Well here’s a crazy twist! This week I’ll be running a second Focus Feature and Giveaway!
Welcome to ConstantGalore, another great Etsy shop run by twin sister team Joy and Jamie. While each sister has her own individual shop (http://jamieribisi.etsy.com and
http://ribsmalone.etsy.com,) they have come together to create ConstantGalore and carry a variety of items! Please be aware though, some may consider their chocolates to be “offensive” in manner as they are ADULT ITEMS. Think crazy bachelorette party… :)
ConstantGalore will be giving away this one of a kind collage artwork card! I love the texture on this card, the cardstock itself and the stitching! http://www.etsy.com/listing/10757843/blog-giveaway-special-put-it-in-writing
Here’s what Joy and Jamie had to say:
What’s your favorite item from your shop and what makes it your favorite?
This mini art quilt was a lot of fun to make and reminds me of being a kid and birthday parties! Hand stitched and so much texture...it is really a fun piece.
Jamie: http://www.etsy.com/listing/8296092/blue-polka-dot-towel-set I love these embroidered towels that Joy made-- she has a few sets listed and they're fun to mix & match in the bathroom...plus they are very usable and brighten up a room at the same time.
How did you get into your line of crafting?
Joy: Well, I don't think that I have a "line" of crafting...I make so many different types of things. I guess I got into that because I can never pick just one thing that I like making the most! I love working with fabric, cooking, making jewelry, photography, and collecting vintage goods...so that's why we birthed Constant Galore - for a place to house all of our assorted crafts.
Jamie: I'm really more of an artist and have been for as long as I can remember. Joy & I were always making things with any materials that we could find. We love experimenting and trying whatever we can get our hands on. Constant Galore came out of :the other" stuff that we were making outside of our fine art.
Do you belong to any groups on Etsy?
Joy: Etsy Maine Team
Jamie: Etsy Maine Team and VAST (Visual Artists Street Team)
If you had one super power what would it be?
Joy: Jedi mind tricks.
Jamie: These are not the twins that you're looking for (waves hand)
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Joy: Watching Tough Love on VH1.
Jamie: Laying in bed with a cool breeze, watching tv, snuggling my doggy, and doing nothing.
If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
Joy: Our dog Sammy. He has it made. Belly rubs in the morning. Belly rubs in the afternoon. Belly rubs at night.
Jamie: I'd be Sammy, too! He must be in the nirvana stage of being because he leads a very charmed life.
Do you have a personal favorite Etsy shop that you would like to share with readers?
Joy: There are so many great shops on Etsy. I don't know if I can just pick one...but one of my favorites is a fellow Maine Teamer who has gorgeous jewelry:
Jamie: I really love Paintbox by artist Harry Stooshinoff http://www.etsy.com/shop/Paintbox I've purchased many paintings from his shop and have a nice little collection going :) I love the quick studies and his color palette.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you take with you?
Joy: My paddleball game, my toothbrush, and this magazine. And that's all that I need.
Jamie: Joy, what a jerk...but you'd also need that chair. :) I'd take my husband Brian, my doggy Sammy, and a Swiss Army knife-- I hear that they're helpful when stranded.
From my own personal crafting I’ve been through frustrating moments with new projects. What have you learned from your own crafting frustrations?
Joy: Keep on truckin'.
Jamie: I'm going through one right now! What I always recommend doing is dropping whatever you're working on and starting something else. Liberate yourself in some way and that will free your thoughts and ideas. When I paint, I like to work on a few pieces at once so that I don't feel tied to the idea of having to finish one in order to move on to another. Working on one thing at a time will put you in a box fast and you can't be creative that way. I also like to remind myself that not everything has to be great, they will be tons of duds and the good thing is that people don't live & die by my art work so no harm done!
What advice would you give to new Etsy sellers?
Joy: List often, join teams, heart lots of items, and most importantly: Take great photographs of your products!
Jamie: BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU DO! If you don't no one else will. Having confidence in yourself and your work will come across in so many ways. Also, have great photographs and show lots of angles.
Blog, twitter, facebook links:
http://www.SweetlandRetreat.com Sweetland Retreat: our Artist Retreat in Maine
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Anyone can post and accumulate up to 15 entries for the giveaway! Please be sure to include your email address so that you can be contacted if you win, and don’t forget to post each entry as a separate comment!
There is only one MANDATORY ENTRY, necessary to collect your email address for contact if you win:
Visit ConstantGalore’s Etsy shop and post your favorite item here. (1 entry)
Follow Clever’s Corner Blog and post to let me know you follow. (1 entry)
Tell me your guilty pleasure. (1 entry)
Follow ConstantGalore’s Blog. (1 entry)
Tweet about this giveaway and post the link here. (1 entry)
Make a purchase from ConstantGalore’s Etsy shop, OR either of the individual Etsy shops and post the transaction here. (5 entries)
Make a purchase from The Clever Crafter’s Etsy shop and post the transaction here. (5 entries)
The giveaway will end on Thursday, June 24 at midnight (Eastern Standard Time). Winner will be contacted Friday morning and prize details will be arranged with ConstantGalore. GOOD LUCK!!