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One of Etsy’s Most Hearted: ashleyg

Feb 6, 2009


by Ashley Goldberg handmade and vintage goods

For Valentine’s Day, we at Etsy’s blog thought we’d seek out the Etsy members who are the most beloved (or rather, be-hearted). We tracked six of the top one hundred most-hearted users and sought them out for interviews. They were totally surprised and pleased to find out! The fourth in this series is ashleyg.

Ashley Goldberg, 27, and Drew Bell, 30, are creative partners in crime, living and loving in Portland, Oregon. They live with Isadora the cat and mounds of shipping supplies. Oh — and they work really well together.

Tell us how you first got involved with Etsy.
I was looking through craft blogs for the first time and many of them were talking about this new site “Etsy”. I decided to check it out and was just amazed at the marketplace and community that I found. I joined (and purchased things) that very evening. It’s been amazing to see Etsy grow and evolve to what it is now.

What’s your favorite Etsy feature?
Oooh, that’s a tough one. My favorite feature is… RELIST, an oldie but a goody. It may sound like an obvious choice, but if you have multiple items that are the same you gotta have it.

How do you think you became so beloved in the Etsy community? (You’ve got a lot of hearts!)

Well, first, thank you, thank you, thank you to anyone who has hearted me. I am so flattered to be one of “the top 100 most hearted”. Certainly, timing has helped me out. I have been a part of Etsy a long time so I have had time to build up hearts. BUT, more importantly, I hope that I make products that people enjoy and offer customer service that keeps them coming back.

Who are your favorite Etsians?
HARDEST QUESTION EVER. They are so many talented and kind Etsians. My favorites are those who won me over initially by making awesome stuff but who are also amazing people who I have connected with on a personal level. Etsy is a great place to find friends. 🙂 Those folks are:

– Shauna and Steven from Something’s Hiding in Here. My jaw drops every time they create something new.
– Matte Stephens and his lovely wife Vivian of MatteArt. Their generosity and kindness is as endless as their combined talent…and they are cat people(!)
– Ryan from LittlePutBooks…who I will never be able to thank enough for a HUGE favor she did for me about a year and a half ago. That Ryan, she’s good stuff.

I could go on and on but I will stop with a person who is not only my “co-worker” (I like to call everyone on Etsy my “co-workers”) but has become a close friend. After a cross country move for both of us, we are in the same city: Miss Emily Martin of theblackapple and her partner in crime, Josiah.

What are you doing this Valentine’s Day?
On Valentine’s Day I will be spending the day my better half, Drew. Each Valentine’s Day we try and do something silly/crafty/fun/memorable. A few years ago we went to a paint-your-own pottery place and made things for each other. It was us and 12 year old girls and their moms. It was ridiculous and the best. This year, I am leaning towards something outdoors. Maybe driving to the ocean and spending the day. (You hear that, Drew?)

Below you’ll find some items hearted by Ashley and Drew. Check out the other Most Hearted individuals here...

Polar Fish Boy
Polar Fish Boy
Vintage You and Me Brown Mugs Coffee Cups Made in Japan
Vintage You and Me Brown Mugs Coffee Cups Made in Japan
Porcelain Branch
Porcelain Branch
Lichen for your Wall 3 (5 inch)
Lichen for your Wall 3 (5 inch)
Ceramic Pig Planter Vintage Design in Orange
Ceramic Pig Planter Vintage Design in Orange
Little Dunces Print Set
Little Dunces Print Set


  • lelephantrose

    lelephantrose said 8 years ago

    this is awesome!

  • Thepaperboat

    Thepaperboat said 8 years ago


  • piperewan

    piperewan said 8 years ago

    i did't know you were in pdx too! i have long admired you work!

  • susarto

    susarto said 8 years ago

    one of my first hearts i ever gave :D congrats! and happy valentines day!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 8 years ago

    what a nice article!

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 8 years ago

    wow, congrats! this is awesome!!

  • Faeriedtreasures

    Faeriedtreasures said 8 years ago

    Haha.. This just goes to further prove my theory that the most awesome people ever live in Portland. Oh Portland, oh how I miss you... And your voodoo donuts. mmm.. donuts.

  • tascha

    tascha said 8 years ago

    Great article! ashleyg is one of my very favorite etsians! <3

  • stillpoorart

    stillpoorart said 8 years ago

    I really like ashleyg's work! this was one of the first shops i hearted several months ago when i started. keep rockin girl!

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 8 years ago

    Cute! Great picks!

  • berkleyillustration

    berkleyillustration said 8 years ago

    Yay Ashley & Drew! We love having you handy in Portland!

  • sweetshorn

    sweetshorn said 8 years ago

    She is definitely one of my favorite artists on Etsy. And she was one of my first buyers!

  • makye77

    makye77 said 8 years ago

    Beautiful items... Very cool! Greg, NSS

  • livefunky

    livefunky said 8 years ago

    Ashley, I have 470 pages of sellers I've hearted since I joined Etsy in October 2006 (I just checked to make sure of the next statement) and you were MY VERY FIRST FAVORITE! It just goes to show what a powerful impression your art makes on all who see it. Hope you have a great Valentine's Day. :)

  • stilettoheights

    stilettoheights said 8 years ago

    Yay Ashley & Drew!! xoxoxoxoxo

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 8 years ago


  • norajane

    norajane said 8 years ago


  • KellesKitchen

    KellesKitchen said 8 years ago

    Congrats Ashley and Drew!! Drew should talk with my boyfriend about living amongst packaging and crafting supplies, ha ha :) It can get a bit overwhelming...

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 8 years ago

    Awww fun!

  • olivehuedesigns

    olivehuedesigns said 8 years ago

    Your shop is fab! But what I really want to know is the secret to your incredible amount of sales! :)

  • madisongre

    madisongre said 8 years ago

    lovely shop

  • wookwoodworking

    wookwoodworking said 8 years ago

    Wow, really beautiful work...congratulations!!!

  • ashleyg

    ashleyg said 8 years ago

    Thank you guys so much!!!

  • theLittleOak

    theLittleOak said 8 years ago

    i love to look at you use of color and combinations. all your art is so unique and lovely. you are very talented. Congrats!

  • rosetung

    rosetung said 8 years ago

    the pic of you 2 at the top is GREAT! love your work, love your taste.

  • OrganicPanic

    OrganicPanic said 8 years ago

    What a nice article. Nice genuine people.

  • PDXfabricdeli

    PDXfabricdeli said 8 years ago

    Way to go for PDX! Love the work.

  • craftyfolk

    craftyfolk said 8 years ago

    You were my first heart as well:)

  • HeartlessArts

    HeartlessArts said 8 years ago

    love LOVE ashley G! this is a great article :)

  • eightdozenroses

    eightdozenroses said 8 years ago

    How is that picture supposed to interest me in her shop? Violence does not appeal to me - even if it is meant to be humourous. Too many men ARE victims of domestic abuse. Not funny, dear. Not cool either. I won't be hearting her anytime soon.

  • droob

    droob said 8 years ago

    @eightdozenroses That's the most bizarre comment I've read in a long time. Grow a thicker skin.

  • LushPunk

    LushPunk said 8 years ago

    uhhh yeah - I agree with droob, a thicker skin and a sense of humour seems to be in order here.

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 8 years ago

    Hooray for talented Oregonians! You have a great shop and your favorites are cool too. (Love the pig)

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo said 8 years ago

    I heart Ashley and Drew!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    I've always admired your work~ Lots of talented arists on the West Coast. hmmm. Congrats on your success and may it continue~

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 8 years ago

    Ashely looks like Princess Leia in that punching photo! <3

  • shellieartist

    shellieartist said 8 years ago

    love these two...I always love these little interviews...feel like you get a little glimpse into their world! Thank you!

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 8 years ago

    yay ashleyg!!! she's how i found out about glad to read an interview with her.

  • Julzevi

    Julzevi said 8 years ago

    I love ashley too! And am happy to own a couple of originals....very treasured pieces! Great article, too.

  • johnwgolden

    johnwgolden said 8 years ago

    Congrats to you both!

  • Leelinau

    Leelinau said 8 years ago

    14,685 hearts! Great job, and adorable work!! ^__^

  • thegratulatest

    thegratulatest said 8 years ago

    An Etsy giant!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 8 years ago

    you have my heart too! love your work and thanks for sharing your favs.

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 8 years ago

    Neat shop! Love it!

  • DeborahVoizin

    DeborahVoizin said 8 years ago

    So many lovely finds!

  • LynzieLee

    LynzieLee said 8 years ago

    Simply amazing

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 8 years ago

    I love the cute and fun sketches at asleyg -- lots of positive creative energy.

  • metzypants

    metzypants said 8 years ago

    really great!!!

  • BeeGracious

    BeeGracious said 8 years ago

    sweet story ~ agree, so many talented people in one place ~ community of kind, helpful people ~ thanks etsy ~ thanks for sharing!

  • Whillickers

    Whillickers said 8 years ago

    Your art is so beautiful and sweet.

  • karmaticoma

    karmaticoma said 8 years ago

    one of my favorite Etsy sellers, for sure!

  • Bohemianwhimsey

    Bohemianwhimsey said 8 years ago

    Nice Artist, very creative !!! much luck !!!

  • deidgoods

    deidgoods said 8 years ago

    Why did it take me so long to join etsy? It's a great place. Is there a dark side I don't know about...

  • Ottoman

    Ottoman said 8 years ago

    Wow! Thanks for the heart on my Lichen for your Wall! :)

  • moonstr

    moonstr said 8 years ago

    great article!!!! yaaay!

  • jared Admin

    jared said 8 years ago

    Definitely one of my most hearted.

  • simpson

    simpson said 8 years ago


  • schmooks

    schmooks said 8 years ago

    One of my first hearted too! LOVE UR WORK!

  • chetart

    chetart said 8 years ago

    Wonderfully talented with a great sense of style and humor.

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 8 years ago

    SUPER article! What a lovely couple! (And love, LOVE their work!) Hope they get their day at the ocean on Valentine's day. :)

  • pinkshowercurtain

    pinkshowercurtain said 8 years ago

    Such a cool couple, LOVE their work! Also love their favs they mentioned...Matte & Vivienne, Black Apple...and I absolutely adore the lightshade by Nice! :)

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 8 years ago

    Adorable work! Congrats on your success!

  • seedknits

    seedknits said 8 years ago

    so good!

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 8 years ago

    love it, these folks seem adorable.

  • BetsyOldAndNew

    BetsyOldAndNew said 8 years ago

    The Valentine's Day idea--to do something together that is fun/memorable/silly/crafty--is such a good one--to do, rather than just buy--that's a real gift of love! Great interview!

  • ShiezasLiving

    ShiezasLiving said 8 years ago

    What a great idea for Valentine's. It would be so much more memorable to do something together apart from just buying gifts. Nice article. Thanks for sharing and congrats!

  • AutumnAndEve

    AutumnAndEve said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the shout out! You may be thinking, "I don't know you"... but you thanked anyone who hearted you, and I did ;) Ashley always awesome!

  • hoganfe

    hoganfe said 8 years ago

    Love this interview! mary

  • eleen

    eleen said 8 years ago

    Ha! Love the idea of considering everyone on Etsy your co-workers. And here I thought I was working longer! Great interview, and ashleyg's Bearded Guy Button Pack is awesome!

  • felt4u

    felt4u said 8 years ago

    interesting story. Enjoyed it

  • kirby

    kirby said 8 years ago

    Very cute interview!

  • somethingshidinghere

    somethingshidinghere said 8 years ago

    everyone should also know they are the nicest two kids EVER!!! i'll never forget the first time ashley made a purchase from our shop... i ran around screaming "ashley g likes us". they are the perfect example of why we love etsy. thanks ashley & drew for the constant inspiration! happy valentine's day.

  • Mwilson

    Mwilson said 8 years ago

    Wup~ Wup~ Super news :) Great work too!

  • matteart

    matteart said 8 years ago

    Congratulations Ashley and Drew!! You guys are great!

  • lauradeponte

    lauradeponte said 8 years ago

    im so glad they interviewed you-you're definitely one of the most hearted because of your talent! i love seeing fellow portland etsyers.

  • pengpengs

    pengpengs said 8 years ago

    thanks for sharing! And congrats on being SO hearted! :O)

  • FoundVintageStyle

    FoundVintageStyle said 8 years ago

    what a great story. it's so nice to get a sense of the people who's work you admire. congratulations on all your hearts & success!!!

  • CRBoggsDesigns

    CRBoggsDesigns said 8 years ago

    WOW, i've checked their shop...have loved it so much and just after reading their article, found out they are from Oregon to...ME TO...amazing how many talented Oregonians we have here. Cheers to you both..

  • ratgirl

    ratgirl said 8 years ago

    She makes such cute stuff! I'm one of those "hearts"....

  • stitchcrafter

    stitchcrafter said 8 years ago

    What a ubnch of sweet, humorous picks.. or,uh, I mean, hearts...

  • AeFondKis

    AeFondKis said 8 years ago

    Beautiful and minimum, keep being creative. Best wishes Linda x

  • sjross

    sjross said 8 years ago

    I find this photo disturbing and sad. Are we looking at a picture of domestic violence? What if he were punching her in the face? I love the craft - I am very very upset by the photo.

  • suryasajnani

    suryasajnani said 8 years ago

    Love your work - congratulations!

  • MySerenityWay

    MySerenityWay said 8 years ago

    Great article, creations and enthusiasm. I'm new to etsy and your article gives me hope. It's a bit overwhelming at first. But you show success can happen. I too am finding some really neat people in etsy. Made my first sale Fri. to an etsy seller who I think was trying to encourage me. What a great community and I can see you have contributed to that.

  • BROOKLYNrehab

    BROOKLYNrehab said 8 years ago

    one of my favorite stores from way way back before i even had a store. you both are an inspiration! i {heart} you.

  • bethybethybethy

    bethybethybethy said 8 years ago

    Ashley and Drew are wonderful! I am proud to have many Ashley and Drew creations in my home, and I feel lucky to have them. It is always so great to read about etsians and their lives and work--I'm always so touched by the sense of community that we etsians have. It's a joy to behold and participate in. (as for those commmenting on the image, it's obviously a parody. and please--men are very rarely victims of domestic violence. get over yourself.)

  • LittleMamasDesigns

    LittleMamasDesigns said 8 years ago

    Go Portland crafters! Great article:)

  • mammabonita

    mammabonita said 8 years ago

    I agree with eightdozenroses about the image. Yes, I get that it's supposed to be funny but if the sexes were reversed, would you find it funny he was hitting her?

  • droob

    droob said 8 years ago

    Sheesh, people. Don't try to make a silly photobooth picture into something it's not. It is completely retarded that I have to say this, but: ASHLEY G AND DREW IN NO WAY CONDONE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. DON'T HIT ANYBODY.

  • nfall2rt

    nfall2rt said 8 years ago

    Congrats to you both!

  • Legacy925

    Legacy925 said 8 years ago

    Congrats to Ashley! And, thank you, Admin, for giving us a glimpse into the lives of other etsyians. It's always inspiring to hear from those who are successful in their creative passions. Keep those stories comin'! To eightdozenroses - If this picture promotes violence, does your picture of pharmaceuticals promote drug abuse?

  • zutaten

    zutaten said 8 years ago

    Now that I read this interview I needed to show some love and bought my favourites from you!

  • JJsJewelry112605

    JJsJewelry112605 said 8 years ago

    Very nice article. I 'heart' her already. Sweet & unspoiled. I think the pic shows an awesome, sweet & loving couple who can laugh together. KUDOS to ashleyg!!! I'm a fan!

  • theblackapple

    theblackapple said 8 years ago

    I'm hearting both of them as hard as I can right now!

  • madamehoux

    madamehoux said 8 years ago

    very cute. one more heart from me:=)

  • savor

    savor said 8 years ago

    My first Etsy purchase was from ashleyg, for my hubby Mike :)

  • DaisyChains

    DaisyChains said 8 years ago

    I heart Ryan too!!! She's totally the bestest. And um Yay Portland we're blessed with some of Etsy's bestest! ;O)

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 8 years ago

    Cute bunny vase again.

  • LuLusPhotography

    LuLusPhotography said 8 years ago

    I love the items you guys make! Very cool :)

  • maiziedesigns

    maiziedesigns said 8 years ago

    It is easy to see why this shop is one of Etsy's most hearted.

  • blinkonmynose

    blinkonmynose said 8 years ago

    Congrats! You are very talented and deserve all the success you have achieved and more!!

  • knitalatte

    knitalatte said 8 years ago

    you guys are the best and you ashley are one of the sweetest , kindest people on earth.

  • fuzzibax

    fuzzibax said 8 years ago

    Fun stuff. Orange is in again!

  • acageybee

    acageybee said 8 years ago

    Great little interview! I've seen Ashley's work all over the place (love the distinctive style), but putting a face & voice to the work is even better. Cheers, *kgb*

  • theaxx

    theaxx said 8 years ago

    LoNG time HEArTer of ashleyG (shy blush) think her work is FAB!!!!!!!!

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