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Sold to MiEtsy

I have an Etsy shop called Afternoon at Andrea’s, and a couple weeks ago, I was contacted about possibly being featured in a blog promoting Michigan-based Etsy shops. I was more than thrilled to accept the exciting offer. This was a whole new, invigorating experience. MiEtsy is managed by Tonya, a very sweet person who contacted me out of the blue and truly made my day.   Read More


Dream Big (Or At Least Dream)



Many changes have happened in my life in recent months. I moved from Marquette to Auburn Hills, quit my old job, started a new one, reconnected with old friends, and have made some serious changes to how I spend my free time. I’ve learned a few things along the way.

Enjoy your solitude.

I had a lot of time to myself in Marquette, and I loved it. I had more time to sew, bake and catch up on Buffy the Vampire Slayer than I think I will ever have again in this lifetime. Now, the reason I’ve moved to the Metro Detroit area is because this is where I am from. I have many friends and family in this area, and I so dearly missed them while I was in the UP. It is awesome to be able to go hang out with my nine-month-old niece any time I want, with my brother and his family living just ten minutes away, but there is something to be said for having only your significant other to visit with. You learn a lot about each other, and you get to grow together and as an individual.  Read More


A Few Words On Commission

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For those of you out there who have worked on commission, you know how this works. Salespeople work hard to sell you items, and if you purchase items through them, then they get a certain percentage of the sale. Commission is different in every industry, in every store, and in every situation. If you go to a store where the salespeople work on commission and someone helps you, it’s important to remember who helped you. When you leave, take their business card and make a note of their name. If that salesperson is good at what they do, they’ll take notes and remember you when you come back. Now, when you come back (and this is key), ask for that salesperson to help you again. That way, their time that they spent with you before isn’t a waste and any new salesperson who helps you can’t just steal the sale from them. This is how commissioned salespeople make their living, how they feed their families, and how they get through their workday without losing faith in humanity. Remember your salespeople and ask for them by name when you return to a store. Read More

Andrea Gardiner

I am an interior designer and crafter living in Marquette, Michigan. To view conceptual renderings, drawings and photographs of my work as an interior designer, please view my portfolio. Contact me if you’re interested in interior design services or custom crafts.


PHONE: 248-990-0396