Monday, June 22, 2009

This Week's Hot Shop

Congratulations to GoAgainstTheGrain, our Hot Shop for this week.


She creates lovely graphic designs and offers anything from Wedding invitations and seating charts to custom business cards and business logos with a few fun cupcake flags and banners thrown in. Here is a sampling of her shop and questions she was so kind to answer. Lets get to know her~

1. Who is GoAgainstTheGrain? My name is Laurel, I just turned 27 and I live in Tomball, Tx with my hubby of 9 months and our 2 boxer pups.


2. What kind of crafting/art do you do? How long have you been doing it? I like to try lots of different things but my main craft is graphic design. I got my BA in communications and an MA in graphic design. I've always been drawn to using the computer for crafting.



3. Where do you pull your inspiration from? As lame as it sounds... from everywhere. I think the best part is when something you wouldn't expect to inspire you does! I read a lot of magazines and blogs and pull ideas from there.


4. What is your favorite medium? Graphic Design.




5. Is Etsy your art your full time job, or just an on the side project? It is a side project. I am the Creative Director for a magazine for a national trade association. I started my etsy shop while planning my wedding.




6. What is your favorite thing to do with the Etsy Texas Crafters Team? I love the different Monday challenges that go on. Even if I don't always participate in the challenge itself I love looking at the work of other team members.



7. Any tips for other Artists? Have fun! Also don't get discouraged. Like anything there are slow times and busy times.




8. Tell me a Secret about yourself. My thumbs are double jointed!




You can see more of Laurel's work on her blog as well as find out about a fun giveaway she is hosting on her blog, http://www.agoodbuild.wordpress.com/.


Want to be featured next? Go to and check out her shop GoAgainstTheGrain.Etsy.com. Post back here with your favorite item of hers. Friday I'll pick a new team member to feature.

19 comments:

ruth hill radcliffe said...

I love the wrap around mailing labels.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22235525

They would be ideal for etsy mailings.

GrandmaMarilyns said...

I love the Photo Thank You Card.
Everyone would know immediately that it was a thank you from the bride and groom.

Twisted in Texas said...

I love the business cards. Such lovely graphic work. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13069068

ARDDesigns said...

I think the photo thank you cards are brillant. What a great personalized touch.

Tricia ~~ Handmade Whimzy said...

I love these cupcake toppers.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25493723

What a cute idea for July 4th! They are shown in red but she says convo her for more colors - red and blue stars would be so neat.

KayzKreationz said...

I like the 2-sided business card. We used to have some of these when we were in business. They were great. Had a little map on the back of where our shop was and could write their estimates for the parts for their cars so they wouldn't forget. (We did auto customizing.)
http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com
http://KayzKreationz.etsy.com

agoodbuild said...

awe thanks guys!!

~Laurel

merrittgade said...

I really dig the Newspaper Banner. I could get a special one for everyone I know!

Hatchedforfun said...

This candle is very pretty ! With the holidays coming up I am sure there could be further developments for you with this item. Love also the part in your blog where you say you have to keep your "craft" fun! It's easy to loose sight of that when its such difficult times but I am trying like everyone else!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24627449

TatteredTapestry said...

I love the photo thank you cards - it's a great way for your guests to see photos of your wedding.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12419141

lavenderlizard said...

I love the 2-letter monogram! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26617814

Beautiful shop and designs, Laurel! Congratulations!

~Liz

EDC Collective said...

I think the double sided custom maps are a great thing for getting guests to your event. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25817889

ApacheMoon said...

Way to go!
(my thumbs too:)

Chickypez said...

Great shop! I love these - So much more special than a plain thank you:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12419141

Rebekah said...

Beautiful, classic designs! I like your style!

kimmy said...

i love the jones soda bottle lables

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24593545

just a brilliant idea. the wrap around lables are great also.

xxoo
kimmy

tina lewis said...

Beautiful and Elegant Work!! Nice feature and info too! Thanks for posting.

Crafty Angi said...

My daughters and I love to drink Jones Soda....so we simply adore the Jones Soda bottle labels. I'm a scrapbooker and am trying to organize my craft room while I'm off for the summer. These would be a cute way to label supplies, paper, and tools. What a cute idea. I would have never thought of this.

Brenda said...

Great feature article! Love the clasic menu card layout and color combination. Very elegant!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16409887