Saturday, February 21, 2009

MyMotherMary Interview and Giveaway!!

1. What kind of crafting/art do you do? How long have you been doing it?
I do all kinds of needle craft, but have been concentrating on sewing, machine embroidery and crocheting. I received my first sewing machine at the age of 6, and have been sewing since! I can’t even remember my first project. My mother taught my brothers and I how to crochet as well. After a long car rides, we kids would crochet chains of yarn. The person who crocheted the longest chain would get a prize. My mother knew how to keep us busy! My first sale was of crocheted hair ties. My second sales job was selling doll clothes to classmates!

2. Where do you pull your inspiration from?
Working with a customer on a custom item is the most inspiring. I just love getting an idea from a client and bouncing ideas back and forth. What first starts out as a simple idea usually ends up becoming a beautiful, personal item.Alchemy, I have discovered, is a wonderful place! It allows me to create a custom item for a customer, freeing my creativity more than the listings allow.

3. What is your favorite medium?
I love cotton…in yarns, materials and threads! Different combinations of such a simple item can create a keep-sake for years to come. In our closet, I have beautiful little gowns hand made for my daughters. They are 100% batiste cotton with hand embroidered shadow work. They were a joy to work on, and I look forward to the day my daughters have little girls to where them again.

4. Is Etsy/your art your full time job, or just an on the side project?
Everything seems to be on the side! I am a mom to eight kids ranging from 16 years old to 9 months old. They will always come first. My etsy business is growing fast, but I always try to remember to pull back if it interferes with my family life. Usually the kids are just as excited as I am when I create a new item or have a new sale. I could easily become a work alcoholic, but my kids are keeping me grounded.

5. How did you find Etsy?
I found Etsy through a friend who urged me to set up a shop. After a year of her encouragement, I finally took her advice. I am so glad I did!

6. How did you become ADDICTED to Etsy CHAT?
I have a bit of the blarney in me! Becoming addicted to Etsy chat seemed to happen instantly. Can you imagine? A room full of people who love to chat and craft, all in one place?? That’s just asking for addiction to happen!

7. What is your favorite piece that you have done?
My favorite piece is the custom tote I made for Pumpkinpye517 (a fellow etsian). She wanted a tote with her daughters name embroidered on it. It turned out wonderfully! I love it, and from what I hear, so does Pumpkinpye517ei!

8. What is your favorite Etsy shop (other than yours)?
Favorite shop? Oh my! That is hard! There are so many wonderful crafters that I can’t just pick one. The crafts and skills that are on display are just amazing!

9.Tips for other Artists?
Believe in your work. An artist gave my daughter great advice, value your art and never give it away. Too many times we see our items as “simple” and think no one would pay for them. Don’t fall into this trap! Value your work, and others will too.

10. Tell me a secret about yourself!!??
For a while I was on the way to being a college professor. I was even a graduate assistant, teaching and grading papers for professors. How life has changed for me!

11. Any parting words of wisdom? Questions? Comments?
“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”~ Mother Theresa

There are so many quotes from Mother Theresa that I love, but this is one of my favorites. It reminds me to do all things in my life with love.

MyMotherMary is offering these adorable Squishy-Soft Baby Blocks in our giveaway! To enter, all you have to do is go to MyMotherMary's Etsy Shop and come back here and leave a comment telling us which of her items is your favorite! Be sure you leave your email address so we can contact you if you are the winner!

This giveaway is open internationally and will run until Friday, February 27th at midnight EST.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Aaaaannnnd....we have a winner!

Using a winner was randomly chosen to win this amazing pendant from BeInspiredDesigns!
And our winner is Enchated! Congrats, Enchanted! We hope you enjoy your new pendant from BeInspiredDesigns!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wednesday Rockin the Promos

Our very own Holisticallyheather has a new start up promo project going.


If your product is Vegan Friendly (no use of animal products, no use of animals in testing on, etc.)this may be a great route for you to explore!

Holisticallyheather is assembling sample packages of items sent in from various crafters. From soaps, to crafts, to just about anything vegan friendly you can think of - are welcome here!

It is a great way to get your items out to more potential customers. An excellent way to showcase your products, all while helping out a good cause. (She is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sales to an animal charity to be chosen by vote on her BLOG!!

So, go there and learn more. Get involved! Support one of our Etsy Chat Team members and promote your Vegan Friendly Items..


Weiners.. er. I mean. WINNERS!!

According to my high tech number picker ( # 3 and # 6 are the winners!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOO:

J. Leigh Designz

You are the two winners of Last Wednesday's Blog contest!!

The first prize was for Vetrina Girls Vintage Ring. #3 was picked for this prize. J.leighdesignz ,please go to to claim your prize!!!

The second prize was for ShineYourHineySoaps prize!!
Balanced, please email me at with your address information. I will forward it to shine, so that she can mail out your prize!!


Friday, February 13, 2009

BeInspiredDesigns Interview and Giveaway!

1. Who is Be Inspired Designs?

My name is Inga Leonce. I live in “Hot-lanta” (Atlanta, Ga) with my lovely husband, three kids and dog. I graduated from Gwinnett Tech with a degree in Photography. My home is filled with up and coming artist as we are all pursuing art in some fashion.

2. What kind of crafting/art do you do? How long have you been doing it?

I am a self taught jewelry designer. I currently run two shops on Etsy. Be Inspired Designs where I sell upcycled Scrabble Tile Pendants and Ingas Gems where I sell gemstone jewelry. After taking a break from product photography in the late 90’s (showing my age) I began making gemstone jewelry as a hobby. After a friend suggested that I start selling my jewelry, I began to throw home parties and eventually opened my own website. I have been selling my wares for over seven years and I’m currently focusing my time on my scrabble tile pendant shop. My mom and I love playing scrabble and to be able to use those little tiles in a creative way has been great. I’ve added phone charms, hair bows, magnets to my shop. I’m currently working on something special for those “blank” tiles. I’m not telling yet, you’ll have to check my shop in the near future to see what it is!

3. Where do you pull your inspiration from?

I draw my inspiration from this beautiful world that we live in. I love to incorporate bright colors, nature and different cultures into my pendant designs.

4. What is your favorite medium?

For me, this question has many answers. Currently, I would say Japanese washi paper and digital painting.

5. Is Etsy/your art your full time job, or just an on the side project?

My Etsy shop is my full time job.

6. How did you find Etsy?

I found Etsy in 2007 after I became totally exhausted running my own website.

7. How did you become ADDICTED to Etsy CHAT?

Unfortunately, when I originally signed up with Etsy in 2007, I was unable to use the Etsy chat rooms or even view a Treasury. For almost a year I tried everything the techs said to do but to no avail. So for me chat was something I read about in the forums but couldn’t participate in. I felt like an outsider. I switched internet service providers and they installed Firefox onto my computer and to my amazement, chat opened up. I was so excited that I began to spend way too much time in the chat rooms! I have met some awesome people in Etsy chat, we talk about our lives, businesses, showcase each others work and shop; what more could a girl ask for!

8. What is your favorite piece that you have done?

My favorite piece is “The Lord’s Prayer” Scrabble Pendant. I haven’t sold any on Etsy as yet but I wear one and it reminds me to never lose faith and keep moving forward towards my dreams while loving people in the process.

9. What is your favorite Etsy shop (other than yours)?

Heathens Hearth is my favorite shop. I met these two beautiful young ladies in chat and there was something special about them. For the longest time I actually thought Heathens Hearth was one person with two very distinct personalities (some type of multiple personality disorder) but it pays to read a shops “profile” lol. I love their handmade bath and massage oils as I am a “spa baby”. There shop is defiantly my new “gift shop” for family and friends.

10. Tips for other Artists?

When it comes to business, we are all artist but we also have to keep in mind that we are in the “service” industry. Provide good customer service, respond quickly to convos and never talk bad about your customers. Most of all do what you love, make it your own and have fun. Enjoy the journey!

11. Tell me a secret about yourself.

Shhh, don’t tell anyone but I run a business in my PJ’s! I’ve always wanted to do that so with coffee in hand and fuzzy slippers on my feet I run Be Inspired Designs!

12. Any parting words of wisdom? Questions? Comments?

See you in chat!

Inga is offering this awesome pendant in our giveaway! To enter, all you have to do is go to BeInspiredDesign's Etsy Shop and come back here and leave a comment telling us which of her pendants is your favorite! Be sure you leave your email address so we can contact you if you are the winner!

This giveaway is open internationally and will run until Thursday, February 19th at midnight EST.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Chat Team Treasury

DropsofJupita/Jupita did an excellent job when she curated this treasury full of Chat Team Members' goodies!

Go show some love and click on the won't be sorry...each shop is full of wonderful goodies!

Chat Team Treasury

I have managed to snag a treasury!!

Screen shot anyone?! =-)

Wednesday Games and a PRIZE!!

Last week, I just was not in a good blogging mood! So, this week.. I give you....

Let's try to get some promoting of our ETSY CHAT TEAM Members going!!!

An Exciting New (easy) Blog contest!

What you do:
- Go to VETRINAGIRL.ETSY.COM and SHINEYOURHINEYSOAP.ETSY.COM. Find your favorite item in theose two shops and BLOG about them. (then reply here with the link) - 1 entry for each blog (2 entries total)
- Blog about one of your favorite CHAT TEAMers Etsy Shop (reply here with link) - 1 entry
- Follow this Blog (Then post reply here) - 1 Entry
- Go to your Fav Chat teamer shop, post a link here to your fav item in that shop- 1 entry
- If you are BLOG-less Twitter about Vetrinagirl, Shineyourhineysoap and any other chat team shop. (Post link here) - 1 entry

So, total you can get 6 entries!!! WOOOOO

From Vetrinagirl.Etsy.Com
This ADORABLE Vintage Ring

From Shineyourhineysoap.Etsy.Com

Contest Ends Wednesday February 18th at 8a.m. EST.
I will choose TWO random winners (using the random number picker)
Then, I will forwards your info to the wonderful shops who are sending out your PRIZE!! (Make sure you have a way for me to contact you. IE Blog or email address! Thanks)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Chataholics anonymous

Dear Chat Team,

I am going on a supply finding mission. Once I come home, I will give you a REAL BLOG post.

Until then, let me leave all of you CHAT ADDICTS with a little wisdom:

ad⋅dic⋅tion   /əˈdɪkʃən/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [uh-dik-shuhn]

–noun the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.


1595–1605; < L addictiōn- (s. of addictiō) a giving over, surrender. See addict, -ion

Be back later to Edit with a more FUN post!