My name is Penny Ellen Adams (my initials are PEA). My friends call me, "Sweetpea" and I love in the USA, therefore, it made sense to name my shop USAsweetpea.
2. How long have you been on Etsy?
I opened my shop in 2007, but did not start stocking it until a few years ago.
I offer Keepsakes created from polymer clay. All my Keepsakes are my own original designs. My motto is, "Quality handcrafted gifts from expectant mothers to bereavement and all of life in-between."
4. How long have you been crafting?
I am 67 years old and have doodled, drew and painted for as long as I can remember. I have been selling my art for over 25 years. I sold at juried art shows and to 17 shops in years gone by.
I am inspired by people and lifes' circumstances. It's my hearts desire to bring a little happiness to as many lives as possible, even in sad situations. And from the feedback I have received through the years tells me I have done that.
6. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
Wow, this is a very hard question for me to answer because I love what I do! My "Little Sweetpea" Angels and Baby Sweetpea's (A Pea in a Pod & Blanket Babies) are a tie! My "Little Sweetpea" Angels are a favorite because they were my first clay creation 22 years ago. They are still a favorite with repeat customers and new customers as well. My "Baby Sweetpea's" faces,ears and curls melt my heart. I have one hanging on my work table so I can see it everyday. It bring a smile to my face and melts my heart! So I really can't pick one over the other.
My Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/USAsweetpea
My web site address is: www.SweetpeaKeepsakes.com
My Pinterest address is: www.pinterest.com/usasweetpea
8. How do you describe your artistic style?
I am not sure what I would call my style because I am diverse, so I guess I would say, "Whimsical."
Since I am retired, I do not have set days or times to work on my craft. Some nights I get an idea in the middle of the night, and I get up and create it and sleep in the next day. Sometimes I get an idea during the day and work on it.
There are some times when I have an idea in my head and it might take me a week or more to figure out how to create it, or how to make it look balanced.
In 1999 my niece taught me HTML so I could make a web site. So some days, I do not craft, but change and tweak pages or words and images. Recently I started pinning on Pinterest, too. I make my own business cards, greeting cards and advertising for my display in my Son's Antique Mall. So I really keep myself busy with so many aspects of my "craft."
But in November and December I work from morning until evening 6 days a week to fill orders.
Do what you love. Don't get discouraged and never, ever give up!
11. Tell a bit of personal info about yourself.
My background is in antiques and have an immense love for primitives.
I have one awesome son and daughter-in-law. I have three grandkids, 21, 18 and 16 years old.
I live in a senior citizen apartment complex with my cat, Suki. After moving out of my condo, I had to condense my work space from a 15' x 21' art studio to quite a small area in my living room. Much to my surprise it has really worked out wonderfully. I am blessed to have a great family, great life and a cozy work space!