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Hello! Hello!!! Are you ready for some cuteness? Great! I can’t wait to introduce you to Sorcha, from OhMaFelt. Sorcha makes the cutest stuffed creations with custom dyed wool felt, and lots of love and imagination.

Featured Handmade Artist- OhMaFeltno rain, no rainbows by OhMa Felt

Featured Handmade Artist-OhMaFeltSee! I told you they were super cute!!! I’m totally loving the little party deer…

Hi Sorcha! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hello! OhMa Felt is a small family run business operated from our home on the Central Coast of California. We purchase wool felt from a mill on the Eastern Coast, it comes to us an off white color and thin like most store bought felts. We cut it, dye it, re-felt it, and press it. Each sheet is handled about 12 different times till completely processed. The result is a studier fabric in a custom color palette which is designed to fit our products. I am a potter by trade, but found it difficult getting into the studio when my daughter was very young. Sewing and making dolls has been something that I have done all of my life, and became more of a focus during those early years of her childhood.

What is the first craft project you remember making?

I could not begin to recall the first craft project because making things has always been part of my life.

Where does your inspiration come from?

Everything, my child, my Grandmother. The interest in living a creative, art filled life.

Can you please describe some of your creative process?

I love routine so the normal route is to wake up early, make tea, check the computer, print orders and answer correspondence. Feed all the animals, and get the child off to school, a long walk with the dog, putz in the garden, then into the sewing room or the pottery shed. I like to work till school is over. The rest of the day is spent on family and household. I must always have something in my hands to work on, and have been know to bring sewing to parties.

What is your most prized handmade possession?

Just one?! A handmade Valentine from my husband given to me on our first Valentines Day, 27 years ago. My daughter’s drawings, I know, but they are really quite superb. A quilt from my Grandmother.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new etsy seller, what would it be?

Read all of the How To information, that is an incredible resource. Take great photos.

What are some of the ways you promote your work?

We do a few shows a year, and will add more this year. I like to have fabulous postcards and stickers available, and hand out tons. Stores and publications have found us on Etsy. Word of mouth has worked wonderfully, that includes all of the fantastic treasuries on Etsy, thanks to all the curators!

What are three websites you couldn’t live without.

Etsy, Pandora, OhMa Felt(a shameless promotion, I know, but its my job!)

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Well, at 57 I would like to be surrounded by good books, good friends and family, and an amazing garden. Like now. And orders for plushies, because I do not plan to retire, ever.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

The power to disperse balance, calmness and tolerance. Liberally.

Thank you so much Sorcha!!! It was a pleasure interviewing you and getting to check out your wonderful whimsical creations!!! http://www.etsy.com/shop/OhMafelt

If you would like to be featured on my blog in a Featured Artist series, or you would like to recommend an artist to me, please leave a comment or send me an email at aprilbern at gmail dot com. A few lovely folks contacted me last week and I’m in the process of scheduling them in! (so contact me! it makes my job a little easier 😉 )

Thanks so much!!!
-April
http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com

Hi! I’m super excited to introduce you to an incredibly fun etsy seller- Sasha from whatnomints.etsy.com. I think if I lived out East, Sasha and I would be bff’s. Not only is she a scientist (I started out as a bio major in school) but she’s crafty too! I love her quirky geeky science geek designs!

Featured Handmade Artist- WhatnomintsLove this Pleasure Molecule Felt Ornament!

Check out some of her other super fun designs:
Featured Handmade Artist- Whatnomints

Hi Sasha! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Sasha: Scientist by day and Crafter by night! I work during the day as a research assistant in a molecular biology lab and in the evenings I stretch my creative fingers, stitching quirky and cute felt goodies. I grew up in eastern Pennsylvania and currently live in Lambertville, New Jersey, a beautiful and quaint little town located on the Delaware River.

What is the first craft project you remember making?

My most memorable, childhood project has to be a giant plant cell I created for a biology class assignment. As a kid I ALWAYS went over the top when it came to assignments that involved going to the craft store, and this cell was no exception. I fashioned the cytoplasm from that gel-type candle wax and hand-formed all of the organelles from clay. To this very day I am so proud of that plant cell and I still have it, sitting in my parents’ basement!

Where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration comes from a lot of places. A lot of my chemistry and biology-related goodies come from my love of all things science. I love to try and bring science to people in fun and interesting ways, and I think my vibrant little microbes and embroidered molecule hearts do that! Some of my more nature-oriented items are inspired by the things I see around town when I go on my daily runs.

Can you please describe some of your creative process?

It’s quite simple, really: Once I have an idea in my head, I figure out what color combinations are speaking to me that day and get to work tracing and cutting shapes of Eco-Fi felt for the item. Once cut, I hand-stitch and hand-embroider every detail you see. Then, I add a magnet/loop of ribbon/pin (depending on what I am making), stuff it with a tad bit of Poly-Fil for shape and finish my stitch!

What is your most prized handmade possession?

I don’t really have any handmade family heirloom to speak of, however, every year my boyfriend and I give Christmas ornaments to each other (in an attempt to fill up our scantly-decorated tree). The first year we did this, he made me a blown egg “Curious Orb” (a character from the popular video game “Portal” – So geeky, I know). It’s important to me because it marks our life lived together and on our own (we met in college and have been together for over 5 years now).

Curious Orb

If you could give one piece of advice to a new etsy seller, what would it be?

Make what you love, provide excellent customer service and support your fellow Etsians. Okay, I know that was three, but I think they are all absolutely necessary to be successful. When you create what you enjoy, it shows in your work – Customers will see this. Buyers won’t necessarily remember great customer service, but they will never forget when it’s terrible. I always try to be attentive and do what I can to give my customers the best experience. Finally, I seriously believe that what goes around, comes around (in the Etsy world at least!). I promote and support my fellow sellers on my blog, in Treasuries and will sometimes shoot them a quick Convo when I find one of their items particularly striking! Numerous times, these talented people will turn around and support me or even make a purchase from my shop – I have also made a few friends as a result!

What are some of the ways you promote your work?

Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/whatnomints
Blog: whatnomints.wordpress.com/
Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/whatnomints

What are the three websites you couldn’t live without?

foodgawker.com/
www.goinghometoroost.com
en.wikipedia.org

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Well, I am nearly finished applying to graduate schools – I want to go back to school to earn my PhD studying in environmental chemistry. So in 10 years I see myself graduated and either continuing post graduate education or doing some kind of field work and perhaps starting a family (which is very weird for me to say now, but I will be 33 by then and I think that will be around the appropriate time for those sorts of things). As for my Etsy shop? I will be honest in saying that I really have no idea what will become of it – I am certainly having a blast and it is definitely something I want to keep up at least as a hobby in the future. Either way, handmade will always have a special place in my heart.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

Hmm, probably the ability to travel anywhere in the world instantly. Something like this would come in handy on regular days when I realize on my way to work that I left my coffee on the kitchen counter or when I arrive at the grocery store only to realize that the list was forgotten at home. I could also travel anywhere in the world whenever I wanted – Want to go to Germany for a beer this afternoon? Sure! *Zap* And I’m there! (Apparently the sound of instant travel is “zap” …)

Thank you so much Sasha!!! It was a pleasure featuring you and your shop this week! Please check out Sasha’s shop!
http://www.whatnomints.etsy.com

Hello!! I am sooooo excited to introduce you to this week’s Featured Handmade Artist– BeckyM! Becky’s shop has some of the cutest and most creative felt food creations I’ve seen yet. So fun and so yummy looking!

Featured Handmade Artist BeckyM
Some of the fun creations that Becky has created include a banana that you can peel and pumpkin pie! Becky’s food creations and photography also have been published in “DDN Cucine International Kitchen” How awesome is that?! Here are a few more examples of the wonderful felt food creations in Becky’s shop:

Featured Handmade Artist Becky M

Hi Becky!!! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Becky. I currently live in Florida even though my husband is military so we move every few years. My main job is to stay at home with my two daughters (who are 9 months and 4 years old).

What is the first craft project you remember making?

It’s either going to be hair scrunchies (I’m definitely grew up in the 80s) or little dollhouse blankets.

Where does your inspiration come from?

I get a lot of inspiration from nature. For my foods, it usually starts with the things I bake at home but also my customers help with ideas.

Can you please describe some of your creative process?

I usually come up with my best ideas as I lay in bed right before I’m about to fall asleep. After that, I just wing it when it comes to new patterns for the food. Sometimes I perfect it the first time (like pear) other foods (like garlic and sweet potato) have taken a number of tries. This process is the most fun for me. I like the challenge.

What is your most prized handmade possession?

My mom did a lot of quilting when I was growing up. She became really sick from cancer and passed away when I was 13. All of her quilt tops and fabric went to her best friend. As a wedding present, her best friend had HAND quilted one of the tops my mom had made years ago. I am still so touched by the thought and time that she took to finish it. It was a complete surprise. It was the best gift I have ever received. And I cried like a baby after opening it. : )

If you could give one piece of advice to a new etsy seller, what would it be?

Take great pictures of your product.

What are some of the ways you promote your work?

I have a blog www.allinonedaystime.blogspot.com but really that’s about it. Quite honestly, I don’t advertise because I can’t keep up with all the orders I currently working on along with keeping stock in the store. Every once in awhile I will do giveaways on other crafter’s blogs.

What are three websites you couldn’t live without?

Etsy (of course), Google Reader (talk about a time saver!), and Flickr (the photographs people take are just amazing)

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

A mother of teenagers! Yikes!

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

Flying. I hate driving in traffic.

Thank you so much Becky! Your shop, and your felt creations are amazing! I hope you all have a chance to check out Becky’s shop!!!!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeckyM

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