Friday, November 2, 2012

Introducing....Flowertown Originals!

Since the Holiday Season is quickly approaching, I have decided to share some of my favorite Etsy shops with you over the next few weeks. I love to "shop small" (small businesses) when I'm looking for gifts. There is SO much variety on Etsy! Handmade products are better made, better quality and many are one-of-a-kind. Etsy is a great place to look when you are shopping for that person who has everything!

The first shop I would like to introduce you to is Flowertown Originals. I came across this shop when I first started selling my products on Etsy. The owner-Kathy Porter Koontz makes beautiful products out of polymer clay. She also does some work with hemp(macrame and beading). After I ordered my first set of handmade buttons from her, I was hooked! Here is a set of hair pins I made using the buttons:

One of my favorite items from her shop are her polymer clay pens! I have rheumatoid writting can be difficult at times. By covering the pens in polymer clay, they are more ergonomic and much easier for me to hold on to. You can view her pens here.

I conducted a short interview with Kathy to help you get to know her better:)

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.A: I am married and a Mom of 2 teenagers. I have loved crafting ever since I was a little girl. I have always had craft supplies at home that included paints and markers, embroidery thread and cross stitch patterns, beads and wire, sea shells and lots, lots more.

Q: What drew you to working with Polymer Clay?A: I came across polymer clay in 1995. I was actually looking for beads at the time. I saw the packages of polymer clay and decided I would make my own beads. I love it because of it's endless colors and uses. It's hard to become bored with it, there's always a new technique to learn.

Q: Where do you find your inspiration?A: I love looking at other art work; mosaics, tapestries, paintings and even fabric. Anything bright and colorful and full of patterns.

Q: Which of the items in your shop do you most enjoy making?A: I enjoy it all! But what I get the most satisfaction from is upcycling. I love taking something that most people would throw away and giving it a new purpose. ***I LOVE this answer****

Q: What do you enjoy to do when you aren't creating?A:When I'm not creating I enjoy reading, working in my yard and baking. I also like going to antique shops and visiting historical landmarks and graveyards. And I can spend a lot of time in a library or bookstore!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will keep checking back for more about FlowertownOriginals as well as some other shops I will introduce over the next few weeks.

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We're Back!!

To all of my previous followers....this is the shop formerly know as "ShelbysEnchantedBowtique". I took a long hiatus, due to some health issues and a surgery. But now I'm back, and I have teamed up with my husband, Craig. 

We have made some changes, including the name of the shop.We have a lot of new and exciting products to share with you. I'm so glad to be back.

Check out our new shop here: S&GInspirations