Featured Crafter: Susan Forsythe of “Beautifully Practical”

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I discovered ceramic painting in 2009. All I wanted to do from that point onward was paint. It wasn’t long before I had more stuff than my cupboards could hold. That’s when it dawned on me that maybe, just maybe, I could earn a modest living selling my creations.

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I was on sabbatical from my workplace and living off of my savings. Although it scared me [nearly] to death, I used most of my money to set up a home studio. After nearly two months of preparation, Beautifully Practical was launched on November 8, 2010.

Why the name “Beautifully Practical”?

Being a typical Taurus, I’m pretty down-to-earth and practical by nature. Unfortunately [???] I L-O-V-E luxury and am hard pressed to use anything plain. Put it this way, if I need a spatula, I’ll buy the prettiest and best quality spatula I can afford. As far as I’m concerned, if we need to be practical, why not be beautifully practical?

Why an avatar with a sunflower and butterfly?

I have always been drawn to sunflowers. Their bright shades of yellow, rich chocolate brown, and deep green appeal to me. I admire the balance of delicateness and hardiness. The butterfly, for me, represents metamorphosis. It starts as a cute furry little guy and grows into a glorious winged creature flitting from flower to flower. Together the sunflower and the butterfly depict the beauty of life, the ability to endure, and the capacity to evolve.

So…now you know what makes me tick, what tickles my fancy, and why I chose the name Beautifully Practical. I think I’ll keep the rest to myself! ;^)

To see more of my creations, visit: www.etsy.com/shop/beautifullypractical

Let’s connect…
~ on Facebook: www.facebook.com/beautifullypractical
~ on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/beautifullyprac

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