Sunday, July 1, 2007

YOWZA! It's the Sunday Featured Artist...Reindeer Girl!

Nope. Reindeer Girl isn't a reindeer. And, she doesn't SELL reindeer's either. Reindeer Girl Designs is a fab shop with oodles of fun handmade jewelry brought to you by artist JoAnne, who's 33rd birthday happens to be next Friday, July 6th. (But, more about that later...with some PRIZE GIVE-AWAYS!...)

Sit back, relax, enjoy a cup of handmade love while you read on about another amazing artist...

Where were you born, where are you from, where did you grow up, & where are you living now?I was born in Brockway, PA, a very small town in northeastern PA (near the ever-famous groundhog in Punxsutawney! :) See... there's NOTHING else up that way! ;) I lived there until 17, then a brief stay in New Mexico, before moving to the Philadelphia area for college and grad school. I now live in the Steel City- Pittsburgh, PA!

What inspires you?
Hmmm, as far as jewelry making, I really love the gemstones and all the colors, and just seeing all the possibilities in the raw materials—and I have always loved to look at and wear all kinds of jewelry! I also really dig making things specifically for special people in my life—those are my best pieces, I think. And I like to see things in stores or magazines or whatever and figure out how I can make an even cooler version! I like having things exactly how I would want them had I thought of it first!!

How long have you been crafting?
Only about a year—before that, I had resigned myself to thinking I just didn’t get any “Scarnati genes” (my Grandma’s last name—and SHE, besides Nik, of course, is THE ultimate crafty chick!!!). I started making jewelry in May 2006--just playing around at first...and it's been GREAT!!!!! It was suddenly like using a whole part of my brain that I never knew existed. And now I've also taken up drawing and painting—having a ball with that! And I flirt with (still from a reasonable distance- LOL!) sewing, stamping, and other little projects (like my favorite one, where I redid some plain picture frames with ribbon and beaded trims and stuff, and then decked out two of the photos in my Marilyn Monroe collection!

Share about, or describe your favorite piece.
Probably a tie between my “Obsidian Black Cat” necklace and “Opulent Amulet” (in my ‘sold’ stuff on Etsy! Yay Etsy!!) and a custom piece I finished recently, using these gorgeous beige cat’s eye beads, silver, and a rockin’ crow pendant by bibbidibaubles. I’m so proud of it!! http://www.flickr.com/photos/8169882@N07/502327404/in/set-72157600224974653/

What’s your favorite color?
Orange! Totally... :) Though I am also a girlie-girl and love pink--tons of it in my wardrobe!

How much time do you spend on your craft?
It depends…sometimes I’ll go a week or weeks without making anything. But Friday nights are a big craft night for me—Law and Order SVU, What Not to Wear on TLC, and I’m good! But even when I’m not actively ‘making’--or I should probably say ‘finishing’!!-- I have lots of UFO’s! I stay fairly socially active on Etsy. What a community!! It has been a wonderful thing, being there.

What were some of your most recent purchases from other Etsy artists?
I just bought some cute fabric-button barrettes from BellaJean, my very first ACEOs from laurali (I bought one of her fab ‘Zen Cats’ and also a phoenix), and some amazonite calla lily beads from jenNco2! (I have yet to buy some Whimsy goodness though!!)

Use three words to describe yourself.
Sincere, kind, and I guess I should make the 3rd ‘modest’?? LOL!

How awesome is WhiMSy love? (just joking!)
She is off the HOOK, for shizzle!! :D For real...that is one crafty chick! :)

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given on pursuing your craftiness? Just to do whatever feeds your soul. I think that’s good advice for everything, don’t you?

What are your goals or dreams in regards to your art?
I’d like to build a bigger customer base so I can start making ‘bigger’ things—using really good stones, fancier components, etc. Right now I don’t feel like it’s safe for me to make some things I want to (because they’d be more expensive). I also want to learn some new techniques—get better at wire and learn some weaving. And I want to keep having fun with it.

What is your favorite flav of ice cream?
Oooh, I SO love ice cream!! Very few I DON’T like! Black raspberry’s a fave from way back, and I love peanut butter cup—in vanilla ice cream—that’s hard to find!

What do you like to do when you are not being super crafty?
If sleeping were an Olympic event, I would be a gold medalist!!! Sleep, play with my fur-babies (2 super kitties), go to the movies, and I love good food…

What's your favorite thing to do in the summer?
Go to the beach, hands down! Especially my favorite place in the wooooorld, Stone Harbor, NJ. (And eat lots of ice cream, of course!)

What else would you like people to know about you?
How ‘bout: I love all things Marilyn Monroe, I really wish everyone would spay and neuter their pets and care for them for life (no more homeless pets!), I wanna take up ballroom dancing next, and Friday is my birthday!!! (Oh yeah, and I wish my mom had made ME a puppy party!!!)
Thanks, Whimsy!!!

No, thank YOU JoAnne! (As in: JoAnne Fabrics!) And, by the way, I love your Yummy Creamsicle Earrings! What a fun summer accessory! They remind me of an OrangeSicle ice cream shake I got at Carl's Jr. the other day. Mmmmm....

I think it is so inspiring to read about all these different artists. If you'd like to hear certain questions asked of the artists I interview every Sunday, drop me a line & let me know!
**Oh, yes, I almost forgot! Since Reindeer Girl is celebrating the big "33" on Friday, I thought I'd have a fun little "contest"/prize give-away! The 33rd person to leave a comment, wishing JoAnne a special happy birthday message will get a special treat from WhiMSy love in honor of her special day!! AND the birthday girl will ALSO be giving a present to the winner too! Cool, huh?
(One post per person please! Come on people, I think I can squeak out 33 comments, right? Help a girl & her reindeer out!) Thanks!!

38 comments:

  1. I'll start the birthday wishes off by saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, JOANNE! I've had a blast with our frequent chatterings! It's good to know ya girl! Have a great 33!

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  2. Thank you, thank you!!! :) You are such a delight, dear crafty chik!! This was SO much fun!! :)

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  3. I was going to fix the contest & wait until 32 other people commented by I'm sacrificing my chances here to just to show Nikki & Reindeer the love!

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  4. I know you said one post, but since the first one didn't make sense...sorry! My grammer stinks on Sunday mornings. Happy Bday Reindeer Girl!

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  5. Happy Birthday Juanna. Keep making that awesome jewelry -- gotta keep your #1 customer happy! Love, Aunt Rita

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  6. Happy happy birthday too yooouuu! reindeergirl!

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  7. Happy 33rd Reindeergirl, so we meet again! I can't wait to get the bracelet!
    hugs,
    Terbear
    terbearco.etsy.com

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  8. Happy Birthday, Jo!! I had no idea! I hope it was nothing less than fantastic!! Love ya, my Etsy friend.

    Angie

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  9. Happy happy Reindeer Girl!! I had lots of fun reading about you and checking out your shop!! ;O) I too am desperately wishing for a WhiMSy love original Puppy Paw-ty!!! I'd totally pay and everything and I wouldn't even be one of those high strung cranky Mom's, not at ALLLLLL! I'd just grin and nod at everything and on the inside be bursting with child like giddiness!! Hope you have a great one Joanne!! Best to you, Beck ;O)

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  10. la la la happy birthday to a very nice riendeergirl! I remember when I turned 33... as whimsylove says 'Yowza'!

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  11. 'party like it's your birthday...' oh yah..'party like it's your birthday'... Happy Happy birthday dear reindeergirl!

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  12. If you haven't noticed, at this point go ahead & comment as many times as you want!! I thought 33 was a simple number to achieve, I guess I aimed too high!! HA HA!

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  13. Thank you, thank you everyone!!! :) You've made me a happy little deer! :D

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  14. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, oh what a fab jewellery designer you are, have a great birthday Joanne
    Kara
    xx

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  15. ah Nikki, I can't believe people aren't posting, well thats silly, thanks for the sunday artist I love the read.
    Happy Birthday again JoAnn

    Kara
    xxxxx

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  16. Happy Birthday JoAnne aka Reindeer Girls Designs! I'm so glad that Whimsy Love introduced me to you ;)

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  17. Oh, and Happy 4th of July to everyone!

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  18. Joanne - I would also love to learn how to ballroom dance - especially the salsa and tango. I wish I could be on dancing with the stars, but seeing as I'm not a dancer and definitely not a star, I don't think that dream will come true lol

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  19. I think my favorite item of yours is your Opulent Amulet Necklace Joanne! Very vintage-chic.

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  20. Black Raspberry is also one of my favorite ice cream favors. Have you tried Black Currant Sorbet before? I highly recommend it.

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  21. Happy Bday!! Have fun watching the fireworks and eat lots of cake =)

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  22. Hmm...I'm commenting quite a lot. But you did say to leave as many comments as we want *smiles sheepishly*

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  23. Let's just say that I would really like to win this prize!

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  24. Happy Birthday!! Great interview.

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  25. We are definitely getting to 33 comments today - I promise!

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  26. Does anyone have any fun plans for today? I'm going to have a bbq cookout with some family and friends and we'll have a water balloon fight before watching the fireworks!

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  27. Fireworks rock Amber!! Our neighbors--right across the street-do a big show every year, so we pull out our beach chairs & have a BLAST!! The parking is great & the crowds are a minimum!! :-)
    You go girl! You're on your way to 33---better hope no one is waiting to pounce on this at your 32nd comment! HA HA!

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  28. Has anybody been watching Wimbledon?

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  29. That sounds fun Nikki! I don't like huge crowds - I guess I'm a little claustrophobic. If somebody steals this away at my 32nd comment I will be sad =(

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  30. Nikki - I think my favorite item in your store would be to be the pretty hanger - so cute for your closet!

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  31. And I think your paper fortune cookies would be perfect for asking somebody to a dance!

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  32. And Nikki - your bottle cap pendants and funky rings are very spiffy as well =D

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  33. Congrats Amber!! You are the winner!! Email me at http://whimsy-girl@hotmail.com so I can get your address! I'll let reindeergirl know too!
    Have a happy 4th!!

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  34. Aww thanks! I just emailed you at whimsy-girl@hotmail.com

    I didn't put the http:// in front of it, because I don't think email addresses use those. But maybe I am wrong...

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. Oops! Http://???? I'm a ding-dong head!

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