October 13, 2009

Interview & Giveaway with artbysusmitha and veganosaurus

This week's feature interview is with Susmitha of artbysusmitha and veganosaurus. To find out more details about how she runs two shops keep on reading!

1. Tell us a few things that most people don't know about you.
I'm a tea person. I am at my most active after sunset and late into the night. I *need* to put a smiley face at the end of my name always. I write the alphabet 'o' in a clockwise motion. I have the secret desire to play the character of Viola in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night someday.

2. Why do you sell your art in two separate shops?
I started out selling all my creations at the Art by Susmitha store but then I felt my little monsters and animals warranted their own unique brand and so Veganosaurus was born. It was my clever husband who came up with the name. :)

3. Do you find it difficult to promote both your shops?
Not at all. Even though I have separate facebook pages and twitter profiles for them, most of the time I end up promoting both the brands together. I have a common newsletter and a common art blog. And I have the etsy minis to both the stores on my personal blog. And everything is consolidated onto my website. So most people who know Art by Susmitha, associate Veganosaurus with it and vice versa. And that's the trick, as long as the stores are constantly associated, promoting one is as good as promoting the other.

4. I see that you belong to a few street teams. What has been your overall experience as a member of those?
I try to be active in some little way in each team I belong to but I do tend to be more active in some more so than the others. The teams closest to my heart are Vegan Etsy, Cruelty Free Etsy, Etsy For Animals and Pagan of Etsy. There are many advantages to being a member of a street team but the best part is to be able to meet like minded people and work towards a common goal. It builds a good support system and it's a lot of fun too.

5. What is the best part about your work and what you do?
I am my own boss and my work time is essentially my play time. :) I create *only* when I'm feeling a burst of creative energy and never because I *have* to. So my work constantly brings me joy and that energy is reflected in my creations.

Susmitha is giving away a $20 gift certificate to spend in your choice of one of her shops.

Ways to enter:
1. Sign up for her mailing list by entering your email below. You must be a mailing list subscriber to qualify for entries #2 and 3.

Google Groups

Subscribe to Veganosaurus


2. become a fan of http://www.facebook.com/artbysusmitha
or http://www.facebook.com/veganosaurus
3. you can visit either artbysusmitha or veganosarus and comment on your favorite item in a comment below this post.

This giveaway is open to everyone. Giveaway ends Oct 18th 11:59 PST.


Egater said...

My favorite is Deep blue ocean - handmade heart shaped bead in artbysusmitha
and Muah Muah Caterpillars in veganosarus
egateris at gmail dot com

lanky said...

I subscribed!
I love the CRAFT-O-HOLIC copper necklace!

Janette said...

I love the Stop and Smell the Typos pendant on artbysusmitha!

Kitty said...

I am a fan on Facebook.


Kitty said...

Love the little Rosy Bee Clay Sculpture!


Kita said...

the Fairy Teardrops earrings are gorgeous.

my favourite.


Amber said...

The Tomatoey little monster is my favorite!
Thank you for the giveaway :)

Ladipierce said...

I love the Candyluscious artisan lampwork and crystal necklace set. dpierce2007[at]comcast[dot]net.

Creative Treasures by Donna said...

I've been a fan of Susmitha's for a long time now. She is a very dear friend of mine. I love the way she incorporates her copper with her clay. And her little monsters are so adorable! You never know what she's going to come up with next! :)

My favorite is her Enchanted Woodland necklace. It's perfect for this fall season!

I've been a fan of both her sites for a while now.

Heather said...

I'm a fan here, on facebook,

my fav item is: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_1&listing_id=31569583

I love the monsters too.. so cute!


me-time said...

Angelica pigggggyyyy!!! she is the tiniest cutest piggy babe i have ever seen!!!

and the Ishtar dangly earrings are so so prettttyyy!!

Saving up for both! :)


clenna said...

I subscribe

I visited Artbysusmitha and found this lovely necklace: Crocheted Red Flower Necklace.

clenna at aol dot com

Cindy Pack said...

I love Susmitha's work! I have a little mini monster and I just love it! She's a very talented lady!

I really love what she's doing in the hand stamped jewelry lately! I dont think I could pick a fav! I love them all! :)

Although- I think puffy is my favorite monster right now! He's so cute! :)

I'm a fan on both FB pages and I just joined her newsletter!

Good luck to me! :)

silentlotus creations said...

Susmitha is so talented- I've been a fan since even before I met her through Vegan Etsy and FB! :D

I subscribed to the mailing list (tho I haven't gotten a confirmation yet).

I am already a fan of both shops on FB.

My favorite items in her shops:

In Veganosaurus I can't decide between Tomatoey and Myrtle Turtle! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30102956 and http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17280578

In ArtBySusmitha, I LOVE the rose beads! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31509031 and http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_2&listing_id=31592813

Thanks so much for the opportunity! :)


pippirose said...

Absolutely gorgeous jewelry!
My fave is the "Kiss Me" Copper Earrings.
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

pippirose said...

I became a Facebook fan--under my name, Piroska.
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

pippirose said...

I have signed up for the mailing list.
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

pish said...

I subscribed to the mailing list

pish said...

I became a Facebook fan of Veganosaurus (my FB name is Melanie Sands)

pish said...

I love all the little guys at Veganosaurus, but my very favourite is Lemony. They are sooo dang cute!!

mogrill said...

I really love the Fairy Teardrop earrings. Thanks for the chance.

Canadian Rockies Art - Nathalie Girard said...

Susmitha is a good friend of mine and I love her work. I own some of her polymer clay 'cake' beads (you could eat them up, they look so real and delicious), as well as the proud owner of some of her gorgeous jewelry and a cute little piggy too :)

I'm already a subscriber to her newsletter!

Canadian Rockies Art - Nathalie Girard said...

It's really hard to pick a favorite piece, but since I've been collecting Turtles for several years, I have to say that I absolutely LOVE "Myrtle the Purple Turtle"!!! How cute!

Ave said...

I'm a fan of http://www.facebook.com/artbysusmitha.


Ave said...

I like Arabian Nights - large copper and artisan glass earrings from artbysusmitha's shop.


Anne J said...

My favorite item is the Gaia - rustic long dangle copper earrings. I love copper jewelry and these are beautiful.

Kimberly said...

My favorite is the "Love Joy Hope" pendant. The message is good and the finish adds so much more warmth and dimension.

baglady said...

I love the Charlotte Bronte inspired necklace "Every Existence Would Exist In Thee". Very cool and I love the quote. Thanks- Nancy

janil said...

Hi!!! I suscribe and became her fan!!!

I love

Candyluscious artisan lampwork and crystal necklace set

by: artbysusmitha


cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

Ľubaša said...

I became fan on facebook
Ľubica Kotmániková
lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

Ľubaša said...

My fav are Arabian Nights - large copper and artisan glass earrings. Thanks. lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

Aik said...

I subscribed.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

I love the Lemony - cute little clay cyclops.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

I'm a facebook fan. (Aik Chien)

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Candie L said...

I signed up for their emails. Thank you


Candie L said...

I am a facebook fan. Thank you


brownhairgirl7 said...

My favourite item is Goo Goo the Babyclops. He is so cute!


Sarah C said...

I really like the LOVE JOY HOPE message pendant.

kathy pease said...

i like the Every Existence Would Exist In Thee - Charlotte Bronte quote necklace

naynays1 said...

My favorite is her Enchanted Woodland necklace. Nice items.

purango said...

I love the Bluebloblaw Cute Minature Clay Sculpture. garrettsambo@aol.com

lilyk said...

The Enchanted Woodland necklace is very pretty!

Veganosaurus said...

Thank you all so very much for participating! :)