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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Etsy Shop Feature & Giveaway - Lemon Tree Studio

You all know that I love fabric.  The colors, the texture, the graphic designs.....quite fabulous.  Well I feel the same way about gorgeous papers and paper crafts.  The first "craft" I took up was scrapbooking after my first daughter was born.  I just loved all the paper, embellishments, stickers, etc...  The finished product just made me super happy!  Well, when I first came across Lemon Tree Studio, that is exactly how I felt.  Just pure joy.  Total eye candy and my eyes didn't know where to look first.

Shelly has put together an extremely delightful shop chock full of items that will just make you smile.  Perfect for gifts, for yourself and just inspiring to create your own little taste of sunshine.

Some of my favorites in her shop include:

Gorgeous home decor items....(I love owls)

Fabric Tags

Beautiful fabric greeting cards...

Hand died binding...

Colorful paper packs...

She even has her own fabric (sooooo in love with this!)....

I personally own a few of Shelly's magnets. They are in my sewing studio and make me smile every day.  Make sure you check out her shop to see ALL of her wonderful items.  I only gave you a sneak.  But before you do, get to know Shelly and the girl behind the shop.

1. Please tell us about your business (i.e., how long you have been doing it, how did you get started, etc...)?

I run 2 little etsy shops, Lemon Tree Studio and Lemon Blooms. Lemon Tree is my handmade shop where I sell mainly fabric and paper creations. And, Lemon Blooms is my vintage baby....I HEART vintage and it was overtaking our house! I decided I needed an outlet to help me slowly put a dent in my vintage inventory. Slowly but surely.
2. Tell us a little about yourself and your family.

My name is Shelly and I am the luckiest mama is the world! I am honored to be a mom to my 2 year old daughter, Lilyana....and a wife to my handsome hubby of 12 years. We have a little man of the house, too...our Tibetan Terrier, Owen. We love to travel together, be outdoors and dote on Lily!

3. Where do you draw your inspiration.

I find inspiration daily, in everything. Sounds dramatic, right? Well, it's true! I can thumb through a magazine and see a design or color combo I love and BAM. I write it down in my Creative Journal for safe keeping. I find alot of inspiration in vintage textiles too...LOVE. Most of the time, I am not looking for something to inspire me, it just hits and then my brain goes into overdrive until I can envision the finished product.

4. What goals have you set for your business for the upcoming year?

I haven't really thought that far ahead, aren't I slacker?? Right now, my personal goals outweigh any business goals. I just want to continue having fun creating, once it becomes a "job" or a "chore" then I know it will be time to change things a bit. Right now, I feel like things are in place and moving along, steadily and happily...I don't want ot jinx it!

5. Do you sell on other venues other than Etsy?

No, I do not sell anywhere else but on etsy. If I can have another 13 hours in a day, I may consider it! I'd love to pursue other venues, but etsy has been really good to me and the community of people on etsy is AWESOME...I am so proud to be a part of such amazing talent and kindness.

6. Any advice for other designers and crafters out there who are looking to start their own business?

It sounds so cliche, but first and foremost.....HAVE FUN!
Find your niche and constantly evolve.
Be unique,
Be original!

Shelly has graciously agreed to giveaway this fabulous Valentine banner to one lucky winner!

PERFECT for Valentine's Day!!  Wouldn't this brighten up your home or office?

To enter, all you need to do is check out Shelly's shop, come back here and leave a comment about what item you love best.  Please include your email in the comment.

For additonal entries, you can....

1.  Follow Shelly's blog;
2. Tweet and/or blog about the feature/giveaway;
3. Follow my blog; and
4. Follow me on Twitter.

Be sure and leave a comment for EACH additional entry.  Makes it easier to count.  :)  If you tweet or blog, be sure and leave me a link.

Thanks so much Shelly for taking the time to share with us and for the lovely giveaway!

Giveaway winner will be announched on Saturday, February 6.

Now go check out her shop!