Carol Radek's Profile

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Hello and welcome to my shop. My profile picture is of my dog Charlie, who also lends his name to my shop. The second name Sparkles belongs to my first dog; and all I remember was that he was a yellow lab (sort of), and he was bigger than me. It's safe to say I love animals, in particular dogs; and when I was deciding on a name for my shop I thought the best course of action would be to use the names of my pets. Otherwise you could think forever and ever, and ever on the name of your shop...

I am an interior designer by profession; however I've had all different sorts of "jobs" over the years. I worked at The Art Institute of Chicago: I cleaned hotel rooms in Murren, Switzerland: I was a chef’s assistant, on a dive boat, floating on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. I was a flight attendant, I designed the interiors of hospitals and most recently I am a foster parent and volunteer for Ca…

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  • Born on January 30
  • Joined August 15, 2012

Favorite materials

Wood, casting epoxy, handmade paper, embossing powder, stone, paint, markers and fabric

About

Hello and welcome to my shop. My profile picture is of my dog Charlie, who also lends his name to my shop. The second name Sparkles belongs to my first dog; and all I remember was that he was a yellow lab (sort of), and he was bigger than me. It's safe to say I love animals, in particular dogs; and when I was deciding on a name for my shop I thought the best course of action would be to use the names of my pets. Otherwise you could think forever and ever, and ever on the name of your shop...

I am an interior designer by profession; however I've had all different sorts of "jobs" over the years. I worked at The Art Institute of Chicago: I cleaned hotel rooms in Murren, Switzerland: I was a chef’s assistant, on a dive boat, floating on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. I was a flight attendant, I designed the interiors of hospitals and most recently I am a foster parent and volunteer for Cavalier King Charles Spaniel rescue. It can make you dizzy if you say it too many times in a row...

You could say I've got a lot of energy and many have told me I am the freest spirit they know. Honestly there are soooo many things in life to learn about; I wish we could live for a thousand years so I had enough life times to try them all. I don't understand when folks tell me they are bored? If I didn't have to stop and sleep, I'd probably be going 24-7 and so on.

By now you are probably wondering how I came to be selling works of art on Etsy?! Well because some very trusted friends told me too. I gave those friends a "homemade" gift for their wedding and another got one when they had a baby. After you hear "did you buy this on Etsy" enough times you are obligated to list it on Etsy to see if people would really buy it on Etsy. So here I am…

Why wood? Many years ago I started to build furniture in the wood-shop at my local park district. Fast forward 10 years and my husband and I have our own wood-shop with some great tools, beautiful wood and lots of ideas. And when we aren't remodeling our house, you will find me at my scroll saw bringing some of my ideas to life.

Thanks again for stopping by and taking the time to read my story.

Carol

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