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Jan 9, 2013

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My name is Erica Ekrem. I live with my sweetheart and our two children on Orcas Island off the coast of Washington state. I design and make hand-stitched journals for my shop Odelae that are inspired by nature and folktales from around the world.

Odelae began in my early 20s when I came across a dusty trunk of vintage books in my grandparents’ basement. For me, this was truly a golden find and a valued hand-me-down. I was most inspired by the books that were musty and damaged by the elements or decades of use. Though no longer of commercial worth, the books felt priceless and saturated with the beauty of hand-pressed covers too elegant to discard. I felt I was strongly called to bring them back to life, so I integrated them into hand-stitched journals. Thus, the Odelae reincarnate journals were born.

Today I continue to intercept textbooks and vintage finds on their way to the landfill, and gather found objects like clam shells and small driftwood planks that I discover during walks on the beach. I allow these found materials to speak to me and give me clues on how to best assemble them into a final product. I build the journals utilizing old world tools, such as a manual guillotine paper cutter, needle and thread, awl, bone folder and punch. Fulfilling orders from Etsy has mostly been a one-woman show, though when needed I recruit assistance from my sweetheart James, who has learned to wield the guillotine, follow a few stitching patterns, and simultaneously don his super papa cape for our kids. Honestly, it isn’t always a smooth process (it’s usually incredibly messy), but it always works out in the end.

One of my favorite things I’ve ever made is my clam shell book – it occupies a special nook in my heart. The idea of making a book with clam shell covers came to me during a walk on the beach, and at first I turned it down. The idea of a literal clam shell book seemed obvious to me as a bookbinder, because the similarly titled “clam shell” box is something most binders learn to make during their training. I was sure someone else had already done it. Besides, I didn’t think I had the proper tools for drilling, and what if it didn’t turn out? So there it arrived, a merciless slew of nonsensical fear and doubt of my ability. A few months later, I was invited to exhibit in a local art gallery and I needed another piece to round out my submission. Over two grueling experimental days, I took a chance and the clam shell book came to be. Slowly I picked it up, held it in my hands, and it felt alive and (gasp!) maybe even authentic! It was part of me, yet very much part of nature. After the gallery show concluded, I researched and didn’t find anyone else making anything like it (though surely someone has – it’s so obvious). I posted one in my shop, and it sold. That sale was followed by others, and now I spend much more time in the fresh, salty air on the beach gathering the obvious. (Editor’s note: For more of the story behind the shell, check out this article.)

Working with my hands and natural, non-toxic materials that engage my senses is incredibly satisfying. I’ve come to believe that we live in an animated world, one in which everything we perceive – material and non – is alive. I am grateful for the beautiful resources that come my way, and work respectfully to ensure minimal waste. Recently, I made the choice to shift away from a graphic design practice and focus solely on creating with my hands. In the presence of raw, earthy materials such as clam shells, linen thread, leather and handmade paper, I feel enlivened. I believe magic occurs when we engage our whole being in the act of creation. With focused attention, we can imbue a handmade object with an intended feeling or vibration, be it love, gratitude, or protection. I think whether we are conscious of it or not, we are drawn to handmade objects because of the quality of energy they hold. We sense the sacred within.

The idea of hundreds of thousands of sellers from around the world participating in a single marketplace 24/7 is mind boggling, yet this is what is occurring on Etsy. For me, Etsy is a rare opportunity to connect with artisans and appreciators worldwide. It means I get to live where I do and do what I love with many others doing the same, yet different thing. Also, we all are part of a shift that is happening. We’re players in a movement that’s empowering people to follow their dreams. We’re rebuilding our skill set via the DIY movement, breaking the mold of the 20th century workplace and remembering how to function as a community. The artistic trends we are witnessing suggest a shift in our mass consciousness toward a very different, invigorating way of being.

I am deeply inspired by sellers who express themselves in an authentic way. Each of us has the opportunity to create a quality product with a story and it is vastly more powerful if we narrate the story in an authentic dialect and color it with our own unique visual slang. I believe that authenticity is the most powerful gift we can offer to ourselves and one another. With the incredible mass of advertising we are inundated with, it can be a challenge to discern an authentic vision from the reiterated ones. However, we can each access our authentic voice if we have the intent to do so. I practice by sitting quietly and listening inward. Sometimes a vision will come and sometimes not, and that’s okay. But when one arrives, we must share it! It can be good medicine for others. I believe the artist’s responsibility is to share her or his vision. Imagine how we can all positively contribute to life by fully being who we are meant to be – the strange, loving, intriguingly awkward and beautiful being we see in the mirror, when we are brave enough to take a look.

Since Odelae began, I’ve began playing with the energy of giving and receiving. I practice this with each order I receive. I take my time to carefully package the journals. I want the receiver to feel gifted, even if (or maybe especially if) it is a gift for herself. Each journal is wrapped in vintage cloth or handkerchief and banded with a strip of paper and, always, a handwritten note is tucked within. I want it to feel personal, because it is. Every purchase from Odelae supports my family and enables a livelihood that allows me to spend quality time at home with my children. When we freely give to one another, even in the smallest of ways, we build a sense of material and non-material abundance in our lives. The more we are willing to give, the more we are capable of receiving. And even if the exchange doesn’t feel fair in the moment, there is usually a lesson to be discovered. The Beatles sang it well, “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

Shop listing photographs by Odelae, all other photography by Satya Curcio Photography.

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271 comments

  • BrokenFingersArt

    Erin Inglis from COLRtheory said 5 years ago

    Bookmaking is such a beautiful art form!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    I love your work! Beautiful! So nice to see you featured! :) Congrats!!!

  • TillyWhistle

    TillyWhistle from TillyWhistle said 5 years ago

    Lovely shop! Congratulations on the feature

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 5 years ago

    Your work is extraordinary, Erica. I love how you have created something so personal and organic, and that becomes the most personal creation of someone else: their journal. There is a deep sense of karma and connection you convey here in your words, and visually in your work, your packaging, your photos. I sense how deeply you believe in the gifts of life and how you are giving back. Very beautiful and thoughtfully made, destined to be keepsakes and treasures. Thank you for sharing your story. Best wishes for continued happiness and success.

  • minouette

    Ele from minouette said 5 years ago

    I was attracted to your shop specifically by the clam shell book (which is brilliant, of course), but all the books are beautiful. Congratulations on the feature!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 5 years ago

    Fascinating!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 5 years ago

    ...and congrats on the feature, too :)

  • mlezcano

    Mary Lezcano from BellaBboutique said 5 years ago

    There seems to be sincere depth and soul put into your work starting with your idea and ending with the packaging. I admire your authenticity as a maker, it shines clearly through into your work.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 5 years ago

    Lovely! Congrats.

  • MySelvagedLife

    Heather Torre from MySelvagedLife said 5 years ago

    fabulous! congratulations Erica!

  • HouseOfMoss

    Alison Comfort from HouseOfMoss said 5 years ago

    I have been admiring your beautiful work for quite some time! Congratulations on being featured here!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats! Love your article!

  • btaylorquilts

    Briana Taylor from btaylorquilts said 5 years ago

    LOVE your story! Congrats and thank you for sharing a little piece of your world, Erica :)

  • HabitNation

    Rebecca and Daniel from HabitNation said 5 years ago

    Your work is absolutely amazing and authentic. Each piece is so special and artistic. Handmade books are always so lovely when made with the expertise and love that you obviously put into each piece. I especially love your clam shell books and the story of how they came to be, they are stunning and take on their own special unique art form.

  • oktak

    Aki from oktak said 5 years ago

    Congrats Erica! What a lovely interview and stunning photos! Love your work.

  • misschristiana

    Christiana Odum from YarnDarlin said 5 years ago

    Those shell journals are AMAZING!!

  • ArigigiPixel

    Gina from ArigigiPixel said 5 years ago

    very beautiful items!

  • LouisestArt

    Louise van Terheijden from LouiseArtStudio said 5 years ago

    A adore your work and your shop! And you tell a wonderful story! Congrats!

  • subtleacts

    subtleacts from subtleacts said 5 years ago

    Oh, how awesome Erica!! I am super happy for you on this well-deserved feature!! Your work has always amazed me...such heart and beauty in each piece! Congratulations!! :)

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 5 years ago

    You've been on my favourites list for ever! It's so nice to see you here & learn a bit about your philosophy of life.

  • PAINTisLOVE

    Amera A. from PAINTisLOVE said 5 years ago

    congrats! :] i love ur work its beautiful

  • themefragrance

    Theme Fragrance from themefragrance said 5 years ago

    I am so glad you were featured. Some truly unique handmade books...wonderful photos telling your story!

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery from WeeBindery said 5 years ago

    Congratulations Erica! Loving your Book of the Sea! Great to learn a bit more about you!

  • memckeen

    LovelySquid from LovelySquid said 5 years ago

    I have been an admirer of your work for a while now. Absolutely gorgeous books with such a loving feeling of nostalgia. Congratulations on the feature!

  • bonjourpoupette

    Sofie Skein from BonjourPoupette said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful interview this is - thank you so much for taking the time to tell your story here - your words and your work are so true and deeply inspiring.

  • dawnandross

    Cody and April Peavy from dawnandross said 5 years ago

    so excited for you! congrats :-) ~cody and april

  • amysfunkyfibers

    Amy Gunderson from amysfunkyfibers said 5 years ago

    Such pretty work. Love your pictures to, you can almost touch them!

  • Overdue

    Kiova Staley from joyridevintage said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing so much of your philosophy on handmade items and the energy they hold, the artists responsibility to share their vision, authenticity, and your growing commitment to eco consciousness. Reading your interview had me saying "yes! yes! yes!" we are so lucky to be blazing our own trails in-line with our values here on etsy. And your journals, needless to say, are so very beautiful! Congrats on the feature and all your continued success!

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop from ThePattypanShop said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!! Congrats

  • OnTheHook

    Desiree Hobson from OnTheHook said 5 years ago

    Wow!! Absolutely amazing work! I love the shell journals. How unique and gorgeous! Congrats on being a featured seller.

  • myAvonlea

    Alison Elane from MyAvonlea said 5 years ago

    I have always been such a fan. LOVE your precious work.

  • irinisklavounou

    irini from IrinisWorld said 5 years ago

    I firmly believe that the written word is one of mankinds most important developments and wheras the digital world is one of convenience and at its best does a great job of bringing people together, the true beauty of the written word can only be found in a book. Your books are truly extraordinary.

  • jibbyandjuna

    genevieve williamson from jibbyandjuna said 5 years ago

    Lovely, lovely to get to know you! Congrats!

  • irinisklavounou

    irini from IrinisWorld said 5 years ago

    And your guillotine is to die for!!

  • gescate

    Gino Escate from Gygante said 5 years ago

    Love your books! Congrats!

  • Waterrose

    Rose Waterrose from Waterrose said 5 years ago

    The first time I saw your seashell book all I could say was "wow." How does she do that? It's such a beautiful and thoughtful medium to create a journal with. Not only your own words, but also the non spoken words of the sea...

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    Hillary De Moineaux from VoleedeMoineaux said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous!

  • ShopClementine

    Cassie from ShopClementine said 5 years ago

    Sooooooo fabulous, Erica! Such beautiful photos and a great interview. A well-deserved feature, CONGRATS!

  • anneliaccomazzo

    Anneli Accomazzo from IsabelBeatrice said 5 years ago

    Amazingly beautiful work!

  • elidago

    Elida Branham from ElisVintageFinds said 5 years ago

    truly unique artwork! congrats on the feature!

  • Fiume

    Erin O'Rourke from Aruguletta said 5 years ago

    I love this feature. The photos alone are enough to whisk you away daydreaming (or at least me). I like the way you write about tapping into the energy of objects, and using meditation to find your voice--I agree so much. It's all there if you just listen! I'm going to have to add this shop to my favorites.

  • refugium

    jodi from refugium said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, Erica : ) I look over at Orcas everyday from my seaside perch, how nice to know you are there enjoying the good life!

  • Barnaclebags

    Lissa Snapp from BarnacleBags said 5 years ago

    Congratulations Erica! So happy to see your lovely work featured on Etsy. Your words are filled with so much truth and love. Such a beautiful movement we are apart of! I hope you have a wonderful winter and do not get boggled down with to many orders. Take Care, Lissa (a fellow islander)

  • SpareBedroomStudio

    SpareBedroomStudio from SpareBedroomStudio said 5 years ago

    Yea, Erica!! Congrats! A well-deserved feature for sure :)

  • vKnit

    Jane from vKnit said 5 years ago

    Congratulations Erica! Yours is such a beautiful story. I wish you much success!

  • phoebec

    Phoebe K from BoxSet said 5 years ago

    I really love your work! Orcas Island is a very special place. My husband and I spent some time there when we first started dating. I would love to get back some day. Keep making your gorgeous art.

  • fricdementol

    a r from fricdementol said 5 years ago

    A joy to read! Your work is so full of character and authenticity, the same to all the evolving atmosphere - your working space, photographs, even the lady guillotine :) A huge congrats!!

  • Gallivants

    ShyMaster from GallivantsVintage said 5 years ago

    Just beautiful! We love your style! Congrats on the feature!

  • zamaani

    Attila Zamaani from Zamaani said 5 years ago

    your imagination is out of this world! ♥

  • choisette

    choisette from choisette said 5 years ago

    very zen, in a good way.

  • Nikifashion

    Natalia from Nikifashion said 5 years ago

    Very interesting story!

  • cookiestags

    Kimberly C from CoffeeStainedTags said 5 years ago

    Absolutely stunning! I really enjoyed reading your story- very inspiring! Best of luck to you & many congrats on being featured!

  • hasincla

    hasincla from travelwanderings said 5 years ago

    Such unique and beautiful work! It's inspiring to read how you were initially intimidated by an idea, and then when you followed through it turned out to be one of your best. Congratulations on the feature!

  • TheHandmadeClassroom

    Aly Parrott from alyparrott said 5 years ago

    Erica, you are amazing! Many congratulations on a very well deserved feature.

  • happytex

    happytex said 5 years ago

    thank you, Erica, for providing the words for what I in fact have been sensing for quite some time already, but had not been capable of putting into language. Congratulations and I hope your success continues.

  • KARozWoodworking

    KARozWoodworking from Rozemake said 5 years ago

    Great shop...love your photos! Congrats on the feature.

  • Ainurcrochet

    Ainur KOKSAL from Ainurcrochet said 5 years ago

    Great shop !

  • Aristocrafts

    Aristocrafts from Aristocrafts said 5 years ago

    Your work is as unique and beautiful as your words! You have the heart and the... hands :) of a poet! Congratulations on the feautre and thank you for sharing your wonderful story!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    Polkadot Magpie from ThePolkadotMagpie said 5 years ago

    Congrats! I have always loved your shell books. Well deserved feature, bravo!

  • peacesofindigo

    Dawanna Young from peacesofindigo said 5 years ago

    Just spectacular. Congrats on a well deserved feature!

  • sewlutionsbyamo

    sewlutionsbyamo from sewlutionsbyamo said 5 years ago

    Your items are top notch. Congratulations on the feature.

  • MahoganyWayMama

    Darcel Harmon from TheMahoganyWay said 5 years ago

    Beautiful shop and I love your workspace. The beach is one of my favorite places.

  • shellypsoulcircles

    Shelly Porter from ShellyPorterArtworks said 5 years ago

    Probably one of THE most meaningful, spirit-filled, sincere and beautifully put interviews I've seen yet on Etsy. (And they are all wonderful!) All of your heart felt and soul-rich commentary touches me deeply. Particular sentiments stand out for me.... "Imagine how we can all positively contribute to life by fully being who we are meant to be – the strange, loving, intriguingly awkward and beautiful being we see in the mirror, when we are brave enough to take a look." I completely and authentically subscribe to this... "With focused attention, we can imbue a handmade object with an intended feeling or vibration, be it love, gratitude, or protection. I think whether we are conscious of it or not, we are drawn to handmade objects because of the quality of energy they hold. We sense the sacred within." I wish you a path paved with life's fulfillment. Congratulations Erica!

  • MaskMask

    La Máscara Emboscada from LMEmasks said 5 years ago

    Wonderful pieces! Congratulations on the feature!

  • SarahGiannobile

    SarahGiannobile from SarahGiannobile said 5 years ago

    Oh so wonderful!!! Congrats :)

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDene Moneuse from JoDeneMoneuseJewelry said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work and such a richly detailed verse to tell us about it. Thanks so much for sharing your story! I think I probably will have to own one of those clam shell books myself!!

  • MissLucyA

    Lucy Ashby from bylucy said 5 years ago

    Lovely interview and beautiful shop. Congrats on the feature!

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 5 years ago

    Great story ! We love your clam shell books ! Congrats :)

  • vitrifiedstudio

    vitrifiedstudio from vitrifiedstudio said 5 years ago

    such lovely work. so great to read about your process and thoughts.

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 5 years ago

    I deeply admire Erica's sentiment that each order is 'a gift' and each customer should feel "gifted". I spend much time and energy in packaging my items to create a sense of magic and enchantment when my lovely customers open their mailboxes. Odelae is creating magical moments for its customers, and I am count myself so grateful that I get to do the same.

  • saribellum

    Sari from saribellum said 5 years ago

    So beautiful and inspiring!! XOXO, sari.

  • Raceytay

    Raceytay from Raceytay said 5 years ago

    Erika, how awesome to see you here :) Congratulations!!!

  • byDelirium

    Angela from DeliriumAccessories said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!!

  • PoshAvenue

    Jacque from JacqueAnnDecor said 5 years ago

    Cheers to authenticity! Wonderful story.

  • klb00e

    Mother Lark from MotherLark said 5 years ago

    Beautifully written. Thank you for the reminder of authenticity and self.

  • SomsStudio

    Som from SomsStudio said 5 years ago

    You are such a lovely soul, and I have been a fan of the Clam shell forever! Congrats!

  • Boogiecat

    Kannis from Boogiecat said 5 years ago

    beautiful! congrats!

  • iHartFelt

    Heather from iHartFelt said 5 years ago

    I fell in LOVE with your story, your shop, your work. You are inspiring and very talented. Wishing you only goodness in your future. ~Fellow Washingtonian :)

  • dannylion

    Lauryn Quinn from thefrolickingfrog said 5 years ago

    Love what you said about the DIY movement, and where you live looks amazing and inspiring. I have admired your shell book for some time now. Such an original idea! Congrats!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 5 years ago

    Congratulations!!! Wonderful interview and love your shop!!

  • AlisaDesign

    Alisa from AlisaDesign said 5 years ago

    Amazing! Congratulations!

  • rokcandyofnyc

    R O K C A N D Y from rokcandyjewelry said 5 years ago

    Beautiful, inspirational, and amazing Erica. Love love your shell works! Much success to you and your family. Much Love❤

  • fivetenfifteen

    catie from fivetenfifteen said 5 years ago

    wow. i'm so inspired by you, erica! this is a post i'll keep coming back to ♥

  • senoritasofia

    s o p h i a from MadrinaSofia said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature. I enjoyed the interview. Your work is beautiful!

  • msbibliotecaria

    Adriana the Librarian from labiblioteca said 5 years ago

    Just amazing!!!! Congrats Erica, this is a gorgeous interview, the photos, your words and of course your fantastic work. Bravo!!!!

  • FoxyGloves23

    Marie Cashin from MEmbroideries said 5 years ago

    The shell books are so creative and different! Congrats!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    Great interview and your work is amazing I just love the shell book.

  • becaruns

    becaruns from becaruns said 5 years ago

    BEEEAAAUtiful Erica! :) Congrats!!!

  • Armalique

    Abby from Armalique said 5 years ago

    I've been admiring your work from afar for a while now. Congratulations on a well deserved interview!

  • JackieDoremus

    Jaclyn Doremus from TheLandofCraft said 5 years ago

    What a lovely shop! Congrats on the feature!

  • LostInTheValley

    LostInTheValley from LostInTheValleyPhoto said 5 years ago

    Such a gorgeous collection you've made! Congrats on the feature and best of luck in the future!

  • susanmack3

    Susan Mack from HappyValleyHerbs said 5 years ago

    Your clam shell book is wonderful!! I am encouraged by the fact that you doubted your idea as something that would work, but then went ahead with the idea anyway! I seem to be in that place all the time! Congrats on the story! Beautiful creations!

  • Nakkashe

    Nakkashe from Nakkashe said 5 years ago

    wow, lovely lovely lovely work ! wish you the best ...

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 5 years ago

    The clam shell is absolutely amazing!

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 5 years ago

    Oh, My!!!! Wonderful wonderful creations!

  • riverluna

    Marisa Redondo from RiverLuna said 5 years ago

    So happy for you, Erica! I love hearing your story, and it's so true "The more we are willing to give, the more we are capable of receiving." Love your mind just as much as your beautiful creations!

  • IADECOR

    Charles from IADECOR said 5 years ago

    You do beautiful work! I love the pictures of your studio and finished product. Thanks for sharing.

  • janicewd

    janicewd from janicewd said 5 years ago

    Great crafting at hand. Congrats to you.

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis said 5 years ago

    Truly amazing interview! So happy to see you here, your shop is inspiring! Congratulations and many wishes for continued success & happiness!

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    Roxana from IlluminatedPerfume said 5 years ago

    Glorious feature, love Ericas work so much. Yay!!!

  • jennyleefowler

    Jenny Lee Fowler from jennyleefowler said 5 years ago

    I love this thinking about giving and receiving. I also feel that there is something special in these interactions that allow me to practice my art and support my family with it. Beautiful interview! Beautiful work!

  • KellyColemanCoursey

    Kelly Coleman Coursey from KellyColemanCoursey said 5 years ago

    Simply magical.

  • elizabethtumasz

    Bette Tumasz from WildernessWear said 5 years ago

    You have truely inspired me creativley and your thoughts on Etsy ring so true! amazing work...Congrats to you!

  • missleahdee

    Miss Leah Dee from MissLeahDeeJewelry said 5 years ago

    wow, thank you for being so authentic and vulnerable in your work. You inspire and ignite the creator that is me and i am sure everyone who has read this. your work is beautiful and the photographs really support your sweet story. keep being amazing and congratulations!

  • Nicopapergoods

    Andrea Kohler from Nicopapergoods said 5 years ago

    I like your story and your beautiful pictures and books. Congratulations on the feature. Greetings from an other bookbinder in Seattle. Andrea

  • Deconfetti

    Nata from dekkoline said 5 years ago

    Fascinating! Congratulations on the feature!

  • SimpleArtStudio

    Cristina Ripper from SimpleArtStudio said 5 years ago

    Your work is so gorgeous!!!! Congratulations Erika!!!!

  • ElisabethSpace

    Elisabeth Percival from ElisabethSpace said 5 years ago

    I've loved the shell books of yours since I first saw them back when I lived in Seattle. Hearing their origin story makes them that much more special. Congratulations on being the Featured Seller now. Your story, words, and photos are inspiring.

  • Karismafinejewellery
  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi said 5 years ago

    Wonderful work!

  • SassySisterVintage

    Kim Strozewski from SassySisterVintage said 5 years ago

    It's evident you like to write and make. Your good at it too! Congrats!

  • BlackStar

    Katie McClanahan from WearYourWild said 5 years ago

    So happy to see you here! And what a beautiful interview. xo

  • juliapaulpottery

    juliapaulpottery from juliapaulpottery said 5 years ago

    I am a big fan of your work!

  • SundayOwl

    Lisa from SundayOwl said 5 years ago

    Dear Erica, I loved reading your story, so very sweet. I love your beautiful journals and your lovely shop.

  • NestedYellow

    Anna Vasquez from NestedYellow said 5 years ago

    Erica, your story is truely inspiring and empowering. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story and photographs. You can see the love and care in your work. Congratulaitons and best wishes!

  • spalenka

    Greg Spalenka from spalenka said 5 years ago

    Love your art spirit! Beautiful.

  • PeonyKnits

    Josie from PeonyKnits said 5 years ago

    Lovely shop! Congratulations!

  • MagpieWorkshop

    Jeanne Berg from MagpieWorkshop said 5 years ago

    Inspiring.

  • wearthou

    Shirley from wearthou said 5 years ago

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your featured article!! Your journals speak for themselves - they're gorgeous! Your decorative stitched spines are so unique and so much care and attention have been obviously put into each of your work! Congratulations on your feature! Are you the photographer as well? Beautiful!!

  • caralunastudio

    caralunastudio from caralunastudio said 5 years ago

    Such loveliness! Thank you for the inspiration! "I want it to feel personal, because it is."

  • InnerWild

    Flora from InnerWild said 5 years ago

    what joy! what beauty! thank you Erica

  • BeaconMills

    Patrick from BeaconMills said 5 years ago

    Cool stuff Erica, the attention is deserved!

  • mygoddess

    indre from HelloMyGoddess said 5 years ago

    I am speechless. Erica, your work is beautiful, your words are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your love and inspiration.

  • idestudiet

    Pia from idestudiet said 5 years ago

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your shop and the article is beautiful and inspiring. Thank for sharing and best wishes to you for a fantastic journey with your store. ♥´¨) ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸. (¸.•´ (¸.•` ♥

  • NovellaHorizonDesign

    Julie Austin from NovellaHorizonDesign said 5 years ago

    Amazing workmanship! and you are so right about the Do it yourself movement, we're finally working our way back to providing for ourselves by making it ourselves and small business success!

  • torishop

    Tori Kadish from torishop said 5 years ago

    Amazing interview. Very inspirational. Your words are as beautiful as your art. Thank you for being you :)

  • MyImaginationIsYours

    Victoria from MyImaginationIsYours said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful person you are inside and out, no wonder your creations reflect this. Cheers and congrats on the feature, well deserved. VL

  • shesafinegirl

    Hannah from HGSjewelry said 5 years ago

    What a beautifully written article. And of course, the work is equal.

  • squiggy

    Jean Cotton from MakingFacesPottery said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Lovely photos too!

  • JessieArch

    Jessie Archambault from 1509Partridgeberry said 5 years ago

    Incredible work! A handmade book is really something special to treasure. Wonderful interview and shop. Congratulations on the feature!

  • thevintagepainting

    Geometricink lunzer from GeometricInk said 5 years ago

    The time and effort you put into your packaging alone speaks volumes about how much you truely appreciate each and every person who buys one of your beautiful items.

  • solocosmo

    Jessica Grundy from solocosmo said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful art your bookmaking is!!!!!

  • lauraprilltoo

    Laura Prill from lauraprilltoo said 5 years ago

    Exquisite work!

  • ArtigianoJewelBox

    ArtigianoJewelBox from ArtigianoJewelBox said 5 years ago

    beautifully said from a lovely shop... congratulations!

  • andiespecialtysweets

    Jason and Andie from andiespecialtysweets said 5 years ago

    Oh Erica, congratulations! I knew it was only a matter of time before your artful journals got center stage! Just seeing pictures of your packaging gave me a thrill, as I recalled my journal's precious presentation. I tried to repackage it, just so I could enjoy the experience again! : ) So delighted to see you here : )

  • Linohandmade

    Lynne Duguay from Linohandmade said 5 years ago

    Lovely shop, nice work ! Congrats on the feature !

  • Nibyniebo

    Justyna W. from Nibyniebo said 5 years ago

    Erica, you are so calm and wise person! Your works are wonderful! Congratulations!

  • sofiatrinker

    Sofia Sanchez from Dedosen2 said 5 years ago

    lovely journals! great pictures! congrats on the feature!!

  • sensitiveartist

    Dana Grandbois from sensitiveartist said 5 years ago

    your journals are beautiful and are among my faves on Etsy. loved learning more about you. well deserved shop / product / person for a feature in my humble opinion. and anyone who quotes the Beatles is alright with me. congrats. :)

  • BatesMercantileCo

    Pamela Bates from BatesMercantileCo said 5 years ago

    I've long admired your clamshell journal. happy to see you as a featured seller. really love your thoughts on creating and giving.

  • ishopforquality

    A. English from GirlAccessories said 5 years ago

    So cool and very inspirational! Thank you for sharing, and Congrats on your featured shop!

  • finefelicity

    Chrissy Golden from finefelicity said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing about your art, the part about your beginnings reminds me of my mom since I can remember has collected miniature books, many containing beautiful illustrations and classic works of literature. So your story invoked good memories. Best wishes!

  • janewearjewelry

    janewearjewelry from janewearjewelry said 5 years ago

    Ooh I love your shop! Excellent work. It's so obvious that you love what you do!

  • houseofferns

    Chelsie from HouseofFerns said 5 years ago

    Wow! This is so beautiful and inspirational

  • Ebrown2503

    Eleanore from FiberBeads said 5 years ago

    Erica, I believe in that magic too!

  • ZIPPERjewelry

    Phuong Quynh from SakuraZIPPERjewelry said 5 years ago

    Truly beautiful story! Thank you for sharing your magic :)

  • nancynelsonjewelry

    Nancy from nancynelsonjewelry said 5 years ago

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing and congrats.

  • yarnisland

    yarnisland yarnisland from yarnisland said 5 years ago

    I love your work!! Congrats!

  • nouveaushades

    Patricia Aubin from nouveaushades said 5 years ago

    I connect with alot of what you wrote and I love that picture of you holding a book close to your heart.. Really beautiful!

  • NakiaDesign

    NakiaDesign from NakiaDesign said 5 years ago

    Beautiful products!

  • atelierpompadour

    Paola from atelierpompadour said 5 years ago

    great work! congrats!!

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts said 5 years ago

    Beautiful designs, beautiful photography, beautiful shop! Very impressed! Love the clam shell book! Congrats on the feature, it is well deserved!

  • frighten

    mari from frighten said 5 years ago

    Such a wonderful interview. Congrats on the well deserved feature!

  • youcute

    Priscilla from youcute said 5 years ago

    This probably the best photographed feature I have seen! Love the picture of you walking on the beach. Congratulations!

  • elisaavraam

    Elsa A from CloudPearls said 5 years ago

    One of the most inspired works on etsy!

  • MissingHeirloom

    Elizabeth Pickett from MissingHeirloom said 5 years ago

    lovely and such authenticity. congratulations.

  • SoulSeeds

    Laurie Abela from SoulSeeds said 5 years ago

    This has to be the most lovely feature I have seen. Beautiful words, beautiful work, beautiful feature. Thank you for sharing your vision with the rest of us. Congratulations!

  • morebutton

    Anny from MoreButton said 5 years ago

    Fabulous shop, amazing creator and stunning pictures! Love the feature!

  • sandcanyonjewelry

    Jane Brown from SandCanyonJewelry said 5 years ago

    It amazes me what a person's mind can imagine, and that an imagined idea can lead to a beautiful creation. Your mind must be a wonderful place! And I love your phrase, "the energy of giving and receiving."

  • hairbowsprincess

    Agnese Marhele from HairBowsPrincess said 5 years ago

    Wow, so cute! Fabulous shop

  • cubiciti

    Addy Widjaja from cubiciti said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and unique work! Love your Book of the Sea! Keep up the great work! Best wishes!

  • EmeraldCut

    Deanna from EmeraldCut said 5 years ago

    Enjoyed reading about your shop and inspirations! Your writing, as well as your product, is so intricate, textured, and stunningly beautiful. New favorite shop.

  • Jasminepots

    Jasmine Crowe from Jasminepots said 5 years ago

    Beautiful, inspiring, and full of creative energy. Loved reading your story, loved discovering your work. Congratulations on the feature!

  • BonTons

    BonTons from BonTons said 5 years ago

    Beautiful pieces. Congratulations on the Feature

  • BubbleFestival

    C Choi from BubbleFestival said 5 years ago

    Love your works! So beautiful and creative!! Congrats :)

  • PrayerNotes

    Prayer Notes by Cynthia from PrayerNotes said 5 years ago

    Your is beautiful. Each piece in your shop looks as though it was created with tenderness and care. Inspirational, creative and flowing: That's how I describe your work. Blessings! ~Cynthia

  • Jasminepots

    Jasmine Crowe from Jasminepots said 5 years ago

    Beautiful, inspiring, and truly hopeful. Loved reading your words, seeing your work. Congrats on the feature!

  • NewtoyoubyNancy

    Nancy D from RRGS said 5 years ago

    How beautiful and serene you seem. Your work is a reflection of you and it is very well done.

  • FrancesMarin

    Frances Marin from FrancesMarin said 5 years ago

    What an amazing featured seller story! I love it! So unique and unusual. As someone who is an artist and librarian, bookmaking is such an incredible craft and I really admire your work, Erica. The materials, details and creativity involved here is so inspiring.

  • StayArtisan

    J.K. Ramirez from HudsonBlueArtisans said 5 years ago

    Wow, beautiful work. Well deserved kudos, congratulations

  • oddlyaddictive

    cait lucas from inkkit said 5 years ago

    Love love love your work congrats you deserve this!!!

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 5 years ago

    I love your work....Especially the ones with the shells....Great way to encourage writing....

  • SewnInspirations

    SewnInspirations from SewnInspirations said 5 years ago

    What a refreshing, empowering story. I love the idea of minimal waste; reusing what is available to you. From saving what hands before you made (the old books) to what nature creates for you to find in a treasure hunt of sorts. Such beautiful work. Best wishes to you!

  • teostationery

    Deedee Ishii from teostationery said 5 years ago

    Sweet journals, lovely photography, love the shells!

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 5 years ago

    Oh my gosh, those are beautiful works of art! I love hand stitched books. So good.

  • tresameyerdesigns

    Tresa Meyer Clark from MeyerClarkCreative said 5 years ago

    Splendid work!

  • patriciaforbes1

    Patricia Forbes from NorthernGate said 5 years ago

    Wow Wow Wow !!! What else can I possibly add ? Profound insight , beautifully spoken, well written, and sweet photographs, and clearly creative work. Sooooo many gifts in one package Erica ! And then your a mom and in relationship with James. It's a full LIFE. Good for you May you always find your path and may God lead you with His wisdom for your children. Such a blessing. Thanks so much.

  • SoulRole

    Nancy Campbell from SoulRole said 5 years ago

    YAY ERICA!!!I have loved your work for a long time now, and am SO HAPPY to see you featured!I can relate to every word you have shared and love your spirit.Mahalo for sharing your beautiful gifts with the world-you are an inspiration! (and I didn't realize you live on Orcas Island-I wonder if you know my dear friends Emily and Taylor and their children?) Aloha

  • TwoLittleWings

    Dianna Vold from TwoLittleWings said 5 years ago

    Erica thank you for the beautiful feature. Such a visually stimulating journey as well as being deeply personal one. I love the fact that you are so free to express yourself and the things that matter most to you. It allows others to get an idea of the person behind the art not just the surface stuff but the core of who you truly are. You have many god given talents and I'm so glad you found the platform to use them!

  • HuellaHuella

    Fabiola Friedman from HuellaHuella said 5 years ago

    So wonderful to see you featured! Awesome design and shop as always! Congrats! :)

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 5 years ago

    Congrats Erica! What a lovely and beautiful interview and stunning photos! Love the working table :)) and all photos :)

  • hennyseashell

    Henny Augustien from hennyseashell said 5 years ago

    Beautiful works, beautiful arts, beautiful words... Thank you for sharing .

  • RimmaJewelry

    Victoria Hill from RimmaJewelry said 5 years ago

    How can anyone ever use ipads for writing after seeing such a beautiful original books and journals? Are those shells from Orcas Island? I'm happy for you and proud that we live in the same state, I have been to Orcas Island before since I live close by in Bellingham, WA. Best wishes!

  • vickiorion

    Vicki Potter from vickiorion said 5 years ago

    As a bookbinder wannabe, I've admired your shop and your work for a long time. I'm so glad that you're being featured. Many congratulations!

  • PixieFaceInc

    Pixie Face from PixieFaceInc said 5 years ago

    Your books are very beautiful, I really love the story behind your work. Congrats on the feature!

  • byjodi

    byjodi from byjodi said 5 years ago

    A huge congrats Erica! You are so amazingly talented and your work and process are breathtakingly beautiful!! This is so well deserved!! xoxox

  • asherjasper

    Vicky from asherjasper said 5 years ago

    What a lovely feature! Thanks for sharing your story so eloquently with us :) Bookbinding is an art form very close to my heart. Love that precision and beauty - love the tools...

  • moneyforjam

    Kira Bickford from MoneyForJam said 5 years ago

    I so enjoyed reading about your beautiful part of the world and your perceptions of living in this world as a creative person. I signed up for a shop on etsy ages ago and have not got round to posting anything on it out of sheer fear that sharing my talents with the world, would not be well received. Your story has given me hope that I too can create a world for my family born out of my creativity. Thank you. Your work if gorgeous. I have often felt I was born in the wrong era because my talents are often not appreciated in a modern world. Your craft is one born of another age but given light in this crazed world of technology.

  • metalmorphoz

    Nur Cirakoglu from metalmorphoz said 5 years ago

    What an inspiring story! :) Soulfully crafting is your motto, so nice to see you featured! Congratulations from deep of my heart :) " your last name sounds Turkish, maybe your husband is Turkish?"

  • lin168

    lin from lin168 said 5 years ago

    congratulations

  • mynthlr

    Mynthlr L. from MYNTHLR said 5 years ago

    Such a lovely work! You are really inspiring!

  • erinswindow

    Erin from erinswindow said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, Erica! So happy for you and to read this inspiring story :) I admire your work and love you put in each work. Best wishes to you... :)

  • bradleymaria

    Maria Bradley from MeryBradley said 5 years ago

    Great work and amazing interview! Congrats Erica! Best for you, your family and your shop :)

  • poplovedesigns

    Andrea Hughes from PopLoveHers said 5 years ago

    Your books are so spectacularly creative and well-crafted. I've drooled over them long before your interview (congrats by the way!) and I have to say, I adore them, but I feel like I would be too scared to write anything down in them, they're such works of art - especially those seashell books!

  • 27thEmpireGallery

    Jesus C. from 27thEmpireGallery said 5 years ago

    WOW...beautiful work & craftsmanship work :)

  • dianeeathertonwatt

    Diane Eatherton-Watt from InspireToInspire said 5 years ago

    Erica, you are truly a from the Heart being. So beautiful to read your Spirit. Thank you for sharing, we can all learn the important things from your words.

  • lanamur1

    Lana Mur from FiveOceanTribe said 5 years ago

    Beautiful ,inspirational work !! Congrats ...

  • zozossupplyshop1

    Zozo from Zozossupplyshop said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!! very inspiring

  • prettydreamer

    pamela from prettydreamer said 5 years ago

    so happy for you, Erica!

  • bonnbonn

    Bonnie from bonnbonn said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, Erica! Beautiful words to equal your beautiful work.

  • HennaTrails

    Kristy McCurry from OurFolkLife said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring and beautiful!

  • NightjarBooks

    Amy Egerdeen from NightjarBooks said 5 years ago

    gorgeous work, such incredible work-woman-ship!! really nice to see a bookbinder featured!!!

  • PeacocksandPurls

    Darcilla Olshavsky from PeacocksandPurls said 5 years ago

    So beautiful and inspiring! Thank you! Excellent Feature!

  • FrankieBs

    Joan from FrankieBs said 5 years ago

    Your work is so beautiful and organic. I love your philosophy! Congratulations.

  • blessings26

    Janelle said 5 years ago

    I couldn't agree more with everything that you said... beautiful work... beautiful words... just what I needed to hear at the perfect time. Thanks so much for sharing your gifts and your wisdom.

  • methowgirl

    Hannah Dewey from BlueMountainThyme said 5 years ago

    I can feel the magic in your work and your story. Thank you for sharing. As a fellow Washingtonian I feel proud to have come across your work!

  • cathydurso

    Cathy Durso from cathydurso said 5 years ago

    Your work is beautiful! I've admired it for a while. It's great to read your story now and learn about the person behind the work.

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 5 years ago

    What lovely, amazing products and your philosophy behind what you are doing is so moving and meaningful!

  • charlynw

    Charlyn from charlynw said 5 years ago

    Incredible work.... *faint*

  • timdan

    timdan from timdan said 5 years ago

    Really appreciate your work. And your outlook/approach. You mentioned the unique versus the reiterated. I feel like I'm still trying to find my own unique niche by "dabbling" with other people's ideas. I also agree - when you are creating something unique - and the work is just sort of "flowing out of you" from some deep-seated creative core part of your being - it's truly fun and exciting. Thanks for the enjoyable read, glad you were featured!

  • PoshBinky

    Jennifer from PoshBinky said 5 years ago

    Love your journals! Congratulations....wonderful!

  • AllthingsWood

    Bettie from AllThingsWood said 5 years ago

    Very admirable. Wishing you well. Pay it forward and you will be rewarded.

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! Beautiful work!

  • RedBoatStudio

    Karole Doucette from RedBoatStudio said 5 years ago

    Fantastic work - best of luck in the future.

  • HandmadeIsAllAround

    HandmadeIsAllAround from iammieOWLshop said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous! Congarts!

  • DOTTO

    NICOLE Dotto from DOTTO said 5 years ago

    OH my goodness, maker of my favorite clamshell journal. Erica! congratulations! highest of fives! more exclamations!

  • beadsofaquarius

    Mouna Marini from beadsofaquarius said 5 years ago

    Wonderful work ! Congrats for the feature ! wishing you many succes for the future ! ;)

  • lorandherworld

    lorandherworld from lorandherworld said 5 years ago

    absolutely amazing!

  • dmtgun3

    Demet Gunuc from dmtgun3 said 5 years ago

    realy great jobs and featured! Congrats :)

  • saulebaltaa

    Liga from DIYDigitalStudio said 5 years ago

    Congrats!!!

  • Monicaj

    Monica from Monicaj said 5 years ago

    Inspirational work. Congratulations!!

  • AraneidaStudios

    AraneidaStudios from AraneidaStudios said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! Best of luck to you, Erica!

  • ladygatsby1

    Martha Muthoni from LadyGatsbyLuxePaper said 5 years ago

    A lovely and inspiring feature. Thank You

  • fensalirfiber

    Beth from FiberWytch said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and unique work, Erica! I've just added your shop to my favorites. :)

  • SolarwindStudios

    SolarwindStudios from SolarwindStudios said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature and thanks so much for sharing!

  • malissasplace

    Malissa from MalissaRyder said 5 years ago

    Wonderful feature! I love how you describe your connection to the materials you use to create your amazing pieces. Congratulations!!

  • inturquoisesky

    asu from THEFAIRYTHINGS said 5 years ago

    Beautiful... Thanks....

  • JasminBlancBoutique

    Erika Iozsa from JasminBlancBoutique said 5 years ago

    This may truly become my favorite feature on Etsy EVER...Thank you Thank you Thank you!

  • fulltiltboo

    fulltiltboo said 5 years ago

    Have had this clam shell book saved to my favorites for some time now. Yet to order though am confident, when able, I will have the good fortune to hold this treasure in my hands and display it in a notable place worthy of the sculpture that it is. This article is the second gift from a gifted, bibliophile artisan. Firstly, I have remained inspired by only a digital representation of your craft. Now, you impart further inspiration by relaying the consciousness of your process. I do not know that I have had the privilege to hear something crucial about economy articulated so well - what it means to engage in authentic manufacturing by imbuing our 'wares' with the highest intention to share ourselves. What might global consumerism become if all were guided thus? Thank you for knowing: to consume is to take but to create is to give.

  • guext65

    JW Lin from JWPersonalShop said 5 years ago

    Very nice works.. I love it..

  • CozyMoments

    Michelle from CozyMomentsLLC said 5 years ago

    Your work is lovely, congrats on the FS!

  • FAIRYTALE13

    Penny Ireland Marks from FAIRYTALE13 said 5 years ago

    Lush words and work x

  • SweetPaperLove

    SweetPaperLove from SweetPaperLove said 5 years ago

    Such an inspiring interview. Absolutely love your shop!! Congratulations on the well deserved feature :)

  • erinbonnie

    Irene from Erinbonnie said 5 years ago

    amazing interview, I adore your work! congratulations!

  • lesalikes

    Lesa from lesalikes said 5 years ago

    Simply amazing Erica, congrats! A well deserved feature!

  • FindingBrooke

    Brooke from FindingBrooke said 5 years ago

    Just AWESOME...

  • JewelsbyJasmin

    Jasmin Smith from JewelsbyJasmin said 5 years ago

    Lovely shop! Congrats on the feature!

  • braquelsbathroom

    Tyra from shopbelleandblaire said 5 years ago

    Very beautiful and creative work!

  • karinagracejewelry

    Karen Ericson from karinagracejewelry said 5 years ago

    Your work is stunning! So happy to see you as featured seller! Congrats!!

  • emwi

    Emily Wirt from emwi said 5 years ago

    You have a lovely hand-crafted style. I've enjoyed seeing your work. Congrats on the feature!

  • paintventure

    paintventure from paintventure said 5 years ago

    Your work seems so peaceful and clean! Do you ever have a hard time writing or drawing on the pages of your handcrafted books? I think I would. I love the featured pieces in the article. It speaks to my love of nature indeed.

  • lpei

    lpei from RedHawkAttic said 5 years ago

    Just beautiful, the whole thing! You encapsulate the spirit of the etsy world. Thank you for sharing your craftsmanship and thoughts. Inspiring!

  • ShuliDesigns

    Shulamit Raanan from ShuliDesigns said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! You have such a great talent and your designs are just wonderful!

  • kcparade

    Kim from TimeNSeasonTreasures said 5 years ago

    There are so many wonderful things to say about your enitre feature. Detail for detail your solid yet peaceful passion flows easily and that was very comforting to me. I did kind of feel as if you were reading my own mind on the part about the arguments within us of why not not pursue an idea. That is something I will hold on to a long time. Thank you.

  • PinwheelStudio

    Whitney from PinwheelStudio said 5 years ago

    Lovely, lovely, work! Glad to see you featured! Congrats! I love your bindings!

  • WestAstheCrowFlies

    Kay West from WestAstheCrowFlies said 5 years ago

    A book in the hand is a treasure, and yours especially so. Thank you for sharing your words and your books! Gorgeous!

  • VellePurse

    Angeline Widjaja from VellePurse said 5 years ago

    Amazing work! Congratulations on the feature!

  • marmamamma

    Marmen Raquin from FrenchAtticFinds said 5 years ago

    congratulations :) I'm a long time fan of your work. Your photos are really fabulous!

  • AnnealedHeart

    Amanda from AnnealedHeart said 5 years ago

    Thank you Erica for sharing your inspiring story. Your words are exquisite and thoughtful- just like your beautiful journals. What you said about intention and creating with your whole being is something I strive for as well. Wishing you continued success! “He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” ~St. Francis of Assisi

  • quiettimejewelry

    Jenna Smith from QuietTimeJewelry said 5 years ago

    Loved reading your thoughtful story, thank you for sharing it with the rest of us Etsians. Much continued success to you and your family!

  • ThreeTreesBindery

    Michelle Skiba from ThreeTreesBindery said 5 years ago

    Yay Erica! I am so happy to see you featured and to read your beautiful words. Thank you for doing what you do. Seeing your work always brings a smile to my face. I appreciate you so much! xoxoxo

  • theaterclouds

    Elly MacKay from theaterclouds said 5 years ago

    What a lovely interview and beautiful work. Yes, all about love....

  • emawilliamson

    Ema Williamson from emawilliamson said 5 years ago

    Oh yay! Congrats! I enjoyed this peek into your creative process.

  • VintageChinchilla

    Emily Jones from VintageChinchilla said 5 years ago

    completely gorgeous work, you can sense the peace just seeping out of the photos.

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading from newhopebeading said 5 years ago

    these are stunning! now I know what i am getting my daughter for graduation in may!

  • BeautifulDaughters

    Beautiful Daughters from BeautifulDaughters said 5 years ago

    I have loved this shop for a while. Love the clam shell journal.

  • CourtneyGoromboly

    CourtneyGoromboly from CourtneyGoromboly said 5 years ago

    I must give you yet another congratulations on your feature! Your work is beautiful and as always, a continual inspiration! -Courtney

  • Mylana

    Clare Corcoran from Mylana said 5 years ago

    Great feature!

  • ulovejewelry

    Universal Love Jewelry from ULoveJewelry said 5 years ago

    Awesome post! Great items. It's really all about the 'love' :)

  • bohemiantrading

    Lynne from bohemiantrading said 5 years ago

    One of the most articulate and personal statements I have read concerning artistic process and intention. Congratulations on this feature. I also feel the energy of Etsy, and the community of creative hearts found here. Arianna Huffington praised Etsy as a "revolutionary marketplace," and I think your shop and your statement is a perfect example of that ethic.

  • Plushka

    Katia from Plushka said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring article and beautifully written! The creations really reflect the designer's style and view on life, just lovely!

  • OhDearViolet

    Kathi Roussel from OhDearViolet said 5 years ago

    your books are fabulously lovely Erica and what a beautiful series of photos, stories,work and inspiration. many congrats to you!

  • butikonline83

    Hendri . from butikonline83 said 5 years ago

    Wonderfully written! Zines forever! :-D

  • xcbx

    Christine Bipulprasad from AROMATICB said 5 years ago

    Wow! I LOVE what you are doing, what you believe in, and how you live life. I can relate to so many. You truly have a gift of writing and hope that you use your beautiful books to journal more. God Bless you

  • higadesign

    Fernanda Higa Hoffman from HigaDesign said 5 years ago

    Wonderful work and a lovely person.

  • InglesidePottery

    Laine from InglesidePottery said 5 years ago

    This was such an amazing story. Congratulations, your work is wonderful!

  • BirdiePearlO

    BirdiePearlO said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work you make!

  • PipsEmporium

    Jen from PipsEmporium said 5 years ago

    Love your creations!

  • caimeefarmer

    C Aimee Farmer from NatureAwakens said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the Feature your shop received! I truly enjoyed reading this article as our thoughts are similarly aligned. Your statements "...we can imbue a handmade object with an intended feeling or vibration, be it love, gratitude, or protection. I think whether we are conscious of it or not, we are drawn to handmade objects because of the quality of energy they hold. We sense the sacred within." are quite true. Your creations are both amazing and beautiful! Again Congrats on your Feature and thank you so much for sharing...Love and Light

  • monicasignoretti

    Monica from HarshandSweet said 3 years ago

    wow! I love the way you bind your books! Great work!

  • dianaamoore17

    Diana Moore from PinkMouseBoutique said 3 years ago

    Your work is so beautiful!

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