Friday, 27 March 2009

Remember me?

Have you missed me?

I have been up to my big brown eyes in loads of very busy things which is why you haven't heard from me in soooooooooo long! But here I am and guess what?


Yep, Friday Feature day, for those of you who don't know what the hell I'm talking about, every Friday I choose a shop with 0 sales and do a feature on them. Some shops have even had a sale!

So, who have I got for you this week I hear you all yell?

Well, actually my husband found this shop and insisted I feature it. It didn't take much persuasion as you will see it's a great little shop.

The name in question is EmmieBean. She makes these delightful digital illustrations inspired by vintage 1960s photographs. They are full of colour and each one seems to tell a story or maybe two. Check out my favourite...

I think this one would look particularly nice hanging in my lounge!

Lets hear from the artist,

Who are you? My name is Sadie Raber. I run the etsy shop EmmieBean, which was named after my kitty, Emma. She is a sweet feline companion who prefers very strange foods, including cantaloupe, yogurt, and pad thai noodles!

Where are you from? I was born in Hawaii, but I was raised in Thousand Oaks and now live in Santa Barbara, California!

What do you do? The work I promote on etsy are my illustrations that are based on quirky 1960s vintage photographs. For my day job, I am a graphic designer who specializes in editorial design and I also instruct a class at the University of California Santa Barbara about how to design a magazine.

What else do you do? For fun, I love to take road trips along Highway 1, drink wine, peruse magazines, make sock monsters and other crafty things, walk around the neighborhood, and watch movies.

What/Who influences you? I have always been fascinated with vintage family photographs, and can often be found sifting through my relatives' old 1960s and 70s albums looking for potential material for my illustrations (They aren't always that keen on me painting them when they had afros and dolphin shorts, but I think they are flattered nonetheless). I also love anything whimsical, anything Swiss, and anything white!

What is your favourite colour? It all depends on what the project is. Red and pastels for illustrations, and white for interior design, clothing design, and craft projects!

What music are you currently listening to? Fleetwood Mac is back on tour in the U.S. so I have been a little obsessed lately. When I illustrate, I generally listen to The Sea and Cake or Iron & Wine because they relax me.

Who is your favourite Etsy shop? I find new favorites by the hour. Today I stumbled upon an illustrator named ashleyg whose work is fantastic.

So there you have it, go and check her out, she even does requests! How cool is that?

See ya!



  1. Sadie ... great art work. Love the vintage/modern feel. My sister lives in S.B. - near UCSB, what a lovely jealous.
    Best of Luck with your shop!

  2. Hey Patricia, you found me on Twitter! Checking out your blog. I LOVE the Friday Feature 0 Sales idea! I may have to follow your lead and try it out on my blog, if that's okay with you (of course)! I will be happy to credit you with the idea on my blog ;-)

    Great to meet you and I love your art work...