Wednesday, September 10, 2008

HoydenDesigns - Interview!

HoydenDesigns was chosen as my 3rd interview on Izzy-IT. Her artwork is so whimsical; yet exudes with love! I want to highlight her fantastic original watercolor titled "Be Still My Heart".

HoydenDesigns was so excited to win, here is her interview. I'm sure you will find it fun to read as well as very interesting!:

1)How did you first hear about Etsy?I’m a member of a fabulous website for artists called, and one of the members had mentioned Etsy in the forums. I came and was immediately hooked! I signed up on the spot.

2)Tell us about a little about yourself and your favorite craft/art!

I’m married to my childhood sweetheart and am mommy to one. I have a full time day job, so my art is pretty much put on the back burner until late at night when the house has settled a bit. But my family is so supportive of me and makes sure I have the time I need to create!
I’ve been drawing and painting since I can remember. I took art in high school but put it aside almost completely from the time I graduated until the birth of my child. Then, it seems, my imagination exploded! I haven’t stopped painting since!
I usually work in acrylic paints, but have recently picked up watercolors as well. I love painting anything from a large stretched canvas to a tiny pendant. And the bookmarks have given me another method to express myself as well. I love to push myself with my craft, so a challenge is something I look for often!

3)What inspires you to create?
My most obvious way of getting inspired is to read Jane Austen novels or watch the movies based on her books. But I also see things differently since I’ve become a mom. I see things through a child’s eyes, and everything is new. So even a trip to the grocery stop is like candy for my imagination now!

4)Tell us something about yourself that would surprise others!
I’m allergic to pineapple and kiwi…but also have a dog named Kiwi (who I also happen to be allergic to!).

5)How do you get the word out about your shop and Etsy?
I’m often in the forums at Etsy, and joined a fantastic team called SFEtsy there. I’ve also just started blogging obsessively. I like to wear my pendants as often as I can. I have contests ever now and then. And I send out a newsletter every few months. I’m not as active in this department as I’d like, but I’m getting there!

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This weeks winner is HoydenDesigns. Look for her exciting interview this Thursday! Each and every week we will choose a radom winner from the comments left on our blog (using an online radomizer tool). The contest ends each Sunday Evening and the interview is posted that following Thursday. If I do not draw your name one week, just leave another comment for a chance at winning the interview!

So, please leave a comment...and make sure you mention the name of your Etsy shop. I will convo you if you win!

This weeks Winner (our 3rd), her interview will be posted right here on Izzy-IT! So be sure to stop back!

Thanks again for visiting and let us know what you think of our new blog! I will choose another winner (at random), from the new comments this week. Be sure to put your shop name in the comment. Best of luck, I'm looking forward to interviewing your shop!