Saturday, March 7, 2009

Lara Lewis: Interview, Review and Giveaway!!! (CLOSED)

LaraLewis’ Etsy store is a haven for whimsical treasures! Her different pieces of jewellery are broken up into such categories as the Estate Collection and Woodland. She emphasizes simplicity with added details and designs that make the piece simple yet unique. And people have been noticing because she has had 1,348 sales and 100% rating from 901 and sellers and buyers! It seems that everyone wants a piece of her amazing collections.

I browsed around her Etsy shop and I was entranced by so many of her lovely pieces! She uses a lot of vintage pieces in many of her designs and is able to incorporate modern touches which adds a whole other level to the jewellery. I really am a big fan of her lockets, she has a huge collection of vintage lockets which she has added different design elements to make them both funky and modern. I really love the idea of lockets and being able to put small things and pictures in it and her lockets are truly what I have in mind when I think of lockets. Her “Glass Locket Necklace” is made of antique glass and wrapped with sterling silver with a graceful scalloped edge and it even made it to the front page of Etsy, which is a huge accomplishment considering the millions of other pieces that are in Etsy. I also love the lockets that she has in her Woodland Collection!

Interview:

Name:Lara Lewis

Name of shop:laralewis.etsy.com

Location:Scranton (or as we like to call it, "Scranhattan"). Yes, there really is a sign welcoming everyone just like in The Office.

Favourite item from your shop:Honestly that would have to be the Audrey Earrings...I wear mine every day!

Tell us a little bit about yourself:Well, let's see. I'm originally from California, graduated with an art degree from Humboldt State University, and moved to PA about 12 years ago. I'm currently living in North Eastern PA with my fiance, Jesse, our daughter Madison, and a very old, very persnickety cat. I also teach art by day in the public school system.

When and what made you want to open up your shop?It was kind of a fluke thing, actually. I had some artwork left over from a show I did, and when I found Etsy (by chance) I listed them and then forgot about it for about 6 months! It was later I made a necklace for my daughter and I liked it so much I made another...and from there I just went beserk. I'm completely crazy now. Tell us a little bit more about your creation process:I'm sure there are some really creative, artsy people out there that have a splendid creative process, but mine is more like throwing a bunch of stuff on the wall and seeing what sticks. If anything, I am very much drawn towards anything to do with nature (birds, leaves, flowers) and I tend to incorporate them into my designs quite frequently.

Where do you draw inspiration for all your amazing designs?Anything from the Oldschoolius Maximus period: old books, old roses, old estate jewelry....you get the drift. I really think I was born in the wrong century.

If you could be an animal what would you be and why?Haha, have you seen my page? An owl! I've noticed they have become quite trendy, but for me they always represented that magical ability to exist in two worlds; the physical and spiritual, they're lovely creatures. Also I admit, I really love bunny rabbits.

If you could have one super power what would it be and why? Does flying count as a super power? I imagine flying at night, and can't think of anything more exhilarating and freeing.


The Giveaway:


Lara is graciously offering up her Audrey Earrings which she says is one of her most popular pieces on Etsy. The Audrey is an absolutely stunning vintage, square octagon, faceted glass stones in hand patinated brass settings dangle from antiqued brass leverback earwires. These earrings are very versatile...worn casually or dressed up for a night out. With the stones being made in West Germany in the late 1950's. These earrings are a value of $17!!


How to enter:

Please only leave one comment for each of the entries that you have completed, I will add the entries that you are entitled to! Please leave only ONE comment for each entry you have!

1) Go to Lara’s Etsy shop and comment on your most favourite piece for one entry!
2) If you become a new follower you get four more entries
3) If you are currently a follower you get six more entries (Yay for being loyal blog followers!)
4) If you post my button on your blog you get five extra entries
5) If you blog about this contest and include a link you gain five more entries
6) Go visit Lara’s blog and leave her some blog love, you get two extra entries
7) If you buy anything from her shop you get ten additional entries
8) If you enter any of my other giveaways let me know for one extra entry each! So if you enter both my giveaways you get two entries!

Wow that’s a lot of entries you can receive! And please have a way for me to contact you!! If your email is on your blog profile that will also work! If you are entering more than once you only have to give me your email in one comment...that way you don't have to put it on all of them, to save you a bit of time! =)

Giveaway ends: March 25th!

137 comments:

Christina said...

BEAUTIFIL JEWELRY! Oh my gosh, I could sit here forever listing my favorites. I love the forest fairy bracelet and the barn swallow earrings the most, but there are so many things I like!

Christina said...

I am also now following. :)

Elaine said...

I am so happy I found your blog! The Lara Lewis jewelry is just gorgeous. It was so hard to pick a favorite...I'm torn between the Magpie #25 necklace and the Spring Green earrings. Please enter me in the giveaway. I've also become a follower and can't wait to receive all the updates from your blog. Elaine :)

CathyH said...

I love the vintage look. One of my favorites is Magpie No. 6 with the skeleton key. Thanks!

CathyH said...

Already a follower! hi!

CathyH said...

I entered the handmade heart giveaway too. (crossing my fingers)! Where is Lara's blog?

The Giveaway Diva said...

opps i'm sorry I have to add that right now but it is here: www.laralewis.blogspot.com

Nina said...

I want everything! Her pieces are so unique and beautiful! If I had to choose one, I'd say it would be the Magpie No. 11 necklace.

green_gecko39(at)yahoo(dot)com

Nina said...

I am a current follower.

Nina said...

I follow Lara's blog as well! (does that count?)

Nina said...

I entered your necklace giveaway

kate said...

oh wow I have entered your two giveaways for the necklace and the collar!!

glittergurl04 @hotmail.com

kate said...

Magpie No. 11 necklace is my favorite!!

glittergurl04 @hotmail.com

Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

My favorite piece is the Magpie No. 2 ( Extra Long Necklace with Vintage Rhinestone Button and Antique Skeleton Key) :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
blog[at]theluckyladybug[dot]org

Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

I'm currently a follower :
blog[at]theluckyladybug[dot]org

Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

Your blog and button are in my blogroll :
http://theluckyladybug.org/blogroll/
blog[at]theluckyladybug[dot]org

Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

I blogged about the contest :
http://theluckyladybug.org/2009/03/08/325-audrey-earrings-giveaway/
blog[at]theluckyladybug[dot]org

Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

I left Lara some blog love :
http://laralewis.blogspot.com/2009/03/change-my-avatar-help.html
blog[at]theluckyladybug[dot]org

Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway. I love the Into the Woods Earrings.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9@verizon.net

Nanci said...

I absolutely love the Audrey earrings, but all of the pieces are gorgeous!

Prpldy said...

I love the Northern Lights Earrings (Unique Faceted Jewels with Rare Coloring)...my Brother lives in AK...and they remind me of him.

Prpldy said...

I'm a follower!

Prpldy said...

Put your button on my blog.

I am having a giveaway too...check it out.

Prpldy said...

I left Lara some love.

summernightsmiles said...

Love the Estate Earrings in Deep Sapphire. Gorgeous color! Wow =)
I found a lot of pieces in this etsy shop that I am really interested in!

start.to.sew [ a t ] gmail.com

summernightsmiles said...

Oh, and I am now also a follower =)

start.to.sew [ a t ] gmail.com

Alyssa said...

Wow, great stuff! I really like the Bronzed Raspberry Rose Necklace and Estate Earrings, Peridot.

alyssa_hammond7@yahoo.com

Alyssa said...

I just became a follower on your blog via google reader.

Alyssa said...

I gave Lara some love on her blog and added her shop to my favorites on etsy.

Whimsical Creations said...

My favorite is the Vintage Heart Locket (I Love You Inscription).

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

i'm already a follower

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

i have entered the handmade heart necklace contest.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Penelope said...

This is some gorgeous stuff! I especially love the shamrock Estate Earrings! :)

Penelope said...

I'm a new follower!

Penelope said...

I commented on the 3 Dirty Dawgz giveaway!

Daughter of the The King said...

Love the I love you heart locket necklace

Sabreena said...

I love the estate earrings in deep sea, they are lovely! :) Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Sabreena
designbysabreena@gmail.com

Sabreena said...

I am a new follower too. :)

Sabreena said...

I also posted on Lara's blog

Suzanne said...

There are so many pretty things it's hard to decide. The first thing that jumped out at me was the Poppy Ring and I love the matching Japanese Garden Necklace.

Suzanne said...

I am already a follower.

Suzanne said...

Your button is in the Flare section of my blog at:

http://kiddomerriweather.blogspot.com

Suzanne said...

I left a comment on Lara's blog under "Change My Avatar? Help!"

Suzanne said...

I blogged about this giveaway at:

http://kiddomerriweather.blogspot.com

Jillianmackowiak said...

I love her jewelry!! My personal favorite is the Marie Antoinette earrings.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21968541

Jillian :)

email: jillianmackowiak@yahoo.com

Jillianmackowiak said...

I also just became a new follower of your blog! YAY!!

Jillian :)

Jillianmackowiak said...

I added your button to my blog!

Jillian :)

http://jillianmackowiak.blogspot.com/

kate said...

ooo i love the magpie #25 necklace!!

glittergurl04 @hotmail.com

kate said...

i entered the giveaway for your earings

Kate said...

i also entered your giveaway for the dog collar!!

Ashley said...

favorite- Ray of Sunshine Bracelet
Perfect for Summer!
ashlomb at yahoo dot com

Ashley said...

(4 EXTRA)
New follower! Addicted now!
jepeux.blogspot.com
ashlomb at yahoo dot com

Lilly said...

I love Think Spring Vintage Lucite Polka Dot Earrings. Cute!

Lilly said...

I am now following.

Aik said...

I love the Marie Antoinette Opulent Earrings with Faceted Glass Jewels!

aikychien@yahoo.com

Aik said...

Already a follower.

Aik said...

I have your button on my blog sidebar.

http://aik-friendsnfamily.blogspot.com

Aik said...

I followed Lara's blog and left a comment is her Hurray for Love - Valentine's Day SPECIAL post.

JennTRC said...

Wow! Her jewelry is so beautiful! My favorite is the Forget Me Not Earrings, but I've hearted her etsy so I can revisit/buy sometime.

I'm a new follower, jennE :)

Jill said...

I love Magpie #2. And I am a follower!

Her jewelry is really beautiful~!

jill.watkins@gmail.com

She Became A Butterfly said...

my fave is the glass silver locket! i LOVE lockets!

she
pookielocks at ymail dot com

She Became A Butterfly said...

i'm following you!

she
pookielocks at ymail dot com

She Became A Butterfly said...

your button is in my blogroll!

she
pookielocks at ymail dot com
www.shebecameabutterfly.net

She Became A Butterfly said...

i blogged about it here!!!!
http://www.shebecameabutterfly.net/?p=1717

she
pookielocks at ymail dot com

Kathy said...

I'm now following!

Kathy
teknologenius at a o l dot com

Kathy said...

I love her Clementine necklace. But it's all so pretty--tough choice!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Kathy
teknologenius at a o l dot com

Kathy said...

I left Lara some blog love!

Kathy
teknologenius at a o l dot com

Kathy said...

I'm entered in Galit's giveaway!

Kathy
teknologenius at a o l dot com

Kathy said...

I'm entered in Galit's giveaway!

Kathy
teknologenius at a o l dot com

Dany said...

Everything is so wonderful! I love the Elizabethan Filigree Bracelet.

msgemini_05@yahoo.com

Tj and Amy said...

Everything is so cute! but i am in love with these La Vie en Rose Earrings (Vintage Pink Hoops and Red Roses) amsbolda@hotmail.com

Tj and Amy said...

I am now a follower! amsbolda@hotmail.com

Emily said...

Magpie No. 10 Vintage Optical Lense and Swarovski Crystal is my favorite, but oh, so many gorgeous things!

eeohlin at gmail dot com

Emily said...

I'm a new follower!

eeohlin at gmail dot com

Emily said...

I left a comment on Lara's blog about her extremely cute bear earrings (and their equally cute namesake).

eeohlin at gmail dot com

gkstratos said...

Maggie No. 10 is my favorite piece
gkstratos@yahoo.com

gkstratos said...

Loyal Follower x1
gkstratos@yahoo.com

gkstratos said...

Loyal Follower x2
gkstratos@yahoo.com

gkstratos said...

Loyal Follower x3
gkstratos@yahoo.com

gkstratos said...

Loyal Follower x4
gkstratos@yahoo.com

gkstratos said...

Loyal Follower x5
gkstratos@yahoo.com

gkstratos said...

Loyal Follower x6
gkstratos@yahoo.com

gkstratos said...

Entered pet collar giveaway
gkstratos@yahoo.com

gkstratos said...

Entered Heart Necklace giveaway
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Katherine said...

I really like the Estate Earrings, Black Diamond. Beautiful!

kkondek at gmail.com

CAROLINA said...

I like the Vintage Japanese Glass Floral Cameo Earrings. Funny, they have a Bavarian look to me, not Japanese.

Either way, they're pretty.

abbyrae said...

I adore the Japanese Garden Necklace! I have also been a fan of Etsy for six months. Its awesome to find a new artist who makes incredible jewelry :)
abbyraeabbyrae@yahoo.com

Selenophobia said...

i adore the "Blossom, Hoots, and Oaks Charm Bracelet"!

PS, I'm a follower!

Selenophobia said...

ack, didn't leave separate comments.. sorry!

(1)current follower

Selenophobia said...

(2)current follower

Selenophobia said...

(3)current follower

Selenophobia said...

(4)current follower

Selenophobia said...

(5)current follower

Selenophobia said...

(6)current follower

amweeks said...

I love the Think Spring Vintage Lucite Polka Dot Earrings! So fun!

amweeks said...

I now follow you! - #1

amweeks said...

I now follow you! - #2

amweeks said...

I now follow you! - #3

amweeks said...

I now follow you! - #4

amweeks said...

I went over to Lara's blog, and became a follower on Blogger AND on Twitter! - #1

amweeks said...

I went over to Lara's blog, and became a follower on Blogger AND on Twitter! - #2

Lara Lewis said...

a HUGE thank you to everyone for these wonderful comments! i'm speechless!

p.s. i finally figured out how to add the giveaway diva button to my blog. i am pathetic at technology!

p.p.s yes, i think those japanese glass cabochons look very bavarian, too. :)

Mommy Daisy said...

I like the Roses Vintage Cameo Ring on her Etsy site. Cute.

Lyda said...

Estate Earrings, Chestnut, I love the color.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Beth said...

Wonderful Jewelry! Loved looking at the shop! My favorite are the Ruby Kate earrings. Thanks for the chance!

~Beth
bethanyev@gmail.com
http://joeandbethany.blogspot.com

Beth said...

I'm a faithful follower! Yeah for more entries!

~Beth
bethanyev@gmail.com
http://joeandbethany.blogspot.com

Beth said...

I have your button!

~Beth
bethanyev@gmail.com
http://joeandbethany.blogspot.com

Beth said...

I've entered the Handmade heart giveaway!

~Beth
bethanyev@gmail.com
http://joeandbethany.blogspot.com

Teresa S. said...

Talented craft woman.
I love the Esta Black Diamond earrings from the estate collection.
tasardina@yahoo.com

Kristan said...

I love her jewelry. A favorite is Magpie No. 25.

drey said...

I want everything! But I'll settle for these earrings, lol!

I follow/subscribe to your posts...

Whimsical Creations said...

i entered the sweeter than me giveaway.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Anna Sophia said...

I love the audrey earrings, tyhose are my favorite! That is also my daughters name, so they really are special to me. :)

Anna Sophia said...

Already a follower :)

Anna Sophia said...

Already a follower :)

Anna Sophia said...

Already a follower :)

Anna Sophia said...

Already a follower :)

Anna Sophia said...

Already a follower :)

Anna Sophia said...

Already a follower :)

Tart Deco said...

I'm loving the Fireside Earrings (Faceted Estate Style Jewels)

Tart Deco said...

I am a loyal follower :)

Tart Deco said...
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Tart Deco said...

I've also entered the Sweeter than Me giveaway

z. Smith said...

Magpie No. 2 is my favorite piece - but they are all awesome.

Chris C said...

My favorite piece is the Blue Rose Necklace...I love the hints of blue on rose!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19221455

danunepthys(at)hotmail(dot)com

Chris C said...

Entered the Disconsolator giveaway!

danunepthys(at)hotmail(dot)com

Chris C said...

Existing follower! Love your blog! I always get great inspiration on what to give to my friends/family for birthdays and holidays.

danunepthys(at)hotmail(dot)com

Chris C said...

Entered {sweeter than me} giveaway!

danunepthys(at)hotmail(dot)com

Comfort Joy Designs said...

Estate Earrings...Deep Saphire...OOH-La-La!

KristenH said...

There are several things that I really like. I love the Magpie No. 25 (with Vintage Leaves and Peridot Estate Collection Jewels), the Estate Earrings, Ruby, the Crushed Roses Earrings (Faceted Estate Style Jewels), the Ray of Sunshine Earrings (Vintage Daisies), the Elizabeth Rose Earrings and the NEW Fleur de Lis Earrings (with Faceted Estate Style Jewels). This is a great giveaway and I really hope I win. Thanks.
girlof80s@aol.com

The Giveaway Diva said...

I'm sorry to say but the giveaway is now officially closed!! The winner will be announced soon!! Don't worry there are many more giveaways to enter!! =)

Laura said...

My favorite has to be the Lilac Blossoms earrings, they remind me of something my grandmother would have worn, and it's in her and my favorite color!

I'm also adding you and her to my blog!

lrseymour@verizon.net

Lacey said...

Oh my god, "Bronzed Raspberry Rose Necklace (with Swarovski Pearl and Crystal Bead)" is just stunning. They all are, but I must have this!

Lacey said...

I am your latest follower! ^_^

Lacey said...

Left some love for Laura & her beautiful jewelley <3

Lacey said...

Enter two other giveaways =D excited!

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