- Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Yana. I was born and raised in Russia. My hometown Novosibirsk in Western Siberia is not covered in snow year around as many people think. As a child I loved those short but hot summer months. A few years ago I moved to California and love everything about this state: beautiful nature, mild climate, delicious food, and friendly people. And better yet, I live in Napa Valley, the most famous wine producing region in the western hemisphere.
- Why did you decide on Wine Country Life for your business name?
I am fortunate to live a place that constantly inspires me. When you are in Napa Valley you can’t help but admire the beauty of rolling hills covered with rows of grapevines. When you take a breath of fresh county air and a sip of delicious Napa wine - you feel that life is good. That’s the feeling I want to share with people through my creations; thus the name – Wine Country Life.
- What items do you carry in your shop?
I offer handmade cards and handcrafted jewelry. I’m hoping to extend into making some home decor items and wine accessories in the future.
- Any sales or promotions?
I’m happy to offer a 10% discount coupon on everything in my store (www.WineCountryLife.etsy.com) to all readers of the Russian Artists blog. All you need to do is enter the code RUSTEAM when you are at the checkout and 10% will be automatically deducted off your entire purchase.
- Why will people love your items?
Most of the things I make are one of a kind creations. Each one carries my love and positive energy in it. It shows in the quality of my products, my packaging, and my customer service. I know that people appreciate that personal touch. Sharing my humanity in the era of mass produced utilitarian stuff is what drives me in my work. I see it as my mission to bring more individual attention and personal warmth in place of impersonal and soulless tendencies of the 21st century.
- What is the best reaction you have gotten from one of your pieces?
Here is one feedback I got: “It's one Amazing Work of Art!!! Absolutely Beautiful!!!!” You wouldn’t think that it is about a simple birthday card. It makes me happy when people enjoy their purchase from WineCountryLife and I appreciate it when they take the time to tell me they like it.
- Do you have a Favorite quote you'd like to share with us?
“Happiness is not a destination; it’s a method of life”. I think I’ve figured out the method that works for me. I am a happy person.