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Handmade Crochet Bag Giveaway – Winner’s Choice

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I’m giving away ONE handmade crochet handbag – winner’s choice! #1 Watermelon – so cute for the summer! Measurements: sitting, 10 inches tall; 14.5 inches wide; bag body, 10 inches tall; flattened with handles, 12.5 inches tall. #2 Purple – measurements: sitting 8 inches (without handle included in measurement); bag body 10.5 inches tall; 13 inches wide; flattened with handles, 17 inches tall. Unfortunately, the close up picture shows the fabric as more red, but it’s more purple, as it is in the other photos. #3 Yellow – measurements: bag body, 11 inches tall; 16.5 inches wide; flattened with handles, 13 inches tall; sitting, 10.5 inches tall. All measurements are approximate.

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Giveaway is open to the United States and Canada due to postage costs. Giveaway will end June 8, 2014, at 11:59 pm, Eastern US time.

Please note: No purchase is necessary to enter the giveaway. Must be 18+ to enter. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. The dollar value of giveaway item is between $20 to $30, depending upon winner’s choice. Rafflecopter will choose the winner by random. The winner has four days to email me at screamingsardine ~at~ yahoo ~dot~ com to claim the prize. If the four days has passed, and I haven’t heard from the winner, I will randomly choose a different winner.

I also sell my rag crochet purses in my Etsy shop.

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May 31st, 2014 at 11:01 pm

Giani Granite Counter Top Kit Giveaway

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I first came across Giani Granite through a giveaway at Stay at Home Nation two or three months ago. I was amazed at the results, especially since I LOVE textures. So I contacted Giani, and they were more than happy to send me a kit to review and to giveaway.

Tomorrow, I’ll be unveiling a glass bottle art project I did using Giani, and the following weekend, I’ll show you my new faux granite dining room table top. Due to Giani’s best results being applied in a room that’s 72 degrees, I’ll be waiting until the weather warms up to do my kitchen counters. I’ll share it on my blog once I’ve completed it.

To enter to receive a full sized Giani countertop kit in your choice of available colors – there are six colors in all – leave a comment on this post. That’s all you need to do. :)

Giveaway is open to the 48 contiguous states only and will end January 28, 2012, 11:59 pm Central US time.

Please note: No purchase is necessary to enter the giveaway. Must be 18+ to enter. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. The dollar value of giveaway item is $69.95. I will choose the winner randomly and will notify her/him. S/he has four days to respond to my notification; if s/he doesn’t respond, I will randomly choose a different winner. Please note this blog, Screaming Sardine, and the author, is not responsible for the giveaway item, including, but not limited to, the quality, the safety, and the delivery of the item(s).

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January 21st, 2012 at 4:00 pm

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Bette from Gems, Crystals, and Wire Artisan Interview & Giveaway!

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Today’s artisan interview is with Bette of Gems Crystals And Wire ArtFire shop, a shop filled with beautiful OOAK (one of a kind) wire jewelry! Being an organ donor recipient, Bette also creates a special line of Organ Donor Awareness jewelry that is truly touching.


[Photo above: Ammonite Bracelet]

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
Mainly wire wrapped or chain maille items. My love is one of a kind custom items.

How long have you had an interest in making jewelry?
Many years.

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?
My Mother got me started when I was about 5 years old. Our household was a “handmade” gifts household. Being 5 kids we made all our gifts to each other. Mine began with buying the settings and then cabs and cementing them in. I’d look at catalogs for hours deciding what I wanted to make next. From there, I started seed beading via books and expanded to wire wrapping. I took a few classes over the years to be around others “like me” and for friendship.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
Mainly Argentium silver and gold fill wire. I have been experimenting with the richness of copper lately though.
[Photo on left: Stunning Rose Gold Fill Sculpted Swarovski Heart]

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
Polymer Clay has always fascinated me.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spare time? Hmm what’s that :) Actually if I have a few moments I love to read or look for inspiration for new designs.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
Is there any one design that means more to you? Yes, my Organ Donor Awareness jewelry. Being a 20 year recipient there is not much for us to wear to show how much our organ donors and their families mean to us. So I designed and created a line of jewelry just for us. I do make the items in other awareness colors too ,but it got started as a way for me to thank my donor families and honor the ones they lost.
[Photo above: The Susie Pendant in honor of Bette's organ donor]

Please include ten fun facts about yourself. (Example, I like black jelly beans; I love “24;” etc).
I have 3 furry, wet nosed, 4-legged boys, I sorely miss 24, find peace and comfort in rainbows, sunsets, and watching nature, helping others through the stress of waiting for an organ transplant.

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
Gems Crystals And Wire website
Gems Crystals And Wire ArtFire shop
Gems Crystals And Wire on Facebook
Gems Crystals And Wire on Youtube
Gems Crystals And Wire supply store
Wired Gems Bette on Twitter
Elegease Jewelry
Surviving an Organ Transplant
Gems Crystals And Wire on Store Envy

Giveaway
Bette is giving away a $15 gift certificate to Bette’s Gems Crystals and Wire ArtFire shop. To enter the giveaway, be a follower of Elegease Jewelry. For extra entries, blog, tweet, or mention on your facebook page about this giveaway. Giveaway is open worldwide and runs from now until January 9th at 11:59 pm Central US time. You can put all your entries in one comment or in multiple comments as you do them.

Please note: No purchase is necessary to enter the giveaway. Must be 18+ to enter. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. The dollar value of giveaway item is $15. I will choose the winner randomly and will notify her/him. S/he has four days to respond to my notification; if s/he doesn’t respond, I will randomly choose a different winner. Please note Screaming Sardine is not responsible for the giveaway item, including, but not limited to, the quality, the safety, and the delivery of the item(s).


[Photo above: Puttin On The Ritz Swarovski Crystal & Gold fill wire earrings]

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January 2nd, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Vemo Ho from Lamazonian Artisan Interview & Giveaway

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Today’s interview is with Vemo Ho from Lamazonian Etsy Shop, a shop full of very beautiful original gemstone jewelry & handcut cabochons!


[Photo above: Sterling silver red agate oval necklace]

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
Earrings, necklaces, rings, pendants, and cufflinks that are made of sterling silver / copper and natural gemstones beads or handcut cabochons. There is also a small selection of cabochons handcut by me.

How long have you had an interest in jewelry making?
Since 2005. My parents always encouraged me to do thing creatively when I was younger, and enrolled me and my sisters in choir group, painting and dancing classes, piano lessons etc., but it never crossed my mind on making jewelry until I made my first pair of earrings.

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?
It all started with a pair of earrings and a lot of frustration. I made my first pair of earrings out of the blue. I then gave them away to my sister because she said she liked them too. The day she went home, she emailed me and said “The earrings that you made, I already got compliments about them from two guys on the same day!” That gave me a shot of encouragement to continue with crafting. I thought I might take a class or two to learn more, but at that time I couldn’t even afford for a wirewrapping class offered by a local beading supplier. I got frustrated and determined I wasn’t going to let money get in the way, so I went to the library and found a book on wire jewelry to learn on my own.
I eventually took up a 10-week course and learned about the basics in jewelry soldering. To this day I still have to read a lot and do online research to expand my techniques and skill sets, and to look for tips and tricks on how to refine my work.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
Rocks and minerals. I actually like lapidary a lot. There were days I would think about cutting cabochons more than making new jewelry.
[Photo on left: Copper plate earrings]

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
In terms of metalsmithing, I want to get familiar with different methods of casting. I tried out early this year in salt-casting and cuttlefish bone casting, it was fun. With casting, you need the proper equipments and a setting with good ventilation in place, and I can’t have that at where I live at the moment. In terms of lapidary, I would like to try stone carving and faceting one day.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
In the summer if time permits, I like to go rockhounding. There are a few mines not far from where I live. It allows me to get some fresh air and collect some sample of minerals at the same time. I also try to attend as many dance performances as possible at the local art centre. Mostly when I’m not at my day job, I spend time cutting cabochons, making jewelry, and doing other exciting things like laundry and grocery.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
“You also introduce and do some small features on other etsy sellers on your blog, why?”
I organized a local craft show before featuring female artists and crafters and it was absolutely fun to be the promoter. I’m all for handmade products, and appreciative of how much works and sweat that go into making them. With online shops the competition is huge, I do what I can to spread the words for those who deserve some spotlights.
[Photo on left: Sterling silver Amazonite cuff links]

Please include ten fun facts about yourself.
- I’m a HUGE ballet fan.
- I tend to lose my friend everytime we go into the same store.
- I went to a Catholic elementary school for 6 years, then went to a Buddhist high school for another 6 years.
- Coffee doesn’t keep me awake, but I need it first thing in order to function normally everyday.
- Potato chips to me are “psychologically addictive”.
- I performed for the Queen of England once…along with other thousands of children.
- I prefer biography/autobiography over fictions.
- I’m organized because I’m too lazy.
- A fortune teller once offered to teach me the craft of tarot reading, I never took up that offer.
- I have never skied, even though I have lived in Canada for half my life.

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
Lamazonian website and blog
Lamazonian Etsy Shop
Lamazonian on Facebook
Lamazonian on Pinterest
Giveaway
Vemo Ho is offering a $25 gift certificate to her Lamazonian Etsy Shop! This giveaway is open worldwide and will run until December 27th, 11:59 pm Central U.S. time. To enter, be a follower of Lamazonian blog. For extra entries, you can tweet and/or blog about this giveaway. You can leave your entries in one comment or in multiple comments as you do them.

Please note: No purchase is necessary to enter the giveaway. Must be 18+ to enter. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. The dollar value of giveaway item is $25. I will choose the winner randomly and will notify her/him. S/he has four days to respond to my notification; if s/he doesn’t respond, I will randomly choose a different winner. Also please note Screaming Sardine is not responsible for the giveaway item, including, but not limited to, the quality, the safety, and the delivery of the item(s).


[Photo above: Unakite set of 2 triangle handcut cabochons]

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December 19th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Some Changes ’round ‘ere

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There are going to be some changes around here. I’ll continue to do artisan interviews, but shortly after the New Year, I won’t be hosting any more giveaways on this blog. (I have some already scheduled). More and more, there’s been a crack down on bloggers. After posting Many Bloggers Unwittingly Spam, I had a lovely conversation with Terry from These Peas Taste Funny. She shared a post with me – Giveaway Laws and Your Blog – that really got me thinking. Geez, there are a lot of things to do to host giveaways! As it stands now, hosting giveaways takes a LOT of work, and then to have to worry if you’re crossing every “t” and doting every “i” makes hosting giveaways an onerous task. Thus, I’ll be doing away with them.

Hosting giveaways are certainly a great way to build your GFC numbers but, to be frank, those numbers are mostly fluff and nonsense. Why? Because the majority of the people who clicked the GFC follow button are only doing it for the giveaway. Chances are extremely high they won’t be returning to read any more posts, unless it’s another giveaway they want to enter. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, but I’d rather have engaged followers than those who are just passing through.

After having experienced a large growth due to giveaways, I admit to preferring to grow my blog “organically” – i.e., naturally. I’ve also done away with my Google Friend Connect follow widget. There was a twinge of “Awww, darn” when I lost all my followers due to combining a few of my blogger blogs to this self-hosted Word Press blog early this past summer. Now I’m losing them again, but they would’ve been lost anyway within the next few months. That’s because GFC will no longer be available to blogs who aren’t on blogger. Sooo, if you do want to follow and read, there’s always feedburner or subscribing through email.

I’m also becoming more active on Twitter, Facebook, and Linked In. I even have a Google + account, but darned if I know how to link that up – lol! I think it’s this, but who knows. I’ll figure it out, since I’m on a mission to learn all this social networking stuff. At first, I hated Twitter, but now I’m liking it. Ditto with Facebook, although they’re making some c-c-c-c-changes soon, too. Hope I can keep up!

In addition to craft tutorials and recipes, I’ll also be writing helpful tips on blogging and entrepreneurship. I’ve taken a ton of webinars and teleseminars lately, so I’ll be writing about what I’ve learned. Last week was very busy; Monday alone was spent in such -nars for over eight hours!

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December 18th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Heather from Glittering Dreams Artisan Interview & Giveaway!

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Today’s interview is with Heather from Glittering Dreams Etsy Shop. Her adorable glass picture pendants caught my eye, and then I found out she has two other etsy shops: Sewing Dreams Kids Etsy Shop, and Sewing Dreams Notions Etsy Shop! I don’t know how she keeps up with it all.


[Photo above: Snowman blue pendant necklace]

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
I have 3 stores
- glittering dreams glass tile pendants
- Sewing Dreams & Notions – baby rag quilts, burp cloths, security blankets
- Sewing Dreams & Kids – Pillowcase dresses, hair accessories, reusable wipes

How long have you had an interest in sewing and making jewelry?
I have been sewing for about 10 years. I have been making the pendants for about 2 years.

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?
I have always enjoyed making things. I got interested in quilting with my mom. I then got my pattern for my first rag quilt. I started selling online to supply my fabric to make more.
[Photo on left: Baby boy blanket]

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
I like to take photos and paint.

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
I would like to do different kinds of jewelry making. I like to learn fused glass also.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to read, hike, & garden.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
What will be you newest item? We are going to add superhero capes to our Sewing Dreams & Kids shop.

Please include ten fun facts about yourself.

1. I have a cat named George
2. I speak French & went to school there for a year.
3. I love chocolate.
4. I’m always cold.
5. I love our cabin in Colorado.
6. I love flowers.
7. I worked as a graphic designer.
8. I love pizza.
9. Green is my favorite color
10. I like traveling.
[Photo above: Colorful trees pillowcase dress]

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
Glittering Dreams Etsy Shop
Sewing Dreams Kids Etsy Shop
Sewing Dreams Notions Etsy Shop
Sewing Dreams Notions on Facebook
Sewing Dreams 11 on Twitter
Sewing Dreams Notions Blog

Giveaway!
Heather is giving away a $25 gift certificate to any of her three shops. Giveaway is open worldwide and lasts from now until Dec. 10th. To enter, be a follower of Sewing Dreams Notions Blog and this blog, Screaming Sardine. For extra entries, you can blog and tweet about the giveaway, as well as following Sewing Dreams 11 on Twitter. You may put all your entries in one comment, or in multiple comments as you do them.

(Please note: No purchase is necessary to enter the giveaway. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. The dollar value of giveaway item is $25. I will choose the winner randomly and will notify her/him. S/he has four days to respond to my notification; if s/he doesn’t respond, I will randomly choose a different winner).


[Photo above: Dragonfly glass tile pendant]

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December 3rd, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Angie from Steampunk Funk Artisan Interview & Giveaway!

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Today’s interview is with Angie from Steampunk Funk Etsy Shop, a shop dedicated to “Something Old, Bold, Recycled and Renewed.” Check out the unique jewelry she makes from rustic old pieces!


[Photo above: Etched geometric flower garden brass bracelet]

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
Steampunk Funk is place where recycled/upcycled takes on a more hip and modern look. I wanted to create something sustainably cool. Something that left as little a mark on the planet as possible. That is why I use as many found objects and recycled materials as possible…well that and the fact that shipping to Alaska is exorbitant. Steampunk Funk offers Men’s and Women’s accessories such as rings, necklaces and bracelets made from upcycled belts, antique barn nails, vintage time pieces, old tools and other odds and ends.

How long have you had an interest in making jewelry and upcycling so called trash into treasures?
I have been interested in creating jewelry from found objects and upcycled materials for a little over 2 years now. My education is in photography, but photography never paid as well, and one too many frazzled brides drove me away from pursuing it further. While I still use it daily, I’ve converted from outdoor/portraits to more studio photography for my jewelry.

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?
I got started while I was still in college for photography. I needed an extra art class for that semester and thought the Metal Smith class looked interesting. When I walked into that shop class on the first day…everything else was history. It was like my final puzzle piece coming into place. All of my hard work in school, all of my photography skills had a purpose and finally the last skill I needed to learn was there in that shop. I searched for years on what I wanted to do with my life, what did I have to offer to the world, what did I want to be, where did I want to be? While it took me longer than most I finally figured it out. That’s when Steampunk Funk launched. Our move to Alaska last year threw a wrench in the plans, but by March I had it all up and running again.
[Photo above: Alternative steampunk antique barn nail and rubies wedding band]

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
I would have to say metal is my favorite medium. It’s just so versatile. The options are what you make them, you can paint on it, you can experiment with patinas, textures, oxidizing. You can attach fibers to it. I could go on and on with different things you can do with metal. Runner up and close second is leather. I love working with leather. Both of these mediums are used predominantly in my work. The antique barn nails are my favorite found object to work with.

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
I struggle with bouncing around ideas, techniques and mediums and staying focused on the task at hand so I try very hard NOT to think about all the other arts I truly enjoy doing. I give myself one creative side project that does not get sold or have a deadline on it…my knitting. I love knitting, it is my relaxing, get-out-of-creative ruts-go to. When life gets really crazy I sit down and knit.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I really enjoying getting outdoors with my family. We live in Alaska and it’s so much fun to get out there and explore. We have 3 kids and I hope when they grow up they remember all the family dinners on the beach watching whales and sea lions, all of our crazy hiking and biking trips, the color of the glacier that sits less than a mile from our house or fishing until after 10:00 at night in the summer because it’s still bright as day out. We have made so many fantastic memories here and I know this is just the beginning, we have so many more adventures ahead of us.
[Photo above: Steampunk jewelers tin and flowers antique Elgin pocket watch wedding necklace]

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
State one surprising thing about Etsy that you would have never guessed when you started your shop? The relationships I’ve formed with other Etsy sellers has been one of the biggest blessings I’ve encountered along this journey. Etsy really does a good job at forming a sense of community. I have made some really dear friends, one being Rayana a fellow Alaskan whose shop is With The Rain www.etsy.com/shop/WithTheRain With out people like Rayana, Etsy would be just another ho hum experience.

Please include ten fun facts about yourself.
10 Fun ( Lol I will let you decide if they are actually fun, I’m quite the boring fuddy duddy really) Facts

A. I am a sucker for tall boots.

B. I grew up in Cairo, Egypt

C. I’ve known my husband since we were 6 and 7…our kids make faces that look just like he did when we were kids.

D. I am a HUGE football fan, college and NFL.

E. My fingers always have cuts, blisters and bruises all over them because I drink too much coffee before I work and miss the metal and hit my fingers.

F. I’m addicted to coffee

G. I think Johnny Depp is genius… seriously talented artist.

H. Nothing beats a good glass of red wine and chocolate.

I. The things I missed most about the lower 48..besides family, is Trader Joe’s and IKEA.

J. I really really want an Old English Bulldog some day.

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
Steampunk Funk Etsy Shop
Steampunk Junk Blog
Steampunk Funk on Facebook
Steampunk Funk on Twitter

Giveaway
Angie is giving away the men’s antique iron barn nail and upcycled leather urban cuff below. To enter, be a follower of Steampunk Junk Blog and this blog, Screaming Sardine. For extra entries, follow Steampunk Funk on Twitter, blog, and/or tweet about this giveaway. Giveaway closes Dec. 8th at 11:59 pm, Central U.S. time and is open worldwide.
(Please note: No purchase is necessary to enter the giveaway. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. The dollar value of giveaway item is $50. I will choose the winner randomly and will notify her/him. S/he has four days to respond to my notification; if they don’t respond, I will randomly choose a different winner).


[Photo above: Antique iron barn nail and upcycled leather urban cuff / bracelet]

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December 1st, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Sonya from Beyond the Screen Door Designs Artisan Interview & Giveaway

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Today’s interview is with Sonya from Beyond the Screen Door Designs Shop. Her blog and shop are full of her home interior inspirations and gorgeous creations.


[Photo above: Ruffled Zebra Pillow Covers]

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
My little blog shop is really just a small extension of my Interior Design business. The majority of my work is custom designs for local clients but I enjoy the opportunity to create items to sell through my blog. Most of the items I sell are fabric designs including pillow covers, table runners and seasonal items such as tree skirts and stockings. But almost all the items shown on the blog can be custom created for any decor.

How long have you had an interest in sewing?
I first took an interest in sewing when I was a teenager. But I didn’t take Home Ec because I figured Why? My Mom was the best cook and seamstress I knew, so I figured I could learn from her when the time came! All that said, I didn’t become accomplished at sewing until my mid twenties when I started making matching dresses for my girls. I just started making simple things I had an interest in.
[Photo on left: Multi fabric table runner]

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?
My degree is in Interior Design so sewing for the home was a natural progression of that interest. As I mentioned, at first I enjoyed sewing clothes for my girls but I quickly realized I enjoyed sewing Home Decor items much more. But I did continue to make costumes, Christmas Dance and Prom dresses when my older girls were in high school.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
I would say paint and fabric are my favorites but I’m open to working with just about anything. I love being challenged with new projects.

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
Master? I’d love to master photography! Additionally, I’m not sure I’d want to master this, but I’d love the opportunity to do more in building, construction and/or remodeling. Whether it’s being very involved in building another house, flipping a house (though I hate that term), or helping someone else with their house plans. I definitely hope to do more of this in the future.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m an avid reader. I have a book with me all the time! When I get in the car to go anywhere, I grab my book. Waiting to pick up my kids, in line at the bank, in line anywhere, LOL! I always have a book! I love watching a good movie. And of course, since blogging, spare time equals blog time.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
What’s the roll of family and faith in you home? – I’m the oldest of five…married to my best friend since I was 18…have four wonderful children…three girls and one boy…one son-in-law…absolutely LOVED being a Stay at Home Mom. I’m a Christian and living for Christ is the foundation of our home. My kids are fifth generation members (through my husband’s family) of the church we attend. My Dad once told me his greatest accomplishment was his children. I feel the same way. That my kids are healthy, happy and living for Jesus is my greatest blessing. [Photo above: Layered ruffled valance top]

Please include ten fun facts about yourself.
1. I’m not very athletic. I can swim and ski and that’s about it! I’m afraid to zoomba for fear of looking like Elaine dancing on Seinfeld.
2. I love Dr. Pepper and drink too much of it.
3. I’d choose bread over dessert.
4. I’m not a collector unless you count fabric and/or pillows. And then it might be considered hoarding.
5. I can’t sleep with all the tiny little lights that come along with the electronics in my bedroom. Digital clocks, alarm systems, tvs, dvds, even cell phones! Everything has to be covered up with a book, a washcloth or taped over and cell phones have to be turned over and hidden behind something. Weird, I know. Even the smoke alarm light bothers me.
6. On the flip side…I love Sunday afternoon naps and have NO problem going to sleep. (I don’t understand it either.)
7. I sing in the car.
8. I’ve driven from Oklahoma to North Carolina (and back) straight through by myself (well, my kids were with me). This is where singing in the car comes is VERY handy.
9. I LOVE stay home, no makeup days. I can make it about three days before I start to go stir crazy and HAVE To get out and go somewhere! Even though I work from home, it’s rare I have three days in a row at home. But I’ll take one a week!
10. For the life of me, I can’t think of a #10!

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
Beyond the Screen Door Designs Blog
Beyond the Screen Door Designs Shop
Beyond the Screen Door on Facebook

Giveaway!
Sonya is offering one of her new stenciled burlap pillows – winner’s choice of rectangle or square – pictured below. To enter, mention your favorite item from Beyond the Screen Door Designs Shop and be a follower of this blog, Screaming Sardine. For extra entries, be a follower of Beyond the Screen Door Designs Blog, blog, and/or tweet about the giveaway. The giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only and lasts from now until December 5th, 11:59 pm Central U.S. time.

(Please note: No purchase is necessary to enter the giveaway. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. The dollar value of giveaway item is $20 to $25. I will choose the winner randomly and will notify her/him. S/he has four days to respond to my notification; if s/he doesn’t respond, I will randomly choose a different winner).

Stenciled burlap pillow giveaway

Stenciled burlap pillow giveaway


[Photo above: Multi-Fabric Tree Skirt]
    
    

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November 28th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Lindsay from DandLsDangLs Artisan Interview

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Today’s interview is with Lindsay from DandLsDangLs Etsy Shop. Her shop features handmade jewelry, often with lots of interesting wire twists!


[Photo above: Green Coils Bracelet]
    
Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
I create jewelry – Necklaces, bracelets, anklets, rings, watches, and my favorite, earrings!

How long have you had an interest in making jewelry?
Since sometime in the fall of 2007. My grandma-in-law mentioned the idea once, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it!

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?

My wonderful sisters got me started as their Christmas gift to me! My one sister talked to her friend who makes jewelry and got the basic tools she recommended. Then she took me to her friend’s house where she showed me the basics. I needed those basics! Since then, I’ve been teaching myself! [Photo on above: Cobblestone Bracelet]
    
Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
Wire is definitely my favorite! I love to wear wire jewelry, too.

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
I want to master wire work. There’s so much to learn! I’d also love to get into stamping and fusing… one thing at a time!

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Play with my family, garden, run, watch Netflix, serve at my church, sleep!

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)

Can’t think of one. Your questions are great!
[Photo on left: I Love You Dangles Earrings]

Please include ten fun facts about yourself.

1. I have 2 gorgeous babies who are my world
2. I decided I was going to marry my husband when we were 4.
3. I’m a Netflix addict
4. I’m training for a half marathon
5. Running and cherry coke are my drugs of choice
6. I have natural blonde highlights. My husband is obsessed with them.
7. My favorite meal in the whole world is Thai drunken noodles with beef. YUM
8. These ten fun facts are making me realize I’m a fairly boring person! ha
9. I love country music
10. The most important thing about me is I am a child of God, saved by grace.

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.

DandLsDangLs Etsy Shop
DandLsDangLs website
DandLJacobs Blog
DandLsDangLs on Facebook

Giveaway

Lindsay is offering a custom color memory wire bracelet. You can choose the bracelet, or request up to three colors of your choice for a custom bracelet.


If you don’t want to leave it up to chance to win one of these pretty bracelets, you can purchase one in Lindsay’s Etsy Shop. The giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only. To enter this giveaway, you must be a follower of DandLJacobs Blog and this blog, Screaming Sardine. For extra entries, like DandLsDangLs on Facebook, blog, and/or tweet about the giveaway. You may leave one comment with all your entries in one comment or in multiple entries as you do them. Giveaway is open until October 13th, 11:59 PM Central time.

Written by Screaming Sardine

October 6th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Kimberly Glesenkamp Artisan Interview

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Today’s interview is with Kimberly of Kimberly Glesenkamp Christian Art. She sent me one of her amazing prints, and I have to say, she is quite the talented artist!! Currently, Kimberly is offering a 25% off sale. Please see the Kimberly Glesenkamp Etsy Shop for details!


[Photo above: Christian Fall or Autumn Leaf Art Print]
    
    
Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?

Hello! Well, right now my main store at Kimberly Glesenkamp is a gallery of my art prints.

Over at my Etsy shop, I also offer art prints as well as some ribbon hair bows in the shape of a cross, wooden birds I’ve painted and some other handmade paper goods like cards and bookmarks.
[Photo on left: Autumn Poppy Flower and Twig Hair Clip]
    
    
How long have you had an interest in drawing?

Art has always intrigued me. Ever since I was little I loved tracing the outlines of things with my eyes and watching shadows of color and light. I have always loved those first powerful moments of a bright crayon/colored
pencil etc. hitting a white piece of paper and watching something be created out of nothing. I love the feel, the texture and the possibilities of the whole process. Art and design is simply enchanting to me and I see
it everywhere.

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?

I just started on my own really. I joined a few informal classes here and there but I had never received a professional degree nor taken a professional class, so I just had fun and tested different things out
until I found what was most intriguing for me. I don’t even know if I use half of my tools correctly, but I enjoy it.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?

Graphite and colored pencil are my favorites. I really like having the control to achieve details…And erase. ;)
[Photo on left: Watercolor Christian Fellowship Fruit Bowl Original Scrap Art Print]

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?

Although I have certainly not mastered my full potential with graphite and colored pencil, I’d like to try oil paints and going further with watercolor.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Honestly, I like to clean and organize. I know, I’m nuts! I just love the homemaking aspect of my life! I also enjoy decorating, (on a dime!), reading and watching BBC historicals and literary adaptation movies. Mostly I love the company of my husband, watching our cats play and being with loved ones and close friends.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)

What encouragement I could give to other artists.

If I could encourage any fellow artist it would be to find yourself and what your passions are, then pour it out onto paper, canvas, clay, whatever it is. For me, my faith in Christ both carries me through my darkest days and gives me a passion to reach out with my art. Be a good steward of your gifts and use them! And of course, as the old cliche goes, never give up! [Photo above: Cat Food Whimsical and Colorful Kitty Cats as Fruit]

Please include ten fun facts about yourself.

1. I wish I could travel back in time even just for one day!
2. I’m terrified of the Snuggle bear, dinosaurs and mannequins.
3. I laugh too loud sometimes, and usually at the stupidest things.
4. I don’t like wearing shoes.
5. I would love to go to England.
6. I am an Italian who abhors fresh, whole tomatoes and mushrooms.
7. I’m a total night owl.
8. My favorite thing to do while procrastinating is watching cute kitten videos on You Tube.
9. Every now and then, the theme song from the cartoon ‘Madeline’ pops into my head, accent and all.
10. I love confetti cake. Yumm.

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.

Main Site: Kimberly Glesenkamp
Kimberly Glesenkamp Etsy Shop
Kimberly Glesenkamp An Artist’s Heart Blog
Kimberly Glesenkamp Christian Artist Facebook Page

Giveaway!
Kimberly is offering a giveaway of two of her art prints!

Christmas Dove pictured on the left, as well as the Christian Fall or Autumn Leaf Art Print pictured at the beginning of this interview.

The giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada addresses. To enter, be a follower of Kimberly Glesenkamp An Artist’s Heart Blog and of this blog, Screaming Sardine. For extra entries, like Kimberly Glesenkamp Christian Artist Facebook Page, tweet, and/or blog about the giveaway. You may post all your entries in one comment or in multiple comments as you do them. Deadline for entry is Sept. 22nd, 11:59 PM, Central U.S. time.

Written by Screaming Sardine

September 15th, 2011 at 12:00 pm