Thursday, July 22, 2010

Focus Feature and Giveaway: youaremysunshine

Welcome to another Focus Feature and Giveaway Thursday! First, let’s congratulate our winner of the MissPrettyPerfect handbag giveaway! Using, the giveaway winner is #7, LaughingFridge! Congrats and I’ll put you in touch to collect your prize!

This week will be dedicated to the lovely and talented Nina and her Etsy shop chock full of items featuring fabric flowers! Check them out at! Nina will be giving away a $20.00 gift certificate for you to spend in her Etsy shop, so start looking for your favorites!!

Here’s what Nina had to say:

What’s your favorite item from your shop and what makes it your favorite?
I love this necklace because of its sunshine colors. It always makes me smile. I think it epitomizes my shop.

How did you get into your line of crafting?

I have always created something since I was very young. Jewelry making I started about 7 years ago as a hobby and a stress reliever from a demanding sales job.

Do you belong to any groups on Etsy?

Yes, I belong to my local group, North Florida Craft Revolution, Busy Moms of Etsy and Boosting Etsy Shops Team.

If you had one super power what would it be?

Understanding children. especially a teenager. I have a 13 year old and it seems my husband and I both need super powers to understand him.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Tobleron, gummy bears, potato chips, whipped cream.

What’s your favorite thing about summer?

The beach. We live very close to the beach here in Florida and we take the kids at least once a week.

Do you have a personal favorite Etsy shop that you would like to share with readers?

I have many many favorite shops! Just about any beads supplies shop is my favorite. I also love the purse shops, the graphics shops, the stamps shops, the vintage shops.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you take with you?

I would take my husband and my 2 sons. It would be very hard to live without them.

From my own personal crafting I’ve been through frustrating moments with new projects. What have you learned from your own crafting frustrations?

I see many Etsy shops that are very successful, far more than my shop. I get very tempted to lower my prices, my shipping, etc. I think I should create less expensive items. I have learned that crafting for me is primarily a creative process, not a business process. If I am not creating what I love, I am not happy with my business.

What advice would you give to new Etsy sellers?

Take good pictures. Join a team. Read the forums.

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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 Nina’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 Nina’s Blog. (1 entry)

Tweet about this giveaway and post the link here. (1 entry)

Make a purchase from Nina’s Etsy shop 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 Wednesday, July 28 at midnight (Eastern Standard Time). Winner will be contacted Thursday morning and prize details will be arranged with Nina. GOOD LUCK!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tuesday's Top 10: RED!

It's been a while, but now that I'm moved and starting to get settled it's time to get back to my daily features! This week's Tuesday's Top 10 is bringing you RED in honor of Etsy Christmas in July!

Personally, I am offering 20% off all button bracelets in my Etsy shop ( until July 25th! Get your Christmas shopping started early with great deals from fellow teammates of mine from the CAPSteam too! You can find links to sales and PRIZES too by checking us out here:

And as always, be sure to check out these 10 featured Etsy artists to see more of their great work!

Monday, July 19, 2010

BESTeam weekly feature: Waterwaif

For those of you that are familiar with my blog, I'm sure you remember the focus feature and giveaway that I did not too long ago on Waterwaif. She had more entries for the giveaway than any other giveaway I've done! And for good reason: She was giving away her gorgeous jewelry creations!

Now I'd like to introduce her to you as a part of the BESTeam. And I've got good news... She's been busy bringing you new pieces to drool over!!

The green in these earrings is one of my favorite colors, so deep and vivid!

I'll be going up north next weekend for a 2 mile open water swim, so I've had beach on the brain. These earrings are perfect to wear by the sea! (or lake I suppose!)

Be sure to visit Waterwaif's shop on Etsy at and read her blog for more features on Etsy artists and new creations at