Friday, October 29, 2010

folk reveries friday finds

Click on the photos to take you to the shops of these fab team members.
Happy Halloween~

Friday, October 22, 2010

folk reveries friday finds

the holidays are quickly approaching. one of the keys to being found on etsy is to use your tags wisely. one of the ways that admins searches for items for storque articles and etsy finds is by searching for key words.

if you don’t already know this, the storque publishes a monthly blog post entitled "from etsy’s merchandising desk". in it you’ll find what the coming month’s trends will be. search through the article and look for the key words that they’ll be hunting for.

treasury makers will also be looking for those key words and trends.
i also use tags when searching for items for our friday finds.
to get a bird's eye view of the keys included in this post, just click on the pictures.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Shops waiting for approval...

Hello Everyone!

For shops waiting for member approval, I am waiting on Etsy to let me know if we can begin updating member lists. Etsy is currently working on a Group Beta that will enable leaders to update members list without the assistance of Etsy. Since they are still working on it, they have held off on accepting new memberships. Thank you all for your patience and understanding while we wait for the changes to come into effect.

Andrea of littlebighead
Team Leader

Friday, October 15, 2010

folk reveries friday finds

this friday we take a peak into the shops of the folks that contribute to our blog. above is andrea, our team leader, also known as littlebighead.

helena runs faunfare.

this would be me, katie. i run 2 etsy shops. this one, blackstar, is on the team.

drucilla runs drucillapettibone.

heather's shop is audreyeclectic.

mathyld's shop is underthepyramids.

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Folk Reveries Interview with Audrey Eclectic...

Your name: Heather
Shop name: Audrey Eclectic
Country: USA
What do you make/sell: Folk art paintings and art dolls
How long have you been an artist/crafter?
I was always an artistic child and student, but it wasn't until 2007 after the birth of my daughter (Audrey) that I started making whimsical folk art. What began as a little hobby at my kitchen table soon became a little cottage career, and within a year I was doing indie craft shows and gallery events. It has been more fun that I even dared imagine!

 What is the meaning behind your shop name?
I named my shop and business "Audrey Eclectic" because I love the name Audrey--- it is my daughter's name and she sort of sparked the initial creativity of the whole thing. And when I think of "Audreys" I think of creative, quirky and artistic girls, which I love to paint! I tacked on "Eclectic" to give the name a little dazzle and nuance without being overly descriptive, I wanted to give myself the ability to change focus and follow my inspiration and not be tied down to a description in a name.

How would you describe your work?
A little dark and a little sweet. I love history, stories, folk lore. I like my paintings to be own little spin on these things. Many of my peices are gritty, crackled, and have the appearance of being tucked away in an attic for decades. Its a look I adore, and I hope others do too!~

Name five specific things that inspire your art?
vintage photographs--- I am an avid collector; history--- anywhere from the 1700s to the 1930s! My muse has a wide range ; folklore and ghost stories; family and faith; the spirit of adventure.

What physical places do you like to be for inspiration or to create?
Luckily I can be inspired just about anywhere, but I do find that I am extremely sensitive to my environment. A trip this summer to Arizona had me totally in love with desert paintings and cowgirls. I also love to look at art and decorating books, nature, and of course good movies and good music!

What encourages and inspires you when you need a creative lift?
Well, I finally learned to be comfortable in the knowledge that creativity has its own ebb and flow. Sometimes I am just anxious to paint all day every day, and some times the well is just dry. I've learned that getting out and doing little day trips, or reading a good book helps me get a sudden creative spark. I think creativity comes from living, so the best way to keep it going is to keep on living and doing interesting things.

What are the things that you like most about being on Etsy?
I love that people can just happen upon your shop and suddenly someone has found something they love! I am a fan of the group promotion atmosphere, and always love when someone includes me in a treasury!

Do you have any future aspirations for your work and your shop?
I'd love to someday illustrate a book. And I would like to do more local/regional shows to promote my art. I think, as great as etsy selling is, it is a whole other world to be selling your wares face-to-face with your customer. It leaves you all warm and fuzzy!

What do you think about trades/swaps?
I think they are ever so handy! I've gotten some lovely things from doing trades!

What interested you about the Folk Reveries group and what do you like most about it?
I love that this group is such a high quality and eclectic group. Every shop featured here has a sort of magic to it and is unique in its own right. I am so pleased to be a part of it, and one of the moderators too!~ 

Friday, October 8, 2010

folk reveries friday finds

yesterday morning i sat down to make a treasury centered around one of my fave colors ~ black. i had a few pieces in mind from members of our team. i was surprised when i received a convo from a friend to let me know that we made it to the front page yesterday evening.
congrats to everyone that made it to the front page. hope it brought you views, hearts and sales.
can you pick out our team mates? you can click on the treasury to get a better look.