You know how sometimes when you "meet" someone and you just think..."wow, they are fabulous! They must be my friend!" lol Well that's how I felt about Ashli from FactoryGirlAshli the first time we met on twitter. Thank goodness for the internet! She's an amazing gal with a passion for life and a fabulous sense of humor! Ah, she cracks me up! She works hard on her two shops, her two blogs and hard for the Curation Nation Team!
Anyway, I am honored to have her as my latest featured Etsian! And guess what...She's going to give one lucky winner $20 towards any purchase in her shop!! Yup you heard me! So let's get to the juicy details....
1. What got you started on your path to Etsy?
I was always a crafty kid (thanks to my mom), but I found Etsy through my boyfriend (now husband). I shopped a lot on Etsy for our wedding. After we got married, I started a very part time cake decorating job and needed something else to do on the side. So I started an Etsy shop in August 2009!
2. How long have you been creating your pieces?
I've been making jewelry since kid age, but didn't get seriously into it until the summer of 2009. I've been making cards for much longer.
3. Do you like pudding?
I love pudding. Especially tapioca and cookies and cream.
4. What inspires you the most when creating or supply shopping?
I am really inspired by nostalgia and nature. I try to embrace an old fashioned, romantic yet whimsical approach to each of my pieces. I love antiqued brass and giving new life to forgotten vintage pieces.
5. Do you remember your first sale? What was it? How do you feel about it now?
I do remember my first sale! My husband was at work, I was just about to go to bed.... and then the email came in. I squealed with such delight! It was a bird nest necklace. The photography was terrible. I was lucky a friend of mine took pity on me for that sale, because it would never have been bought by someone random on Etsy! I still feel excited about that sale, and I feel the exact same way whenever I get a big order, a local sale, or a sale to a friend or family member.
6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see myself a momma doing Etsy full time. I can't imagine how much Etsy will have evolved in that time. I'm looking forward to it!
7. Do you really want a creepy doll for your birthday? (Long back story to this but it's still funny!)
I do not, by any means, want a creepy doll for my birthday. Dolls creep me out and then some. I used to have Victorian porcelain doll wallpaper in my room as a kid. Not my choice, and I'm not sure what my mother was thinking (I'm sure she doesn't know what she was thinking anymore either.)
8. What's your favorite item in your shop? Why?
I really like this Aquamarine Romance Locket Necklace I have one and wear it often. I always get compliments! It's fun wearing things you make and when people ask about it, you get to say "thankkkks! I made it...." and then smile sheepishly.
9. Do you have a favorite artist?
Andy Warhol is my favorite artist (hence my shop name). I just loved how eye catching his art was, and then when I began to read about his life I just fell in love. His philosophy about life was so refreshing, and his statements about beauty and art are so intriguing. He was obsessed with fame but also liked to paint typically boring and normal things. He was also a very avid collector. Just a fascinating, fascinating man.
Isn't she fabulous! Love her! So now for the giveaway! That's right you can win $20 to use towards anything in her shop!!! Here's what you have to do.Each of these steps counts as a separate entry!
Leave me a comment below with a link to your fave piece(s)!
2. Follow either of Ashli's blogs www.factorygirlashli.blogspot.com/
or http://treasuredyear.blogspot.com/ and leave a comment below
3. Follow my blog and leave a comment below
5. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment below with your twitter link!
Plus!! If you buy something from Ashli you'll score an additional entry!!! WOW!!
Just come back and leave a note telling me about your purchase!
I will use the random number generator to pick the winner on Friday July 16th (Ashli's Birthday!!!). Remember the more times you enter the better your chance of winning!!
Woo hoo!! I can't wait to see who wins! Thanks again to Ashli for allowing me to feature her!