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This week’s Featured Artist is Mandy from Mandolin Goose, a shop filled with the prettiest, most-colorful spray painted/re-purposed stuff around! Be sure & enter the giveaway below!
Please introduce yourself to us.
My name is Mandy Nevill Goosens and I live in Nashville, TN, with my husband Miles and 4 ridiculous dogs, Ella, Phineas, Banjo, and Posy. My Etsy shop focuses on giving new life to vintage, salvaged, discarded items while still embracing the original character. It’s amazing what a little love and color can do! I also like to think my items can also breathe a little life into the buyer’s space.
What inspires you?
Shape, texture, color, sound… I guess I can find inspiration in just about anything. Oftentimes, the inspiration finds you. You just have to be open to it.
Share something you absolutely LOVE about your shop/your product.
Color! I like to think I have a keen eye for color and color combinations. I love when color can just *POP* and give you a different perspective on things. I’m certainly not the only Etsy seller who ‘paints some old stuff’ but I think my shop offers a unique spin on certain things, and what I do, I do well. I also pride myself on excellent customer service which includes crazy-secure packaging.
If you had to describe yourself in a word, what would that word be?
Do you have a day job or sell full-time?
Right now I’m all Etsy, all the time. I’ve been a chef for many years and have recently phased myself out of the local restaurant scene… long story!
Based on your answer above, what a current challenge you’re facing?
I’d have to say storage. That’s a boring answer, but so true.
Give us a little glimpse into what a typical day in your life looks like.
First, feed the dogs. If they don’t get breakfast, nothing else happens, I mean NOTHING. Next, I check emails and see what I need to pack up and get shipped, or I may have to touch up something before it goes out. Some days I spend out at thrift stores bringing home way more than I can deal with at one time. Once I get my haul back here, I have to process each item, seeing if it needs any repair, remove any nails, glass, splinters, etc., see if it needs sanding… things like that. That can be time consuming. Other days, I’m organizing frames and such into groups that complement each other and painting all day. I usually try to wind down “work” by dinnertime, about 8pm, but I may still be on the computer after that, listing items to sell.
Share with us a favorite handmade purchase or shop.
I bought this, and it goes everywhere I do.
What would you like to learn to do?
I think I’d like to learn to sew. My grandmother was a very talented seamstress, and I’d like to be even half that good.
What are you listening to right now?
My taste in music is all over the place, but right now I’m listening to Ghost by Zero 7.
The Giveaway Goods:
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* The giveaway will close Sunday, May 15 at 10 pm CST* Come on back Friday, May 27 for another Featured Artist post!