Monday, 22 February 2010

Carols Crafts Giveaway

Hey all. I appologise profusely for being a bad blogger. I said I was back and then I didn't really come back. But this time I am definitely back, I promise. I didn't manage to post last time when I said I would because I got a really nasty cut in the palm of my right hand that night at work when a glass expolded (they really do that!). I realised how difficult and ridiculously slow it was to try typing a post with just my left hand, so I gave up. But now my hand is all healed and I have some normal evening shifts in work so can blog during the day. To hail my return to the blogging world I am having another giveaway! Yay! This time the sponsor is Carols Crafts Etsy Store. She has kindly given me 3 prizes for this weeks winner. You will receive a pair or earrings, a hat pin and a keyring from her store.

Here is the mini interview she agreed to do with me so we can all get to know her a little better. Please visit her store as she has some beautiful and unusual piece for sale, as you can see in the photos below.

What's your name and where do you come from? My name is Carol Capaldi and I was born in a wee town called Dingwall in the north of scotland.

(I adore this set!!)

How long have you been making your designs? I have been making things since I was a little girl but things took of when I moved to Orkney for 4 and a half years. I started to do craft fairs then with my glass painting. I've always loved the idea of making jewellery and started that about 8 years ago. It was then I got married to a lovely Italian man and moved to Edinburgh. Edinburgh was a great place to expand my crafts and I still supply a shop in Leith and a shop in North Berwick.


Why did you name your shop 'Carols Crafts'? I call my shop 'carols crafts' because basically that is what they are! I like to do so many things that was the best name for it!


Whats your favourite materials to work with? I think polymer clay (fimo) is my favourite material to work with. Its like playing with plastercine all day!!


Of your items which is your favourite? This is a tough one but I think its my polymer clay necklaces and earrings. I make them to sell but end up wearing them myself!


Where do you get your inspiration for your designs and also their names? I get alot of inspiration from other crafters through the photograph web site flikr. I am amazed at the skill and variety. I have specific methods I use to create the cane and beads but I am often suprised how well things turn out.


Do you have any formal training or did this start as a hobby? Due to family circumstances I left school with no qualifications to speak of and went straight into work so all my crafting was a hobby to begin with. I learn how to do the fimo cane work and beading through tutorials on you tube! I also read books and used the Internet to get alot of information.


Do you have any favourite etsy shops which you buy from? Im a bit of an etsy virgin at the moment. I love the shops that sell handmade soaps etc. A lovely shop called cosy moments looks very scrummy!!


Whats your dream for 2010? My dreams for 2010 is to start my own jewellery classes and fimo work from home. I have 4 different classes on offer so I am quite excited about that. I also have been doing tutorials for a UK based magazine called 'Making gifts' that was launched in November.


Whats you favourite flower? My favourite flower is an iris.


Onto the giveaway bit!
The same rules apply as before.
  • You must be a follower (please tell me how you are following so I can check)
  • You must visit Carols Crafts and comment on here as to what is your favourite item
Extra entries may be gained by
  • Hearting your favourite item (1 entry)
  • Adding Carols Crafts to your favourite etsy sellers (1 entry)
  • Blogging/Twittering/Facebooking this giveaway (1 entry each)
  • Buying something from Carols Crafts (5 entries)
Please provide links to your blog/twitter/facebook. And supply your etsy username.

You must post a separate comment for each one you qualify for so I can assign numbers to each comment, or they will not be counted as separate entries.

This competition will end at midnight GBT on St Davids Day!! 1st March!

Good luck

I also got a phone call this morning to go for an interview for one of the jobs I applied for a while ago so, I am in a very good mood today. It is for the Assistant Manager of a British Heart Foundation Store in the city. Interviews not till next week but fingers crossed I get it. I can finally get out of the pub and start working more normal hours. Pity its not great pay though! Never mind!

Daisymay X

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56 comments:

  1. wow love her shop.

    good luck with your interview

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  2. I'm your follower and I love Beautiful Handmade Polymer Clay Necklace, Bracelet and Earing Set from her shop. So colourful!
    cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

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  3. Hi, I am a follower and I like her Red Retro clay -bead hat brooch. Thank you for showing us her work, and having this give away. Sharonj.

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  4. I follow through google friend and I love the Lilac and Pearls Beaded Bracelet the most. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  5. Really nice jewlery, I follow thru Google and I like the any one of the Lilac Pearl pieces.
    Elaine

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  6. I follow through Google and I love the purples and golds beaded bracelet in her shop. Thanks!

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  7. Hi there, I'm a follower through Google. I live about 10 minutes away from where Carol was born!
    I like her multi coloured hearts polymer clay earrings best - other than the giveaway set which I think is fab!

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  8. So many lovely items but I think my favourite is the Red Retro Design - Pendant and Earring Set

    I follow with GFC

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  9. I hearted my favourite item
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37156910
    evasblack

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  10. I hearted Carols Crafts
    evasblack

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  11. I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/EVA_n_essence/status/9570411678

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  12. I follow your blog. I love the Aqua Shells beaded bracelet, so pretty! Thanks for the giveaway.
    yumihamano@gmail.com

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  13. Following (june_spirit2628). I love the "Faux Jade Polymer Clay Earrings." Lovely giveaway--my fingers are crossed!
    june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

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  14. I am a google follower! My favorite item is: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37954162

    srobinson8561 at bryan.edu

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  15. Following (privately) :)
    the pearly beaded brooch is TO DIE FOR! but I also love all the buttons! I'm currently on a button-ring phase/craze, and I can so imagine making those multi-colored buttons into cute little rings! :D

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  16. I follow via google (follower name is Damla). I like the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Style Polymer Clay Earrings.

    annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

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  17. Blogged: http://sweepstakelover.blogspot.com/2010/02/carols-crafts-giveaway.html

    annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

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  18. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/sweepstakelover/status/9591668137

    annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

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  21. I follow via google friend connect and I like the Strawberry Butterfly Dreams Polymer Clay Necklace

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  22. I hearted my favorite item (jkgrocery, http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38230331)

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  23. I favorited Carols Crafts (jkgrocery)

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  24. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/jkgorcery/status/9613500232

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  25. Hello :D
    I'm a follower through google
    anddd my favorite item are the Faux Jade Polymer Clay Earrings

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  26. I'm a follower via google ("victoria")

    My favorite item is
    Blacks and Crystal Beaded Bracelet

    Victoria
    coloressinmezclar@hotmail.com

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  27. I twitted!

    http://twitter.com/invictoria/status/9698052698

    Victoria
    coloressinmezclar@hotmail.com

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  28. Enter me! I'm a new follower via google friend "fisiwoman"
    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman@hotmail.com
    My favorite item is Celtic Fruit Polymer Clay Bracelet

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  29. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/fisiwoman/statuses/9702390098

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  30. Fun jewelry - thanks for bringing attention to another cool handcrafter! Hard to pick a favourite, but I quite like the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Style - Pendant and Earring Set (as well as the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Style button - so interesting and unique), and I really love all those little square buttons.

    ~Tally

    Twitter: TallysTreasury
    Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TallysTreasury

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  31. I follow and my favorite item is the Celtic Fruit polymer clay bracelet. Love the color and designs
    cathyhorner at embarqmail dot com

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  32. I gave Carol's shop a heart
    cathyhorner at embarqmail dot com

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  33. I also gave my favorite item a heart
    cathyhorner at embarqmail dot com

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  34. I new follower. I like the Black and White Crystal Beaded Brooch

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  35. I'm a follower.
    Thanks for this chance.
    I like Polymer Clay Keyring/Bag Charm.

    ale84.vercelli at hotmail dot it

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  36. favorite etsy seller. (betsabea)

    ale84.vercelli at hotmail dot it

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  37. heart at Polymer Clay Keyring/Bag Charm (betsabea)

    ale84.vercelli at hotmail dot it

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  38. I blogged:
    http://giveawaymania.blogspot.com/2010/02/carols-crafts-giveaway.html

    ale84.vercelli at hotmail dot it

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  39. I tweet:
    http://twitter.com/dakha/status/9737706325

    ale84.vercelli at hotmail dot it

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  40. i really like the purple and gold beaded bracelet! all of the colors i like as well.

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  41. I'm a public follower via Google friend connect

    My favorite item from Carol crafts is the Golds and Pearls Beaded Bracelet

    lejn05@yahoo.com

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  42. Hearted my favourite item (momtoem)

    lejn05@yahoo.com

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  43. Added Carols Crafts to my favourite etsy sellers (momtoem)

    lejn05@yahoo.com

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  44. i really like the Blue Shell and Beads Brooch-excellent work!
    bellivas@yahoo.gr

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  45. also a follower!
    bellivas@yahoo.gr

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  46. follower: Daya, muito prazer
    Daiane Negretti
    daia171@hotmail.com

    I really liked the http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37066968, great colors!!!

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  47. I'm a follower \o/

    follower: Daya, muito prazer
    Daiane Negretti
    daia171@hotmail.com

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  48. i'm a follower via google friend connect
    greenpating@gmail.com

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  49. i followed carol crafts shop and my fave item is the Beautiful Handmade Polymer Clay Necklace, Bracelet and Earing Set and hearted it.
    greenpating@gmail.com

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  50. carol crafts is already my favorite shop
    greenpating@gmail.com

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  51. tweeted here: http://twitter.com/MamaWillz/status/9799444450
    greenpating@gmail.com

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  52. Love the Medium Venetian Heart of Glass

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  53. I follow! And my favorite item is... http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37153651

    mandm_2002 at hotmail dot com

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  54. I follow the blog with Google Friend Connect.

    I love the lilac and pearls beaded bracelet. Your Fimo work is amazing. I love lots of those pieces, too! Especially the peacock feather earrings and the purple and silver celtic earrings. :D

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  55. Hi!

    Just wanted to let you know that I listed this giveaway on my site. (before it was over) :)

    Here's the direct link:
    http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/02/earrings-keyring-and-pin-from-carols.html

    If you happen to have any other internationally open giveaways, I'd love to hear about them!

    Thanks,

    Ronit
    internationalgiveaways[at]gmail[dot]com
    http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

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