For years, I "sort of" knew Holly Doyle from Leafpile and Jersey Made. It was only after AbbieRoad organized a couple of Handmade Faires and participated in outdoor festivals that I really got to know Holly.
What a magnificent journey in a very short time. Holly made a decision to do something different and with Abbie's mantra of "Dare to be Different," a more dynamic duo could not have evolved.
Holly is very creative and fun. I also find her to be very ecologically friendly because of her penchant for recycling and upcycling that I often used her art as examples of conservation and how to make something beautiful and useful out of an object or objects that would wind up in the landfill or just stuffed in a corner, forgotten for years until it could no longer be useful.
Jersey Made is a great shop that showcases many EtsyNJ sellers and gives them a chance to be in a "bricks and mortar" store -- HAVE A REAL LAND ADDRESS that they can direct people to. She provides a variety of services to the juried artists who have been accepted and continues to provide workshops, do her own art and be a good friend all along the way.
So, that's my etsyNJ special person of the day - Holly Doyle. If you are in the area, Mt. Holly Village, do stop in to Jersey Made and while you are there stop in next store to Pinelands Folk Music and Basketry Center to meet another etsyNJ artist, Mary Carty. She's my partner for a lot of projects both musical and crafty but then. . . that's a blog for another day.