Featured Etsy shop – CraftUnikat

Every Monday I’m featuring other great Etsy sellers and blogs that I love. This week it’s Sanja and her Etsy shop CraftUnikat!

Here’s Sanja to tell you a little about her shop which is full of beautiful hand painted ceramics…

Describe your shop in one or two sentences.

I always loved pottery. Tea pots, cups, cute mugs…I’m such an addict in collecting them. The day when I discovered that I could paint on them was the most fulfilling day of my life. Then the magic began. So my shop is little art shop of paintings on ceramic.

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What has been your most popular product to date? What is your favourite?

It’s this little happy floral teapot: www.etsy.com/listing/98860263/teapot-floral-tea-party-in-spring-garden. It was inspired by garden tea parties. Looking at this teapot I can see ladies in spring garden, all dressed up in their lovely floral dresses, with cute little hats on their heads.

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My favorite is..hmmm…this plate has been made by deep emotions of motherhood.
www.etsy.com/listing/101147009/star-children-plate-decorative-hand
I’m a mum and have 3 kids. Before I had them I wasn’t “mother” type. But now I’m knowing this deep emotion which I thought I could never had in me. My kids, all kids are the little stars that bright up our hearts and remind us of true values. You know that sparkle in child’s eye, which we have lost on the way of growing up?
This plate is about that :)

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Where do you get your inspiration?

In my kids, every day life, nature, season changes

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What made you decide to open an Etsy shop?

I was always painting. But that activity was sometimes intense, but sometimes faded in everyday errands. When I discovered Etsy, I knew I had to open shop there. I didn’t have plans, just knew that I had to do it. Now I know it was such amazing impulse and I’m so glad that I go for it. My Etsy shop has brought my creative part to the surface. Painting has become powerful part of me and now everyday errands are fading in front of it.

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What is your favourite part of the creative process?

Painting :) My creative process lasts for 24 hours, every day. I dream of ideas, think of what I could paint while I walk, talk..always. But when I sit and paint. Everything disappears. There is just a piece of ceramic with something magical unfolding in front of my eyes.

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What has been the highlight of your business so far?

When I realized that creative process had become such important part of my life.

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What do you like to do when not working on your business?

I love to be as much as I can in nature. Just being in the forest surrounded by trees, gives me such energy burst. Kids love it too. They love the game of exploring the nature.

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What are you currently working on? Anything new coming up?

I am working on little salt and pepper shakers with some simple Japanese motives. They are very small..little zen beauties :) Also I’m working very hard on my other shop with raw crystal jewelry:
www.etsy.com/shop/CraftsGardenOfZen

What are your top three favourite Etsy shops?

www.etsy.com/shop/MoJosFreeSpirit
www.etsy.com/shop/WishesontheWind
www.etsy.com/shop/SuddenlyYou
www.etsy.com/shop/DeepSilence

List is too long. Etsy is such amazing community of creative people..I could talk of shops that inspire me for days :)

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Thanks Sanja! Aren’t those intricate paintings great! Please head on over to CraftUnikat and take a look for yourself.

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

Hand decorated jam jar luminaries

This is another project that was inspired by an Etsy shop (like my froebel star mobile) – this time the shop is LITdecor, which has a wide range of beautiful Moroccan style decorated jars and other glassware, such as these:

LITdecor Moroccan mason jars

I thought ‘how hard can it be?!’ and saved up some pasta sauce jars to use for this project. I found it hard to find 3D glass paint in Hong Kong, but I eventually stumbled upon these pens and I thought they might do! (they claim that the paint puffs up when you heat it with a hairdryer but when I tried them on paper they didn’t do anything! Luckily I quite like the texture of the paint as it is)

Amos Puffy Paint Pens

Unfortunately, when I came to try out the pens (which are more like small tubes), I found it very difficult to draw lines and patterns with them – the paint just comes out far too unevenly. So I had to abandon my dreams of beautiful henna style patterns and go for something much more simple using spots and dots! I am still quite pleased with how they came out but they are nowhere near as impressive as those on LITdecor.

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Hand decorated luminaries

Hand painted mason jars

I like the reflections on the table at night :)

Hand painted candle jars

I don’t think I need to add a tutorial here, I literally just drew on the jars with the pens and added some ribbon round the top (stuck on with double-sided sticky tape). I kept the tea lights in place inside with blu tak. I found it easiest to draw on the jars when they were upside-down as it allows easier access to the bottom end of the jars, although it can still be quite tricky for more complex designs (I tried something and abandoned it because it looked really messy and uneven!). I really don’t know how she manages to draw those Moroccan patterns – she must have a very steady hand!

Hand painted tea light holders

Let me know if you attempt something similar, I’d love to see how they turn out!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel