Saturday, October 30, 2010

Saturday Artisan: KhaliNouveau

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Meet Aiysha of KhaliNouveau, our Saturday Artisan. She has an Etsy shop that offers original artworks, unique ornaments, decorative gift boxes to rare vintage books. My first impression seeing her shop was "Wow, this gal has so much talents, look how deverse the arts/ crafts that she makes."

Life can be stressful nowadays and one of Aiysha answers below is a good reminder on how we should face our daily life. Simple answer and yet powerful!.

Tell us a bit about yourself and what arts/ crafts that you make?
My name is Aiysha Khaalid, nickname Khali, I am a full-time artist with a bachelor degree in Fine Arts. I'm a painter, an illustrator, a mixed media artist, and crafter residing in Boston, MA. I am a proud owner of the shop KhaliNouveau which offers original artworks, unique ornaments, decorative gift boxes to rare vintage books.

Which part of creation process that you like to do the most?
I whip out a pencil and paper. I like to sketch out my creative ideas before I execute any project.

Could you share on how you organize your products, we all can use a little tip here and there in this department?

I don’t have a lot of time to work on projects during the week so it’s crucial to organize a committed weekly schedule with plans and goals jot down in a notebook. Laying out a plan first can save a lot of time to prepare.

What is your favorite item in your shop?
At the moment, my favorite item in my shop would be children vintage books. I get a thrilling feeling when I discover a preserved and rare children book with beautiful illustrations.

What is your best seller?
My bird ornaments are the top sellers and customers just love them. The next step is to work on selling more of my paintings.

How does your day go in general?
Easy going and relaxed.

Do you have a favorite Etsy seller?
Yes. I bought and had custom stickers made from PinkiesPalace. I simply love her stickers and it’s a great price.

What is your goal for 2010? And are you on the right track?
I would like to close out the year reaching 100 sales and working hard to meet that goal.

Any advice for others running their on-line shop?
I would say don’t be afraid to fail or make mistakes, that’s part of the learning process as an artist.

Stay-tuned for the giveaway that will start tomorrow.

In the meantime, don't forget to enter these 2 giveaways going on right now, each to win $25 gift certificate: Natalie Hopeful's giveaway (ends Nov 7th) and the other one is charmeddesign1012's giveaway (ends Oct 31st).


  1. I love vintage childrens' books too!

    This interview inspires me to be more organized - sketching ideas out before actually doing them might greatly minimise the chances of disaster for me, lol.

  2. Good luck reaching 100 sales, I hope you make it! A nice round number is always a wonderful thing to celebrate, and it gives someone a whole new sense of achievement. I can relate! ^^