May 21, 2011

Giveaway #11 ~ Sponsored by Blossom and Twigs

The first time I "stepped into" Priscilla's shop, I knew I absolutely MUST invite the owner to join me for tea in the garden. Please give a warm and friendly welcome to Priscilla from the beautiful Etsy shop...

{Click banner to enter shop}


Now, Priscilla and I had such an enjoyable little chat to-day, over tea!



~The Interview~


Me: Hello, Priscilla! I am so delighted to have you here in my garden to-day! 
Do you think you could please tell me and my readers a little bit about yourself?


Priscilla: I am a stay at home mother to Lydia, 19 - Martha, 17 and Gabriel, 11. Before I had children I worked as a paralegal for 7 years, but being a mother was a big dream of mine since I was a little girl, and so I am very happy to be a SAHM.

Me: What inspired you to start an Etsy shop and how long has it been in full operation?


Priscilla: I am the "Sunshine Lady" in my local quilt guild, which means that I send the birthday, get well cards, etc. I was having trouble keeping enough cards on hand to send out and so I began making them. That led to paper crafting which led to my shop. My shop has been open since September 2010.

Me: What is your inspiration for your products?


Priscilla: I have been keeping an "Inspiration Notebook" for about 8 years. In it, I keep pictures, quotes, ideas, etc. for things I want to make. The actual making is always a mishmash of ideas put together. Kind of like coming up with your own recipe - a little of this from here and a little of that from there - and you come up with your own dish!

Me: Your shop's name is quite whimsical...is there a particular concept or story behind the naming of it? 


Priscilla: I just love trees so much -everything about them. I have a beautiful pear tree in my yard and seeing it's sweet white blooms in the spring, gave me "Blossom and Twig."

Me: What are some of your best selling item(s) in your shop?


Priscilla: I have sold a lot of these Mason jar tags: 



And alot of these bookmarks: 




Me: Tell us, what are a few of your favorite Etsy sellers/shops?


Priscilla: I enjoy this shop a lot:



And this shop:

And also this shop: 


Me: Being an experienced Etsy owner, could you share a few tips with the beginner Etsy owners among us?


Priscilla: Having really great photos is super important. That is your hook to pull people into your shop. Even if your item is great, but your photograph isn't great, then your item doesn't look great and people will pass on by. The other most important tip I can give is to list - alot. The more you list, the more sales you will have. You must think of that .20 listing fee as advertising for your shop and your item.


 Thank you, Priscilla for allowing me to interview you! It was such a pleasure to have you, and I hope that this 
year you will be blessed with many sales!




~A Peek into the Shop~

I'm not quite sure how I stumbled upon Priscilla's cute, little shop, but I do know that I am very happy I did. 

Priscilla sells a beautiful collection of paper good with 
that old-fashion, whimsical flare...

{How she even presents her products - her photography - is just so lovely!}


She sells the cutest tags...




I am loving this! Sow whimsical!


Bird cages I adore!






Are these not darling?



{I'm loving this!!!}

Aren't these cute? 

She also sells the prettiest sticker seals - a perfect touch for any envelope!


{I absolutely LOVE these!}



She also makes lovely greeting cards! So inspiring for card-makers! 

And finally, she sells the most delightful little book plates and bookmarks...





Are these not darling? {Bunny's hold a special place in my heart *wink*}





And your sweet product will be specially wrapped up into a lovely parcel...





If you are looking for paper goods, Priscilla will make the simplest tag or bookmark into a very pretty, little thing handmade with lots of love.




~The Giveaway~


Priscilla has generously contributed a special prize to my May Garden Party:




Is this not a beautiful bookmark? 


Here is the listing description:



A lovely handmade bookmark with floating butterflies and the word "BEAUTIFUL" in a vintage French frame - a sweet gift for a friend - or maybe for you :)

The back is a beautiful soft blue and green textile design. I have shaded the edges of the front as well as the back to give it an vintage appearance.

~ handmade bookmark

~ size: 2 1/2" x 7"

~ soft blue cardstock body
~ back is blue and green decorative cardstock
~ handstamped images in gold and cocoa brown ink
~ edges are antiqued with ink for a vintage feel
~ silky, champagne colored seam binding tassel
~ matching sticker seal 
* This bookmark will come to you in a crystal clear cellophane bag, sealed with a matching sticker. Ready to give as a gift or keep for yourself!



Special, Special thanks to Priscilla for generously contributing this beautiful bookmark from her shop!

Ready to win this beauty???

How to Enter
{Please read carefully}

Required: You must complete the mandatory entry or extra entries will not count. 

Required: In order to gain extra entries, you must leave separate comments per entry you complete. {else the computer will only read three entries in one entry}

~Mandatory Entry~
{counting as one entry}

Visit Priscilla's shop, Blossom and Twig, and let me know what is catching your eye,
and
Let me know if you have entered all of my giveaways and/or what your favorite giveaway has been thus far. 

After completing the mandatory entry you may earn extra entries by:


Heart Priscilla's shop


Heart your favorite item. 


Add Priscilla to your Etsy circle. 


Be or become a follower of this blog. {you must be a public follower for this entry to count}


Let me know what your thoughts on "whimsy" are.
{When you hear or read the word whimsy, what comes to mind?}


Purchase something from Priscilla's shop.
{worth ten entries; leave ten comments} 


~For Those Who Do Not Keep a Blog~ 
Be sure to include a way for me to contact you somehow, if you win. 

~Mandatory Entry~
Visit Priscilla's shop and let me know what your favorite item is.  

Let me know what giveaway has been your favorite. 

{If you keep an Etsy account} Heart Priscilla's shop. 

Add Priscilla to your Etsy circle. 

Let me know what your thoughts on "whimsy" are.
{When you hear or read the word "whimsy" what comes to mind?}

E-mail a few of your friends. {worth one entry per person you e-mail}

Purchase something from Priscilla's shop. 
{worth ten entries; leave ten comments}

All of thee above is worth one entry unless otherwise stated. 



~Extra Information~


Giveaway open to US young ladies only. 

Giveaway ends at the end of the month. {See program for specific dates}

When following my blog, you MUST be a public follower else the entry does not count.

You MUST leave separate comments per entry you complete. 

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Ready to enter, ma' dears? 
Alrighty, you know the drill! *smile*

Love always,
Grace 



45 comments:

  1. What a beautiful bookmark! From her shop I love the "Shabby Chic Roses in Vintage Blue" gift tags - so lovely!
    And I really like your last giveaway from Barberry & Lace. :)

    ~Melody

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  2. I am a follower of your blog!

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  3. Whenever I hear the word "whimsy" I think of my little-girl childhood, warm faded sunshiney days, and tiny bouquets of wildflowers I used to gather for my mom. :)

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  4. Eeek! I love bookmarks. My favorite item at her shop is the Vintage Rose Buds in Spring stickers. I've entered *most* of your giveaways...I hope to win the 6th the most. xD

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  5. I hearted my favorite item...

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  6. I added BlossomandTwig to my circle.

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  7. When I hear the word Whimsy...I think of white window curtains flowing in the breeze. I have no clue why. ;)

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  8. I really like the Handmade Sticker Seals - Vintage Rose Buds in Spring and Handmade Bookmark - Butterflies on Beautiful Blue Vintage French Style from Blossom and Twig.
    I've entered some of your giveaways, but my favorite one was definitely the KBR magazine one year subscription!

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  9. I hearted Blossom and Twig!

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  10. I hearted my favorite items!

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  11. Priscilla is in my circle!

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  12. I'm a follower of this blog.

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  13. This is a bit weird, but every time I hear the word whimsy, a clearing in the woods filled with purple butterflies of all shades comes to mind.

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  14. I love these gift tags! http://www.etsy.com/listing/72259313/gift-tags-shabby-chic-roses-on-vintage

    I think I have entered all of the giveaways. There are quite a few so I might have missed one ;). And I absolutely adored the flower garden necklace in the previous giveaway <3.

    Moe

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  15. Oh my! Dearest Grace, this giveaway is simply lovely! I, too, when stepping into her shop just fell in love with her items! One of the items that cought my eye was the little tags with the bird print on them.... but I must say that the bookmarks you are giving away here would have to surpass them!
    No, I haven't intered All of your giveaways, but I must say that this one has to be my favorite as I LOVE to read, and these would add such an elegant flare to it!

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  16. I already have added her shop to my favorites.

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  17. I already hearted my favorite item, but I am heading on over to heart some more! *smile*

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  18. I already follow you my dear!

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  19. Hmmmmm..... When I hear the word 'Whimsy' or 'Whimsical' I usually think of lovely little fairies! *smile*

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  20. My favorite item in Priscilla's shop is probably the Classic Silhouette Gift Tag. Also, my favorite giveaway was #4 by Miss Ashley of Bramblewood Fashions.

    emmygirl1995 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  21. I hearted Priscilla's shop on Etsy!

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  22. I added her to my Etsy circle!

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  23. My favorite thing is the Handmade French Postal Label!! "Sew" adorable!! =)
    ~Hannah
    galloping4god@charter.net

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  24. My favorite giveaway I think would be either the magazine or...the Flower Garden Necklace!! Soooo cute!! =)
    ~Hannah
    galloping4god@charter.net

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  25. When I think of whimsy....I think of a forest with fairies...don't know why!! =) And little "forest" people.
    ~Hannah
    galloping4god@charter.net

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  26. My favorite thing on her Etsy shop is the gift tags that are called "Chic Roses on Vintage Blue"

    And my favorite give-aways have been the ones with jewelry :)

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  27. I'm a public follower of you!

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  28. For me, the word "whimsy" means fun, floaty and silly!

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  29. What a LOVELY giveaway! She has such beautiful items in her shop! My favorite item is this:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/66912421/gift-tags-vintage-rose-heart
    I have entered most of your other giveaways, and my favorite has probably been the apron from Bramblewood Fashion. They are all so lovely though!

    Many Blessings,
    Jenna

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  30. I added her shop to my circle! :)

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  31. I also hearted my favorite item!

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  32. I already follow your lovely blog!

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  33. I do not think of the word whimsy very often, nor do I use it. I think of anything fanciful though!

    Many Blessings,
    Jenna

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  34. I am absolutely loving the Gift Tags - handmade, cutest beagle puppy, gingham ribbon! So adorable!!!

    I haven't entered all the giveaways, but I have entered several of them.

    ~Hanne-col

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  35. What caught my eye at Blossom and Twig (this is hard-- I like a LOT of her stuff): http://www.etsy.com/listing/68266054/gift-tags-french-bird-merci-vintage.

    ~Johanna Kautt

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  36. What caught my eye at Blossom and Twig (this is hard-- I like a LOT of her stuff): http://www.etsy.com/listing/68266054/gift-tags-french-bird-merci-vintage.

    ~Johanna Kautt

    60blueeyes@esagelink.com

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  37. My favorite giveaway that you've had was probably the painting scavenger hunt one. :)

    ~Johanna

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  38. I follow your blog *publicly*.

    ~Johanna

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  39. When I hear the word "whimsy", I think of...

    ...vintage.
    ...fairies.
    ...weddings.
    ...fascinator hats.
    ...roses.
    ...antiques.

    ~Johanna

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  40. When I hear the word "whimsy", I think of...

    ...vintage.
    ...antique.
    ...shabby-chic.
    ...fairies (I don't *believe* in fairies).
    ...weddings.
    ...fascinator hats.

    ~Johanna

    www.texasskies.blogspot.com

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