Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with BlessedWedding

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Maria, from the Zazzle store BlessedWedding, talks to us about her art and her time at Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store BlessedWedding!

Elegant Damask Table Seating Card

Zazzle: Tell us a little something about yourself.

Maria: My name is Maria. I’m a happily married mommy of three and a self-taught graphic/web designer and illustrator. I have Zazzleitis and I’m a Zazzleholic—In fact, I joke with my Zazzle seller friends that we need a Zazzle Rehab, haha!

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Maria: I had just had my third baby (my daughter), and my husband was out of work, so we were in a major financial crisis and really struggling hard, trying to make ends meet. I started searching online for “work from home” jobs, and one blessed day, I stumbled upon an ad for Zazzle on a site all about “work at home moms”. It changed my life forever! Now, thanks to Zazzle, I don’t have to say “no” to my kids anymore. Zazzle has brought us happiness and peace, and it has been our biggest support! I want to take this opportunity to thank Zazzle on behalf of me and my family. You are truly a lifesaver!

Zazzle: When and how did you first become interested in art? How long have you been making art?

Maria: I’ve been drawing since the day I learned how to hold a pencil. My dad is a wonderful artist, and I used to watch him draw. Seeing him create art made me passionate about it, and as I grew up, I tried new mediums as well. I went from drawing to watercolor painting, and now I’m doing digital art.

Zazzle: How would you describe your style?

Maria: Lately, it has been digital and vector art, ranging in styles from mod to contemporary to vintage.

Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?

Maria: I actually have 2! The first is my Valentine Anniversary Card because when I was making it, it was our anniversary and I wanted to create something special for my hubby! I just love how it turned out with the swirls and the mixture of emotions in the design. My second favorite is my Medieval Vintage Invitation because I love fairy tales and everything about the Victorian era—It has a very “royal” feeling to it.

Valentine Anniversary Card

Zazzle: Do you have any fun stories about being a seller on Zazzle?

Maria: I have quite a few actually!
1. One day, this art buyer contacted me via my Zazzle store and said they were interested in one of my cards for a TV ad. I thought it was a scam, but the opportunity looked so delicious that I googled the company and found out that they were legitimate, so I called them and was just so excited that I blurted out “I googled you!”—We both burst out laughing.

2. There’s one touching story—On November 25th, 2009, my best friend’s lovely 3 year-old daughter, Alisha, passed away in a car accident. In March 2010, James from Heartlight Children’s Memorial Hospital contacted me about designing memorial invites that they could give to parents who have lost their children. I was in tears. It was such a divine thing.

3. I had a wonderful bride order save the dates with stamps from me. Then, she fell so in love with the design that she not only ordered everything else for her wedding (magnets, invitations, thank you cards, menu cards), but she based her wedding theme on my design and even had a matching wedding cake! She also bought cards for their first Christmas together from me as well.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite Zazzle product to create?

Maria: Invitations! They come in so many sizes, colors, and paper styles, and they have a very wide market! Plus, brides love to customize their invites in their own special way to fit their special day.

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Maria: First and foremost, don’t lose hope! You will learn and grow, so definitely keep on working to constantly add new products. Also, promote yourself (Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Squidoo, etc.)! There is nothing shameful about self-promotion, and if you don’t let the world know that you’re there, how can you expect them to find you?  It’s not a shop on the street that people walk by on a daily basis, so you have to announce your existence to the internet!

Thanks Maria!

25 Responses to “Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with BlessedWedding”

  1. Marian Cates Says:

    What a lovely and inspiring interview.

  2. Nicole Says:

    Touching story about the children ‘s memorial hospital. Life works in mysterious ways. Great interview :-)

  3. Vicki Says:

    Nice interview Maria! I love the wedding slide show too. That is so cool!

  4. Ricaso Says:

    Great interview Maria .. congrats on the well deserved feature :)

  5. Olympia Says:

    Congratulation, Maria! Great interview and designs! When I was new at Zazzle, Maria encouraged me with her comments and when I had my first sale, she was the one that told me where to find the name of the buyer to thank them.

  6. Natasha Says:

    The story about the wedding theme for Paulina and Todd is amazing! And I must say their whole wedding with your products look so elegant! Beautiful! This is another inspiring interview. Thank you Maria and Zazzle. :)

  7. Leah Says:

    Oh Maria what a fabulous interview!!!!! I have shared it everywhere! Maria is such an inspiration and such a wonderful Zazzler!

  8. Celeste Says:

    Wonderful interview, such heartfelt enthusiasm for her life and her work! congrats on all your successes.

  9. D-Digital Says:

    There IS nothing shameless about self-promotion, but remember not to spam!

  10. jfarrell12 Says:

    Great interview from a wonderful person! I got to know Maria here on Zazzle and she has become a great friend and mentor. I wish her much success!

  11. MGdezigns Says:

    *tears of joy* Thank You for your lovely comments and support! and Thank you ZAZZLE <3

  12. AngelArtiste Says:

    That was a lovely interview and you have such a lovely, sweet personality! Congratulations from my heart.

  13. Elenaind Says:

    Beautiful interview and fabulous artwork Maria! Many congrats!!! :-)

  14. Rebecca Reeder Says:

    I really enjoyed reading your interview, Maria. What a touching story about your friend’s daughter. Actually, there are many touching aspects to your interview. I think a lot of us can relate to needing rehab for Zazzle! Wishing you continued success!

  15. Lace9 Says:

    Great interview Maria, just the kind of inspiration I needed to hear right now.

  16. Rebecca Czosnek Says:

    Wonderful Interview. As always Maria you put your HEART and SOUL in your Art and Thoughts! Congrats! Well deserved!

  17. tricia-rennea Says:

    What a wonderful interview :)

  18. Elizebeth Says:

    CONGRATS Maria!!!!! Well deserved acknowledgment for all your work!! Lovely interview and ^5 :-)

  19. Yago Says:

    THIS IS AWESOME!!!!! Congratulation dear one !!!

  20. daddy Says:

    excekkent interview.u deserve much more than theese comments god bless u

  21. mom Says:

    sweet heart i really love u r interview as well as all comments u will achieve much more in future

  22. Holly Says:

    awwwwwww YAY!!!! love you Maria!

  23. Wedding Stamps Says:

    Great interview Maria! I love your designs!

    Paula

    Travel Photography
    Peony Gifts
    GardenAndGift

  24. PM Custom Weddings Says:

    Great interview Maria! Keep up the good work :)

  25. Maria.G Says:

    Thank You everyone for you continued support and compliments I am overwhelmed by such love <3,
    the story about my friends daughter is so much more divine as she was in Chicago and this hospital is also Chicago based,
    it was like a divine source that brought them to my store
    here are the cards they ordered
    Memorial service 1
    memorial service 2

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