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Hi, and welcome to the Bettina’s Treehouse Etsy Shop! Although “Bettina” is a pen name of sorts that I picked up while visiting Italy, I’m known as Beth to my friends and family. I love the smell of moist earth, a good hike in the mountains, watching waves crash on the Jersey shore, and visiting local farms for fresh cheese and produce. I adore my family, and have been taught what it is to be truly blessed.

My journey as an artist started young, with finger-painting on the kitchen table, construction paper projects and eventually watercolor lessons. (I even tried to eat a red crayon as a kid, believing it would enhance my talent. Mostly it just tasted bad. ;) In high school I obsessed over comic books and their illustrations and began dabbling in graphic design, which would become my career for 10 years. But all that work in front of a computer screen left me missing the feel of chalk and glue on my…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 21
  • Joined November 18, 2011

Favorite materials

watercolor paint, acrylic paint, handmade or scrapbooking papers, colored pencil, oil pastel, buttons, fabric, thread, leaves or other objects from nature

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About

Hi, and welcome to the Bettina’s Treehouse Etsy Shop! Although “Bettina” is a pen name of sorts that I picked up while visiting Italy, I’m known as Beth to my friends and family. I love the smell of moist earth, a good hike in the mountains, watching waves crash on the Jersey shore, and visiting local farms for fresh cheese and produce. I adore my family, and have been taught what it is to be truly blessed.

My journey as an artist started young, with finger-painting on the kitchen table, construction paper projects and eventually watercolor lessons. (I even tried to eat a red crayon as a kid, believing it would enhance my talent. Mostly it just tasted bad. ;) In high school I obsessed over comic books and their illustrations and began dabbling in graphic design, which would become my career for 10 years. But all that work in front of a computer screen left me missing the feel of chalk and glue on my hands, or a pencil and paintbrush between my fingertips. See, I love to work with my hands – whether it’s gardening, cooking, even cleaning …sometimes… But most of all, I love creating art. When I create art, I feel like it’s what I was made to do.

But that’s not the end of the story.

In August of 2011 I had the great privilege to go on a well-drilling trip to El Salvador. There I visited communities part of the 1.1 billion people on the planet who don’t have access to clean, safe, drinking water. Dirty water causes 80% of all sickness and disease and kills more people (especially children) every year than all forms of violence, including war.

Proverbs 3:27 says “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.”

For the first time, I realized I had been given a gift that could be used to make life more beautiful for, and give hope to, another human being – especially children.

So my Etsy shop was birthed from this conviction, where a portion of every art purchase at Bettina’s Treehouse is donated towards the drilling of a clean water well in a developing country. I feel privileged to serve the poor in this way, and hope you will join me on this journey!

Thanks for your support and happy shopping!

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