My name is Lindy and I come from a very creative family. Both of my parents are artists and my dad worked in the Art Gallery at the University of Lethbridge. I grew up in a very creative atmosphere and ended up getting a fine arts degree in technical theatre from U of L. I then got married and moved to Calgary where I went through a couple of jobs and had three kids. I stayed creative by making cards. Paper was the one media I kept going back too. I started to play around with designing images on the computer and went from a more scrapbook like card to a digital version which is what you see in my Etsy shop.
While I enjoyed making cards I always felt like I needed a purpose. It was hard for me to just sit down and make a card just for the fun of it. I had to have a reason for doing it. I found Etsy shortly after having my first son. I missed working and thought selling cards on Etsy might fill that need. I worked on some digital images and opened my shop in February of 2009.
3. Show us a few of your favourite pieces and why they are your favourites.
Oh this is hard! I like everything! I think it’s important to really like what you sell. I think customers can feel that through your shop. But with that said there are a few that stand out.
|Blue owl print|
|Twelve Days of Christmas Greeting Card|
|Rainbow Note Cards with Bunting|
|Giraffe Art Print|
4. What does shop local mean to you and why is it important (or not important)?
I think it’s important as it creates a sense of community and supports the area that you yourself live in but I also think it’s fascinating how a community can for formed from hundreds of sellers all over the world. That’s one of the reasons why I like Etsy so much.
5. Is there any one moment or experience in developing your art or your business that stands out in your mind? Why? Hitting 700 sales probably. I have no idea why. You’d think hitting 1000 would be more thrilling and it was but for some reason I went crazy when I saw the number go past 700. Go figure! I’m just thrilled that I’m able to do something I love and that my cards and prints are finding new homes all over the world.
6. Do you have any of your pieces in a local shop or in an artisan market? Tell us where and when.
No I don’t.
You can find Lindy here:
Thank you, Lindy, for sharing some of your story with us!