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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Interview with Sweet B of Sweet B folk Art

A very unique artist, Sweet B often shares her creations with her swap partners! Check out her blog and give her a shout. (Maybe even join her Candy Club Challenge!) There are also several opportunities to buy yourself one of her awesome creations, Pfatt marketplace, Glitter & Grunge, and SpookyTime Jingles.
(p.s. She's another one of those Prim and Whimsy Gals. Aren't they just a bunch of creative crafty types!)
SwapDex: Tell us a bit about you.

Sweet B: I am a 36year old mother of one - soon to be two children. My handsome husband and I live in Sunny Arizona, on what we lovingly call the "Sweet B Ranch". I produce seasonal Folk Art, with an emphasis on candy - which is a passion of mine. I work with canvas, paper mache and wood, and often incorporate "found" treasures into my work.

SD: How long have you been swapping?

SB: I started swapping when I began bloggin, which was almost a year ago.

SD: How did you learn about swapping, and what made you decide to do your first one? Do you remember your first one?

SB: The first swap I ever participated in was a "celebrate" banner swap. I found my first swaps through the people I met when blogging.

SD: Do you swap with any groups? (Swap-bot, yahoo groups, flickr groups, etc.) If so, what do you like/dislike about an more exclusive swapping environment as opposed to a swap open to anyone?

SB: I belong to an ebay group called Prim and Whimsy Girls, we have just firmed up a calendar that includes several more exclusive swaps. Personally, I am drawn more to the swap theme or challenge rather to the group that is hosting the swap.

SD: What's your favorite type of swap or favorite swap you've ever been in or hosted?

SB: I love ornament swaps and seasonal swaps.

SD: Do you have a signature style for your swaps? Do you decorate your envelopes/packages? Send a card with a personal note?

SB: I guess my work is kind of my "signature style", although sometimes I use the swaps to experiment with new mediums and techniques. Usually my swap items will arrive accompanied with candy of some kind, a card - a few of my business cards (which have all of my contact info on them) and I love to wrap my boxes in brown paper and tie them with string.

SD: What's you favorite type of package to get in the mail?

SB: Any package! - I love to receive swap packages because when my husband sees them and says " what did you buy now?" I can say - it's a SWAP - HA.

SD: What do you think is the most challenging part of hosting a swap?

SB: Organizing everyone - and collecting photos.

SD: Any plans for the near future? Swaps, projects, new products?

SB: The Prim and Whimsy Girls will be hosting several swaps this year and I plan to participate in all of them. I am also participating in a skull swap and two Halloween Swaps that happen every year - I am sure there will be more as the year progresses. I always check out the SwapDex to see what is going on - it is a great way to pickup new swaps that I would totally miss otherwise.

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