Alli on Feb 13, 2017
I purchased a set of custom map coasters as a Valentine's Day gift. Melanie made the process so easy! She was kind, professional, and extremely efficient. Melanie sent pictures of the coasters in preparation for my review, and updated me on each step of the process. It took all of the worry out of ordering a custom-made product. Also, and most important, the coasters are so beautiful and special. I actually gave them to my significant other a week early because I couldn't wait to see his reaction. He loved them, and we hope to order again to collect a full "set" of custom maps for household use. Thanks, Melanie, for a great Etsy experience and a lovely product.
“If it’ll hold still long enough, I’ll cover it with paper”
I was working as a graphic artist for a direct-mail company when I started Carolina Cottage. My job was pretty creative, but I wanted more. I needed to do something creative that I had complete control over - no rules, restrictions or limitations.
I did a lot of reading and research and found that I was drawn to collage and mixed media, but didn’t feel like I was ready to tackle that yet.
Long story short, I tried decoupaging some stuff and it stuck. However, I didn’t want to do traditional decoupage. I wanted the entire item covered with color and pattern. Soon I was decoupaging anything I could get my hands on - boxes, trays, marble and porcelain tiles, glass candle holders, metal pails, wood plaques, furniture...
Now, 8 years later I'm still going strong.
I’m supported, and occasionally assisted by, my husband and two kids.
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