This week's interviewee runs the Etsy supply shop EmbellishYourPage, where you'll find handmade paper embellishments and other supplies.
What is your name?
My name is Lacey Noel.
Where are you right now?
I'm at work right now. Super slow!
How did you choose the name of your Etsy shop?
I picked my shop name because that is what I would like people to do, embellish their creations with items from my shop.
When did you learn to create the things you sell in your shop?
I was originally a cardmaker and I had a different shop. I listed cards, borders, quilled items (twirled paper), some paper punches, and knitted items. I am self taught (books helped alot) starting in 2005. I was addicted to EVERYTHING. Eventually, I went to smaller handmade items since cards and scarves didn't seem to sell and changed my shop to be focussed on scrapbooking and cardmaking. I love buying punches and stamps for myself as much as for my shop.
If you had to choose one craft to do for the rest of this year, what would it be?
I think if I had to stick with one thing, it would have to be knitting, but deciding is so hard! I couldn't stick to one thing unless someone made me.
What book are you recommending today?
I am recommending Flirt by Laurell K Hamilton.
Why do that book and author appeal to you?
I really love first person work since you can get inside a person. All the things that people censor for the world are right there, take it or leave it. This is one of her shorter works (some are over 600 pages!) that really focused on the main character, Anita Blake, and her men issues. She has several sweeties that she juggles, but never really mastered the art of flirting. She gets into trouble mastering the art and endangers some innocent bystanders in the process. With her usual flair, there are fight scenes, love scenes, hard choices, and mostly happy endings (things don't go well for the bad guys).
This particular book is almost exclusively Anita-focused, probably because of the length, but there is still a good dose of the supernatural with a pride of werelions, zombie raising, and her menagerie of werewolves, wereleopards, and vampires. Anita puts all her supernatural powers to good use to save the day (and collect a new man).
All in all, a fast, fun read for Anita Blake fans. There is some fun personal info about the author as well that gives insight on how she collects ideas and fits them to her use. I really do think that a good author leaves a little piece of themselves in every work.
Anything else you'd like to add?
I love to connect with people! Tell me your special crafting needs or your story. I love it all! I get a wonderful kind of thrill from every order, no matter the size or type. Sending overseas has been especially thrilling as I tell my friends and family the new country that I am sending to now.
Please take a look around my shop and take advantage of any specials that I will be running. Something new every month.
I am also offering a special discount for readers of this blog, 15% off your order, including shipping costs! Go ahead and combine this with specials for extra savings. Please use the code "huggermugger" in the message to seller field and I will refund your savings through Paypal. The code never expires.
Thanks so much for reading and happy crafting!