Friday, November 4, 2011

Artisan Spotlight -- Storybeader

Seven Questions is our spotlight on our favorite artisans. Please welcome...

Deb, creator of Storybeader!

1. What do you sell in your shop?
I started out on Etsy selling handmade ethnic jewelry and journals. Then in January 2011, I decided to narrow the scope of my shop and sell only paper items. The journals stayed and I learn how to make paper beads.

2. What is your favorite thing about etsy?
It's got to be the people. Many of my best friends are on Etsy, and I talk to them at least once a day. Etsy also was the reason I started to blog, so I'm really glad the "need" materialized. I love to write.

3. What is your least favorite thing about etsy?
Like everybody else has said, Etsy is just enormous and individuals get lost in the mix. Handmadeology said (as of Feb 7, 2011) there were 290,877 sellers. A good sized city. At least it's a popular site!

4. What does your studio/workspace look like?
I've basically taken over a third of our house. I have one room where my worktable is, and I write (and pay bills) there. Most of my supplies are in that room. In the living room, I have a large wooden table where I craft and put together my journals. My computer is over in the corner. Needless to say, I spend a lot of time in the living room. Good thing my DH isn't jealous of Storybeader!

5. What do you do to relax?
I unwind with my artwork and let my mind wander. Art journaling and sitting down with a book is my idea of fun. And watching the breeze.

6. What accomplishments are you the most proud of?
That has to be earning my masters (many years ago) and becoming a museum curator. I started out as a Special Collection Curator and now I‘m Head Curator at a history museum in Oklahoma. I’m very proud of winning a national award for one of the exhibitions I wrote. And I'm proud to have started my own business.

7. What are some of your goals for the next year?
On the creative front, I have a lot of paper projects I want to try. My goal is getting through at least half my list. Thing is: the list keeps growing! They include trying different bookbinding techniques and taking a watercolor class. I'd like Storybeader to reach a larger audience and turn out more products. One thing I try to keep in mind, though, is the joy of creating.
Pinterest Projects for the Future

 Storybeader (Deb): Handmade paper beads, books, and journals.


Memories for Life said...

Great feature! A masters degree is definitely something to be proud of!
I love the new items you've been adding and I can tell how much fun you're having :)

Sheryl Hastings said...

Great spotlight! Congratulations on your masters.

Your beads are beautiful! The best of luck you and I hope you reach your goals for next year.

Erika said...

I like the beads you are adding to your shop. And I have always enjoyed and been inspired by your goals--keep it up!

And thanks for being part of the team:)


BeadedTail said...

I always enjoy learning more about you Deb! It makes me wish I lived closed so we could get together and be crafty!

Karen said...

Awesome feature - such an accomplished person! Definitely an inspiration :) Love your beads... they're just so unique and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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Anonymous said...

Great answers Deb! It's nice to get to know you better. I LOVE peaking in other people's creative spaces;)

storybeader said...

thanks so much for the nice comments. I stick around Etsy because of you! xxoo {:-Deb

Judy Nolan said...

Deb, I was especially interested to see your space, since I also make journals and can't seem to contain this to one room. I felt much reassured after I saw your working space! :-)

Rose Clearfield said...

Awesome feature, Deb! You have so many accomplishments to be proud of. I think that many of us can share in the notion of letting our crafting take over a lot of our houses. Looking forward to seeing your endeavors this next year!

Splendid Little Stars said...

I love watching your artistic journey!
It was fun to see your Pinterest page! Those look like some great projects!
Congratulations on becoming head curator! They need to put YOUR name on the door! Wouldn't it be fun if we could come visit you at your museum! dreaming....