CoolPeopleDesigns

Fanciful Art

Anchorage, Alaska

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Announcement    Welcome to my etsy shop where you will find my fanciful art, including my custom maps and my original paintings.

I have a day job that is very analytical, but my joy is in making art.

I started making whimsical maps of some cities here in Alaska where I live. Check out my city maps of Anchorage, Girdwood, Fairbanks, and Kodiak. I also have some awesome Alaskan Christmas cards as well.

In 2019 I started painting in gouache and then branched out to oils in 2020. What a great hobby to have during a pandemic! I have become an avid plein air painter, which means I paint outdoors. I can’t usually finish the paintings outdoors so I touch them up in the studio. Check out my original paintings! They are so pretty and I’m very proud to release them into the universe!

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 27, 2020

Welcome to my etsy shop where you will find my fanciful art, including my custom maps and my original paintings.

I have a day job that is very analytical, but my joy is in making art.

I started making whimsical maps of some cities here in Alaska where I live. Check out my city maps of Anchorage, Girdwood, Fairbanks, and Kodiak. I also have some awesome Alaskan Christmas cards as well.

In 2019 I started painting in gouache and then branched out to oils in 2020. What a great hobby to have during a pandemic! I have become an avid plein air painter, which means I paint outdoors. I can’t usually finish the paintings outdoors so I touch them up in the studio. Check out my original paintings! They are so pretty and I’m very proud to release them into the universe!

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Sami Ali

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Sami Ali

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(15)
  • Sarah Kearns on Nov 15, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    My map was perfect and the work was impeccable! The seller was kind and responded quickly to my questions. I will be buying from Sami again.

  • Stephanie Basinger on Apr 24, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    My husband who is from Kodiak, Alaska absolutely loves it!! Thank you so much.

  • Samantha on May 21, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    This is hands down one of my favorite decor pieces I have ever bought. Especially since its from a fellow Alaskan with a beautiful talent. I can't wait to display this for all to see!

  • Nicole on Dec 11, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Always the best. Easy to work with and an incredible attention to detail.

  • jss2c8 on Jul 2, 2017

    5 out of 5 stars

    My husband and I could not be happier with our relationship map. It was our "paper anniversary" gift to one another.

    Sami was wonderful to work with. She was quick to respond to all texts and emails and very accommodating to all my requests and changes. We even discussed ideas on the phone which was a wonderful personal touch. I could tell from talking to her that she loves what she does and getting to hear about other people's lives. Her enthusiasm for her work shows in the beautiful artwork she does.

    Thank you so much!

  • Gandy on Apr 7, 2017

    5 out of 5 stars

    I can't say enough about how much I love this map! I really love all the details. There was so much attention to detail placed in this map and she listened to my whole life story so well!

  • Joleen on Mar 3, 2017

    5 out of 5 stars

    It was an Awesome experience working with Sami! We would highly recommend her.

  • Nicole on Dec 13, 2016

    5 out of 5 stars

    I wish I could give Sami a 10!
    I was moved to tears when I opened up the map that she created for me. It FAR exceeded my expectations and was even more beautiful in person than I could have ever thought possible.
    Sami was an absolute pleasure to work with, great with communication and has exceptional vision.
    I will definitely be using her again. I CANNOT say enough about her and her craft!

  • Debbie on Oct 2, 2016

    5 out of 5 stars

    I love my Friendship map! Sami and I have been friends for over 15 years, and she was able to translate this into a work of art. It is an amazing and wonderful talent. The memories come back to mind when you see each individual drawing on the map, and it reminds me of funny times, happy times, and even some not-so-happy times (Isle of our exes lol). She got other photos as a surprise and was able to incorporate them into my map (like my daughter's school). Everyone needs to have one of these to keep memories of their friends and family - it is an amazing gift to give and receive!

  • teramccallum on Sep 13, 2016

    5 out of 5 stars

    Sami did an amazing job on our map. We Facetimed for her to do a quick interview of different items that could be incorporated. What she ended up sending was beyond what I expected. I loved that she included little "Easter Egg" details that you really had to search to see how she had incorporated all our stories. My husband spent 15 minutes just staring at it trying to find everything. We both love it!

About CoolPeopleDesigns

Sales 86
On Etsy since 2016

I love making colorful bold art that I hope brings you many years of joy!

I have always been a creative person but really took an interest in painting after a college painting course. Through the years I dabbled in acrylic painting especially bright bold colorful art. In 2010 I taught myself calligraphy and combined those skills to make personalized maps for clients as well as other artwork like the city maps you will see here. In 2019 I revisited painting, this time finally taking the plunge into oil paints. I don’t know where the next decade will take me me, so for now enjoy these works and let’s see what artful surprises come next!

Shop members

  • Sami Ali

    Owner

Shop policies

Last updated on December 23, 2017
Cool People Designs is a small business that I run out of my home in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
All items are custom made, so there will be no returns. I will work with you to ensure you will be happy with the product.

After customer approves the Proof, I will begin the final piece on archival paper. After approval of the Proof, buyer will have 3 days to cancel. After 3 days from Proof approval, cancellations cannot be made. No refunds will be provided after 3 days from final Proof approval.

Payment is due at time of Proof approval. After payment is made, the final piece will ship within 2 weeks.
Payment
All items are custom made, so there will be no returns. I will work with you to ensure you will be happy with the product.

After the customer approves the Proof, I will begin the final piece on archival paper. After approval of the Proof, buyer will have 3 days to cancel. After 3 days from Proof approval, cancellations cannot be made.

Payment is due at time of Proof approval. After payment is made, the final piece will ship within 2 weeks.
Shipping
I usually will ship by UPS 3 day. For now, I only within the United States. Yes, that includes Hawaii and Alaska!