Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Member Feature: Simply So Stylish

Tell us a little about your shop.
I run an online shop (Simply So Stylish) selling digital goodies like monograms and stationery, primarily to DIY brides. I email the files to the customer, who can then print them at home, at a local print shop, or upload them to an online printing company. It saves the customer a lot of time and money, and by emailing the files in an array of digital formats the customer can use the file in a variety of ways. Monograms, especially, can be used on wedding stationery, turned into custom stamps, used on favor tins or on thank you cards. The possibilies are truly endless!

What brought you to etsy?
I started my etsy shop shortly after planning my own wedding. A few brides caught wind of the monogram I designed for our wedding and asked if I would design monograms for theirs. I did, and someone suggested I sell them on etsy. So I joined!

How long have you been crafting?
For as long as I can remember! I started painting when I was 5 (I took lessons until I was 18 & was in a few art shows!), and was accepted into college as a Fine Arts major before I switched to Communications. I started dabbling in graphic design late in high school, and started my Masters in Multimedia Design. I'm happiest creating something!

What is your favorite item in your shop right now?
My Save the Date cards. I love their vintage feel mixed with soft, feminine colors.

What is your "day job?"
I primarily work in an office environment, but also do freelance design work for non-profit organizations in our area. I design promotional pieces, annual reports and websites.

Where do you find inspiration?
My great-grandmother taught me to find beauty in everything, and I credit her for my ability to be inspired by the world around me.

What is one thing you wish you could do better?
I wish I was better at organizing and multi-tasking. I get side tracked a lot and let work pile up more than I should.

What is one crafting tool you couldn't live without?
My computer, obviously! That, and Illustrator + Photoshop. And.. the internet. Wait, just one??
What is your favorite book/movie/song?
I'm not very good with favorites! My favorite book is Pearl by Ellis AmburnFavorite song is Seasons of Wither by Aerosmithand movie is Empire Records
Where else can we find you?
Thanks Jen!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day is quickly approaching. Have you thought about what you might get your mom for all her hard work? Skip the homemade coupon book and consider one of these lovely handmade gifts:
Beautiful earrings to make her feel special

Welcome sign to decorate her space

Tote bag to carry all her things

Double strand bracelet, personalized with her children's names

Grapefruit scrub bar soap, to pamper herself