by Melanie Arntsen of SqueakyBug Specialties
of Craftluxuries! Irene is offering a giveaway. To enter, go to her shop, pick your favorite item, and return here to comment with item (please include your email address so we can easily contact you.) Winners will be chosen using random.org!
My name is Irene and I am a stay at home mom to two young boys. Besides being a devoted wife I am also a devoted artisan who loves to design and create unique, simple and elegant pieces of work using top quality materials. I was born and raised in New York by my Greek parents and am now living in Greece.
From a young age arts & crafts have always been a field of inspiration and enjoyment for me. Anything artistic would capture my attention. In elementary school, while participating in a book making contest, I wrote, illustrated and bound a children’s book by myself. It won the first prize.
My work is inspired by art, nature and blending beautiful colors. I like to make things you don’t easily find in stores. I try putting all my effort and craftsmanship into everything I hand make and give meticulous attention to detail. Each of my works is lovingly crafted because this is something that I love and take pride in doing.
I love designing, drawing, beading, making jewelry, invitations, cards, favors for all occasions, sewing, knitting and crocheting, working with wood, textiles, felt, cotton canvas, polymer clay, mosaics, designing photo albums and fashion clothing. I also love paper, pattern and texture and I work alot with photoshop. All my work is custom made to fulfill the buyer.
I love to discover new artists, designers and products which I often share through my blog. Right now I am a seller on Etsy and my shop is still fresh but I am hoping on expanding into markets and shops in the future. I hope my projects spread all around the world leaving a lasting impression and bringing warm feelings in people's hearts.
How did you get your start on Etsy?
Being brought up from a dad that worked as a painter and a mom as a housewife, I didn’t really have everything I wanted so I would hand fix anything I couldn't have or find or anything my imagination put me up to. I used to build doll houses out of cardboard boxes! What life taught me is that what really counts is growing up with good values, love and harmony and those I had to the fullest.
In the year 2000 a head stroke, which my dad miraculously survived, confined him to a chair thus ruining our plans of returning to the U.S. And so, here I am, an unemployed mommy, a wife to a terrific husband, trying to use my creativity in order to help my family of 2 boys including my dad. That is one of the reasons I decided to join Etsy. But the main reason is that this gave me the opportunity for me to show off my talent and see how far I can go.
How did you choose your shop name?
I had a long and hard time finding a shop name, but one day it just dawned on me that since I love elegance and since handmade is a luxury, a nice name would be craftluxuries!
What does a typical day look like for you?
For me, a typical day starts and ends with housework, feeding, changing diapers, cooking cleaning, shopping looking after the boys and going for walks. But as soon as they fall asleep I indulge in my creative works. Thanks to my mom, who helps me out whenever she can, I may have more free time on my hands during the day.
If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?
I would love to visit France but not just for one day! I find their culture and arts quite unique. They have a wonderful sense of creativity and of course beautiful and romantic places!
What is your favorite Bible verse?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?
My Swarovski crystal stretch ring.
Places where we can find you on the internet?
My facebook page : www.facebook.com/pages/craftluxuriesetsycom/178947258786915
Twitter : www.twitter.com/craftluxuries
...and the winner is...
The winner of last week's giveaway from Angela of CraftyCrochet4Kids with her surprise item for little girls is...Cheryl Allison with onthegrain.etsy.com. Congratulations! I have convo'd both of you to let you know.
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