TAG Treasury Team

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Featured Shop of the Week: Mintook

I'd like to introduce you to Mina, who is the owner of Mintook on Etsy and has been a longtime member of the TAGT Team.

Mina is 61 years young and lives in small city near the Mediterranean Sea. She has been happily married for 40 years and mentions that her husband is a big help to her with her Etsy shop. In fact, he and one of her daughters set up her shop since English is not her first language and is a struggle to understand.

Mina is also the proud mother of 3 beautiful daughters and 3 amazing granddaughters to which she adds, "Thank God!*

One of Mina's daughters owns the Etsy shop Bindu Glass which you may recognize as one of the most lovely bead shops on Etsy. Another of her daughters is a Lawyer and the youngest works in the Geology field. With the addition of the 3 granddaughters, Mina says her husband is surrounded by nothing but women!

Mina grew up in a little town near Tel-Aviv, Israel. At the age of 18, she entered the army and while there learned to be a teacher of art and handcrafts. She served as a teacher for six years in a junior school then decided to open a private studio in her home. Her love of nature inspired her to create a lovely space where women can come and learn embroidery and lace making for their pleasure. She teaches them to make curtains, pillows, lampshades, bags and embroidery. She has been working on her handcrafts since she was 25 years old.

Here is a look at some of the gorgeous lace Mina creates covering a stone.

A lover of antiques, Mina surrounds herself with art, books, movies, clothing and jewelry from times long past. She loves the retro and shabby chic styles as well. She collects all kinds of things, especially antique items and admits that her home is full of them. Her art is also greatly inspired by designs from other eras and her love of trees, flowers and all of nature. Just take a peek into her shop and you will see much lace and a definite presence of a bygone era.

This lovely lampshade is one of several variations of shades Mina has in her shop.

Not only does Mina craft household items to beautify your home, but she creates beautiful pieces of wearable art. Combined here are vintage ribbon lace, gems and stones fashioned into this beautiful bracelet.

One of Mina's hobbies is raising rare and unique orchids. She has 2 greenhouses which mimic the natural environment of the orchids so they are able to thrive. As you might imagine, she also has a big beautiful garden.

I was also able to get a few words from Mordi, Mina's husband. He says this about his beloved wife, "Mina is a very unique person. She likes to create a beautiful world around her so she created for us a beautiful house and garden where we live, and a beautiful family.

She has unique orchids collection in a greenhouse and she creates all the day special hand works of all kinds.

Mina has students that come to her every week to learn to do hand works, a few of them have been in Mina's class more then 20 years.

I do not know from where she discovers new ideas but probably this is a talent, a gift from God to artists persons like Mina.

Of course, the greatest product she did is our family , 3 daughters and 3 granddaughters plus one more in a week [we hold fingers], and she does all she can to keep then as a close warm family that are always in touch and take care of each other.

That is Mina, doing things all day long till midnight."

Article written by Leanna of Seams Victorian, Bits and Purses, and Teez Loueez.