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Theresa trades me tiny wedding pictures for Ceramic Sculpture made by a man with one hand

Traded With: 
Chocolate
Theresa loves the sculpture she got through bARTer Sauce
Theresa hugging sculpture

Theresa heard about bARTer Sauce after reading an article I wrote on Etsy's blog. She told me a sad, sad story about getting a bunch of views on a painting she made but then not selling it -- and not getting any "hearts" on it (that's what you call it when you add something to your favorites on Etsy). I thought it sounded strange that she would be getting so much traffic to one listing so I did some research and found her item on Regretsy.

They called it "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids." I had to break the news to Theresa that she was featured on a ...well...not entirely complimentary blog. It actually turned out to be a good thing. She sent me this email shortly after: 

I just have to tell you, this is, like, the best thing that ever happened to me.  I've actually sold stuff and have been getting really sweet letters.  Extra special thanks to you for telling me- LOL.  That takes balls because apparently no one could tell me to my face how much I suck!
 
I'll send you an EXTRA SPECIAL gift when I get the minis in the mail.  Oh, please- don't say "you SHOULDN'T have"!  It's because you totally made my weekend :) 

 
And then, a few days later - she sent me an email saying one of her pieces had made it to the front page of Etsy. And all because she was on Regretsy.

Check out Theresa's Blogs:
www.theedibletoad.blogspot.com
www.baaadartist.blogspot.com

and her Etsy Shop: 
www.thepurlminx.etsy.com

Theresa's responses to my "interview" questions:

Q: How many porcupines do you think die every year by scaring themselves and then getting stabbed in the eye by one of their own quills?
A: Um, none.  i think it's that whole darwin evolution of the species thing.  I think even baby porcupines do good, no?  I rarely hear about baby porcupines offed by their moms- accidentally, of course.
 

Q: If restaurants were all free do you think that people would eat in them anymore?
A. Yeah.  Do you not think so?  hmm.  maybe conditions wouldn't be so good?  Maybe proprieters would want to discourage the business, or lack thereof . . . and who wants to eat in a dirty, picked-over place.  So maybe i'll change my answer to no.

Q: How much coffee do you drink every day?
A: 1 cup and a half.  And about 6 or 7 cups of tea.  You weren't asking about that, though.
 
Q: Eggs or potatoes?
A. Potatoes?  Eggs gross me out once in a while.

Q: Picture this: Monkeys from space come down and eat all our bananas. How upset would you be? Would you form a resistance movement or would you lay down quietly and live on in your banana-free existence?
 
A. I'd be pretty darn upset.  Monkeys are pretty smart, so i don't know how to initiate a resistance movement . . .  hmm . . .  that's a tuffie.  I'll have to think about that one.