Making it Work


Today I would like to feature a fellow Etsy seller who clearly has fun doing what she does, but has also found a way to be eco-friendly and run a thriving shop. Her name is Hope Von Stengel, and her shop name is Blackbird and Peacock. She offers notebooks, cards, T-shirts and other items featuring cool, out-of-the-box designs.

I asked her a few questions, and she gave me some insight as to what makes her tick, and how she keeps powering forward:

What made you decide to open your etsy shop?

I love the handmade movement and wanted to be a part of it! My husband is an artist and although I’ve always considered myself more of a writer than a visual artist, there is nothing that makes me happier than being creative. We live in a fairly isolated area where there aren’t many job opportunities. After waitressing and cooking for several years, I wanted to build something that represented everything my husband and I talked about- eco-friendly living, the handmade movement, shopping locally, etc. And here we are!

What are your favorite inspirations?

Collage, my husband’s work, artists I find on tumblr, my son and all of the cool anime he’s brought to us over the years, our mutual love of music, video games- there are so many influences. 20 some odd years ago I used to love going to museums. Now I just scour the internet and am amazed by all of the incredible art out there that is being made.

How do you want your fans/customers to feel when they receive one of your pieces?

Oh my gosh, I hope that they love what we send. I really take care in everything that is made. My husband and I are a team and everything we sell and ship is a part of our lifestyle and who we are. The work we create represents our past, present and future. It is a labour of love.

Thank you Hope. And we will keep loving your shop.

O & M

Blackbird and Peacock , on Etsy


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