Monday, April 12, 2010

Giveaway For You! Sponsored by oh, sweet joy!

 clockwise from top: covered button earrings, single rosette headband, party skirt, reusable coffee cuff, owls, and assorted headbands.

If I were to say I don't love Etsy, I would be lying not only to myself, but to all of you. It's so full of wonderful products-- and wonderful people, to boot! The wonderful Kim of oh, sweet joy contacted me recently about doing a giveaway just for all you lovely readers of mine, and I just had to accept. Her shop is packed with pretty headbands, dresses, owls (yes), and earrings-- and I just adore her cute reusable coffee cuffs! Plus, 10% of the sales from her shop go to Love 146, an organization fighting to end sex trafficking. That's a pretty good deal, if you ask me.

But before I get to giving you the goods, I know you want to meet our awesome sponsor, right?

Who are you?

Where are you from?
I'm a Texas native, residing in Colorado. We (the hubs and I) both grew up in north Texas and met at Texas A&M University (gig 'em ags).  We needed a change of scenery upon graduation and we are very happy in the mountains!

How old are you?
I just turned twenty three at the end of march. Young, huh? :)

When did you start your Etsy shop and what inspired you to do it?
I started this shop in October of 2009.  I had a shop before ( that will make a comeback soon, but I really needed a break from apparel. I wanted to just "craft" for a while and this (oh, sweet joy) is what came of it! A big inspiration was falling in love with designer fabrics. I wanted to do something where I could work with fun fabric and not just knits.

You have a whole bunch of plush owls in your shop. Is there a story behind these little guys?
Yes, actually! I nanny a couple of precious kiddos and when one of their birthdays was coming up, I wanted to make him something. I drew up an owl, bought some eco-felt, used some of my designer fabric scraps and went from there. Since then, I have used different colors of eco- felt and designer fabrics to make owls with different "personalities." I've sewn a lot in the past few years, but the owls have definitely been my favorite project/venture. They bring out my inner-kid who just wants to eat goldfish crackers and play all day.

You sell reusable coffee cuffs, which is a really great idea to help our environment. Is there anything else you do to "go green" at your shop and in your everyday life?
A lot of my projects involve fabric scraps. I try my best to use everything, down to the last scrap.  This drives my husband crazy because he's a tidy fella and I am quite the hoarder. I also buy fabric scraps from other etsy sellers so that nothing goes to waste.  Covered button earrings were a project solely for scraps.

Furthermore, my owls are all made from eco-friendly felt, which is made completely from recycled plastic bottles. In my everyday life, its just about simple steps for us. Recycling when we can, riding our bikes as transportation (when it isn't negative 20 degrees outside), turning lights off when not in use, using energy-efficient lightbulbs, using re-useable bags at the grocery store, and showering every other week to preserve water. I'm kidding about the showers, I promise.

Any advice for people hoping to set up an Etsy shop of their own?
It's all about patience and customer service. A sale isn't going to come right away. As long as you are being creative, loving what you do, and not copying other etsy seller's work, sales will come.  Don't get caught up in the whole "relisting" your items at peak times and all the jazz. Work hard, make quality projects out of good materials, love what you do, and don't get caught up in all the things that etsy tells you to do.  I think it's just a way for them to make more money.

I've been completely blown away by the support I've had.  Great customer service will always bring another sale later on.  Take care of your customers and make them feel important.  Thank them every step of the transaction because they deserve it! After all, they are keeping you in business.  I am so thankful that I can make things that I love and make money from it. God is good, that's for sure.

Want to tell us about your perfect day?
Hmm. Ready for this?
A good quiet time with my Jesus, a bowl of kid cereal (better believe it), a good cup of coffee (one splenda packet and some hazelnut creamer), working with Anna Maria Horner fabrics, TOMS shoes on my feet and a bike ride on my townie to the park with my kiddos that I nanny, sunny and 80 degrees, getting a nice tan line, an iced caramel macchiato, a lunch date with my husband at our favorite restaurant in town (Sugah's cafe), a good afternoon's worth of sewing, Priscilla Ahn or Fleet Foxes playing in the background, new fabric coming in the mail, fresh flowers on the kitchen table, a good phone date with a friend from Texas, cooking a meal for my hubby and not being rushed to eat it and him volunteering to do the dishes, an episode or two of Law & Order SVU, sleep. Perfection.

And I have to ask: chocolate or vanilla?
Both in a swirl from Jason's deli. Jackpot.


What We're Giving Away: a single-rosette headband in the color of your choice (like this one).

How to Enter: Do one or all of the following three things (for up to three chances to win):
                        1) Comment on this blog post, including your e-mail address.
                        2) Tweet or blog about this giveaway and leave a comment telling me you did.
                        3) Send me an e-mail for Love 365 and mention you want an extra entry to the giveaway.
                            You don't have to leave an extra comment-- I'll assign your e-mail a number.

This giveaway will end at 11:59 P.M. EST on Sunday, April 18th. The winner will be drawn at random and announced on Monday, April 19th.


Zmaga said...

Yay, a giveaway! I hardly ever enter these, but if you don't enter, you can't win, right?
Here's my e-mail:
I sent you a Love 365 submission recently, does that one count as an entry?

Allison said...

Gig 'em, Aggies! College Station, Texas says "howdy" :)

Jenny said...

Not sure if this giveaway is open to the UK, but if it is here's my entry! I love reading your blog btw, it's very inspiring :]


Jenny said...

I've also Tweeted about it - I'm Jennyfer__x on Twitter :]


Sharon said...

I'm a big owl and TOMS shoes lover too! What a great giveaway!

sharonmyep (at) gmail (dot) com

marzipan said...

ooooh, i LOVE a good etsy giveaway. really super wonderfully exciting.

marzipan said...

AND i tweeted about it, @mmarzipan. xoxo.

Amariz said...

Yay, another giveaway. Maybe this time I will win. The address is

Cara said...

enter meee! i love oh sweet joy's headbands. xoxox

Cara said...

also sent you a love 365 email!


Whitney said...

Yay! I love her shop!

Heather at All A Flutter said...

love, love, love this shop and would love to win one of her sweet headbands. my email is heatherhamiltonaz at

Leah Felicity said...

What adorable goodies! My email is leahfelicity at gmail dot com! XD

Kelly said...

Eee everything is so cute!

proficiscamur (at) gmail (dot) com

Nina (Femme Rationale) said...

the pieces are gorgeous! i love the headbands.

Ashley Allen said...

Love this stuff!

K. Davis said...

I am a fan of "Oh Sweet Joy"... what a great giveaway!

Bec said...

Oh they're gorgeous my email is - will email you for love 365 too i've been awol the last few.
And for when I win i'd like the black headband please ;)

elnajay said...

What a beautiful giveaway! :) Thanks for introducing me to this lovely shop.

Also, keep meaning to drop you a note to say how much I enjoy reading your blog...I'll submit something for the Love 365 project at some point, I hope.

elnajay at gmail dot com
Adventures in Refashioning

Steph! said...

what an amazing give away! Such cute stuff:) Not sure if this is for Canada but heres my entry!, love your blog!!

Sandy a la Mode said...

Awww what a beautiful giveaway! I love Oh, Sweet Joy's items!


Sandy a la Mode said...

I tweeted about this giveaway!! Thanks!


Annie said...

wow, i love all those headbands.

tricityty said...

Beautiful headbands!! My daughter would love one!

joolee said...

Awesome headbands...the trick would be choosing just ONE!!

ricebabies said...

So pretty, came from her blog. I am also a native Texan.

Erin said...

First of all, I love Kim. 2nd of all, I love her cute sweet joys. 3rd of all, I hope I get picked.

Samantha said...

Yay! I love Kim's stuff!

samantha.newton (at) uky. edu

Laura said...

I'd love to win! my e-mail is Thanks!


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