Monday, August 30, 2010

Giveaway winner of Leksi Designs


Congratulations Darlene Independent Watkins Associate ID# 320480 (# 29), you are the lucky winner winning Leksi Designs' giveaway.

Thank you so muc Brooke for sponsoring this great giveaway. We all had fanttastic time. Thanks to everyone who entered. Visit Leksi Designs for more handstamped jewelries.

For current giveaway, please enter here.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

My Creative Space


I received a custom order of 40 favor bags. It's for a repeat client. Love the fact that my clients loved what I made for them and they came back :-)

The original idea came from this favor bag, but you know... I LOVE custom orders!

These are great for bridal shower, wedding favor, baby shower and baby baptism. You can fill the bag with candies or in this case, almonds.

Since she needs to fill the bags with almonds, I would need to let her to do the final assembling. I think she's going to have fun doing it. Don't you?

Giveaway: Earrings from CK Silver


These chocolate dream earrings remind me of the perfect piece of chocolate, just waiting to be eaten. They incorporate sterling silver, freshwater pearls, and brown snowflake jasper. These earrings have neutral neutral browns and whites that go with almost anything. All silver on these earrings is sterling silver.

Win this pair of earrings, Chocolate Dream Jasper and Sterling Silver from CK Silver.

CK Silver offers handcrafted sterling silver jewelry that is beautiful, timeless, and elegant. Each piece of jewelry is unique, and many are one of a kind. Most pieces incorporate sterling silver, freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones, and swarovski crystal.

Get to know Cindy, the artist behind CK Silver. You'll learn a few things from the interview on yesterday's post.

There are many ways to enter. Please make sure you leave a separate comment for every entry.

How to enter to win:

Mandatory entry:

Extra entries (only qualify once mandatory entry is fulfilled):
  • Earn 2 entries - Go to yesterday's post to know her more. Leave a comment there (yesterday's post) on at least one the following: what you learn from the interview, what you want to see more on her shop and why, or any constructive feedbacks are always appreciated.

    Come back here and leave 2 comments that you did, to ensure your entries are counted.
  • Heart CK Silver Shop (1 entry). Simply let us know your Etsy username.
  • Follow CK Silver blog (1 entry).
  • Follow my adorebynat blog (1 entry). If you're already a follower, you still get an entry, just says you're following already.
  • Like CK Silver Facebook Page (1 entry).
  • Like my Facebook Page (1 entry). Let me know your FB username please.
  • Follow adorebynat on twitter (1 entry).
  • Follow CK Silver on twitter (1 entry).
  • Tweet about this giveaway, add "@adorebynat and @cksilver" in your tweet. (1 entry).
  • Blog about this giveaway to earn 2 entries. Leave two separate comments here please providing me with the link to your post.
  • Be creative and share the love! Refer your friends and family to enter this giveaway. Use your social media (other than twitter and blog) to shout out this giveaway. As long as you provide me a link or a way to confirm it, you'll earn 2 entries (two separate comments). Hint: there are share buttons in the bottom of this post, maybe you can use them?
  • Tell us how did you hear about this giveaway (1 entry).
  • Purchase an item from CK Silver Shop and earn 10 entries for each purchase. Don't forget letting us know by leaving comments :-)

Contest starts now and ends on Sep 4, 2010. Contest opens worldwide.

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 Sunday, Sep 5 by a random number generator, by the artist herself. Winner must respond within 48 hours after being contacted otherwise another winner will be randomly selected.

Cindy also offers 20% off for Adorebynat's blog readers during the duration of her giveaway (Aug 29-Sep 4). Simply mention that you're Nat's blog reader and she'll give you 20% off. It's never too early for Christmas shopping!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Saturday Artisan: CK Silver


Happy Saturday morning, everyone!
A great sunny day here at the westcoast makes it a great Saturday to enjoy with the family.

Let me introduce you to Cindy of CK Silver, our Saturday Artisan. Beautiful collection of jewelries can be found at her Etsy shop and the pearl earrings above are my favorite.

Tell us a bit about yourself and what arts/ crafts that you make?
My name is Cindy, and I love to make jewelry. I utilize sterling silver, freshwater pearls, semi-precious gemstones, and swarovski crystal, and am fascinated with finding new ways of creating interesting designs. I believe jewelry should be stylish, high quality, and affordable. I love to do custom designs, and have all birthstones available either in the stone itself or in swarovski crystal.


Which part of creation process that you like to do the most?
I love the entire process. It is so much fun finding the right mix of beads and colors, it is fun to find new inspirations and create new amazing things, and it is fun to market the jewelry and get the word out to more people that absolutely love it! I love getting inspired about each step of the process.


What is your favourite item in your shop?
My current favorite right now is this beautiful turquoise set. The earrings, bracelet, and necklace are so fun together or separate, and turquoise is incredibly popular right now. I find that my turquoise items usually sell out fairly quickly, and these are such a nice mix of color and style.


What inspires you?
I am inspired by looking at nature and the beautiful colors and styles we see in creation all around us. It is amazing the colors you find together in flowers, the forest, babbling brooks, a cherry orchard, or an ocean sunset. I try to capture these emotions in many of my pieces.



What is your goal for 2010? And are you on the right track?
My goal for 2010 is to grow my business by at least 50% over last year. I am actually on track to be well over that, as people are learning about my jewelry and wanting to purchase and show off their own pieces, word is starting to get around quickly. I can't wait until it's time to begin setting goals for next year!


Any advice for others running their on-line shop?
I would say to figure out how you can differentiate yourself, and then be creative in promoting your work. It takes a lot of time and patience, but find different kinds of ways to promote your work online and offline, as well as locally, nationally, and internationally. Get to know other sellers, and see how you can partner together.

Other places you can find CK Silver:

Stayed-tuned for tomorrow's giveaway!


In the meantime, you can enter this week's giveaway here to win a beautiful handstamped necklace.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Spotted Tuesday: Too Shabby

Enjoy these beautiful handmade goodies, found on some of my favorite shops! Aren't they simply pretty?


1st row from the left:

Reclaimed Silk Lace Maki by playatlifefiberarts

Kids clothing girls pink dress by aileenhas


2nd row from the left:

Tea and Cupcakes Necklace by MichellesCharmWorld

Love Shack. Personalized by humblebea


Don't forget to enter this week's giveaway to win a beautiful handstamped necklace, courtesy of Leksi Designs.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Giveaway winner of Dancing Rain Designs

Happy Monday, everyone!

Congratulations Stephanie (#35)!!!

You're the lucky winner of Dancing Rain Designs giveaway.

Thank you so much Lisa for sponsoring the giveaway and all of you who have entered and visited Lisa's Dancing Rain Designs shop.


Don't forget to enter this week giveaway to win a beautiful handstamped necklace.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Handstamped Necklace Giveaway


Leksi Designs is giving away a beautiful Handstamped Personalized Hammered Circle necklace.

'This is truly a cute necklace. It is a sterling silver antiqued hammered circle pendant that can be personalized with whatever you need. I can do one name or several names or words. It comes with a 16" sterling silver ball chain.'

Get to know Brooke, the artist behind Leksi Designs. You'll learn a few things from the interview on yesterday's post.

There are many ways to enter. Please make sure you leave a separate comment for every entry.

How to enter to win:

Mandatory entry:

Extra entries (only qualify once mandatory entry is fulfilled):
  • Earn 2 entries - Go to yesterday's post to know her more. Leave a comment there (yesterday's post) on at least one the following: what you learn from the interview, what you want to see more on her shop and why, or any constructive feedbacks are always appreciated.

    Come back here and leave 2 comments that you did, to ensure your entries are counted.
  • Heart Leksi Designs Shop and earn an entry. Simply let us know your Etsy username.
  • Follow Leksi Designs blog and earn an entry.
  • Follow my blog and you earn another entry. If you're already a follower, you still get an entry, just says you're following already.
  • Like my Facebook FB and you earn another entry. Let me know your FB username please.
  • Follow adorebynat on twitter to earn an entry
  • Follow Leksi Designs on twitter to earn an entry.
  • Tweet about this giveaway, add "@adorebynat" in your tweet. Each tweet worths one entry and you can tweet each day until the end of the contest (a maximum of one tweet per day is counted). That's a total of 7 entries!
  • Blog about this giveaway to earn 2 entries. Leave two separate comments here please providing me with the link to your post.
  • Be creative and share the love! Refer your friends and family to enter this giveaway. Use your social media (other than twitter and blog) to shout out this giveaway. As long as you provide me a link or a way to confirm it, you'll earn two entries (two separate comments). Hint: there are share buttons in the bottom of this post, maybe you can use them?
  • Tell us how did you hear about this giveaway and you earn an entry.
  • Purchase an item from Leksi Designs Shop and earn 10 entries for each purchase. Don't forget letting us know by leaving comments :-)

Contest starts now and ends on August 28, 2010. Contest opens worldwide.

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 Sunday, August 29 by a random number generator, by the artist herself. Winner must respond within 48 hours after being contacted otherwise another winner will be randomly selected.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Saturday Artisan: Leksi Designs

Meet this week Saturday Artisan, Brooke of Leksi Designs.

She and I have something in common. We both love stamping. But I stamp on papers while she stamps on metals and papers....much more talented than I am, I'd say.

In her own words...

My name is Brooke. I am the owner of Leksi Designs. I make custom hand stamped jewelry and handmade flower accessories. My shop was named in a pretty simple way. My daughter, age 7, is named Aleksis. Some people call her "Leksi" for short, so there it is...Leksi Designs! In addition to one daughter, I have a husband, Tim, who is a Highway Patrolman and two small dogs, Jasper and Toby.

I actually got into stamping metal jewelry when I was shopping for a piece for myself. Everything I looked at was so expensive! So, I just thought I would make it myself! People started asking me about the pieces I was wearing....and my ETSY SHOP WAS BORN!


I work full-time during the day for the local school district and take Master's Courses in the evenings as well. I also coach cheerleading part-time and keep a pretty set schedule at the gym. I enjoy running and hope to run a few marathons this summer.

How do I find time to do my jewelry? This is fairly simple...I don't sleep....lol. No joking aside, I really don't sleep much and jewelry is kind of my "wind-down" time in the late evenings. Hopefully, one day I will be able to spend more of my day doing this...but for now this is working out great!


Advice for a new artist~ I would suggest taking thie time to come up with something really unique and original before advertising. A new artist must have both quality and quantity to make it. Take great pictures and keep customeesr service number one!
I promote my etsy through my blog and word of mouth mainly. I get more sales through simple private email than anything else.


If you love her artworks as much as I do, stay-tuned for tomorrow's giveaway!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Creations of the Week

It has been a busy week. I have a new wholesale order to complete along with a customized shadow box layout.

I may not be able to list something new at my shop, but meanwhile, enjoy a couple of my newest cards.


Car Goes Vroom Vroom card is inspired by no other than my Ethan of course. I learn so much about cars and trucks in the past 2 years.

But it's time to go back to the girly-girl side of mine. Lol.

Flowers in a card seems hard to avoid.

This flower card for example, a perfect way to say Thank You.


Don't forget to enter this week giveaway, win $20 gift certificate to spend at Dancing Rain Designs shop.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Giveaway Winner of HIPpadBaby

Happy Monday, everyone!

Hope your weekend was great! Mine surely was!!

Congratulations Nature Manipulated (#23)!!!

You're the lucky winner of HIPpadBaby Shop's giveaway.

Thank you so much Phoebe for sponsoring the giveaway and all of you who have entered and visited Phoebe's HIPpadBaby's shop.


Don't forget to enter this week giveaway to win$20 gift certificate from Dancing Rain Designs.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Giveaway $20 Gift Certificate from Dancing Rain Designs


Lisa of Dancing Rain Designs is giving away $20 gift certificate to be spent at her beautiful shop.

If you missed reading the interview, be sure to head over to yesterday's post.

There are many ways to enter. Please make sure you leave a separate comment for every entry.

How to enter to win:

Mandatory entry:

Extra entries (only qualify once mandatory entry is fulfilled):
  • Earn 2 entries - Go to yesterday's post to know her more. Leave a comment there (yesterday's post) on at least one the following: what you learn from the interview, what you want to see more on her shop and why, or any constructive feedbacks are always appreciated.

    Come back here and leave 2 comments that you did, to ensure your entries are counted.
  • Heart Dancing Rain Designs Shop and earn an entry. Simply let us know your Etsy username.
  • Follow Dancing Rain Designs blog and earn an entry.
  • Follow my blog and you earn another entry. If you're already a follower, you still get an entry, just says you're following already.
  • Like my Facebook FB and you earn another entry. Let me know your FB username please.
  • Tweet about this giveaway, add "@adorebynat" in your tweet. Each tweet worths one entry and you can tweet each day until the end of the contest (a maximum of one tweet per day is counted). That's a total of 7 entries!
  • Blog about this giveaway to earn 2 entries. Leave two separate comments here please providing me with the link to your post.
  • Tell us how did you hear about this giveaway and you earn an entry.
  • Refer your friends and family to enter this giveaway. You'll earn 3 entries (Leave three separate comments) for each referral. Be sure to let us know their names and simply ask them to mention your name their entry as confirmation.
  • Purchase an item from Dancing Rain Designs Shop and earn 10 entries for each purchase. Don't forget letting us know by leaving comments :-)

Contest starts now and ends on August 21st, 2010. Contest opens worldwide.

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 Sunday, August 22nd by a random number generator, by the artist herself. Winner must respond within 48 hours after being contacted otherwise another winner will be randomly selected.

Saturday Artisan: Dancing Rain Designs

Meet Lisa of Dancing Rain Designs, our Saturday Artisan!

A new artist in Etsy but no so new in the arts world! You can tell by her beautiful jewelries and arts, created and designed creatively.

Tell us a bit about yourself and what arts/ crafts that you make?
I have been a dental hygienist for 25 years. I have two teenagers trying to relieve me of my sanity. Naw they're really pretty good kids. I have been married to an amazingly supportive man for over 20 years. Currently, I make jewelry and mixed media art. A lot of my jewelry has metal elements that I have manipulated in some way.


Which part of creation process that you like to do the most?

I try to read a lot about technique, by way of books, magazines, and internet articles. I designs in my head, I never sketch or draw anything out.

What is your favourite item in your shop?
It's hard to pick, probably anything metal!

What is your best seller?
I'm still so new I really don't have one.

How does your day go in general?
Right now I'm on medical leave so alot of my time gets spent on tweaking my shop or making new designs.


Do you have a favourite Etsy seller?
MaryAnn, of LindenAvenueDesigns, has been fantastic.

What inspires you?
My family,nature,interesting pictures, almost anything.

What is your goal for 2010? And are you on the right track?
My goal was to set up my etsy shop, and make it successful. Still working on that!

What is your favourite tool that you cannot live without?
Chain nose pliers

How do you promote your shop?
I promote on facebook and have been on some blogs.

Any advice for others running their on-line shop?
Read all you can, especially about SEO's

Anything else you would like to share?
Take a chance! You'll never know if it could have been unless you try.

Stay-tuned for tomorrow's giveaway! But if you haven't entered this week's giveaway (ends tonight), then you should! Win one original size changing pad by HIPpadBaby.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Make Your Own Tags Tutorial

Phoebe, the creative artist behind HIPpadBaby is not only generous enough to sponsor this week giveaway (Enter to win one of her original size changing pads here), but she is providing a great tutorial on how to make your own tags.

Want to know more about Phoebe and her shop? Click here to read my interview with her.

Easy 8-up self-made tags:
1. Here’s a technique to make product tags 8 at a time on an 8.5” x 11” standard piece of paper.
First design a basic tag, with your logo, website url, product information, etc. You can make the tags really any size you like, mine are 2.5” x 3” which I feel is a good size for my product and fit 8-up nicely on a letter size paper.

Once you have your tag designed, lay out 8 tags (or however many of your size fit) butted up side-by-side in the middle of a sheet.


In this photo, I’ve put an outline around the edge of the tags, just so you can see how to lay them out. However, you will NOT put an outline on your tags on the real layout.

2. Now here is the key part: At the corners and all the intersecting lines, make small crop marks (just thin little lines) which are not touching the edges of the tags.

You can see here, again with the outline showing just for position, there is about 4 mm of space in between the edge of the tags and the crop marks. These crop marks will show you where to cut.

3. The crop marks should be at every intersecting edge, the middle dividing line (if you have them stacked in two rows like mine), and the corners. Here’s a photo of how the page will look without the edge outlines.

You can see on my layout that the crop marks on the right side of the page are tiny; this is where my printer cuts off, and wouldn’t print the complete lines. That’s ok, as long as you have a guide of some sort. But you do have to figure out what your printer will do and lay out your page to accommodate that.


4. Glue up: Use a piece of cardstock to make the tags thicker. Set up your cardstock on a flat surface, put it on two overlapping pieces of clean scrap paper. Take your tag layout page outside and thoroughly spray-glue the back side. I lay it face down on a couple pieces of clean scrap paper to keep it clean and catch some of the overspray. Make sure to do this in really well-ventilated area, and even wear a chemical mask if you have one, this stuff stinks! Let the glue settle, then bring the layout to the cardstock and position and stick down. If it’s not perfectly square on the cardstock, no problem, since you’re going to cut off the edges anyway. The scrap sheets under the cardstock will keep any sticky from getting on your work surface. Lay more clean scrap over the whole thing and use a brayer (roller) to firmly adhere the two layers together.

5. If you want a back on your tags, repeat the glue-up process to put a backside on the back of the now two-layer tag layout/cardstock. Use a piece of fabric for mine to correspond to my product. Paper is way easier to cut, though, so you might want to use a fancy paper with a nice pattern. If you use fabric or anything thin and flexible, it’s way easier to lay the material down on your work surface, as you did with the cardstock, and spray-glue and stick down the layout to that, than the other way around. Again, don’t worry about any overhang.

6. Cutting: Now, with your three-layer sheet, use a straightedge and xacto knife to cut the tags loose. Here is the trick: carefully line up the ruler exactly next to the line of crop marks and cut from the end of the starting crop mark to the end of the ending crop mark WITHOUT cutting through the edges of the sheet.

Use some firm pressure to get through the layers. Repeat with all the lines, being sure not to cut through the edges/outer ring of the page. When you’re done it will look like this:

As soon as you move what’s left of the page, all the tags should come loose if you’ve cut thoroughly through.



7. Now take each individual tag and use a hole-punch to make a hole. I use a special slotted punch, but a normal round one works just fine.



If you use fabric, you’ll likely need to use your xacto to clean up some fringes at the edges and hole.

Hope this works for you! Happy tag making.































Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Giveaway winner of JewelryBySolange

Congratulations Angelpups (#49), you are the lucky winner of last week giveaway sponsored by JewelryBySolange.

Thank you so much Solange for sponsoring this great giveaway!

Thank you everyone who entered. For this week giveaway, please click here to win one changing pad (original size) from HIPpadBaby Shop.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Summertime



I hopped at the rikrak studio today and am inspired to post some summertime pictures of my Ethan.

He had so much fun, can't you tell?

And running around chasing his cousin. You could guess what happened next, couldn't you?

Summer is still here but not too long. So I'd better take more pictures of Ethan. Better yet, pictures of us as a family. We NEED that for this summer.
Just like this our vacation in Bali in 2008.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Giveaway from HIPpadBaby


Phoebe of of HIPpadBaby Shop is giving away one (Original Design) of her innovative changing pads!

HIP Pads are soft, absorbent, double-sided cotton flannel baby changing pads with an innovative, fabric leak-proof inner layer - nothing plastic or crinkly. They're perfect for the changing table (use them right on top of those covers), on beds and couches, for travel and in the diaper bag.

If you missed reading the interview, be sure to head over to yesterday's post.

There are many ways to enter. Please make sure you leave a separate comment for every entry.

How to enter to win:

Mandatory entry:

Extra entries (only qualify once mandatory entry is fulfilled):
  • Earn 2 entries - Go to yesterday's post to know her more. Leave a comment there (yesterday's post) on at least one the following: what you learn from the interview, what you want to see more on her shop and why, or any constructive feedbacks are always appreciated.

    Come back here and leave 2 comments that you did, to ensure your entries are counted.

  • Heart HIPpadBaby Shop and earn an entry. Simply let us know your Etsy username.
  • Follow my blog and you earn another entry. If you're already a follower, you still get an entry, just says you're following already.
  • Tweet about this giveaway, add "@adorebynat" in your tweet. Each tweet worths one entry and you can tweet each day until the end of the contest (a maximum of one tweet per day is counted). That's a total of 7 entries!
  • Blog about this giveaway to earn 2 entries. Leave two separate comments here please providing me with the link to your post.
  • Tell us how did you hear about this giveaway and you earn an entry.
  • Refer your friends and family to enter this giveaway. You'll earn 3 entries (Leave three separate comments) for each referral. Be sure to let us know their names and simply ask them to mention your name their entry as confirmation.
  • Purchase an item from HIPpadBaby Shop and earn 10 entries for each purchase. Don't forget letting us know by leaving comments :-)

Contest starts now and ends on August 14th, 2010. Contest opens worldwide.

Don't forget to leave me your e-mail address. Entries without contact information will be disqualified. Entries that do not follow the rules will be disqualified. Contest winner will be drawn on Sunday, August 15th by a random number generator, by the artist herself. Winner must respond within 48 hours after being contacted otherwise another winner will be randomly selected.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Saturday Artisan: HIPpadBaby

Meet Phoebe of Hip Pads Shop!

HIP Pads are soft, absorbent, double-sided cotton flannel baby changing pads with an innovative, fabric leak-proof inner layer - nothing plastic or crinkly. They're perfect for the changing table (use them right on top of those covers), on beds and couches, for travel and in the diaper bag.

Find out how she started her shop, how her products different than others and how how they are eco-friendly.


Tell us a bit about yourself and what arts/ crafts that you make?
Besides my favorite roles as mom and wife, I’m foremost an artist, designer and inventor. I’m a bit of a renaissance woman, as I do so many arts and crafts, and like to think I excel at most of them. I’ve worked professionally as a graphic designer for the past 16 years, and love that my work lets me experience the creative process every day. Design is more than a passion for me, it’s more of an innate drive; everything I see, I think of how I could make it, or make it better. I have designs for textiles, furniture, jewelry, art objects, housewares, utility items, you name it!

I learn how to do what I need to produce the designs that I create in my mind, which is how HIP Pads began. I had just a little experience with sewing before my daughter was born. When I needed a handy under-the-butt pad and none of the products out there were right, I started inventing my own, and that was the beginning of it all. Before I knew it, I was making them for friends and baby showers, and everyone who tried them wanted to pass them on to their friends, too.


Which part of creation process that you like to do the most?
All of it!? True, but I think for me it’s working out a problem. Every design is a puzzle, to make something visually pleasing, or perfectly functional, and hopefully both. It’s the part where you sweat just a bit, wondering how you’re going to pull it off, if you have the expertise to create what you envisioned, if you can balance all the aspects of the given equation. For me it’s usually equally challenging, stimulating, frustrating and satisfying.

Could you share on how your organize your products, we all can use a little tips here and there in this department?
Well, here’s where my computer geek takes over. I have lists of the current fabric patterns in play, how much material I have, how many pieces are cut, sewn, and in shops. This keeps me current on how many of each pattern I can list and in combination with what others to make sets. Uncut fabric is stored in zippered cases in my studio. Then there are bins for the cut parts and finished pads. I also have storage areas for shipping materials and tags.

What is your favourite item in your shop?
That’s a little like asking to choose who’s your favorite child! I love my new Peacock Jungle set, with the ocean blue Peacock Island and the brilliant Lizard Jungle. The colors are so vibrant.

What is your best seller?
So far, it’s been the Bugaboo pattern. It seems to be universally loved. I have to say, it’s pretty cute!


How does your day go in general?
Every day is a journey, here! My usual day starts with taking care of my daughter, she is my #1 and favorite job! Once I get her squared away with the morning basics, I usually take new photos if I need to (the morning light is the best), then check email, facebook and etsy pages. Then it’s time to work – ha, ha. Measuring, cutting, sewing and shipping, all with a 3-year-old in tow most of the time. Usually I reserve the night hours for design work, when I have the most quiet and creative juices flowing.

Do you have a favourite Etsy seller?
I love Sacred Waters Soap Co. - her stuff is totally natural and smells soooo good. I also like Shanna Michelle designs, she does beautiful work.

What inspires you?
My husband and daughter inspire me every day. They are both such strong, joyful people! They both inspire me to do the best to create the life I want for us every day.

What is your goal for 2010? And are you on the right track?
Since I’ve just really started my shop, getting HIP Pads rolling is my big goal for the year! I’m looking forward to getting HIP Pads into baby boutiques across the country, getting the word out about how fantastic and useful this product is, and branching out from there. I think I’m on the right track; I’ve steadily been learning the ins and outs of using etsy tools to my advantage, and getting advice and encouragement from those who’ve been doing this a lot longer than me. HIP Pads will be going out to my first store in the coming week.

What is your favourite tool that you cannot live without?
Xacto knife. No question.

How do you promote your shop?
I’ve largely been using online tools so far – facebook (become a fan!, blogs, promotions forum, giveaways. I also locally distribute promotional materials at appropriate places and attend events where I can network with potential clients and partners. And I talk about it, to anyone, all the time, a lot!

Any advice for others runnig their on-line shop?
Don’t be shy and don’t miss an opportunity. You’re in a sea of thousands of talented people, you’ve got to speak up and jump in there to be heard.

Saving money is important, tell us one thing that you do to save money?
A lot of the things I do to save money are also eco-friendly things, I love that those go together. For example, I make my own household cleaners – my favorite is buy a gallon size bottle of Simple Green, pour some in a spray bottle and add some tea tree oil for anti-bacterial action.

Anything else you would like to share?
HIP Pads are very eco-friendly, helping save our most precious resource – water. When the little one makes a mess during changes (and they always do! It seems like they just wait for you to take the dirty one away to let something out!), it’s just one little thing to throw into the wash – no big cover to struggle with and take off while you’re levitating the kid, no full-sized blanket, just a compact, perfect-sized pad that’s easy to remove (without moving the baby!) and washes easily. Plus, I choose mostly darker, colorful patterns specifically for their stain-disguising abilities. No need to add chemical stain removers to the water supply, or spend hours scrubbing stains.

I would also love to share my success. I envision a road down the line for HIP Pads that includes donating to worthy causes, especially helping animals in need, and employing friends.

Any tutorial that you’d like to share, pretty please?
I’d be happy to show you how to make multiple hang tags at once.

EDIT>> The tutorial is posted here.


Stay-tuned for tomorrow's giveaway. But for now, visit HIP pad shop!
Don't forget to tell Phoebe, I'd say hi! :-)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Creations of the Week: More Flowers

It seems that I can't really get enough of flowers.

They are just pretty!

Certainly can brighten someone's day.


Together is wonderful place to be.

Perfect for wedding or anniversary.



a Thank You card that is sassy and chic.


or Live Life card that is not too mushy for guy.

Click on each picture to bring you to my shop where you'll see more pictures of them.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Giveaway Winner of $20 Gift Certificate from FotoTaleDesigns


Congartulations Gianna (#23), you are the lucky winner of last week giveaway sponsored by FotoTaleDesigns. For others, please don't fret! There is BOGO sale going on now at FotoTaleDesigns.

You have 48 hours to response after being contacted by Sarah, the artist, herself.

Thank you Sarah for sponsoring this great giveaway!

Thank you everyone who entered. For this week giveaway, please click here to win a pair of earrings.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Giveaway: Earrings from JewelryBySolange

Solange of JewelryBySolange is our Saturday Artisan this week. If you missed reading the interview, be sure to head over to yesterday's post.

She is generously giving away a beautiful pair of earrings: Sunny Grey Skies.

These were made using Jonquil & Black Diamond 4mm Swarovski Crystals. They've been handmade, hammered/textured, swirled and wire wrapped by my fingers using Sterling Silver Wire.

There are many ways to enter. Please make sure you leave a separate comment for every entry.

How to enter to win:

Mandatory entry:

  • Go to JewelryBySolange's shop. Return to my Adore By Nat blog and simply leave a comment here about your favorite item from her store. By the way, she has Christmas in July sale going on, so be sure to take advantage of that! :-)
Extra entries (only qualify once mandatory entry is fulfilled):
  • Earn 2 entries - Go to yesterday's post to know her more. Leave a comment there (yesterday's post) on at least one the following: what you learn from the interview, what you want to see more on her shop and why, or any constructive feedbacks are always appreciated.

    Come back here and leave 2 comments that you did, to ensure your entries are counted.

  • Heart JewelryBySolange's shop and earn an entry. Simply let us know your Etsy username.
  • Follow JewelryBySolange on twitter to earn an entry.
  • Follow JewelryBySolange's blog and earan an entry.
  • Follow my blog and you earn another entry. If you're already a follower, you still get an entry, just says you're following already.
  • Tweet about this giveaway, add "@adorebynat or @JewelsbySolange" in your tweet. Each tweet worths one entry and you can tweet each day until the end of the contest (a maximum of one tweet per day is counted). That's a total of 7 entries!
  • Blog about this giveaway to earn 2 entries. Leave two separate comments here please providing me with the link to your post.
  • Tell us how did you hear about this giveaway and you earn an entry.
  • Refer your friends and family to enter this giveaway. You'll earn 3 entries (Leave three separate comments) for each referral. Be sure to let us know their names and simply ask them to mention your name their entry as confirmation.
  • Purchase an item from JewelryBySolange's shop and earn 10 entries for each purchase. Don't forget letting us know by leaving comments :-)

Contest starts now and ends on August 7th, 2010. Contest opens worldwide.

Don't forget to leave me your e-mail address. Entries without contact information will be disqualified. Entries that do not follow the rules will be disqualified. Contest winner will be drawn on Sunday, August 8th by a random number generator, by the artist herself. Winner must respond within 48 hours after being contacted otherwise another winner will be randomly selected.