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Etsy Shop of the Month: Handmade Leather Toiletry Bag via Lifetime Leather Co. (closed)

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With Father’s Day right around the corner, I thought what better way to prepare than to host a giveaway of a Lifetime Leather Co. product? The wonderful Ty Bowman has generously agreed to giveaway one of his most popular products, the standard size, cognac leather toiletry case, complete with a monogram personalization. To find out how to enter read below!

My wonderful husband, Nick, just turned 28. After 9 years together, and almost 4 years of marriage, I often have to get creative with my gift giving. Many of the things he has on his wish list are items I either know nothing about (a new bumper for the truck, bed extender, or new wheels) or can’t afford (like a new bumper, bed extender, or new wheels). In moments like these I turn to the internet and begin looking around, hoping something will strike me.

It was just one of those instances that brought me to Lifetime Leather Co. on Etsy. I had already “favorited” a few items I liked for his birthday, when I came across these beautiful toiletry bags. Nick currently keeps his hair clippers, electric razor, and various other knick knacks in an old, beat up, black (but now it is really gray), toiletry bag. After having to look at that thing since we started dating, I decided it was time for a change. I selected the leather bag I wanted, typed in the NJP initials for the front and NP for the side, and placed my order.

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I had already had a lot of contact with Ty. Ordering a personalized gift last minute made me nervous about the necessary delivery date before Nick’s birthday. He ensured me time and time again it would arrive by April 12th, 2 days before the big day, and he was true to his word. On April 12th the package arrived. I snuck it in the house and opened it up.

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It truly is a work of art. The leather is a far higher quality than I was expecting. The color is dark and beautiful. The leather is soft and thick. The zipper has an understated, classic look. The bag feels durable, the inside is washable. I was tempted to keep if for myself, if only I hadn’t had Nick’s initials stitched into the side. The best adjective that comes to mind when I think about the leather is creamy. It feels creamy. Weird? Perhaps, but creamy certainly sounds nice. Everything about it was perfect.

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Nick likes to joke that with every nice gift I give him, I am attempting to class him up. This bag certainly helps in that secret (not-so-secret) pursuit of mine. On his future business trips, vacations, or other outings, that require his toiletry bag to come along, he will look like one dapper fellow.

This bag is the perfect gift for any father, husband, son, or person of the male or female gender. I don’t doubt this item can withstand a lot of use, I think the beautiful leather will only get better with time. Enter below for a chance to win a personalized toiletry bag of your very own! The contest will end next Wednesday, 5/14/14.

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To enter all you have to do is follow Ty on his Instagram here. Comment in a separate comment with the username you are following his Instagram under.

For a second entry all you have to do is visit Ty Bowman’s Etsy shop, Lifetime Leather Co., and like his shop. Comment below with the username you liked his shop under.

The contest will close at midnight on 5/14/14. The winner will be randomly selected using the plugin, And the Winner Is… The winner will be notified via e-mail, and will have 24 hours to confirm. If they do not confirm in the required time frame, a new winner will be selected and contacted. Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog and enter my giveaway! Help me spread the word about my blog and all these amazing Etsy shops by sharing with others.

Etsy Shop of the Month: Fawn and Rose Necklace Giveaway (closed)

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This month’s Etsy shop review and giveaway hails from across the Atlantic, all the way from Brighton, England. Although in the past I have put my focus on handmade in the USA, I couldn’t help but notice the very modern, clean, and trendy jewelry designs in Jess’ shop, Fawn and Rose.

I discovered her jewelry during one of my endless, black holes of Etsy browsing. I immediately fell in love with the triangle shape, brass, and sea foam green necklace. As is typical of my Etsy loves, I bought it shortly after spotting it, and eagerly awaited it’s arrival.

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An order arriving from another country is a long wait, but it was well worth it. The necklace was exactly as it was pictured, and I loved it even more in person. The clean design makes the necklace incredibly versatile. It can be dressed up or worn with jeans, and the neutral brass against the sea foam green creates a nice neutral palette with a subtle color pop, that goes with everything.

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In addition to her beautiful jewelry, her products are also nicely wrapped. To my surprise, as I opened the package, I discovered an adorable business card, thank you and 10% coupon card, a small jewelry box that contained my necklace, and a tag that all matched. Her logo is clean and memorable, much like her jewelry. she has a keen eye for creating and marketing, I’m not surprised by her current 662 Etsy sale count.

I have already worn my necklace a handful of times since its arrival a week ago, and have already gotten many compliments. This necklace has already made its way into my regular jewelry rotation, it’s guaranteed to get a lot of wear in the coming years.

Jess has been incredibly generous and agreed to giveaway a silver triangle necklace to one of my lucky readers. Like the necklace I just bought, this necklace is very versatile and can be worn with a range of styles. This piece is a classic style with a modern twist.

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All you have to do to enter is visit Jess’ shop Fawn and Rose here, “like” your favorite item, and share a link to the item in a comment below.

To receive a second entry visit my encaustic shop here or fused glass shop here, “like” your favorite item, and share in a separate comment below.

To receive a third entry share this giveaway on your preferred social networking site and include a link to your share in a separate comment below.

This giveaway will be closed next Thursday 4/3/14 at midnight. Thanks for taking the time check out my blog and enter this months giveaway! The winner will be selected and notified via e-mail next Friday, 4/4/14. If they do not respond in 24 hours a new winner will be selected. Good luck and don’t forget to check back for future giveaways

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Etsy Shop of the Month: Statement Necklace Giveaway via AquaGiraffe (closed)

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I spend a large portion of my life on Etsy. I would like to say the majority of time is spent focusing on my shop, updating, tagging, selling, making my millions… but I have to admit I spend most of my time shopping. My favorite items list is beginning to get a little out of control, and I buy a large portion of the items I end up favoriting. It does make me feel better knowing I am helping my fellow shop owners, I support handmade, I support the arts.

As the days leading up to the holidays grew shorter, my time on Etsy grew longer. I had the majority of my gifts covered through the many offerings of Etsy, including a beautiful green, beaded and braided statement necklace for my mom. My mom’s wish list for my sister and I is always the same, any clothes or jewelry you pick out. She loves nothing more than being dressed and accessorized by us, and I love nothing more than shopping.

I knew I wanted a cute statement necklace, it had to be in the blue or green color family. If you type in “green statement necklace” in Etsy it is unbelievable the amount of items you have to sift through. I was at a point of hitting the “next page” button automatically, and going crossed eyed as I stared at necklace after necklace. Suddenly I saw the braided necklace from AquaGiraffe and I was set. It was cute, fun, trendy, and without a second thought I bought it.

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It arrived on my doorstep incredibly fast, was cutely wrapped, and was just what I pictured. My mom was thrilled when she opened it up on Christmas day, and I have already seen her wear it on countless occasions. It works well with a wide variety of outfits and color, and isn’t overwhelmingly large. It can be dressed up or pair with jeans and a t-shirt. There is a possibility this will disappear from My Mom’s closet one day and find it’s way into mine…

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AquaGiraffe, run by Kimberly out of Orlando, FL, has a variety of products in her shop. From head scarves to trendy jewelry she has an adorable selection to choose from. I was very excited when she agreed to participate in a giveaway, and offered her Petal Statement Necklace as the prize. I had already noticed this necklace as I recently browsed her shop, and am slightly bummed I’m not eligible to enter my own giveaway. I just might have to make another purchase in the near future.

Enter to win this beautiful, fashionable necklace by liking your favorite item in Kimberly’s shop here. After you like an item share the link to the item in a comment below.

Want more chances to win? Like my Etsy shop here and link to your favorite item in a separate comment below. Like my Facebook page here and comment a third time with the name you liked the page under. A winner will be randomly selected on Thursday 2/13 using the plugin, “And the Winner Is…” The winner will be e-mail and has 24 hours to confirm their prize before a new winner is selected.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog and enter my giveaway! A big thanks to Kimberly at AquaGiraffe for donating a necklace to one of my lucky readers. Whether or not you are the winner don’t forget to support local, handmade goodies. Be unique and find one of a kind creations on amazing websites like Etsy!

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Etsy Shop Review and Giveaway: Marquesa Atelier (closed)

IMG_7580 copyI’m so excited for this Christmas because it will be my first Christmas with my newest niece, my sister’s daughter, Payton. I cann’t wait to start Christmas shopping for the adorable 5 month old, and I of course began searching Etsy first.

With so many amazing handmade products on Etsy these days, it’s hard to choose what is the best product for you. I always look for shops that provide great pictures, various angles, and a lot of details in the description to give me a better idea of what I am purchasing. This was especially important since I was looking for something for a fast growing newborn.

As I began my hunt for my first gift I decided I wanted to find a pretty winter hat. It truly is amazing how many handmade hat shops exist on Etsy, and I’m pretty sure I grazed through a good chunk of them. As I continued my search for the perfect hat I discovered a wonderful shop, Marquesa Atelier , run by Tatiana out of Europe.

1Her hats came in all different shapes, sizes, patterns, and colors. They were proudly displayed upon tiny models’ heads, giving me a good idea of the size and fit. My sister’s current obsession with all things bows, flowers, and headbands for little Payton perfectly fit with Tatiana’s girly designs. As soon as my eyes fell upon the ivory knitted hat with the ivory flower detail, I knew it would be perfect.

I can easily imagine little Payton with her cute hat and winter coat this season. I immediately ordered a 5 month old size. In addition to placing my order, I also contacted Tatiana to see if she would be interested in having me feature her product on my blog in exchange for a giveaway for my readers. I was thrilled when she agreed and offered for the winner to select their favorite item from her shop as their prize. This sweetened the deal for the hat, and I eagerly awaited it’s arrival.

A couple of weeks later the hat found it’s way to my doorstep. I was very impressed with the speedy delivery, considering Tatiana had to make it and ship it from practically the other side of the world. I was even more impressed when I opened the package and found the beautiful crocheted hat inside.

As a one time knitting attempter and failure I am always impressed when other people succeed. Every loop, detail, and pattern was perfectly executed. The hat was symmetrical, tightly woven, and looks like it will be the perfect fit for Payton’s head. I’m impressed with Tatiana’s ability and can’t wait to order more in the future as Payton continues to grow.

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If you would like to enter to win your own Tatiana original from Marquesa Atelier simply like her shop here, and comment below with the item you would like to win. If you would like to earn two additional entries all you have to do is share this post on Twitter or Facebook and comment below with a link to your post and/or like my shop here and comment below with the name you liked it under. In order to be entered three separate times please make sure you comment below three separate times.

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The winner will be randomly selected next Thursday, 12/12 using the plugin, “And the Winner Is…”. The winner will be contacted via e-mail, if the winner doesn’t confirm in a 24 hour period and new winner will be selected. The winner will be announced on my Facebook page here. Thank you Marquesa Atelier for offering a giveaway and thank you readers for checking out my blog and participating!

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Giveaway: Personalized House Painting or Map Painting (closed)

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I’m very excited, after a very long break, to once again host a giveaway of my own items! With the holiday season quickly approaching I decided it was a great time to highlight two items that could make great, personalized gifts this season.

In my Etsy shop I have a wide range of items, but some of my favorite things I create are the personalized letters and silhouette encaustic paintings. I love giving people the opportunity to take something, and make it their own, turn it into the perfect fit for a gift to a loved one, or even yourself.

Both the personalized house and map mixed media pieces are a great way to give a gift that someone will appreciate and treasure, because it has that personal touch. I was so excited when these turned out just the way I imagined, and couldn’t wait to put them up on Etsy. However, the one downside is the amount of time needed in order to create and ship each piece. I require at least 2 weeks to make your piece, from start to finish, and ship it. It may take 3 days to a week to arrive once it has been shipped (shipping times may vary). With the holidays rapidly appearing on the horizon, I hope these pieces will still be a gift option in the coming weeks.

House Painting detailThe house encaustic, mixed media painting was a piece I did a few months ago, of the duplex apartment I lived in when I first moved to Atlanta. I loved the early 1900’s house, and all the charm it brought, and felt the feel of the house was capture in the encaustic painting, collage. I have plans to re-create each house I live in as my husband and I expand our living quarters, our family, and experience new places. I can visualize a grid pattern on our wall of all our beloved homes.

I love this concept because a home is incredibly important. A home is so much more than a roof over your head, it’s love, comfort, and memories.  I hope everyone has a home they fondly remember, the home they grew up in, Grandma’s house they used to visit, or the house they bought as newlyweds and had their first child in.

To create your own home painting all you have to do is send me a picture of the home you wish to memorialize in your encaustic collage.  I will take your picture, turn it into a silhouette, transfer it on top of my encaustic wax and pattern paper, and add details back with oil paint. After it has dried it will be wrapped up and sent off to you.

A 6″x6″ personalized home is one option for this giveaway!

Map Painting DetailAnother option for this giveaway is a personalized map encaustic collage. As a University of Georgia graduate, and resident of Athens, GA for 5 wonderful years, re-creating a map of Athens was an easy choice. I love the pattern the intersecting roads create. This is a more abstract option, yet just as personalized and important as the house paintings.

I love the cities I have had the opportunity to live in. Each place has it’s own unique characteristics and charm. I loved the familiarity and safety of Roswell, the cool, artsy feel of Athens, and the small town, yet big city feel of Atlanta. The city you live in is almost as important as your home. It’s where you make your friends, begin laying down roots, and create new experiences.

To create your own map piece all you have to do is send me the city and state of the map you would like recreated and I will take it from there! I will research a suitable map, simplify it in photoshop, transfer it on top of my encaustic wax and pattern paper, and add details back with oil paint. After it has dried it will be wrapped up and sent off to you.

A 6″x6″ personalized map is another option for this giveaway!

To enter this giveaway all you have to do is visit my Etsy shop here and like my shop! Comment below with the name you liked my shop under and tell me which item you want to win. For a second entry like your favorite item and comment below with a link to the item you liked. For a third entry share this post on facebook or twitter, comment below with a link to your share! To ensure you are entered 3 separate times, make sure you comment three separate times!

Next Tuesday, 11/26/13 I will randomly selected one winner using the plugin, “And the Winner Is…”. The winner will be notified via e-mail, and will have the opportunity to select which encaustic mixed media piece they would like created. If the winner does not respond in 24 hours a new winner will be selected.

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Remember, the holiday season is almost upon us! Help support local and handmade and check out your local artisans or Etsy shops for a variety of handmade. If you love one of my pieces make sure you allow 2 weeks for a personalized piece to be made and 1 week for shipping. To ensure delivery by Christmas order everything 2 weeks before Christmas day.

Thanks for checking out my blog, participating in my giveaway, and supporting handmade! With your help maybe one day I can also quit my day job and focus on selling out of my shop. Help me spread the word about my blog and this post by sharing, e-mailing, liking, tweeting, digging, tumbling, or another social media outlet of your choice. Thanks for stopping by!

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