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Open Studio Tour: TheHouseOfMouse

Jan 28, 2009

by FrucciDesign

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In this Open Studio Tour series, we’ll be snooping around artists’ creative spaces, how they set them up, when, why…even how often they clean them! We really want to know all about our artists, and maybe get a bit of inspiration!

Today I’m visiting the Netherlands, where Anna of TheHouseOfMouse creates little felt mice full-time. She made her first mice as Christmas gifts for her family back in 2007, and they went over so well, she decided to open an Etsy shop. The first mouse was listed and sold the same day on March 8th, 2008!

Let’s have a look where the magic happens…

What’s your name and what kind of craft do you do?
My name is Anna and I make little felt mouse ornaments. My mice are inspired by jobs and hobbies, movies, special occasions, famous people, monsters and just about anything that grabs my imagination. Each little mouse has his or her own personality and character.

When did you decide that you needed a studio?
Even as a kid I always had a space in my room for making things. The need for a studio came when I discovered my collection of materials and tools could take up a whole room all by themselves! My crafting studio was previously a painting studio, because before I started TheHouseOfMouse I was a professional oil painter. Anyone who paints with oils will know that it is a smelly process, all that turpentine and spirits does not make for an aromatic experience. My husband quickly designated a room for my painting just so he could close the door and escape the smells coming from it. Once TheHouseOfMouse took over my imagination, I re-organized the painting studio into a crafting room (fewer easels, more tables). Recently, I put up lots of shelves to store my ever-increasing stock of mice and materials for making them.

Did the studio set up impact your crafter budget?
Not really, it is made up of a collection of old bits of furniture and boxes I had lying around. I believe in recycling and reusing whenever possible. I also try to avoid spending money unless I have to. I did splash out on a laptop for my studio last week, but that was from some of my profits over the run up to Christmas. I see it more as a Christmas bonus than a dent in the budget.

How big is your studio?
It is about 4 by 3 meters (13 by 10 feet) with a slanting roof on one side, as it is up in the top of the house. It’s not large, but it’s more than enough space for one person to work.

Which is your favorite tool in your studio?
This is a tricky question, because the tools you need to make a mouse are very simple. I don’t exactly have a favorite needle or pair of scissors! I do have some custom tools I ordered, including a custom seal to use on my certificates of authenticity, I also have a couple of custom stamps from terbearco that I use on my shipping boxes. I love them because they add a little something extra to my product and packaging.

Do you want to share with us one secret of your studio?
While I am sewing a new mouse, it tells me a little story. The story is usually about the things he or she likes to do or see. This only ever happens when I am working alone in my studio — they are shy around other people until they’re finished and they have their whiskers in.

How many hours do you normally spend in your studio?
I work on my business for at least 10 hours a day. It used to be 16 hours a day but I am trying to find some balance between work and home this year, so I am cutting back. Not all of the 10 hours is spent in my studio unfortunately. I need to spend time promoting my store online and off, packing shipping boxes and waiting in line at the post office. I also have to go shopping for supplies (which of course I love). I probably spend between 4 and 8 hours a day in my studio now.

Do you share your studio with someone or would you like to do so?
No thanks! I had to share studio space during my years in University, when I was studying for my Fine Art degree, and I really didn’t enjoy it. Although, of course I had no say in whom I shared with! My studio “buddies” included a tone-deaf guy who liked to whistle to the music on his iPod, and a teenage girl who never stopped talking. Both made it impossible to concentrate, and put me off the idea of sharing a studio unless I had to.  I work much better on my own, I can listen to the music I want to and I can be in my own creative bubble. That’s perfect for me.

Is there anything you would add to your working space?
I love to add new bits of art from Etsy to my studio space. I have a beautiful print by yalipaz and a wonderful recycled clock from foundbrooklyn, which I love. I think any additional things for my studio will be aesthetic; I have all the tools I will need for a long time!

If you had to choose one synonym for your studio, which one would you pick: atelier, family room, lair, lodge, nest, playroom, retreat, sanctuary, shelter, darkroom, or showroom and why?
I think “nest” would describe it best. Like a magpie, I collect all kinds of jewels and treasures to put in it. I am creating my little mice, which will one day “fly the nest” to their new owners all over the world.

And last but not least how often do you clean it?
I clean up my desk each night when I am finished for the day, and the whole studio gets vacuumed once a week.  If my space is cluttered, my mind is cluttered. Because I am dyslexic, I rely on organization to keep me sane.

Anything else you’d like to add?
If you would like to read more about TheHouseOfMouse, and get your chance to vote for the next new mouse in my store please check out my blog.

Thank you Anna, until next studio snooping, ciao!

If you have an interesting studio or workspace and some tips to share, comment below and you may be next in our  Open Studio Tour series!

236 comments

  • TheMayofTeckClub

    TheMayofTeckClub said 8 years ago

    Wow, what a cool idea for a series! Also, those Sgt. Pepper mousies are adorable.

  • sweetshorn

    sweetshorn said 8 years ago

    I love seeing people's work spaces - what a great feature!

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 8 years ago

    This was a really fun read! I love the wax seal idea too.

  • eraseandrepeat

    eraseandrepeat said 8 years ago

    how cute are those mouse?! i'm off to peek into her shop :)

  • beadznthingz

    beadznthingz said 8 years ago

    It is always incredibly interesting and inspiring to see artists at work. I love the idea for this series and look forward to reading all of them! *love the little mouse booties - too cute!!

  • PearsonMaron

    PearsonMaron said 8 years ago

    I adore all the crazy little mice from thehouseofmouse.

  • LuckyYouStudio

    LuckyYouStudio said 8 years ago

    I love those mice!

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 8 years ago

    Awesome! What a great way to see all your trim inventory as well as keep it dust-free in the zip-locks. I like her Certificate as well. Thank-you Frucci Design and House of Mouse! Best wishes!

  • Whatsupyoursleeve

    Whatsupyoursleeve said 8 years ago

    Her shop is one of the most creative ones I have seen. The detail she puts into each item is incredible.

  • zombuki

    zombuki said 8 years ago

    A Flickr friend of mine! ^___^ I love seeing studios. That's part of the reason I'm always posting photos of mine, lol!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 8 years ago

    Yay Ana!! I can speak from experience, my daughter owns a bunch of mice! They are super well made, cute as can be and Miss Em loves them! Ana is a super sweet seller!! Great job guys!

  • sudlow

    sudlow said 8 years ago

    so cool! I got a set of little mice custom made for my wedding cake toppers! http://www.flickr.com/photos/risd/2370742443/ mine had a jewelers saw & his had a little guitar..too perfect & everyone asked about them. Seriously, they're so beautifully made!

  • KellesKitchen

    KellesKitchen said 8 years ago

    I LOVE that photo of the mouse troop - I'm sad about the mouse head with no body, though! Very clever.

  • mykonos

    mykonos said 8 years ago

    they are sooo cute!!

  • Karmacrochet

    Karmacrochet said 8 years ago

    Great article! BTW I love my Frida and Diego mice! :-)

  • staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca said 8 years ago

    Oh my gosh, Anna! You're BEAUTIFUL! Awwwwww

  • kittyanydots

    kittyanydots said 8 years ago

    I heart House of Mouse! Anna's mice are so cute and creative! Thanks for this feature!

  • mydeepbluec

    mydeepbluec said 8 years ago

    OMG ! I LOVE House Of Mouse and I'm so happy to see the face behind the Mice !! Thanks !!

  • swiedebie

    swiedebie said 8 years ago

    That's a wonderful feature. Great job, Anna!

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 8 years ago

    Lovely mice! Wonderful article! You are very talented, Anna!

  • Zooguu

    Zooguu said 8 years ago

    Anna is wonderful! I love all of the little mice at House of Mouse. Great feature!

  • Morrgan

    Morrgan said 8 years ago

    Yay Mouse! What a fun read, I'm looking forward to more in this series. =)

  • whichgoose

    whichgoose said 8 years ago

    Great article!! And go H-O-M!!!! :D

  • NestaHome

    NestaHome said 8 years ago

    Yay Anna! Great article! One of my favorite movies is The Witches. hehehe.

  • ixela

    ixela said 8 years ago

    A great article for a great artist and a great group of mice... Anna you are a mice Queen!!!

  • kraplap

    kraplap said 8 years ago

    great reading !

  • novadesigns

    novadesigns said 8 years ago

    so much fun to read about you Anna!

  • VKnO

    VKnO said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article, Anna! I'm looking forward to the next article in this series :)

  • ArtMind

    ArtMind said 8 years ago

    Great article! Love Anna & her mice! Can't believe how neat she keeps her ribbons! :)

  • Sumikoshop

    Sumikoshop said 8 years ago

    wow.....great article !!

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 8 years ago

    nice article. the questions asked were really helpful. I love learning about the tools other artists use and how the use their space. I've gotta get me one of those custom stamps by terbearco!!

  • emmapardos

    emmapardos said 8 years ago

    that is so great! :)

  • ingermaaike

    ingermaaike said 8 years ago

    Every time I see a new mouse again I am surprised by her boundless fantasy. I wish I were as organised..

  • 1beadweaver

    1beadweaver said 8 years ago

    I am dyslexic too and have to keep my work space orderly or I start getting a little crazy. Do you think that's why?

  • MelissaSue

    MelissaSue said 8 years ago

    great idea for a series!

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 8 years ago

    So great to see you here, Anna!

  • aysetugrul

    aysetugrul said 8 years ago

    you are my favorite mouse I follow you always

  • LeLapinTriste

    LeLapinTriste said 8 years ago

    this was splendid! I share my studio and yearn to have my own space like Anna :)

  • bluedogrose

    bluedogrose said 8 years ago

    Fun article, thanks for sharing!

  • CatherinetteRings

    CatherinetteRings said 8 years ago

    I love your mice , You are very talented .

  • GoldenPearArtStudio

    GoldenPearArtStudio said 8 years ago

    Those Mice!!!! I love those Mice!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 8 years ago

    SUCH A GOOD ARTICLE!!!!

  • RFColorfulCreations

    RFColorfulCreations said 8 years ago

    Enjoyed your article. Your mice are the cutest.

  • glamasaurus

    glamasaurus said 8 years ago

    Awesome! I wish my studio was so big and organized. I have a table.

  • EnfinLaVoila

    EnfinLaVoila said 8 years ago

    Nice article!

  • Ozknits

    Ozknits said 8 years ago

    What an inspiring story! I am cringing with jealousy that anyone could be so organized :) I learned that in absence of marrying a carpenter, the next best thing for my fiber goodies is Tupperware (TM), and plenty of it. I still have a problem dragging fibery bits from my studio throughout my house even though I vacuum myself off whenever I am finished for the night. This is a great feature and a good incentive to try to stay organized. Lovely shop too!

  • fleurfatale

    fleurfatale said 8 years ago

    Oh Anna, great to read about your workspace, that ribbon wall is a fun and great idea!!!!

  • lindabutterfly

    lindabutterfly said 8 years ago

    I said you were famous!

  • thevintagebelljar

    thevintagebelljar said 8 years ago

    great to see your space Anna!!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 8 years ago

    Good article!

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux said 8 years ago

    Oh yay! What a treat to learn more about Anna and her creative process/space. I just adore all of her little creations!

  • karuski

    karuski said 8 years ago

    Interesting series, hope to read more in the future! Thanks so much that we got a chance to take a peek into your studio Anna:)

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 8 years ago

    I heart HouseOfMouse! oxox.

  • Sigmosaics

    Sigmosaics said 8 years ago

    congratulations anna! this is wonderful and so great to see you in your space :D

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 8 years ago

    After looking at those pictures of your studio, I'm feeling way unorganized. You've inspired me. I love mice too, by the way!

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 8 years ago

    Very cute pics to accompany the article - well the mouse head is a bit disturbing :) Great Artistic and clean studio~ love Anna's mice!

  • birribe

    birribe said 8 years ago

    Very nice to read about you Anna and your creative studio.

  • lynncyrart

    lynncyrart said 8 years ago

    What a terrific article - it always makes me happy to see other artist's studios and what works for them. Your product is very unique, completely adorable, and I wish you continued success!! You go, girl!!! :)

  • theowlbarn

    theowlbarn said 8 years ago

    Sooo many cute mice!! And, she's a sweetheart too!

  • lovejujube

    lovejujube said 8 years ago

    That is very cute. The customized stamp is a brilliant idea for packaging.

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer said 8 years ago

    Love this series - it's so inspiring to see other studio spaces.

  • LittleGreenSquirrel

    LittleGreenSquirrel said 8 years ago

    How fun to learn a bit more about the person behind House of Mouse! Of course, her mice are so cute, but I've also seen her being very helpful to other sellers in the forums! I hope she has much continued success!

  • creationsbyeve

    creationsbyeve said 8 years ago

    Lovely article!So great to see where Anna makes her adorable mice!

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 8 years ago

    I love House of Mouse! Great workspace!

  • ExoticFlavour

    ExoticFlavour said 8 years ago

    This is brilliant!! I love seeing how others great artists working and how is the studio like. I love your creations and I especially like your idea of the custom seal for the certificates.

  • pogoshop

    pogoshop said 8 years ago

    I love this series! It's so neat to be invited into our favorite artists' studios. Can't wait to read them all. These mice are all a riot! Who wouldn't love to see those little gray mouse booties scooting around the house?

  • sherrisscentsandsoys

    sherrisscentsandsoys said 8 years ago

    Anna, you are so creative and talented. Your mice always makes me smile;)

  • notmoira

    notmoira said 8 years ago

    Love this! The Sgt. Pepper mice are my eternal favorite. :D

  • Mimiandlola

    Mimiandlola said 8 years ago

    What a fun article! Nice Work!

  • timesandchimes

    timesandchimes said 8 years ago

    How charming and whimsical! Anna and her mice are beautiful creatures! Love them!

  • AgapeBridal

    AgapeBridal said 8 years ago

    Congrats Anna! It's so cool to read about you and to look at your studio! : D

  • jeanpelle

    jeanpelle said 8 years ago

    your mice are hilarious, not to mention, beautifully made!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 8 years ago

    a fabulous seller, an inspiration to us all :)

  • GryWinther

    GryWinther said 8 years ago

    What a great read!! :) I love your mice.

  • RatAttackTeam

    RatAttackTeam said 8 years ago

    I love anything mousie or rattie!I could use a "biker" mouse. Those are so cute & I love that they talk to you while work is in progress ;-) Organization is the only way I agree. Thanks for sharing x<:3 )~~~ Love these.

  • treefp

    treefp said 8 years ago

    adorable mice....love the gardener mouse and the hannibal lechter...hilarious! thanks for sharing your space and your special story about making your mice...

  • panyizsuzsi

    panyizsuzsi said 8 years ago

    Congrats Anna! I really enjoyed reading it!

  • slidesideways

    slidesideways said 8 years ago

    Great! We've been waiting for an article on sellers work spaces. Everyone has such a unique way of doing things. We love our space and Anna's was great to see.

  • dinafragola

    dinafragola said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing Mouse ^_^ I love lurking!

  • krize

    krize said 8 years ago

    I love these mouses and I loved the secret about "a little story" :) I have a real mouse, named Hugo, who also tels me little stories and even jokes!

  • kunklebaby

    kunklebaby said 8 years ago

    I love seeing where other artist & crafters work!! Those mice are so sweet too!

  • LoriCitsay

    LoriCitsay said 8 years ago

    Great article. I love the picture of all Anna's "magpie" bits organized and visable. I may try that with my stuff--so much better to see and be inspired--rummaging through drawers does nothing to inspire. The mice are adorable!

  • mashulu

    mashulu said 8 years ago

    I ADORE the way you have your ribbons stored! That is sooo smart...I have all of mine in a plastic container, but I think I may "borrow" your idea. Then I can see all that i have at a glance. I am going to enjoy this series!

  • ArgyleWhale

    ArgyleWhale said 8 years ago

    I love the little ribbon baggies too. It reminds me of "Everything Is Illuminated" and the main character's way of cataloging his life.

  • babygaga

    babygaga said 8 years ago

    Your store is so cute!!! I love the mice! The way they talk to you when you are creating them is priceless!

  • yalipaz

    yalipaz said 8 years ago

    Anna, It was so great and fun to read this wonderful article about you. I think you are an amazing artist and not only your mice are amazing but also your paintings. I am so proud that you chosen one of my prints to decorate your studio wall. Your mice are the coolest thing I ever seen. Hugs from Israel, Yali

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    Wow, nice to see a picture of Anna, your so pretty I might add, love your mice creations, nice to know the story behind them now. Wish you continued success on Etsy and ??? whatever, wherever~!

  • giusypatch

    giusypatch said 8 years ago

    your mice are so cooool and I love you! Nice to read about the Studio! And hey, check her painting, she's a very talented painter too!

  • deepindigo

    deepindigo said 8 years ago

    Love to read about EST members! Anna, I envy you, you got such a nice space there!! Congratulations!!

  • tinahdee

    tinahdee said 8 years ago

    Aw, that's just so cute and sweet and yummy! Lots of fun. Best to you...

  • pouch

    pouch said 8 years ago

    fab article about a fab seller, but ewwwww at the decapitated mouse cat toy in the related items!!

  • zigzagstitches

    zigzagstitches said 8 years ago

    What a great article! I love your little mice. Congratulations!

  • starlettefinery

    starlettefinery said 8 years ago

    GREAT organization skills and I love the idea of being able to vote on a new mouse!

  • julieboyles

    julieboyles said 8 years ago

    This is a great feature! So interesting to hear other artist's backgrounds and to see where they work. Congratulations House of Mouse, you have a great shop!

  • MamaRobot

    MamaRobot said 8 years ago

    Yay! One of my fave Etsy shops! Very cool to read more about the House of Mouse :)

  • SweetLollipopShop

    SweetLollipopShop said 8 years ago

    I only recently realised you were also an expat from the UK! I love your mice and am amazed at how organized you are, I wish I had the self discipline!

  • rafya

    rafya said 8 years ago

    So great to meet artist through their studio and work space, I love this series. Anna, you are very talented, your mice are wonderful !

  • Majestyinc

    Majestyinc said 8 years ago

    I love hearing about crafters that are able to work full time from home, I made the plunge in 2007 and haven't looked back!

  • tizzalicious

    tizzalicious said 8 years ago

    Nice to see you here Anna! I love your work!

  • pixiepaper

    pixiepaper said 8 years ago

    How nice to see your work space Anna! Thanks for sharing! You are too cute just like your little mice.

  • RubyStudios

    RubyStudios said 8 years ago

    Cute article, Anna! Thanks for sharing and letting us into your world a bit! I'm off to check out your little meeces!

  • pinkpatrice

    pinkpatrice said 8 years ago

    Love Anna's mice and her painting are incredible! ~Patrice

  • raisinlike

    raisinlike said 8 years ago

    I love reading about Anna's creative adventures. She continues to share her marketing experience and tips, and truly is an Etsy star. Yay Anna!

  • mullishmuse

    mullishmuse said 8 years ago

    HEY FRIEND...it was so awesome to take the tour. Glad to hear you are finding balance in 2009. Your wall of ribbon is inspiring.

  • undertheroot

    undertheroot said 8 years ago

    House of Mouse found me while I was looking for it! Beautiful to place a face and studio to the tiny things.

  • maiziedesigns

    maiziedesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tour and sharing your story! Your product is so charming and I think of so many people to buy them for.

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 8 years ago

    ♥Congrats Anna!! You know I love your work...Fabulous article, gf!! :)

  • Lazyfish

    Lazyfish said 8 years ago

    Yay for supercute HOM!!!!We love her!

  • InuInspirations

    InuInspirations said 8 years ago

    Great article! I love reading about how others work and it's always great to get some ideas on new ways to store things and keep everything in order. And I've always loved the little mice! ^.^

  • LisasLovlies

    LisasLovlies said 8 years ago

    You are so organized!! I love the way you have your ribbon arranged!

  • brownbunnybyiris

    brownbunnybyiris said 8 years ago

    I love Anna the Mouse! She creates amazing characters:-)

  • ReFabulous

    ReFabulous said 8 years ago

    These little mice are just about the cutest things ever! Congrats, Anna! Fabulous article, and I can't wait to see more of this series! It's so much fun peeking into others' workspaces.

  • MGMart

    MGMart said 8 years ago

    What a great new idea!!! I love Anna's works, and I really enjoyed her writing! I love your paintings too Anna! Well done :)

  • Zygopsyche

    Zygopsyche said 8 years ago

    I love these little characters:) Cheers to a great studio!

  • raycious

    raycious said 8 years ago

    I love her mouse! I just love to watching her creations. Fabulous article!!Congratulations Anna:D

  • RubyBeets

    RubyBeets said 8 years ago

    Anna You are as darling as your little Mice!

  • MicroCirqueRinka

    MicroCirqueRinka said 8 years ago

    What a lovely studio full of adorable mice!! I just got my working space organized and there's such a difference once everything is in its right place and you don't need to spend hours looking for something! =) But I still have the problem of the cats: mine are gifted, they can open any door, any drawer, and they seem to be fascinated with all my stuff! Naughty kitties!

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 8 years ago

    i feel like such a voyuer! thanks for letting up see your work space. great shop too.

  • TCdesign

    TCdesign said 8 years ago

    Very nice! Mice are nice!!!

  • lindab142

    lindab142 said 8 years ago

    Anna, Congratulations! I've been following your blog for a while now and read your articles online too. Thanks for your inspiration. I'm clearing clutter little by little.

  • theseawithin

    theseawithin said 8 years ago

    Beautiful! I love this shop!

  • CandelariosKids

    CandelariosKids said 8 years ago

    Great artist!!! keep up the great work!! love the mouse!!! thanks so much for the inspiration!!

  • FleurDeIrk

    FleurDeIrk said 8 years ago

    Fun and friendly. We all need that additional smile. Thank you!

  • KMCdesigns

    KMCdesigns said 8 years ago

    Great tour! Well done Anna :)

  • digitalexpressions

    digitalexpressions said 8 years ago

    What wonderful items. Nice to see a picture of the artist who is a cute as her creations.

  • isewcute

    isewcute said 8 years ago

    How fun! Great tour!

  • nfall2rt

    nfall2rt said 8 years ago

    What a great idea for a series! I love seeing how others work and what their spaces/ organization is like.

  • alwaysadorable

    alwaysadorable said 8 years ago

    House of Mouse is one of my favorite shops! Anna has such a great creative genious!

  • nakedpeggies

    nakedpeggies said 8 years ago

    LOVE the little Mousey!

  • LaireMarie

    LaireMarie said 8 years ago

    How cute are these little guys?!?!?!?!

  • BeEntangled

    BeEntangled said 8 years ago

    I completely hate mice, but these are way too cute to hate... I think maybe I can love these little guys! Lol!

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden said 8 years ago

    Lovely start of a new series!!

  • helisengezer

    helisengezer said 8 years ago

    Wow! How organized you are Anna! :)

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 8 years ago

    Such cute little booties!

  • MiliJewels

    MiliJewels said 8 years ago

    I love your little mouses!

  • theaxx

    theaxx said 8 years ago

    I have been a big long-time fan of the whimsical and varied realm of theHouseofMouse!! YAY for the house of the totally cute mouse! Viva le mouse! thea. xx

  • bastiano

    bastiano said 8 years ago

    The artist is very cute and sweet too : )

  • swellvintage

    swellvintage said 8 years ago

    LOVE the house of mouse! Very interesting read x

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Oh, your shop is really nice. I love it!

  • lostintheforest

    lostintheforest said 8 years ago

    Excellent article - I love snooping other peoples spaces & I love thehouseofmouse too :)

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal said 8 years ago

    Its absolutely wonderful to see a little of the 'Etsian behind the shop'. Thanks for providing this wonderful window on Anna and the House of Mouse.

  • realisationcreations

    realisationcreations said 8 years ago

    Wonderful wonderful article Anna! I loved learning a little more about you and your art. xo

  • Aranwen

    Aranwen said 8 years ago

    Lovely article, Anna's creations are brilliant and always make me laugh :)

  • LabyrinthLeather

    LabyrinthLeather said 8 years ago

    Yah Axel! I love that little mouse. Beautiful space/set-up, wonderful article.

  • gloilocksandbody

    gloilocksandbody said 8 years ago

    oh my! how adorable!

  • ScrapChick08

    ScrapChick08 said 8 years ago

    The House of Mouse is one of my very favorite shops...she's so creative! I really like the monster/villain mice-so funny! Great feature and very interesting.

  • urbanbead

    urbanbead said 8 years ago

    You ROCK Anna!! I am loving the little chef! Great Article! - monica

  • HungryDesigns

    HungryDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great article. i love all the little mice! they are super cute!

  • smithveg

    smithveg said 8 years ago

    Cute! Your creative.

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 8 years ago

    So inspiring! I love HouseofMouse! Great article! Way to go Anna! :)

  • embellishedlife

    embellishedlife said 8 years ago

    Congrats, Anna! My crochet mouse is looking at me from on top of the computer screen as I type!

  • Stemellina

    Stemellina said 8 years ago

    Anna is an amazing artist! She is talented person but a beautiful girl too. Great article!BRAVO ANNA !

  • whispy420

    whispy420 said 8 years ago

    adorable, anna. i'd love to do one of these open studio tours of my stained glass workshop.

  • risabeads

    risabeads said 8 years ago

    Sweet mice!

  • TwoWomensCreations

    TwoWomensCreations said 8 years ago

    So much fun!

  • threepeats

    threepeats said 8 years ago

    I've loved your work for a while and I really enjoyed reading about you. You are very organized and one of the only other women I know (besides me) that is not afraid of mice.

  • Lumpkin

    Lumpkin said 8 years ago

    I love this series! Such cute mice too!

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 8 years ago

    Such a great idea for a series of articles. I can use the input on organizing my office/studio! TheHouseOfMouse has such a neat shop, and the name is so clever!

  • penguinandfish

    penguinandfish said 8 years ago

    I love these little guys. It's really neat to see where all the magic happens. FUN!

  • papertreats

    papertreats said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article! Can't wait to see more studios!

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 8 years ago

    These mice are adorable! I wonder if she has a flute playing mouse? I'm off to go find out. :)

  • mulberrymoose

    mulberrymoose said 8 years ago

    Great article!! Love TheHouseOfMouse and her fabulously organized studio!

  • rakubuttons

    rakubuttons said 8 years ago

    Go Anna! Note also she is one of the nicest persons I ever encountered on etsy. Talented, savvy, diplomatic, smart. She is our team SASsy leader.

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 8 years ago

    Great article! ...and the Mice are just adorable! All the Best!

  • cheriebeadle

    cheriebeadle said 8 years ago

    Great Article!!! I love the wall of baggies with your supplies in it. I might use that idea but with jars of beads and supplies. However we just had a huge flood two days ago and my studio which is in the basement was totally flooded by water, sand and mud. I have to look on the bright side at least I can start from scratch and redesign the space for all my creative projects. I would love to have them come check out my unveiling of my new and improved studio!!!

  • JuliaCatherine

    JuliaCatherine said 8 years ago

    Awesome little mice!

  • mybabydiapers

    mybabydiapers said 8 years ago

    Great article , wonderful mice!!

  • Creativewithclay

    Creativewithclay said 8 years ago

    Wow! Those mice are adorable!

  • thehauntedstudio

    thehauntedstudio said 8 years ago

    I have always loved mice and these are even cuter!

  • ClayGreys

    ClayGreys said 8 years ago

    how cute! I'm so thrilled to be featured in this story. Thank you a million times over!

  • HouseOnTheHill

    HouseOnTheHill said 8 years ago

    Love the mice! Love this article series even more!, almost as much as the "Quit Your Day Job" series. Thanks Etsy. Live long and prosper, Anna!

  • moonbindery

    moonbindery said 8 years ago

    Great idea for a feature--I always love to see where artists work. Cute mice, Anna!

  • WHIMSYlove

    WHIMSYlove said 8 years ago

    I love getting to peek at other artist's spaces! Can't wait for more! And I love the wee baggies hanging up to store your ribbon. Gonna totally do that!

  • mouserkinsmagic

    mouserkinsmagic said 8 years ago

    From one mouse artist to another, AWESOME interview!

  • bijougirldesigns

    bijougirldesigns said 8 years ago

    Anna, I love seeing your space and learning a little more about you! Great article!

  • SarahMadsen

    SarahMadsen said 8 years ago

    So adorable and inspirational,Thank you Anna!!

  • lorisplace

    lorisplace said 8 years ago

    What a great product! Very cute mice!

  • makemesmile

    makemesmile said 8 years ago

    Great interview to read; lovely to take a peak into the studio =^x^=

  • blossomnbird

    blossomnbird said 8 years ago

    Oooo I love this article...can't wait to see more studio tours! Gorgeous work Anna.

  • Inbaliya

    Inbaliya said 8 years ago

    Wow those little mice are gorgeous. Your studio is full of love and happiness. I enjoyed this article.

  • memoriesandmayhem

    memoriesandmayhem said 8 years ago

    Excellent story. I am new to Etsy but have been making 80cm calico dolls for a LOT of years and people laugh at me when I tell them the DOLL tells me which colour dress or apron she wants made for her! It was great to see another crafter "communicating" with her creations! This article is really prompting me to "get my act together" and get my dolls made and up on Etsy! Congratulations on an excellent workspace also!

  • greavesdesign

    greavesdesign said 8 years ago

    this is such a great idea for a series. I love seeing people's work spaces and House of Mouse is a joy. I totally understand about not wanting to share a studio space! it is where the creativity can flow and that it generally a solitary time. I would love to open the door to my studio... I have such beautiful findings I use in my work and I love gathering vintage storage pieces to organize them in! I also have bought some special pieces of art off Etsy to adorn my walls. It's become my sanctuary...

  • esmeraldadesigns

    esmeraldadesigns said 8 years ago

    Aww, love this story! Hey admin, I'd love to show Etsy community where I work-I have a really really magical sanctuary of a studio in my old sears robuck house on the north shire of Long Island look at these images http://www.flickr.com/photos/esmeraldabeautifuldesigns/3240390958/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/esmeraldabeautifuldesigns/3239553137/in/photostream/

  • liabuffa

    liabuffa said 8 years ago

    Congrats on being profiled! I love your work... Well-done!

  • BirdWingProductions

    BirdWingProductions said 8 years ago

    What a GREAT story! It's so inspiring to see another artist carve her own space out in the world. Bravo!! I'm lucky enough to have a space of my own which I bleed, sweat, and cry to keep. It's so full of good energy and creativity that it's become part of how I define myself as an artist. As you might imagine, I need quite a bit of space for all these lamps; my studio is in an old school house in Kittery, Maine and they're piled high in every corner. I would LOVE the opportunity to share it with the Etsy community!

  • 1dream

    1dream said 8 years ago

    Very nice article Anna! All the best wishes!!

  • 1CardCreator

    1CardCreator said 8 years ago

    Great article, I love your mice. I am so intrigued in reading about crafters in other countries and how they operate their Etsy shops.

  • WoodcraftsandCandles

    WoodcraftsandCandles said 8 years ago

    Oh who doesn't immediately know a House of Mouse mouse when they see it now on Etsy. What a success! Lovely article on a lovely person.

  • taffnie

    taffnie said 8 years ago

    "it only takes one idea" a quote from somewhere that rings true... you have got it going on! persist in love and stay authentic....Taffnie

  • meltemsem

    meltemsem said 8 years ago

    I love Anna's mice! I love her studio now!

  • shopgoldmine

    shopgoldmine said 8 years ago

    This is a fantastic idea--seeing into how people make their crafts makes me want to get crafty right now!

  • karinec

    karinec said 8 years ago

    Wow ! very inspiring young women !

  • littlesapling

    littlesapling said 8 years ago

    Those little mice are so adorable. I am afraid if I buy one that I will not be able to stop. So fun to see the studio space, too.

  • smilingbluedog

    smilingbluedog said 8 years ago

    What a great article! And adorable mice! I'm looking forward to reading this series...as we construct my 1st real studio!

  • pennyglassgirl

    pennyglassgirl said 8 years ago

    It's always great to get a peek into someone's studio, Anna I love yours!

  • junquerevival

    junquerevival said 8 years ago

    So sweet, that little Mouse! (I wish I would clean my desk every night!)

  • thyme4creating

    thyme4creating said 8 years ago

    I agree that a craetive space needs to have some semblance of order to it. I enjoy reading about these spaces where people create. My space is my sanctuary and one of the happiest places for me to spend time. When I walk through the door, the weight of the world lifts from my shoulders. It's a very therapeutic feel!

  • sewjoy

    sewjoy said 8 years ago

    Those mice are adorable!

  • atticusfinchnz

    atticusfinchnz said 8 years ago

    Your space is sooooo tidy, how do you do it?! Wedding topper mice ! Yay!

  • GoldenSilhouette

    GoldenSilhouette said 8 years ago

    I love seeing others' studios! Mine began at the kitchen table, like so many others. But then it took over a corner of my bedroom: just an old door, painted white and mounted onto a handmade base by my ever-so-crafty husband--you might call it his wedding gift to me! A few months passed before I outgrew the space and my husband told me that the sound of the printer wasn't helping him sleep at night. However, all the late night hours in my esty shop helped us save up enough money to buy a house with one entire bedroom devoted to my studio...it's like a dream come true.

  • tanyap

    tanyap said 8 years ago

    This is super fun :) I love seeing the way other people work! I wish I could be disciplined enough to clan it every night. I heart that wall of ribbon baggies!!!

  • beckykazana

    beckykazana said 8 years ago

    I think a peek into someone's studio tells so much about them and their creative process. What a great interview! Thanks.

  • JenniferDowney

    JenniferDowney said 8 years ago

    I LOVE seeing other artist's studios, and hearing about their processes, so thanks so much for this series!! This artist's mice are adorable, and I especially loved the "assembly line" photo with them all lined up :) I am lucky to have a great studio space in a wonderful building that has had previous lives as a stamp & coin dealership, an oven factory, and who knows what else. In its entirety, the building is around 6,000 sq ft., and has an arching redwood roof, exposed brick walls and many skylights. My space within the building is an upstairs studio (we call it the "garrett studio"), that's sectioned off for privacy and quiet. I have my own skylight, a tall ceiling, space for my drawing table and easels, room for my source material "collections" (bones, twigs, driftwood, feathers, skulls, bark, dried flowers etc.), and a little couch tucked away in the corner for naps. My ongoing challenge is consistently protecting my studio time from all of life's interruptions. My tips, to that effect, are: 1. Set regular hours (gasp--a schedule!) and make the utmost effort to stick to them. It really does make a difference. 2. Even if you're not feeling particularly inspired, still "show up." You can always tidy up, do mindless busy work, etc., but showing up keeps you grounded in your artistic practice. 3. Your studio is a place for inspiration! Tack up images, sketches, quotes, photos, whatever gets your creative juices flowing. 4. If possible, separate your "business space" (computer, shipping stuff, paperwork) from your creative space. Even if it just means that you tuck your computer behind a standing screen divider, there's an energy thing about keeping the spaces separate. 5. Have fun! In the midst of deadlines and projects, sometimes it's hard to remember, but that's what it's all about right?

  • bikimiki

    bikimiki said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring story and adorable mice!

  • paperfection

    paperfection said 8 years ago

    Such talent, a favourite shop!

  • LuLusPhotography

    LuLusPhotography said 8 years ago

    Lovely shop! The mice are SO cute!

  • brindakaydesign

    brindakaydesign said 8 years ago

    Great article! Those mice rock!

  • amorevivo

    amorevivo said 8 years ago

    Wow, loved reading about you. Great job!

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 8 years ago

    Absolutely adorable!

  • Signs

    Signs said 8 years ago

    everyone needs a mouse in their house..

  • difart

    difart said 8 years ago

    Your Mice are Fantastic!

  • misterplenty

    misterplenty said 8 years ago

    i just love the little mice anna makes!! and the open studio tour is a great idea, snooping around people's workspaces is the best way to take a pick into their mind! i'd love to be a future target, but i think europe is a little out of the way.. even tough i cross my fingers ;) just love the storque!! love

  • Kwan

    Kwan said 8 years ago

    Anna your creations are super cute! Thanks for adding such cuteness to the world!

  • csandersjewelrycom

    csandersjewelrycom said 8 years ago

    Loved seeing your studio. LOVE the mice! you are so talented and creative!

  • BirdWatching

    BirdWatching said 8 years ago

    Awesome article! Cool behind the scenes look! I love her mice!

  • chubbycheeksweaters

    chubbycheeksweaters said 8 years ago

    How very clever!!!

  • artish

    artish said 8 years ago

    This was such a great read - I'm hooked on open studio tours! It's so interesting to see how artists work. And I love the mice.

  • BlessedRepublic

    BlessedRepublic said 7 years ago

    Very interesting and inspiring.

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 7 years ago

    love this article! very inspiring

  • dovegrey

    dovegrey said 7 years ago

    Great studio pictures! I have a small studio at the back of my house, it was a summer kitchen/sunporch but now it is all my own! I seem to be in need of more space, may have to take over one of the spare bedrooms!

  • Marichik

    Marichik said 7 years ago

    Love your cute creations. Makes one happy :)

  • OwlandMouse

    OwlandMouse said 7 years ago

    I love that your mice speak to you! And that they're shy around other people...that is adorable!

  • BusyBeadLady

    BusyBeadLady said 7 years ago

    Nice to meet you, House of Mouse. Thanks for the insight into your inspiration.

  • carriagetownkids

    carriagetownkids said 7 years ago

    Those mice are sooo adorable. I'll have to get some for Christmas. Great Artical!

  • creativemindboutique

    creativemindboutique said 7 years ago

    Great artical and the fact that each mouse has it's own personality is such a nice unique touch

  • LondonParticulars

    LondonParticulars said 7 years ago

    That mouse head cat toy is genius, I love it!

  • filofashion

    filofashion said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous shop Anna !!!Happy new years :)))

  • StudioCybele

    StudioCybele said 7 years ago

    Great article!

  • Popogirl

    Popogirl said 7 years ago

    Great mice! But I bet you could sell them for a lot better price if you didn't have to do the certificate, seal and special boxes. Just a tip for this economy.

  • juanwilliams

    juanwilliams said 7 years ago

    Great article and great mice. I loved your studio!

  • mecheware1959

    mecheware1959 said 7 years ago

    The House of Mouse, I think that is so cool, it just makes you feel warm inside that something so small can be so cute. Just to let you know that I have a little friend, run around he or she just wont get caught, it just a baby but I know that soon it will have to go. Grate work

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