Saturday, June 22, 2013

Featured Crafter - Sunshine and Vodka

Today's featured crafter is Paulette from Sunshine and Vodka. Paulette specializes in wedding bouquets and accessories. 

1. How did you get started? I started Sunshine and Vodka as a way to sell some of items that were collecting in my studio. I didn't want to be stuck making baby blankets or cards so I had to come up with a unique name. My two favorite things came to mind and it was born.

2. What is your favorite thing to make? I LOVE flowers. Embroidering them, creating bouquets with them and wearing them. 

3. How often do you just play around and create something new just for the experience? I do this quite a bit. I love the challenge of figuring out how to make something. The first round usually ends up in the "oops" pile and I get better and faster at making things.

4. Do you take custom orders? My entire business is custom orders. I love working with people, especially brides. It's not for everyone but I truly enjoy making someone's vision come to life. 

5. How can people contact you? (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, email, blog) My facebook page, is a great way to send a message. I check both there and my Etsy, several times a day. This is my full time job so I am extremely devoted to my customers needs and respond accordingly.

For your special day, be sure to check out Paulette's shop. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Enjoying Vacation

I have been enjoying my vacation. I have been so stressed at work and with not getting many sales. *sigh*

But this week has been a stress-free zone. I finished the baby blanket for the gal at work, made 2 new ruffle scarves (and took pictures and listed them), and I'm sending out the scarves that were given away as prizes. I have to finish laundry and clean the apartment, then pack for this weekend.

My son leaves on Monday for his dad's so I need to plan out my summer to maximize promotion and creation. So, I think that every night I will work 1 hour on promotion (blog hops, facebook ladders, Facebook hops), and the rest of the night creating. Sometimes I get so stressed with work and dance that I forget to take time for myself for exercising and just plain creating.

So, I have to ask - I never have a summer vacation where I get the "I'm bored" from the child. He's always gone! How do you alleviate the summertime blues?

Happy Summer, Friends!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Featured Crafter - Megan Barkley-Colwell and The Nautical Owl

So, I'm bringing back my Featured Crafter post. My first featured crafter is Megan.  I just had a couple questions for her.

1. How did you get started? Back in December 2011, I wanted to make some fun gifts for my family and friends. A wood burning kit was on sale at my local craft store along with some unfinished wood items. I started with a couple jewelry boxes and storage, and it took off from there. I was hooked on pyrography!

2. What is your favorite thing to make? Right now I'm really enjoying burning jewelry. It allows me to combine my two favorite hobbies - art and fashion.

3. How often do you just play around and create something new just for the experience? More often than not. A lot of times my ideas come from dreams, or hopes. I'll spend an day sketching and researching online. Then I jump right in and start sketching on the wood. Some things work out...others don't. Ah, the trial and error of crafting!

4. Do you take custom orders? Of course! I'm always open to new ideas! I love creating treasures for others to love for a lifetime and the fact that they're custom makes it much more special.

5. How can people contact you? (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, email, blog) Contact me anytime PINTEREST:
TWITTER: @TheNauticalOwl

Megan has such gorgeous pieces. Stop by her Etsy shop to look at all her pieces and show her some love!!!!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Win a Hope Ruffle Scarf

I've hit over 400 followers on Facebook. It's time to celebrate. I'm giving away this beautiful scarf

You can see the listing for my scarf here to get more information on this scarf.

a Rafflecopter giveaway