Artist of May - CCTexan

I have been thinking of ways to jazz up my blog and decided that I would feature an Artfire artist every month as a way to showcase their work. The first artisan to feature is Cindy from CCTexan3 and her wonderful jewelry shop on Artfire.

CCTexan3 is offering readers of my blog a fantastic special offer, an amazing 50% off a purchase (excluding shipping) - all you have to do is mention my blog "Butterfly-Crafts" in the comments box when you place an order!

Here goes with the questions:

1) If you had to work by a creative mission what would it be? Sometimes you are the Pigeon and sometimes you are the statue.

2) Have you had any creative disasters? Plenty! I glued my fingernail to my lip once during a creative experience.

3) What is your favourite item in your collection? Rotates continuously. I love whatever I just made and I just hope it won't sell just so I can keep it! I like big and bold pieces far better than small dainty pieces personally.

4) Sum up your collection for me It is an eclectic mix of pieces to match the many shades of a woman, her many moods and incarnations. I have gemstones to lampwork and much in bright vibrant colors.

5) Is there another craft you would like to try? Are you nuts? I couldnt afford to start another one! I love what I do fortunately.

6) What is your favourite craft store? Hobby Lobby, because of the Christian foundation of the company; the great Christmas advert I saw one year: no company name, only a huge white star in a black sky with Happy Birthday written upon the top.

7) From where do you draw your inspiration? Nature mainly, I also get inspired by the beads themselves. They speak to me. I sit in my work space, staring at the wall of beads until one whispers to me.... "come play with me" Before you nod knowingly about my lil ol voices, I realise I am telepathic with my beads . It is ok, I am weird; I will admit it.

8) What made you do this for a business? I had too many pieces to be considered healthy for any one woman who was not a head of state. I had to find a way to justify buying more beads to feed my addiction.

9) How do you like online selling? I love it. I can be flexible to be there for my daughter at school, to volunteer and work with others. I love coming home and feeling like I sold something with no effort! ( I tend to forget the creative hours, the planning and shopping, the endless photos, editing, listing and so on.)

10) What tip can you pass to a new online seller? Have fun, be as professional as possible, price your items correctly, do not be afraid to ask questions and don't get discouraged.

11) Describe yourself in 5 words: honest, faithful, generous, loud, strong-willed

12) What has been your favourite holiday? my daughters birthday

13) What's a good book you have read? The Bible followed by the Harry Potter series

14) Which season do you relate with and why? I relate to the summer because of the warmth, except when I moved back to Texas. It is way too hot. Now it is the spring and the relative coolness and lack of humidity. The regeneration of the trees and flowers in January amazes me.

15) What is a favourite film of yours? Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Well thank you Cindy from CCTexan3. And here is a spotlight of her fabulous work

Sunday, 17 May 2009 | 6 Comments

I have a new business card

I am so excited! I have my new business cards and I LOVE them. I wanted a card that reflects the brand I am establishing which is why I have used the butterfly icon from my banner and the same style of writing. Libertydoll designed them for me and she is such a delight to work with, I highly recommend working with her.

I am slowly getting them all distributed to aide my marketing. I am willing to swap business cards so if you would like me to distribute some of your business cards in return for distributing some of mine, please contact me.
Here it is:

Friday, 15 May 2009 | 3 Comments

I've been featured!

I've had my first feature on another Art Fire members blog and i'm so excited!!! I am in the process of creating my own set of questions so I too can feature people (if you'd like to be featured leave a comment to this blog).

You can read the. Blog feature on Haffinas Creations blog

Wednesday, 13 May 2009 | 0 Comments

And the winner is....


I received eight entries in total for my Sunflower card competition and thank you everyone for your card theme suggestions, these have been taken on board and I hope to have some new cards made and listed in my Artfire shop shortly.

Look out for a new competition coming soon.
In the mean time I thought I would tell you a little bit about the winner:
Sheila Hendricks runs SheDesignsJewelry which is of classic design and every piece is unique. Sheila is addicted to beads and will be in a shop and see a bead and it just screams "BUY ME!" and she does! She's designes are not of one single style but that's what makes them unique. They are a bit eclectic.

My favourite piece is this one

Saturday, 2 May 2009 | 0 Comments