Friday, October 14, 2011

{Featured Artist} Ann Marie from Very Creative Creations

Welcome to Featured Fridays on Snuggly Monkey! Each Friday we chat with a different Etsy artist and take a peek inside their Etsy world. This week we are talking with Ann Marie from Very Creative Creations

Ann Marie is a  a recycle artist who specializes in jewelry, textiles, accessories and garden art. Her shop is filled with her unique, one of a kind creations. Let's find out a bit more about her art and her shop.

How did you come up with your shop name? 
It is a variation of what many people have said about the items I create.

When did you start creating your pieces? Over 15 years ago when I met my husband as a way to update vintage pieces.

How did you first become interested in recycled art?

I guess I have been learning all my life since I grew up with grandparents who survived the Great Depression and impressed on my mom and us how important it was not to waste things but to save them to us again as something else.

What is your favorite item to create? 
Lately it has been the garden art and the jewelry Christmas  trees.

What aspects of your Etsy business do you find challenging?

Marketing is the hardest thing for me since I was raised to be humble and not boast about what you do.  I have been working on blogging about other artists, how tos and other things to draw people into my shop.

How do you advertise or promote your shop? 
Social media (Twitter and Facebook), coupons for percentage off for customers to create return business, offering custom services.

What is your marketing “philosophy”?  
I have tried to create a brand that emphasizes recycling and reuse of vintage items.

Any other marketing tips you would like to share?  

I like to be featured on blogs and offer giveaways for readers of the blogs I am featured on.

What do you use for packaging materials?
All of my packaging is recycled – second hand.  I get them where ever I can- mostly locally via estate, garage sales, thrift shops, etc

How did you come up with your banner and avatar?
I created my banner and avatar myself based on my business card patterns.  I had help defining my brand by Baby Swank on Etsy.

As a fan of Inside the Actor's Studio with James Lipton, I've always enjoyed his final 10 questions that he asks all his guests. So, inspired by the questionaries of Mr. Lipton, Bernard Pivo (Lipton's inspiration) and Marcel Proust here are a few final questions for Ann Marie.

What sound or noise do you love? running water
What sound or noise do you hate? cardboard being cutting by a knife
If you were reincarnated as some other plant or animal, what would it be? one of my dogs – we spoil them
Who are your favorite fictional heroes/heroines? GI Jane – she is one strong woman.
What would you like to be when you grow up? Do I have to grow up?
What makes you smile? My husband, my kids, sales

Thank you so much Ann Marie for giving us a peek into your shop world today! Be sure to keep in touch with Ann Marie & Very Creative Creations!

Etsy Shop:

Ann Marie has created a unique piece just for Snuggly Monkey readers! Be sure to check back tomorrow for a chance to enter to win one of Ann Marie's Very Creative Creations!


jenzen69 said...

Ann I love your stuff and would love to show off the pin you are giving away, thanks

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