Thursday, July 23, 2009

Etsy Greetings Street Team Member Angela with PhotoGreetings

Photo Greetings was created out of Angela’s love of keeping in touch with her family and friends. And she has brought her creations to you. You can now have the same opportunity to share with your family and friends. Her art (that I have posted in this blog) can become your favorite design with your photos. Let Angela know what message you want to convey: wedding or birth announcements, baby shower or birthday party, or whatever your need, Angela has the God-given talent.

Check out her blog also. She may have to give up the writing of her blog due to time constraints. She and her husband are in the process of adoption. Would you like to know how that process is going for her and her family? I know I would. “Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought him back.” Leave a message to her here in the comments. You can also visit her blog. She is requesting 50 comments to keep her blog alive. I was the first. Enjoy!

How did you get your start in the world of art?
We grew up without a television, and my mom was always doing crafty things with us. She taught me a love for crafting, and God gave me a natural eye for art, so between the two, I turned out the way I did...I had no choice. :-)

Do you have a ritual you perform before you start creating?
No, I just pray for inspiration and hope that someone loves my creations as much as I do.

What do you like best, the creative process or the final creation?
That's a tough question to answer. I think I may have to say the final creation, as in the final image, with my customer's photo in it. It always gives me a thrill to know how much someone LOVED what I did with their photo and my design.

What are your favorite art media, tools, and supplies?
I really enjoy using my computer to create. Finding new designs to use in my creations is a lot of fun. But, I do more than just create on the computer when it comes to "art." I love scrapbooking, card-making, jewelry making, counted cross stitch, and sewing, so there's loads of supplies I like.

When a creative block happens, what process do you go through to get the creative juices flowing again?
I pray hard, and I take a look at other photo greeting card sites to get some inspiration.

What do you hope your art says about you?
I hope that my arts says that I have a passion and a love for what I do, as well as an eye for great design.

What is your greatest dream and greatest fear as an artist?
My greatest dream as an artist is that I could make a living off of what I sell each month...or at least enough to help supplement my husband's income. I also would love to have a big LOCAL customer base.
My greatest fear as an artist is not ever being able to create again, for whatever reason.

What are your goals in art, and in life?
My goals in life are to be the best wife and mom that God has created me to be, and to glorify Christ in all that I do. I also would love to eventually have a piece of property (about 100 acres), where we have a big house and lots of room for kids to run. We are hoping to be able to adopt more children. We would love to have some animals, a big garden, and a tree swing. We'd love to have our parents living on the same property so that we can help take care of them.
My goals in art are to learn how to be proficient in Photoshop, and to learn how to design in Photoshop CS3. I also would like to learn how to take awesome photographs.

Tell us a little bit about yourself—where you grew up, your life now, other creative pursuits, other interests and hobbies.
I grew up as an Air Force brat, and one of 6 kids. We lived in Washington state, Missouri, Nebraska, Okinawa, and finally New Mexico, where my dad retired. My mom instilled in me a love for travel (we would take a great road trip vacation each summer, visiting loads of cool places along the way.), a love for cooking, a love for crafts, and a love for American history. I spent 20 years in New Mexico, where I had my son, who is 15 years old and is a high-functioning special needs kid, having been born with 1/2 a heart, and having had 5 strokes before age 3. In 2003, I met my husband on eHarmony. We married in 2004, and my son and I moved from New Mexico to northern of the LAST places I ever wanted to live (but now I love it here, except for the HIGH cost of living). Just this last year, we got a little boy placed in our home for adoption, and the adoption was complete in March of 2009. We are truly blessed with great family, wonderful friends, and a small apartment CLOSE to my husband's work.

I enjoy so many types of crafting, as I mentioned earlier. I also love to make up recipes with my husband, for us to try. We love to cook together and come up with some great things to eat. I am currently in a weight loss program at the gym, and am learning to make healthier choices and include exercise in my program, and I'm loving it. I love to read (favorite authors: Terri Blackstock, Dee Henderson, Janette Oke, Lori Peart, John Flanagan, Beverly Lewis), I enjoy going fishing and camping with my family, and I love to travel. My husband and I are both involved in our church, and I will soon be leading a mom's group that will be starting back up in the Fall. I've never done that before...I've always taught kids....not adults. So this will be an exciting journey for me.

Do you have more than one Etsy shop and/or other online shops, or a blog?
I do have three Etsy shops: They are;; and
I have one shop on ArtFire:
I have a blog too, which I have not kept up with, and will most likely ultimately need to do away with because I just don't have the time for it:

I'm Moving!

I am moving my blog to my website at AJ's Design Artz . I hope you stop by!