Friday, June 27, 2008

Saturday Stellar Seller 6/28/08---Beneaththerowantree

The Stellar Seller for this week is Lori of BeneathTheRowanTree. Inspired by her daughter Rowan, Lori's shop is full of unique, brightly colored, Earth and child friendly items. While a bit of her variety is pictured below, visiting her shop is a must! Click on her shop name above to see her Etsy shop, or here to see her blog. And now, the interview:

(Aren't these Owls the cutest? We knew she was a kindred Owl :) While these aren't in her shop just yet, you can read about them here )

Tell us all about you, as much or as little as you'd love to share with the Etsy world.

Me. Working mom (ordained minister) of an almost 3 year old. Long time crafter, just beginning to explore myself as an artist.

Lets hear all about your shop & how you got started:

My shop is a mix of things I *like* to make and things that I would buy or use for my own child. My shop began as a whim~ I was cloth diapering my daughter and needed some clothes for summer, so I decided to dye and paint some for her. I was hooked and needed someplace to unload the rest... Etsy found me and so it began!

See these playsilks here and here

We focus on natural toys for children, because we believe so firmly in the value of imagination and wonder in child hood. Children grow up far too quickly. Our toys are simple, made of natural materials and play is lead by the child (and not the other way around as with battery operated toys etc.). Our core product is our hand dyed and painted clothing featuring bright colours and lots of whimsy to delight little ones. My recent foray into felting has opened up a whole new avenue of creation!

I have a well of creativity that seems to overflow and BTRT is the perfect outlet!

What inspires you to create?

My daughter. The amazing journey children make into awareness of the world and themselves. I love colour and texture and seeing them come together. I love the chaos of dyeing~ the possibility continues to draw me to create.

Check out Dawn, the felted bowl pictured right, here

Describe yourself in one word:


See 'I Heart Ewe' here
The same five questions we always ask, sort of...
What's Your Favorite:


Rowan would say bow tie, but I am a fan of rotini

---song from the 90's?

the 90s? Was there music then? I only remember 500 Miles by The Proclaimers.

---ice cream flavor?

Dairy allergic. But Pralines and Cream are in my dreams!
See 'Feathering the Nest' here
---actor named Tom?

Arnold. LOL, um, no... Skerrit, maybe.
Always thought there was something sexy about him.

---Etsy seller???

Tough one. So many great people to work with. I was so impressed recently by Hidenseek and Krisblues and Snitterdog while seeking art for my daughter, to begin a collection of small works and ACEOs. My go-to-gal is Lindsay at Whimzy Pinzy, for fiber. KeelyB rocks her trees. See, I can't pick just one!

Anything else you want to add?

Thanks for the opportunity to share with you! Being part of a creative community is so inspiring and challenging and has been good for my soul~ awakened my need to create and lead me into new territory as an artist.

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knitandpearl said...

Fabulous article!! Thanks, beneaththerowantree, for being our Stellar Seller this week!!

J-Mi said...

Yeah, Lori's the greatest! Thanks for giving us such an awesome interview!

Body Language Soaps said...

I love that I love ewe tie die t-shirt! It's really cute! And what great interviews! How fun!

Cherry Lane Jane said...

those owl are cute! great article too


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