September 15, 2009

Interview & Giveaway

This week's interview and giveaway is brought to you by The Beaded Lily! A gorgeous shop filled with bright bold colors and beautifully unique pieces handmade by Sarah Kelley. It's Sarah's ultimate goal to connect you to the thread of artistic personal adornment that is almost as old as humanity itself.


. Tell us about why you started your shop.

I've always been crafty and I've been making jewelry for half my life now. When I started selling pieces it was to family, friends, and friends of friends. It wasn’t till I found out that I could sell online that things really took off for me. I found Etsy in January of ‘07 and shopped there. Then I opened a shop here six months later. Early in 2008 I quit my day job and discovered that I could do what I loved for a living.

2. There are a lot of jewelry sellers on Etsy. What sets you apart from everyone else?
Heart. Not all of the jewelry sellers on Etsy are artists, nor would they claim to be. When you look at the jewelry of artists each line is unique. It's a reflection of the artist-- our aethetics, preferences, education, experiences, passions-- the sum total of who we are as people. We're all individuals so all of our art is unique.

3. What is the best tool you have invested in for your business?
Can I pick 2? When I decided to open shop I bought my first digital camera-- a Canon A710is. Then I bought my laptop which allows me to have my computer near my beads. Both are absolute necessities.

4. What do you do during your time off?
I get time off? I take my computer with me when I leave home-- whether its for a night or two weeks. But I do take mornings or afternoons sometimes and go to tea or something equally peaceful.

5. Are there any people in your life who influence your work?
Since my work reflects me, of course it will be influenced by the people in my life. I create pieces with certain friends or family members in mind. I do quite a few custom pieces that are directly influenced by my customers. Also the artists in all of the groups I'm involved in assuredly affect my work-- for which I'm grateful!


Sarah is giving one of our lucky readers one of her Innocence Necklaces valued at $20.
It measures 18 inches long and is made with lavender druks, purple seed beads and lilac lined drops accented with 3 amethyst beads.

To enter take a look at http://thebeadedlily.etsy.com, pick a favorite item and then come back and post it here with your name and email address.

For bonus entries you can post a message that promotes the giveaway on Twitter directed @SweetFigsBlog and/or Facebook, then come back to post a link to your message.

The giveaway is open to anyone. Each person can enter a max of 3 times. You must comment about your favorite item from Sarah's shop in order for your bonus entries to count. Will run until 11:59pm PST Sept 20th.

101 comments:

Renee said...

It was really hard to pick a favorite!! After looking at each page several times, I think the questions for the cosmos necklace stands out most... but they were all beautiful!

Renee H.
sanzo.ikkou@gmail.com

Renee said...

I tweeted!
http://twitter.com/ikmyeong/status/4010102739

Renee H.
sanzo.ikkou@gmail.com

Cheryl F said...

I like the bejeweled sterling silver set of two-- mix or match

Mamushi Love said...

The Purple Heart of Stone Necklace is gorgeous~ I'd love to don that around my neck.

~ Cee ~ said...

I really love the nose ring selections, especially the fore nose ring-niobium or goldfill-primitive series. I don't have a pierced nose, but I've always wanted to do it, and that's what I'd choose.

Thank you for this beautiful giveaway!

ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21981996 like the color, movement and shape

elaine r said...

I like the beautiful simplicity of the Wound Bracelet!

Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

Digital Misfit said...

Sarah is an amazing artist. The "i want to believe" peyote cuff is true wearable art. The UFO button closure is such a fun accent, but the beadwork is just gorgeous!

heidig@gmail.com

CAROLINA said...

I like the rose distilled necklace. Pink is my favorite color so this instantly attracted me.

wantsandwishes said...

I like this anklet: earth girl copper anklet/bracelet

mim said...

I especially like the short necklaces: skipping stones choker *feels* like standing by a lake in a misty morning...
drops of gold necklace and civilization necklace have a lovely blue/orange-gold combo going on an feel very ancient...
hard to pick a fave!

Diana said...

I love the 16 gauge sterling vine hoops from primitive series; they have a "je ne sais quoi" that attracted me instantly. dikatzen@yahoo.fr

Dina (XYYan) said...

my fave is ringed earrings-- primitive series

Dina
d_esty88(at)yahoo(dot)com

409cope said...

I love the Lifespice Long Beaded Necklace the most. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

Mer said...

as green as summer grass bracelet is my favorite - thanks for the opportunity!!

meredith(.)targarona(at)gmail(dot)com

Nicole said...

I like the tropical paradise necklace!!

choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

Egater said...

My favorite is waterlilies, spring reflection cuff

GENEVIEVE said...

the tropical paradise necklace is my favorite!
Genevieve

tatertot374 said...

I really like the smaller vine hoops-- primitive series
Thank you for the chance
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net
Beth

ashleighraine said...

I love Sarah's work. I own several pairs of her earrings and have quite a few of her items on my wish list. I can't choose one fave so I'm going to list my current wants.

Gemstone gauntlet, hana-bi cuff bracelet, earth girl copper anklet/bracelet, as green as summer grass bracelet and the cool colors gauntlet.

joeandbridge said...

My favorite item is the sabatini bracelet. It is GORGEOUS!! Great Giveaway. Thanks!
Bridgette Groschen

joeandbridge said...

I tweeted your giveaway. Thanks!
http://twitter.com/joeandbridge/status/4044532817
Bridgette Groschen
joeandbridge@aol.com

joeandbridge said...

I posted a link to your giveaway on my facebook page. Thanks!
Bridgette Groschen
joeandbridge@aol.com
fb name: Bridgette Groschen

Heather said...

rose distilled necklace is stunning!! Very pretty items at that Etsy shop!!

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Heather said...

I follow on Twitter as coolcanucks

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Heather said...

I tweeted!

http://twitter.com/coolcanucks/status/4045493015

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LoveCharlesVintage said...

My favorite items are the twist ring stacking set-- primitive series.
and the boho cocktail ring.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29958980
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10832680

I am a hugee sucker for rings, I absolutely love them.
That cocktail ring is seriously amazing.
Thank you so much for the chance to win.

-Lily
lilygreig at gmail dot com

Dispatcher_kristy said...

I love toe rings so I like the theory of everything toe ring-- primitive series


dispatcher_kristy@Hotmail.com

janetfaye said...

I like once upon a midnight lariat.

Janet
janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Aik said...

I love the fringe element necklace.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

Tweeted.

http://twitter.com/aikchien/status/4056035624

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Melody said...

Ilike the Skipping Stones Chocker.
melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

trisha too said...

the gemstone gauntlet is indeed my favorite!

sandtneal at mfire dot com

mogrill said...

I like the water lilies. Thanks for the chance.
mogrill@comcast.net

SiSi said...

My favorite item is the: haunted beaded bracelet
Thanks for the chance!
hmgiveaways[at]gmail[dot]com

dye diana dye said...

I am a HUGE fan of Sarah's work, so it's almost impossible to choose a favorite. However, since I'm an earring fanatic, I'm going to choose the Twine Earrings (Sarah, I love these!). http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_1&listing_id=27904490

Wonderful article, about a fabulous artist and person.

shalamaryta said...

I like hana-bi cuff bracelet.

annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

twirlywhirly said...

The water anklet - primitive series is my favorite item i love an anklet i always think they look awesome.
also tweeted many times!

Jessica said...

I love the crash pretty gemstone necklace!!! I follow via twitter and promoted this on twitter.
http://www.twitter.com/jsp4zc

jsp4zc (at) gmail (dot) com

Mitsy said...

The Twist Ring is to die for! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29958980

http://twitter.com/ruby2466

Danielle said...

I like the earrings from the simplicity series- rose.

ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com
The Happy Wife
Homeschool Unit Studies

Zelda said...

I love the barbary coast herringbone cuff

snowwolf@graffiti.net

Zelda said...

I also love the hamunaptra bead embroidered cuff

snowwolf@graffiti.net

Zelda said...

And last but not least is the sun doth set necklace

snowwolf@graffiti.net

Mia J. said...

I really like the water, sky and mesa bracelet.

mia at jacobsracing dot com

mom2anutball said...

I like the rose distilled necklace! Thanks!!
hawkgirl_16{at}hotmail{dot}com

mom2anutball said...

Tweeted!
http://twitter.com/mom2anutball/status/4096808336


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Kimberly said...

I also like the purple heart of stone necklace, which is very similar to the innocence necklace. I love purple. :) http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29112965

ehhogan said...

aljaferia mixed media necklace is fabulous


ehhogan at bellsiuth.net

Sueze said...

My favorite piece is "Green Day Long Necklace"http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27151700
Sandra massey
transitions2@shaw.ca

Debby said...

My favorite is 'courage into battle'. I liked knowing the history of those going into battle wearing tiger's eye. It is poignant right now because I have a friend who just had a mastectomy this week. She is facing the battle of her life (literally) right now, and having something like this necklace would remind her to draw from the courage from within.

Very Nice!

T said...

I really like the courage into battle necklace. I have some earrings made of this same bead.

tamintx5 at gmail dot com

Randominities said...

The "I want to believe" Peyote cuff is one that I LOVE!

Unfortunately, it is WAY out of my price range.

Mary said...

I love the oil painting earrings. They are just lovely.

mamie316@sbcglobal.net

Moochie's Mom said...

Wow, some really pretty stuff. And lots of variety. Being a fan of simplicity myself, I like the twist ring stacking set.

Felicia K.
fefebelkin(at)live[dot]com

Belinda M said...

my favorite item is the voila' earrings-- primitive series

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Belinda M said...

tweeted

http://twitter.com/Prairiebelle/status/4119496628

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Lee P said...

Everything is so nice! I adore the Blue Danube Necklace. Thank you for this nice giveaway.

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Lee P said...

I shared your giveaway on Twitter:

http://twitter.com/chinook92/status/4120247207

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Janette said...

I love the catkill beadwoven cuff!

decadent87(at)gmail(dot)com

joannaonthelake said...

Sarah's jewelry designs are just beautiful! I enjoyed browsing through all her items and my favorite is the waterlilies, spring reflection cuff. I chose this because it is truly a work of art, a masterpiece! The colors are just gorgeous, the design so very unique and this cuff reminds me of all that I love, the water and the sea! Thanks so much for the amazing chance to enter!
joannaonthelake@gmail.com

joannaonthelake said...

I Sent out a tweet:
http://twitter.com/joannaonthelake/status/4123362423

joannaonthelake@gmail.com

joannaonthelake said...

I posted about this giveaway on facebook, my username there is Joanna Smith and here is the link:

http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=535152687&share_id=157628272227&comments=1&ref=nf#div_story_157628272227_157628272227

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Sarah Z said...

Love the Ringed earrings!
Thanks
Sarah
believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

khaski said...

I love the solid sun earrings- so pretty.
khaski78@ hotmail. com

LindsayC said...

The purple heart of stone necklace is my favorite.

LindsayC said...

Tweet http://twitter.com/Lstixrud/status/4130838527

Marianna said...

I like the bramble bangle bracelet! mannasweeps
(at)))) gmaildotcom

sherri419 said...

Super hard to pick just one favorite item, but I really like the polestar earrings! Thanks!

sherri419 at gmail dot com

pish said...

Tough to pick a favourite with so many amazing pieces to choose from! I love this Infinite Choker:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22464430

melaniesands[at]yahoo[dot]ca

pish said...

I tweeted:

http://twitter.com/SaywardBC/status/4131883879

melaniesands[at]yahoo[dot]ca

pish said...

I also posted on Facebook:

http://bit.ly/2rCcCD

melaniesands[at]yahoo[dot]ca

Beejax said...

My tweet http://twitter.com/Beejax/status/4133602723

sixteencandles42 said...

I love the Lifespice Long Beaded Necklace!

strycker@slu.edu

Fionen said...

My favorite item is the catch the rainbow earring-- primitive series. I love that the stone can be switched.

MAC Mom said...

I also like the strand long beaded necklace from her Etsy shop. Thanks for the giveaway,
jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

MAC Mom said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/MACMOMof3/status/4137793106
jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

Mannybeads said...

Breaking Dawn Necklace...So hard to pick. I'm a big fan of Sarah's...her jewelry and her gentle way of moving thru the world. Yep. Big fan!

mannyln@aol.com

Oh - and i tweeted!

Denise said...

I love all the shades of blues in the strand long beaded necklace, it's very pretty!

ceecjjj@aol.com

purango said...

The infinite bracelet-primitive series is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

pms3237 said...

The As Green As Summer bracelat is my pick!

mommyjen99 said...

Beautiful products. My favorite is the peace-- cairn series keychain.
jen62728@aol.com

Atreau said...

I like the Aljaferia mixed media necklace.

Lindz said...

I follow your blog publicly on google friend connect.

Lindz said...

I posted on twitter and I'm following you http://twitter.com/LindzCS/status/4141005626

Swtlilchick said...

I really love the wound bracelet-primitive series.It is so pretty.
Thanks for the giveaway

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

Swtlilchick said...

Tweeted:Swtlilchick
http://twitter.com/Swtlilchick/status/4141089973

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SarahKelley said...

Just wanted to thank you Connie! And everyone who participated!