I am very excited to introduce Flutterby Connections, a wonderful shop full of whimsical handpainted ornaments, nicknacks and more! Flutterby Connections has gratiously offered one of my lucky readers a chance to win 2 Personalized Ornaments (a $20 Value.) Entry is simple and can be found at the bottom of this interview.
Tell me a bit about yourself……
I’m 40 something… married to a wonderful husband for the past 20 years. We have one son who’s 16 and driving. We make our home in Southern California. Painting is my passion. Fortunately, I have a very supportive family and plenty of room for a kiln and a painting studio.
Apart from creating, what do you do?
During the day, I work full time as a Human Resource Manager and Accountant for a Wealth Management Firm in Orange County, CA. Nights and weekends are either spent hanging out with my family or painting.
What first made you want to create?
When I was 7, my dad, a teacher and father of 5, took the whole family to a ceramic shop. He signed us up for a class to learn how to paint. On a teacher’s salary this was a low budget outing for a large family. I loved it from the beginning and I’ve been painting ever since.
Describe your creative process?
When I sit down to paint, I first have to picture the item in my head completely finished. I picture the different colors or design I want to use. Once it’s planned out in my head I just start painting.
What handmade possession do you cherish most?
My dad used to paint with me. He’s no longer able to paint unfortunately. But together we have made many things. The most cherished item is a nativity that we painting together. It has about 24 pieces and all of the animals were painted using suede paint so they look real. Sadly, they no longer sale suede paint. Someday I will paint another nativity and add it to my shop to sell but they are very time consuming so I’m not sure when.
What one piece of information would you like to know from experienced etsy sellers?
I have many questions for them but to keep it simple, I would love to know more about custom ordering. I sell my ornaments like crazy when I’m in stores or craft shows, but it’s been a slow start on Etsy. I would love to have some advice on how to get the ball rolling.How are you promoting your work?
On Etsy, I’ve joined several teams. I try to participate regularly in the team discussions. I just started creating treasuries too. Outside of Etsy, I have listed my shop with several online craft directories and malls. I’m also on Link Referral daily.
Where do you want to be in ten years?
Well, my husband will be retired by then so hopefully I will be too, from the day job that is. I can’t wait for the day I can paint whenever I want. Together we would like to travel some and live near our son, where ever he lands.
Enter To Win
Main entry: Visit and "Favorite" FlutterbyConnections on Etsy and leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite item (aside from the giveaway item) is. (Required)1 additional entry: Follow @ButterflysAttic on Twitter and leave a comment on this post with your Twitter name.
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All entries must be posted as separate comments. Comments are moderated, so please be patient. Be sure you leave a valid e-mail address ~ it’s the only way we can contact you if you win. Thanks!
More Details ~
This giveaway will end on Saturday, August 19 at midnight Pacific Time.
The winner will be picked using Random.org and announced soon thereafter.