Friday, May 31, 2013

Etsy Shop Feature: Animal Fancy

Okay... ever since I put out a notice looking for shops to feature, I've been waiting to show you this amazing shop - Animal Fancy, by Donna. She has the most unique art prints and notecards of "weird and wonderful vintage animals". All of the prints are her original photo manipulations - sometimes creepy, sometimes cute, but always fun!

This post is going to have tons of pictures, so get ready! Click on each picture to be taken to the listing in Animal Fancy

Ready? Click "Read more" below to see what I'm talking about in this wonderful shop!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Etsy Shop Feature: Prasad Designs

Today, I'm featuring Anusha's shop, Prasad Designs, on Etsy. This shop is all about unique, handmade, trendsetting jewelry! You can find everything from necklaces, to bracelets, to anklets in this gorgeous store!

Click "Read more" below to learn more about Anusha and Prasad Designs. Click on the photos to be taken to the shop listings.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Etsy Shop Feature: BabyBlanketsAndETC

Today, I'm featuring Vesna, owner of BabyBlanketsAndETC on Etsy! She offers an assortment of blankets for babies and toddlers, each one unique and with crochet borders to give them vintage looks. She is also launching a summer collection of baby and toddler clothing! 

Click "Read more" below, to learn about Vesna and her lovely shop! Click on the photos to be taken to her listings.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

My design was on the front page of Etsy!

I just found out that my hand drawn "Arrow" print was on the front page of Etsy a while back!

Here's the treasury it was featured in:

What an exciting surprise! To commemorate it, I whipped up this cute button to add to my listing! Feel free to add it to any of your items that make it (or have made it) to the front page!

Free Button for Etsy: This item made it to the front page on Etsy!

Etsy Shop Feature: Owl & Toad

Today, I'm featuring Jessica and Dustin, owners of Owl & Toad on Etsy! They run a graphic design shop and create & personalize home brew beer labels, logos, and Etsy shop graphics. They even do custom work! Their shop is super colorful, and look how fun this banner is! 

Click "Read more" below to learn about Owl and Toad. Click on the photos to be taken to their listings.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Etsy Shop Feature: Gabriella's Treasures

This post features Patricia, from Gabriella's Treasures, Vintage Everything! She has always loved vintage and wanted a brick and mortar shop, but could never afford it. So she opened up shop on Etsy a little over a year ago, and has been quite successful ever since! 

Click "Read more" below, to find out more about Patricia and her Etsy shop. Click on the photos to be taken to her listings! 

Etsy Shop Feature: mElleStudio

Today's featured Etsian is Marie, owner and designer behind mElleStudio on Etsy! She sells art prints for children that are super unique and colorful! All of her items are from original drawings done in colored pencil. She's even been featured on and, one of my personal favorites, BlartBlog!

Click "Read more" below, to learn about Marie and mElleStudio! 
Click on the photos to be taken to listings in her shop.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Do you have a family motto?

Brooke, at Mom Explores Michigan, has a great post on her blog today, sharing her family motto that she had turned into a canvas print! 

She was so kind to mention my shop, as well! Go check out the post at this {link} and see her great wall art... and awesome blog!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Freebie... Saturday? Oh! What a beautiful day!

It has been way too long since I shared a free printable on the blog! I missed "Freebie Friday" yesterday, but there's nothing wrong with a Freebie Saturday, right? 

This printable features an ombre brush stroke background and simple cursive writing! This would look great pinned on your bulletin board over your desk, or framed on a nightstand!
Copyright: Ashley Gardner, PrintableWisdom 2013. Please do not resell or redistribute in any way. 

Just click the picture above and you'll be taken to the JPEG on Google Docs. Then, just click "File > Download" from the upper left corner to save it to your computer. Print as an 8x10 right from home! 

I'd love for you to pin this and share with your friends and family!

Etsy Shop Feature: Jasmine Doodles

Today, I'm featuring Jasmine from Jasmine Doodles on Etsy! She creates adorable heating pads and pillows with tons of personality! Read below to learn more about this awesome shop:

My name is Jasmine and I'm artist through and through. I went to school for animation and am an avid illustrator and painter. Besides being a crafter/designer/artist extraordinaire, I'm an avid runner and love participating in adventure races, baking, and playing piano. (I've usually got a lot on my plate all at once) Having all of these hobbies has really instilled in me a sense of focus, prioritizing and of course, and the ability to multitask which are skills that I think all small business owners should have. 
Valentine's Day Pink Owl with Heart-Shaped Tummy Feathers Heating Pad

My Etsy shop was my sort of my breakthrough into the crafting world. Freshman year in college, a roommate of mine inspired me to start sewing. I started making my own stuffed animals. Then one day my mom gave me a heating pad, but I thought the design was boring, so I took my stuffed animal designs and turned them into heating pads. Besides Etsy, I sell at a local consignment store but now I am slowly branching out into doing craft fairs and flea markets with a great amount of success!

Buttered Toast Heating Pad

I suppose my favorite thing to create are items to comfort people (hence the stock of heating pads) but of my designs, I really enjoy making and designing the matryoshka dolls. I've always loved those dolls and their intricate designs. I get a lot of my inspiration from folk designs as well as my own sketch book and interests. One of my goals as a designer is to make my items as lively and fun as possible, so pulling from animation character design really helps.

Raspberry Russian Nesting Doll, with Pink Tulip Apron Heating Pad

My business has grown quite a bit since I first started out. Initially I just sold at the consignment store, but after they kept selling out and requesting more heating pads I thought "Hey, these things could really sell on Etsy". My plan is to continue this trend of growth on Etsy, but then push my business further by selling more in person.

Decorative PB & J Toast Pillow Set

To others interested in Etsy or starting a small business, I would say try it! Always be on the lookout for opportunities and don't be afraid to talk yourself and your business up. Creative types should be really proud of what they make, and feel no shame about doing a little bragging.

Brown Owl Heating Pad

I hope that my business continues to grow, and my plan is to participate in more in person sales like at flea markets and craft fairs. I also plan to branch out and design some stuffed animals and other fun items soon. 

Red Mushroom Heating Pad