This week's feature is with Andrea Doss from Andralynn Creative Designs. Described by Andrea as fun, silly, and colorful, her prints are inspired by her children. Enjoy reading more about the girl behind the shop in the interview below.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I don't like seafood, clowns, or bad action movies. I do, however, love my goldfish, the circus, and good action movies (the difference between a good action movie and a bad action movie is very subjective). I also love irony.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
My life can be summed up in three words: Mother. Wife. Artist. Okay, maybe I should add "Chocoholic" in there, too. When I'm not running around chasing kids, feeding people, and cleaning up messes, I'm painting and making messes myself. Since everyone in my family is the creative type (and everyone knows creativity equals disaster zone) it's a twenty-four hour job.
What three words describe your Etsy shop?
Whimsical, imaginative, and fun! Three very important ingredients for art and for life.
How long have you been crafting? When did you start selling on Etsy and what inspired you to give it a try?
I started my career as an artist when I was four-years-old and decided to paste dozens of my drawings to the bedroom walls to decorate and add a little pizazz. Needless to say, my mom didn't appreciate my artistic initiative, but I haven't stopped creating since that day. I've had other things take priority in my life over my art and I never took the extra step to really start selling. Going to shows, applying to galleries, selling to boutiques--these things took too much time that I didn't have. Then I found Etsy and I fell in love with online selling.
What does your craft space look like? Are you an organized crafter or would you be embarrassed for us to take a peak at your workspace?
I dream of the day when I have my own studio space where I can leave my works in progress out without worrying the cat might take a nap on them. I like to imagine a space where I don't have to worry about splattering a little paint here and there when I'm in a creative frenzy (I'm a very messy painter. My poor house.). However, right now I have to content myself with the kitchen table. It's piled high with all my painting supplies with just enough space left over for my daughter to eat her cereal in the morning. Sometimes, I clear everything off and the table magically transforms back to a nice place to eat instead of a worktable/easel. That never lasts long.
Currently, what are your favorite 2 items from your shop?
and The Round Up which sold.
Finally, what suggestions would you make to someone who’s thinking about starting an Etsy shop?
Don't give up. It takes time and a lot of work to get your shop noticed.
Thanks so much for your time, Andrea! Since one of your favorite items sold (YAY!), I'm going to pick a couple extra to feature.
Though hard to pick, I think these bookends are probably my favorite item (not to mention I had the exact same edition of The Secret Garden when I was a kid).
I love the fact that this shop is filled with owls! Check out this R print.
I had to choose this cute print because my husband loves squirrels.
And finally, how about this unique take on the blushing bride?