A couple of years ago I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful etsian and talented artist become a dear customer of my shop Ozark Scents. Her name is Merrijo and along with her husband George they have created Absurdious. Absurdious is an etsy shop where Merrijo creates and shares with others her imaginative, fabulous art pieces. Whether you are looking for Stickers, Collages, Giclee Prints, Note Cards or a custom hand made frame for your prints, you can find cute, funny One of a Kind creations at Absurdious. I have used their Gummed-Ups (stickers) and I can tell you they are of outstanding quality and super cute!!
Merrijo and George talked with me a little about their Etsy shop and shared a few things with me about themselves and their creations:
Merrijo is a former first grade teacher with a crazy sense of humor. Her imagination works, she says, “In the zip code of way too much.” She has worked in a lot of different artistic mediums, and is still not sure, on any given day, which medium is her favorite. “What I do know for sure,” says Merrijo, “is that the creative process is a journey that continues to astound me.”
Absurdious was born when Merrijo and her husband, George, first encountered Etsy in 2008. Merrijo stated that this would be a good place to market her absurd artwork, and hence the name Absurdious was born. Because they were in the process of selling their house and moving from Arizona to Ohio, they didn't begin selling products on Etsy until July, 2010. Merrijo does all the artwork, and states “George does all the other icky stuff that makes me look really cool.” George builds the custom frames along with handling all the computer aspects of Absurdious.
“Each day is packed with the unexpected, and we love that the concept of 'fun' is always in our lives as we stretch to improve what we do,” Merrijo stated. George supported her statement that “We both work very hard to make all our art something we enjoy, and we know, therefore, that others will also enjoy it.
“We are open to discussing any special requests you might have,” Merrijo added. “We will do all we can to meet your request, if it is within our abilities.” They can be contacted through their shop at www.Absurdious.etsy.com.
In addition to giving us some insight into their shop, Merrijo and George have decided to graciously give away, to one lucky reader, One piece of art from their shop!! Our winner will receive one item under $20.00, whether a print of a collage, giclee print, or note cards. They must, of course, specify what they desire. Perfect for Upcoming Birthdays or Valentines day!!
Also, if our winner chooses a print, Absurdious will give them a discount on the purchase of a custom made frame with glass and mat, (a 20% discount), or $28.00.
To enter this Giveaway, go to Absurdious and let us know which One of a Kind piece of Artwork you LOVE from Absurdious. Come back here to Ozark Scents Blog and leave a comment about your choice. This is good for one entry to win any item under $20.00 that you choose.
For extra entries into the contest do any of the following (each good for 1 entry). Make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry.
1. Make Absurdious one of your favorites on Etsy. ("Heart" their shop)
2. Follow Ozark Scents blog or become a follower.
3. Tweet, blog, or facebook about this contest. Make sure to let us know where to find it. (link please)
Please make sure that we have a way to contact you if you are the winner. This contest is open to everyone. (US and International)
On Thursday February 3, 2011 at 7:00pm CST, we will randomly choose a winner.
Thank you so very much Merrijo and George for sharing Absurdious and your creations with us!!
Good Luck Everyone!