CurlyIguana

High-quality custom made woodwork and fine art

East Freehold, New Jersey On Etsy since 2016

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CurlyIguana

High-quality custom made woodwork and fine art

East Freehold, New Jersey | 709 Sales

Announcement    Hello, everyone and welcome to my shop!
Curly Iguana is your one-stop shop for all your unique, personalized and custom made home décor pieces, as well as special gifts, props and ornaments. With over 15 years experience in art and design, I am fully committed to offer you an amazing and one-of-a-kind product, that can be treasured for many years.

PLEASE NOTE:
***Due to COVID-19, the US post-office is experiencing great delays, so please keep this in mind when ordering. Once an item is shipped, it is out of my hands and I am not responsible for any delays. I will try my best to ship your order as soon as possible, but I can't guarantee delivery by a certain date, and that also depends on how many orders I'm working on at the time***

I am so excited to be adding fine art pieces! Originals and prints will be available to decorate your beautiful spaces, as well as digital downloads!

Sincerely,
Ioana Cretu (artist)

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Last updated on Aug 8, 2020

Hello, everyone and welcome to my shop!
Curly Iguana is your one-stop shop for all your unique, personalized and custom made home décor pieces, as well as special gifts, props and ornaments. With over 15 years experience in art and design, I am fully committed to offer you an amazing and one-of-a-kind product, that can be treasured for many years.

PLEASE NOTE:
***Due to COVID-19, the US post-office is experiencing great delays, so please keep this in mind when ordering. Once an item is shipped, it is out of my hands and I am not responsible for any delays. I will try my best to ship your order as soon as possible, but I can't guarantee delivery by a certain date, and that also depends on how many orders I'm working on at the time***

I am so excited to be adding fine art pieces! Originals and prints will be available to decorate your beautiful spaces, as well as digital downloads!

Sincerely,
Ioana Cretu (artist)

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About CurlyIguana

Sales 709
On Etsy since 2016
Video summary: These detailed hand painted ornaments make amazing gifts for anyone!

Custom handcrafted wooden gifts for any occasion, hand painted pet and house portraits, custom signs and original artwork

Hello,
My name is Ioana Cretu and I am the owner of Curly Iguana.
Born in Romania, I started drawing when I was 6 years old, while I was stuck in bed due to a health condition. I remember tracing Disney characters stickers which I then practiced until I was able to draw them without help. As I grew up, I found myself more and more attracted to painting and drawing, always scribbling something in my notebooks during classes. Following my father's and my teachers' advice, I attended the best Art school in the country (Romania), followed by the Art Academy, where, learning everything I could about drawing, painting, sculpture, and industrial design, I built a strong foundation for my art career.

In 1999 I came to America with only a suitcase and of, course, my art portfolio. After a few odd jobs, I got my first awesome job working at an art gallery as a contracted artist. After a few years there and selling hundreds of pieces, I decided to "broaden my horizon" and studied towards getting my Graphic Design degree, which I got in 2003. That gave me all the necessary "tools" and knowledge for creating custom promotional materials, logos and also product design for many customers and companies over the years.

I first became a mom in 2008, and 2 years later God blessed us with twins :-) With 3 babies pulling me in 3 different directions and in need of constant attention, I had to leave my job and later my freelance job, so I could stay with them. As they grew, our finances started stretching to the limit, so I had to think of a way to bring some income in, without taking too much time away from my kids. With my passion for art and design, I knew I had to start making something that could possibly combine both. I always loved creating new things with my own 2 hands, so the idea of designing, painting and cutting wood made my eyes sparkle! Excited for me, my father, back in Romania, sent me a manual (scroll) saw, which I used in creating my first clocks and wooden letters. Once I posted them on facebook, orders started coming in. I got excited! I was working on the kitchen floor, with my kids running around me and dust flying everywhere. I then bought a scroll saw that gave me the speed I needed, while still keeping the control I wanted in creating my pieces and changed my guest room into an office which gave me the space I needed for my materials and new products. In 2013 I opened my Etsy shop, but my busy mom life didn't allow too much time to spend on creating. It was only in 2017 that my kids started being more independent and gave me more time to put into my art and my passion. This is when I started creating again! To me, creating is breathing - it makes me happy, takes my stress and worries away, and when I'm happy my whole family is happy :-) And being able to share my art and craft with the world and knowing that my artwork can make other people happy, is just amazing!

Curly Iguana (Cretu, my last name, means "curly" in English and "iguana" is the sound of my first name, ioana, but with a "g") is now my little home-based business, that represents my love for real handmade, original artwork. I don't have a laser machine and everything I create is done by me, using my little scroll saw, sandpaper, paint brushes, and paints.
I've always loved and appreciated a good-quality handmade product, so that is one of my top priorities. I will work extra hard to make sure you are not only pleased with your order, but it exceeds your expectations.
Most of my shop consists of custom orders and commissioned artwork. I am here to create something unique for you that you can treasure forever.
Turnaround time for my products depends on many factors. Please check each listing before placing your order. If you need something by a certain date, please contact me and I will try to meet your deadline. Custom handcrafted/handpainted orders will always take a little more time than something digitized or laser cut, but I always try my best to ship packages ahead of time and make your time worth the wait.

Thank you for visiting my shop and I hope you give me the chance to create something special for you, too!

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