Introducing, “TWO BEES IN A POD”

Pack of 2 Leaf Thinking of You Cards 

I met a lovely new Etsian in the forums recently.  And if you know me or read my blog, you know I like to scrapbook and such.  My new-found Etsy friend has similar interests and she does some really lovely work.  Her name is Ally.  Like my some of my other blogging buddies, she is a full time student, which is a job in itself, and she maintains an Etsy store where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards and the occasional gift tags.   She also only recently started making, “thank you” business cards, which are a BIG hit.

 Ally’s Etsy shop is a mother/daughter act.  Being that I have a close relationship with my mother and being that we also both craft, I immediately connected with her profile.  Ally and her mother work together to list items in their shop, but being younger and more computer savvy, Ally is the one you will more than likely be dealing with if you are in the chat rooms, forums or if you convo them.  

Flower Happy Mothers Day Card

Ally and her mother, (TWO BEES IN A POD) are located in Pennsylvania, near Philly.  Even though they’re on the other end of the state from where I grew up, I’m hometown proud of our Pennsylvania Etsy crafters!

Colorful Circles Birthday Card

 At this point in Ally’s crafting, she is not supporting herself with her creations.  She is currently in school, earning her Elementary and Special education degrees, BUT she hopes to one day own a little shop where she can sell her cards.  I’m sure she will do it!  She’s very talented!

Pack of 2 Paisley Thoughts of You Cards

Right now, Ally’s cards and all other items from TWO BEES IN A POD can only be found on Etsy.  She is trying to get involved with some local craft shows though, so you may see her out and about! 

10 Circle Thank Yous Either Tags or Notes

I asked Ally what inspires her and she said that she’s most inspired by pictures in magazines.  She said that all of the colors the magazines use just draw her in!  She said she can look at a magazine then go home and immediately know what she wants to create.  I must say that I relate to Ally on this point as well.  I always find myself looking through Pottery Barn and the like for inspiration! 

Blank Brown Flower Cards

Ally creates in what used to be her dining room.  She reports that she got rid of the dining room table and just put a huge desk.  So, now she has plenty of room!  :]  When Ally is not creating, she spends her time studying.  She says she studies even when she IS creating!

With regard to her goals, Ally’s first and foremost goal is to graduate. :]   After that, she said that, if she can sell at least 20 cards a month, that would make her happy.  She loves doing custom orders as well, so she’d like to do a bunch of those also!

I asked Ally, of the items in her Etsy shop, which one was her favorite, why, and if she could tell us anything unique about the inspiration behind it or why she likes it the most?

Her favorite item is her Flowery Thank You Card:
Flowery Thank You Card

Here’s what she said:  “It is my favorite item because I just love the paper.  It is so springy and eye-catching!  I love the different use of ribbon, the bow and the two borders. I tried so hard to find springy paper that I liked!  I searched for a LONG time before I found this, and now I’m using it for a lot of things!  I like it the most because it represents me. It represents my whole personality. Fun and crazy but still calm and collective.”

Ally’s friends and family are extremely supportive of her.  She reports that they always want to buy her cards and when she’s at a family gathering, they are always saying that her stuff is great and want to know where they can get it!  Ally says her boyfriend is her biggest fan and thinks her cards are great.  She says that she can always tell he is really proud of her!  With the support and encouragement that Ally is receiving and the awesome prices she’s got, she’s bound to develop a great fan base and go far!

With regard to sharing anything else, not already covered, Ally said, “I love being on Etsy, it really gave me the confidence to try new things and not to be afraid of anything!”

Blue Inspired Flower Thank You Card

You can visit Ally and her mother’s shop, “TWO BEES IN A POD” by
CLICKING HERE.

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After The Weekend And Into The Week…

Well!  It was SOME weekend!  Anthony and I traveled four and a half hours to Pennsylvania and enjoyed wonderful company, good times, delicious food and the makings of new memories.  What more can one ask for?  I’ll tell you what…Some more Snickers fudge from Smicksburg!  :O)  Mmmmmm!!!  So good!   (If anyone has a great recipe for it, please share!)

It’s Tuesday now.  I’ve settled back into Maryland and our usual daily life.  It’s getting warmer out but still a bit chilly.  I do, indeed, welcome the increased daylight that we have been gifted with as a result of daylight savings time.  I’m looking forward to working in yard with the sun on my back, tending my flowers and hopefully a few vegetables this year too!

On another note, I’ve been full of some thoughts lately, that I will share.  You see, I want to GIVE to charities and other good causes.  I mentioned it to my husband and his response was aghast because, although sales are picking up, I’m not exactly rolling in the crafting dough.  I guess, my thoughts are that, when you give, it always comes back to you.  I would like to be able to give a percentage of my proceeds to a good cause.  I want to do more than be an artist who makes money for their own good.  I’d like to be an artist who, not only defies the phrase, “starving artist,” but I’d also like to be an artist who makes money for the good of others so they don’t have to “starve.”  It’s funny that this was on my mind, because today I was asked to donate some jewelry for a silent auction that will benefit a local charity called, “Cops n Kids.”  I am so happy to be asked and I will most certainly be donating!  In the meantime, I suppose I will continue to bounce my thoughts around and perhaps God will bless me with continued answers.

I made some new necklaces last night and today, and I’ve got more ideas brewing in my head, so I want to create before they escape me!  Here are the two that I finished and listed:

Red Hot Wood Necklace:
Red Hot Wood Necklace

and

Black and True Blue Necklace

I’m debating whether or not to make coordinating earrings and bracelets.  I’d love to post polls on my blog.  I’ve seen people do that before, but I’m still too new to blogging.  I’m not savvy enough to have the knowledge.  If anyone knows how to insert such widgets, I’d love the help.  In the meantime, I’ll be on a mission, surfing the net to find out.  Have a wonderful evening!

P.S.  I’ve got some great new artists to feature soon!  Their write ups are in the works.  Stay tuned to my blog to see who they are!