstudios said 5 years ago

    great interview - thanks for sharing and congrats!

  • aportofships

    aportofships said 5 years ago

    I love your work! It's very lovely and original. Congratulations on the feature!

  • thedor

    thedor said 5 years ago

    You have a natural aptitude.. Keep up the fantastic work!!

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 5 years ago

    Wow, these are such beautiful and unique pieces! Congratulations on your success.

  • ScentfulNeeds

    ScentfulNeeds said 5 years ago

    Great interview, cute stuff! Good luck!

  • LadySneezeweed

    LadySneezeweed said 5 years ago

    i love reading everyones' comments...You truly are a beautiful wonderful gentle soul and your nature certainly does shine through in your artwork and the thoughts, inspiration and humor that you have conveyed in this article... much love...(again)...Aunt Tricia

  • ijkreation

    ijkreation said 5 years ago

    You truly deserve to be a featured artist. Congratulations! Your creations are fresh and delightful. Keep it up!

  • DotD

    DotD said 5 years ago

    Unique, creative work! Much continued success to you.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    I too would love to see custom feedback through checkout! Great interview, photos really are important to selling online. Especially when your buyers can't touch or feel what you make. Congratulations on being featured, hopefully many more successes to come!

  • mikesbarberpoles

    mikesbarberpoles said 5 years ago

    Great interview, congrats!

  • NashaCor

    NashaCor said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your interview! Keep up the good work,wonderful item.

  • belleskincare

    belleskincare said 5 years ago

    Wonderful shop, beautiful & inspirational ♥ featured seller

  • RowanTreeNaturals

    RowanTreeNaturals said 5 years ago

    Very beautiful work!

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading about your journey. From one homebody to the next, continued success to you and your family. Your work is very unique.

  • RoseCampbellCW

    RoseCampbellCW said 5 years ago

    "I would love to see a drop down menu during checkout, where buyers can have the option of clicking on how they found your item —Twitter, Blog, Etsy search, returning customer, business card, etc. — to help see what promotional tools are working best for you. I'd also like a place to make wish lists and registries for gifts!" (from the interview) I agree! :) PS: homebodies rock. (takes one to know one)

  • norahz

    norahz said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Very Unique Work.

  • GreenOrchidSisters

    GreenOrchidSisters said 5 years ago

    gorgeous work

  • fernswoodpixie

    fernswoodpixie said 5 years ago

    Congratulations Katy on being our featured seller! So lovely reading about your connection with family through love, humor and creativity! Best to you! Note to ImSoVintage: Gush away, mom - sometimes we just gotta do it, right?

  • winsomehollow

    winsomehollow said 5 years ago

    wow... i truly want to thank each and every one of you for the abundance of loveliness here! i've read through every comment and am so unbelievably grateful for all the kind words... all of which mean so very much to me. so thank you, thank you to all!!

  • RusticLogDecor

    RusticLogDecor said 5 years ago

    Katy, I think you are too sweet to be a plant killer. I had a friend tell me once, "If she put a plant in a spot where it didn't survive, it just wasn't meant to be there." So, she'd throw it out and buy another one to replace it. I mulled that over for a while and decided if I should own a suicidal plant, well, I'd just go get another one that might make it in that spot. No reflection on me! Your work is lovely like you. Much success and I enjoyed reading your interview.

  • CreativeButterflyXOX

    CreativeButterflyXOX said 5 years ago

    pretty, pretty, pretty, congrats on being featured :)

  • 18ontheAlley

    18ontheAlley said 5 years ago

    Great interview, thanks for sharing :)

  • craftytagz

    craftytagz said 5 years ago

    What a great shop!! Congrats!!

  • WhatIfPhotography

    WhatIfPhotography said 5 years ago

    It's always wonderful to see someone who completely brings their heart into what they are doing. Thank you for sharing! Wishing you much continued success (PS your work is lovely!)

  • kathcojewellery

    kathcojewellery said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story, what a lovely interview and a gorgeous shop. Congrats & good Luck! :)

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 5 years ago

    LOvely Shop and great interview Congrats on FS !!!

  • ImSoVintage

    ImSoVintage said 5 years ago

    It is so heart warming to read all of these wonderful comments about Katy and her work. She truly is a very special person and I am so blessed to have her in my life as my daughter. note to fernswoodpixie: thanks so much for the affirmation of my gushing 8-)

  • raffelnco

    raffelnco said 5 years ago

    wonderful interview---and a great shop!

  • LivingInspired

    LivingInspired said 5 years ago

    Interesting to read about someone who shares the same favorite books, music, and movies as me. Lovely creations!

  • hautecountryvintage

    hautecountryvintage said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous creations!! Congrats on a fabulous feature & thanks for sharing :)

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 5 years ago

    wow, such great romantic photographs

  • karinagracejewelry

    karinagracejewelry said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and unique items! The seller is so pretty too! Congrats on being a featured seller. : )

  • soxi

    soxi said 5 years ago

    so beautiful ~ the product like you

  • soxi

    soxi said 5 years ago

    so beautiful~

  • MoonDanceTextiles

    MoonDanceTextiles said 5 years ago

    amazing!...love the succulents...

  • Gynx

    Gynx said 5 years ago

    Great interview. Beautiful shop!

  • rockinph

    rockinph said 5 years ago

    really beautiful and extremely decorative

  • christiemartinez

    christiemartinez said 5 years ago

    What a great family, thanks for sharing. I am so going to go and create my shop mood, I'm in need of a photography lesson or two.

  • sweetsomethingdesign

    sweetsomethingdesign said 5 years ago

    Fantastic interview! I love Katy's ideas of the drop-down menu, etc! Beautiful craft!

  • PoshPursesBoutique

    PoshPursesBoutique said 5 years ago

    Love Love your items in your shop! Great photos and very inpsiring interview, good luck with everything :)

  • okiedokieartichoky

    okiedokieartichoky said 5 years ago

    love your shop and the interview was inspiring...your own voice really comes through. thankyou!

  • PetalPetal

    PetalPetal said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiring interview and lovely items that you contribute to the Etsy community. I especially connected with your "ten year plan." Best of luck in all you do and everywhere your life takes you!

  • honeyfelt

    honeyfelt said 5 years ago

    I love your subtle use of colour and very imaginative use of recycled materials... lovely.

  • FreeBirdShoppe

    FreeBirdShoppe said 5 years ago

    Great interview!

  • MustLoveTiaras

    MustLoveTiaras said 5 years ago

    Emotionally--you and I sound like kindrid spirits! :) I enjoyed reading your story and I congratulate you on being the featured seller! I too live in Atlanta, GA! Going to make your shop a favorite now! :)

  • MoolyArt

    MoolyArt said 5 years ago

    How lovely! I can see the love.

  • Krystalxv8

    Krystalxv8 said 5 years ago

    Amazing.......Lovely shop!!!

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions said 5 years ago

    hand stitch goodness! obviously, they are all lovingly crafted!

  • songbirdandtwig

    songbirdandtwig said 5 years ago

    I love your work - especially the nests! Congratulations on your feature.

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 5 years ago

    Congratulations-you come by creativity honestly!-it's in your family blood!!! All the other shops are precious just like yours!!

  • seawillowherbs

    seawillowherbs said 5 years ago

    Love your shop! Your work makes me smile :)

  • EmmaGirlCreations

    EmmaGirlCreations said 5 years ago

    So nice to "meet" you. I love hearing about the, ins and outs, of day to day life and process. Nice work.

  • Agogwe

    Agogwe said 5 years ago

    Great advice on the photos.

  • AsLuckWouldHaveIt

    AsLuckWouldHaveIt said 5 years ago

    Such a lovely shop! Looks like such a happy place!

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 5 years ago

    Very delicate and beautiful work!

  • turtleagogo

    turtleagogo said 5 years ago

    Your heirloom nativity is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen! Good luck! Your craft is lovely.

  • nursedying2cu

    nursedying2cu said 5 years ago

    So far, it sounds like you have produced that which you hoped...You go girl. Congrats on the artsy you! Thank you for expressing your vision with the world.

  • ParisPhotographer

    ParisPhotographer said 5 years ago

    Love your work and the interview x

  • everydaypretty

    everydaypretty said 5 years ago

    I love your items. Whimsical and lovely.

  • NewEnglandCurio

    NewEnglandCurio said 5 years ago

    I love the way you play with fabric and thread! I can see how much thought goes into each of your creations. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on featured seller!

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 5 years ago

    Beautiful items. Very whimsical.

  • honeyfelt

    honeyfelt said 5 years ago

    Love your subtle use of colour and imaginative use of recycled materials - all lovely.

  • Yoursewsweet

    Yoursewsweet said 5 years ago

    You are a beautiful person. Thanks for sharing your story. Very inspiring!

  • gilaglassbead

    gilaglassbead said 5 years ago

    A really lovely home, I especially love the wooden floors. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kasploy

    Kasploy said 5 years ago

    congratulations! love your work!

  • Kasploy

    Kasploy said 5 years ago

    Love your shop!

  • lalalandArt

    lalalandArt said 5 years ago

    Your works are lovely! they are full of romanticism and charm!

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 5 years ago

    Lovely work!

  • swanslough

    swanslough said 5 years ago

    The orchids are amazingingly beautiful. Love the kimono fabric used, so clever.

  • laceydu

    laceydu said 5 years ago

    Lovely orhcids!! Congrats!

  • LaurelDChristian

    LaurelDChristian said 5 years ago

    I appreciated reading your article which is very fresh & positive... It gave me inspiration for a project I was actually stumped on... Thank you. Your work is beautiful.

  • aerogkyr

    aerogkyr said 5 years ago

    beautifull work

  • ShimmerandFizz

    ShimmerandFizz said 5 years ago

    great article. we hav ethe same taste in movies and books... another reason I love etsy!!! you really get to know who the artists are.

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 5 years ago

    I love your art, added you to my faves...congratulations, keep up the great creating!

  • denises72

    denises72 said 5 years ago

    What a great shop you have!

  • ezliving

    ezliving said 5 years ago

    Wow! always something news in ETSY.wonderful!

  • NyamaniDesigns

    NyamaniDesigns said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your creative process and tips to sellers, especially "Just create what you truly love, find a way to make your pieces unique, continue to grow, and stick with it." Words to live by! :) You shared some very useful info! Great Work!

  • wiwicoco

    wiwicoco said 5 years ago

    Lovely, great shop

  • BlessedRepublic

    BlessedRepublic said 5 years ago

    Very unique and creative. Items can make the receiver happy. More blessings!

  • sweetlittlefelt

    sweetlittlefelt said 5 years ago

    Very lovely!

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