Artists and thinkers coming together to promote fine crafts, innovation, and honest sustainability.

The best and brightest artists and thinkers coming together to promote fine crafts, original thought, and honest sustainability.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

All Star Artist's Week - DISCOUNT and GIVEAWAY: Fifi du Vie



Name: Izabella Dennis

Business: Fifi du Vie

Web: http://fifiduvie.etsy.com






What do you love about your work? 
I love that I can add a little happiness to a person’s home and give them an image or frame to inspire them on a daily basis.

What’s the best gift you have ever been given? 
My father got a kitten for the family one Christmas. She is just about the sweetest, softest gift imaginable! She spent that Christmas day climbing up the tree and getting quite lost.

What do you do to make your customers feel special? 
I try to add little gifts, handwritten notes and coupons with my orders to let my customers know how important they are to me!






 What are you working on to make your work stand out this holiday season?  
Secret sales, coupons with orders, quick and excellent customer service as well as holiday tips, gift guides and DIYs via my twitter (@fifiduvie).

What do you want people to know about you and/or your work? 
I love to make people happy! Adding joy and humor to people’s home in an affordable and accessible way is Fifi du Vie’s goal. Each print and pillow cover that I make is truly a unique one of a kind piece that is signed and numbered just for you. I am also always open to custom color and design; it never hurts to ask!

*Bonus Question*: What’s your favorite thing about the holidays? The smells of food, cinnamon, trees, cold air and warm fires.

Discount Offered: 20% off (excludes shipping)

Discount Code: 20GWZR


Giveaway Item(s): “Oh Darling, Let’s Be Adventurers” Print in Black (
http://www.etsy.com/listing/62602691/oh-darling-lets-be-adventurers)



Saturday, December 4, 2010

All Star Artist's Week - DISCOUNT and GIVEAWAY: Yolki


Today's post is delightfully special. Yolki Home Decor's Gem Bird is just getting started on Etsy, and is off and running with a sweet and feminine line of lovely accessories for the home. Her work is impressively cohesive and has a delightful blend of easy sophistication and playful craftiness. 

Please....show your support for a new kid who is sure to make her name on Etsy in no time!

-illana

Name: Gem Bird
 
Business: Yolki Home Decor
 
Web: www.yolki.etsy.com


 







What do you love about your work?
 
 
I love being able to offer people the opportunity to make their homes as individual as they are. Our homes are the one place we can be completely ourselves without outside influence; naturely, its the place we feel at our most comfortable and the place we're most likely to fill with our history and personal style. Being able to design and create items that I know people have chosen to include in these very personal spaces is amazing to me; I couldn't ever make anything that I wouldn't love to have in my own 'ideal' home so the fact that my products are going towards making someone else's home complete is so satisfying for me.
 
What's the best gift you've ever been given?
 
Ooh, this is a hard one; 27 years equates to a lot of wonderful gifts! On a life affirming level I'd have to say my son was the best gift I could ever have hoped for; and without him I doubt I would ever have had the courage or opportunity to turn my dream into reality (hence the name 'Yolki'; this is my son's nickname as he was just a small yolk of a thing when I first saw him!). On a less twee note I'd have to say that my best gift is the beautiful cake stand a close friend recently presented me with; it doesn't sound like a particularly significant gift I know, but it's the first step in my aim to become a domestic goddess!


 
What do you do to make your customers feel special?

 
As I've mentioned, I hope that my customers choose to shop with Yolki because they find some personal connection with the pieces I create. My ideal design is one that is created with a specific individual and scheme in mind and I would always encourage customers to approach me with their personal preferences; I'm continously updating my stock of vintage fabric and I'd love to match the patterns and prints I've chosen to the person who would appreciate them the most. I'm also very excited to be working on an exclusive special gift for my customers but the design is still in progress so I won't say too much yet!
    

What are you working on to make your work stand out this holiday season?
 
Currently, I'm working on some more designs inspired by a vintage book of stunning 1950's Norwegian patterns I came across; I like to work with silhouettes, outlines and statement motifs and I adore the bold simplicity of the Norwegian style. I'm also working on a range of customizable items with a slightly secretive twist... 
 
What do you want people to know about you / your work?
 
I think the most important thing I'd like to convey about my work is that it has no boundries or constraints; I have a fleeting imagination and I can't help being intrigued by new techniques and experimenting with different materials, styles and techniques. I'm happy to admit that my preference is towards the more eclectic side of home decor; I don't think that we can ever pigeon-hole ourselves into one particular interior 'style' as we have so much history to convey in our choices of home accessories. I design, create and source items that mean something to me; and I hope that they will also mean something to my customers.
 
 
What's your favorite thing about the holidays?
 
I'm afraid that I'm a typical Brit when it comes to Winter and I do love to complain about the weather... but in truth this is actually the most endearing time of the year for me as far as the 'great outdoors' goes. Waking up and stepping outside into a frosty morning with the sun shining is one of the most beautiful things I've ever encountered; everything appears so sharp and clear against it's frosted background and its that stark contrast which makes you appreciate all of the little wonders of nature that get lost in the haze of Summer.






Discount offered: 20% discount (excluding shipping)

Discount code: 29112010

Giveaway Item: Birdcage Cushion / Pillow (the one on the photo) - http://www.etsy.com/listing/61436257/reserved-for-zip-and-ruth

To win the Giveaway: Head over to Gem's  Etsy shop. Come back and tell us (in the comments section) which one of her amazing items would make a great gift for someone in your life, and why. Make it good, we judge on how fab your story is!


Giveaway and discount expire:  12.11.2010




Friday, December 3, 2010

All Star Artist's Week - DISCOUNT and GIVEAWAY: Yorktown Road




There is really nothing out there like Yorktown Road. Her colors and textures are so incredibly rich and unique, I wish my whole wardrobe was made from them! I totally adore how her line is completely organic in feel and completely constructed with the utmost care for symmetry and craftsmanship at the same time.


I am thrilled to have Carol back this week, and I hope you are too!


- illana
Name: carol gilbert


Business: yorktown road


Web: http://www.yorktownroad.com


http://www.etsy.com/shop/yorktownroad

What do you love about your work?
 I love that the pieces look interesting and beautiful but are completely usable and wearable. They really cross that line between formal and informal.

What’s the best gift you have ever been given?
My children always bring me pieces of art they make or items they find in nature. They often tell me they knew I would like their gift because of its color or it has a lot of texture like the things I make. The thought they put into their offerings is what I find so special. I keep many of their pieces on my inspiration board.

What do you do to make your customers feel special? 
Whenever possible, I like to wrap each piece beautifully with a textured card. There is nothing more fun than receiving a lovely package to open!

What are you working on to make your work stand out this holiday season? 
Some smaller pieces such as textured cards, sachets and some really fun multi-colored hand dyed pieces. I want to offer a variety of pieces that are smaller and affordable for those who want to give a special gift without breaking the bank.

What do you want people to know about you and/or your work? 
I put a lot of care into each piece I make, from start to finish. I truly work to make each item special and hope that shows through. Every day I feel so fortunate to do work that I enjoy.

*Bonus Question*: What’s your favorite thing about the holidays? 
I love watching the traditions that develop within our little family. My kids love to decorate packages by drawing pictures and using color and glitter. The laughter every time we bring out the hand-crafted stuffed “Santa and Mrs. Claus” that I won in an auction. Making cookies and goodies with my kids. The bowl full of nuts that my daughter Audrey sits at constantly with a nutcracker… and the shells that she leaves all over the floor. The annual breaking of one of my vintage ornaments. The traditional fire I start in the oven with a tea towel. Simply spending time with my husband and children.


Discount Offered: 20% off in her Etsy Shop (good til 12/10/10)

Discount Code: zip20

Giveaway Item(s): Carol is offering 2 amazing items to 2 amazing winners (one item to each)!

Prize A: 2 textured pillows in the color and texture of choice (pick any two pillows on Carol's Etsy site)


Prize B: x-pleat zip with strap in the color of your choice:

To win the Giveaway: Head over to Carol's  Etsy shop. Come back and tell us (in the comments section) which one of her amazing items would make a great gift for someone in your life, and why. Make it good, we judge on how fab your story is! 

Giveaway and Discount Ends: 12/10/10

Thursday, December 2, 2010

All Star Artist's Week - DISCOUNT and GIVEAWAY: Dodeline Design



Name:  Sarah Early

Business:  Dodeline Design

Web:  http://www.stationerybydodeline.com
http://www.etsy.com/shop/dodelinedesign



What do you love about your work?  I love the ability to be creative.  I have always been the kind of person who has a million ideas and projects going on, and working for myself as a stationery designer gives me that flexibility to always be trying new things.

What’s the best gift you have ever been given?  A trip to Paris.  Need I say more?

What do you do to make your customers feel special?  I always reach out to say thank you and include notes with my customers’ purchases.  I’m a very friendly and warm person, so I sincerely hope that comes through to my customers.  I also ship same day or next day so they don’t have to wait too long!

What are you working on to make your work stand out this holiday season (feel free to add pics of new items here)? 

I have released my first calendar design this year.  Last year at this time I was an Etsy newbie and floundering to figure out this crazy community, so this year I’m much better prepared J  I have come out with personalized gift sets and lots of what I hope are unique designs for holiday card giving.

What do you want people to know about you and/or your work?

I want people to know how passionate I am about what I do, and that I am so thankful everyday that I get to do what I love to do and that other people appreciate it.  I put a little piece of myself into everything I do, so when I hand it off to a customer, I’m hopeful that we are building a long-term relationship together.  For that reason, I love to do custom pieces or quantities.

*Bonus Question*: What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?

Christmas morning.  I’m a real little kid about it.  My dad seriously got up and made a fire and set the video camera up at 7AM every Christmas until I was 22, and would wake me up and say “Sarah, Santa came.”  I’m now moved out and starting my own Christmas morning traditions with my high school sweetheart.  It’s just the happiest most magical morning of the year, not because of the presents, but because we’re all there [and behaving] and it’s just special.  And yes, I’m a total sap for the holidays.

Discount Offered: 15% for Z&R readers (in her Etsy Shop)

Discount Code: ZIPANDRUTH

Giveaway Item(s): 4 pack of Arabesque Notecards (like these >>>>>>>>)


To win the Giveaway: Head over to Sarah's Etsy shop. Come back and tell us (in the comments section) which one of her photographs would make a great gift for someone in your life, and why. Make it good, we judge on how fab your story is. We are looking to lift spirits people...bring on the happy holiday-ness!


Giveaway and discount end: 12/9/10

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

All Star Artist's Week - DISCOUNT and GIVEAWAY: Carrie Bilbo Jewelry


I am a sucker for things made out of metal, and I am a sucker for amazing handmade jewelry. So...  I am a BIG sucker for Carrie Bilbo's work. In short, it rocks a LOT, and apparently, you all thought so to because her feature last year was a huge hit.

It is my great pleasure to present Ms. Carrie Bilbo and her amazing designs.
-illana

Name: Carrie Bilbo
Business: Carrie Bilbo Art Jewelry

What do you love about your work?
I love that my work is not just a piece of cheap jewelry or accessory. It is a handmade piece of art work,  a wearable sculpture that is made completely by me, the artist. I also love the feeling and joy I get from making a new piece that I think is really great or sometimes even the sense of accomplishment I get. Once and a while when I do a really difficult technique or piece of work and it is finished, I am honestly impressed with myself. That feeling is one of the feelings that keeps me going, because owning my own business can get pretty hard, stressful, and lonely at times.

What’s the best gift you have ever been given?
Although I am very thankful for all of the jewelry tools that have been given to me as gifts over the past few years, I can't really think of any gift off the top of my head that could be given quite the title of "best gift ever".  So instead I will name a memorable christmas/ christmas gift. One Christmas maybe when I was maybe 6 or so, my two best friends and I really wanted these Magic Nursery Triplet dolls for Christmas. They just seemed like the coolest things in the world from the commercials. Then Christmas came and of course I got them. Then my family and I went over my two best friends' house for Christmas dinner and I show up at the door with my triplets, in their little carrier, around my waist (like a fanny pack). I come in to the house and both my friends got them too and had the carriers around their waists as well. We wore them all of Christmas day and probably for the next month straight. It must have been a pretty funny sight to see, but I remember those little triplet dolls being the coolest things ever. My two best friends and I still talk about them and that Christmas.

What do you do to make your customers feel special?
I would say one thing I do is communication. I send emails thanking them for their order and double checking sizes and such. I get a lot of questions and special requests too,  so I think having that open line of communication between the buyer and seller makes it a more personal experience and that they are buying from an artist and not a machine. I do a lot of custom work as well, so when I do that I am always communicating back and forth very thoroughly so the customer gets exactly what they are looking for.

What are you working on to make your work stand out this holiday season (feel free to add pics of new items here)?
Idk about stand out, but I have been and will continue to add a lot of new items, mostly from my new collection, "The Twentyten Collection." Then I will be running some sales here and there on pieces up until Christmas as well.

What do you want people to know about you and/or your work?
That it is real, and will last forever. I feel most of my work is very timeless in design as it is, but also it is a very well crafted piece of art and will last. Every step of the process of my jewelry is me; From the design of the piece, to the design of my logo, to the making of the piece, to the sales, packaging, and shipping of the piece. When you buy one of my pieces of jewelry you are buying from the artist and are buying a well crafted piece of art. This is not a big company to where the design is stolen from an artist, then changed 11%, sent off to China, sent back to the US, and then sold at a 500% markup. My work is art and it is real,  it will last forever.

*Bonus Question*: What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?
I guess that is brings people together. Going home, back to Cincinnati, and getting to see my family and friends. Also making cookies and delicious sweet items ( I have a huge sweet tooth), and then stuffing your face with them for a few days with no judgement. lol…





Discount Offered: 20% off
(Valid until 11/8/10)
Discount Code: tosenasplendida (good in her Etsy shop)
Giveaway Item(s): Bark Ring (like the one to your right... worth $200!)

To win the Giveaway: Head over to Carrie's Etsy shop. Come back and tell us (in the comments section) which one of her photographs would make a great gift for someone in your life, and why. Make it good, we judge on how fab your story is. We are looking to lift spirits people...bring on the happy holiday-ness!


Giveaway and Discount Ends: 12/8/10



Tuesday, November 30, 2010

All Star Artist's Week - DISCOUNT and GIVEAWAY: Scabby Robot!



Jill is awesome. Her work is original, natural, comfortable, and totally modern. I am SO excited to have Jill back for All-Star week, as she is officially the biggest feature of last year. 

So, back by WAY popular demand, I am super excited to present Scabby Robot!
- illana


Name: Jill Harrell


Business: Scabby Robot -Leather Bags and Accessories


http://scabbyrobot.com
http://scabbyrobot.etsy.com

What do I love about my work?
I love leather. I love the feel of it, the smell of it, the sheen of it. It's tricky to work with. Like an ink drawing on paper, stitch lines on leather are permanent - I even like that aspect of it!

Best gift I've ever been given, that's a tough one. 
Maybe the manicure kit I was given as a 10 year old kid... I still use it regularly. Or surprise gifts... I LOve surprises. A friend showed up to hang out one night - and brought me my favorite as a surprise treat- a coconut filled with jello. That was PRETTY great.

To make my customers feel special, I try to share my enthusiasm. I'll include a note in an order or maybe throw in a little extra treat if I think that customer will get a kick out of a new idea I'm testing. When I'm feeling inspired I like to share with friends and customers in the occasional newsletter or facebook post. I feel enthusiasm is contagious and who doesn't want an enthusiastic little punch in the face sometimes.

To make my work stand out this season, I'm focusing on one of a kind items. Over the years I've collected lots and lots of leathers - some I have just small bits of, and others larger pieces. These remnants are not enough to create a whole line, but are so special as one-off pieces. I think they'll be great as holiday gifts! Here's a special piece with neato tannery marking: http://www.etsy.com/listing/59019522/clay-small-raw-leather-clutch

What do I want people to know about my work? I want folks to know that I design every piece myself and that I make every piece myself. All my sewing is done on vintage Singer machines - and I love my machines.

My favorite thing about the holidays? Eggnog- Love the stuff.


Discount: 25% off your ENTIRE ORDER!

Discount Code: ZNR25
Good until 11/7/2010

Giveaway Item(s): Leather billfold of your choice (like this one): http://www.etsy.com/transaction/35608433

To win the Giveaway: Head over to Jill's  Etsy shop. Come back and tell us (in the comments section) which one of her amazing bags would make a great gift for someone in your life, and why. Make it good, we judge on how fab your story is! 

Giveaway and Discount Ends: 12/7/10

Monday, November 29, 2010

All Star Artist's Week - DISCOUNT and GIVEAWAY: I Brake for Bokeh Photography




I like photography. I adore black and white photography, but I passionately love Tracey's photography. 

Tracey's work is subtle yet dramatic, complicated yet understated, emotional yet unpretentious. 
It's so rare to find an artist that creates work that has an extremely accessible and broad appeal, without seeming boring or stale. 

It is my privelage to once again present Tracey of 'I Brake for Bokeh Photography'. Make sure you read all the way to the end...Tracey's prize and discount rocks!                            -illana


Name: Tracey / Raceytay


Business: I Brake for Bokeh Photography


Web: http://www.raceytay.etsy.com

What do you love about your work?
I love that it touches people. I love that it takes me away.  I lose all track of time when I am working on an image, when I am photographing something. Nothing else exists.  And I love to create.  I've done many things that fall into the category of 'creative' over my lifetime but none has felt just right until now. I love every aspect of what I do.  I love cleaning my lenses. I love driving out to the forest.  I love picking up test prints, waiting to see how they look, if they're Just Right.  And I love hearing from my customers just how much they love their prints.  It is so fulfilling.

What’s the best gift you have ever been given?
My canon 70-200mm f/4.0 travel mug. It was a gift from my best friend for my birthday this year and I treasure it.  It's the perfect Photographer Gift.

What do you do to make your customers feel special?
I treat them as I would like to be treated. I communicate with them professionally and promptly and I let them know they're valued and appreciated. I've also been known to include little extras when I ship. I know they feel it; I get a lot of repeat business. :)

What are you working on to make your work stand out this holiday season (feel free to add pics of new items here)?
I have been told by my customers and fans that my work does stand out. That it is evocative and  makes them feel something, often deeply. I work to create that in everything I do, during all seasons.  For those photos specific to this holiday I hope to evoke that feeling of joy when you see your first snow fall, or that sense of quiet and peace when you find yourself out walking alone and you can hear the snow crunch under your feet. A sense of magic, delight. Fun!





What do you want people to know about you and/or your work?
I want them to know how much I appreciate their attention and their kind words.  I get emails daily about how beautiful they find my photos, about how the things I make touch them, remind them of things and people. That is so special to me. It means so much.  It's truly amazing how a short note from someone who has been affected by one of my photographs can change the course of my day, make me smile, make me feel like what I do matters. It's humbling and awe inspiring and it is what keeps me going.

*Bonus Question*: What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?
Family. I'm a loner by nature, very introverted, but the feeling of belonging and family this time of year transcends my need to be alone. Being among friends and hearing the sounds I grew up with, smelling the smells - it's truly magical.






Discount: 25% off individual photographs! 
(applies to prints over 14x14 {because Tracey is running a BOGO sale on 12x12's and 14x14's} but only to the prints, not sets, not cards, not calendars, etc..., feel free to email if you have questions) 

Discount Code: ZIPRUTH25
Good until 11/6/2010
NOTE: Please do not enter this into the Etsy coupon code field. Instead, Raceytay requests that you enter it in the 'message to seller' field. She will refund the discount difference to you immediately. We apologize for any inconvenience, but unfortunately, this is the only way a shop can run multiple discounts at once (she is running a BOGO sale at the same time). Thanks!

Giveaway Item(s): Four 12x12 photographs of the winner's choice + Shipping


To win the Giveaway: Head over to Tracey's Etsy shop. Come back and tell us (in the comments section) which one of her photographs would make a great gift for someone in your life, and why. Make it good, we judge on how fab your story is! 

Giveaway and Discount Ends: 12/6/10

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

BIG, FR*EE, AND AWESOME!!!!

It has been a lovely break, thanks for asking! I am almost back in the saddle, and am here to tease, titillate, and totally try to get you all excited about next week. As many of you know, Monday is the biggest online shopping day of the year. To celebrate, I will be having an AWESOME event called.....

ALL-STAR GIVEAWAY WEEK!

Yes, that's right, I am bringing back all of the BIGGEST artists that I featured last year (and a couple really stunning new ones) for a super amazing week-long event next week.

Here's the deal:

Each day next week, a new artist will be featured. For the seven days following that person's feature, my lovely readers can enter to win that artist's KILLER giveaway, AND can shop to their heart's content in the artist's Etsy shop, because they will be offering HUGE discounts to ZIP & RUTH readers too!

So, READ Z&R NEXT WEEK!!!! It will be SOooooooo worth it, I promise!

Here are a few photos of the work of some of the participating artists:









Friday, October 15, 2010

Taking a break...

Hello lovely readers! Just a quick note to let everyone know that I will be taking a bit of a break for a few weeks. I promise to be back before Thanksgiving (mid-November), and have a KILLER giveaway week planned for the week after Thanksgiving. So please, stay tuned and I will return soon!

-illana

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Weekly Featured Artist & GIVEAWAY: Inleaf Design (Lotta Helleberg)


I am a huge fan of art that reflects nature. The natural landscape provides so much to work with; there are times when I feel like I am letting down Mother Earth if I don't look for daily inspiration in the world around me. This week's artist, Inleaf Design, not only looks to nature for inspiration, but also for materials. She uses amazing flora as part of her process and the result is modern, elegant, and amazingly classic. From housewares to tote bags, her work is understated and sophisticated. 

Enjoy!

-illana
Your Name: Lotta Helleberg

Your business name: Inleaf

www.inleafdesign.com
www.inleaf.blogspot.com
www.etsy.com/shop/lottahelleberg
www.inleaf.bigcartel.com
Email: info@inleafdesign.com

The Basics:
My love for fabric and sewing started during my childhood. I grew up in Sweden and my grandmother was an amazing homemaker, keeping her house beautiful and fresh with little resources. My mother is a masterful seamstress, who always made my sisters’ and my clothes, when we were young. These artistic women passed on their love of handcraft, and textiles to me. I too, sewed my own clothes as a teenager and young adult. I think I truly won my husbands heart over when I made him a button down dress shirt when we were still dating. Along came a career (in journalism and graphic design), move to the US, houses, gardens, and two wonderful children.

Sewing was put on hold for a long time, until I stumbled upon an article about leaf printing, a technique in which leaves and other plant materials are coated with paint and pressed onto fabric. This later led me to experiments with other types of printing, dyeing, and stitching. For the past seven years I have created my own collection of handcrafted housewares, while exploring more artistic work such as art quilts and textile collages. I work primarily with linen, new and vintage. I reuse, upcycle, and use organic whenever possible. Leaf printing is still my main focus, and I incorporate these prints into my art quilts and other objects. I also love to include fabric manipulations, such as folds and tucks, in my work. Lately I have experimented with eco dyes and prints with wonderful results.

So I am constantly learning and growing while enjoying my life here in Charlottesville, Virginia. A rich life filled with beauty, love, teenage boys, gardening, and rambunctious dogs.

1. What five words best describe you?
Compassionate, shy, loving, honest, open-minded

2. What five words best describe your work?
Simple, elegant, natural, subtle, tactile

3. What was the very first art form you fell in love with, and, do you still do it?
It was textiles and sewing, but at the time I did not realize that it was an artform. I made doll clothes as a child, knitted, sew, and embellished my wardrobe as a teenager. Despite taking a long break from fiber creations while my children were young I have always loved the medium, and I am grateful to be submerged in it again.

4. What was your very worst ‘real’ job?
I don’t think I ever had a truly bad job. I have done some not so exciting things, like picking potatoes, cleaning the women’s ward at a local hospital, and stocking shelves at a grocery store, but all of these jobs still added something good to my life experience.

5. Is artwork your full-time life? Or, if not, are you planning to make it that way? If so, what’s your favorite part about being a full-time creative?
Yes, I work with my art full time and I cherish every minute of it. I love the creative process, as well as more mundane tasks, such as production sewing, and packaging orders. As with any endeavor I wish I had more time, because even a creative job becomes less fun with stressful deadlines.

6. What do you think is the single most important thing you could tell an artist just starting out?
Find your voice, and stay true to your style and ideas. I am always most attracted to art that is unique and individual. It also becomes easier to market yourself, if your work is a true reflection of who you are.

7. What is your favorite way to distribute our work (craft shows, online, galleries, etc…), and why?
I sell my work online and through a few local galleries. I have done some craft shows as well, but I am not very good at peddling my wares in person. I am too shy and wary about what people think…

8. What are your five favorite blogs and/or websites?
www.prophet-of-bloom.blogspot.com
India Flint is my heroine. She stays true to her art and gentle living.
www.periwinklebloom.blogspot.com
Tyler Stalling always have something beautiful and wise to share.
www.tinctory.blogspot.com
I love Eva’s small, but incredibly beautiful creations.
www.bookhou.com
Arounna and her husband John, have found the perfect way to combine art, life, and success.
www.mistymawn.typepad.com
My friend Misty’s blog is an amazing artwork in itself.

9. Favorite artist?
Susan Benarcik
http://www.susanbenarcik.com

10. Guilty pleasure?
Mystery novels and chocolate






~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~

Lotta has generously offered This beautiful notebook to one lucky winner!


TO ENTER:
- Go to Lotta's Shop. Find your very favorite item.
- After that, come on back and leave a comment below telling us what your favorite item was and why (the 'why' is the part we really look for when deciding on a winner... so be creative! Tell us how you would use it, why it appeals to you, what you find unique about it....that sort of thing).

You may enter only once (but keep reading for the loophole on that). The contest is open until 4pm Pacific time on the Monday following the original feature (so it's open for about six days). Winners will be posted on Tuesday morning, along with the new featured artist's piece. If you have any questions, please contact me, not the artist.

IMPORTANT: If you want to be contacted (if you are the winner), you need to leave your email address in your comment (I suggest spelling out the @(at) and the .(dot) to avoid spam from internet crawlers, or you may also leave your Etsy screen name, if applicable. If you don't leave either, you need to check back and contact me by the Friday following the contest ending to see of you won, and will need to email me (see Winner's Box in the upper right sidebar).

Bonus Entries- **You can earn an extra entry for each of the following: Follow my blog and/or follow me on Facebook. Both links are on the right-hand sidebar. Just make sure you note that you did these in a comment below!**

Please note: The winner is chosen by me and the featured artist based on your responses...so make 'em good! We make no claims that the selection is random:) It is between you and the featured artist to coordinate the getting of your loot. I make no personal guarantees about time-frame for delivery, value, or condition of the winning item.