Tuesday, November 25, 2008

More about the winner of my giveaway

A couple of weeks ago I decided to run a giveway of merchandise from my Etsy shop here on my blog. Even though I only had a few folks sign up for it, I was more than pleased with the responses and want to tell you all about the lucky winner of the $25 merchandise credit.

Her name is Janet. She is the author of a great blog: Jan's Crafty Nest, and has the wonderful Little Pink Plum shop over on Etsy. It was such a pleasure communicating with her about my giveaway, and I am so thrilled that her two little daughters now each have one of my little teddy bears to call their own.

I asked her a few questions about her crafting, her business and herself. Here's a little of what she said:

"Tell me a little about yourself.
My name is Janet and I live in San Diego with my husband and three kids. Aside from crafting, I love to read, walk, watch the reality tv shows on Bravo (Project Runway, Top Design, etc.), and sew.

What's the best part about being creative and having a shop?
There's a lot of things I like about having an Etsy shop. Deciding what item you made will go in to the shop, what you're going to name it, and how you're going to package it. Crafting (at least for me) is a solitary thing, so it's also nice to go on the forums and have people to communicate with and the teams I've joined are great too.

How did you decide to make what you do?
I started making pinback buttons for my daughters and their friends just for fun. Later I decided to invest in some mirror parts for my button maker and I started selling the mirrors at the other 'E' site. I was selling there for almost two years and then I found out about Etsy"

Janet makes the cutest pocket mirrors and has a great variety of designs. You are sure to find a style for just about everyone on your holiday shopping list in her shop. This is one of my favorites:

And she has some wonderful deals too, on buying these mirrors in multiples. I think I'm going to be doing just that...these will make great stocking stuffers for my grown daughters, my mom, my daughter's room-mates and my son's girlfriend. Please take the time to visit her shop, you will be glad that you did!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

And the winner is.......

And the winner of the $25 giveaway is.........by random draw done by my grandson......

Janet P. from http://janscraftynest.blogspot.com/ http://littlepinkplum.etsy.com/

As a thank-you for the other five folks who entered, I'm giving each of you a $5 credit to my shop too.I'll be contacting each of you through Etsy convo, or whatever means I have (if I don't know your Etsy shop), in a few minutes.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Win a $25 Shopping Spree

What would you say if I told you that on November 15, 2008 I would give you $25 to spend on my creations, that I'd mail them to you anywhere in the world for free, and I'd also feature you here on my blog; and all you had to do was to follow three simple little steps?

Introducing my first ever Blog Giveaway. It's as easy as 1 - 2 - 3

1 Visit one of my selling venues, (On Etsy: http://CogansCreations.etsy.com , or on iCraft: http://www.icraft.ca/coganscreations , or on Shop Handmade: http://coganscreations.shophandmade.com/ ) take a look around, and decide how you would spend that $25 if you were the winner. You'll notice that $25 goes a long way in any of my shops!

2 Come back here, and add a comment to this post, with links to at least two items that you might get if you are the winner. I say "might" because you can change your mind at anytime and aren't obligated to use the winnings on what you mention.

3 Now here's the catch...you knew there would be a catch, didn't you? (this is afterall, a promotional tactic!) You need to promote my shop, or an item of mine three times before November 15 when the winner will be picked. This can be anywhere that you would like....Etsy, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Stylehive, ThisNext, your blog, or even by word-of-mouth....anywhere at all. Just send me an e-mail to coganscreations [@] yahoo.com, or contact me through one the selling venues and let me know the details of the promoting. I'll match up the e-mails/contacts received with the comments left here...and those with both will be entered into the Giveaway....so please, make sure I have a way to know who's comment goes with what e-mail (if names are different)

Now...just sit back and wait until November 15. The winner will be randomly selected from all entries recieved. I'll contact you if you win and we'll work out the details of using your $25, and getting the information for my blog feature. (You don't have to be a seller of hand-made to be featured)

This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere who appreciates my work, or who appreciates handcrafted things, or to anyone who just likes winning free stuff. No purchase necessary to win (although purchases from me are always greatly appreciated!)