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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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Written by Screaming Sardine

May 31st, 2014 at 11:01 pm

Artisan Interview with Helena of Microbio

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Today’s interview is with Helena of Microbio Etsy Shop. Her shop is full of quality colorful, fun, and unique bags and purses!

Photo above: Alice in Wonderland Teapot Hand Bag

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
I sell unique handbags and purses. One of a kinds, weekend purses, cute wallets, whimsical purses, modern retro bags, travel style purses.

How long have you had an interest in making bags and purses?
I can’t say exactly for how long but since the age of 12. When i see a beautiful fabric i always think what a beautiful bag that could make!

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

I started quite early, as a little girl making stuff for my dolls then clothes for myself from Burda patterns which was tricky. Because I could only find them in German I had to figure out the instructions and I can’t speak German at all.
As for sewing itself, i was taught by my grandmother using a Singer machine and this is how I found my passion for fabric.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
Apart from cotton fabric i like to experiment with all kinds of new and recycled materials. Right now, i am enjoying very much working with “fabric-paper” a celulosic non-woven material that looks like kraft card stock but “behaves” like a normal fabric that you can wash by hand in cold water with a mild detergent. It makes wonderful retro purses, yepeee :)

Photo above: Shoulder Travel Purse – made with Fabric Paper

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
Yes, i am trying to master free motion stitching right now.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Reading (on and off line), researching new materials and sources …working and spare time are almost the same :)
By the way, i love travelling and i do it as much as i can so my travel collection came up very naturally.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
If you could do only one thing to promote your business daily what that would be ? One tweet a day!

Damask Pink Pastel Snap Coin Purse with a Cameo Charm

Please include ten fun facts about yourself.

– i have deep curly hair and i keep it curlier with my own fingers which i am doing right now answering these questions :)
– my hands are the same size of a 8 yo girl (really!!!)
– i can’t hold an iphone with only one hand (related to above)
– i hate taking pics
– i love asparagus
– i hate working with white glue
– my eyes change color depending on light

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

Microbio Etsy Shop
Microbio Dawanda Shop
Microbio Luulla Shop
Microbionoar on Pinterest
Microbionoar on Twitter
Microbionoar on Facebook
Microbio-noar Blog

Photo above: Strawberries Cream Hand Purse

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July 16th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Mary from Skrapyram Artisan Interview

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This week’s interview is with Mary of Skrapyram Etsy Shop. I found her through a local website that promotes businesses in my area. I fell in love with her creations and, of course, I had to ask her for an interview! :)

[Photo above: Deep handmade purse with silk lining and shoulder strap]

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
skrapyram offers one-of-a-kind handmade bags, knitting needle cases and more . . . My creations are influenced by the beauty, quality and simplicity of the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th century. I believe we can nourish our souls by adding beauty to our every day lives. To that end, I create practical things from gorgeous, high-quality materials. Whenever possible, I like to work with upcycled fabric and vintage buttons.

How long have you had an interest in sewing?
I started sewing about six years ago.

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?
I actually started by knitting! A friend taught me how to knit about nine years ago and I loved it. That led me to think about other ways I could work with fiber. Someone had given me an old sewing machine and I just started experimenting. I had never even touched a sewing machine before that, so there was a lot of trial and error! I’m not big on reading directions and following patterns, which forced me to be creative and do my own thing. I’ve been really happy with the result!
[Photo above: Handmade paisley cell phone case]

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
My favorite fabrics to sew with are rich and luxurious – things like tapestry, velvet and silk. Also, buttons! I love to work with vintage buttons but I often fall in love with new buttons, too.

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
I am always striving to improve my knitting skills. Over the past couple of years, I have started to dabble with quilting and needlework – I’d like to spend more time on those, too. We’re building a house right now and, when that’s under control, I’d love to try raising chickens. I’d also like to get back into gardening – that’s something I did a lot of before my son was born.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I don’t have a lot of spare time these days . . . In addition to my skrapyram life, I am also a mom who spends 32 hours a week moonlighting as a Library Lady. But, I do love to go for walks in the woods with my dog, bake, read, and watch sci fi movies with my husband!

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
What is your favorite thing about skrapyram?

I love getting to know my customers and working with them on an individual basis. My craft has introduced me to so many wonderful people! Conversely, I also love the days when I get to stay home alone and work uninterrupted in my woodland studio. Put these two things together – my customers and my solitary creative time – and that is my favorite thing about skrapyram.
[Photo on left: Eyeglass case – animal print with decadently soft lining]

Please include ten fun facts about yourself.
1. I loved the 2005 version of the TV series Battlestar Galactica – I watched the whole thing twice
2. I’ve been to Europe five times
3. I’ve kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland and I know what Scotsmen wear under their kilts
4. I’m crazy about dark chocolate, French bread, and good coffee
5. In 2005 I sold almost everything I owned to travel the Western US in a four-wheel drive RV with my husband
6. I have a black lab – her name is Mona Lisa
7. I am no longer addicted to Diet Coke (Although I do happen to be drinking one right now. Hmm. . . )
8. My husband and I own a bog at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in NE Minnesota – we’ve named the house that we are building there “Bog Ridge”.
9. I once couriered a painting from Montreal to Minneapolis via semi truck.
10. My name, backwards, spells “skrapyram”

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

[Photo above: Journal with blue polka dot bird]

Written by Screaming Sardine

January 16th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Lucy with Seasons Of Wool Artisan Interview & Giveaway!

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Today’s interview is with Lucy from Seasons of Wool Etsy Shop. Her shop features an amazing variety of felted knit and repurposed wool creations in all kinds of styles. She also does a lot of customizable work, including turning your old sweaters into beautiful blankets!

[Photo above: Felted Boot Purse with Re-purposed Lambswool Cable Sweater Panel]

Tell us about your blog and store.
I’ve had an Etsy shop since 2009. There you’ll find felted wool hats, mittens, toys, accessories, purses and totes, and bowls and baskets. You’ll also find a number of pieces created from repurposed sweaters and clothing. So far the sweaters have been turned into baskets, blankets and totes. In addition to wool, you’ll find alpaca, silk, cashmere and other natural fibers. There are pieces there for just about every taste, from bohemian, to hip, to classic. I also love to work with the customer to create custom pieces – color, size and style can all be adapted to create a special, treasured piece.

I have tried blogging, and know it would be a great tool, but I haven’t been able to find the time to do so. I hope to start again in the future.
[Above photo: Thick Rib Fingerless Mitts in Wool and Silk]
How long have you had an interest in working with wool, as well as silk?
My love of wool really started developing about 10 years ago when I made my first pair of felted slippers. They didn’t turn out as expected, but I loved seeing how the fibers changed during the felting process. Before then, I’d been using cheaply made acrylic yarn. The feel of the wool was so much more enjoyable. My use of silk has been more recent, probably over the last couple of years. Silk itself does not felt, but when combined with the wool, it creates a wonderfully soft texture. Both wool and silk have wonderful insulative properties. I love how they balance each other – the more rustic wool, with the refined silk.

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?
I started knitting in college, about 18 years ago, and was self taught. My grandmother had taught me how to crochet when I was about 10, but I hadn’t picked up knitting needles until my roommate and I were looking for something to do during cold Wisconsin winters. I started with an afghan. No pattern. It ended up way to long and narrow, but it was a start!
[Photo on left: Upcycled Sweater Blanket made with Lambswool, Wool and Merino Sweaters]
Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
Wool, obviously, both in yarn and roving. I’ve also been using a lot of alpaca lately. It’s super soft and luxurious to work with. I also love scrounging the local goodwill and thrift stores for sweaters – cashmere, wool, merino, alpaca, angora. All natural animal fibers. It’s fun to turn castaway and lonely sweaters and clothing into something new.

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
I’ve recently started dying my own yarn and would love to increase my proficiency. It’s a lot like felting – you don’t really know exactly what is going to happen until you start playing with the materials. There is a science, but for me, half the fun is playing and experimenting.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I have two little girls that take up a lot of my time when I’m not working. I also have a huge organic garden. I can (as in make jelly, pickles, tomatoes, etc.), I cook, we explore outside, we craft together. I guess much of my spare time is spent sharing my passions with my family. I also love to read and have been known to travel around the house with my book in tow. I’ll even read while knitting if the pattern allows it.
[Photo above: Mohair and Wool Polka Dot Bowl]

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
Tough question! I guess it would have to be, “Why do you do what you do?” Even before having my own business, I always had a project going. Or many projects. It didn’t feel right if I wasn’t creating something with my hands. I come by it naturally – there are potters, painters, sewers, and woodworkers on both sides. I’ve tried many mediums: beads, quilting, crochet, etc., but I keep coming back to knitting and felting. I love the material and the process. I love the feel of wool and how it responds during the felting process. I could have continued simply making gifts for friends and family, but I kept hearing, “You should really think about selling these!” Eventually the encouragement stuck. Getting my business off the ground has not been easy, but it has been worth it. I’ve been able to stay home with my kids and show them that they can do something they love. And they’ve been able to help me along the way.

Please include ten fun facts about yourself.

1. I love orchids.
2. Frogs are my favorite animal.
3. I like to garden barefoot.
4. I have two favorite colors – brown and orange.
5. I’m addicted to searching for sharks teeth.
6. I can wiggle my ears.
7. I love fantasy books.
8. I’d love to go to New Zealand.
9. I view patterns and recipes as guides, not something set in stone.
10. My great grandfather was both a tinker and a tailor, and I have his tailor’s scissors.

Please list your website, blog, and/or Etsy shop urls.
Seasons of Wool Etsy Shop
Seasons of Wool on Facebook
Seasons of Wool on Twitter

Lucy is generously offering a $25 gift certificate to herSeasons of Wool Etsy Shop, which is good towards any purchase – from store to include custom, regular and sale priced items.

To enter this giveaway, the mandatory entry is to like Seasons of Wool on Facebook and to follow this blog, Screaming Sardine. If you aren’t on Facebook, then go to Seasons of Wool on Etsy and pick out your favorite item and put it in a comment below. For extra entries, you can tweet and/or blog about this giveaway. You can put all your entries in one comment or in multiple comments as you do them. The giveaway is open worldwide, with the deadline being September 1st at 11:59 pm, Central time, US.

[Photo above: Wooly Sweater Spring Basket]

Written by Screaming Sardine

August 25th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Curious Miss Clay Artisan Interview and a Giveaway!

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I’m pleased to introduce you to a real sweet heart – the fabulous CuriousMissClay, who has a lovely shop full of her handmade jewelry, OOAK purses, hair accessories, and more – all made in Derbyshire, UK. Currently, she’s having a 25% off summer sale in her Etsy shop, which runs until the end of August!

[Photo above: Sea Breeze Sterling Silver Bracelet]
Tell us about your your store.

The CuriousMissClay Etsy shop is full of beautiful things that I’ve put my heart into creating. I love to fill my shop with things I would Love to own or be given and it makes me very proud to make things people truly enjoy.

How long have you had an interest in making jewelry, purses, hair accessories, etc.?

Since I can remember honestly, I’ve never not loved to create although there have been times when I’ve put my love for crafts on the back burner to do boring things like work, but even at work I’m often reading craft books and blogs online. It’s just a huge part of my life that seems to just be getting bigger.
[Photo above: Polka Dot Corsage Pin]

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

I’ve never had any formal training for any of my crafts. I don’t think its a prerequisite to making great things!

Trial and error has been the only way I’ve ever learnt anything, I think the main way I started being creative was because of my mum; she made all my clothes as a child and had an old singer sewing machine I always admired. Eventually I just started making little things and enjoyed buying vintage items and refashioning them.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?

I do enjoy working with sterling silver wire and lots of different semi precious stones, but my passion will always be fabric. I can’t explain how exciting getting new fabric is for me lol!

I’m a total fabric geek and make a strange little noise on sight.
[Photo on left: Handmade Swirl Shell Sterling Silver Abalone Shell and Swarovski Crystal Drop Earrings]

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

I’m a self confessed craftaholic and have tried almost every craft you can imagine, but the one I’d love to try is ceramics. I love the freedom you can get with textures and colours. When it comes to mastering a craft, I don’t think I could ever do that because I find it hard to stick to one thing for too long so I’d never give myself the chance to master anything lol. I’m pretty good at a lot of things though.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I’ll admit I’m a total home bird; I grew out of going to loud rowdy places a long time ago. I now just enjoy the simple things in life with my boyfriend and family – like walking, baking, watching films, crafting and just generally being happy.
[Photo above: Mini Bow Purse]

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

What’s the best gift you’ve ever bought someone?

I got my boyfriend of 7 years a pussy-cat that we called smudge and she is like our child and we love her beyond all normal cat loving.

Please include ten fun facts about yourself.

1. I’m terrified of cows and spiders.
2. I have tiny ears.
3. I love to watch anything on the history channel.
4. I’m a self confessed charity shop hoarder which my boyfriend doesn’t enjoy so much lol
5. I have incredibly cracky joints.
6. I have 4 sewing machines GO ME!
7. I’m a huge procrastinator its my biggest regret.
8. I’m a gleek! [Someone who loves the TV Glee]
9. My favourite smell is rose.
10. I LOVE cheese!

Please list your website, blog, and/or Etsy shop urls.

Curious Miss Clay Etsy Shop
The Curious Miss Clay Blog
Curious Miss Clay on Facebook

Now that you’ve seen all the lovely items that the talented Miss Clay makes, I’m sure you’re more than happy to learn she’s having a giveaway! One lucky person will win a $20 gift certificate to Curious Miss Clay’s Etsy Shop.

Mandatory entries are being a follower of The Curious Miss Clay Blog and this blog, Screaming Sardine. For extra entries, you can like Curious Miss Clay on Facebook, tweet and/or blog about the giveaway. You can post all your entries in one comment or multiple comments as you do them. The giveaway is open worldwide. Deadline for entries is August 15th at 11:59 pm, Central US time.

[Photo above: Handmade Sterling Silver Twirled Petrol Pearls and Seed Bead Necklace]

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August 8th, 2011 at 12:00 pm