It is our pleasure to introduce Lorie Raymer of HappyBlueDragonfly as this week's Featured Artist. Lorie crafts a wide variety of home décor pieces including coat racks and wooden signs from her home in Oregon.

Tea coffee cappuccino wooden blocks by happybluedragonfly


Introduction to you:

Hi, my name is Lorie Raymer and my shop on Etsy is called Happy Blue Dragonfly.  My shop features mostly handmade wooden children’s items with a few shelf sitter wooden blocks for everyone to enjoy.
I live in the great NorthWest and there isn’t anywhere I would rather be. It is beautiful here; the mountains and the beaches are wonderful. I know you can’t swim in our cold water but it is truly God’s country where the mountains meet the water.

I am a mother of three spirited children. With the help of a supportive husband and family I was able to go from a full time Pediatric Intensive Care nurse to a full time designer and creator in my Etsy shop.

I have always wanted to design something that was whimsical and useful. And I truly believe that I have found this in the items I make.

I feel so blessed to be able to work doing what I love to do.

Wooden Owl Clock Whimsical hand painted by happybluedragonfly

Giveaway: I will offer a 5% discount to any CAST team members who orders a minimum of $20 from my Etsy shop. Use the promo code: CASTTEAMS at time of check out.

How did you get your start on Etsy? 

I stumbled onto Etsy via the internet. I was investigating how to sell crafts and there was Etsy all over the place.
no more monkeys jumping on the bed wooden blocks by happy blue dragonfly
No More Monkeys... Wooden Blocks

How did you choose your shop name?
Dragonflies have always made me happy. I love the way they look and visually expressed in everyday life.  The blue dragonfly in the Asian culture represents joy or new life.  Hence, Happy Blue Dragonfly was born.

What does a typical day look like for you?
My typical day is: I get up at 6:00 am, make breakfast and get the children ready for their day. Then off to my studio by 7:00. Some days I will work nonstop until about 1am. With breaks to greet my children after school and make dinner then I am back at work. I know this seems like a lot of time in my studio but I am just starting out and I am still trying to organize my filling orders for Etsy and making items for craft bazaars.
elephant and giraffe bookends by happybluedragonfly
Elephant & Giraffe Bookends

What is your favorite Bible verse?
My favorite bible verse has to be:
1Corinthians 13:4-8
I truly believe that, love is patient, love is kind and it is not self-seeking.

Whale Coat Rack
Whale Coat Rack

What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?
I think my favorite items on Etsy are my whale items. The bookends and the coat rack with a close second being my owls. They were both so much fun to make. I really enjoy coming up with ideas and making all the items in my shop. I especially love to do custom orders. This brings a whole new dimension to my creative thinking.
Where else we can find you on the Internet?
Facebook: happybluedragonfly

Comments (9)

On July 24, 2013 at 9:13 PM , sammysgrammy said...

happybluedragonfly is one of the happiest little shops I've ever seen......

On July 24, 2013 at 10:39 PM , C. Weed said...

Such a lovely shop! :) I love the owl clock and the bookends!

On July 25, 2013 at 11:50 AM , Cynthia S. said...

Sweet pieces! Love your art! Blessings to you and yours!

On July 25, 2013 at 12:16 PM , Mechelle said...

Thanks for sharing this Etsy shop. She has very nice products!

On July 25, 2013 at 1:49 PM , Lizzi said...

You have an adorable shop!

On July 25, 2013 at 5:31 PM , Z said...

What beautiful work!

On July 26, 2013 at 2:41 PM , Anonymous said...

I love the owl clock

On July 27, 2013 at 1:03 PM , (Ri)Charmed said...

Great product photography!

On August 4, 2013 at 8:18 AM , KarenW said...

Very cute shop!