Friday, November 20, 2009

{Featured Artist: ElmStudiosOnline}

This giveaway is now closed!

Here at Gussy has a lot to say we love to look at all things beautiful. Beautiful home decor, beautiful knitted pretties, beautiful stories about family life.

Today marks week #2 of my series on featured Etsy artists. It is my goal to introduce some drool-worthy eye-candy. Over the next few months I'll be showcasing hand-selected Etsy artists that offer products that I think will appeal to you, my readers :) Please join me in welcoming Erin at ElmStudiosOnline.


What inspires you? My children are definitely the main source of all my inspiration. Everything I do, I do for them!

Where do you call home? Are you from there originally? Buffalo, NY is the place I call home. I grew up here and I'm raising my children here. Family is very important to me, so unless they move, I plan on sticking around.

Name something unique to where you live. I'd probably have to say Niagara Falls. I mean, it's one of the 7 wonders. Living so close to it, I probably take it for granted, but it definitely puts us on the map.

Share an interesting fact about yourself. My husband left, and I am determined to make Elm Studios work so I can continue stay home with my children.

If you had to describe yourself in a word, what would that word be? Sweet.

What made you decide to open up shop? Ever since I was in high school I used to tell my best friend that I was going to open a shop after my initials. I wasn't sure if it was going to be a coffee shop, a floral shop, or something else. I picked "Studios" figuring it gave me the option to grow.

Name your favorite thing about selling handmade. My favorite thing about selling handmade would be how special the product is. It's not manufactured, it's personally made for the person... doesn't get more special than that!

Do you have a day job or sell on Etsy full-time? Right now, I sell on Etsy full-time.

Give us a little glimpse into what a typical day in your life looks like. In the morning I get my 4-year-old ready for preschool, run around until 9:30, come back here with my 2-year-old and package for shipping, run to the post-office, pick up my 4-year-old, eat lunch, "quiet time" {which means I get my work done :)} And then hopefully some quality play time with the girls. At night, after I put them to bed, I work until I'm caught up.

Share with us a favorite Etsy purchase or shop. I love esdesigns {jewelry}. Haven't bought anything yet, but maybe I'll treat myself for Christmas :)

List a few of your most favorite pastimes. Favorite pastimes would be spending time with family and friends, getting out and going to dinner, and just laughing. Life's too short not to laugh!

Read any good books lately? The Time Travelers Wife -- excellent book!

What is your most prized possession? I don't really have a favorite prized possession, haha, besides my girls. I do have a wolf that my grandpa carved for me that means a lot to me.

What are three of your favorite foods? Pizza, homemade apple pie, and sushi.

What would you like to learn to do? Speak another language. I took French in high school, but it never stuck.

What are you listening to right now? Madagascar 2 is in the back ground; my 4-year-old is enjoying "quiet time" :)

Name one place you must visit in your lifetime and why. I would absolutely love to visit Ireland. I have no reasoning behind this, it just looks peaceful and beautiful. Would love to see it in person!


Erin has offered to give away a Personalize Your Own Bowl from her shop.
You can pick from a variety of images, plus have her add a custom saying.


To enter, leave a comment {just one, please} with what you'd have stamped on the bowl if you won. The giveaway will close Sunday, November 22 at 10 pm CST, and the winner will be announced the following day.

And check back Friday, November 27 for yet another Feature Artist post!


Lukes_mama said...

She has some neat and thoughtful items! I just bookmarked her for my Etsy addiction.

I would have all 5 grandchildren's names and maybe two birds in the middle to represent my mom & dad.

Very cute stuff!!

Heather said...

I'm hoping the closing date of the giveaway is a typo...LOL. These are beautiful! After my all handmade holiday is over, I might have to buy some of these :)


bmolavi said...

I don't know what design I'll pick because they all are beautiful!, but I would like this saying: "Love never fails..." and our wedding date. . .

Sarah, Ted and Eloise said...


I just added her to my etsy fav's.

I think I would put something like:

eloise iden


somehting about Ted and I! :)

Kate said...

I'd do "All you need is love" with a stamp of a tree! And then I'd put it on my kitchen counter to use as a ring bowl for when I'm washing dishes or mixing up raw meat.

The Chubby Dove said...

Well, you know I'm partial to birds... I just love her little birdies!

I would have two little birdies in the bottom of the bowl with my name, my hubbie's name and our wedding date.


Beth said...

I would put me & my husband's name & our wedding date and have the starfish design. So cute!

Lisa said...

I would just have my name, and maybe a picture. Simple.

Magnolia said...

I immediately thought of my sister and her fiance when I saw the beautiful designs. I would have their names, wedding date and hopefully the design could be red poppies because that's their wedding flower.

Great interview!

Wishful Nals said...

these are adorable! i'd love the xoxox bowl with the little chicks for my wonderful mother-in-law.

Melissa G. said...

Oh how cute! I love her shop!
The "You are my sunshine" bowl was special because that's what i sing to my boys.
But i'd also love one with my husband and my names and wedding date on it.
Thanks for featuring this creative lady!

Melissa said...

Holy crap! Her stuff is soo cute! I love the little birds...

Not to mention how real she is. I will visit her shop frequently! I really like this "guest" =)

IF I were to win, I'd get "All you need is love. Melissa and Robin. June 16, 2009." with the cute little birds.

Liz Spencer said...

Thanks for sharing this gifted artist with us. So talented.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful shop! I think it would be so nice to have a bowl personalized with my wedding date :-)

Candice@Made With Love said...

I love Erin's work! I would love to have a bowl with my sister and her finace's names and wedding date (4/2010), as I would love to give it to my sister as a bridal shower gift! Thank you for this opportunity!

marmee said...

The universe is always supporting you!

with a few stars?

Thanks so much!

steph-a-ronie said...

oh my...

oh my... I'm not sure if I could choose right now!

maybe... rejoice always

or... love wins

or... a series of names.


Heather :: Angel Face Designs :: said...

Oh my gosh, I'm in loooove with ELM Studios!! I did an I Heart Etsy feature on her a few months back on my blog! I truly love everything, and love the personalized bowl! I'd have mine and Tony's names on it and our wedding date.

This is my favorite giveaway so far!! All fingers and toes are crossed!!!!

AuroraBorieAlice said...

I would choose the Starfish plate with Hubster and my name and our wedding date! Our Wedding was Nautical Themed and would go well with our wedding wall!!!!
Her stuff is SOOOOOOOOOOO cute!!

Megs said...

ooooh i love her shop!! i actually bought that soul mates wall hanging for a friend's wedding this summer! SO darling!!

i would probably have my bowl say mine & my husband's name and our wedding date :)

Jacky said...

Oh my. I loooove her stuff! :) I would want a little birdie (or two) on the bowl and me and my sweetheart's name...I would keep my rings in it. :)

Bird Trouble said...

How sweet! Her, her designs, this giveaway, and this interview.

Mine would say:
Family = <3

Chelsey B. said...
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Chelsey B. said...

I would love the "love birds bowl" my friend is getting married on dec. 13th. I would give it to here, she would LOVE it

then I would buy one for myself hehe

Anonymous said...

This is such a sweet shop...I think I'd have the names of 2 friends who just got married stamped on mine!! Thanks so much!

paige said...

I love, love, love it! I would put our family name on it. Heading over to Etsy right now to see the rest of her stuff:) Have a good night!

mandiegirl said...

I really like the *wish* bowl! :)

Kristin said...

I love the little monkeys! I would choose just one for our son, and his jungle themed room.

Lindsay - Paint Me A Picture said...

Count me in. These are beautiful.
with the dandelion.
my fav.

Anonymous said...

I would pick a tree or a birdie and have it say "Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." -Sir JMB

Might be too long, but that's what I'd like!

Laura said...

She has such cute stuff on her etsy site. I just added her to my favorites.

My husband and I got married in July and I love the soul mates wall hanging!

Thanks for the giveaway!