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Today I had the fortune of interviewing  an AMAZING new Etsy store My Retro Nest

Cute Cartoon Portraits: Where do you get your inspiration from?

My Retro Nest: I’ve had a soft spot for Retro art and design, be it posters, fashion, products or furniture since my teens. A friend of the family is an avid collector of kitchenalia and other products from the 50s and my brother collects a lot of 60s kitchenalia as well, so I’ve always been around it. I also studied graphic design and loved pouring through books showing 60s product design and advertising.

CCP: How do you choose your colors?

MRN: I don’t usually work with bright colours when I’m working for clients ( as a freelance illustrator), but I seem to be drawn to them while creating these posters. I just work by instinct and then I realise that I’m really into aqua or pink or red! I have been making a more concerted effort to create posters in more muted tones just to see what mood I can create with colour combinations I don’t usually work with.

CCP: How do you work? (Draw with pencil, and then digitize, etc?)

MRN: I usually have a look on the net and that can spark an idea for a poster, or I’ll have a pen and notepad near by and just write down ideas through out the day. I’ll scribble a few thumbnails down and then use them as a guide for the poster design. I have a wacom tablet and pen, so I usually draw with that in Adobe Illustrator. i’ll then use some of the paintbrush strokes in the menu to give the illustration a less ‘digitized’ look.

CCP: What’s your favorite Etsy shop?

MRN: I haven’t bought anything from there yet, but I love the look and style of QuillandFox. The product line is beautiful and the photography is gorgeous, I really love the styling of the brand. When I see shops like this it makes me want to lift up my game. Having said that, I’ve only had an Etsy shop for a week!


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Here is my great interview with Danielle from 20th Century Girl on Etsy!

Cute Cartoon Portraits: How would you describe your shop?

Danielle: My shop is a growing collection of handmade crafts using recycled vintage and retro fabrics, especially tea towels. I make fun and colourful cushions, bags and other accessories. I have tried to keep the style bright and playful but always keeping the love of vintage foremost.

CCP: I see you use a lot of recycled materials. Where do you find these materials and how do you come up with your ideas?

I find a lot of my materials from charity shops. My husband Graham is especially good at sourcing tea towels for me and often comes home with a bundle for me.

My ideas come from everywhere, but I love finding old vintage craft books and updating some of the ideas in them. I get so much joy in recycling items and making something completely different from what they were first made for.

CCP: What inspires you?

D: I am strongly influenced by the 1960’s and love anything psychedelic or ‘hippyish’. I record old 60’s TV programmes and study the fashions and decor avidly. I drive my family mad with pausing programmes to study the pattern of a wallpaper in an old sitcom.

CCP: Do you have any advice for fellow etsy sellers?

D: Best advice for other Etsians is take the time and take great photos and socialize as much as possible, find a good team and keep in touch as often as possible.

CCP: Finally, what’s your favourite song right now?

D: I am really into Jimi Hendrix at the moment and ‘All along the watchtower’ is my current favourite, played very loud!

Thanks Danielle for taking the time!



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This week Javon from OneGreenBicycle was nice enough to do an interview with cute cartoon portraits:

Cute Cartoon Portraits: How would you describe your shop?

Javon: My small town history has given me a love of the search for charming antiques finely detailed with character. And my nature’s love to re-purpose, maximizing its life and usefulness, intertwines well with the charms of the antique. Yet, my heart for the future is in Japan, learning and helping in their disaster relief efforts. So my items have an Asian flair lending themselves to my three loves: items with a story to tell, refurbished giving them renewed usefulness, and a zest of Japanese style sometimes exploding from the item or hidden between the lines.

CCP: Where do you find your items?

J: As I’m in Japan, the search continues to find and refurbish Asian antiques. For the kitchen, a majority of my items are refurbished antique silverware with painted handles, vintage character, and Asian detailing. I will continue to grow into other areas of the home and garden as life in Japan continues and my search deepens. Whether from Japan or America, there’s a guarantee to receive your items on time and with oftentimes less or fee shipping to these countries.

Most of the time I find my items lost in wayward garage sales, small antique parlors, and even in the homes of lovely friends. But in the end, the imagination is the limit between the shores of Tokyo and Kyoto.

CCP: What inspires you?

J: My inspiration flows from one source to another, currently finding itself in the beauty of the sakura, cherry blossom, on a rainy day. When there’s a small gust of wind, they flood the air mimicking a large snowfall while filling the world around you with their soft, fresh fragrance.

CCP: What’s your favourite shop on Etsy?

J: My current favorite shop on Etsy is Sound of Home, handmade items with Asian styling combined with lovely prices.

CCP: I see you also have a recipe blog, what’s your favourite recipe right now?

J: Between sushi and sashimi meals, I have rediscovered my desire making and enjoying Blackberry Frozen Yogurt. Depending on the season, I change the blackberry to strawberry, raspberry, mint, etc. And with only three ingredients, it’s hard not to make it. And my shop’s long sundae spoon is the most perfect utensil for this dish.


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Fiona from Fiiimac Vintage on Etsy was nice enough to let me interview her this week. Here’s what she had to say:

CuteCartoonPortraits: Where do you find you items?

Fiona: First: in my dreams. Fortunately, I come on wonderful vintage stuff pretty easily in reality; first, I have close friends involved in the antique trade, and often have early access to estate sales, which yield the most incredible things. Secondly, I travel often, and always take the opportunity to poke around the bins and boxes of thrift stores and opp shops in every weird corner of the world when possible!

CCP: What made you get into selling on Etsy?

F: I was living at home, and my dad started to complain of the mess my collection of footwear was making in the front hall. I was obsessed even then with making the ultimate vintage score, and when I got all my boots together that day, the resulting pile was embarrassingly huge. So my original stock was made up of my own stuff! After it became clear that I wasn’t going to stop vintage hunting, I decided to start buying stock exclusively for the shop, and the rest is history.

CCP: Are you a cowgirl?

F: Haha, I wish. I’m from snowy eastern Canada, and my cowboy boot love is purely impractical.

CCP: What inspires you?

Lots of things inspire me! When I’m picking my stock, I’m always wooed by leather, especially great, thick, worn-in, cognac and sienna browns. If I find a fantastic golden brown, high quality pair of 60s leather boots, I have to buy them, even if they’re in some unusual size, like women’s 5 or men’s 13. And I have a ton of favourite stores on Etsy; currently, I’m loving the re-purposed coat leather and carpet bags made by Hoakon + Helga and Northernlights respectively. Also, of course, all the beautiful vintage sellers of the Vintage Fashion Team, who are always wonderful.

Thanks Fiona for taking the time out to interview!

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