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Feature Friday: Ever After Enchanted Decor

Happy Feature Friday!

FullSizeRender(1416)Today we’re excited to hearing from Rosanna of Ever After Enchanted Decor! She works alongside her husband to create beautiful reclaimed wood decor to really spruce up your home! Their pieces are the perfect way to show what your family is all about or add some inspiration to your walls. We love how passionate Rosanna is about creating pieces that are of amazing quality and bring joy to customers just by looking at them! The way her and her husband transform these pieces of wood, there’s no way they wouldn’t bring joy! We think you guys are going to love what the two of them create and we can’t wait for you to hear their story! Keep on reading to hear more about the brand and see some of the amazing creations Ever After Enchanted Decor offers.

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself!
ever after: Hi, my name is Rosanna, I’m 39 years old and I have two boys, a 6 year old and a 19 year old. My husband and I have always been big dreamers and have wanted to have a business together where we could create beautiful things, express our creativity, and spend more time together. I’ve always wanted the freedom and excitement that come with having my own business. In 2015 I decided to open an Etsy shop. I wasn’t happy at my job and I wanted to start this shop with the hopes that it would grow and that I could do it full time. The company that I worked for was bought out and I ended up being laid off from my corporate job. To me this was the perfect opportunity to put all I had into the business. Our goal is to take this business on the road: travel in our RV, book shows all over the country to bring our décor to people, and have fun doing it. My husband Eric currently has a full time job and is in a punk band with his brother and friends called TLB.

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Castle Logo: How did Ever After Enchanted Decor get its start?
ever after: I had the idea for my business when my husband and I were finally able to purchase our home. My goal was to have a home before my oldest son Ethan would leave for college. This did happen! We purchased our home his senior year of high school. I was so happy and I didn’t want to go to the store and buy just anything to fill our home with, I wanted to create beautiful décor that was special and meant something to me. I purchased some pieces from other makers on Etsy that I really loved, but I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, so I was inspired to create my own pieces. Once I started painting and creating things I just kept finding more inspiration, and one day it just hit me: start a shop that has beautiful décor, inspirational, magical, feminine pieces that are close to my heart.

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Feature Friday: If You Give A Girl A Saw

If You Give a Girl a Saw - Janine Stone _ Owner - Woodworker
Happy Feature Friday!

We love how unique today’s feature is, as Janine Stone of “If You Give A Girl A Saw” is the first woodworker we’ve had on Castle Foundations! She’s actually the first woodworker we’ve known of, and we’re so glad we came across her work … simply because it’s incredible! From gorgeous breakfast trays and wall hangings to full on furniture, her pieces are one-of-a-kind and you can clearly see the time and craftsmanship put into them. Plus, this girl loves what she does! We completely agree with Janine’s mindset on finding a job that makes you excited, determined, and fulfilled each day. Keep reading to find out more about her brand and make sure to also follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and check out her Etsy store!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

unnamed-2: My name’s Janine Stone! I’m the girl with the saw. I have entirely too much to say about wood, tools, shop life, and the general excitement that envelopes me when I’m around any of those said things. So I’ll stop before I get carried away! But here’s most of what you need to know:

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Feature Friday: Art by CYNNO

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This week’s Feature Friday is Cinthia of Art by CYNNO. We are obsessed with her work and can’t wait to share it with you guys! The funny part about it all is that she started her art career by accident. One day her circumstances changed and as a result she made her first pieces of “tiny art,” or mini portraits. Often times it is when we least expect it, or when we are forced to make a change, that we maximize our potential. Cinthia was definitely able to make the best out of her situation and ended up making a whole new career out of something she loves doing. Just imagine painting happy people all day… she has it made! Check out her interview below to learn more about Cinthia’s journey and see her work. She was also kind enough to give our readers a little perk: A DISCOUNT!! You don’t want to miss this chance.

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: Tell us about yourself.

Untitled-2: Not too sure what to say! I am 26 years old, I was born in Cuba and moved to Miami with my mother and step-father when I was 10. I’ve been drawing and creating for as long as I can recall. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and worked as the assistant designer and textile designer for a high-end womenswear line before pursuing my career as an artist. I love Star Wars, food, my dogs, and have a slight Instagram addiction. That about sums me up.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: What made you decide to create wood portraits?

Untitled-2: It was a total accident! After my job in fashion came to a screeching halt, I roughed it out and freelanced for a few months while I figured out my next career move. Christmas came around and I was a bit too broke to get Christmas presents for my best friends, so, I painted little portraits for 4 of my friends (one of which was a family portrait as she was about to have a baby) on little wooden plaques I had left over from a previous project. The minute they shared photos of their gifts on Instagram and Facebook, the requests started coming in. It seemed like every time I finished one portrait, that same piece would generate three more, and so on, from that person’s friends. Eventually, I was getting emails from complete strangers and had to finally open up an Etsy store to keep better track of my orders, and the photos of my portraits pretty much invaded all my social media accounts. By the week of Mother’s Day, I had to pull all-nighters and crank out 8 portraits a day to get everything out in time. I can’t even explain how surprised and grateful I am that all of this has happened from my silly little Christmas presents.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: Describe the process behind making your wood portraits.

Untitled-2: It varies for each one, but, basically, once someone chooses a size and shape they like from my Etsy store, they are prompted to send me an email with any photos and instructions they want to use for their custom piece. Some send me a photo they want me to interpret almost literally, like a family or couple portrait, while others send me tons of individual photos of each member, describe their personalities, hobbies or favorite items of clothing they would like included, etc. I have a lot of fun reading these, and, the more information I am given, the more personal and special the final product is. We usually chat back and forth a bit, and, I create an initial sketch for their approval. Once it’s approved, I paint the piece using acrylic paint, seal it, take a photo of it, pack it, and ship it! Sometimes I write overly elaborate thank-you notes, and, usually, I get really fun emails back about what happened when they received their piece, or gave it to the person it was intended for, or how it was displayed in people’s homes.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: Wood portraits aren’t the only things you create. What are some of the other projects you’re working on?

Untitled-2: I do freelance commercial art, usually murals for restaurants, bars, etc. Most of these are focused on hand-lettering and vintage sign painting or chalk art, which I do alongside my super talented friend Robert Almeida. They can be found at wynwoodsignpainting.com. I also work on commissioned artwork and murals for a commercial interior design studio, and do a bit of freelance textile design and technical design when fashion duty calls. Sometimes I sleep and stuff.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: Do you have a favorite piece or something you just had to keep for yourself?

Untitled-2: My first ever wood paintings, which are a collection of different portraits of girls with antlers or animal ears.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: Did you study art and take courses or were you self-taught?

Untitled-2: I guess you could say I’m mostly self-taught. My dad is a ridiculously talented artist and even though I didn’t grow up with him (he’s lived in Mexico since I was 4), he visited often and made sure I was exposed to art from an early age. As a kid, I drew constantly and sent him my drawings whenever I could, and that carried on through my teenage and adult years. I didn’t take my first art class until junior year in high school.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: What are you most grateful for?

Untitled-2: Everything! I have the best family, boyfriend, and friends ever. I can’t believe how many people pushed me and believed in me way before I did. It took a lot of convincing from a lot of people for me to actually accept that I had something awesome going and had to take it seriously. Aside from that, the fact that over 100 people have my little pieces hanging in their homes is still astonishing to me. I know I’m not making Renaissance level portraits here, but it makes me extremely happy to know that my little pieces are being given as gifts, ordered for loved ones to commemorate marriages, babies, jobs, and birthdays. I’m ridiculously grateful that I get to wake up every day and do something I love and make people happy at the same time. I could rant forever about this. I get to draw cartoons of happy people for a living… I’m stoked.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: Name the riskiest thing you’ve done in your career.

Untitled-2: Not having a steady 9 to 5 job still scares the living crap out of me sometimes. Actually, all the time.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: What are some of your most used medias?

Untitled-2: Wood, baby! Acrylic paint, pencils, and I go through a LOT of tiny brushes.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: What do you like most about taking custom commissions?

Untitled-2: It sounds weird, but I like getting a tiny window into the happiest parts of a random stranger’s life. When I’m working on a new order, I spend a good couple of hours looking at photos and gathering information about the subjects I’m painting. By the time the portrait is completed, it’s hard not to feel like I know them. I have a lot of repeat customers, which makes it extra fun because I can see a clear little timeline of paintings forming from their orders. I’m happy for whatever accomplishment or special date they are celebrating, and feel extremely humbled that my little portrait was chosen as a way to remember that. I’ve also been able to reconnect with old friends as far back as middle school from being commissioned to draw their new babies and the like. I’m about as socially awkward as it gets and I see this as a really fun way to interact with people.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: Any advice for creatives/in general?

Untitled-2: Just do what you love and don’t stop, eventually someone will notice.

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Check out more of Cinthia’s work by looking at her social media accounts and website! And enjoy the many more “tiny portraits” that she wanted to share with you guys below!
 Instagram: @cynno
Facebook: Tiny Arts by Cynno
Etsy: artsbycynno
Website: cynno.com

Also don’t forget! If you enter the code CASTLEFOUNDATIONS on the ArtsbyCynno Etsy page, you’ll get $10 off an order. (The perfect Christmas present…!?)