Aug 29, 2011

garden giveaway {no. 8} :: etsy chat with pieces of april

Before, I introduce the last sponsor of my August Garden Party, I would like to take a moment and thank all of my guest writers and my sponsors of this month. My "gardeners" did such a lovely job tending my garden! 

I also wanted to thank Miss Bethany especially for contacting a sponsor and arranging such a lovely giveaway, and congratulation Miss Haley on winning the lovely earrings. {may you enjoy those ;)}. 
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Alrighty, the last giveaway of my garden party is sponsored by.... 
{click the banner to visit shop}

April is such a sweet person and her shop is filled with the cutest handmade delights; 'twas my pleasure to interview her to-day :: 
Me :: How delighted I am to have you here in my garden. Thank you so much for joining me to-day. 
Would you mind starting by telling my readers a little bit about yourself?


April :: My name is April. I am originally from West Texas but now live in South Louisiana. I am hispanic which is why you will find some of my items have a Spanglish (Spanish & English) name. My wonderful husband Michael and I have been married 8 years. I have a chocolate labrador, Daisy who is my little baby. I love fishing, college football, and anything my husband cooks!



Me :: What encouraged you to start an Etsy shop and when was it opened?



April :: Two reasons compelled me to open my shop. One, my mother who is an artist needed help opening a shop. Secondly, I had recently quit a full time job at a stationary store to help my husband with his trucking business. I missed the creative side of the stationary business but did not miss the long hours so I opened my shop to keep that creative part of me alive.


Me :: Are there any particular Etsy shops that inspire you?




April :: I was an Etsy customer before I was a shop owner so I have quite a few different shops that I love. Two shops that have inspired my craft are Woodland Belle (she makes her work an art form) & ; Earmark is another great shop which I love. They are both so unique.


Me :: Name a few of your top-selling items. 

April :: My top sellers are bobby pins in sets of 3 and custom rings. I love to help someone custom design their rings in a favorite color or flower. As an added perk I customize gift tags by adding a personal message, name or quote.


Me :: What is perhaps, the most enjoyable part about owning your own shop?

April :: The relationships I create with other shop owners and customers from all over the world. I now have customers who keep up with me and my daily life. We even chat up a storm on Facebook. 

Me :: What inspires you as a crafter? 

April :: My mom. She thinks outside of the box. Her ideas never end.I also find inspiration where most others do, in the highs and lows of life, in love and sadness, my dog Daisy, and my husband Michael.


Me :: I love your shop’s name! Is there a specific concept or story behind it?


April :: My mother named me from the song "Pieces Of April" by Three Dog Night, a rock band. Her inspiration became mine and it just seemed to fit the shop so well since every little thing I make is a little piece of me. 

Me :: For the new Etsy shop owners out there, do you mind sharing a few of tips or things that you have learned through experience?



April :: I have learned the importance of a great photo. Customers should touch and taste with their eyes. I think if you provide a nice shop front with a few great quality items you will find success. 


Me :: Is there any thing else you would like to add? 




April :: I believe in doing what I love even if I only get to do it part-time. I am so very grateful to you for allowing me to share a little about myself and for sharing Pieces Of April with your readers!




Thank you so much, April, for allowing me to interview you! I hope that your shop flourishes with business this year! {I LOVE all of your products!!!}


a peek into the shop 


April sells some of the cutest things 'round including...


earrings...



rings...



hair clips...



and paper goods....


the giveaway


Dear April sweetly and generously agreed to give away a little packet that consists of three beautiful bobbies as well as a pair of rosette earrings...


Are they not darling? April specifically reserved this listing just for my garden party!
 I am quite jealous of the winner, for this color pallet is one of my favorites. :)

~Listing~
Ahhh, purple regal and rich. This set is made up of 3 Gold Plated Bobby Pins and a set of earrings.

Bobbies: Large Rose, Medium Dahlia and Orchid, in different shades of purple 
Earrings: Lilac Rose Bud on Gold Plated Posts Pins measure about 3 to 2 1/2 inchesEarrings measure a little under 1/2 inch

Special thanks to April for contributing this lovely packet of bobbies and earrings.


:: important information :: 
{before entering, please carefully read the information below} 


{one} You must complete the mandatory entry before completing extra entries.
 {If you fail to complete the mandatory entry, all other entries will not count, thus, you will not be entered in the giveaway}. 

{two} You must leave separate comments per entry you complete. 
{I use random.org when choosing the winners of my giveaway. If you leave all of your entries in one comment, it will be accounted as one entry}. 

{three} Giveaway ends Monday, September 5th, and winner will be announced soon thereafter. 
All the past giveaways from this month have been extended to the beginning of September.

{four} The winner will have 24 hr. within the time of the announcement to contact me about her prize.

{five} Giveaway is open to young ladies in US only.


:: how to enter ::


:: mandatory entry :: 


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Visit April's shop, and let me know what catches your eye in her shop.  

 :: extra entries :: 

heart April's shop. 
add April to your Etsy circle. 
like April's business on facebook. {link is coming soon} 
spread a little love to my guest posters, and read their articles, leaving a sweet comment.
{{leave separate comments per article you comment on}}
be or become my follower on this blog, on facebook, or pinterest.
{{leave separate comments per one you complete}}
post about this giveaway on your blog or facebook.
{{leave a separate comment for each you do}}
enter one of my this month's past giveaways.
{{leave separate comment per giveaway you enter}} 
purchase something from April's shop{worth ten entries; leave ten comments} 

You may begin entering now!

110 comments:

  1. http://www.etsy.com/listing/67754029/bronze-branch-earrings

    These are DARLING! Oh my goodness! I very much want these!

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  2. I hearted her shop.

    www.etsy.com/people/dramaticelegance

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  3. I liked your page on Facebook.

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  4. Alot of things from her shop caught my eye, but I will just say one. If you want me to say them all, please just delete this comment and let me know in a comment @ faith-somethingfun.blogspot.com.

    One of the things that caught my eye were the Enamorado Con Purple Earrings (http://www.etsy.com/listing/65835059/enamorado-con-purple-earrings).

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

    -Faith

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  5. What a lovely giveaway! I love much of her work, especially her "Concord Purple Rose Barrette" for it is so vintage and feminine!

    Many Blessings,
    ~Shannon~

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  6. I follow your lovely blog...

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  7. I have shared about this giveaway on my blog...

    http://brightlight412.blogspot.com/p/giveaways_28.html

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  8. I hearted Pieces of April shop.

    ~Johanna

    60blueeyes@esagelink.com

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  9. I have entered giveaway 1...

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  10. I have entered giveaway 2...

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  11. I added April to my etsy circle. My etsy name is: CreativityStartsHere.

    ~Johanna

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  12. And I have entered giveaway 4...

    Thank you again Miss Grace!

    In Christ,
    ~Shannon~

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  13. I already follow this lovely blog. :)

    ~Johanna

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  14. I entered the Olive Tree giveaway.

    ~Johanna

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  15. I posted about it here: http://texasskies.blogspot.com/2011/08/grace-is-having-giveaway-here.html.

    ~Johanna

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  16. Posted about this giveaway on Blogger!!!!

    http://giveawaysgalore4girls.blogspot.com/2011/08/giveaway-graces-garden-walk.html

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  17. Ok! Now this one I realy hope I win! I Love Love Love purple, AND I have been looking for hair clips! Even after looking at some of the things April sells, these are my ALL TIME FAVORITE!

    Love,
    Rachel
    singingpurplefeathers.blogspot.com

    P.S. I am commenting anonamously still because I am still working on glitches!

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  18. I read Miss Elizabeth's post, and commented! (guest post comment 1)

    Love,
    Rachel

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  19. I left a comment on Miss Samantha's post! (Guest post comment 2)

    Love,
    Rachel

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  20. I commented on Miss Bethany's post.
    (Guest post comment 3)

    Love,
    Rachel

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  21. I commented on Miss Georgiana's post!
    (guest post comment 4)

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  22. I commented on Miss Kiley's post.
    (guest post comment 5)
    Love,
    Rachel

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  23. I commented on Miss Moriah's post.
    (Guest post comment 6)
    Love,
    Rachel

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  24. I commented on Miss Sonja's post.
    (Guest post comment 7)
    Love,
    Rachel

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  25. I follow your blog!
    Love,
    Rachel

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  26. I entered giveaway #1!
    Love,
    Rachel

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  27. I entered giveaway number 2
    Love,
    Rachel

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  28. I entered giveaway number 3
    Love,
    Rachel

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  29. I entered giveaway number 4
    Love,
    Rachel

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  30. I entered giveaway number 6
    Love
    Rachel

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  31. I love this:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/80709764/x-grande-lagoon-blue-flower-on-white

    -hannah

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  32. my favorite is the A Peacock's Ugly Cousin - Earring

    uk7ss@yahoo.com

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  33. What a lovely shop April has... My favorite item is the Concord Purple Rose Barrette-Hair Clip:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/66252110/concord-purple-rose-barrette-hair-clip

    Many Blessings,
    Jenna
    wheretheheartremains.blogspot.com

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  34. I hearted April's shop!

    Many Blessings,
    Jenna
    wheretheheartremains.blogspot.com

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  35. I added April's shop to my Etsy circle!

    Many Blessings,
    Jenna
    wheretheheartremains.blogspot.com

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  36. I follow your lovely blog, of course!

    Many Blessings,
    Jenna
    wheretheheartremains.blogspot.com

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  37. Ooo... I LOVE the Mediano Dahlia Ring!!

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  38. I just added April's shop to my favorites! So many pretty things! :)

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  39. I'm a follower of your blog!

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  40. I've entered the Sweet Pea Totes giveaway.

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  41. I entered the Brydferth giveaway.

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  42. I entered the Olive Tree Boutique giveaway.

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  43. I entered the Brighter Day giveaway.

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  44. I entered the Polka Dots and Blooms giveaway.

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  45. I just love her rose earrings!
    Blessings,
    Bethany
    www.royal-daughters-of-the-king.blogspot.com

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  46. I hearted her shop!
    Blessings,
    Bethany
    www.royal-daughters-of-the-king.blogspot.com

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  47. Her shop is in my Etsy circle!
    Blessings,
    Bethany
    www.royal-daughters-of-the-king.blogspot.com

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  48. I follow you!
    Blessings,
    Bethany
    www.royal-daughters-of-the-king.blogspot.com

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  49. I posted about it here:
    http://wardfamblog.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html
    Blessings,
    Bethany
    www.royal-daughters-of-the-king.blogspot.com

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  50. I entered your giveaway for the lovely headband!
    Blessings,
    Bethany
    www.royal-daughters-of-the-king.blogspot.com

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  51. I visited April's shop and I am now in LOVE with her rings!! One of my favorites is the White Flower Hot Hot Pink Ring (http://www.etsy.com/listing/73642934/grande-lotus-ring-white-flower-hot-hot).

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  52. I hearted April's shop on Etsy. :)

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  53. I added April's shop to my Etsy circle. :)

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  54. I entered your wristlet giveaway!
    Blessings,
    Bethany
    www.royal-daughters-of-the-king.blogspot.com

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  55. I liked April's facebook page. :)

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  56. I entered your hair clip giveaway!
    Blessings,
    Bethany
    www.royal-daughters-of-the-king.blogspot.com

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  57. I follow your blog here on Blogger. :)

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  58. I also follow your blog on Facebook. :)

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  59. I entered your other wristlet giveaway!
    Blessings,
    Bethany
    www.royal-daughters-of-the-king.blogspot.com

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  60. I entered the second giveaway, the wristlet from Brighter Day.

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  61. I entered the Rosette clip giveaway. :)

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  62. I entered the giveaway from Sweet Pea Totes. :)

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  63. I entered the giveaway from Polka Dots and Blooms. :)

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  64. I commented on Kiley's post about "Weeding your garden."

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  65. Such a lovely giveaway!

    In the shop I really liked the Fleur de lis earrings.

    ~Hanne-col

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  66. I like the Mediano Rose Bud Ring the best.
    ~Kaydee

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  67. My favorite is the Red Rose Bud Earrings.
    ~Emma

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  68. We follow your blog!
    ~Emma & Kaydee

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  69. I like the yellow fellow bobby pin trio

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  70. Lovely giveaway once again!

    I really like these sweet little earrings:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/74311376/mini-chrysanthum-duo-peach-and-robins

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  71. I have hearted April's shop~
    ( shop name Emariecreations)

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  72. I added April to my Etsy Circle
    (shop name Emariecreations)

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  73. I entered your PrettyThings by Meg giveaway~

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  74. We follow your blog. #2
    ~Emma & kaydee

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  75. I entered your other giveaways!
    ~Emma & Kaydee

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  76. I entered your other giveaways!
    ~Kaydee

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  77. Of-course I am already your Follower! ;)


    Blessings,
    ~Savanna.

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  78. I have entered pretty things by Meg Giveaway!

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  79. I have entered Polka dots and Blooms Giveaway too!

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  80. I have entered the Ruby Jean giveaway!

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  81. I have entered sweat pea totes giveaway too!

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  82. I have entered the shop Brydferth Giveaway!

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  83. I have entered the brighter day giveaway!

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  84. I have entered the Olive tree designs giveaway!

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  85. Those are so pretty! I would like to enter! My favorite item is the Maroon 3 - Bobby Pin Trio.

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  86. I have entered some of your giveaways.

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  87. I posted about it http://ransomedprincess.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html.

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  88. I like all of her lovely rings! :)

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  89. http://hgraceplace.blogspot.com/p/lovely-giveaways.html

    I posted about!

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  90. I entered one of your past giveaways!

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  91. I follow! And Apripl's shop is lovely! :) I like her Mediano Ivory rose ring :)
    http://themeltedcamera.blogspot.com/

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  92. I love the rings, especially the grande lagoon blue rose on copper.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/80896957/grande-lagoon-blue-rose-on-copper

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  93. I added April's etsy shop to my circle.

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  94. I entered your giveaway held by polka dots and blooms.

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  95. I entered your giveaway by polka dots and blooms!

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  96. I entered your giveaway with sweet pea totes.

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