Friday, April 16, 2010

Etsy Spotlight - Nicole Charshaf of Ncharfshaf's

Please welcome this month's Etsy Spotlight!

Hello, my name is Nicole Charshaf, 
 I currently reside in Northern California. 
I graduated college a little under a year ago

where I studied Graphic and Web Design.
It was in college that I fell in love with bookbinding,

leading me to where I am today.
I am so content with the fact that

I am now able to make a living off of being creative,
through my profession and my hobby.
 
I grew up being inspired by my Grandmother

who is an abstract artist.
I would spend a lot of time out at her studio

with her exploring
different creative avenues.
I always knew I wanted to explore
my creativity for a living,
but was not sure which direction I would take.
I am inspired by everything around me.

I love clean lines, bright colors, and polka dots.
My hand bound creations
allow me to collect graphical prints that inspire me,
and turn them into something practical.
 
Here are some blogs that I frequent:
Redding Handmade Blog:
http://reddinghandmade.blogspot.com
a blog for my local etsy team
featuring articles for lots of different members.


Decor8 Blog
http://decor8blog.com/
A lovely design blog where

I could sit for hours just looking at the
pictures. There is something about the quality

of each and every photo
on the site that exudes joy.


DIY Ideas
http://www.diyideas.com/
This site never fails to make

me want to get up and do a
quick project
to improve my house.

There are so many creative ideas on here
that I never would have thought of.

Paper Crave
http://papercrave.com/
Beautiful blog featuring all things paper


Smashing Magazine
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/tag/showcases/
While this website normally falls

more towards inspiring my graphic
and web design

, it does have some fantastic
showcases of designs from
all around the world,

and many different disciplines from fine art, to
poster design and typography.




If you would like a chance to win this set of colorful note cards, hand bound journal and decorative envelopes, please visit her shop here, and then come back and tell me your favorite!

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If You or someone you know has a Etsy shop and would like to be featured on my blog...
1. Your shop must be current
2. Once accepted, you'll featured on a 3rd Friday of a month,
and will be visible on my blog for the whole time.
3. You'll need to mail me 2 good quality shop samples
4. I will handle the shipping of the "won" item to your winner.
5. In the case I don't have a seller to spotlight,
the current seller will have a extra month.

Interested? Have questions? E-mail me!
altered-art@hotmail.com
International Welcome!

16 comments:

Verity said...

I'm loving this butterfly notebook:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/45056616/butterflies-hand-bound-notebook

EMackk said...

I adore my robots notebook from your shop! Check it out guys!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/43239171/robots-paper-cover-hand-bound-notebook

soultivity said...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/43030923/love-skunk-hand-bound-notebook

i love this skunk!!! adorable as can be and happy little guy hehehe lol.

Rowena said...

I like the spring flower notebook....such lovely colors!

Lenox Knits said...

I like the Orange Circles Stationery and Gift Set. I always love the orange.

MomLovesDeals said...

I love the flowers on Turquoise Notebook!

abbyartnphoto said...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/45058943/vintage-postcard-handbound-notebook

The Vintage Postcard Handbound Notebook is my favorite. I'm a sucker for vintage postcards. I love the travel aspect!

TracyM #6773 said...

So many pretty designs to chose from - such pretty work Nicole!!!

My favourite would have to be the wavy circles fabric cover hand bound notebook - LOVE the colours and the design.

Thankyou for the chance to win :)

Carapace said...

I like the robots paper cover notebook! It's got robots, it must be awesome!

carapacenator(at)gmail.com

Monkey Mind Design said...

I really like the funk flowers!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/45342250/earth-day-special-funky-flowers-paper

Conduit Press said...

i Love her new Mother's Day card! http://www.etsy.com/listing/45400338/thank-you-mom-mothers-day-card-brown

Zemphira ~ Scatter Art. said...

I gotta go with the owls!
(but i love the robots and birds too!)

Mama On the Move said...

I love the robot one! Robot designs ( other than commercial ones) are hard to come by!

Kim said...

gotta love the earth day forest creatures! Great giveaway, thanks!

G. Cavalcante said...

so many beautiful things i found there but the Vintage Postcard Handbound notebook is definitely my favorite!

=)

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

The papers (colors, patterning, images) you use are wonderful. I love all of your pieces. The wee birds are special hey? Creative hugs to you from Norma

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