September 7, 2009

Interview & Giveaway

This week's interview and giveaway is sponsored by Melissa of CaliforniaBlue. Her jewelry collection represents the fresh and casual style of beautiful Northern California. Keep reading to find out more about Melissa, her work as well as how too enter the giveaway.


1. Tell us 3 random things about yourself.
I love rhubarb. I am passionate about animal welfare. I am grateful to be married to my soul mate.

2. Do you read? If so what are you currently reading?
I love to read, and usually have a few books going at the same time. I've been reading Omnivore's Dilemma for a while.

3. How and why did you get into jewelry making?
I literally had a huge urge to make something and found a book on making jewelry at a local bookstore. I believe that I was so motivated to do something creative because I had put any creative aspirations on hold in exchange for a rather stressful all consuming corporate career. Like many others in this economy, I was laid off and was able to reevaluate what I like doing, and what I'm passionate about.

4. What do you love most about handmade and how much has your life changed since you discovered it?
What I love most is the sense that another person had to make many decisions to get to the finished product. As a result, I feel handmade items have a richness in their history which is devoid in mass produced items. I'm not sure my life has changed since I joined the handmade community, but rather I have gained such an appreciation for all of the talented artisans out there who are creating. I think that the handmade movement enriches all of our lives in many ways.

5. Is there any advice you would like to pass on to other artists?
I have been fortunate to receive good advice thru Etsy forums so I would encourage everyone to participate in these forums, support one another, and really think about your audience. I believe that refining your "style" and finding your market niche are the most challenging aspects of selling handmade items. That said, I personally enjoy the challenge!


Pretty pink earrings, value $22.00, Pretty pink glass beads are crowed with a special dark silver bead topper with flower images. These petite earrings are about .5 inches in length, and the sterling silver earring wires are handcrafted. Perfect for everyday!

Enter to win these gorgeous earrings by going to http://californiablue.etsy.com and select your favorite item. Then come back here and post a comment that includes the link of the item. Be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win.

Rules: Only one entry per person. Everyone can enter! Giveaway ends Sept 13th, 2009 11:59 PST.

122 comments:

Peebs And Roo said...

Ooh! What pretty jewelry. My favorite is the Royal blue chandelier earrings. (The link: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29326103) Great feature too!

www.peebsandroo@live.com
www.PeebsAndRoo.blogspot.com

Joan said...

What beautiful jewelry! I really love this necklace:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26441259
Beautiful colors--It seems like it would match ANYTHING! :)
info@bitsycreations.com
Thanks for the giveaway!

Martina said...

what a beautiful giveaway! My favourites are aqua cane earrings!! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_2&listing_id=23959412 really stunning!

http://artinav.etsy.com

artinav [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk

Ayda said...

The Santa Cruz earrings http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23424461 are my favorite piece from the shop. dikatzen@yahoo.fr

Jordan said...

Beautiful items! I love this: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29012756

Jordan
www.jpulliam30.etsy.com

TZel said...

I love the Blue beach necklace
(http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27259753)
Thank you so much!

peg42 said...

What really pretty jewelry. Love these pink earrings. I also love the Recycled green glass earrings. Thanks.

Sarah said...

I adore the Pale pink moon earrings. Simple, but o so stylish.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26104179

dalek21 at ymail dot com

mverno said...

i like the Carmel earrings
mverno@roadrunner.com

Kelly said...

My fave item is the Beach vintage bracelet.

SiSi said...

awe those are cute! My fav is the violet mist necklace: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29062147

Thanks for the chance!
origamibysisi at gmail dot com

The Giveaway Diva said...

love these earrings!!!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_2&listing_id=23959412

nicolemarielum @gmail.com

Amy said...

wow those earrings are really pretty :D
i like the pale pink earrings! it could match so many things.
randomness.blue@gmail.com

Kiara said...

I like the Royal blue chandelier earrings.
austma7@aol.com

Lilly said...

The Morning fog earrings are my favorite. Beautiful!!!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27645330

Thanks a lot.
eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

Debs Desk said...

My favorite item is Turquoise and stone chain necklace - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25773514
Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9(at)verizon.net

tinagirl said...

I am quite smitten with the Green Turquoise Flower Earrings:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23475824

treneebarker(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jaime said...

Love the Pearl and Chain Necklace
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26351231
Jaime
http://www.copperllamastudio.etsy.com

Hannah said...

I love the sage silver necklace! What great items!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30194856

hannah.reasonerLMT@gmail.com

ohstac said...

The summer sand and sea earrings are super cute http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26455583

Tammy said...

I love the Summer Breeze Necklace.Such beutiful stuff

Michelle said...

My favorite earrings are the Green Torquiose Flower Earrings ( http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23475824 ) The stones are beautifully mottled in shades of sea green and moss. I love the wire-wrapping and the flower dangles above the stone. Very sweet earrings.

Annie1 said...

I love the recycled Green Glass Earrings

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28156917

Thanks


nancyrobster@gmail.com

Jenco13 said...

I'm a fan of things that are recycled so the green glass earings are not only in my budget but fit my Go Green theme on life.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28156917

I think there are many pretty things in your shop and I wish you best with your shop!
Jen

Gracie902(at) gmail.com

Nova said...

Green Turquoise Flower Earrings
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23475824

~ Cee ~ said...

I love the Santa Cruz earrings.

ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

Dina (XYYan) said...

my fave is Beachcomber earrings
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26485138

d_esty88(at)yahoo(dot)com

CathyH said...

Hi!Very pretty collection. Love the pink earrings and also the Summer sand and sea earrings.
cathyhorner(at)embarqmail(dot)com

SeahorseLady said...

Melissa does beautiful work! I like many of her pieces. Her Beachcomber earrings and Santa Cruz earrings are two of my favorites.
Thank you for the nice giveaway.

katzkids said...

I love the Cool Cucumber bracelet http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28017568

Thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

i love the pearl and chain necklace. it has eye appeal.

allegro966(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

The Celadon Nest Necklace! It's so pretty! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30255693

mandalee_5@yahoo . com

Mikki said...

My favorite are the La Jolla earrings. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23342267

crzycrs@hotmail.com

Nina said...

I love the Morning fog earrings!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27645330

irina.sagarbarria at gmail dot com

Heather D. said...

I love the Green turquoise flower earrings!

pennypinchingmama at yahoo

LeAnne said...

Hard to choose from these great designs! As a fellow "Nor-Cal"er, I can relate to the California feeling in this designers jewelry. One of my favorites are the morning fog earrings. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27645330
Thx, LeAnne

joeandbridge said...

I love the Carmel Earrings:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23003384
Thanks for the giveaway!
Bridgette Groschen

f.sarah said...

i love the
Pale perfection necklace
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25817021

and
Pale pink earrings
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23952801

fsarah09 at gmail dot com

krystal said...

my favorite item is the Pearl and chain necklace.

krystal3733@hotmail.com

freddie said...

My favorite earrings are the pale pink earrings. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23952801

The Stylist Diva said...

I love the blue chandelier earrings! Gorgeous shop! Thanks! :)
stylistdiva@gmail.com

Fab, Fashionable Finds!
http://www.stylistdiva.blogspot.com

Egater said...

My favorites are Everyday turquoise earrings
egateris(at)gmail(dot)com

Angela R. said...

My favorite item is the Beach vintage bracelet

Kat C. said...

I really like the Royal blue chandelier earrings

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29326103

katch05 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I like the Violet mist necklace. It quite unique and very feminine.

sylvieanddudes@yahoo.com

Tina12312 said...

I love all the colors she uses, so relaxing, fresh and gorgeous. I really love her Lovely Lavender earrings http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26943100

thank you!

janetfaye said...

I like the pretty Summer breeze necklace:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27284258

Thank you!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

409cope said...

I like the Violet Mist Necklace http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29062147

Anonymous said...

LURVE these:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27031816
ann.c.hoiland@gmail.com

janeh said...

I love the Pale Gem Hoops.......
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27187154

windycindy said...

What lovely jewelry creations!
I adore this Turquoise and Stone
Chain Necklace: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25773514.
It is absolutely gorgeous!
Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

danosor said...

I love all the jewelry but the Blue Beach necklace stands out.

Claire said...

I love these http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29014087

thefatesarevicious at yahoo dot com

Purplepixiepop said...

Wow pretty earrings!! I also love the Pearl Flower Earrings!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30450126

LoveCharlesVintage said...

I love the Summer sand and sea necklace. it would look so pretty with a turtle neck this fall!

lilygreig at gmail dot com

Ken said...

My sister also loves the Turquoise and stone chain necklace. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

Kristi said...

Silver chain earrings are gorgeous! I hope to win! Love their selection!
kristi2bsb@YAHOO.COM

Carol Anne said...

I like the Beachcomber necklace!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26476268

cac922@cccb.edu

Mllbs3 said...

I really liked the Pale pink moon earrings. So pretty!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26104179

Fionen said...

My favorite item is the La Jolla earrings. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23342267

fionen_ftw(at)fionen(dot)com

Eszter fromHungary said...

Oh dear, I could wear all of them... really. Just my style... :)
My favorite is this one http://ny-image2.etsy.com/il_430xN.73961330.jpg with all of it's simple shines.
Eszter (segitseg@hotmail.com)

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I love the Blue Beach Necklace!

~Tami said...

I like the Santa Cruz earrings (p://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23424461).

I'd love to win your giveaway.
Tami
mymadakaja at yahoo dot com

MeowCow35 said...

These pink earrings are SO pretty, but I also like the purple ones too!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26943100
My name is Cathi and my e-mail address (should I win!) is:
waterviewer86@yahoo.com
Thanks!

John, Sarah and Maddie said...

I'm drooling! The Pearl and Chain necklace is gorgeous!

sabrita said...

Lovely jewelry! My favorite are the Summer Sand & Sea earrings, Thank you!
sabrita@juno.com

Laura K said...

What a great giveaway! I love the classic simplicity of the Point Reyes earrings!

laurawins286@yahoo.com

Damla said...

I like Sage silver necklace.

annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

jennem said...

I like the Seaside dangles http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27255967
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

Mimi the kitten said...

I adore the Beach Vintage Bracelet: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27511584

Ladytink_534 said...

My favorite item is the Beach vintage bracelet
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27511584
Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

Aik said...

I love the Pale perfection necklace.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25817021

aikychien at yahoo dot com

ehhogan said...

I like the Summer breeze necklace

ehhogan at bellsouth.net

Amanda said...

Love the Recycled green glass earrings..

wendy said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30136647

The Indian Summer Earrings are my favorite.

madamerkf at aol dot com

blakes98 said...

You really have some beautiful jewelry. I really like the Santa Cruz earrings.

Rajee said...

My favorite is the Royal blue chandelier earrings. (The link: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29326103)

Rajee said...

sorry forget to leave my email address, rajikarthik@hotmail.com

Kimberly said...

I really like the pretty colors and simple chic design of http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25817021. It's also a very reasonable price for such a classic piece.

Joanne J said...

Thanks for the giveaways! i like the Silver rose earrings, they're beautiful :)
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29014087


joanne.j@hotmail.com

Holly B said...

I love the Blue beach necklace!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27259753

hblaser at gmail dot com

trisha too said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25773514

the turquoise stone chain necklace!

:)
sandtneal at mfire dot com

grannyvon said...

I love the Silver Rose Necklace. It is a one of a kind piece. Thanks for the entry, ybutler@oppcatv.com

Janna @ Feed Your Pig said...

I love the pale gem hoops earrings!


Thanks for entering me! Great Contest!

Janna Johnson
janna@FeedYourPigBlog.com
jannajanna@hotmail.com
www.FeedYourPigBlog.com

Liz said...

California Blue: Love your soothing banner. And the paler colors of your jewlery! This is my favorite: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27511584

But it was hard to decide for this over your earrings!

curlyhair62@gmail.com

brownhairgirl7 said...

It's hard to choose, but I think my fave item is the Violet Mist necklace.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29062147

brownhairgirl7@hotmail.com

Sarah C said...

Indian summer necklace is my favorite! I love the shape and colors.

joannaonthelake said...

These Pretty Pink Earrings are just lovely! Pink is my favorite color. How fun to browse through all the wonderful jewelry over at California Blue's Etsy Shop. My favorite item is the Pale perfection necklace. It is soft and feminine and reminds me of the ocean for some reason. I am very drawn to it. Here's the link:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25817021

Thanks so much for chance to enter.
joannaonthelake@gmail.com

wantsandwishes said...

I love this silver rose necklace:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29012756

Megan said...

I love the Royal blue chandelier earrings. Thanks so much! (The link: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29326103

Megan

m_zuchowski@hotmail.com

Gianna said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27645330

sixteencandles42 said...

Just love the Green Glass Earrings (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28156917). Thanks for the opportunity to win.

strycker@slu.edu

roxxyroller said...

Lovely lavender earrings are my favorite, so elegant and pretty!

Here is the link to them:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26943100

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SweetMissa said...

The pale gem hoops are my favorite. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27187154

sweetmissa at gmail dot com

Sarah Z said...

Really like the Summer Breeze Necklace! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27284258
Thanks
Sarah
believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

kngmckellar said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30139420

I like this Indian Summer Necklace.

kngmckellar@hotmail.com

Candie L said...

I like the Summer sand and sea bracelet . Thank you

candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

Pam said...

Love these pale pink earrings!!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23952801

Thanks so much!
pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

khunsl00 said...

everything is soo pretty

I really love this necklace:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26441259


lostgrrl00@yahoo.com
!

kylie8cake said...

I love the Green Torquiose Flower Earrings ( http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23475824 ). Awesome stuff!


kylie8cake(at)gmail(dot)com

Leslie said...

Love the Violet mist necklace.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29062147

Patriot said...

I love this necklace!http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29012756

Alison said...

I love this prize. WOW. :D

Okay, the other item I really like is: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28017568 (Cool cucumber bracelet)

Thanks! atraditionalsurro at comcast dot net

purango said...

The Beachcomber Necklace is my favorite. http//www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26476268 garrettsambo@aol.com

Nancy S. said...

I like the aqua cone earrings.
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7047793
ncschools at yahoo dot com

Helen said...

I like the Beachcomber necklace. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26476268

Swtlilchick said...

I love the Blue beach necklace.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27259753

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

Mia J. said...

My favorite thing is the cool cucumber bracelet.

Bakersdozen said...

I really like the pearl flower earrings: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30450126 vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

masonsgranny59 said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23952801
:)

lilyk said...

The Blue beach necklace looks very nice!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27259753

lilyk@mail2world.com