Monday, September 06, 2010

Anniversary giveaway: Louchelab (Closed)

When i came across Louchelab I got really excited because of their beautiful and unique pieces. Hand painted cups, tapas plates and so much more. Alya is an incredible artist and has been generous enough to offer one of her beautiful pieces. 
 

Let's hear a bit more about this super talented artist.



Tell us a bit about yourself and your work. How did it all start?
Hay! My name is Aya. I'm an artist living in Brooklyn, NY. I'm 35, married to Ned who's an awesome photographer. I have an Etsy store called louchelab, which sells some of the things I make - mostly hand painted dishes and paintings and drawings. 
I've always loved making stuff and doing crafts, me and my sister and cousins where always making things as a part of our games. after High school I went to art school where I studies graphic design and illustration, I thought that now I'm old and serious and have to do work on the computer and not with my hands anymore, but a few years ago after moving to NY, I decided to try and be an artist rather then go on working in advertising and so, that's when I went back to making paintings, drawings, crafts and other stuff I like to make. 



Who or what inspires you?
Honestly, I don't believe in inspiration at all, I believe in forming a habit and sticking to it. Making art makes me happy and so if I don't do it for a while I get bitchy and confused. I try and spend at least 2 hours everyday drawing as well as more time with photography, different stuff i make for the Etsy store and other creative projects. I think that if I had to wait for inspiration, I would have spend a lot less time working on art and a lot more time waiting. 
The thing that inspire me more then anything else, however is people - talking to them, looking at them, talking about them and about myself. I feel like art is a mean of communication, just like conversation and the 2 things feed one another.



What do you love most of what you do?Almost everything... I love being able to manage my own time and dedicate as much time to my store (or sometimes, as little) as I want. I love being my own boss, and I love working from home and not having to spend a lot of hours on idle chit chat in stuffy offices... I love spending all day with my husband and working together and not having to limit the time we spend together. I really love going to sleep late and waking up late! And I love knowing that people that buy my art really enjoy it and are happy having it in their lives. 



Any advice for aspiring shop owners?The hardest thing about selling your art online is keep doing it. I've sold almost 800 items by now, and still if nothing sells for a while, I feel really sad and worthless. The most important thing is keep doing it even in days and weeks when nothing sells. Do a little every day and keep doing it, eventually that sale will come and it'll be worth all that hard work!


What? 
This super unique cup, in fuchsia, I can see so many uses!!


How?
- Follow A Diary of Lovely and visit LoucheLab shop. Come back and comment with your favorite item.

Extra entries 
- Tweet about this giveaway (use @adiaryoflovely)
- Follow me on Twitter or/and facebook
- Blog about it and let me know you did in a comment
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry. Thank you all so much! Winner will be picked at random next week)

65 comments:

  1. What a stunning giveaway...I adore the bear and butterfly cup:) Such a talent:)
    Kisses,sweetie

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  2. Amazingly beautiful, I adore the first bird teacup. She is uber talented, thanks for sharing!

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  3. I love the sea turtle tea cup! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  4. I follow you on Twitter! (@lacretia)

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  5. I love the Tapas Plate - Magenta Bird! Lovely designs.
    following you on gfc (jhb)
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  6. and am also already following you on twitter.
    jhitomi
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  7. Wow, all so gorgeous! Love the 'Doodle a Day - Sharpies'. Perfect for my little office :)

    http://louchaz80.blogspot.com/

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  8. Love, love the teacups. Coming into the fall I can see lots more hot tea and pretty cups.

    masperle@austin.rr.com

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  9. You are right..It is much better to take action and the inspiration will follow.

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  10. super super cute stuff!! my favorite is the blue bird mug - perfect for sipping some chai tea :)
    -kait

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  11. blue burd mug or unlikely friends a giant glass
    thanks for the giveaway
    love the art in the shop

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  12. i also blogged about aya's pieces & the giveaway!
    here: http://faveprettythings.blogspot.com/2010/09/etsy-spotlight-louchelab.html

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  13. I think the "love in times of cholera tea cup" is the most adorable one. thanks for this giveaway. and I follow you on twitter (jacklyyn)

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  14. I follow you on Twitter and Facebook! I retweeted too! I'm @fettbot!

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  15. I really enjoy the Sea Turtle single person tea set! emilyfette@gmail.com (of course I follow your lovely blog too!)

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  16. The "Blue Bird Mug" is so lovely!

    ninjapandawedding(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Tweet! Tweet! Following you: jackie_lopez

    ninjapandawedding(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. i love love love the octopus mug! ♥

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  19. I love the zebra and deer mugs!

    emerjadesign@gmail.com

    ww.wmerjadesign.blogspot.com

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  20. www.emerjadesign.blogspot.com

    sorry, I wrote the web wrong;)

    Love your blog, visit mine!

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  21. Lemur tea set! How clever! Love this! XX!

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  22. Oh my goodness! I love this stuff! I want the seagull plate!

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  23. I love the teacup + happy Anniversary to one of the sweetest and most talented bloggers I know :)

    xoxo

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  24. Oh what a lovely giveaway!
    I love Aya's illustrations so much. She got the most whimsy happy style!
    My favorite from her shop is the Lemur single person tea set. Adorable!!

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  25. I love the octopus mug, just beautiful! jrspry1@gmail.com

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  26. wow! i love so many things, but the bluebird mug has to be one of my faves- sooo cute!

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  27. Love the Seahorses Espresso Set. I follow.

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  28. I love the sea turtle tea cup! I follow you on Google reader.

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  29. oh my gosh I love the Octopus Mug - how freaking awesome! I'm a blog follower

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  30. And I follow on twitter! smackdown928 :)

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  31. I love the 4 People Sake Set - Indigo Birds and Unlikly Freinds - giant glass or vase and Fruit Bowl - humming birds in the roses!
    sena.sagani [at]gmail[dot]com

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  32. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/senaslc/status/23241704065

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  33. I follow and love the Octopus Mug. Great products! omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. Follow you on twitter @ohmydarlingblog

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  35. It was lovely to discover your beautiful blog.
    What amazing talent this Artist has and thanks for showing us.
    I love the bear and butterfly cup and what a wonderful giveaway.
    I am now following you.

    Happy week
    Carolyn

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  36. I am in love with the tapas plates! all of them!

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  37. So unique! I really like the Lavendar Birds Coffee mug!
    teri12481@hotmail.com

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  38. I'm in love with the octopus mug. It's so refreshing to see bold, solid colors and crisp outlines on dishware.

    andreawang.aw@gmail.com

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  39. The tea cup is my favorite. I love collecting pretty tea cups. They are great to catch jewelry, paperclips, spices.....

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  40. I linked/blogged about the giveaway at cubiclesanity.blogspot.com

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  41. I think the birds and roses snack cup is adorable. However, I am amazed at all things louchelab. :)

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  42. ps- already follow on twitter and facebook xo

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  43. Blogged it!

    http://moth-design.blogspot.com/2010/09/diary-of-lovely-anniversary-giveaway.html

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  44. What a fun giveaway! She is so very talented. I like the Octopus on yellow - ice coffee glass! It's amazing.

    Rachael

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  45. What talent!! I love the light blue seahorse glass, but I love love LOVE the blue bird mug!!!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Erika X

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  46. i am a follower.. wow her shop is filled with tons of diff pieces and designs.. so pretty i can only imagine how hard that is to get the image to be just right...
    my fav piece is:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/48008801/octopus-on-yellow-ice-coffee-glass

    this looks so fun to have in the kitchen.
    taylor
    taymaree@hotmail.com

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  47. That octopus mug is too cute! :)

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  48. And I'm a facebook follower! <3

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  49. This was a really tough one! I wish I could have my whole dinner service from here and I really want to buy some of the japanese stuff as a gift for my boyfriend like the sake set.

    I am struggling to choose between the Circus Zebra single person tea set and yellow birds, magenta flowers 2 people espresso set. But I think, just very slightly, it would have to be the yellow birds espresso set.

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  50. I love the seahorses on blue iced coffee glass. The ceramics are all brilliant!

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  51. Also facebook and twitter friended today!

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  52. The butterfly and roses is beautiful!

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  53. Your blog helped me to recover my energy and make me feel alive. Thanks for your post, I hope to continue reading more interesting themes as this one in the future.

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  54. Your blog helped me to recover my energy and make me feel alive. Thanks for your post, I hope to continue reading more interesting themes as this one in the future.

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