May Indie Craft Sampler Contributor Sneak Peek…My Monster Hat

My Monster Hat contributed 30 2 x 2 inch canvas paintings of wee little monsters. As Anne says “They’re perfect for monsterizing office cubicles or dashboards in cars or anywhere where you might need a wee bit of monster love.” Acrylic on canvas, all done by hand, no two the same.

May samplers will be up for sale soon…stay tuned! For now you can sign up for the mailing list to know when they go for sale FIRST 🙂

My Monster Hat

10 Questions with…Ashley of Rusty Canvas/ Clean Machine Body Co

IMG_1581Every week we like to have a fun “10 questions” session with one of our contributors to the Indie Craft Sampler. Some serious, but mostly fun questions. This week we are talking with the last of our April contributors, Ashley from Rusty Canvas /Clean Machine Body Co.

1. You already have your shop Rusty Canvas, what made you decide to open a body shop?
     We had been experimenting with different body products for years and wanted to create a line that would work well and have unique scents that differ from many of the usual, floral type smells….so, we kept at it until we found formulas that we loved.
2. What is the best advice another shop owner has give you?
     Because I’m constantly trying different projects and crafts, I can become bogged down by my creative side. Going into business, several people told me that I should find what I like doing, stick with it and not get off track by too many ventures. This has definitely been a struggle for me but I finally feel I have found my niche(s) and want to grow my established brands…..for now. 😉
3. Do you have any advice for others?
     Don’t be discouraged if things don’t happen the way you want or in the time you want! I’m naturally impatient so this was hard for me to apply. But the hard work really does pay off after time. Just be persistent!
4. Where do you get inspiration for new items for your shop? What is your favorite item you make?
     The vintage book journals that we put together are the most fun for me. The excitement of finding a great book with fun illustrations always makes me anxious to take it home, dissect it, and put it back together for someone to enjoy and bring new life back into.
5. Have you ever read a “for Dummies” book? Which one?
     Probably, but I’m thinking they were too embarrassing to list.
6. When you were little, what did you want to be?
     My parents are both artists, so I couldn’t really escape it. I knew it would be difficult to make a living but I always knew I needed to create something to feel satisfied. Also, a dinosaur.
7. If you could only 5 possessions, what would they be?
     My dog, coffee, the Bible, watercolor paint, more coffee.
8. What kind of music are you into?
     Pandora is permanently set to Indie in my work space.
 9. What are your biggest pet peeves?

I definitely don’t like when my work space is disorganized! So hard to focus! Also when I don’t have enough time to finish a project I go a little nuts.

10. And finally, why should people visit your shop?
     I really strive to find or create things that might make people smile. Visit Ashley’s shop.
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Ashley contributed 80 body cream & body washes for the April samplers. If you would like to purchase one click here.

April Indie Craft Sampler Contributor…MadebyMamaBCaramels

MadebyMamaBCaramels contributed 50 of her Old Fashioned Caramels in “Pink Diva”.  In her shop it says “Exquisite and delectable, most of my customers tell me my caramels are “the best they have ever had”. Which if you go by the feedback I’ve seen so far from people who received their samplers this is VERY true. Even if you think you don’t like caramel it’s because you haven’t had these!

April samplers are available to purchase one with 14-16 handmade items click here.

MadebyMamaBCaramels

 

April Indie Craft Sampler Contributor…Mr and Mrs V’s Gluten Free

mrandmrsvglutenfree contributed packs of their organic golden granola for the April samplers. Made with certified organic gluten-free oats, chopped toasted organic California almonds, organic Vermont maple syrup, organic golden-brown sugar, vanilla, organic canola oil and a touch of sea salt. Its gluten free and celiac friendly!

Delicious on its own or enjoy it with yogurt and fruit for a healthy and filling breakfast. Packaged in a craft brown bag with artsy red and white ribbon.

April samplers are available to purchase one with 14-16 handmade items click here.

Mr and Mrs V's Gluten Free

Indie Craft Sampler…Spotted!

@earthcookiecreates posted “Super fun filled @indiecraftsampler arrived today. I’m totally digging the pretzel brooch!! Plus those cards, wax melts, everything is so fun. Salted caramel definitely didn’t make it to picture time hubby commandeered it as soon as I opened the box.”

@CeceliaRosePaperie posted “YAY! This was the best part of my day! and Um…So the caramel didn’t last 10 minutes it was AMAZING!

 

 

 

(2 comments about MadebyMamaBCaramels…they really are that good…check out her shop..)

 

and an interview with me on CraftGossip!

http://indiecrafts.craftgossip.com/2015/04/02/interview-with-tenika-from-indie-craft-sampler/