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We are going to have a great month full of craft shows to peddle our wares. We’ll have all our latest pottery as well as all our latest soaps and lotions on hand for these shows. If you will be in the Columbus, Ohio area this month, you should definitely stop on by! We will be one of many vendors at these events so the great news is there will be lots of diversity of all sorts of art and crafty goodness to select from and browse.

Our show schedule is up on our website here at http://www.craftybynaturestudio.com/upcoming-shows

This Saturday will be the wonderful Columbus Craftacular, held at Whetstone Community Center in Clintonville!

Next Saturday, May 11th will be the Migratory Bird Fest, Plant Sale, and Arts/Crafts Day at the Audubon Center!

The following Saturday, May 18th, Will be Green on the Green in Worthington at 161 & High St!

ALL THREE FESTIVALS are ecologically friendly themed. We are right where we want to be!

See you there! Mention this blog post and get 25% off any item in our little shop. Woo hoo!


Announcing Crafty by Nature’s newest product launch, Hint of Tint Lip Balm!


Come check it out on www.craftybynaturestudio.etsy.com in our etsy shop!


Remember to visit our facebook page to Like us, at www.facebook.com/craftybynature

 

 


Crafty by Nature started in 2010 after the prior year’s Christmas present went over wildly successfully!   Karen and Nick, owners of Crafty by Nature, set out to put together a fun garden-themed gift basket for Christmas presents.  They put the gift baskets together, had them all ready to go, and lined up in a row.  “Something is missing,” Karen said. 

After extensive research, trial and error, and some tweaks to the recipe, Karen made her own recipe for Gardener’s Hand Salve to add into the garden gift baskets.  The recipients of each gift basket seemed content enough with their garden gift basket, but after they each tried on the new hand salve, that is when things really started happening.  People began calling Karen and Nick to put in orders for more of their “wonderful hand salve.”  Some were saying they needed more for themselves, others said they need a bunch for their coworkers, and many said they must get more for their friends. 

Karen and Nick discovered that with working in the pottery studio so much with clay all over their hands, that this hand salve became very valuable to keep on hand.  After more and more people got their hands on our hand salve, a few people said to us that this hand salve is great but it needs a stronger, more comprehensive name rather than just Gardener’s hand salve.  They asked us to rename it because it really works so well and it is not just for gardener’s.  One person claimed that Gardener’s Hand Salve sounded “too wimpy for this awesome lotion!” 

After our customers suggestions came in, we renamed our original formula hand salve the Working Hands Skin Repair.  Working Hands Skin Repair is made using the same recipe and care as our original recipe.  Due to the enthusiasm and support of our customers, we have started a little brand name. 

This is how Crafty by Nature began.  This is our story.  Our products carry on our story and our new customers become woven into our story.  From our family to yours, we wish you happy, healthy skin!

Sincerely,
Karen and Nick
Crafty by Nature
www.craftybynaturestudio.com – our main website and shop
www.facebook.com/craftybynature – our facebook fan page


MEET KAREN BUONCRISTIANO OF CRAFTY BY NATURE!

Author Written by Princessofallthingscrafty on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 8:57 PM Date
 

 

 Quick Note:  Karen will be at the EcoChic Craftacular at the Whetstone Community Center in Clintonville this weekend.  May 14th and 15th! May 15th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

 

 

1.) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My husband and I started Crafty by Nature by narrowing down the many crafts we were making to 2 main areas, Pottery and Lotions/Natural Skincare.  We both produce pottery on the wheel in our studio.  Together, we are able to offer a variety of different styles of pottery and offer my skincare and lotions line.  I also teach pottery classes for both individuals and groups.  You can contact us to sign up for a class or a kiln share by visiting our website  http://www.craftybynaturestudio.com/.  A kilnshare is when you have pottery to fire but no kiln, so you have Crafty by Nature to fire your pottery!

 

2.) What do you do apart from creating things?
We both have full-time jobs that keep us very busy.  We also spend time hiking with our two cute dogs, kayaking, gardening, and basically spending time outdoors.

3.) What first inspired you to become an artist?
I think I was definitely encouraged to produce art and crafts from an early age by my creative parents.  I was always reminded about the value and enjoyment of art and we often visited art galleries and we produced our own art.

4.) Please describe to us what your creative process is.
For pottery, we try to think of making things that people will find useful and actually make good use of.  A lot of times, we see people wanting to find a purpose or use for each piece of pottery, so we try to plan for that. 

For lotions and skincare, I try to make my skincare items as natural as possible, and I get inspired by natural ingredients and try to find uses for them.  I often try to make my own recipe of lotion and then have to use trial and error to get the recipe just right.  Sometimes it takes several tries.  Once I get it, though, I know it right away!

5.) What handmade possession do you most cherish?
I cherish my wonderful handmade purple earrings and necklace made for me by my amazing friend, Cathy.                                       Thanks, Cathy!

6.) What advice would you give to artists that are new to Etsy Team Columbus? 
I would encourage artists new to Etsy Team Columbus to be patient with the process of getting slowly woven into the group and to give it at least a year.  I have made several really great friends with Etsy Team Columbus, and countless contacts, but it did take some time to get there.  Be patient and try to come to the in-person meetings.

What advice would you give to an aspiring artist?
For an aspiring artist, I would recommend you just keep trying no matter what.  Keep promoting yourself because you are your best, and perhaps only, promoter.  Keep trying no matter what and never give up.  Promote using blogs, websites, etsy, and facebook.  Print ads are not so effective verses their extreme cost; I learned that the hard way!

7.) What do you like most about being a member of the Team?
My absolute favorite thing about being a member of Etsy Team Columbus is whenever I have a problem or question and I can post it to the entire group easily.  Usually within minutes or hours, I have several very useful responses and/or solutions!

8.) What features do you like most about the Etsy website?
I really like the feature that allows us to copy a listing.  It is very useful when we need to list similar items but don’t want to re-type everything out again each time. 

9.) How do you promote your work?
We use facebook and have a facebook fan page / company page that is www.facebook.com/craftybynature.

We have a blog that we try to write to as much as we can at http://www.craftybynaturestudio.wordpress.com/.

We have our wonderful etsy page at http://www.craftybynaturestudio.etsy.com/.

And finally, we have our main website and store at http://www.craftybynaturestudio.com/.

10.) How are you surviving the economy in relation to your business?
We started our company, Crafty by Nature, in early 2010 and had lots of initial big purchases to deal with such as a kiln, potter’s wheel, supplies for lotions, glazes for pottery, and festival fees.  We just keep on pushing forward as best we can.  We have noticed that people see the real value of buying handmade wonderful pottery, or “real” pottery.  Also people have been more than willing to purchase handmade, natural lotions and skincare.  People seem to be aware of getting back to real, handmade, and from the earth types of goods.

11.) Where would you like to be in 5 years, 10 years?
We are really hoping to be doing more sales online through etsy as well as through our main website and to get into bigger craft shows within 5 years.  Within 10 years, I am extremely hopeful and motivated to do my very best to have one of us be able to go fulltime with pottery and skincare.  Yes, I am saying within 10 years, I hope to have one of us quit our current fulltime job and go into lotions and pottery fulltime!  It might just be a dream, but I hope we can make it happen!

PS:  Word from the blog writer:  I personally have tried Karen’s Lotion and lip balm and it’s wonderful!

1 comments:

Hev-Vin Designssaid…
Very interesting interview. Enjoyed it and now I want to try her products!
May 15, 2011 8:48 PM  

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The Columbus Craftacular is coming May 14 & 15th

3rd Annual

Columbus (Eco-Chic) Craftacular


Saturday May 14th 10am – 6pm

Sunday May 15th 12pm – 5pm

 

Outdoor & Indoor Eco-focused Arts & Crafts Show
Whetstone Community Center
Clintonville,Ohio

The recreation center/community center is near entrance to

WhetstoneParkof Roses, directly next to Whetstone Library.

 

The address is: 3923 N. High Street
Columbus,Ohio 43214 

 

Our 83 different vendors will challenge themselves to bring

a more “green” concept to some of their wares. This can be done with awareness during all stages of creation:


  • purpose/use
  • raw materials
  • manufacturing process
  • packaging
  • waste produced
  • natural or recycled content

 

Live acoustic music from local bands features some of the areas talent and gives a fun atmosphere to the event. 

Activities, demonstrations and games from Craftacular sponsors aimed at teaching fun ways to think green! 


Swag bags (full of goodies) will be given away to the first 50 people who make a purchase each day!

Bags will contain samples from exhibiting vendors and promotional items from the rest of Etsy Team Columbus.


Sign our guestbook with your comments and questions you may have. 
You might have pottery questions like “How can I get personalized wedding pottery for so and so?” Or you might have skincare questions like “What are the ingredients in your lotions and where do they come from?”

Come and join the fun by signing / posting your comments and questions here.  We LOVE feedback from our customers and potential customers!!!  It is a great way for us to learn!  Here’s your chance…

http://www.craftybynaturestudio.com/Guestbook.php


I am so lucky to have the greatest customers!  One wonderful customer of mine, Sue, had purchased a piece of pottery from me, entered my raffle to win my giant gift basket, complimented me on all my stuff, had a wonderful & cheerful conversation, and then vanished.  But not for long. 

A few days later, I told myself that I really must pull the winner’s name out of my raffle container.  I pulled the name, Sue, and immediately emailed her.  I was so excited and surprised when I figured out that it was the very same Sue that was so delightful to meet, talk with, and sell pottery to!  A little time went by as we all are busy, but Sue has now posted a lovely little write up with gorgeous photos of how much she loves my handmade skincare and pottery!   Without further ado, here is Sue’s lovely post from www.sunnyhawklane.blogspot.com :

“I’m on a winning spree.  Truly winning, not winning in some sarcastic-Charlie-Sheenish way.  At my last craft show (I make jewelry and sell at craft shows….my jewelry site —which needs alot of attention— is here:  http://www.sunnyhawklane.com/ in case you are curious), I didn’t win the raffle (I usually do, it’s so weird), and went home thinking, ah, well, can’t win EVERYtime.  A few days later I get an e-mail telling me I have won this wonderful gift basket from a crafter I met that I went ga-ga over….Karen makes VEGAN hand-cream AND awesome pottery.  I bought this wonderful bowl from her:

So, I thought it was amazingly cool that I won these items:

See more of her lovelies here:  http://www.craftybynaturestudio.com/  (Note:  she uses beeswax in some of her products, so some are not strictly vegan….check ingredient list).

I love her stuff so much that I am going to order some things from her to give away here, on the blog, in July, to celebrate my one-year vegan anniversary.  More on that in June.” 

     – Sue of Sunny Hawk Lane


Come check out my etsy.com page by clicking on the wolf above.  Enjoy!!!  – karen


I did it!  I made real “Lotion-Lotion!”  I am totally thrilled and jumping up and down with sheer joy and excitement!  Making a body lotion has prooved to be an elusive goal for me!  It has taken a lot of trial and error to get to this point in Crafty by Nature history!

What I was doing wrong previously was my use of beeswax, oils, and water to try to make a lotion work.  Oh no, don’t even bother using beeswax!  What you must use instead is a different kind of wax altogether known as ‘vegetable emulsifying wax.’  The emulsifying wax is the key!  It is so amazing of a difference in the cohesion of my lotion.  With the beeswax, my lotion clumped up and separated into two gooshy parts, one was watery and thin and the other was thick, goopy, and greasy.  Not cool!  BUT NOW I have turned a huge corner and gave it one more try.  The result is a very uniform, very creamy, very moisturizing, and very sensuous lotion.  I absolutely love this lotion.  I actually made the lotion, watched it emusify and perfectly, smoothly blend together, and then I literally said out loud, “I love you, Lotion!”  And so it happened, and the name of the lotion remains, “I love you, Lotion!”  I am so proud and excited, and I really love my lotion!

"I love you, Lotion"


My new website is finally up!!!  It may need a few tweaks here or there but it is up and running.  For any pottery or natural bath & body orders, you can take care of it all at www.craftybynaturestudio.com

Come check out the new site and feel free to let me know what you think!  Hope you enjoy it, and have a crafty day!

www.craftybynaturestudio.com