22 November 2010

Awesome Artist Feature: MegsCrochetJewels GIVEAWAY!

One of the greatest things about being an active member of Etsy is meeting other Sellers. It's true what they say about being on an Etsy Team and promoting people's work: it really helps you grow! Not just through views & sales, but through sharing enriching experiences with one another.

Whether I'm going to a craft show or commenting on a blog, there's always someone new to discover!

Now I'd like to share some of that with you.

Crochet Copper Ring - by MegsCrochetJewels - $12 USD

Hidden away on a small lot of land in Georgia, surrounded by trees, Meg from MegsCrochetJewels is probably taking it easy. As a jewelry seller on Etsy, it's not always easy to be different and sometimes people get creative blocks! She says:
I don't stress about it! That's the biggest mistake I could make! As soon as I put pressure on myself to do something, I will rebel big time. The best thing I can do is just let it go. I might go spend some time in the garden or take that as an opportunity to go horseback riding. Or maybe sit down with a good book. If I am patient, [inspiration] will come.
Personally, this is helpful to hear. I often stress out about the little things as a micro-business owner; I feel like I have to do everything all the time. These days, I even feel guilty for sleeping! Hearing that it's okay to give yourself a break for inspiration is incredibly refreshing! While not all of us have a horse and trail readily available, it's still great to escape for a little while!

Twisted Crochet Bracelet by MegsCrochetJewels - $20 USD
And to help you drift off into a land of luxury, Meg and I would love to offer you a chance at winning a customized twisted crochet bracelet made just for you!

But first, take some time to sit back and discover our latest Awesome Artist Feature:

  • Who are you? And what drives to you create!?
I am a country girl and a homebody; I'm quiet and keep to myself. Though, when I am around my family, I am loud! I love to laugh and make others laugh. I am 27 years old and have been married for 8.5 years. I own my home on a small lot in the country surrounded by trees.
I think my drive to create comes from my want to be self-sufficient. Plus, I can't afford to go out and buy nice jewelry. This way when I want something, I can either make it myself or barter with someone who makes it. I LOVE to Barter/Trade!
  •  When & why did you start your Etsy shop?
My mom and her friend were doing wire/bead work and I wanted to do it too, but I didn't want to just copy what they were doing. So I thought about it for a while and came up with crochet wire/bead jewelry. I had made several pieces before I found out I WASN'T the one who came up with it. ;) I was somewhat disappointed that they were already books out on it! That got me researching crochet jewelry which led me to an Etsy ad in a magazine. I figured I would give it a try. Shortly after I opened [my Etsy Shop] though, I went on hiatus and didn't touch my jewelry for over a year! I have really only been back in the game about 6 or 8 months. 
Vintaj Brass Crochet Wire Cuff Bracelet
by MegsCrochetJewels - $25 USD
 Describe your creative process.
Sometimes it starts with a bead. I will see a bead and love it. Then I will decide what's the best way to showcase it. Then I will create it. Usually I don't know if it worked until the very end :)  
Sometimes I will see something on someone and think, "Hmm - I wonder if I could crochet something similar?" Sometimes I can.... Sometimes I can't. Crocheting is not your regular jewelry process. You pretty much have to stick to certain avenues. There are only so many ways you can hook a stitch! :)

  •  What does a day in your life look like?  Depends on which day I guess. :) I clean houses part time. When I get home I like to work in my organic flower/vegetable garden. I have lots of animals to take care of and occasionally sneak in a trail ride on one of my horses.
Sometimes I cook for the hubby and I try to avoid cleaning my own home at all costs. ;) I also spend LOTS of time online networking and tweaking my shops.
Crochet Wire Bracelet - Purple/Grey/Green
by MegsCrochetJewels - SALE $10.80 USD

  •   If you could have brunch with any person (alive or dead), who would it be & why?   My Aunt Janey. (My Daddy's Sister)  She passed away when I was 10. She is the one who taught me to crochet and she taught me how to color inside the lines. :) I would love to sit down and have an adult conversation with her and show her what I have done with the craft she taught me! 

  • Do you have a favourite Etsy Seller that inspires you or what you look up to? Tell us about them. 
My favorite shop is Blue Calla. She has gorgeous bags. She keeps her items very simple and functional. Art for everyday. ;) Thats what I aspire to. Of course I have my more extravagant pieces, but I want to make pieces everyone can feel comfortable wearing in their everyday life. Something that becomes a part of themselves. Not because I want you to be my customer for life, but because I think everyone deserves that one (or more) piece of jewelry that completes them.
To find out more about Meg & check out some of her works, feel free to click on the links:


NOW - for the GIVEAWAY... 

Meg would like to offer a you a chance to win completely customized twisted crochet bracelet. You'll be able to choose wire color, length and up to 3 different color beads! Nickel free options will also be available for those with sensitive skin.

To enter to win, you have many options!

After completing your entries, post which items you did (with links where possible) in the "Comments" section of this post. For every item done, you'll receive ONE entry (9 possible entries available)! Winner will be randomly chosen on Saturday, 27 November & announced Sunday, 28st November, 2010.

Thanks so much for reading & good luck!

The Awesome Artist Feature series will be running every Monday on nerd JERK: Inspire Your Inner Geek.


  1. Awesome Steph! Goodluck to everyone who enters! I look forward to making the lucky winners bracelet.

  2. I "hearted" Megs.

    I "liked" Megs on Facebook.

    I am now following Megs blog.

    I am now following this blog.

    I love Megs jewelry!!!

  3. Well, Lexan - I think the last one may still count as an entry. ;D Thanks so much for supporting handmade!

  4. wow...this is a wonderful blog...I own some of Megs jewlery and LOVE it...Thanks for sharing all this beautiful information about her with us...

  5. Not sure if these count but...
    -hearted Meg's shop awhile back
    -like her fan page awhile back
    -I already follow Meg's blog
    -I already follow your blog

    Posted Meg's Christmas bracelet on my fb page:

  6. OK...
    -Hearted MegsCrochet Jewles
    -Like Megs on fb
    -Featured this on fb http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F57074861%2Fcustom-kaleidoscope-cuff-customized&h=9f3d3
    -Featured this one, too http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F57074861%2Fcustom-kaleidoscope-cuff-free-shipping&h=9f3d3
    -Featured this blog post on fb
    -Follow Megs' blog
    -Follow this blog

    Oh, I hope I win. Love Megs' work:)

  7. I Like MegsCrochetJewels on Facebook

  8. Hearted Meg's shop
    Liked on Facebook
    Following on Twitter
    Posted fave on Twitter
    Posted giveaway on Facebook and Twitter
    Following Meg's blog
    Following this blog
    Yay! :)

  9. I Visited & "Hearted" MegsCrochetJewels on Etsy
    kkfoster35 at msn dot com

  10. I "Like" MegsCrochetJewels on Facebook
    Karen Hargis Foster
    kkfoster35 at msn dot com

  11. I follow MegsCrochetJewels on Twitter
    kkfoster35 at msn dot com

  12. i hearted on etsy and like on facebook...and i brought from her twice...i love her stuff...

  13. Good luck everyone!! Can't wait to find out who's bracelet I will be making and what colors they will choose:)

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