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Jul 6, 2012

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hello! My name is Angie Lawlar. I live in Juneau, Alaska, with my husband Rusty and our three fantastic kids, soon to be four. We are currently in the process of adopting our little girl from Africa.

I create my work with the motto, “something old, bold, recycled and renewed.” I love creating a piece that already comes with a little bit of history and a good story. I want to pass on the idea that we can reuse old objects and make them new again to my children. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not a hoarder. (Well, maybe when it comes to metal and gemstones; I might have a touch of hording tendencies.)

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I love getting outdoors and making the most of our life in Alaska. Juneau is a fantastic place to raise kids outdoors. You learn quickly not to let a little rain dampen your day. On a normal evening (if we are not tied up with kids’ sports), you will find us out on a beach for dinner, watching whales and fishing. It is absolute bliss. In the summer months, my family and I are usually hiking, biking, camping and fishing. During the winter months we are sledding or snow shoeing during our time off. I have a blog called Steampunk Junk where I chronicle all of our Alaskan adventures and adoption process.

What would be the title of your memoir?
Risk The Ocean. I created a bracelet with this phrase to remind me of it. My children are my entire world. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for them. I have drilled into their minds and hearts that their mom would walk through fire for them. For our fourth child, it’s not fire that separates me from her – it’s a massive body of water. Telling her “I would walk through fire for you” doesn’t pertain to our situation. I’m terrified of sharks and not a fan of flying, but I will do it over and over again if that is what it takes to get our girl home. I will risk the ocean.

Aside from adoption, I truly believe we all need to take risks in life. If you never take risks you will never know what you are made of. Take a risk on your talents and place a bet on yourself; you and your future are worth it.

Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from a lot of places, but the best inspiration is when we travel down south to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, to visit family. I head to my favorite antique store, Wiggett’s, and it’s amazing how the ideas flow after shopping around for a while. I love working with old, lost and found objects, and a flea market or antique store is just the place to find those types of things.

What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade means everything thing to me. 100 percent of the profits from Steampunk Funk are going towards our adoption costs, so handmade means the life of my child and the completion of my family. Each strike of the hammer, each blasted little rivet (because rivets are my least favorite thing to make) brings our family one step closer to being whole. Handmade is the love, care, time and patience poured into art.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
Rusty, my husband. He has been patient and kind and let me be myself without judgment or disdain. Me and my crazy off-the-wall ideas that come out of left field, me and my messy workspace after a creative binge. He has embraced and supported that side of me, and encouraged me to keep working at it and keep making my designs and ideas. My work wouldn’t be what it is today if I didn’t have him next to me.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I knew art was my thing when I walked into Ms. Knox’s class in sixth grade. She told me that coloring in someone else’s lines was overrated; she encouraged me to make my own lines and feel free to use mediums other than markers and crayons. She created a fantastic environment for free expression. In that moment, I knew I wanted to be an artist.

How would you describe your creative process?
My creative process has changed a lot throughout the years. I used to start tinkering and just come up with a new piece. But the older I get, the more organized and thought out my work has become. I have folders and sketchbooks that I keep designs and ideas in. If a design pans out well, then I photocopy it and place it in a folder as the master copy, just in case something happens to my sketchbook. I still tinker here and there, but mostly I get an idea in my head, sketch it out, make sure it still looks good or is something I want to pursue, then I start cutting the metal and forming it.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
I have two. First and foremost, Ansel Adams. Pure genius. What that man could do with a large format was just flat out sick. My second pick is Edgar Degas. He was so talented and had an eye and gift for capturing movement in his paintings, which in my opinion wouldn’t be that easy.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
My bench was handmade by my husband and kids. It is by far my very favorite thing. If there was a fire in the house and everyone was safe, I’d forget my camera and computer and do my best to get that out of there. I watched them piece it together, sand it, and put the castors on with their little hands. It is very special to me.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
I don’t often have a problem with creative ruts. My work is predominantly made to order. I spend so much time making the pieces I have already designed that fitting in the time to create new ones is difficult. So I will sketch out my plans in the evening after my kids go to bed or in the early morning, and then wait until I have a non-busy weekend to work on it. Back when I was more fly by the seat of my pants, to get out of creative ruts I would knit. It’s so relaxing and methodical.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
I am a firm believer in dreams, goals and plans; I think they are important to strive for. In ten years, I hope that my creative talents are still being put to good use, and that my designs and business are going strong. I hope Rusty and I will be working more closely with non-profit organizations in Africa and Asia, and get to go over more often than we do now. Ultimately, if I am sitting at my dinner table surrounded by my four kids and going on 22 years of marriage with my best friend, I will consider it a success.

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305 comments

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry from NangijalaJewelry said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work and interview! Congratulations on the feature :-)

  • Mikono

    Ling Abson from Mikono said 4 years ago

    Love your work! Just so cool and rustic. You have inspired me. Especially love what you said here :"Take a risk on your talents and place a bet on yourself; you and your future are worth it."

  • WithTheRain

    Rayana White from WithTheRain said 4 years ago

    Angie I’m so happy for you congrats!! Thank you for being part of my Etsy support team!! I'm so pumped for you!! Team Code Breakers has succeeded!! Just one more item off the check list :)

  • VoleedeMoineaux
  • funktionslust

    Mara from FunktionLust said 4 years ago

    I love your puzzle piece pendant ~ the little heart in the middle is so endearing

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    Mary Robertson from MaggiesInn said 4 years ago

    Your story is so encouraging and I like how you live.

  • StringBeardCraftery

    Stephanie from StringBeardCraftery said 4 years ago

    Love the shop name! Congratulations on the feature, and good luck with the adoption! That little girl is very lucky to have a family like yours. It's obvious that you're a wonderful mother, and I love your 'risk the ocean' motto!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 4 years ago

    Very inspiring! Congrats on the feature and all the best with the adoption!

  • saltcityspice

    Katrina from saltandginger said 4 years ago

    Hooray Angie! I love your adoption story in process and the story behind your memoir title - beautiful. So happy to see you featured here and learn more about your work - congrats!!

  • sewlutionsbyamo

    sewlutionsbyamo from sewlutionsbyamo said 4 years ago

    This was a beautiful read. Thank you for sharing, congratulations on the feature and all the best with your business and growing your family.

  • pagepottery

    J.R. and Kristen Page from pagepottery said 4 years ago

    The moose necklace really cracks me up! But it is beautiful and rustic too- love the playfulness :) Yay!

  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! Wonderful work!

  • MaudeAndLola

    Jeanette from MaudeAndLola said 4 years ago

    I've been a fan for a while now. One of my favorite shops and now I see why. Angie you are delightful and your work is fantastic. What a lovely heart and soul you have, it shows in your work. Congratulations on your feature and the very best of luck in your adoption!!

  • woodnheart

    Julie Wood from woodnheart said 4 years ago

    Inspiring! What a wonderful life you share with others, whether it's through your art or the adoption of a new family member! Blessings to you in everything you create.

  • LuminousCreation

    Jaclyn Dreyer from LuminousCreation said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congratulations on the feature & the newest addition to your family! xoxo

  • syringaspring

    Sue from SyringaSpring said 4 years ago

    Angie, Your work is beautiful and meaningful. Congratulations on this Feature of your Amazing Shop! Sue

  • RedorGrayArt

    Elaine Kean from RedorGrayArt said 4 years ago

    I have always LOVED your work .. so nice to learn more about your shop and life around it....happy to see you as a Featured Seller!!

  • snickles

    snickles said 4 years ago

    You are very inspiring. Congratulations on being featured. I must now check your little shop. : )

  • AlternativeBlooms

    Alternative Blooms from AlternativeBlooms said 4 years ago

    AMAZING!! WE LOVE YOUR WORK !!

  • Raceytay

    Raceytay from Raceytay said 4 years ago

    Oh Ang, this is fabulous, and so richly deserved. Congratulations!!

  • JasminBlancBoutique

    Erika Iozsa from JasminBlancBoutique said 4 years ago

    amazing work! Good luck with the adoption too, it was amazing to read this interview and learn of the beautiful and meaningful life you are living as a person and as a family!

  • prunellasoap

    Janell Anderson from prunellasoap said 4 years ago

    Congrats, Angie! Yay! So excited to see you here, beautiful interview. So fun to learn more about your work and life in Alaska. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • silke5763

    Silke Jordan from howcroftjordanwork said 4 years ago

    VERY touching to read (and feel) the love and destiny you have - for all your family !! And to be married to your best friend: ALL THE BEST !!!

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 4 years ago

    Ooooo! I love your use of color in the metal work you do! Awesome!

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading from newhopebeading said 4 years ago

    AH congrats girl... I am so proud of you and your shop looks all kinds of awesome :)

  • paintmydog

    Justine Osborne from paintmydog said 4 years ago

    Interesting stuff!

  • PizzazzArt

    Patricia Shafer from PizzazzArt said 4 years ago

    Aside from your creative talent...what a beautiful and inspiring story. Hopefully your little girl will be in Alaska with her family soon.

  • RoyalMint

    Sabina from MountRoyalMint said 4 years ago

    ya right! i am so thrilled to see you here angie. loved reading all about you! xx

  • reconstitutions

    Shelley from reconstitutions said 4 years ago

    Congrats, Angie! You so deserve this great feature!

  • EmiliaFaith

    Edie Ann from OhHoneyHush said 4 years ago

    Sounds like a wonderful life! Congrats on the feature!

  • woodnheart

    Julie Wood from woodnheart said 4 years ago

    So inspiring! What a wonderful life you share, whether it's through your art or in the adoption of a new family member! Blessings to you in your life adventure!

  • frighten

    mari from frighten said 4 years ago

    so happy for you angie!

  • Overdue

    Kiova Staley from joyridevintage said 4 years ago

    Your work is lovely and your passion is inspiring, how lucky your adopted child will be to land in such a loving, creative home! I am going to keep your advice on taking risks at the top of my mind, because you are so right, we are worth it!

  • ErinAntiques

    Erin from ErinAntiques said 4 years ago

    So inspiring :) congrats!

  • GabbieWillDesigns

    Tonya from GabbieWillDesigns said 4 years ago

    amazing story about life and love and being free!!! congrats to you and good luck with the adoption!!!

  • Balanced

    Rachel from balanced said 4 years ago

    so thrilled for you, Angie! congratulations on your much deserved feature!

  • quotesandnotes

    quotesandnotes from quotesandnotes said 4 years ago

    Congrats, Angie!! Always loved your work! Great, touching interview.. all the best with the adoption!!

  • brooklynstudios

    brooklynstudios from brooklynstudios said 4 years ago

    This is a really beautifully expressed interview. Thank you for sharing what you do -

  • StudioBotanica

    Cristy Beck from StudioBotanica said 4 years ago

    Congrats, Angie! So happy for you. Loved reading all about your work!

  • myMountainStudio

    Nikki Weiss from myMountainStudio said 4 years ago

    Lovely story and beautiful work! Here in Montana, we also love the outdoors and spend much of our spare time in the outdoors hiking, camping, bicycling, snowshoeing, x-country skiing, and such. I believe wholeheartedly in your statement, "Take a risk on your talents and place a bet on yourself; you and your future are worth it." That kind of thinking is what keeps me going ... I know I can do it, it's just a matter of persevering and finding the way through trial and error. I also love your "risk the ocean" bracelet and story. Thanks for sharing your story with us. :)

  • PoleStar

    Jennifer Juniper from PoleStar said 4 years ago

    Angie yayyyyyy!!!!!

  • TheDrunkenWord

    Kimberly Hadlock from LeccareLollipops said 4 years ago

    Wonderful interview :) congrats ! As always I love the items in your shop.

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 4 years ago

    wonderful interview! Good luck with the adoption

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    Great story. Lovely work!

  • 925maille

    Leslie Smith from 925maille said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! Everyone should be lucky enough to have a Ms. Knox in their life!

  • jpgphotography

    Julie from BokehEverAfter said 4 years ago

    Very inspirational--wonderful hand-forged goods, and I hope your daughter joins your family soon! Congrats!

  • nicandthenewfie

    nicola armster from nicandthenewfie said 4 years ago

    very unique and fresh! love how you use old nails in such a raw and beautiful way and that 3-D moose is crazy cool!

  • JunieLew

    Meagan Hofmeister said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! I'm from Sandpoint, so I feel your inspiration and excitement wholeheartedly.

  • cujicoo

    CujiCoo from CujiCoo said 4 years ago

    Recycling is the way to go. I really do love most recycled products. Good luck with the adoption! From where in Africa are you adopting your child?

  • watermoonview

    Dee from watermoonview said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature and to completing your family! Love the moose head necklace...fun and whimsical. Well done,

  • SeeDollyRun

    Michele Lea from NawteaKittea said 4 years ago

    Absolutely fabulous!

  • katrinaalana

    Katrina Alana from KatrinaAlana said 4 years ago

    Your pieces are so lovely! It's so great that your husband supports and inspires you since it shows in your work. Keep up the great work!

  • SpareBedroomStudio

    SpareBedroomStudio from SpareBedroomStudio said 4 years ago

    Woohoo, Angie!!! You rock, Girl! Such a deserved feature :)

  • 5gardenias

    kathi roussel from 5gardenias said 4 years ago

    I so admire your passion for family, nature and your work. You have a beautiful outlook on life and I'm delighted to see you featured here! Good luck with the adoption, I hope your little girl can join you very soon. And I wish you the best for continued success with your wonderful work!

  • ThatOldBlueHouse2

    Lisa S from ThatOldBlueHouse2 said 4 years ago

    Congrats Angie on the feature! Love getting to know you better!

  • amberalexander

    Amber Alexander from amberalexander said 4 years ago

    oh my god! congratulations, Angie!

  • HolmesandWatson

    Jenni and Jessi Obloy from HolmesandWatson said 4 years ago

    Lovely interview and shop! Congratulations on the feature!

  • greenpickle

    Summer Hood from greenpickle said 4 years ago

    oh, la, la.... love your work and your interview... Great Job!!!!

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 4 years ago

    Great work!

  • becaruns

    becaruns from becaruns said 4 years ago

    congrats angie!! so well deserved! Loved reading the interview! :)

  • SenoritaJoya

    Dorottya from SenoritaJoya said 4 years ago

    Hi Angie, Wow - You have a pretty shop & story! Very different! Enjoy your day, xoxo Dorottya

  • GlitzGlitter

    Celia from GlitzGlitter said 4 years ago

    I am so thrilled for you!!! Congratulations!!

  • PipandOllieDesigns

    Pip and Ollie from PipandOllieDesigns said 4 years ago

    Seriously cool stuff!

  • ara133photography

    ara133photography from ara133photography said 4 years ago

    Congrats, Angie!!!! Awesome interview :)

  • babyjives

    Jahje Ives from BabyJivesCo said 4 years ago

    Yay Angie!!! Congrats on the feature. It's so fun getting to know more about you.

  • FrancesMarin

    Frances Marin from FrancesMarin said 4 years ago

    Congratulations! What a fantastic and inspiring interview. Best wishes to your expanding family!

  • msbibliotecaria

    Adriana the Librarian from labiblioteca said 4 years ago

    Yay Angie!!!! I love it that you color outside the lines and I wish you the absolute best with the adoption of your little girl. A huge congrats to you - so well deserved!! :)

  • blackbirdtees

    Jody and Karl from blackbirdsupply said 4 years ago

    Way to go, Angie!

  • LoftFullOfGoodies

    natta leonard from LoftFullOfGoodies said 4 years ago

    Yay!!!! Congrats Angie! I'm so happy to you!!! :)

  • thefuzzymonkey

    Sharon from theFelterie said 4 years ago

    Angie! Awesome feature, congrats!

  • Modred12

    Modred Vintage from Modred12 said 4 years ago

    Congrats Angie!-I'm so happy for you. :)

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 4 years ago

    How great. Love it!

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 4 years ago

    What a beautiful story!! You sound like a truely amazing woman! Congratulations to you and I hope you get to bring your daughter home soon!! God Bless!

  • mystichintime

    Marcy Mongelluzzo from MyStitchInTime said 4 years ago

    Congrats. I loved this interview. Best of luck with getting your girl home. I too would risk the ocean and anything in between for my children. Lovely sentiment.

  • WinsomeGreen

    Christa from WinsomeGreen said 4 years ago

    Wooot! Congratulations Angie! You are a dear person and so deserving of this feature. Congratulations again, again and again!

  • CocoBijou

    CocoBijou from CocoBijou said 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this story...I am sending you all of the best luck I can muster so that you might get your little girl home ♥ How inspiring!

  • JennasRedRhino

    Jennifer Schmidt from TheCatBall said 4 years ago

    I really love your work, and how you photograph it.

  • needleandfelt

    Amy from needleandfelt said 4 years ago

    Angie, wonderful feature. I feel happiness for you and wish you much success. Your instantly felt a connection and could relate with you being a mommy, shop owner, and maker. Your answers that touched me the most: What handmade means to you, When did you know you were an artist, Describe your creative process, Where will you be in 10 years. And your answer answer that I can tuck in my heart: "I truly believe we all need to take risks in life. If you never take risks you will never know what you are made of. Take a risk on your talents and place a bet on yourself; you and your future are worth it". So happy I clicked on your feature! The best to you and your family. xx

  • needleandfelt

    Amy from needleandfelt said 4 years ago

    *instantly felt a connection

  • needleandfelt

    Amy from needleandfelt said 4 years ago

    p.s. beautiful work, too!

  • amybunz16

    Amy Bunz said 4 years ago

    Such a heart warming story, not gonna lie...I teared up reading about your distant little girl. I hope that she's in your families embrace sooner than later. She is sure one lucky girl and definitely so loved already. The closeness and love of your family is truly inspirational. You are an amazing person Angie and it was wonderful to see you featured here. Very well deserved and such a beautiful read. Thank you for sharing some of you with all of us. ♥

  • imogenskyefreeman

    Imogen Skye Freeman from InkPaintings said 4 years ago

    It really caught my attention that all of the profit from your shop is going toward the adoption process. I wondered how many here have such specific reasons for doing what we do. Selling my art has always had a specific purpose (making it is far more fluid in its purpose, but selling it is different), such as now, proceeds go to paying off an acreage, moving, and building our first real house. We have a seven-member family, so a house that accommodates us all is harder to find ready-made, than when we had fewer people. And my man is already working two full-time jobs... Anyway, it sure does inspire me all the more when I know that I'm working for my family's well-being a well as to offer the love I pour into my art to others as well. It's a wonderful way to live. :) Congrats o the feature!

  • LushWreathWorks

    Jenny Doughty from LushWreathWorks said 4 years ago

    I loved your story and your work is beautiful. Congratulations on your feature!

  • EcoShag

    Tania Hillberg from EcoShag said 4 years ago

    So incredibly happy for you Angie! :))))

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDene Moneuse from JoDeneMoneuseJewelry said 4 years ago

    I completely enjoyed reading your story and as a mother, am so very impressed with where your heart lies. So inspiring! I wish you all the success with your family first and am sure the business will follow you. Congratulations on your well deserved feature. be well, JoDene

  • SacredSymbolStudios

    Grace from SacredSymbolStudios said 4 years ago

    Inspiring story and work! Wishing you continued success and dreams manifested..esp. the completion of your family :)

  • karinagracejewelry

    Karen Ericson from karinagracejewelry said 4 years ago

    Yay Angie!! I'm so happy for you! I really loved reading your interview and learning more about you. Your work has always awed me! Congratulations on featured seller and the adoption of your little girl!!!

  • bedouin

    Nicole from bedouin said 4 years ago

    Great story filled with heart ~ love your work and the individuality rocks!!!

  • wheatleypaperworks

    M Wheatley from wheatleypaperworks said 4 years ago

    What a talented and down to earth mother, wife and artist. Truly, only my best wishes for you and your growing family.

  • FairyfolkWeddings

    FairyfolkWeddings from FairyfolkWeddings said 4 years ago

    Beautiful, beautiful interview!! You brought tears to my eyes with the sheer strength of your hope and determination. I'm sending you wishes that all your dreams will come true and that your 4th child will complete your family soon :-)

  • BeaconMills

    Patrick from BeaconMills said 4 years ago

    Great shop and story Angie. Congrats and good luck in the future.

  • WhiteDogVintage

    WhiteDogVintage from WhiteDogVintage said 4 years ago

    Congrats Angie!! LOVED reading your touching and inspiring story!! Wishing you many, many sales!! Happy summer and best of luck with the adoption process!! Be well~

  • BlackStar

    Katie McClanahan from WearYourWild said 4 years ago

    So nice to open the blog and see you here Angie! Wonderful interview!

  • baruchslullaby

    Shannon from BaruchsLullaby said 4 years ago

    Congrats to a wonderful seller and great friend; this is well-deserved! Love you Angie!

  • CoffeeInBed

    Mike Dale from CoffeeInBed said 4 years ago

    Beautiful story, warmed my heart!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 4 years ago

    Wonderful interview. I too am a "believer in dreams, goals and plans"! You are showing how those qualities can lead to success on your own terms. I wish I had the opportunity to live so close to nature as you and your family do; it's so different than where I live. How inspiring and emotionally cleansing it must be to be outdoors in such a place. Thank you for sharing your story, and wishing you ongoing success in your business and adoption process!

  • tliv1965

    Theresa Livingston from PrairieIce said 4 years ago

    I love your beautiful work, and your philosophy. I just recently started taking a risk on my talents, and have been so happy since doing so. Thank you for sharing.

  • kaffeekatze

    Kannis from KaffeeKatze said 4 years ago

    beautiful work! congrats!

  • HoneyThistle

    Wei from HoneyThistle said 4 years ago

    Wow, I can feel the love you have for your family through those words! Good luck with your adoption!

  • WSDreams

    Kim Napolitano from WSDreams said 4 years ago

    An amazing feature. Truly inspiring and I am moved by your courage, strength, and talent. Xoxo

  • PaperDiamondInvites

    Kim Sparrow from PaperDiamondDesign said 4 years ago

    "Take a risk on your talents and place a bet on yourself: you and your future are worth it." – Angie Lawlar Adding this to my list of favorite quotes! Thanks so much giving us the opportunity to read into your life and inspiration, and congrats on the feature!

  • maybugdesign

    L and S from maybugdesign said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congratulations on your feature!

  • windycitynovelties

    Windy City Novelties said 4 years ago

    Love your story and your items! Very pretty!

  • SusanFaye

    Susan Faye from SusanFayePetProjects said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your determination to "risk the ocean"! It sounds like there's one lucky little girl who will soon be crossing that ocean with you!

  • sarahelisabeths

    Sarah from sarahelisabeths said 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! And your work is wonderful :-)

  • Rphilbeck

    Rowena Philbeck from GourdlyFibers said 4 years ago

    Very nice work. Love your items and story. Good Luck with your shop!!

  • PattieJansen

    Pattie Jansen from PattieJansen said 4 years ago

    Angie, you seem exceptionally level-headed, clear-eyed, exuberantly creative, and charmingly romantic all at the same time...truly love your story! I hope all your dreams come true ;-)

  • lilacopera

    Wendy from lilacopera said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work and a gorgeous view of motherhood make this feature especially memorable! Warmest congratulations and blessings to you!

  • HighPointFarm2010

    HighPointFarm2010 from HighPointFarm2010 said 4 years ago

    Crazy great items and what a wonderful story! Cheers to you an family!

  • aubepine

    Jen from aubepine said 4 years ago

    So thrilled for you! Loved your inspirational interview! Congrats Angie!

  • TheCrochetCafe

    Meg from TheCrochetCafe said 4 years ago

    So inspiring, congrats! :)

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    Annette from TheLeveretsNest said 4 years ago

    what a beautiful passionate touching story Angie - and with the love and support of your best friend, your husband :) congratulations! and may all your dreams come true :)

  • hankietankie

    Ariana from hankietankie said 4 years ago

    love your attitude, love your art! xo

  • EvesLittleEarthlings

    Eve Geisler from EvesLittleEarthlings said 4 years ago

    Congratulations to you for being the featured seller. It is a great article and I love your thoughtful and inspiring answers.

  • Indiandollartworks

    Carla Trujillo from Indiandollartworks said 4 years ago

    Awesome work!!! Congrats on the feature!

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work and article! Thanks for sharing your story with us :)

  • themefragrance

    Theme Fragrance from themefragrance said 4 years ago

    Yay! So glad you got featured! it was a real pleasure reading your story :)

  • MaggiePaggieDesigns

    Rebecca from MaggiePaggieDesigns said 4 years ago

    A lovely interview ~ very inspiring! A wonderful feature!

  • finethreadz

    SharonH from FineThreadz said 4 years ago

    Woohoo! Congrats on the wonderful feature Angie!!!

  • EphemeraAndMore

    EphemeraAndMore from EphemeraAndMore said 4 years ago

    Amazing shop and great story! Happy for you!

  • soleilcrochet

    Val from soleilcrochet said 4 years ago

    An uplifting and heartening interview. Thank You! All the best with your adoption. You're an inspiration!

  • BonTons

    BonTons from BonTons said 4 years ago

    Inspiring story, thank you for sharing!

  • BlissfullyRandom

    BlissfullyRandom from BlissfullyRandom said 4 years ago

    Congrats on the ~feature~!! Thanks for sharing your story and talents with the Etsy community. Your quote is very inspiring . . . "Take a risk on your talents and place a bet on yourself: you and your future are worth it."

  • agoodhome

    Anna Addcox from agoodhome said 4 years ago

    What a beautiful story you have! I feel the same way about my 2 babies, too. You make really lovely things, congratulations on the well-deserved feature!

  • fensalirfiber

    Beth from FiberWytch said 4 years ago

    Such beautiful, well-crafted items along with an inspiring story! I wish you all the best with your adoption! :)

  • coutureparfait

    Ruthanne Eldridge from CoutureParfait said 4 years ago

    Yes I loved your quote also...never was said better!!

  • angryhairjewelry

    Lisa from AngryHairJewelry said 4 years ago

    Great shop-- creative and beautiful! Love what you do with the barn nails.

  • jewelsbymoon

    moon from jewelsbymoon said 4 years ago

    Absolutely Marvelous work. Good luck and Congrats on the feature!

  • HandyMaiden

    Danielle Pedersen from HandyMaiden said 4 years ago

    Angie! I can't even tell you how excited I am to see you up here. Congratulations! You deserve it!

  • BeadtrissLane

    Krista Kirk from BeadtrissLane said 4 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!! ~Krista 25% off all bridal party jewelry

  • babyjewlz

    Noelle Orozco from babyjewlz said 4 years ago

    Your work is beautiful! Congratulations, on your feature and your endeavors!!!

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 4 years ago

    We love your work ! Great inspiring life :)

  • MyWisteriaCottage

    MyWisteriaCottage from MyWisteriaCottage said 4 years ago

    In the third picture you are using a tool with yellow. What is it and what does it do?

  • WillowandQuinn

    Kate from WillowandQuinn said 4 years ago

    I'm in tears! lovely profile and best wishes for the adoption process!

  • JillianReneDecor

    Jillian Carmine from JillianReneDecor said 4 years ago

    Angie, I just fell more in love with you shop after reading this amazing interview! Congratulations on the feature - I'm wishing you all the very best with your adoption and continued success with your business! Your passion shines through every piece you create!

  • pearlygrae

    Holly Mills from pearlygrae said 4 years ago

    AMAZING! Blessings to you, your family, and adoption. Your an inspiration!

  • CecilandCo

    Lisa from CecilandCo said 4 years ago

    Amazing work!

  • NicoleNicoletta

    NicoleNicoletta from NicoleNicoletta said 4 years ago

    great story and gorgeous shop, i love the moose antlers necklace!

  • Naps

    Laura Del Prete from Naps said 4 years ago

    I've been a fan for a while and am saving for a "risk the ocean" bracelet. Can't wait!

  • peifferStudios

    Brooke from xRESEEDx said 4 years ago

    ANGIE!!! Congratulations! How fun to read more about you! I wish you the best of luck with your little girl... how exciting! :)

  • moonlightdesigns2

    Alona from MoonlightDesigns2 said 4 years ago

    Congrats Angie!!! From a fellow Alaskan artist I understand the life you live in our amazing state! Love your story, your art and adopting your 4th child, awesome!!

  • oldwhalingcompany

    April Lee McCarty from OldWhalingCompany said 4 years ago

    I enjoyed your interview very much! Congrats on all your success and cheers to your beautiful family. I wish you well and much happiness!

  • homemadepretty

    Tracy Gottschlich from homemadepretty said 4 years ago

    congrats to a fellow juneauite! I'll have to go back & read the feature in its entirety (was just waiting for some reports to print before I head home from work), but I saw the photo posted along with the article, and was all, ummm, that looks like Juneau..... it can't be....it IS! congrats again :)

  • lovelyfeverboutique

    Jessica from LovelyFever said 4 years ago

    I love the name of the shop and the mission behind it. I also thought it was so much fun that she talked about going to Wiggets Antiques in Coeur d Alene. I live in Coeur d' Alene and I go there about once every couple of months! The creations in Steampunk Funk are absolutely gorgeous!

  • LittleBeanPrints

    Marie Antonelli from LittleBeanPrints said 4 years ago

    Yay Angie!!! So excited for you. Fantastic interview ;) Hugs!

  • woolies

    Sara from woolies said 4 years ago

    I love your work. Just awesome. And wonderful story. Off to read your blog!

  • janicewd

    janicewd from janicewd said 4 years ago

    Wow you have amazing work. Very special crafting and talent!

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    AJ Marsden from OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 4 years ago

    Awesome style! Love it!

  • AshleyPahl

    Ashley Pahl from AshleyPahl said 4 years ago

    A wonderful interview from an incredibly deserving artist! So inspirational. Congratulations, Angie!

  • MySelvagedLife

    Heather Torre from MySelvagedLife said 4 years ago

    Holy cow Angie!!! congrats! so well deserved! I love my barn nail bracelet, and so many of your new and awesome designs! way to go girl!

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured

  • KiwiTiniCreations

    Kathy from KiwiTiniCreations said 4 years ago

    Very inspiring! I love: Take a risk on your talents and place a bet on yourself; you and your future are worth it. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • redbarnmarketplace

    Kristy hodge from redbarncanvas said 4 years ago

    This might be my favorite interview yet... congratulations and much luck to you and your growing family. Such an inspiration = Thank you!

  • Ridgevales

    Lindsay from SweetThreesBoutique said 4 years ago

    Congratulations!! Good luck with your future creations! ;)

  • soveryhappyart

    Diane from soveryhappyart said 4 years ago

    Terrific interview! Thank you.

  • MiaMontgomery

    Mia from MiaMontgomery said 4 years ago

    A great pleasure reading your story, Angie. You have a way of bringing the reader into your world, and that's clearly a very wonderful place to be. . . precisely because you and your man have *made* it so ♥.

  • byjodi

    byjodi from byjodi said 4 years ago

    Oh, Angie!!! How amazingly AWESOME to see you here!!! Every part of who you are is just amazing! Huge, huge congrats!!!

  • gildedingypsy

    gilded in gypsy from gildedingypsy said 4 years ago

    What an inspirational story! I'm soo jealous that you live in Alaska! I have always wanted to visit Alaska, it looks simply breathtaking! I love your butterfly necklace by the way, very lovely.

  • LauraBoyea

    Laura Boyea from LauraBoyea said 4 years ago

    Stunning pieces! Your life sounds beautiful, and hooray for adoption!!

  • iloveludwig

    Astrid R. from AnAstridEndeavor said 4 years ago

    Great feature! Loved hearing your story and all the best with the addition to your family through adoption. We adopted too and it's one of the main inspirations for starting with Etsy! Thanks so much for sharing! Astrid

  • smcgeever

    Susie Kate from ArtGallerie said 4 years ago

    Love this!! Congrats and best wishes :)

  • sharonclancydesigns

    Sharon Clancy from SharonClancyDesigns said 4 years ago

    Congrats Angie! So awesome to see you as featured seller! So happy for you!!!

  • WickedWaifFiber

    Morna Crites-Moore from wickedwaifFIBER said 4 years ago

    So fabulous to read this interview, Angie! My husband loves the bracelet you made - he wears it 24/7. I will pass this interview along to him. I know he will enjoy it. Congratulations on your many successes, being the featured seller among them and, more importantly, the wonderful family you and your husband nurture.

  • natureofart

    Christie Karow from natureofart said 4 years ago

    Woo hoo and Congrats Angie!!! I love your work and you so deserve to be feature.......yippee! I enjoy getting to know you more. Christie

  • kelsiebakeman

    Kelsie Bakeman said 4 years ago

    I love your work, and I love Wiggetts! I lived in CDA for a number of years. Congrats!

  • shoptsarevna

    shoptsarevna from PulseVintage said 4 years ago

    This is a great interview, thank you for sharing. I really like your work, the cuffs are my faves.

  • Flowerleaf

    Jocelyn Pryor from FlowerleafStudio said 4 years ago

    The Moose Antlers necklace is my favorite, but all your work is quite amazing. Such a wonderful feature! Congrats! :-D

  • andiespecialtysweets

    Jason and Andie from andiespecialtysweets said 4 years ago

    How wonderful!! Congratulations and blessings to you and your growing family : )

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 4 years ago

    Love your work ! congrats!!

  • HeyHarriet

    Tracy from HeyHarriet said 4 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! I loved browsing your shop! Your work is beautiful!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats on the FS!!!

  • TheGroovyTwig

    Molly and Deb from TheGroovyTwig said 4 years ago

    Angie, nice feature and your work is beautiful as well. Much success and happiness to you in your work and growing family.

  • helendesign

    Helen du Toit from helendesign said 4 years ago

    so, so, so happy to see you here!! well deserved x congrats angie and beautiful feature x

  • stmb

    Evan and Steph from MyrtleBrown said 4 years ago

    Absolutely loved reading your stories. So honest and straightforward just like your work. Can't wait to check out your blog and follow your adoption process! Congrats- you were an excellent pick!

  • thekingisenglish

    Christine C said 4 years ago

    So inspiring. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • ourfrontyard

    Julie Schnebelen from OurFrontYard said 4 years ago

    Wonderful Artistic Talent!! Beautiful, Original Pieces! Great Story, too!! An Etsy Inspiration!!

  • OliveLongstocking

    Gumtree Gallery from GumTreeGallery said 4 years ago

    Sounds lovely in Alaska............. so far away .................! Beautiful organic shop. Best wishes X

  • prairieoats

    prairieoats from prairieoats said 4 years ago

    Love your work, and I'm so happy to see you here! Many congrats!

  • farmrzwyf

    Julie from TheRustyScarecrow said 4 years ago

    Go Angie! Your shop drew me in to Etsy and my first purchase...your beautiful flower pendant . I still get brings so many compliments!

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 4 years ago

    Love your work!

  • Niftic

    Niftic from NifticVintage said 4 years ago

    Thanks for giving us a peak into your amazing life and equally amazing creative process. Your work ROCKS!

  • longwinterfarm

    Amanda from LongWinterSoapCo said 4 years ago

    Yaaay, congrats Angie!

  • Mystiquebijoux

    Annik-Michele from Mystiquebijoux said 4 years ago

    Beautiful and touching story! Lovely items! ;-)

  • FiddleheadsForFiona

    Rebecca Haas from FiddleheadsForFiona said 4 years ago

    So awesome! Congratulations Angie!

  • 2vcreative

    Violeta Warner from QVintage said 4 years ago

    I love your art pieces and how you reuse and recycle. Wishing you and your family all the best and hoping you will have your little girl home.

  • meskokeshi

    mes kokeshi from meskokeshi said 4 years ago

    wonderful story and beautiful art to live!!!

  • samsnatural

    Sam's Natural from SamsNatural said 4 years ago

    Nice feature!

  • amyfine

    Amy Fine from amyfine said 4 years ago

    beautiful shop

  • cameoshoppe

    Cristina from cameoshoppe said 4 years ago

    Wonderful story and wonderful shop! Congrats on the feature!

  • ArtfulVintage

    Emily Belk from ArtfulVintage said 4 years ago

    Congratulations, Angie! Such a wonderful, warm story. Best of luck to you and your family.

  • LisasLittleCreations

    Lisa Aldrich from LisasLittleCreations said 4 years ago

    I love your story- how cool to live in Alaska and watch whales. Congrats!!

  • RunnStitch

    Kathi Riemer from RunnStitch said 4 years ago

    Great feature story! You are awesome. Southeast Alaska is the best place to raise a family, to be a family. Your lovely art reflects your satisfying life. Good luck in the future.

  • meganesass

    Megan from meganEsass said 4 years ago

    Beautiful story, Angie! Congratulations!!

  • monlyn25

    Monica C from MomoSeaJewelry said 4 years ago

    You are such an inspiration! Your children and future child are all very lucky to have you to teach and guide them in life. People like you help to make our planet a better place to live. Congrats!

  • Musclesandcrafts

    Melanie from merVazi said 4 years ago

    Great work. Congrats.

  • RCStudios

    Rachael Stohr from RCStudios said 4 years ago

    Yay! So excited to see a fellow Alaskan featured! Congrats!

  • mvmayophotography

    Mary Mayo from MVMayoPhotography said 4 years ago

    Awesome

  • ChelseaGirlDesigns

    Julie from ChelseaGirlDesigns said 4 years ago

    One of the best featured seller interviews I've ever read! Thank you for the inspiration!

  • gardengate7

    Stephanie Palic from gardengate7 said 4 years ago

    What a good positive inspiration! You make me want to be a better person.

  • RustandRose

    Angela from PrairieinBloom said 4 years ago

    Congratulations Angie! Love your rustic designs and positive attitude about life and creativity. Blessings on the completion of your lovely family!

  • yomarismillan

    Golden Hearts MILLAN from AgapeArts said 4 years ago

    Wedding rings are very different, they are very nice!

  • gossamer531

    Gossamer Tearoom from TheGossamerTearoom said 4 years ago

    I love this: "Take a risk on your talents and place a bet on yourself; you and your future are worth it." Thank you for the inspiration!!

  • nineacesdesign

    DianaLoyd McCollum from NineAcesDesign said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your expanding family, your shop and your interview. Alaska sounds like a wonderful place to raise a family.

  • robinwade

    Robin Wade from robinwade said 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing a bit about your journey and life. Your work is not only creative but beautiful. Congratulations and keep creating!

  • jewelryvixen

    jewelryvixen from jewelryvixen said 4 years ago

    i can totally relate to the havoc wreaked by a 'creative binge', as can my husband! haha! your work is lovely, and a great testament to the beauty and originality of handmade. congratulations!

  • tlight74

    Tracy Hardman from TLightCreations said 4 years ago

    How inspiring and talented you are !!! Thanks ! I love your work ! And your story.

  • OliveSpoonStudio

    Michael and Erin Waite from OliveSpoonStudio said 4 years ago

    I love your work! (just bought a bracelet) Great interview! You are blessed to live is such a gorgeous place. I wish you all the best :) Erin

  • bodhihandmade

    Sarah Jane from bodhihandmade said 4 years ago

    Angie, this is wonderful! You are wonderful! Congratulations on a well deserved feature.

  • rosealida

    Jennifer from RoseAlida said 4 years ago

    Love your work. This interview was very inspiring and goal filled. Nice to plan where you are heading and you seen to be very focused. Good luck to you and your family.

  • Sandeejewelry

    Cassandra from Sashaejewelry said 4 years ago

    Congratulaations on your shop. I love your work...

  • Railin

    Mel from Cuteling said 4 years ago

    Your work is SOOOO amazing, love it! Thank you for the thoughtful article too.

  • CreationsByKT

    Katie Penley from CreationsByKT said 4 years ago

    Your story is absolutely beautiful and inspiring! You sound like an amazing woman with an amazing family! I wish you luck and blessings in all that you do! I'm off to check out your shop now! :-)

  • beverlyokeefe1

    Beverly O'keefe from Rosiescosies said 4 years ago

    This is a terrific quote! Thank you, for inspiration just from that one sentence :) "Take a risk on your talents and place a bet on yourself: you and your future are worth it." – Angie Lawlar

  • urbanheirlooms

    Dana Osborne-Biggs from UrbanHeirlooms said 4 years ago

    I love your warm and inspiring story, and best of all, that you have a husband named Rusty!! How fitting. ;) Congratulations on your success!

  • grayworksdesign

    grayworksdesign from grayworksdesign said 4 years ago

    Yay! Congrats...awesome to see you here!!

  • TheAngryWeather

    Iveth Morales from TheAngryWeather said 4 years ago

    What a AWESOME feeling to see you as FS!!! So, so happy for you, Angie, you deserve it!!! Congratulations, yay!!!

  • retroreclaim

    Moxie Moxon from MoxieRevival said 4 years ago

    It's nice to see part of your plans and goals is to be working with non profit orgs... I think that's part of our power as artists to not just create beautiful things but use that creativity for greater good...great work and great ideas!

  • ArcadeArt

    ArcadeArt from ArcadeArt said 4 years ago

    awesome interview! :)

  • keepersofthewine

    Kimberly from keepersofthewine said 4 years ago

    Angie, you are one inspirational woman to all of us! Your outlook on life is fantastic and your work is simply beautiful.

  • parlokin

    Nathaniel from Methodical said 4 years ago

    Nothing here or in the shop is steampunk. Just pointing out it is a misuse/misunderstanding of the term.

  • LynettesArt

    Lynette from LynettesArt said 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story!!! Very encouraging and inspiring! Love your work too!

  • busybonniebee

    Bonnie Becker from busybonniebee said 4 years ago

    awesome!

  • xamara

    Melissa Thompson from xamara said 4 years ago

    thank you for these words: "Take a risk on your talents and place a bet on yourself: you and your future are worth it." - just what I needed to hear. :)

  • paisleybeading

    LuAnn Poli from PaisleyBeading said 4 years ago

    Thanks, Angie! Terrific story! I enjoyed hearing about your treasure hunting in antique stores. Talk about stories! I like imagining who was the original owner and why it was purchased or received. You really have an eye for finding small parts and pulling them all together into art! Great talent! Here's to that adoption!

  • seaandasters

    seaandasters from seaandasters said 4 years ago

    Congratulations Angie! Such a wonderful feature. Best wishes to you and your family!

  • frogprincessdesigns

    Jasmin Smith from frogprincessdesigns said 4 years ago

    Lovely interview!

  • TheEmeraldTreeShop

    N Z Azmi from TheEmeraldTreeShop said 4 years ago

    Love your work, the details, the thought. Congrats on the feature and the new addition to your family :) Thank you for sharing your story, it was lovely to read.

  • ArleenDesign

    ArleenDesign from ArleenDesign said 4 years ago

    Very creative! Thanks for your passion..its shows in your work!Congrats:)

  • RaspberryMarket

    Jill Jacob from RaspberryMarket said 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your work is fantastic! Thank you for sharing your talent with us! You should be so proud of yourself!

  • debbiearnold2

    Debbie Arnold from lifeISbeautifulArt said 4 years ago

    Wow! Amazing work!

  • tammybrown381

    Tammy Brown said 4 years ago

    Inspirational, and amazing art!!! just LOVE the detail is breath-taking!! Thank you.

  • redemptionart

    Connie Haskell from redemptionart said 4 years ago

    What a heart warming interview. I need to visit your blog. Your art is gorgeous, organic and spiritual! Mahalo!

  • capraistic

    darcy from capraistic said 4 years ago

    I love your story about your adoption journey. Very inspiring.

  • riversongrapture

    Karn from RiverSongBeads said 4 years ago

    Congrats Angie! So deserved!!!

  • TheScarletSageTree

    Suzanne Furtado from TheScarletSageTree said 4 years ago

    Congrats on the feature Angie! I loved reading your story, and your personal sentiment behind Risk The Ocean - ah, what a beautiful thought and motto, one we must all surely embrace more often. I agree - and I believe that our hearts, minds and our lives, yes, can be exactly as big as we choose them to be. It's especially heartwarming to hear about your little girl - My husband and I decided long ago even before we wed, to adopt our second child, and as our son's 4 now, we look forward to bringing home our daughter in the near future. Wishing you continued success, and hope your little girl is home soon! ~ Suzanne

  • hatsbybuck

    Sue Buck from hatsbybuck said 4 years ago

    Very beautiful interview and work.

  • LoveVintageLoot

    Miss Kari from BriteStarVintage said 4 years ago

    You are such an awesome soul! LOVE your passion for your family! Really touched my heart! Thanks for sharing so much strength and beauty! Wonderful!!!!!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 4 years ago

    Great shop, good luck with your future goals. I love the rustic look your pieces have!

  • AngeliquesArt

    Angelique Gordon-Stuart from VioletVanilla said 4 years ago

    i love that your husband's name is Rusty, considering your passion for old things, i think thats totally uncanny!!! i think its so cool that your adopting a child from Africa <3 (my home) and your shop is cool too! Ill be reading your blog soon! ;)

  • FancyFeetBoutique

    Bee Boutique from FancyFeetBoutique said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous work and with such patience! Congratulations on your feature! Keep up the great work! bee :)

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    Polkadot Magpie from ThePolkadotMagpie said 4 years ago

    Congrats Angie!

  • Luncheonettevintage

    Jana from Luncheonettevintage said 4 years ago

    far and away one of the best featured shops I've read on etsy. so inspiring, different, universal, marvelous!

  • FireIslandSoap

    Billy Bubbles from FireIslandSoap said 4 years ago

    Thats pretty impressive stuff, real unique and rustic looking crafts you make!

  • letterhappy

    christen strang from letterhappy said 4 years ago

    yay angie! so glad to see you here!

  • RinnovatoVintage

    M. Basile from RinnovatoVintage said 4 years ago

    Awesome interview & awesome shop, Angie! Your work is gorgeous. What a wonderful life you have there with your family in Alaska! All the best with your adoption...I can only imagine what a thrill it will finally be to bring your little far away girl home! Wishing you many blessings!! : )

  • ThroughKatesEyes

    Kate Sticco from WildSpiritVintage said 4 years ago

    Beautiful, Inspirational Interview. Really touched my heart and inspired me to start creating again! Your pieces are so meaningful and rustic. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

  • PersistentImpulse

    PersistentImpulse from PersistentImpulse said 4 years ago

    I love your work and this interview has only increased my admiration. Your work is inspirational and l like your attitude. Thank you!

  • IGotAJarOfDirt

    Alice Rose from IGotAJarOfDirt said 4 years ago

    How I admire you! I wish I could make metal jewellery! (you can only get so far with polymer clay and then it looks a little too handmade XD). Beautiful work!

  • dgordon

    dgordon from dgordon said 4 years ago

    FANTASTIC interview!!!!!! Love your blog too!

  • VeryCarey

    Carey from VeryCarey said 4 years ago

    Love the earthy, natural feel of your work. Best wishes for you and your family.

  • thetootsiewootsie

    Mariel Casperson from thetootsiewootsie said 4 years ago

    Love it! everything is sooo unique!

  • RetrofitBecky

    Becky from RetrofitStyle said 4 years ago

    Congrats on the feature and your fabulous life! Happy thoughts your way!

  • joolzhayworth

    joolzhayworth from joolzhayworth said 4 years ago

    Your work, at least to me, embodies the founding spirit of Etsy. I adore your bird cuff. Congratulations on a wonderful article and the world you have created! Thank you for sharing it.

  • ScissorwizardDesigns

    Trisha from ScissorwizardDesigns said 4 years ago

    Congratulations! What a heart - warming interview. Your pieces of artwork are beautiful. I hope your little girl will be united with your family soon. It was nice to hear your voice in the 'Bear in The Shed' video. Best Wishes to you.

  • BrooklynLoveDesigns

    Megan C from AlaskaBagCompany said 4 years ago

    congrats Angie! great interview :)

  • TimeToToast

    Crystal from TimeToToast said 4 years ago

    I love that quote! "Take a risk on your talents and place a bet on yourself; you and your future are worth it." Thank you :)

  • martinlindsey

    Lindsey Martin said 4 years ago

    Congrats on the article, truly inspiring! I love the outdoors too and my dream is to one day live in Alaska. I visited with my family last summer and it was truly spectacular. I love your art and I will definitely be tabbing and favoriting your shop :)

  • JibberinzT

    JibberinzT from Ichcha said 4 years ago

    Hello! A very inspiring interview! Having left my job and working on what I love, I couldn't agree with you more that unless you risk the ocean, you'll never know :) !! Congratulations and my best wishes :) !

  • MysticHillsNgaroma

    MysticHillsNgaroma from MysticHillsNgaroma said 4 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading this and seeing your work..I am reminded of how lucky we are to do what we love each day... sure a regular paycheck is so tempting..but there has not been a single morning when I have woken up and not wanted to go to my studio and work....All the very best on your adoption process

  • darioushka

    Ayelet Cohen-guzik from darioushka said 4 years ago

    Love your work! Amazing,!

  • MoonHalo

    Aylin from MoonHalo said 4 years ago

    Congrats Angie! Great interview! Loved reading your story. You're an amazing person!

  • BellaVintageANDmore

    BellaVintageANDmore from BellaVintageANDmore said 4 years ago

    Love to hear stories about families giving children loving homes. I am adopted and had a wonderfaul family that I am very thankful for.

  • nancynelsonjewelry

    Nancy from nancynelsonjewelry said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work and story. Best of luck with your adoption, she is a lucky little girl to have such a loving mother. Congrats on all your success.

  • christymayton

    Christy Mayton from SmilingGreenAppleShp said 4 years ago

    Beautiful story!

  • HandmadeIsAllAround

    HandmadeIsAllAround from iammieOWLshop said 4 years ago

    Love your work! Congrats on the feature!

  • LaBohemeBijoux

    Boheme Bijou from BohemeBijou said 4 years ago

    Beautiful story and stunning work. All the best with your family and business.

  • sofiatrinker

    Sofia Sanchez from Dedosen2 said 4 years ago

    AMAZING work! Congrats on the feature!!

  • HomesteadingRoasters

    HomesteadingRoasters from HomesteadingRoasters said 4 years ago

    Hey fellow Alaskan, congrats!

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 4 years ago

    Good luck completing the adoption process and with your wonderful creative business! I'm an adopted child myself and there is no greater gift someone can give to another person than to adopt him or her. My mom and dad are my heroes!

  • TheOldTimeJunkShop

    Tim from TheOldTimeJunkShop said 4 years ago

    awesome work! THE OLD TIME JUNK SHOP

  • 2xisnice

    Mildred (Millie) Petterson from 2xisnice said 4 years ago

    Great story and really nice work. Congrats and the best to you and your family.

  • GoldenSpiralDesigns

    Lola Ocian from GoldenSpiralDesigns said 4 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! You create some lovely things!

  • scal12

    Payson A from SecondStarDesignCo said 4 years ago

    Great story, and I love your motto! So cute :)

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis said 4 years ago

    Your story is so sweet and lovely! I'm sure it won't be long til you can bring your little girl across the ocean to her home. Thanks for sharing :)

  • KathsHats

    Kathleen W. from KathsHats said 4 years ago

    Congrats! Love your article!!!

  • softGOLD

    Dianna Gendron from SOFTGOLDSTUDIO said 4 years ago

    Angie! I am so absolutely over the moon for you! So happy for your success, and I thank you again for your honesty & realness in this portrait. You're an inspiration! xoxox Dianna

  • AshleyAnnJewelry

    Ashley Jackson from JackZenHemp said 4 years ago

    This is so inspiring :) Congratulations on your feature. Your shop is amazing and you are such a bold, strong woman :) Your kids will look up to you forever!

  • oneeyedgirls

    Stef Bauer from oneeyedgirls said 4 years ago

    Wonderful words, inspiration and fortitude. Beautiful work - and thank you for your great interview:))

  • JMWSilver

    Janice McKay Wiggins from JMWSilver said 4 years ago

    Love your creativity and originality, inspiring!

  • Baymut

    Lena Baymut from Baymut said 4 years ago

    Yay, Angie! Congrats! Wonderful story and great shop!

  • CirceCollectables

    Circe from CirceCollectables said 4 years ago

    Congratulations Angie! - I still love my bracelet and wear it often! I was adopted at 8 years old, my brother and I waited for 4 years until we met our parents. If it wasn´t for them taking a risk on us, my brother and I would have had little chance in life. Wishing you and your family all the best!

  • unassumingrose

    Vilia Rose said 4 years ago

    Thankyou for such a lovely interview. I read your profile too. The things you physically manufacture are beautiful. Your other talent lies in your ability to motivate and inspire others. It was nice to see the world through your eyes, with a balanced mind and a nurturing attitude. Your mental imagery was strong too, I could picture little hands making your bench.

  • kikiparis

    Dominique Adeli from KidzCreationz said 4 years ago

    Hi, my name is Dominique and I am an 11 yr old girl just starting my own etsy business. I loved reading the part about your love for kids and recycling. (in case you are wondering, kikiparis was my mom's name on etsy but now it is changed to my name)

  • stinnovation

    ST Innovation from stinnovation said 4 years ago

    I am steampunk fan also, and I think that you design better than me, I like your style.

  • mingtaphotography

    Mingta Li from mingtaphotography said 4 years ago

    Wow! Great art works! Congrats!

  • KRUSTYstuff

    Kristy Overman from KRUSTYstuff said 4 years ago

    i lived in sandpoint, id for 10 years, bouncing back and forth from southeast, ak. two of my favorite places. nice work.

  • ecodsngrp

    alley yerger-hendricks from rootsfarm said 4 years ago

    Very inspiration and soulful interview. Thanks for sharing , good luck and I love your work.

  • malissasplace

    Malissa from MalissaRyder said 4 years ago

    Incredible work and inspiring creative story!! Thank you so much for sharing your process!

  • customheirloomart1

    Custom HeirloomArt from customheirloomart1 said 4 years ago

    Love the use of old materials.

  • TheCupcakeMarket

    Julie Lynn from imjulielynn said 4 years ago

    Wow - great interview!!

  • diana7gold

    Diana said 4 years ago

    Thank you for your creativity

  • Starbrightlita

    Laulita from Bombons said 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature your quote "Take a risk on your talents and place a bet on yourself: you and your future are worth it.” Is so inspiring I have printed it out and put it in my work area!

  • TossedTreasures

    Amber Lee from TossedTreasures said 4 years ago

    I love that butterlfy necklace! What a unique and original shop you have! I enjoyed reading your interview and browsing :)

  • AshleeAlaineDesigns

    Ashlee from AshleeAlaineDesigns said 4 years ago

    What an amazing person you are! I would love to one day adopt. Your shop is beautiful. Congrats on your feature! xo.

  • liddysopretty

    liddy sopretty from liddysopretty said 4 years ago

    Great work!

  • Mareesgallerytogo

    Mareesgallerytogo from Mareesgallerytogo said 4 years ago

    Congrats! Love the article and beautiful work!

  • naturalwooddesign

    Darren from naturalwooddesign said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work and congratulations on your feature!! Best wishes for the future!! :)

  • EarthsTrove

    Not Made In China Finds from NotMadeInChinaFinds said 4 years ago

    Wow what a heartwarming story, makes me wannah run away from the city. Luv your pieces.

  • snugglyugly

    Indira Villalobos from snugglyugly said 4 years ago

    Great shop and such a lovely article! We're fans! Best wishes

  • deganitgmgannon

    Deganit Gannon from BusyBeeArtBoutique said 4 years ago

    Love your work! Love your moto! Love to go to Alaska one day.

  • whimsy3

    Mona said 4 years ago

    I loved reading your words. Your life sounds wonderful to me. Two questions: How to get started, and what to do if art, music and especially the written word are your passion - how would you market - where would you begin?

  • aliptac

    Andrea Rose from FindingYourWings said 4 years ago

    RAD RAD RAD You go mama, I think I like what you said about adoption best of all-- I SO have that in my blood to. You have a shining heart and overflow with life. Lucky lucky kids. I want that risk the ocean bracelet now. Favor and grace and blessing on your business!

  • Diannasdiapercakes

    Dianna Stewart from Diannasdiapercakes said 4 years ago

    "Handmade is the love, care, time and patience poured into art" Bravo, well said...more need to think this way!

  • 1StopSteampunkShoppe

    One Stop Steampunk Shoppe from OneStopSteamShoppe said 2 years ago

    Wonderful work! Steampunk is such a great medium to recycle and reuse material! Congrats!

  • TexasStar54

    Carolyn Bohler from ModernTextureArt said 1 year ago

    I'm a little late jumping on the band wagon here, but loving Steampunk myself, thank you so much for your entries and information about your shop & family. Bless you all!!!!

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