Friday, May 15, 2009

Featured May Etsy Seller-SouthernGirlFlorals!

Wether it's hair accessories, floral baskets, or flower wreaths, SouthernGirlFlorals can create beautful art with nature's most beautfil items. Get to know this seller, then go check out her shop for purchasing information :)

1. What is your craft and how did you get started in it?

I design floral wreaths, arrangements and hair accessories. I have been creating silk floral wreaths for family and friends for a few years now, and I just started selling them online last year! Since then I have added the floral arrangements and most recently the hair accessories.

2. Why is it important to buy handmade?

When you buy handmade you are supporting the "little guys", the people that sell what they absolutely love, their true passion! These are the ones that put their customers first and they will bend over backwards to make sure you are happy! When you buy handmade you know exactly where that design came from and that it was created with care.

3. If you could have any superpower in the world, what would it be?

I would love to be invisible, or to be able to read people's minds - I don't know, it's a toss up between those two.

4. Pick one word that describes your shop-and tell us why:

Cheerful. Maybe it's just me (because I am biased) but every time I look at all the bright colors and beautiful flowers in my shop, it always makes me smile!

5. What did you do when you made your first sale on Etsy?

I sold my first wreath about two weeks after I had opened my shop - it was a complete surprise. I literally jumped up and down with excitement! I screamed really loud too (and scared my husband). I could not believe it; I was ecstatic. It was the best feeling to know that someone else loved something that I had created and now it is half way across the country!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I'm Baaaaaaaaaaack...With Necklaces!

It has been WAY to long since I've published something on my blog!

NEways, I have started putting together charm necklaces with broken jewelry parts that I just couldn't figure out what to do with. The result has been fantastic. I waste NOTHING!

Stay tuned for more contest/giveaway opportunities ;)

Monday, March 16, 2009

March Featured Etsy Seller-Jadefrolics!

Jadefrolics' art is wonderfully whimsical and reminiscent of Alice and Wonderland, you just never know what the result will be, so EXPECT the UNEXPECTED! Her designs are colorful, inspiring, and at times will make you laugh out loud. I love this artist's work, and I know you will too. Get to know Jadefrolics, then visit the links to her websites for purchasing information.

1. If you had a choice, what kind of food would you be and why?

Hmmmm... I think I'd want to be a fruitcake. My thought is this: Nobody actually LIKES fruitcake. It's that one "food" that just keeps getting passed around and around, sometimes shot out of cannons (Seriously, I saw it on TV!) but never actually eaten. If someone thought they might like fruitcake, they would probably pretend not to just for the stigma associated with it. So I could just hang out and see the world until I got old and stale, and I'd never end up in anyone's belly. It sounds perfect!

2. What inspires you the most when it comes to your work?

Inspiration for me comes in a lot of different forms. It often seems pretty random what might inspire a new idea for an illustration, so I always keep my eyes peeled! Ancient mythology is often inspiring-- I love taking old ideas and showing them in a new (and weird) way. The same can be said for fairy tales; there's just something satisfying about taking a story everyone knows and adding a personal flavor to it.

3. What would be your ultimate superpower?

Definitely the power to conjure kittens on command. I guess a smarter choice of superpower would be the ability to conjure *anything* on command, but I would probably just use it for conjuring kittens anyway.

4. What do you want people to know about your work?

My goal with everything I do is to stay true to myself and my own style. I know there really is nothing new under the sun, but when I create what *I* am truly passionate about, then I know that the work that comes out is unique. If someone likes my work enough to purchase it, I want them to be confident that they are purchasing something they won't find anywhere else, for better or worse!

5. Why is it important to buy and sell handmade?
5. When I recently started Etsy, I really wasn't very familiar with the handmade movement. But after I got my very first sale, I got this awesome tingly feeling in my stomach. Buying handmade feels good too, because you know you're giving someone else the that tingly feeling. If everyone gets that warm, fuzzy feeling from selling and buying handmade goods, then it is of the utmost importance to keep buying and selling handmade! It just feels good-- what can be better than the warm fuzzies?

Sunday, March 8, 2009

March Jewelry Contest-HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY!!!!

5 people that reply to this in the comments will win a grab bag of green jewelry for only $10.00 in honor of St Patrick's Day. The grab bag can contain bracelets, wire wrapped rings, earrings, necklaces, headbands, keychains, and much much more!

Okay, here's what you gotta do:

1. Name a good Irish Beer

2. List your preferred ring size, wrist size, and necklace length for consideration.

3. Leave some kind of contact information so that we can get in touch with you about the winnings. (Email address, etsy shop, blog, ect...)

May I suggest Google as a good source of information?
We will have a drawing of those who particiapted on March 12th.
Winners will be contacted and a reserved listing will be made for you on my Etsy store.

And let me know if you have any questions :)

Saturday, February 28, 2009

New Line!!!!!! If you love pop culture and puppies!!!!!

I am sooooooo excited about my new line of altered art jewelry!

Here are some examples, soon to be in my Etsy store. Please know that some of them are still drying, and are still kinda couldy :)

The figures are June Carter-Cash, Jimi Hendrix, and The White Stripes.

The dogs are a chihuahua, a yellow lab, and an "I LOVE MUTTS" one. 50% of the proceeds from the mutts pendants will be donated to the Texas SPCA.

Pendants with a black cord will be $10, and those with silver chain will be $18. Many many more to come!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day Etsy Feature Extravaganza!!!

Today, I am featuring some Valentine's Day goodies from some very talented Etsians, and even some vintage too!

Coincidentally, do you know the history behind V-Day? It exists because a Roman emporer executed a priest named Valentine for performing illegal marriages that were considered detremental to the Roman Empire's attempts at building an army. Valentine saw this law as unfair, and secretly married couples. He was then thrown in prison, and beaten to death. AND GUESS WHAT?


Saturday, February 7, 2009

A Bloggerific February Sale

Okay kids, it's time for a sale!

I have seen other awesome blogs that do givaways, special sales, could I not do one?!

If you convo me on Etsy the words "I WANT A DISCOUNT, MA'AM!", I will reduce your purchase by $5.00, and throw in 2 free gifts (and trust me, these gifts are nice :) Just let me know first before you purchase the item so that I can mark down the price for you.

This offer is ONLY available on this blog :)

I think I'll do this thruuuuuuuuuu.....the month of February....Yeah!


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