Thursday, January 6, 2011

Interview with our December Challenge Winner!

Meet Janet Craig, Palm Frond Artist, of
Into The Trees :

Where in Florida do you live?
I'm in Central Florida Lakeland for many years originally from Miami Florida. I love everything about Florida i never want too leave it. I feel so fortunate to live here. I can't do the snow thingy. Love the the sunshine way too much.

Could you recommend a fun activity near your Fl home that other members might enjoy?
Yes my favorite place in this part of Florida . I vacation there once a year rent a house on the Weeki Wachee river ( world famous home of the mermaids) It is paradise.. Oh.. the water is the color of turquoise and emeralds, manatees swim about .. water temp constant 74 degrees... Kayak all day in the warm Florida sunshine. Anyone that has not been there really needs to really go.

What are some other sites to find out more about you and your art?
You can find me on flickr Here is fun slideshow i created last month. Feel free to leave a comment
I have a fanpage on facebook. A blog someone made for me but... not so sure what i am suppose to do with it

What do you create?
About my work, I incorporate nature into into my art. To relax i hunt for my new found frond to recycle into my fun art. Never know what i am going to turn one into.

How did you come about your store name?
I found myself driving around constantly looking @ different types of Florida palm trees seeing what new art creations i could come up with in there offerings. Thus.. The name IntoTheTrees

What is the crafting utensil you cannot live without?
Paint Brush

What is your favorite material to work with?
Anything found that  i can recycle.

What is your life like outside of Etsy?
I have a husband, son, and now a beautiful new Grandson. We have a business commercial ice machines. Works well for Florida!

What animal would you like to be for one day and why?
Seriously i would like to be my dog Ginger for a day. The little princess...

What was an embarrassing moment in your life?
Can you believe i was actually embarrassed during childbirth.

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
To many to list.. Hey it was the 70's

If you were a dessert what would it be?
Key Lime Pie


  1. Fun interview... awesome creations. :)

  2. nice interview - I love your work!

  3. Such whimsical and inspired art work! I'm with ya on the Key Lime FAV!!!!

  4. Love your creations! Nice interview, had no clue you were from Lakeland, were practically neighbors! LOL

  5. I really like how you are so creative with what nature can give us. :)

  6. Fun interview- I didn't realize how close you are, I'm in Lake Wales! I love your clever creations!

  7. I love your work too. I love anything with whimsy, it tells so much about a person.

  8. Great interview, I love your work Janet!

  9. Your work is so fun and colorful. I love all the characters you design using the palm frond's shape.

  10. Great Interview, I just love the expressions on their faces and all the beautiful colors!

  11. It's amazing what you do with those palm fronds ~ they have so much personality! Great interview :)

  12. Wonderful interview Janet!
    Love hearing about your creative life and your part of Florida!

    aka AudreyGardenLady

  13. wonderful interview! I love your art and I LOVE key lime pie!

  14. I knew you were a winner!!!

  15. What a great interview! Beautiful artwork Janet!