Handmade by Anne Potter Feature and Giveaway
I have eclectic taste.
No room in my house has any particular theme.
It’s just all a representation of the people who live here.
This is one of the things I love about Handmade by Anne Potter.
Based out of Champaign, Illinois her shop offers a variety of items: jewelry, housewares, hair accessories, and clothing.
Her Etsy Shop name came to be because Handmade by Anne Potter nicely sums up all the different media that I like to work in.”
Looking for a creative outlet, without compromising her career, her Etsy Shop was born.
“I have always designed and made things and with etsy I am able to make pieces, sell them, and not interfere with my main job as a stay-at-home mom to five children.”
Handmade by Anne Potter offers a lot of variety and many of her items are repurposed.
Her talent, like so many, is attributed to her grandmother. “I was greatly influenced by my very talented and prolific grandmother. She didn’t teach me many hands-on skills – I’m mostly self-taught – but creating and “Doing it Yourself” has always been a way of life, and I think my grandmother had a lot to do with that.”
Anne feels her ability to use what’s around her is something that sets her shop apart from others.
“I try very hard to use smart materials to make the things I dream up – secondhand materials, found objects, and recycled materials. The result of original design + matchless materials is completely unique!”
There was no hesitation when asked what her absolute favorite creation is: “In my shop right now: definitely my Bangalore Beaded Belt. It was inspired by a piece that I saw in a little import boutique and it’s my first attempt at bead weaving. I did it!
It seems cultures inspire Anne to create.
She sites her inspirations as “Travel, and cultural art traditions from around the world: Mexican Milagros, Thai pagodas, Coptic crosses, etc.”
For an item to find it’s way into Handmade by Anne Potter, it first has to make the cut.
“I often start with a sketch in my sketchbook. Then I let the project age a little bit as I think about what would be the best technique or material to use. If the idea still has enough mojo, then I get my hands on some materials.”
When she’s not with a sketchbook or in her studio, Anne says ” I love to travel, go to garage sales, go out with my husband (hip restaurants), play catch with my kids, watch travel shows on TV, and I run (because I love to eat). ”
Anne would love to someday learn the craft of Metalworking and woodworking.
As a busy stay at home Mom to five, finding time to craft can be difficult.
For Anne, this involves, “grabbing snippets of time here and there and I always have a knitting project in the car. But I try to get a few hours of work done after bedtime.”
It’s not the material things that Anne feels are her greatest accomplishments in life.
For her, it’s “(Mostly) well-adjusted children.”
Anne sees herself in ten years, “Running the most laid-back-ever domestic empire!
Beautiful books on knitting, quilting, and needlework, product lines and selling on etsy because I think it’s a very cool marketplace.”
As if you needed another reason to shop at Handmade by Anne Potter, “50% of all proceeds to missions.”
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. The opinions above are my own and were not in any way influenced by the sponsor. Other’s experience may vary.
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