fuzziebutter carries an eclectic mix of upcycled items, mixed media projects and curiosities. Andrea, the artist behind the shop, sat down with us for a little chat for the next installment in our series.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I started collecting pebbles, rocks, twigs, broken pieces when I was a little girl and keeping them in empty glass jars from olives, mayonnaise, etc. I started filling the jars with water to enhance the colors and making arrangements on my little girl dresser. I compare that to what I am doing now- collecting found objects or discarded items and finding new uses for them. Basically, anthropomorphizing toss aways and nurturing them into something beautiful. hmmm....

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Skipping down a city street.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Assigning a price to my items. The emotional value is always great- I always feel as if I am giving away a child of mine. Yet, I need to create a reasonable price based on materials and time spent making the item- totally unemotional criteria.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I think this crocheted wire bracelet looks beautiful on my wrist and wish I could keep it.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I thought I'd be an architect with a giant dog and kitty farm who painted pictures and had her own TV show for fun. (And of course I'd do this all while speaking ten languages and brushing my long Marcia Brady hair). My transportation would either be my bright yellow Beetle or my grey donkey.

What other shops out there do you love?
Shrunken Cat Heads has the coolest earrings that look like tiny Mexican tiles! She's also a published author.

Cricket's Creations makes beautiful Handmade Scarves
Cottage Garden Therapi woah, I wish I could smell their workshop!
Zygopsyche makes pets that don't need to be fed or cleaned up after!

What does your future hold?
I am evolving a series of mixed media jewelry called "Secrets" in which I hope to project, from a feministic point of view, the secrets that women hold- either proper and put together on the outside, maybe even a mess on the outside, but inside we are expected to hold secrets about money, employment, children, health, our own sexuality and needs, our emotions... I hope to reach an audience who can identify with secrets and letting them out.

After that, I hope to create art to express the release of shame from our lives- shame that so often is embedded in us as children- that we hang onto into adulthood and allow it to persuade our decision making process.

Visit fuzziebutter at Etsy or fuzziebutter.com today! Andrea will offer readers of this blog a special buy one, get one item half price (of equal or lesser value) if you mention this interview at the time of purchase. Sweet!