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"This Time I'll Stay" 8x10 Photograph | TinaCrespo

I'll be on vacation this week. We're going to spend some time in Maine, enjoying the ocean breezes. However, come back next week for a look-see at the Daily Etsian's *Etsy Wedding Week.* We're going to have lots of ideas for wedding planning, wedding gifts, and more...

Etsy Treasures: Father's Day

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Engraved Stone $20 | sjengraving

Are you looking to escape the ubiquitous tie for your dad this year? Etsy has a wonderful selection of sweet, funky, unusual, and certainly unique items for this year's Father's day gift. I have always found that buying gifts for my dad to be a difficult process. Putting this collection of "treasures" together helped jumped start my Father's day shopping. I hope it will help you as well!

16 oz Travel Mug with Lid $17.99 | apiecebydenise

Custom Family Portrait $19.50 | nelladesigns

Classic Driving Cap $52 | bonniesknitting

Personalized Sterling Silver Guitar Pick $44.99 | MetalPressions

USB Memorystick $59 | woodventure

Etsy Birthdays

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Four Greeting Cards by TulipPhotographicArt

I just discovered this Etsy feature which allows for you to shop (or simply peruse) Etsy sellers who are celebrating a birthday today. Check out this feature here. Happy birthday Etsians!

Interview with Beth Nadler

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A collection of Beth Nadler items

Today, the Daily Etsian is interviewing Etsy seller Beth Nadler. Beth works in many different mediums and forms of art. Her work as been featured in Anthropologie, ABC Carpet and Home, Country Home Magazine, and more. Beth has two Etsy stores called, bethnadler and mypinkporch.

1. Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a mom, wife, and artist living in Westchester, NY. I love to travel, photography, and go to the movies (psychological dramas are my favorites). I also have a passion for children's books and after graduating from college, went to work for Scholastic, Inc. as a writer and editor for several years before I started my own home-decor business called The MacBeth Collection. After several years in the wholesale business, I sold my shares and now focus solely on my art and design work.

2. How did you decide you wanted to be an artist? I never really "decided" that I wanted to be an artist, I just always knew. My mom's an artist and ever since I can remember I always drew, and painted, and made my own paper clothing for my paper dolls and dabbled in every other craft imaginable. There was always big sheets of paper hanging from the walls just outside the kitchen growing up, and a can of crayons next to it. While my mom did her thing in the kitchen I was entertained by drawing on the "walls". I loved drawing when I was a year old and that feeling fortunately has remained throughout my life.

3. Name your top three favorite artists, writers, and musicians/musical groups. Hmmm, when I think about my favorite artists, writers and musicians, it's kinda tough. There are always new artists that I LOVE but as constants I would have to say; Matisse, Van Gogh, and Klimt because of the patterns, emotions, and colors (in that order). I love Faulkner, Maurice Sendak (his art and writing), and Anne Tyler. I know, very eclectic combo there. As for musicians, lately I've been listening to Jason Mraz, Jill Sobule, and always Paul Simon.

4. You work with a variety of mediums and produce your art in various forms. Did you always plan on working in so many different venues? Do you have a favorite way of expressing yourself artistically? I suppose I don't plan on working in a variety of mediums and forms, it's just what I feel like exploring at the time. For many years when I was in the home decor business my artwork had to be in a certain format and appeal to a specific audience and now I've let loose and have been having fun creating images in so many different ways. If I had to choose my absolute favorite way of expressing myself, it would be through collage--being able to combine bits and pieces of colors, words, and shapes is so exciting!

"In My Garden" 8x10 Glicee print by Beth Nadler

5. What inspires your work? How do you come up with your ideas? Inspirations for me come from nature, patterns, and color. Sometimes I just picture different color combinations in my head and then jot them down like recipes, I like naming them, too! I'm also constantly inspired by dreams I have. My dreams are always filled with lots of very colorful imagery and I like trying to re-create them on paper.

6. How do you promote or sell your work outside of Etsy? Showing my work at fairs and galleries is a way I've started to promote my work lately. In addition to my fine art, I've been doing freelance work such as product and textile design.

7. What advice would you give to other artists? Obviously don't give up, the world needs artists who can evoke emotions in us that remind us that we're all human and we're not robots who just go through the day to get to the next one. You have to really listen to your gut first and then make smart decisions. Do what you enjoy and you might have to tweak it a bit to make it work for you but what's the point of it all if you can't do what you really love?

"Butterfly Garden" 8x10 Glicee print

Memorial Day Weekend Giveaways

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"Collecting Memories" by TalesofLife

Etsy sellers are outdoing themselves this weekend with the number of giveaways and sales. I have highlighted a few below. For more opportunities to win beautiful Etsy things, check out the Etsy forums.

The poppy picture above is featured to commemorate the men and women who have died in battle serving their respective countries. The poppy took on this significance after the publication of "In Flander's Fields" by John McCrae in 1915.

To win some luxurious Maya Body Butter hosted by Etsy seller dirtygirlsoaps, click the banner.

Audrey's Country Craft blog is currently highlighting Etsy seller Jennifer Magnesi in an interview and a chance to win some gorgeous earrings. Click the banner for more details.

Whimsical Pam is offering a giveaway featuring an awesome pocketbook pendant and chain.

Goodbye Etsians!

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Card by PaperMichelle 

As some of you may know, I work in the wedding industry creating custom art and posters for weddings all over the world in my etsy shop Unless Someone Like You , and on my website .  I started this blog during the off season - I had a little free time on my hands and I wanted to have a site that promoted other etsy shops and also had a few tips and tricks for etsy sellers.

Maintaining this blog has been tons of fun and I loved spending a little time each day giving something back to the etsy community.  However, my business is growing gangbusters this year, and in order to move forward with all of the opportunities on my plate I'm going to need every spare moment of my time.

Luckily, Hannah, one of my contributing columnists, stumbled into my life from twitter at just the right time.  Her "Etsy Treasures" posts were always well thought out and executed, and her sense of style is right on par with my own.  I am therefore very pleased to announce that Hannah is going to be taking over the blog from me!  I know I am leaving you in good hands.

And so I take my leave from The Daily Etsian.  Have fun Hannah!!

Etsy Treasures: With a Cherry on Top

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There is nothing like a bowl of fresh cherries that says summer to me. And even though cherry season is not until next month, I'm feeling more and more in the mood for sunny, warmer days full of fresh fruit. I've also been noticing that cherries are definitely a popular motif for the summer months in the areas of fashion and accessories. This morning we went on a "retail therapy" plunge through an outlets. Cherries kept popping up all over the stores, on clothing, earrings, necklaces, and housewares. So, please help yourself to a virtual sampling of cherries(and summer!) from our beloved Etsy. 

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