Congrats to Diana http://bunnykissd.etsy.com/ the EtsyBloggers Shop of the month.
Diana is an artist and teacher and designs clay jewelry creations, bookmarks and art dolls.
Today, my favorites in her shop are
Visit her blog and tell her I sent you.
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Congratulations to Mountain Creek Gifts for winning the Solo Blog Feature with this entry.
Thank you so much! I'm very excited! :-)
My name is Brittany Blubaugh and I live with my husband in Central Ohio, in Amish country. There are lots of beautiful farms around. I grew up on a farm in Florida, and met my future husband when I was seven years old. I had a crush on him since then. We got married 2 1/2 years ago.
> What is your favorite color combination?
I love blues and browns together.
> What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
The first thing I remember making is an apron and oven mitt with my mom. We went shopping together for the perfect material, and I picked a pretty floral pattern. Then she showed me how to cut it out, and helped me sew all the pieces together. I thought it was the best thing EVER and wore my apron all the time helping my mom around the house. I was about seven at the time.
> What inspires you?
Beauty inspires me. Whether it's a small daffodil poking out of the snow, a snow tipped mountain, an open field of flowing grass and wild flowers, an orange grove in full bloom, or a tiny little stream running over rocks in a pasture. I love the variety in the plant world. God is truly amazing. There are countless numbers of different herbs and weeds, each one different, and each one beautiful in it's own way. I love the different colors and textures and scents of all of these plants, and I try to incorporate that into my soaps.
I am also inspired by the beauty of a simple, old fashioned life. I love working with my hands. I love being outdoors in the sunshine AND in the rain. I love being with family, and around animals. I guess I'm inspired by a lot of things. :-)
> Where do your ideas come from?
Well, sometimes they come from an herb combination that I discover and love. Sometimes they come from what I have learned and am learning about the health benefits of different herbs, oils, and foods. And sometimes I just throw a whole bunch of things together that SOUND good together and see what happens. That part is pretty fun! A few of my products were suggested by friends, and then I put my own little twist on it.
My Kelp & Lime soap is one example
> What are your favorite materials?
I LOVE lavender and I'm planning on using it more in different things like bath salts and lotions. Olive oil is another favorite. It is great for your skin, your hair, and your diet. Shea Butter is awesome. You can't really beat it for moisturizing skin.
> What is your favorite thing to do with your creativity?
As far as my shop goes, my favorite thing to do is to find different scents that go well together, or herbs that work and smell great together. In other areas of my life, I LOVE to draw, but I'm not good enough for you to see any of my drawings anytime soon I don't think. ;-)
> Why should people buy handmade? Any tips of wisdom on selling handmade items?
I grew up making things, and it's kind of a way of life for me so I had to think about this one some. When you are buying handmade you are supporting a small business rather than a huge company, which I find appealing. Also, I've found the quality of the items are much higher. They weren't slapped together by a machine or a miserable rushed factory worker- or, heaven forbid, a child in a sweat shop somewhere in china! Most handmade things are much healthier for you and your family as far as food and bath and beauty items. Even if the focus of the item is not to be all natural or organic, at least you won't have to be a scientist to read and understand the ingredient list!
Tips? I haven't been doing this long enough to think I know a lot yet, but the biggest thing that I am learning, and that I find draws me to other handmade shops, is to be personable. Let your personality shine through in your online shop, or be friendly if you are selling your items in person. Try and have your selling venue, whatever it is, be inviting.
> What have been the most valuable lessons learned from other artists?
I've learned what I just mentioned above, to be personal and inviting. I've also leaned to take much better product pictures.
> Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I spend lots of time with my amazing husband, keep house, cook, play with our cat, pray for children, sing, dance, and sew. In the spring and summer, I love to spend lots of time outdoors gardening, doing yard work, whatever. We just joined a gym, so now we spend two hours in the early morning getting our bodies whipped into shape. And ANY time I get the chance, I go horseback riding.
> What are the Web addresses for your work?
> Are you offering my readers any specials?
Yes, I am 10% off the order with coupon code FEATURE10 when placing the order.
Again, thank you SO much!
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Editor’s Note: St. Patrick’s Day is coming – Please check out my earrings.
Sorry for the delayed post this week. But, here are Linda’s Top Etsy Finds. To be considered for this feature, comment on my blog saying “Top Etsy”, show me your best item and tell me your shop name.
Since Etsy has changed the forums, I’ll be searching shops through my Etsy Teams, Blog Followers & Comments, and FaceBook followers.
OK, these are this week’s items. Please vote in the sidebar for your favorite and if you are selected, promote.
The handmade Etsy item with the most votes wins a blog solo interview with me.
You never know, your item could be featured one day!
Spring holiday jewelry and other accessories items are being photographed and created in my workshop. I’m working on earrings for Purim (Jewish holiday), St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and Passover.
Here’s a peek at newly listed and soon to be listed items.
Yellow Jasper Gragger Earrings
Plum Purim Earrings
Matzah Swarovski Earrings
Evil Eye Challah Earrings
Passover Haggadah Earrings
Pink Shell Wire Earrings
I hope you’ll like what you see. Let me know if you do.
And, please let me know if there’s anything special you’re looking for and I can create it for you.
Thanks, Dear Blog Readers for looking.