Help me in welcoming our Wednesday featured artist, Susan Templeton of Elephant Tales! Susan has agreed to give away one of her Around the block wood birth announcement keepsakes. To enter please go to her shop then come back here and comment telling us your favorite item listed. Winner will be chosen using

I am a stay at home mom of two boys (ages 8 and 11). They keep my extremely busy with school volunteering, room mom, and their many after school activities. I've been married for 18 years to a firefighter so there's never a dull moment.
How did you get your start on Etsy?
I was sitting at speech therapy for my youngest son and I was flipping through a magazine and saw a little story on marketplaces for handmade goods. That's how I found out about etsy and I couldn't have been more thrilled! Etsy provides a great opportunity for those of us that have zero marketing skills to get our products out into the marketplace. I love that Etsy provides a source of income that enables us to still spend great quality time with our families.
How did you choose your shop name?
I chose the shop name Elephant Tales because when my oldest son was little he was obsessed with elephants. I added the Tales part because every family has a such a great story to tell. My logo consists of four elephants. Each elephant represents a member of the family and yes, I'm the one with the pink toe nail polish!
What is a typical day for you?
A typical day for me would be getting the kids to school, volunteering in their classes, having lunch with them and then coming home to try and catch up on a million chores and Elephant Tales orders. Doesn't sound very exciting but I wouldn't trade it for the world!
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
If I could be anywhere in the world it would be on vacation with my family in Australia. I've just always wanted to go there! Wouldn't it be great to hold a koala?
What is your favorite bible verse?
My favorite bible verse is "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
What would be your favorite item to feature?
My favorite etsy item to feature is my wood block birth announcement. It is such a cute, inexpensive keepsake for parents and grandparents.
Where can we find you online?
You can link directly to my shop at as well as just searching shop names for elephanttales on Etsy. You can also search facebook for Elephant Tales.

Thank you for agreeing to be featured! Everyone please go check out her shop and give it some love!

Comments (17)

On March 14, 2012 at 12:21 PM , ZudaGay said...

Nice to meet you, Susan! I love your beaded pens!

On March 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM , Lorrie said...

Thank you for introducing us to Susan. I love the baby wipe case. What a great idea!

On March 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM , AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a wonderful artist to featured today! I love Susans things. I will be going over to her shop right now to check all her items up close and personal! Thanks for sharing her story..

On March 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM , sammysgrammy said...

It's v nice to get to know you a l'il bit, Susan. Your shop is lovely. I favorited the birthday badges.

On March 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

Hi Susan - so nice to "meet" you. I love the name of your shop and your logo is adorable.

I love this pen in your shop. So pretty and feminine. I am thinking Christmas or Birthday gift for my daughter who is going to be 40!


On March 14, 2012 at 2:51 PM , (Ri)Charmed said...

Great stuff!

On March 15, 2012 at 12:20 AM , Luella Newkirk said...

It was great to get to meet you and learn a little bit about you. You have an incredibly darling shop, Susan. The Girls Glow in the Dark Ladybug Bracelet is my favorite!

On March 15, 2012 at 5:51 AM , bananaorangeapple said...

Great to meet you, and what lovely items you have in store.

On March 15, 2012 at 7:40 AM , bananaorangeapple said...

Oh and if you get to Australia, come and visit me! No koalas at my place but plenty of kangaroos.

On March 15, 2012 at 9:48 AM , Joyce Butler said...

Nice to get to t know you. Nice items.

On March 15, 2012 at 9:50 AM , Joyce Butler said...

I like the necklace.

On March 15, 2012 at 11:16 AM , Kelly Bermudez said...

So very beautiful Susan!

On March 15, 2012 at 12:25 PM , Donna (Twinmountainpottery) said...

Great shop! Loved meeting you!

On March 15, 2012 at 5:32 PM , Angels and Everlastings said...

Lovely shop. I so enjoy hearing about other Etsy artists.

On March 15, 2012 at 9:58 PM , libby said...

I love love love the idea of rolling for chores! What a great concept, and what a great talent you have in the presentation, Susan! That would definitely be my favorite.

Great work!

On March 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM , krafterskorner said...


On March 16, 2012 at 11:26 PM , Sheila said...

What great ideas in this shop! I don't have little ones, so I want someone with kids at home to win the giveaway:)