#CIJPopUpMarket #2 – TheOldBarnDoor

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 – Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor

TheOldBarnDoor

TheOldBarnDoor

1. What is the name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

The shop name TheOldBarnDoor came about as I gazed out my office window across my back dooryard to the barn – the doors were open and the wind was picking up. I should go out and close those barn door I thought – PRESTO shop name.

My shop is full of my passions, vintage postcards, ephemera and photography. I try to educate, entertain and delight.

2. Where do you live and how does where you live influence your creativity?

My life on the farm most certainly influences my outlook on life and my Etsy business. The farm is located in a wonderful portion of Eastern Ontario that is steeped in history, still deeply agricultural and now expanding with the arrival of vineyards and wineries.

3 What is it about having your own business that you love?

I get to share the things I love with others by helping them discover the history and art of old ephemera. Living in a rural setting I’m not as connected face to face with people as I used to be. My Etsy shop has introduced me to some wonderful clients all around the world who I now consider my friends.

4. What is your greatest business achievement?

Seeing returning customers. This is always such a wonderful endorsement of what you sell and how you conduct your business.

5. How would you like to see your business evolve?

I want to continue to grow my returning customer base and then I do hope to reactivate my second shop as a logical link to TheOldBarnDoor. (More vintage finds and treasures that are not ephemera and some handcrafted pieces using vintage components).

6. What are your social media sites?

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/theoldbarndoor/

Twitter: twitter.com/#!/TheOldBarnDoor

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/patricia-gale/4a/14b/131

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#CIJPopUpMarket – AlphabetArtPrints

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Virtual PopUpMarket – Amanda from AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

1. What is the name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

AlphabetArt Prints (by Amanda Jaeger Photography)

I’ve seen many other photographers open up little shops with their alphabet art based on architecture and nature, but I wanted to do something that was a little different and slightly off beat. I started by photographing items in my own home to create alphabets as a side project. I haven’t seen any other photographer offer several themed alphabets in this manner to create custom prints for the home.

2. Where do you live and how does where you live influence your creativity?

Richmond, VA. Richmond is such a wonder melting pot of a city where I get to meet people who have come from all corners of the world. I’ve found that I’ve enjoyed learning about other people’s passions in their lives, and then brainstorming how to translate others’ passions into an alphabet art I can use.

3. What is it about having your own business that you love?

I love being able to choose when and how I work. I love being able to stay at home with both of my girls, and teaching them that hard work pays off. I hope to one day be successful at turning my photography business and Etsy shop into full-time work so that I can help contribute to our bills more than what I’m able to now.

4. What is your greatest business achievement?

So far, my biggest business achievement was earning more money than I spent in the FIRST year of opening my business! I was able to get my name out in the Richmond, VA area, and I photographed more families than I had planned. Now, I’m in year two, and I hope that my Etsy shop will aid in growing my photography business.

5. How would you like to see your business evolve?

I would love for my Etsy shop to be as successful (or more successful) as my home photography business. I would love to develop a multitude of alphabet arts to cater to many hobbies and passions my clients and customers enjoy. I want anyone who visits my shop to be able to find an alphabet theme that suits their style.

6. What are your social media sites?

Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/AlphabetArtPrints

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmandaJaegerRichmondPhotography?pnref=lhc

Twitter: twitter.com/AJaegerPhotos

Instagram: instagram.com/amandajaegerphotography/

#CIJRoadTrip – Bryne, Norway

Contributor post by Jennifer of CaffeinatedPapercuts

I have to say, I chose Norway for a reason; my husband’s family is from Norway and still have cousins living over there. I loved learning more about the country from Kristin!

Let’s travel to  – Bryne, Norway with Kristin Frøyland Jørgensen from Vamperstein

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

I live in the slightly rural town of Bryne, Norway, about 30 minutes south of Stavanger. Bryne is a small town, with about 11,000 inhabitants and you can easily walk from one corner of the city center to the other in about 15 minutes and since it’s situated in an agricultural area, you don’t get surprised if you suddenly see a tractor on the main street. Even though Bryne doesn’t have a lot to offer, at least it’s close to some decent natural scenery, like beaches and woods, and just 30 minutes from Stavanger.

The sea, just outside Hå Old Vicarage

The sea, just outside Hå Old Vicarage

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

Some of the places people could check out are among other things Ryvarden Lighthouse (near Sveio), Utstein Monastery (at Mosterøy) and Hå Old Vicarage (near Nærbø). These three are situated near the sea and have some hiking opportunities as well. If you visit Stavanger, you’ve got places like The Archeological Museum (and it’s Iron Age Farm), Øvre Holmegate (nicknamed “The Colorful Street”) and The Norwegian Canning Museum that is worth checking out.

Breiavannet, Stavanger

Breiavannet, Stavanger

3. How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

In my photography, I get inspired a lot by nature and landscapes and some of the photo prints I’ve got for sale is shot at local places, like near the old church at Varhaug, which is situated next to the sea.

Pathway at the campus to University of Stavanger, where I do my studies for a BA degree in English Language and Literature

Pathway at the campus to University of Stavanger, where I do my studies for a BA degree in English Language and Literature

Knitting is something that has been done “for ages” in Norway and thanks to my grandmother, I learned to knit (even though I’m far from my grandmother’s level). At the moment I play around with the idea of doing some Selbu mittens and similar, but I haven’t arrived to the place where I’ve actually started doing that quite yet. I think the idea needs to mature a bit, but hopefully I’ll manage to do something sooner or later.

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

I’ll maybe do a craft show or two this fall, but I haven’t quite decided yet. I do on the other hand wear some of the knitted items I make for myself, just to self promote a bit while being at university campus. I occasionally bring along a knitting project to work on during breaks and some of the students and lecturers have started asking questions about it. That is the fun part of knitting, you can take it with you “everywhere” and there is a fair chance someone will be interested.

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook; www.facebook.com/pages/Vampersteins-Shop/106327117163?ref_type=bookmark
Twitter; twitter.com/gothvamperstein
Pinterest; www.pinterest.com/ecogoth88/

#CIJRoadTrip – Singapore

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Let’s travel to  – Singapore city with me – Megha from byTheArtBug and Ivy from AngsanaSeedsPhoto

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

We live in Singapore. It is one of the 3 sovereign city states in the world. It has great choices of food, modern yet traditional in some areas.

The most wonderful thing about Singapore is the mixed culture, with about 45% Expats a lot of communities live together here. A lot of festivals are commonly celebrated and it is really amazing to witness different cultures at one place.

And also it is one of the safest, cleanest & greenest countries!

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?
Singapore has tons of places to see both natural and man-made.
The most unique spot would be the Downtown area where you can see both the old and the new Singapore.

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel – It is the most Expensive building in the World at US$ 4.7 billion!…

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Iconic Merlion – Lion’s head and Fish’s body, this statue 8.6 metres high and is a popular landmark…

Merlion
Gardens by the Bay– 101 Hectare Park on Reclaimed land, Singapore really is a ‘City in a Garden’…

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Sentosa Island…
Sentosa IslandAquarium…
Aquarium
Jewel Cable Car Ride…

Jewel Cable Car Ride

Singapore Flyer…

Singapore Flyer
Singapore Zoo – The world’s Best Rainforest Zoo, spacious home to some amazing and exotic animals.

Giant Panda – Kai Kai

Singapore Zoo - Giant Panda (Kau Kai)

Polar Bear – Inuka

Singapore Zoo - Polar Bear (Inuka)
Chinatown Market – The iconic, colorful and historical shop-houses here are a must see.

Chinatown

Chinese New Year Celebrations…

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Celebrations

3. How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

Ivy says, “I am especially drawn towards its culture and traditions, and my images reflected this”:

Blue ceramic tile, Art print, Asian motifs, decorative, chinatown, Photo Singapore, Oriental ceramics,  8x12, home decor,  holiday gift

Spiral staircase pictures, conservation, architecture, winding stairs, heritage, white, peach, Singapore, 8x12, wall decor, Gift guide

Gazebo photograph, White Architecture, Garden, Nature, Bandstand, botanical wall art,  Singapore, Travel, Ornate, gifts, under 50

Well I am also inspired by the lovely mixed culture here, I have made a few items inspired by the Chinese culture like this Chinese Miniature Couple:

Miniature Chinese Boy Girl Couple Miniature Dolls Cute Kawaii

Also the Greenery, Sea Beaches and Natural beauty is either already a part or will soon be added to the Photography in my Shop:

Blue & Yellow Macaw Bird Photography Fine Art Nature Photo Print Nature Photography Home Decor Landscape 5 x 7 and 8 x 10
And who wouldn’t be inspired by the amazing view from the window while crafting…
View from My Window

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?
I would be participating in local Craft Party organized by the Etsy community here. As of now I am not doing a festival or craft show but would be certainly keeping an eye on the upcoming local craft markets to visit. I usually get to know about the local events through local Etsy team “Crafty Singapore”.

Ivy says, “This fall (or rather 3rd quarter of the year since we don’t have four seasons) I plan to explore my community through my street photography of the local culture.”

5. What are your social media sites?

Ivy – AngsanaSeedsPhoto

website: angsanaseedsphoto.com
FB: www.facebook.com/AngsanaSeeds
Twitter: twitter.com/AngsanaSeeds
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/angsanaseeds/

Megha – byTheArtBug

Blog- bytheartbug.blogspot.com
Pinterest- www.pinterest.com/theartbug/
Polyvore- theartbug-home.polyvore.com/
Twitter- twitter.com/theartbug
Google+ – plus.google.com/u/0/+TheArtBug/posts

#CIJRoadTrip – Australia: Brisbane, Queensland

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Let’s travel to Australia – Brisbane, Queensland with Kelly from ColourscapeStudios

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

I live just north of Brisbane, Queensland in Australia. We’re known as the sunshine state here, gorgeous weather pretty much all year ’round! Last week I was able to take the family out for ice cream at the beach in winter!

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

One for each state here:
Queensland; The Whitsundays, especially Whitehaven Beach.. the most pure and beautiful beach I have ever seen in my life.
New South Wales: Head to The Blue Mountains, amazing and breathtaking.
Australian Capital Territory: Time your visit in September and head to Floriade, the flower show.
Victoria: Drive the Great Ocean Road… it really is spectacular!
South Australia: Find some hidden gems in Barossa Valley, home to some of the best wines in the country!
Tasmania: A must see, Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair. Mind blowing!
Western Australia: Head North and explore the Outback in the Bungle Bungle’s, or Karijini National Park.
Northern Territory: Uluru (previously known as Ayers Rock). A giant rock in the middle of nowhere. A sacred site to the Indigenous people of this land.

Adelaide Hills Countryside - Australia - Available As A Print On Request

Adelaide Hills Countryside – Australia – Available As A Print On Request

3.  How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

Nature and the countries geography has always played a big part in my shop. My photography reflects this, nothing better than getting out and exploring our slice of the world. It’s a great place to be inspired for my typography range as well. You can’t be angry when you’re looking across a mountain range, or watching a river run to the sea.

Fleurieu Peninsula - Australia - Available As A Print On Request

Fleurieu Peninsula – Australia – Available As A Print On Request

Shorncliffe Pier - Australia - Available At ColourscapeStudios

Shorncliffe Pier – Australia – Available At ColourscapeStudios

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

Well it’s Spring for us soon, and it’s the start of the Christmas shopping season! I attend one of our local markets, Handmade Redcliffe every month and will be doing so until the end of the year. I’m a massive supporter of the “shop small, shop local” movement and try not to buy from large multinationals as much as I can.

LIMITED EDITION - Circle Photo - Ocean Photography From ColourscapeStudios

LIMITED EDITION – Circle Photo – Ocean Photography From ColourscapeStudios

5. What are your social media sites?

www.facebook.com/colourscapestudios
www.twitter.com/colourscape
instagram.com/colourscapestudios
www.pinterest.com/_kel_/

Treasury Challenge Winner January – ColourscapeStudios

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery comprised of 16 items from any shop. Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine.

The ChristmasInJuly team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and the like.

The winner for January is Adam and Kelly of ColourscapeStudios!

Kelly and Adam are very into photography, illustrations and typography.

How did your shop come to be?

I opened Colourscape back in 2010 when we kept getting requests from people to purchase our photography when we posted it on Flickr.
We opened Colourscape Prints as our second store in late 2012 after having looked for Australian typography stores and didn’t find anyone doing the style we’d wanted.

Chrysanthemum Flower Art Print By ColourscapeStudios

Chrysanthemum Flower Art Print By ColourscapeStudios

What was it about photography and typography that inspired? did one build off the other one?

Photography is something I loved from afar for many years, and it wasn’t until I met Adam that the interest really sparked for me. He’d been shooting for years and it’s actually how we met (on a US based online art community site many many years ago). I love it, the way it makes you open your eyes to things people walk past everyday and take no notice of. I’m so much more aware of my surrounds than I ever was in life before photography.

The typography side came up as we noticed a big gap in the Australian market after looking around for a few prints to brighten up our home and we thought we could fill it. Adam’s knowledge of Illustrator through his work as an Industrial Designer helped us decide to go for it. Typography Design is so much more than just typing in a few words on a page, and it really is a craft all of it’s own. It’s not dis-similar to photography in some ways, when you get down to technical things like leading lines and focal points and the like.

I wondered if they enter their works into craft fairs or at markets?

I was doing several markets last year, but to get Adam’s business off the ground I’ve wound right back until he’s finished his course. Hoping to be back at my regular handmade market by mid year though as I miss the lovely fellow stallholders!

Beach Photography By ColourscapeStudios

Beach Photography By ColourscapeStudios

What inspires you to create?

Besides the gorgeous beach, we literally use the whole world as inspiration. For photography, I love using it to inspire people to get out and explore their world. To look a little harder and closer at things and see them in their best light! For our typography work we believe honesty and positivity are the best route through life, and we’ve had a world of negative to fight through in the last few years so it’s been a good way of reminding ourselves that it *will* get better eventually, we just have to keep moving forward!

Where do you create your illustrations and more?

Well for the photography it’s all outdoors. We don’t set up things in a studio… we love that our photography differs to most in that it has feeling and movement to it!
For our typography, it’s all created from initial concepts to finished design in the corner of our lounge room where the computer is set up, sometimes sketched into our trusted notepad, but mainly all done on the computer. We have a big cork-board inspiration board above us, and our printer sits right next to us so it’s a one stop work station!

Typography Print By ColourscapeStudios

Typography Print By ColourscapeStudios

Adam and Kelly make amazing works of art that inspire.

I say get yourself feeling good,while browsing their shop!

Fine Art Finds

Growing up in Rhode island, one of the biggest events of the year for me was the Scituate Art festival. I loved living 5 minutes away from the biggest craft show and fine art display that I knew. Wouldn’t you know it, I grew up and now live in walking distance of the festival! Needless to say I spent the entire weekend there, mulling over the various artisans producing items from crafts I may never learn, and of course, taking in all of the gorgeous fine art New England has to offer.

In honour of my wonderful weekend experience, here is some fine art from our own CIJ team members!

Original Crab Drawing In Black And White from huiyitan

Original Crab Drawing In Black And White from huiyitan

Illustration is one art form that I enjoy very much. I love the expression and stories told through illustration in often (but not always!) simplistic styles. I can already get a feel for this little crab’s personality and have thoroughly enjoyed browsing some more of his life. Though I’d still like to know what it is that he’s staring at.

Lily Black and White Photograph from Colourscape

Lily Black and White Photograph from Colourscape

Where in illustration we are often given the expression set forth by a character, photography is an art form where a subject with no expressive features can speak volumes. I have no talent for capturing moments myself, so I admire it greatly.

The stark contrast between black and white is powerful and deafening, a surprise in and of itself since we generally see flowers to be such delicate entities, soft and feminine. Yet through that solid confidence of the lily, we see a small wisp off the end of the petal, whispering gently amidst the booming message. What does it say to you?

Original Abstract Painting: CHITCHAT from ARTbyKirsten

Original Abstract Painting: CHITCHAT from ARTbyKirsten

Painting, yet another art that leaves me totally clueless when I make an attempt. Abstract paintings are probably my favourite in that they are completely open to the viewers’ interpretation which is a beautiful thing. There is movement, contrast, and a definite sense of mystery that we don’t get in photography or realism.

Aside from original paintings, Kirsten offers prints of her work to suit smaller budgets or perhaps, smaller spaces.

Stay inspired!

Frenchie