Welcome to Cette Petite Maison

My name is Carol-Ann and I am a maker and crafter of all kinds of things and with Cette Petite Maison (This Little House) I hope to share a little bit of my life here in the beautiful rural Quercy Blanc area of France and introduce you to some of my neighbours and their wonderful produce.

I am trying a embrace a simpler lifestyle, working towards sustainability so I am offering a small range of items, made, grown and harvested locally by neighbours and friends and I hope that the phrase Products with Provenance resonates.

If you would like to follow along, it would be lovely to have your company, just add your name and e-mail to Follow my Blog below, and I promise not to inundate you with too many posts.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Making Magic with Artsy Craftery Studio

Sandi and I go back a long way as Virtual Friends - Do you happen to remember when we first met Sandi? Was it in the very early days of Zibbet?  Yes, I think it was at that site years ago when you ordered some seed saver envelopes from me and I ordered some vintage, yellow buttons from you.

I love this piece I bought from Sandi :)
I have always been drawn to Sandi’s positive energy which seems to echo my own in some ways, the art she creates is full of joy and speaks to my creative side. Thank you, Carol-Ann! I am a born motivator and enjoy encouraging others in all that I do.

Please tell us when you started Artsy Craftery Studio and why you started selling your work online. Artsy Craftery Studio began as Holland Paper & Décor Arts around 2005, when I started sharing pics online of my early creations. I then changed to Sandi Holland Mixed Media and I continued with that name when I began blogging in 2006. It wasn’t until 2007 that I first listed and made my first sale, at a defunct venue called Winkelf. I began selling online because it was quicker and more convenient than starting out at craft shows. I began to sell my products under the name of Artsy Craftery Studio around 2011 and changed the blog name to Living To Create.

What drew you to the materials you use? Since I use a variety of media, it’s hard to say. As an adult, I started out loving papercrafting and watercolor painting. As a youth in Girl Scouts, I learned simple crafts that I loved, like crewelwork and basket weaving. I took art classes in 7th and 8th grade and learned traditional craft techniques, like ceramics, collage and papier mache. Papercrafting is still my first love. I believe I was born with an intense craving for all things crafting

Have you always had your printable range or is your shop Printaphoria a new departure? I have been self-studying image editing and graphic design for many years. A few years ago, I began listing my surface designs at Spoonflower and then Society6. My real design love is for products that these sites do not offer, such as collage sheets, printable craft papers, clip art, shop web sets, etc. I launched Printaphoria in 2018 as a sales outlet for these types of graphics and printables. 

How does it feel to see the art and printable papers you have created being used by others in their work? It’s a dream come true, because it is how I want my work to be utilized! I can make pretty pics all day and show how to use my products and designs, and how they look in various situations. It is only when I see them used by others that the satisfaction is complete.

How much time do you spend working your designs? I can only describe it as day and night. When I’m not attending to needs, my mind and efforts are all creatively-directed. I spend massive amounts of time daily on the computer. My standard time that I stop working and go to bed is 2:00 am – 3:00 am. I get up from 7-8:00 am to start it all again. I dream of creations sometimes. I search my junk mail for ephemera that I can salvage. Ideas continuously run through my mind, so I really have no rest from creativity. It is blissful torture and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Like the interim name of my blog when it went from Holland Paper & Décor Arts and before the new name, I truly do Live To Create! 

You also have a Blog for Creatives and Makers can you tell us a bit about please. The Creative Seller started as Holland Paper & Décor Arts, then Sandi Holland Mixed Media and then Living To Create. It is a comprehensive website now, where I promote the creative life of crafting, writing, arting, designing, cooking, container gardening, etc. Most of all, I try to motivate others to understand that they too can create. The Creative Seller is a dot com Blogger domain website now that includes a blog page. The site also includes other pages that can be reached through the top navigation bar. I include regular blog features along with a variety of blog posts, tips & resources and products listings and shopping links. It is still in development, but I feel that The Creative Seller is the final incarnation of the name.

Please could you list all the places we can find you online. These are my fav links.
Positive Words Artwork
Artsy Craftery Studio

And finally - what does the future hold for you and your artwork? More creating as long as I can see and use my hands. More online selling as long as I can endure technology. I will officially retire this year, so I am ecstatic by the freedom that will provide to explore new techniques and media. I will be able to truly create as my spirit flows daily, rather than rejecting ideas because they may not be immensely saleable.