Floral Fantasy

Contributor Post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Don’t you just love flowers! This is a lovely topic with all the gorgeous great smelling flowers in the world.

Along with the flowers we grow in our gardens, those that get presented to us in beautiful bouquets and the flowers we admire in someone else’s garden – we also have the plentiful array of life-like faux flowers, from silks to succulents.

I’d love to hear your stories about the wonderful Floral Fantasy creations you’ve encountered throughout the years – and of course, see the corresponding items in your shops.

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says

 Who doesn’t love flowers? The allergy prone aside…

I tend to be drawn to the minimalist approach in flower arrangements. A great example of this minimalist approach is Ikebana. This Japanese art of flower arranging has inspired many florists to create fresh, natural creations with an emphasis on balance and imbalance, as well as graceful lines.

These earrings composed of cascading three petal flowers hand-knotted on walnut waxed linen are an Ikebana inspired design.

The flowers sway softly as you move creating a graceful floating effect, particularly fun against a backdrop of tresses.

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Wasabi Flower Earrings

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says

 I love flowers! This set of three premade scrapbook pages is meant to be a bit abstract and ethereal, with the flowers almost blending in to the background. I added swirls and I think the effect is rather elegant, yet rustic – a bit messy even! So fun to create like this!
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Floral Scrapbook Page Download

Lelia Valois from ValoisFelts says

 I love flowers, gardening and all that lovely nature has to offer. I’m always inspired by the colours and patterns of plants and flowers I see when I’m gardening or walking the dog.

My needle felted gnomes have all had green fingers and I love discovering their personalities and giving them flower stories too. This fella may look a little grumpy but a fresh bloom will always put a smile on his face.

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Needle Felted Gnome

Linda from LazyYVintage says

 I too love flowers. And, I also love florist ware. All those vases and planters that are full of flowers, and memories of the flowers that were once there. I’ve been truly blessed with a husband and sons who know how much I do love flowers. Now instead of sending me another vase from the florist shop (of which I have numerous colors, size, and styles of) they go out of their way to find me a unique vintage vase or planter. My personal collection of florist ware is growing with each birthday or Mothers’ Day.

This bowl is from FTD in 1979. Back in the day when unique, quality florist ware was used to create their beautiful bouquets.

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Vintage Milk Glass Bowl

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

 I love daisies!!

Daisies are so dainty and just flow in the wind with such grace. I picture myself standing in a field of them and thinking how nice it is to not have a care in the world.
I’d bet you have a fur child with the name daisy and she’d love this adorable dog collar.

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Daisy Dog Collar

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

 Flowers are great – they are colourful and bring the bees into my vegetable garden!! I also love cutting them for inside the house!

This flower ring is handmade from clay and features an adjustable ring shank, so almost anyone can wear it!

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Ceramic Flower Ring

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says

 Spring is here and summer is just around the corner! That means flowers will be popping up everywhere! Why not wrap these adorable (folk art) floral wine glass charms around your favorite glass of wine as you sit on the deck and enjoy the season?
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Beaded Wine Glass Charms

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says

 I love wearing floral dresses. Last week I wore a black dress with large yellow sunflowers to a school presentation opening. I noticed everyone wearing muted grey and blue office clothes and felt a little bit out there! I kinda wished I’d worn my plain navy dress but still I would have accessorised with a colourful tote abundant with flowers just like this one!
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Floral Tote Bag

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

Is there anyone who does not love flowers? No, l cannot think so!

My love for flowers began when l was a child, as my mother was used to have a lot of flowered plants and l always took care of them together with her.

I love almost all flowers, but my preferred are the orange ones, as you can clearly see in my shop.

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Gorgeous Peony Wreath

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

 Love flowers!! Especially the flowers on my vegetables that attract the bees for fertilizing so that I get great fruit and veggies in my garden!!
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Green Ceramic Earrings

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says

Living in Massachusetts in the Northeast we have long, cold Winters, and I say every year how I cannot wait for Spring!

I love flowers, plants, and trees, planting them and watching them grow!

I plant indoors, outdoors, and also do experiments with pollinating them and attracting bees and butterflies with certain plants!

I am inspired by nature and enjoy adding flowers and items from nature into my item photos and some of my creations!

This handmade bracelet has lovely blue glass and lamp work beads with pretty flowers, birds, and is even accented with a Sterling Silver clasp with leaves!

Blue and White Flowered Brace

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

Lovely items everyone! I love how floral and flowers and all things flowery are being represented in many forms. Thank you

In my owl shop I tend to add a flower to everything, or find a colorful floral fabric to match whatever mood I’m in, and for that particular item.

Since I am owl oriented, we choose this pretty owl floral plush for my bulletin boards.

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Colorful Owl Plush Bulletin Board

Member Feature: Cynhumphrey

Contributor post by Elizabeth of CottageCraftsOnline

Please join us in welcoming Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey, our featured member!

Cynhumphrey

Cynhumphrey

Tell us about yourself.       

I currently live in Virginia but consider myself a transplant from NY state. I am married to my best friend and we have two fur babies, one black and one yellow lab, we spoil beyond belief. Actually, my hubby is the one who spoils them, I am the one walking around shaking her head. I am also the grandma of two beautiful granddaughters (ages are now 6 months and 6 years old) who still live in NY. I work outside of the home as an office manager so that usually only permits me to be creative on the weekends. Pair all this together with being an Etsy team leader, and you will find I am usually quite busy.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

My Etsy shop opened in early January of 2012. I grew frustrated with going to the store to buy a certain piece of jewelry to add to my collection, only to find what I REALLY wanted didn’t exist in any of the stores I shopped at. Either the style was not what I had in mind or the color was the wrong shade or combination of colors altogether. Being “crafty” most of my adult life, I decided to just go ahead and make my own and save myself a lot of time. That led to me showing off the treasures I created to co-workers and friends. After some pretty strong persuasion from the co-workers, my Etsy shop opened.

Tell us a bit about your products.           

Cynhumphrey offers a wide selection of one-of-a-kind gift ideas. You will find beaded jewelry, electronic accessories, wine bottle / glass charms, scarf accessories, boot accessories, and most recently added, jar candle embellishments. Add an assortment of some upcycled home decor to include high heel shoe ring organizers and wine cork keepsake boxes and you pretty much sum up the contents of my shop.

What inspires your work?           

I love being able to offer affordable one-of-a-kind items that could quite easily be the talk around the office water cooler. Many times I have collaborated with a photography shop on Etsy and used a nature picture to inspire some of my creations, picking up on various shades of color or texture within that picture. I like to think that doing this allows me to capture something the camera missed.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?         

My business goals for this year? I would like to add new items for men and perhaps some do-it-yourself kits for children. I am also working on packaging ideas for the various items I offer and will implementing some ideas I would like to test. My dream for the business? At this point in my life, I do not think that I am at a point where I can turn Etsy into a full-time business. I am happy to continue growing slowly with each passing year and look forward to establishing many happy, positive relationships with my customers.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

I happen to LOVE what I do! A lot of thought goes into each item I create and I don’t send anything out the door that I myself wouldn’t love to receive as a gift. A satisfied customer really is a priority to me.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

One word that would describe my work space is….. unorganized! I do have one room of the house devoted to my “stash” of supplies and this also doubles as my photography area. However, when creating items, well, let’s just say you usually can’t find my kitchen table during the weekend. I do try to keep my stash room somewhat orderly but gave up on that because every time I went in there to clean, I would get distracted by the goodies I would find that I forgot I had!

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

The hardest thing I think for any new Etsy shop owner to learn is that this is not a get rich quick fix (for most). It also involves a lot of hard work. You can’t just list a few beautiful items and hope and wait for someone to find them. There is a lot of networking involved.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

I certainly would recommend selling on Etsy. I have established some great relationships with customers and team members. Do your homework, read the Etsy handbook, and most of all, take good photographs of your items.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

Actually creating items for Cynhumphrey is how I unwind. I truly love what I do. Crafts would be my main hobby and I do enjoy a variety of them.

What is your favorite quote?

It’s not about the destination, but the journey and the people you touched along the way.

Where can people find out more about your business?  

My Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/Cynhumphrey

My FaceBook: www.facebook.com/CynhumphreyCreativeCreations

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