Another Thursday - Another Giveaway!
This weeks giveaway is from By The Seals! By The Seals is giving away a $20 Shopping Spree for their Etsy shop! So many possibilities! :)
Read ahead to learn more about this crafty duo, and see how to enter for your chance to win! This giveaway is open for WORLDWIDE participation!
When did you start getting into crafting, and what did you start with?
Tracy’s crafting days began at a wee age after finding great joy in folding tiny paper cranes and other mini origami objects while in elementary school. Her craft hobbies evolved as she grew up, and now include sewing, crochet, transfers/printmaking, clothing reconstruction and the art of spray paint on pretty much…anything.
Judah’s been drawn to art in various forms over the years, and exhibited unmatched passion and dedication while assembling macaroni necklaces and creating wild finger paintings as a young lad. He later grew to appreciate the art of using fire to create abstract sculptures from tiny plastic army men. He’s the one responsible for the vast majority of the beautiful wire wraps and other jewelry in our shop.
Do you work outside of your Etsy shop? If so, how do you find time for both?
We’re both studying Child Development, and in addition to that we live on a large rural property that requires quite a bit of upkeep. Also, we’re in the midst of wedding planning; we’re set to tie the knot in September of this year. So needless to say, things do get a little hectic!
We’ve been able to find a happy balance by prioritizing time for our shop every day. Whether it’s in the morning to capture photos when the natural light is best, or spending some quality time with the computer to create new listings or market our shop; we’re making sure we’re reaching out in various ways to find new friends and fans every day.
How did you learn about Etsy?
Tracy has been window-shopping on Etsy for years now, but can’t really recall what drew her in the first time. The awesome variety of unique customers and sellers is what inspired us to start our shop with Etsy.
When did you start your shop?
We’re new! We just opened our shop in late December and have been steadily adding inventory ever since. We've got lofty goals, and have calendared our first few craft fairs to help supplement our shop experience. We’re dreaming of opening our own little consignment boutique one day!
Where does your inspiration for your items come from?
Our inspirations commonly stem from nature and the natural beauty of our surroundings. We’re lucky enough live in beautiful Cazadero, a tiny town in the redwoods just outside of the Sonoma Coast in sunny, warm California.
Is there a certain item with a story behind it?
Our Lake County Diamond pendants are exclusive to our shop! Out of the huge wide world of Etsy, we’re currently the only place you can find these stones.
"Lake County diamonds" aka “moon tears”, are semi-precious stones of volcanic origin. They're found nowhere else in the world! These diamond-like quartz crystals were hand plucked from the earth by Judah and Tracy. Though they're not equal in hardness to real diamonds (being rated at 7.5 to 8 compared to the hardness of a diamond's 10), Lake County diamonds are capable of cutting glass. Highly prized by collectors, these stones are nearly as brilliant in luster as real diamonds. According to local tribe legend, "a Pomo Indian chieftain and the moon fell in love. The moon could not stay with the chieftain because she was needed by the people to light the night sky and mark the seasons. She was so said to leave the chieftain that she wept 'moon tears'."
Do you have advice for any shops just starting?
We’re just starting ourselves, but our best advice so far is to definitely utilize the Etsy Seller Handbook and Online Labs. These two things have been such helpful resources along the way. There is so much information available to you, be sure to use it!
Do you have a Facebook fan page? Twitter?
Check us out on Facebook for an exclusive discount code for 10% off!
Fun Questions to Get to Know You:
What is the furthest place you have traveled?
Tracy is a lucky-duck, she's been to Japan. She’s also been to Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Brazil. Some of our jewelry items actually feature beads from her trip to Brazil!
Judah's been to Greece, but he says he wants to go everywhere else, too.
Do you have any pets? If so what are their names?
We do! Four crazy, silly, totally lovable dogs. Opie (a mix we call a “Northern California Bug-Eyed Spotted Squeek Wheeler), Steve Buscemi (a black pug), Milhouse Van Houten (a boston terrier) and Miss Blanche Devereaux (a French bulldog). We're firm believers that they're the best dogs ever.
* What You Can Win *
We have a fun variety of stuff going on in our store, from personalized woodblocks to wire wrapped jewelry to glass magnets to original acrylic paintings...and more! We’d like to let you choose what you’d like with a $20.00 shopping spree at our shop. Yay!
(Restrictions to include no expedited shipping; no delivery confirmation for international shipments.)
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