Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Today I’m in the studio with Stephanie Corder of stefny68. I came to know Stephanie because she was kind enough to include me in many of the Etsy Treasuries she created. She does a wonderful job curating them!
When I visited her shop I was blown away with her talent and wanted to know more about her. So we decided to interview each other and do a double giveaway! Stephanie is featuring me on her blog today as well at http://dragonflydegignstudios.blogspot.com/2009/11/felicia-kramer-is-in-house-and-were.html
I’m offering your choice of one of the adorable Christmas vintage wooden blocks I have listed.
But before I tell you what she is offering as her giveaway, pour a cup of coffee or tea, sit back and enjoy my visit with Stephanie, a very talented and energetic artist.
FK: Good morning, Stephanie – what gets you started in the morning?
I’m a caffeine freak all the way - love my French roast blend, and it’s not always wise to try to talk to me before I’ve had it!
FK: Me too! So pour yourself a cup of coffee and tell us about your shop and blog.
My Etsy shop is http://www.etsy.com/shop/stefny68 and you can find me on my blog at http://dragonflydegignstudios.blogspot.com/. I just became active on Etsy in the last several months, and started my blog in September. I’ve been working hard to make both a success!
FK: Tell me about your family. Where do you live? Did you grow up there?
I’m from Decatur, GA and have lived there all my life except for seven years when my family relocated to the Virgin Islands. My husband and I have three children-Caroline 15, Emmy 14, and Garrett who is 10. We also have four Caribbean cats that are fascinated by squirrels.
FK: Squirrels! Don’t get me started! I have the fattest squirrels in the world in my backyard because they eat all the birdseed. Talk to me about your etsy shop.
I opened my shop last February, but didn’t start listing work until July. My shop has mostly acrylic paintings, altered books and card reproductions of my work. I LOVE painting, it is my first passion as an artist! My second passion is gardening, so I feel lucky to be able to combine the two in my work!
FK: Your floral paintings are to die for! How long have you been an artist? Are you formally trained or self-taught?
I’ve wanted to be an artist since I was 4, and I had private lessons until I went to college at Savannah College of Art & Design where I received a BFA degree in illustration.
FK: Do you exhibit elsewhere besides online?
I do bi-annual Home and Studio shows, and am slowly starting to become involved in more shows.
FK: Where do you go for inspiration? Where’s your “quiet place” when you need to get away from the studio – somewhere you go to rest, refresh, meditate?
FK: Well, we are totally alike when it comes to using our gardens in that way. What part of being an artist is the most gratifying for you and what do you dislike the most?
I love the whole process of creating, from the time I get the idea for my next painting, the point where the painting isn’t working and I hate it….(well, maybe I don’t love THAT part, but it is part of the process!) to the point where it all works out and I now have a favorite piece. And each piece is my favorite when I’ve just finished them!
FK: What do you do when you’re not being an artist?
I enjoy spending time with my family, I’m lucky enough to have my parents and my brother here. My two younger kids and I love roller coasters, so we enjoy going to theme parks. I love going to the mountains, especially in the fall, reading; I always have a book I’m in the middle of at my bedside, and gardening, cooking, and bird watching are also favorites of mine.
FK: I’m totally jealous of that – I love roller coasters but because of my back issues I’m forbidden to ride them! So enjoy them for me.
FK: Finally, Stephanie, tell us something that most people – maybe even your family – don’t know about you.
One of the reasons I love Etsy, is that I can promote myself without having to be outgoing. Once I feel comfortable is a situation, I’m pretty outgoing, but there’s always a part of me that’s very shy and self conscious.
FK: I can understand that. Thanks for allowing me to visit with you!
Thank you for having me, it’s been a pleasure!
Now, for the giveaway:
Your choice of SIX note cards from Stephanie's shop. Here's one sample:
Some of Stephanie's note cards are reproductions of her paintings and they are gorgeous. Go here to see more examples of her note cards and to see the rest of her shop. I guarantee you will fall in love with her paintings.
All you have to do to be entered in the drawing is make a comment to this post. That’s all! A name will be drawn from all the comments by random number generator AFTER NOON NEXT WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25. That’s the day before Thanksgiving and, yes, this giveaway is just for one week. It is open to anyone, domestic and worldwide, with free shipping. So don't wait.
And you can see my feature and giveaway at Stephanie’s blog: http://dragonflydegignstudios.blogspot.com/2009/11/felicia-kramer-is-in-house-and-were.html. I'm offering your choice of one of my vintage blocks.
Thank you for a nice visit, Stephanie, and for that lovely giveaway!