Thursday, June 14, 2012

Giveaway! - Starletta Designs (Ended)

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Another Thursday - Another Giveaway!

This weeks giveaway is from Starletta Designs who is giving away a Rainbow Moonstone Necklace!

Read ahead to learn more about this graphic/jewelry designer, and see how to enter for your chance to win! 

This giveaway is open to US and Canada.

When did you start getting into crafting, and what did you start with?
For as long as I can remember I have always had to have my hands busy creating something, or designing something. I started off drawing and painting, as this was something both of my brothers were extremely gifted at, but realized that as creative as I wanted to be, I wasn't a very good artist in that aspect. That moved me into web design and graphic design - around the age of 12 I designed and coded my first web site. My experience with jewelry design came a few years after that when I discovered a jewelry supply catalogue (I believe it was Fire Mountain Gems) and I just thought to myself 'I can learn to do that!'.

Do you work outside of your Etsy shop? If so, how do you find time for both?
I do. Right now I am working full time from home as a freelance graphic designer. Even though I'm at home, I still need to balance things and lately it seems like I am more full-time jewelry and part-time graphic design! I'd say in all, I'm working a steady 10 hours a day, which is a lot of hard work, but my real problem is balancing both work and personal time. It is still a struggle for me, but as long as I love what I do, I think I've accepted the fact that personal time is very limited right now.

How did you learn about Etsy?
I believe I found it while searching Google one day, and was fascinated at how talented people were!

When did you start your shop?
I joined Etsy on March 6, 2007. I can't remember how soon after that I opened my shop, although my first sale came on May 30, 2007 so it couldn't have been too long after joining!

Where does your inspiration for your items come from?
I find inspiration everywhere. Mostly from music. It's very rare to find me working and not have the radio on. I also find great inspiration from the materials I work with - like, I will order some amazing gemstone beads, and within minutes of receiving them I will have all kinds of design ideas thought out!

Is there a certain item with a story behind it?
Not so much an item, per say, but my entire shop. I only recently reopened my shop a few months ago after having a family tradgedy. My mom, who was my best friend, passed away in January 2012 and one thing I realized is that she is one of the only people who kept encouraging me to follow my dreams and passion. That made me decide to reopen my shop and work harder then I ever thought possible. I wanted some kind of dedication to her, so, the background in all of my current photos is a light grey wood -- this is actually a wooden box that held flowers at her memorial. I think it works with my photos, to bring a cohesive look to my shop, but it also reminds me that she's still with me, still supporting me.

Do you have advice for any shops just starting?
Not to give up, and to never stop working! I had to basically start my shop over during my relaunch a few months ago, so I feel like I'm new again myself, but I remember how easy it is to get discouraged. New shop owners need to push those thoughts of discouragement and doubt out of their minds, and just continue to work on their shop. There are always improvements to make - photos, promoting, SEO, branding, etc.

Do you have a Facebook fan page? Twitter? 

Fun Questions to Get to Know You:

What is the furthest place you have traveled?
Florida. I would like to do a lot more travelling, however, I'll have to get over my fear of flying first!

Which bad habits of other people drive you crazy?
Negativity. I am a very up-beat, positive person (not in an annoyingly cheerful, kind of way!) who always tries to look at the positive side of things.

Do you have any pets? If so what are their names?
3 cats. Our two girls are Cleatus, age 8, and Crawal, age 8 - yes, strange names. :) We also inherited my Mom's cat a few months ago whose name is Tippy and she's about 16 years old.

If you could get back a lost item from your past, what would it be?
All my 80's childhood stuff - Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, and My Little Pony!

What is your favorite food?
Poutine! (It's popular in Canada - but for anyone who doesn't know, poutine is fries covered with cheese and gravy!)

* What You Can Win *

Rainbow Moonstone Necklace Sterling Silver Large Pendant Gemstones - $41.00 Value!

A stunning necklace featuring a large Rainbow Moonstone gemstone briolette wire wrapped and suspended from a sterling silver light cable chain. Made from all sterling silver metal. The pendant has a lot of blue flash, making it spectacular!

The pendant is large - hanging almost 1.5 inches from the chain.

Necklace measures approximately 18 inches long and is finished with a sterling silver toggle clasp for added security.

*Giveaway open to US and Canada*

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Lauren E. said...

My favorite item was:

CountryGirl said...

I like the bar necklace at the end of the post.

Biblegirl said...

I have June birthday so of course my birthstone is the Pearl. I adore the freshwater pearl bar necklace she has in here etsy store.

Jessica Miller said...

my favorite is the leaf necklace

The Doggie House said...

I just Favorite Twitter,FB and Etsyshop!

Dont know how to enter to the giveaway :) but its ok!

Laurie said...

Hi Doggie House!

Use the rafflecopter widget above and click the box that said you did it. You sign in either with email or Facebook which will help me contact the winner after it is randomly selected. Some entries require a little extra info for verification, such as typing in your Etsy name for the favorites entry. :)

So after you log in, just click the boxes with the +1 or +2 for the entries you have done and it will keep track!

Thanks for participating!

Melody said...

I like Royal Blue Earrings.


Ginger said...

i think the Green Leaf Necklace Antiqued Copper Gemstone Chalcedony is pretty!
crluckystar at yahoo dot com

New England Quilter said...

My favorite is the Amethyst Pearl Beaded Bracelet.

moonsword said...

The Rainbow Moonstone Necklace is actually my's an amazing gem, full of floating color. Thanks!

daydreamsdustbunnies said...

My favorite is the copper leaf necklace.

Mayla Moore said...

I like the Crystal Quartz with the back needles!

Sarah said...

I like the Green Leaf Necklace Antiqued Copper Gemstone Chalcedony.


Kathleen said...

I lovethe purple bead/pearl bracelet. :)

Stefani K said...

I like the light aqua necklace.

gmk said...

I love the Light Blue Earrings Sterling Silver Chalcedony Gemstones Wire Wrapped earrings!

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I really like the pink earrings you have featured in this post!

Natasha Fatah said...

I love that necklace with the row of pink and green beads - it's so lovely!

~Natasha Fatah~
~Natasha Fatah~

~ Cee ~ said...

My favorite piece is this one:
ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

megan said...

I like the bracelet that is purple and white

Amber said...

My favorite are the rose earrings:
Thank you for the giveaway :)

wizardewu said...

I like the light blue necklace - 4th photo down.
eugeniewu at gmail dot com

elaine r said...

The Copper Quartz Necklace is gorgeous!

Elaine R

Lindsey said...

pink and gold earrings.

jeremy sell said...

I admire the blue Chalcedony necklace. I am a lover gemstones and also research them. The moonstone necklace would be a great gift to my wife.
jjsell76 at yahoo dot com

deanna said...


Daer0n said...

I like the Black and White Necklace Oxidized Sterling Silver Crystal Quartz Wire Wrapped Pendant.

Nury77 at live dot ca

whirlofwings said...

I love the Aqua Blue Necklace Oxidized Sterling Silver Quartz Gemstones!

Carla G said...

I like the copper leaf & green stone necklace! :)

Leigh said...

The second necklace! So pretty and unique!

leigh dot onedayatatime at gmail dot com

Mary Beth said...

I love this:

Michelle said...

I love the necklace with the purple beads! Thanks for the chance to win!
mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

MoonRae said...

Truly the giveaway necklace is my fav! Today is my B-Day so of course I love Moonstone. Those silver disc earrings are gorgeous too!!
Thanks for the beautiful giveaway

lunrei at yahoo dot com

marymichelotti said...

I like the leaf necklace

Salleefur/Jesselyn/Jesster said...

I like them all but my most favorite favorite in your review above are the gorgeous "Light Pink Earrings 14kt Gold Fill Mystic Quartz Gemstones Wire Wrapped" - they are also high on my Wish List at Starletta - though that list is very long!

Jesselyn A/Jesstinger

Diana said...

The Rainbow Moonstone is my favorite!
dluckyz at excite dot com

Ashly Allen said...

My favorite piece is the rainbow chalcedony necklace. Really cute and colorful!!

susie said...

their turquoise necklace. beautiful


Jamie Leigh Martin said... This. Do you have a coupon code?

AmbreRose said...

I like the second to last picture, the Red Ruby Necklace. ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

Zoe Lee said...

I love all of the necklaces..but this is really pretty:

thanks so much
zoe lee

femmenoir said...

My favorite would definitely be the rose colored earrings!

janetfaye said...

I like Sterling Silver Earrings Circle Textured Disc.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Cate said...

The moonstone necklace is really beautiful.

Meegs said...

Love the leaf necklace! So pretty.

Shaylynn said...

I love those red earrings-- and not to mention, the actual givaway item, the moonstone necklace!!!

Rachel Weller said...

I love the leaf necklace!

Miss Sparkle said...

It's all goregous but I like the blue necklace the best!

Heather Dowley said...

I love that leaf necklace with the green stone, so beautiful!

sandyandcosmo said...

I love the colors and the design of the blue earrings.

tiffany said...

so cute. i like the blue necklace.

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