sponsor spotlight: cinnamon sticks

Category: guest bloggers | February 25th, 2011

happy friday!!! i have another great lady to share! autumn over at cinnamon sticks (and her etsy shop) is a dear friend of mine! and i’m proud to have her as a sponsor…she’s an amazing person…see for yourself! :)

tell us a little bit about yourself:
I’m a work-at-home-mom with an amazingly funny 2 ½ year old daughter, Iris, and a ridiculously messy 8 month old baby boy, Legend. They are my world. For now. We will be welcoming a sibling group into our home in April, as my husband and I are becoming foster parents! I have one big empty room I get to decorate (EEEK!) and we can’t wait! I’m a writer and an artist, though I consider them to be the same thing. Writing is just art with words, right?

what’s the story behind cinnamon sticks/etsy shop?
Cinnamon Sticks is a blog I began to share my home life, projects, tips, recipes and crafts. I took a 1 year hiatus but I’m back now, and happy to get everyone caught up on life at the Morgan’s! My Etsy shop is a collection of a new art technique I have fallen in love with. I carve words, phrases and designs out of linoleum blocks and print them on heavy cardstock in all kinds of fun colors. Everything I do is customizable. Funny story- I told my husband I had a brilliant idea to make my own linoleum blocks with ONLY the letters of the alphabet on them. That way I could switch them out for longer phrases. He looked at me kind of confused and then I realized that wasn’t a new idea at all. That is what they call a “printing press”. hehe

what inspires you?
Earth, nature, people, quotes, other writers, life, words and most of all, my children.

what’s your favorite part about your blog/shop?
My favorite part about my blog is the feedback I get (and I always like more!!) people get excited to try my recipes or organizational tips. The best thing about my Etsy shop is putting up a new product and watching all the “hearts” appear.

what’s the most challenging part?
The challenge has always been TIME. I am much like a kid myself, so I like to play with my kids a lot. We go to the library, museum, playdates, and of course the park any chance we get. Our favorite game to play is “leaf fishing” where we catch leaves in the river with a long stick. Ok, it’s MY favorite game!

any advice for others who want to start an etsy shop?
My advice would be to let yourself grow and evolve. I began another Etsy shop last year, and I just played around with a LOT of different art mediums and techniques. I learned a lot and then discovered all kinds of new ways to make art. If I had stuck only to what I knew, I don’t think I would have gotten to the place I am now. I intend to continue growing and exploring, but keeping to the central theme of words and letters. I am just fascinated with them.

any special goals you have set?
Well my biggest goal was just accomplished, when I published my first personalized children’s book. (YAY!) I guess my next goal would be to write another. My more immediate goals are to be the best mom I can to all the children in my home, biological or not, to be inspired by each of them, to inspire them in return, and to sleep at least 8 hours a night. Ok, 7.

just for fun: what’s something that most people don’t know about you?
I am hopelessly obsessed with penguins.

thanks autumn!! :) excited for all your new adventures with family and work! you are an inspiration!! :)

peace and love

  • http://funkymonkeyinthemiddle.blogspot.com/ Alyssa

    Thank you for doing all of these sponsor spotlights.. I love finding new blogs to stalk! :P I have mine written, but I have like… no pictures of me.. at all. Or anything cool. So I’ll get that to you asap!

    PS how did you get the peace symbol by your link (at the top)??

    • http://www.kristenmcashan.com Kristen McAshan

      @alyssa- i’d have to get back to you on the peace symbol question…my husband did that for me and i have no idea how he did it. :)

  • http://www.sewingcafewithlynne.blogspot.com Lynne Williams

    Yet another inspiring young mother, my glimmer of hope is gaining a wider glow. That “uranus” joke never gets old does it?-lol

  • http://hotcinnamonsticks.wordpress.com Autumn

    On the inside it says *snicker*
    It gets more views in my shop everyday… haha!!