Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Featured Seller & Giveaway

At KristieGK you can find beautiful jewelry, cards, scrap booking items and cute primitive salt dough ornaments. Kristie is a very talented craftswoman who is also a fellow home schooler and East Tennessean

Kristie is generously sponsoring a giveaway of a pair of her lovely Cascading Pearl Earrings. These earrings would be perfect for all your holiday dress occasions. To enter the giveaway simply go to Kristie's shop http://www.kristiegk.etsy.com and then leave a comment on this blog (please don't forget to leave contact info) to tell me what your favorite item in her shop is. The contest begins November 6 and will end November 16. I will have one of my lovely kiddos choose the lucky winner.



I've had the pleasure of chatting with Kristie and had the opportunity to ask her a few questions.

What inspires your designs ?
Anything and everything! I can see a color, smell a fragrance, feel a texture, or think of someone, and the next thing I know I am elbow deep in another project. It can be a curse and a blessing at times. Mostly a blessing though.

Tell us what one of your products we shouldn't be without and why. A simple yet sophisticated pair of pearl earrings. The classic white or ivory pearl is versatile for so many occasions. They can compliment jeans and a nice blouse, business casual, and certainly formal attire as well. Also, If white isn't your "thing" and you want more variety you now have so many color options available.
Lastly, they are great for passing down from generation to generation. There is something timeless about pearls that will never go out of style.


What is unique/sets you apart from the rest about your products, materials, process?
Quality materials, genuine hands on creativity, and fair prices.
I like to have products available for all budget levels. Whether you have a six figure income or are just looking to spend $5 you won't get cheap, shoddy products!
For me, Etsy is a venue that allows me- as a stay at home mom- to turn my creativity into a little extra "me" money. Which is why I can operate my shop with a bit more flexibility price wise. I know that a lot of sellers cringe at me for even saying that, but I choose to look at my business as a place where friendships are made as well as money. Never forget that there is a real person on the other end of the transactions and treat them with respect and fairness.

What is your favorite item from your shop
If I were to choose just one it would be my salt dough candy cane ornaments right now.I enjoy the entire process from mixing the dough to the right consistency, rolling it between my hands and forming the canes. I love the smell as they are baking, then painting them, sanding them, and dipping them in the wax. I am very much a fan of primitive decorating in general because it just makes me feel like life doesn't always have to be so rushed and so corporate. I hope to convey that peaceful feeling through my prim goodies to others as well.


What do you do when you aren't making jewelry and paper crafts?Actually I am a brain surgeon in my spare time. I wish! Nope! Actually I am just a typical happy housewife doing things like washing this, cooking that, raising my two teenage boys and loving every precious, and rare minute I get to spend with my husband Chris.
Oh, and spending insane amounts of money shopping on Etsy! Shhh... ;)

27 comments:

Amy said...

These earrings are delicious!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12182347

mommabeaver25 said...

Thoses earings are absolutely beautiful. If I don't win I'm going to have to save up my money and buy a pair.
www.bundlemeboutique.etsy.com

Emily of Ella-Bear Bowtique said...

Great feature!

TurtleMommy said...

I realllly love these red ones!!!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11837640

Robin@creations-anew.com said...

I have a thing for CandyCanes...those are soooo cute
Robin
CreationsAnew

Teri's Treasures said...

I love those candy canes as well! Great Feature Smokey!

Bubba & Rye said...

this was love at first sight!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12791331

contact me at www.bubbarye.etsy.com

TurtleMommy said...

I tagged you in my blog, check it out, seems fun!!!

Maddie and Mommy said...

The Cherry Silk earrings are my favorite. I literately gasped (sucked in air like my mom used to when entering a cool swimming pool) when I saw those. Very pretty. You can locate me at 1maddieandme@gmail.com if I am the winner.

Cozy Cabin Creations said...

I like these...gorgeous!!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11837640
cozycabinmercantile at yahoo

Amariah said...

I like the primitive candy canes. Very lovely!

www.amariahrauscher.blogspot.com

Crochet by Momma J said...

I love the Magesty earrings!

Marianne
mjackson(at)wwhgd(dot)com
www.crochetbymommaj.etsy.com
http://crochetbymommaj.blogspot.com/

Cams said...

What a great shop to feature, so many wonderful items.
I must say I am partial to those candy cane ornaments, beautiful, old fashioned and classic.
Cami
www.camillam.etsy.com

Newfangled said...

I have three favorites: Eve's Leaves Antique Bronze Earrings, Apple Green Genuine Chalcedony Gemstone Earrings, and the Coffee Filter Butterfly Scrapbook Memory Album Premade - What a creative idea! If I had to choose just one favorite, then it would be the Eve's Leaves Earrings.

If I'm lucky enough to win, you can convo me via my etsy shop at http://www.newfangled.etsy.com

Wire Inspired Jewelry said...

I love these!!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9001027

The keishe pearls are great!

you can reach me at

denise@wireinspiredjewelry.com

Mindy said...

It was hard to pick a fav but I finally had to go with these...
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9001027

Mama Keith said...

You make such cool stuff. I tagged you!!! Come find out some interesting stuff about me at my blog.

Kristie said...

Hi guys! Thanks for all the kind words. They are much appreciated. :)

- Marybeth I. said...

Glass Heart Choker Necklace - Love this. I am a beader and have never seen anyone do this. Love it!

Brandon said...

Beautiful!

Melissa
melissa33brew@yahoo.com

Jenn~ said...

Those earrings are stunning...love them tons....and oh yes I have a little thing for peppermints too...hehehe...

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5351310

Brenda said...

Great blog. Love the content and your artistic ability.

http://bearmountainjewlry.blogspot.com/

The Chameleons Attic said...

I love the candy canes and the little drop flower earrings! Wonderful comments, thank you.

Mariah said...

I love her stuff!! She does great work!! My favorite today, are the Rubies Slippers Earrings!! I love the color!! Beautiful!!
mariahscreations@yahoo.com

Lona said...

The denim bracelet is my favorite:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12341813

Thanks for this giveaway!

I can be found at my blog, or at shadysidefarm.etsy.com

Sock Monkey Greetings said...

Beautiful Apple Green earrings!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12576086

sockmonkeygreetings.etsy.com

dragonflyducky said...

I really love most of Kristie's earrings, but I think the "Sterling Silver Gorgeous Garnet Drops" are my absolute favorites!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10400971

Kerstin
chimera.etsy@me.com