Featured in a Blog!

>> Monday, February 22

I first "met" Ceci a few month ago via Etsy. I was stalking the forums at night as usual (my way to relax) and we had a conversation. I featured her shop and her beautiful paintings here.
Since then she has sold this Impressionist Horse Painting:

She had also started a blog!
Ande best of all, she featured me on her blog. Read about it here.
And okay, if you are too occupied to click (as in cheetos/cheetos dust in one hand, soda in another, here's the transcript:

Hello! My name is Nina Sabangan and I live in the almost perpetually sunny city of Ponte Vedra Beach next to metropolitan Jacksonville in Florida. I think, I live, I breathe creating. I am always thinking of a new item to create! I think this creative passion shows in my shop- I have more than 500 items listed right now!
I started making jewelry about 6 years ago as a past time. Back then I was working at a pretty stressful job and it would relax me to string beads together at 11 pm before going to bed. Over time, my tastes and styles have evolved from gemstone chips to fabric and feathers.
The biggest learning curve I had to go through was photography. I started with a home made cardboard light box, progressed to a fancy schmancy dog house like collapsible ebay bought light box and discovered that the best pictures I took were at the window seat in our bedroom. There are some small trees and shrubs right outside our window and those create a sun dappled effect to my pictures depending on what time of day I take them. In the summer, there is abundant sunlight from about 8 am until about 8 pm! I try to use varied backgrounds (I have a stack of scrap booking paper in different colors and designs) but the best backgrounds I have used so far are vintage, falling apart books, small vintage boxes, my badly painted green vintage toolbox and antique postcards. I use Picassa for editing and I hardly edit my pictures. Just to add a bit more light sometimes or add a soft glow. Picassa is much better, faster and simpler than the old Photoshop program that I used.
Creating pieces is touch and go, sometimes it takes me weeks to figure out how to create a piece and sometimes, in seconds, I have it all worked out! For example, I have a ton of vintage brooches and I want to integrate feathers into them. I cannot for the life of me create a prototype! Feathers can be really hard to work with.
I do a have a personal life. I have 2 boys, a 9 year old and a teenager. I have been married to a supportive and gorgeous guy for the last 15 some years. Although we have had some rough patches, we are still together, trying to make work the most important and difficult relationships of our lives - marriage and parenthood.
For materials, I make regular trips to our local flea market where nothing would delight me more to find a beautiful piece of fabric, a discarded dress with a broken zipper or forlorn necklaces, brooches and earrings for less than a dollar! My mother-in-law is my staunch ally in this. She loves perusing, shopping, bargaining and not a week goes by that she does not bring me some piece of fabric or broken jewelry to use! Yesterday, she brought me 4 little girl’s dresses with elaborate tulle and beading. She got them at a yard sale for 50 cents a piece! I can’t wait to create something out of these ready to be discarded items!
I have a keen knack in finding the deals though. One time there was this lady at the flea market, an art teacher she said and she had boxes and boxes of craft material. She was selling them for $1-2 a box. Boy, did I jump on that one! Last weekend I was at Old Navy and they had an additional 50% off already clearance’d items. I bought 4 tank tops at $1.50 each (I got my sons 4 hoodie jackets at I kid you not, $3.25 each!). I thought I would buy more and embellish them with hand made flower rosettes and sell them! But, alas, I don’t have the storage space for a project into the future.
I also have a vintage shop on Etsy, http://mysunshinevintage.etsy.com that I have been neglecting lately. I was going to take a bunch of pictures today and so… I gotta go!
I want to thank CeCi for this honor of being featured in her blog.

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