This giveaway is now closed.
I'm really excited. I have another awesome giveaway. This time its from the shop fairyshadow. I love etsy, and I found this shop through etsy randomly. When I saw the items in the shop I fell in love immediately. I really wanted to introduce it to you so I contacted Tania (creator of the shop) and she was excited too. Something I've seen on other blogs that I wanted to start doing for my giveaways is interviewing the shop owner/creator so you (and me) can get to know them. I asked Tania questions and she sent me some information about her and her shop. Her life sounds really neat, I am sure you will think so too.
I have enjoyed looking at Etsy for years and from time to time considered setting up a shop but I did not have internet access that would allow for all the time required to work with internet sales. Our family decided to install a satellite and now we have high speed service so that block was no longer in place. But still I held back. Last year my 16 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer and went through surgery and chemotherapy. She has proved herself to be a courageous and strong young woman and is free of cancer. We are so proud of her. As pleased as we are with the work of her doctors and hospital we are still faced with the bills the insurance did not cover. I was motivated to find additional income and decided if my daughter could face the challenges of cancer I could very well get over my own insecurities about working online.
My children inspire me to push passed my own fears. Yay for the blessings of children. The favorite thing in my shop is photo of my daughter wearing a blue flowered garland. It reflects the sparkle of her bright blue eye and the spirit that shines through it.
So what can I make without spending much while building inventory? I began sorting through the resources available and started making flowers with felt I had left over from my days as a production dollmaker. Then I turned to our closets and the abundance of t-shirt that overflowed the drawers and the upcycled cotton flower barrette was born. I now collect material and buttons from a local shop which benefits the senior center and sells donated craft supplies. Friends also pass on clothing they no longer need. I love the rich diversity of colors I have to choose from. It makes for truely unique pieces. In my shop you will find the results of my flower making mounted to a variety of hair accessories as well as some of the dolls I have made.
Our family raises sheep and cattle. I sometimes call myself the electric shepardess because we use a portable electric fencing system to protect the lambs from the coyote who find lamb especially delicious. This means that three or four times a week we must shift the fences to allow for fresh grazing for the mammas and babies.
You ask the one thing I couldn’t live without? I know its basic but I would hate to without running water. I can look down our valley when I wash dishes and see the old brick lined well about ¼ mile away. Whenever I feel crabby about the unrelenting chore of dishwashing I remind myself there are millions of women who must carry the water from the well before they can begin the unrelenting chore of washing dishes. Keep your
blessings close to your heart. In my spare time I garden, knit, and paint. All these occupations sooth me.
Isn't the picture of the stuff she is making really neat? I haven't seen that before and I thought it was so pretty and so brilliant. Here's some more stuff from her shop:
Isn't it just the cutest stuff?
Tania is also looking for some wholesale opportunities. If you are interested (or know someone who would be interested) in this opportunity you can contact Tania through the shop.
So now for the giveaway. Tania has generously offered a $15 gift certificate to her shop to the winner of this giveaway. I am super jealous. There is so much from her shop that I want. But I'm giving it to you.
The giveaway ends June 25.