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Monday, September 12, 2011

Featured artist: Marley from Saxiib

First of all I have to tell you that I had a wonderful birthday weekend.  Some of you might have heard that we had a major blackout in Southern California, Arizona and parts of Mexico on Thursday.  Luckily mi little corner of Hemet, CA was not affected but my husband works in San Ysidro, CA in a school district and schools were canceled on Friday so he came home early on Friday and being my Birthday he came home with dozen roses and a cake!  We initially had plans to go out to dinner on Saturday but we went for breakfast instead (you know how fun it is to skip making breakfast for five people! and instead being served) I also told you that we've been sick all of last week.  Well the bug finally caught him and I made some chicken broth for him on Sunday and we literally watched movies most of the day.  I had a wonderful weekend and literally enjoyed every moment of it.  It feels good to be loved.  

So for my featured artist of this week I bring you Marley from Saxiib she recycles or re purposes old things into new wonderful pieces!  enjoy the interview

1.  Tell us as little or as much as you would like about yourself.
My name is Marley. I have been married for 17 years to a school teacher. I have three daughters (15,13,11).  I live in a bungalow home in Minneapolis and spend most of my free time helping resettle Somali Refugees.

2.  What do you sell?
I sell Handmade and Upcycled Clothing and Accessories.  I have two other Etsy shops as well.  www.zinniasnipsnap.etsy.com, vintage fabric and www.RetroStock.etsy.com, vintage stuff.

3.  Why handmade?
Buying handmade is like receiving a bit of the artist's heart packaged in your purchase. I know how much time and effort that goes into the making of something and I love to support fellow artists.
4.  Where does your inspiration to create come from and/or your inspiration in life?
My inspiration comes from the ultimate Creator: God my Father and His Son Jesus Christ.  I create for His sake.


5.  Besides creating what else do you do?  Do you have a full time job?
Etsy is my full time job. Running my home and toting my daughters around takes up a lot of my time!
6.  When did you start thinking you were an artist?
I have always wanted to be an artist. As long as I can remember I loved to color. When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I would answer, "an artist and a mother".  I feel blessed to do both.


7.  Who has been most influential in your craft work?
People I have met a long the way. My camp counselor was/is an incredible artist and I remember wanting to create like he did. I worked beside a girl in high school who loved textiles. I felt myself drawn towards yarn and fabric after that. I had many creative artist friends in college who continued to inspire my work.

8.  Where would you like to be in five years? 
Making more money selling on Etsy to supplement my husband's income.


9.  Is there anything you'd like to try doing that you haven't done?
     crafts, sports, life in general?
I would love to try drawing and painting again. 

10.  Besides online where else do you sell?
Occasional craft fairs.

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  1. Thank you Marley! I love your fashion and the fact that you spend your free time helping Somali refugees! God bless your heart and best of luck to you in all of your shops!

  2. No se puede negar que vende cosas originales. Me gustó mucho la diadema.

  3. Happy belated birthday! I am glad is was filled with love and that you are feeling better! Marley's upcycled items are adorable. I particularly love the handbags! ~Val

  4. I'm glad you had a nice birthday. I LOVE going out for breakfast, though its hard to find the energy to get dressed earlier than usual to do it. My favourite place is Denny's (not sure if they have them out your way) but its the first place I want Adam to take me if I get to move.
    And cake and flowers, how sweet. It sounds like a nice birthday weekend.

    I like the idea of recycled clothes. I always donate clothes I don't want anymore because I hate the idea of waste. And that yellow t-shirt hairband is the best xx

  5. Thanks Sherms! yes, we do have Denny's! I am actually an early bird the problem was for the kids to get up and get ready! lol!!


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