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Welcome to the weekly Feature and Giveaway! Every Monday, we’ll be featuring a lovely craftsperson, artist, or  artisan – and every week you’ll have the chance to win something from their shop!

This week we welcome Sam, from the gorgeous Matou en Peluche!



Where do you live?

Sydney, Australia

Where do you do your work?

At the dining room table!

What’s your favourite place in the world, and why?

Favorite place in the world: Sydney’s pretty hard to beat – but London or Venice come a very close equal second!

Tell us a little bit more about yourself! Your ‘day job’ or business, family, hobbies…

I’m an English language teacher by day. Every other spare moment I spend drawing or at least thinking about drawing!! I’m also quite fond of taking long walks on the weekend with my partner in crime around the beautiful parks, bushland and beaches of Sydney.

il_430xN.74154614What did you want to be ‘when you grew up’?

I wanted to be an artist!

How did you first get into your craft/art?

My Mum was an incredibly creative person – and both my parents were forever taking me round the art galleries of Sydney on the weekends so, I grew up in an arty house and was very encouraged by both of them to draw and create from a young age.

What do you make?

I draw charcoal and pastel gals and birds mostly and sell them as prints. I also have a range of greeting cards.

What are you most proud of making?

Gosh! I think I’m quite proud of the body of work I’ve built up over the past year and a half on Etsy.

il_430xN.88038365What do you like the most/least about selling your wares online?

I love the interaction with the people who stop by my shop. I love the Etsy community and the blogging community – I had no idea that that was one of the perks of opening an Etsy store! I also love being able to put up a new drawing in my shop and get some feedback more or less instanly. I also love being in control and not having to go through gallery curators in order to sell and get my work seen.

I can’t think of one downside to selling online!

I love…

cats, shopping for art supplies, drawing, fine spring weather, the online community!

It drives me crazy when…

People make a big deal about standing in a queue at the post office and sigh very loudly and breathe all over my neck!

What’s your favourite word?

Thank you!


Visit Sam Online!



Wow – Sam is being super-generous to all my lovely readers this week! She is offering the winner of this giveaway their choice of five (yep 5) 6cm X 10cm (4″ X 6″) small prints from her shop – this is worth $25.00. I have a few of Sam’s prints, and I can tell you that they are top quality and just lovely to look at!

To Enter:

1. Visit Matouenpeluche, and come back here leaving a comment about your favourite pieces from the store.

2. For additional entries, leave a comment saying that you: followed or subscribed to Epheriell Designs (or already do); have Twittered about the givewaway; have shared the giveaway with friends on Facebook, or; you have written a blog post about it.

3. Entries close next Sunday night, the 13th of September, at 12pm Australian EST. Winners are announced the next day as part of next week’s Feature and Giveaway post.

Remember to leave me a way of contacting you.. and Good Luck!


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