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The New Keeps on Coming – Happy 4th of July

Modern Personalized Note Card

Before I talk about the above photo, I have to share that I spent this weekend in Pine Forge, PA camping with our Pathfinder Club; and our club participated in the annual Pathfinder fair which includes physical fitness events, a parade, drill competition and a craft booth and float (my faves of course). I’m SO proud of my young people for the good behavior, and for working so hard at their events. They brought the house down. Everyone wanted to know where ‘those Pathfinders’ were from. I’m still ALL SMILES:-)))))

But while I’ve been doubly busy with the Pathfinders and life, I’ve also been try to develop some new products. For the folks like me, that like to be understated, yet stand out from the crowd, I have a new line of personalized note cards, the first couple debuted this week. You can even get a free sample with the cost of postage. Remember, you are among the first to see my new creations and they may not all listed in my shop yet, but feel free to message me your special request anytime.

Also, I created these giveaways a little while ago to promo my two shops because I could show both shops on one item. They seem to be such a crowd pleaser I thought I’d give my fellow shopkeepers an opportunity to get their own. The matchbook notebooks are 2 1/2 inches square and can be printed with your logo, product photo or special message.

So, hope you all had a great weekend. For those celebrating US Independence Day/4th of July hope it was SAFE one with lots of family and friends fun.

Necklace by Inbarbareket


The revolution is being handmade.


It’s a Free-land of creativity

I have the unique opportunity to introduce the personality behind two shops – thestudiodoor.etsy.com and freelandstudios.etsy.com. Both these shops feature creations from Scott Freeland, a sculptor and scenic artist for over 18 years. Scott heads Freeland Studios, which provides original artworks for theme parks, custom architecture, museums exhibits, trade shows or wherever a spectacle needs is to be created. But it’s one of Scott’s smaller creations that has taken on a life of it’s own – the trendy and now popular iRetrofone. This super cool gadget has been featured in numerous blog posts, magazines and even on the Nate Berkus Show. The iRetrofone base is a fully-functional, stationary iPhone dock with working handset and complete compatibility with USB cable. Each individual iRetrofone is hand-sculpted and handcast in urethane resin. And yes, your iPhone 4 will work with it. Necessity was the mother of invention when creating the iRetrofone base; after looking at his iPhone’s handset hanging from a couple nails hammered into the wall, the artist in Scott knew he could do better. Cool outcome? I think so!

Scott says, “I am an artist that never rests and my mind is constantly engaged. I feel as though my fine art is the most important body of ongoing work that I have created. For this body of work is created from an open mind, free from deadlines and committees to appease. It comes from a pure source of inspiration. My work is also rooted in some basic principals such as: human emotions, the fundamentals of humanity, earth’s elements, energy, the golden ratio, ancient technologies, wisdom and universal knowledge.”  Out of this comes thestudiodoor.etsy.com.  Behind this studio door, you will find ceramics vessels with the most beautiful glazes and textures, sculptures and even paintings.

So Scott, apart from creating things, what do you do?

I am a husband to my wife Megan and a father to my 2 children, Crystal 11 and Jasper 3. Where I put my efforts towards playful guidance and exploring our true spirits.

How did you get started in your field?

I don’t know if there was a starting point into art. I believe it began as a young child, sometimes between the moment I realized that I was conscious to the world and when my mother put a crayon or a piece of clay in my hands. Looking backward it seems like one long path to today. Academically I excelled in art, woodshop, mechanics, drafting and struggled with everything else. Found my way in the same haphazard manner to art college at Ringling School of Art and Design. Graduated in the early nineties and have been self-employed my entire adult life creating art.

What are your favorite creations/shop items and why?

Mayan Vessel

A couple of years ago I was in downtown Chicago visiting a friend and we stumbled upon a Mayan exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. While there I encountered a giant stone sculpture of the Mayan calendar. Standing there for nearly an hour was in awestruck. I found the stone monument to be inspiring. Once I returned home the monument kept entering into my thoughts. After a couple of weeks I became motivated to recreate the calendar and its symbols myself. As a sculptor and a potter I thought it would be fitting to create their calendar on a vessel. Therefore I spent the next 6 months creating it out of clay in various pieces, and then raku fired it even though the risk of breakage was so great. The vessel is an assemblage of movable parts that allows the date to be set according the long and short counts. After 20 years of creating art professionally I feel as though this is one of my treasured masterpieces.

Chakra Vessel

Ancient symbols and beliefs have fascinated me for years. This vessel embodies many of them, primarily based on the chakras with their colors and symbols of depiction. Also incorporated is the golden ratio with the root chakra largest at the base grounding it. While each chakra reduces in succession by 1/3 its mass. Ascending upward to the crown chakra then topped off with quart crystal elevated above the vessel, acting as an antenna. Finally the vessel was created with continuous intent imbedded into it while being created, to cleanse, ground and align the chakras.

Looking at some of your creations, I curious to know if you practice tai chi/yoga/anything else?

Like many things in life meditation found some strange way to enter into my consciousness. The work I do is detailed in nature, process oriented and requires prolonged, periods of time from 4 hours to 24 hours plus of non-stop focus.  Often times redundant and repetitive, repeating the same action over and overlays. Initially I would refer it to “being in the zone” at one with mind and body creating. After doing this for over and over with practice it has become quick and easy to slip into this zone, coupled with years of technical ability this zone has involved into a meditative state where time slips away while working and my thoughts gravitated towards philosophy, revelations and personal insight.

Outside of art, Scott is completely fascinated with gems and minerals such as quartz and crystals. He feels a certain kind of exchange in frequency with them; in some way they give him energy and insight. Scott is entering a time of transition, moving to the Asheville area of North Carolina. There he plans to shift focus toward finished works rather then commissioned work. Perhaps work geared more towards community than company.

You can also find Scott and his creations at freelandstudios.etsy.com or
freelandstudios.com. But take a moment to go behind the studio door, see what you like and leave a comment below. Each comment will get you another entry into my current giveaway (one entry per person).

And remember, the revolution is being handmade.

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Giveaway Corner

I want to introduce you guys and gals to Giveaway Corner. It was started to create opportunities for businesses to advertise to a broader market. But on a more fun note, Giveaway Corner has a giveaway EVERY WEEKDAY.

Launched April 12th, 2011, Giveaway Corner is run by Anne, a fulltime homemaker and mother of three. Each day she offers a goodie from a different business and it’s supper easy to enter,  just fill out a form with your name and any optional entries.

There is also a Giveaway Directory where you can submit your giveaways, and sign up for multiple giveaways each day on different blogs (like Ms. Veronica’s:-)))

And there’s even more fun during the Saturday Social – a weekly blog and facebook hop; but you can submit your link anytime during the week.

Giveaway Corner is always looking for great new businesses to feature through giveaways. This is a great way to showcase your business, blog or website and share your products with a nationwide audience. More information about that is available here.

So how about popping over and entering today’s giveaway?

The revolution is being handmade

Been MIA now #win animated #ad for web or #blog from @MsVeronicasEtsy #Giveaway ’til 7/5

Hi everyone, sorry I’ve been MIA. But, it was with good reason. I spent most of the week taking classes in NYC (for my 9 to 5) but, it has allowed me to offer my fellow online shopkeepers something new – animated ad design. Yup, you can have your own multi-image ad. Or I can create a quick slide show feature for your blog or a post.

I did some samples from my shops and other items, check them out here. And, because it’s been too quiet around here, let’s kick it up a notch with a new giveaway.  One lucky subscriber will win one animated ad with 5 frames created from their choice of images (value $20). As usual, email subscribers get one automatic entry to EVERY giveaway, no comment required. Subscribe at the the top of the right column.

Please leave a separate comment for EACH additional entry—no comment, no entry.
>Comment about your favorite or prefered place to advertise, or where online you see ads that you like. (1 entry)
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This giveaway ends on July 5th, 2011 11:59pm EST. OPEN TO EVERYONE.

Winner will be chosen via random.org and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or your prize will be forfeited and another winner chosen. Good luck!

The revolution is being handmade (and animated – lol).

Ms. V’s Vintage

Hi folks, it’s 95 degrees today in my neck of the woods…and humid. But got to get outdoors and take those photos because Sunday is the official launch of Ms. V’s Vintage.

So, I don’t just make stuff, I collect it too. And well, I think it is only fair that I share with you all…AND I must come to terms with the fact that all these things canNOT fit into my living space. There are only a handful of items listed so far, but I have vintage jewelry, housewares and my favorite – vintage books (for adults and kids). I just love books and boy do I collect them. But I’m going to try to keep Ms. V’s Vintage a well rounded place to shop. And if an item is purchased as a gift, you can just stop by the original Ms. Veronica’s and get a greeting card to accompany it (yes, that was a shameless plug).

So hop over and check it out. And be sure to check back on Sunday because there is FREE SHIPPING on the first five (5) purchases.

And while the revolution is being handmade, lets remember the ‘good’ ole stuff.

It’s Friday again, and to all who were curious…

Over the past week, I’ve continued my experimentation with my new ‘secret’ media to outcomes I was not completely content with. So I did some more digging around on the internet and off I went to the store to try an alternative. While there, I found something else and so I was home bound and excited that I had two new things to try out. Well, needless to say my excitement was somewhat squashed but not before a couple exciting experiments. (Disclaimer: I am NOT a 3D artist).

So last Friday’s photo was of homemade paper mache, but with pulped paper instead of strips. I soaked the paper for a couple days then pulped in my blender. I squeezed out some of the water and added adhesives (Sobo and Wood glue), a tablespoon of flour and some gouache for color; set it in the plate and waited for my ‘masterpiece’ to dry. Well, I kept saying to myself, “this is too wet” and I think it was REALLY too wet. The last photos will show (not great though) how soggy it was inside, even though the edges were dry (but not hard).

So this is the outcome of what I shared last Friday; by Monday, it stunk badly and I put it straightway into the circular file aka trash can.

On the second go around with my homemade paper pulp, I pulped the paper even more then I squeezed the paper as dry as I could before mixing the adhesives, minus the flour (no more stinky-ness for me). This I then set in a bowl. Three days later it was almost dry and pretty hard set but browning at the edges. It is also somewhat broken due to my impatience 😉

The next thing I tried was Celluclay Instant Paper Mache -made from 100% recycled paper and non-toxic.

It mixed well with just water, into a papery dough. It also rolled well between two pieces of plastic wrap and took color as well as paper could – expect for the stamp I attempted to put on it with screen printing ink. Also, compared to the next product I used, there were no fumes. Below are two projects I made with the Celluclay. It dried in about 2 days and was VERY hard and very light weight. I think my technique of working with it needs a little practice, so we are not going to file this one too far away. (PS – the yellow peice was done one day behind the blue and so not completely dried in this photo.)

Lastely is the Das clay I found when I went to get the Celluclay. The Das is manufactured in Italy and required no mixing. The Das seemed to have paper in it also, but it took color well, was easy to manipulate and dried in less than 2 days; but it was fumey, and smelled even after drying. Not terribly fumey, smelled like an antiseptic, but that’s a no-no for me as I am very sensitive to chemicals, even non-toxic fumes. And, I couldn’t find a list of ingredients for Das anywhere even thought it says it’s AP certified non-toxic. Shown below is the underside of the container I made – I think it took the impression I put into it (with very little pressure) well enough.

All in all, I think I will stick with my current mediums of paper and fabric and continue experimenting with these new 3d mediums. So what do you think of my little experiments? Any pointers from the experts out there?


~The revolution is being handmade~

#Win a Bracelet and give HOPE @MsVeronicasEtsy ends 6/14

Stephanie, from Designed by Stephanie would like one of you lovely readers to win one of her HOPE bracelets. The bracelet was designed to support The South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation’s 2011 Handbags for Hope Fundraising Event with 100% of its proceeds. The Teal & Brown colors of this bracelet are a representation of the this organization, the 5 pearls signify that this is their 5th annual event in 2011, and the ribbon charm is for ovarian cancer. Follow to the end of the post for how one of these elegant bracelets can be all yours.

Now, I’ll let Stephanie introduce herself.

She shares, “I have an obsession with all things sparkly or colorful which started when I was really young. You could always tell where my seat was at daycare because the floor underneath me was covered with glitter and sequins 🙂 Luckily, the people around me were very understanding of my “creative messes” and always encouraged me to pursue my love of art! I have studied drawing, interior design, and architecture and have worked in my dad’s custom woodworking shop since I was old enough to reach the machines while standing on a milk carton 🙂 I spent 3 years working at a firm as an interior designer and in 2007 moved on in order to open a furniture design business which has allowed me to combine my love for design and woodworking.”

What are your favorite materials or colors to use?

I love ALL colors, the brighter the better!! For some reason lately though I have been obsessed with pink but a few months ago it was green, so who knows what color it will be next! I don’t think I could ever pick just one favorite color J If I had to choose my favorite materials to use they would be wood and paper for sure…not together of course, haha!! Oh and I LOVE to use rhinestones, crystals, and glitter whenever possible!!

What separates your shop from the masses?

What separates my shop…hmmm. Well I like to think that I put a little piece of myself in everything I make and the things in my shop are a direct representation of me. I don’t put anything in my shop that I don’t have fun making or that I wouldn’t actually buy myself! I love interacting with my customers and getting to know them and I think I get just a excited to make their items as they are to receive them!! So far I’ve met some amazing people.

What’s the hardest part of running your own business?

TIME!! I started two businesses at right about the same time. Lakeview Home Furnishings is my “day” job, designing and building custom furniture and Designed by Stephanie consumes my nights, weekends, and sometimes flows into my days too. My day planner is seriously my best friend!! (I can empathize with that!)

Tell us a bit about Handbags for Hope and why you chose to support this organization.

Handbags for Hope is a fundraising event put on by the South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation. They auction off over 100 purses!! Some made by artists and some that are signed by celebrities [Nicholas Sparks, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, the Cast of La Cage Aux Folles (including Kelsey Grammer), and the Cast of Monte’ Carlo (including Andie MacDowell and Selena Gomez…to name a few].  I was introduced to SCOCF and Handbags for Hope by my amazing aunt who had been a part of SCOCF for years. The women of this organization are so wonderful and caring and give so much of themselves to benefit this amazing cause!! Their mission is one of awareness, patient and survivor support and supporting research!! Andie MacDowell is an honorary chairwomen of the Handbags for Hope event and when speaking about last year’s event she said, “It is estimated that seventy-five percent of the 22,000 women that will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2010 will die because they were diagnosed too late.” As soon as I heard that I knew I had to be involved in anyway that I could!! I am so excited and proud to be doing my part to spread the word about this amazing cause!!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

That would have to be a tie between Italy and Spain! I love art and architecture and I think it would be amazing to be able to experience all the beauty and history of their buildings, churches, and landmarks!!

You can find Stephanie at her shop or on Facebook. Stop by and check out her awesome flowers, other jewelry and even her original drawings.

Now, on to how you WIN one of those HOPE bracelets:

Email subscribers get one automatic entry to EVERY giveaway, no comment required. Subscribe at the the top of the right column.

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This giveaway ends on June 14th, 2011 EST. OPEN TO EVERYONE.

Winner will be chosen via random.org and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or your prize will be forfeited and another winner chosen. Good luck!

How About Slo and Some Eco Jewelry #giveaway @MsVeronicas 5/31

Ana is Portuguese and calls herself an Etsy newbie. Her work, however, reflects a level of design knowledge and skill far above the newbie level.

This Architect from Lisbon found another passion about a year ago—making wearable art from little bits or whatever material she could get her hands on. What started as a hobby, has grown and gained a life of it’s own! And that’s how SloSecond Life Objects was born. Slo is ecologically friendly, reusing objects and/or using natural, renewable materials.

How do you have fun?

I’ve always been interested in art, not only in architecture but also in its various forms, so when I have the time I love to visit new exhibitions, going to the cinema, or just walk around my own city, Lisbon, with my boyfriend. We always end up, discovering old buildings that we had never noticed or a street we had never gone through. Lately we’ve been spending time in some antique fairs that occur in the area, and the love for vintage is really picking up! Also my work on Slo pieces is fun to me; I get a real quick out of trying new ideas and materials.  Of course I can´t forget to mention how much I love being  out with my friends, spending time with my family and my two crazy and neurotic pets: Maria the cat and Goya the Golden Retriever, who by the way love each other and get along amazingly well! And finally the ocean! If you want to see me happy just take to the beach!  **Ponders visiting Ana because I LOVE the beach too**

Share something about your artistic development.

I have studied art since the 9th grade, or even before that , through my mum and my aunt who always have incited in me and my sisters the love for artistic activities from painting and drawing, to making clay figures and knitting ,so I think even though it didn’t always seemed obvious, it was with no surprise that I decided to study architecture. From all that art education I got the habit of always being creating something, I am always working mentally in some new ideas, whether it is for a building project, for designing a new lamp for my house or for a cuff bracelet or a necklace to my new Etsy store! I will admit the process can be a little chaotic, sometimes I  have so many ideas going around my mind, that it can be a little difficult to focus on only one!

Please describe some of your creative process?

I usually get my inspiration for my Slo pieces from the materials that I find. When I get my hands on some piece of fabric, or a leather scrap, or a metal, I will keep it and immediately start to image what I can do with that, what can I turn it into to, how can I give it another use and therefore extend it´s “life” instead of just going to the garbage. In order to do that I will go back in my mind to something visual, an image I saw, an art work that I discovered and made an impression, or just simple natural textures, that I am very fond of. These ideas may be left maturing in my mind for a while, and when I get the time and feel it is worth a go, I will put them into practice! Not all of them work out quite as I imagined, but it is a joy when they do! All this process is not linear, I always have many ideas to initiate, others that are yet to finish, and it all can get pretty messy, especially if you are working at home, in the living room in your spare time with two pets running around…Thank God I have a patient boyfriend living with me!!!!

What is your favorite part about crafting/being creative?

It is really exciting for me, the entire process. An idea forms in my mind and I struggle with how I can make it happen and through the hand work of making it. Finally having the object ready in my hand and showing it to someone that loves it as much as me feels great! This is very different from my architecture work, when it can take five or more years to see the outcome of my project built and upstanding! With Slo the pleasure of making things with my own two hands is immediate!


Any goals for the future of your shop? or yourself?

In a perfect world me and my boyfriend would start an Atelier where I could make and sell my handmade ecofriendly pieces and vintage items and from time to time work on a architecture project. I would love to make a living out of my own ideas! I am also trying to extend Slo into vintage objects. It has definitely an area that fits perfectly in the Slo concept of reusing and upcycling! But in order to get there I am taking baby steps, who knows maybe I will get there some day…

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

…there are some places I would love to go! One of them is Italy, where you can breathe architecture and art history everywhere! I would also love to go New York, to get the feel of that frenetic urban life where everything is happening!

How could I not love a shop that strives to be green. You can find Ana at her shop, on Facebook or contact her via email at slobjects@gmail.com.  To celebrate her new shop (and new customers), Ana is giving away the beautiful white cuff pictured above. I can see that on my arm with so many of my spring and summer outfits, but poor me, the giveaway is for you guys.


Email subscribers get one automatic entry to every giveaway, no comment required. Subscribe at the the top of the right column.

Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry—no comment, no entry.

> Visit Slo’s shop and post your favorite items, separately, up to three. (1 entry for each)

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> Like Slo and Ms. Veronica’s on Facebook. Be sure to include your Facebook user name in your entry. (1 entry for each)

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This giveaway ends on May 31st, 2011 11:59pm (EST). OPEN TO EVERYONE. Winner will be chosen via random.org and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or your prize will be forfeited and another winner chosen. Good luck!

Art For The Blind, And The Sighted w/ Giveaway @MsVeronicasEtsy ends 5/11/11

Let’s meet Marelle, a professional artist for over 25 years. She is the founder of the Hopscotch Hands on Exhibit for the Blind. Her name in French means hopscotch thus the name of her shop, Hopscotch Couture. Let’s get business out of the way and talk about your Couture Etsy Shop first.

> I started making the couture bags about seven years ago, and it just sort of took off. Some have been sold to women as far away as Spain, Brazil, France, England and Australia. Now they are my favorite item to design. I also design jewelry, hair pieces, hats, custom clothing and I paint murals, modern art, and portraits. When I say Couture, I really mean that. There isn’t one item I have made that even I can recreate. All the jewelry, fabrics, trims, and accessories are true vintage items of the highest quality. Each purse is named and comes with a numbered certificate. I keep a running list of those names and numbers to make certain a duplicate doesn’t occur. And proceeds from Hopscotch Couture help to fund the Hopscotch Hands on Exhibit for the Blind.

I heard about an eco-friendly aspect to your shop?

> Every box we ship out is recycled from a local art supply store.  My helpers cover any logos or text on the boxes with pretty pieces of paper. Their boxes are really quite beautiful. We all really like the fact that a good 95% off all materials used at Hopscotch Couture are previously loved vintage items. Being green was and always will be one of our goals.

Now onto your passion.  Art for the blind?

> Absolutely! I have learned that the blind do appreciate art, if given the chance to view it in their way.  As an artist, putting an image into the mind of a blind person is a huge accomplishment.

Do tell!

>It started like this…I spent 3 years after massive open heart surgery, just painting. After that, I got a collection of my art together and wanted to exhibit,  but I found it very hard to get my art shown. I was very down about it. One day I was running my hand over one of my 3d pieces and it just came to me, ‘I bet the blind would like to touch this.’ At first, this was just an idea and I sent e-mails to blind councils to see if it was even possible, or wanted. I was invited to bring my art to the PBA convention in Harrisburg. The exhibit was very well received. When the president of the PBA touched a three-dimensional portrait I did, he said, “I have not had sight since I was five, but, when I touch this painting, I get an image in my mind.” That said it all! I felt like I had accomplished the impossible. I put an image into the mind of a man who could not see it. The blind understand faces, and I am told that is why my exhibit works. My exhibit has visited several blind conventions and centers. I have been asked to do other celebrities, such as, Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz,” Paul McCartney and Lucille Ball. Right now I am working on Betty White. This exhibit gives me great joy and satisfaction.

Are you currently exhibiting? Where?

Right now I am working on getting a dozen or so portraits done for the yearly blind convention in October. After that, it is my hope to raise enough money to attend the National blind convention in Las Vegas. I also plan on having the exhibit in several galleries in the North East in between conventions.

Looking ahead, what do you see for the Hopscotch Hands on Exhibit for the Blind?

I would like to see other artist get involved and having this exhibit travel nationwide. I would be willing to make duplicates of each portrait to have it available for more venues. You have to bring the art to the blind, travel is a big issue for them. It would help to have people in other states to put on the exhibits.  I am also toying with the idea of having a purse drive. People can donate purses, I would turn them into works of art and sell to raise money. The only stipulation in donating is the inside must be perfect. I can cover exterior damage, no problem.

With all you are involved in, how do you ‘take a load off’?

For the last 6 years, I was very ill and bed ridden.  Now that I am feeling better, the last thing I want is down time. I am sure that will change in the future, but, for now, all I want to do is create. With my heart condition I was only suppose to live for 7 days. I have no intention of wasting even one day,  I have made it to 46 years old and am as happy as I can be about that.

Marelle accepts custom and consigned orders. You can find her at her blog, on facebook , but be sure to check out her creations in her Etsy Shop

Marelle, in her wonderful spirit of giving, is offering the opportunity to win one of her couture bracelets.

Here’s how to enter (mandatory): If you’re subscribed you already have one entry – no comment required. If you are not subscribed, please do so at the top right of the page.

8 Additional entries – please leave a separate comment for each.

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This giveaway ends on May 11th, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. Open to EVERYONE.

Winner will be chosen via random.org and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or your prize will be forfeited and another winner chosen. Good luck!


WIN! Mother’s Day Gift Set #Etsy #giveaway @MsVeronicasEtsy. Ends 4/27/11

I couldn’t have imagined it any better. I’ve been so very blessed to have the influence of some wonderful women in my life—starting with my mom and grandmothers at the top followed by my aunts, then my church moms, some of my professors and even a lady I worked with. So in honor of these fabulous moms that have made me proud of the person I am today, I’ve decided to do a giveaway. AND, I’m joined in this offer by some fabulous crafters from Etsy. Let me introduce you to them.

First we have Rozelyn of Jaydemia who loves jewelry and creates limited edition, high quality handmade pieces. Her love of nature and recycling led to the birth of her Eco-Style Collection. Working closely with a friend who started a women’s Livelihood program in a small island town in the Philippines, she is able to source uniquely handcrafted, environment-friendly beads (of small wood and shells that are abundant and are usually thrown away) for her creations. Find Rozelyn on Facebook, Twitter and at her Etsy shop Jaydemia.

Then we meet Susan of Susan’s Treasures. She is a retired home economics teacher who enjoys finally having more time to work on her hobbies. She recently acquired an embroidery sewing machine and is enjoying finding new projects for it. She is also a ‘blanketeer’ for Project Linus; they provide a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need, through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans. You can also find Susan on ebay under sbkndrk but be sure to visit her Etsy shop: Susan’s Treasures.

Next we have the creative hands behind Clay Bouquet Shop, Jennifer.  Jennifer has always loved creating things with her hands, but it wasn’t until her DIY wedding when that interest fully blossomed. After receiving positive feedback from family and friends, as well as the wedding vendors, she decided to pursue creating beautiful things for weddings and special occasions. Her creations include wedding bouquets and accessories from clay, crystals and cruelty free feathers, as well as jeweled ribbon headbands and she accepts custom orders. Connect with the Clay Bouquet Shop on her websiteFacebook, Twitter and Etsy shop.

And then of course there’s me. I’m Roanne of Ms. Veronica’s and you can find more about me at my Etsy Shop or under the About tab at the top. Each of my items are silkscreen printed, one color at a time.



Now that we are all introduced, you should know that the items shown in this post are all part of the giveaway…the mom bracelet; the pin cushion; the clay flower hair clip; and either the white book or the kraft colored book with the three cards shown.

Here’s what to do. There is one mandatory (and beneficial) entry:

Subscribe to this blog. If you are already a subscriber of Ms. Veronica’s you are automatically given one entry – no need to do anything. If you are not subscribed, please do so at the top right of the page. No need to comment for your first entry.

Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry – up to 8.

◊ Post the link of an item you like from any of the above shops. (up to 4 entries – 1 per shop)

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This giveaway ends on April 27th at noon (EST) and is OPEN TO EVERYONE.

Winner will be chosen via random.org and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or your prize will be forfeited and another winner chosen. Good luck!