Monday, April 25, 2011

Giveaway Feature - Gypsy Goods!

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1. Where can we find your work and what do you create?


My main shops are on Artfire, Etsy and Zibbet.  I create a wide range of unique goods from Hand Pressed Buttons to Eco- Home Goods to Fun, Fantasy Accessories.
  
2. What's your favorite part about being an independent artist?

The freedom to work when you are inspired and set your own limits and hours.  The spark of an idea can come at the most random time and it is great to be able to go with it.


3. Where do you find your inspiration?

It can be anywhere..Life, movies and the materials themselves.  Sometimes, I will lay out some fabric, beads, trim, lace, and let the piece define itself. 


4. What advice would you give to other artists?

You do not need the validation from others about your art.  You can open the door to some negative feedback and it will be hard to get yourself back on track.  Some people just do not see the difference in handmade work and they will judge it like a big box store creation.  Others that envy talent can be jealous and negative.  Open the door to the positive, creative thoughts and don't let others define you.  Hey, I have a quirky sense of creativity and not everyone gets me and I am more than fine with that. 

If you are just getting started... practice, practice, practice.  Don't be afraid to take it apart, start over or re-invent the piece.  The beginner pieces are not the best you will create.  Keep one of them and every now and then, look at it and see how you have advanced your skills.  Ask yourself:  Could I have done better?  If you said yes, learn from the mistake and begin again.  If you get stuck on how to complete it, put it in the middle of the table, look at it, ignore it or sleep on the problem, you will solve the puzzle.

Thanks Kathy!
Now for what she's giving away:



But wait! It's not just the above picture - it's winner's choice of buttons!

$15 in Buttons... ABEO Art Canvas Buttons or Regular Pinbacks-BadgeReels-Openers-Mirrors 

Here's some linky's to give you ideas:

ABEO Art Canvas Buttons in Pinbacks-Pendants-Ornaments-Magnets-
(Water Color or Regular Canvas) miniature art canvas for the artist

Pendants (for jewelry)

Ornaments

OR
Anything in the shop that is made into or from a BUTTON....

Fun Buttons-BadgeReels-Bottle Openers-Mirrors

So how can you win?


1. Comment on this entry
2. Share your favorite item from her shops (scroll up for links)
3. Plurk or twitter about it and leave a comment with link.
4. Promote the item on Facebook.
5. Blog about it and leave a comment with link
6. Purchase an item from her shop (for 5 entries) (link above)

Important: All entries must be submitted by comments on this blog post.
I'm keeping track of the entries, so telling Kathy about them won't help :P


Giveaway Ends Saturday Evening 4/30


55 comments:

eaglehawk said...

Gypsy Goods has some amazing things.

Michelle said...

This shop is so full of amazing things... going to spend all day flipping through the many pages... but I LOVE those blackboard buttons.. what a Wonderful idea!!

Dawn said...

I really like the bottle openers, especially the Alice in Wonderland one. :)

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Such a fun shop! The chalkboard and water color buttons are such fun ideas!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks at hotmail dot com

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

My favorite is her Neon COCKTAILS sign... TGIF swivel back badge reel! I need this for work...everyday!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks at hotmail dot com

Veet Voojagig said...

Oooh, buttons! I used to be crazy into buttons.

Veet Voojagig said...

Dude, Scotty button keychain bottle opener thing? Amazing. I wants.

http://www.plurk.com/p/bwb1jn

mamaslittlemonkeys said...

How do I love GypsyGoods, let me count the ways!?

SHe's a super smart and talented artisan, her work is impeccable, and she's just the best!!

GypsyGoods creates the beautiful mylar buttons I use on my mylar badge reels, www.badgereels.etsy.com :)

Facebooked the giveaway :)

beth and mario said...

Those chalkboard buttons are awesome.

beth and mario said...

the gypsy goods hats are great too. i think i might need one for dressup this year.

windowfog said...

These buttons are so cool!

windowfog [at] gmail [dot] com

Nana Kat said...

Chalkboard buttons are such a clever idea.
fastkat at gmail dot com

Nana Kat said...

My fav is the Girl with Pearl Earring... Badge Reel swivel base.
fastkat at gmail dot com

The Teacher said...

I love the chalkboard Pin I want one!! I am a teacher and that would be awesome!
jessicajhennings@gmail.com

The Teacher said...

The buttons are sooo cool.
jessicajhennings@gmail.com

eclairre said...

Id love to win! eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com

eclairre said...

My favorite is the alice in wonderland bottle opener.

Ginger said...

I think the Art Canvas Buttons are cool! I enjoyed checking out Gypsy Goods
thanks!!

cyclona66 at aol dot com

Ginger said...

I also think the Peace Sign Trees Button is cute!!

cyclona66 at aol dot com

Leta Porter said...

Kathy makes some amazing items! I love her steampunk items.

KM said...

those chalkboard buttons are so cute! mrskmartin@gmail.com

Shaha said...

their wedding hair combs are lovly
diarygirl at live dot com

shaha

Lyudmila said...

funny items! ))
lusizova at gmail.com

Poppy said...

omg so cool shop!!<3

Poppy said...

cutest mirror http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=3189168

Breaking Free From Old Ways said...

I just love anything chalkboard!

kaylynn_0419(at)yahoo(dot)com

Breaking Free From Old Ways said...

I like those soapsavers pouches! I think that is a good idea

kaylynn_0419(at)yahoo(dot)com

Heavensent1 said...

Very zen like buttons...say what you feel...heavensent1@yahoo dotcom

Heavensent1 said...

I also love her Black Steampunk Mini Top Hat~!

Heavensent1 said...

FB shared the hat... http://www.facebook.com/redpillplease#!/redpillplease/posts/194539200589598

Heavensent1 said...

http://twitter.com/#!/DNatrlBeauty/status/63418346779058176

La Vale said...

Those chalkboard buttons are such great idea.

leideedellavale at gmail dot com

La Vale said...

I also like The Super STAR... Fabric Wrist CUFF.

leideedellavale at gmail dot com

Mao Mao said...

love the chalk buttons!

maomaocrafts.blogspot.com

Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) said...

What a cute shop! I really love those chalkboard pin buttons. :)

debyeo at hotmail dot com

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

How cool!! Nice shop.

itchinstitchin at gmail dot com

sandyandcosmo said...

What a cute shop, thanks for the giveaway!

sandyandcosmo said...

I love the Victorian Sparkle Black Lace Earrings!

Jo said...

I love buttons so this giveaway sounds amazing! :)

jo.tee35 AT gmail DOT com

Jo said...

I love the Mad Hatter Bottle Opener! :)

jo.tee35 AT gmail DOT com

Meri Greenleaf said...

I really like the advice she gives. :) And such fun shops!

Meri Greenleaf said...

Oh man, it's so hard to pick a favorite! I really like this amulet bag, though! http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=2960159

Meri Greenleaf said...

If I can get the link to work, I tweeted one of her hats:
http://twitter.com/?status=Is%20this%20the%20only%20one%20made%3F%20%20http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2FbgKr5V#!/MeriGreenleaf/status/63795078002511872

Ashley said...

Cool giveaway.

mrs.marcus2 at yahoo dot com

Dale Graves said...

I love the idea that you do not need validation from others to know you create art - what a powerful concept for all of us. Thank you for sharing

angiebestboss@gmail.com
Angieb

Dale Graves said...

angiebestboss@gmail.com
Love the vintage button ponytail holders - sweet

AmbreRose said...

Oh my goodness I just might be in love with those Blackboard pins. ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

AmbreRose said...

what great ideas in this shop! ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

tearyeyedstars said...

Oh wow (:
Those buttons are so cute!

ejhtan at gmail dot com

tearyeyedstars said...

I love the Ruby Red Sparkle Big BOW Party HEAD BAND from her artfire shop :D
ejhtan at gmail dot com

tearyeyedstars said...

tweeted:
http://twitter.com/#!/tearyeyedstars/status/64374040831328258
ejhtan at gmail dot com

tearyeyedstars said...

posted on fb:
http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=219358854743871&id=100000616079086
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tearyeyedstars said...

blogged:
http://tearyeyedstars.blogspot.com/2011/04/gypsy-goods-giveaway.html
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blandrews13 said...

Love Gypsy Goods stuff! So fun!

blandrews13 said...

I have to say I love the chalkboard buttons. I love buttons but sometime I just can't find ones that say what I want.