Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Artist Behind The Etsy ~ 20 North Ora



Being a part of the Etsy community, not only as a seller but as a customer, I have come across many talented individuals.  With this series, I hope to introduce you to some of these creative people, finding out where they find their creativity, and a little bit more about them.

This week, we welcome Judy from 20 North Ora, which is also the name shared by her blog.

Hi everyone!  I'm Judy Clark from the Etsy shop 20 North Ora.  Everyone always wonders where the name came from.  That is my parents' one and only address of their home.  It is where I grew up and learned to sew and do all kinds of arts and crafts.
I am an Interior Designer but have always loved to make pillows and anything else using a sewing machine.  I have done many large arts and crafts shows up until three years ago when I started my Etsy shop. 
I love the freedom of my Etsy shop - no more of that cramming, getting everything finished and then, being on your feet for 2-3 days at a craft show - and that's after you've loaded and unloaded everything and put up your display.
So, in August of 2010, I started my Etsy shop - 20 North Ora.  The photo in the header is my folk's little house at that address.  I started with about 100 pieces - mostly pillows and it really took off.
Needless to say, my busiest time of the year is usually October thru the first of December.  I do a lot of Christmas stockings, pillows, tree skirts, etc.  I also do a Christmas in July sale where I try to list a new Christmas item each day.  I started doing that because I could not handle the quantity of orders coming so close to Christmas.  This way, they can order and I have plenty of time for custom orders and/or multiple orders of one item.
I get my inspiration a lot from fabrics.  I love to mix and match fabrics and trims.  When I look at a fabric, I just automatically think of what would go with it and then start the hunt in my craft room.  I usually always find something that will coordinate with the original fabric.
I love the option of working either full time or part time as I want.  I try to keep enough items in stock and add to them when I have the time.  The shop has been especially great for me this year because my husband has been very ill and I can work when I can from home.
I have never regretted starting my Etsy shop and thoroughly enjoy all of my customers. 
I have a great love of vintage fabric, lace and doilies.  I love using them when I can.
Probably my most requested items are my Memory Pillows.  I make them out of vintage lace and doilies and always put a reproduction of a vintage photo and a vintage postcard in the pocket that I created out of the lace and doily.  They are especially great for Mother's Day, but I also do them for Christmas, birthdays and other occasions.
My next venture for my shop is to start selling vintage items.  I go to a lot of flea markets and Estate sales and am going to start listing various items.
I started a blog by the same name and have enjoyed getting to know so many people between the two avenues - like Kathy.
It was not hard at all to start my shop - I was very computer illiterate - but I got it started and it has been a real pleasure and blessing.
I was also fortunate enough that last year Romantic Homes did an article on my dress form - Miss Begonia.  She is completely covered in vintage lace, doilies and buttons.

Thanks so much to Kathy for including me in this series.
Please come visit me at



Thanks so much for sharing your story with us, Judy! I think many of us are in love with your beautiful dress form.  You can visit Judy’s Etsy shop here and her blog here.


Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Cute, cute pillows! Love all the vintage fabric!

Stacey said...

Great feature! Judy is so sweet and the pillows she makes are a work of art. :)

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Kathy, great feature with Judy today. Enjoyed learning a bit more about her journey. Love her pillows and the variety of themes. She certainly is a talented lady!!

chateau chic said...

Judy's pillows are so pretty with the different fabrics and designs she uses. So glad she's met with success in her shop.
Mary Alice

must love junk said...

Judy has so many cute creations! I really love the Memory Pillows! :)

Okio B Designs said...

Cutest. Pillows. Ever!!!!!!!!!


The Charm of Home said...

What cute creations! Thanks for sharing!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

What a nice surprise this morning Kathy finding Judy's wonderful story and her sweet pillows.
I love that your doing this and I will of course have to visit her sites.
Like you she is very very creative.
Hope you have a Blessed week.
Love ya

Anonymous said...

What cute items! The pillows and banner and dress form are wonderful! I'm off to visit her Etsy shop! Thanks for sharing it!

Stitchfork said...

Nice feature on Judy Kath! Love the name and story behind your cute shop Judy!

sweetvintageofmine said...

The dress form is beautiful!! So many wonderful items to choose from~~~Blessings~~~Roxie

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Judy is so creative...and her Miss Begonia dress form was one of the best things I've seen on the blogs!

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Kathy,
Thanks for featuring Judy. I have gotten to know Judy in blogland and she is as sweet as her pillows and blog. Love her and her talent to sew such lovelies.

Julia said...

Me encantan las fotografías son geniales. Ha estado un regalo el visitar tu bloc, te invito a visitar el mío y espero que disfrutes del post de esta semana, la decoración hindú de jardines y si no eres seguidora me encantaría que lo fueras, te espero en mi bloc

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

She finds some of the best stuff. I'd love to go thrifting with her. I've absolutely been coveting one of those doily wreaths!!

Designs on 47th Street said...

I love those pillows! What fun!

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

This is such an inspiring post, and it love that Judy said she's basically computer illiterate. Kinda gives me hope z;).

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