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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A chance to win something for nothing

CraftyCrochet4Kids is having a giveaway!  I am having a giveaway on my Facebook page and I'm super excited about it!  Is it weird for me to be this excited to be giving something away for free when the whole purpose of running a business to is make money???  Oh well, maybe I'm just strange like that!  Anyway, whether its weird or not, I'm really looking forward to be making something special for one lucky fan!  Just click on this link to head on over to my Facebook page and enter for a chance to win any custom made hat in any size and any color from my shop for FREE!  Easy peasy.  Good luck!  =)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday's Feature -- New Hope Beading

Its been a looooong time, hasn't it?  When I first started this blog I thought it would be so easy to keep everything in balance and get everything done in a day that I wanted to get done.  That included making new crochet items, managing my Etsy shop, updating my business Facebook page and keep up with blogging three times per week.  And that doesn't include taking care of three small children, with a newborn included in that list, homeschool my oldest child, keep up on the huge piles of dirty dishes and clothes, plan meals, shop for food and cook the meals.  What was I thinking?!  I am NOT Superwoman and I CAN'T do it all!  I'm not exactly sure what that means, but you can be certain that is DOESN'T mean that I will stop blogging!  Maybe it just means that I won't stress out if I don't blog three times each week, create a new treasury each and every week and post a new feature every Monday.

But, enough about me!  I want to introduce you to an amazing shop from my Busy Mom's of Etsy Team -- New Hope Beading!  Join with me and get to know Caroline a little bit better.  And check out her amazing jewelry along the way!

1)How did you get into crafting?  How did your Etsy shop come to be?  Tell me about your shop name.
I actually tell this story in my Etsy shop profile.  I started shortly after my daughter was diagnosed with Epilepsy... you can read they whole story in my profile. :)

2)What is your favorite part about being creative?
I like to finish things LOL My husband teases me about this. I like to start a project and complete it. Honestly that is one of my favorite things about making things... the closure. At the end of the day I feel like I "did" something.

3)Are you a full-time crafter or do you have a "day job"?
My Etsy shop is my full-time job. Being the Mother of a special needs child I need a job that offers me the flexibility to be there on a moments notice if she needs me. My Etsy shops affords me that.

4)If someone were to buy you a birthday gift on Etsy, what 3 words would they use in their search?
Wool, felted (not sure of 3rd term). I am fascinated by felted bowls and the cute little animals and acorns... I want some! A friend offered to teach me how to make these but I have no time so I may have to treat myself soon!

5)How do you create your items?
PMC (precious metal clay) is amazing to work with. It is pure clay pulverized and suspended in a clay binder. So all those years playing play dough and air dry clay with the kids really paid off LOL. In its clay form, I can mold and stamp PMC in to anything I like. Once dry I sand it then fire it with a torch at about 1600F. The clay catches fire and burns off, leaving me with a piece of fine silver which is purer than sterling (fine silver is .999 silver and sterling is only .925 silver)

From there I burnish it by hand to make the silver molecules "lay down" and be shiny. Then it is into the tumbler for more shining to achieve a mirror finish. From there I oxidize the piece 'til it looks jet black.... and then re polish it so that the black is only in the groves and the rest is shiny.

This is why each pieces takes several days to make!

6)What is your inspiration?
Honestly, I make what I would like to wear lol... and have been know to make "prototypes" for myself to keep. Shhh this is what I tell my husband ... don't blow my cover! I will often make things at the request of buyers. They may ask, "Do you have an owl in the shop? " and if enough people ask for something I will add that item if I can.

7)If you had to choose 1 item in your shop as a signature piece, what would it be and why?
I would say either my peapods or my initials because that is what people buy most often. Also name/phrase jewelry.

8)What is your favorite item to create and why?
I like making the initials best.  They are very "me".

9)Do you have a blog of your own where people can get to know you better? A Facebook or Twitter account?
I am on Facebook and often run fan only coupons so definitely pop by... the more the merrier!
 Thank you so much for taking the time to let us get to you know better, Caroline!  I just have to say that I love jewelry and your work is incredible!

I'm not going to make any promises as to when the next feature will be up, but hopefully it will be soon!  I'll see you then!  =)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

CraftyCrochet4Kids was featured today!

When I got up this morning and sat down at the computer with my english muffin and cup of hot tea I was greeted by a lovely surprise:  I was featured on a blog today!  For the shops that have "made it" already and have lots of sales and a huge customer following, this is probably no big deal.  But for an itty bitty little shop like mine, its HUGE!  I can honestly say that I did a bit of a happy dance when I saw it!  Ok, ok, enough of the gushing!  Check out this blog to see my feature and learn a little bit more about me.  Thanks ByTheBookPaper!