Sunday, July 27, 2014

Giveway from Tina's Crafty Creations: Beanie


Tina's Crafty Creations is giving away a wacky-faced beanie in your choice of up to 2 colors. Tina gets to choose the face. :) Any size. A beanie does NOT have ear flaps or ties.


Learn more about Tina, the artist behind this great shop, here on yesterday's Saturday Artisan post.
 


a Rafflecopter giveaway

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Contest starts now and ends on August 11, 2014. Contest opens US and Canada. Open to Legal Residents (18years of age or older). Don't forget to leave me a way to contact you. Entries without contact information will be disqualified. Entries that do not follow the rules will be disqualified. Contest winner will be drawn on August 12th. Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by e-mail. Adorebynat is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prizes and in a timely manner. Winner must respond within 48 hours after being contacted otherwise another winner will be randomly selected. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday Artisan: Tina's Crafty Creations

Meet Tina, our Saturday Artisan. Her small business can be found on Facebook: Tina's Crafty Creations. She makes about everything from shawls to blankets to hats and toys and they can be hand made just for you. 

Tell us a bit about yourself and what arts/ crafts that you make?


My name is Tina and I crochet. I am originally from Oregon, have spent many years in Nevada and Ohio, drove truck out of Utah and Idaho, and am now settling down in Indiana. I have 5 children and 1 grandchild with a second on the way! I make hats, scarves, hats, shawls, afghans, hat, baby clothes, kitchen items, hats, slippers, mittens, wrist warmers, and hats among other things. I am always looking for new things to try! :)
I also teach crocheting to many different people. Some are in person, some I help over the phone, and others I explain things through email. I learn a lot while I am teaching too. You never know where a new idea or inspiration might come from.



Info on the picture: Ken is my son and he is the one that actually got me going as far as the business aspect of things. Redd is my husband and he is the MOST supportive person in my life!  He also models just about everything I have ever made for me.  He is AWESOME!!!



What is the story behind your shop name?  

The name was fairly simple......my hubby said I was some-what crafty and one of my kids said that they LOVED my creations, so......Tina's Crafty Creations was born. My oldest son got me to put a facebook page together and the very first hat I made was an Angry Bird for him.


Who is your target market?

Everyone is my target market. The things I make can go for infants, children, teens, and adults. Many of my items become gifts for people I will never see.



Which part of creation process that you enjoy the most?

My favorite part of crocheting is when I see someone that loves it as much as I do. Someone that I can pass info along to or that passes it along to me. I really enjoy it when I KNOW that someone like what I have done.


What is your best seller?

Owl hats and wacky faced hats are my best sellers. Oh, and diaper wrap sets. Those are very popular!!!


How does your day go in general?

I wake up in the morning, have a cup (or 2) of coffee, pick up my crochet hook and crochet while talking on the phone, looking around on the computer or visiting on facebook. If I have errands to run I have a bag ready to take with me (in case I have to wait on things). Hooks are ALWAYS in my purse, car, crochet bag.......I just NEVER leave home without them.




How do you balance your personal and work life?

Since I quit truck driving, I am a stay at home crocheter, so it just kind of falls in place. If I do not crochet for a day I feel totally lost!


What inspires you?

People, tv shows, articles, other crocheters.......everyone and everything has the potential to be my next inspiration.


What is your goal for 2014?  And are you on the right track?

My goal is to get a store front and be public all the time. I do a bunch of craft fairs, farmers markets, festivals, etc and I would like to have just one location where I can always be. I have not found the right place yet, but I think I am getting close!!!



What is the key to success?

Patience and persistence.


Any advice for others running their on-line shop?

Don't get discouraged. Building a business (online or in a store front) take time, patience, and hard work. Many people think that things either work fast or not at all, but that is NOT true. Just keep hanging in there!!!!


What does handmade mean to you?

Handmade means that everything is put together by hand and that it is not perfect. No two items will ever be the same.


What is your favorite quote, song, or movie?

I don't know.....there are soooo many!!!




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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wild West Auction Junkies

Happy Thursday!

This is will be my first time participating the Auction Junkies. 

July's theme is Wild West. I'm excited but at the same time I am a bit nervous. 

For this auction, I'll be offering a Wild West Yee-Haw banner and 20 cupcake toppers with starting bid of 60% off below the retail value. 

What a sweet deal, isn't it?



This set is perfect for a Wild West themed party, whether it's a Birthday or  a Baby Shower. Need other matching accessories to come with these? Sure, we can make that happens.

But first, let me invite you to join the Auction. It starts tomorrow, Friday, July 25th. There are tons of wonderful Wild West inspired handmade products and I have my eyes on some of them. 


Wild West Auction will run from July 25th to July 28th, 2014. 


Will you join me and attend the auction? Know someone who may be interested to attend? Find out more here.


Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Giveaway from Melli's Yarn Works: Custom Knitted Hat



Melli of Melli's Yarn Works generously offer an awesome custom handmade hat! Win a custom hat in any size and any type. This includes slouchy berets, newborn hats, tassel/ear flap hats. 


Learn more about Melli, the artist behind this great shop, here on yesterday's Saturday Artisan post.
 

Here are examples:   


Fruity Tooty Toddler Hat
 
Honey Maple Hat



http://mellisyarnworks.storenvy.com/collections/155996-hats/products/1121587-custom-adult-ear-flap-hat



NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Contest starts now and ends on July 28, 2014. Contest opens Worldwide (Free Shipping to US only). Open to Legal Residents (18years of age or older). Don't forget to leave me a way to contact you. Entries without contact information will be disqualified. Entries that do not follow the rules will be disqualified. Contest winner will be drawn on July 29th. Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by e-mail. Adorebynat is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prizes and in a timely manner. Winner must respond within 48 hours after being contacted otherwise another winner will be randomly selected. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

Don't forget to check out other current giveaway here.

Would you like to be featured as a Saturday Artisan and sponsor a giveaway?

Here is how to apply.