Elsita's shop carries prints of her delightful illustrations and papercuts, original papercuts, handmade dolls, paper dolls jewelry etc.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Elsita.
I think that everybody is born with some kind of crafty spot in the brain, even people who say that they cannot draw a line. In my case I started developing that little spot in part because the circumstances in which I grew up forced me to do it and in part because I found great satisfaction in making things with my hands. I was born and raised in the island of Cuba and my family was pretty poor so since a very early age I had to use every little bit of my imagination to create the basic things that I needed like clothes, shoes, bags to carry my books to school etc. At some point making things with my hands became an organic part of my life and that's still the way it is today.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Being alive! Because that allows me to do all the rest of the things that I love to do like creating my art, having fun with my family, watching great movies, eating something yummy, traveling, writing, dancing, walking, loving...

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
The same as most of us: time! Lack of time is the modern disease that we all need to deal with. I have a super busy life and that doesn't allow me, for example, to make as many handmade items as I would like for my store. If I had all the time available that I had when I was living a basic life in Cuba my store would be always stocked with hundreds of little things that I dream of making.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
A handmade felt pin like this one.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I always said that I was going to be an Artist, because my older sister was a wonderful artist herself, she inspired me everyday and I just wanted to be like her. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia (being still very young) and that hurt her creative life in a deep way. Back then, the idea of me becoming an artist was like a resolution, I wanted to continue the journey that she couldn't continue herself.

What other shops out there do you love?
So many of them!! Too many to mention here. The best way to know the exact answer to this question is to check my list of favorite sellers.

This list will always be growing because almost everyday I find a new Etsy seller that I love.

What does your future hold?
I wish that I could see my future through one of those glass balls. If that was possible I would like to see my children doing great as adults. My three-year-old son Diego is Autistic, I would love to see him being independent and loved and having a happy life and my daughter Natalie too. Then I would like to see my husband and I still having fun and loving each other as we do now and then I would like to see a little scene of myself doing animation work. I have been working in many mediums for a long time and i would like to put all that together in animation. I love to make up stories and characters and that's one of the things that i would love to do in the future!

Visit Elsita on Etsy or elsita.typepad.com!