Monday, March 23, 2009

{sweeter than me} designs: Interview and Giveaway! (CLOSED)



I recently entered a contest on Kristin’s blog to help her name a new piece in her shop (as some of you may know, and voted for me!) and I was so happy when I found out that not only was the name that I chose the winner but I also won the necklace! When I received it I was so happy because it was so much prettier in real life! I had a bunch of school functions that required me to dress up in business casual, and this necklace really helped to add some style to my boring suit! So many people complimented me throughout the night on my necklace and asked me where I had found such a unique looking piece!

Kristin has the most amazing jewellery in her etsy shop, {sweeter than me} designs and with 811 sales, I’m not the only one who loves her finely crafted pieces. I really enjoyed browsing through her shop and discovering all the wonderful little pieces and clicking on the pictures because I just had to see it in greater detail. The thing I love about the store is that it is such great value! You get these amazing pieces with such great detail and it really looks like you paid so much more than you actually did!


Kristin is such a sweetie because she really loves to share her amazing pieces! She has an awesome blog where she gives out tons and tons of jewelry to her lucky readers! She is also a huge believer in blog giveaways and always gives away her pieces on other blogs as well.



Here is her interview:


Name: Kristin Friesen


Location: Seattle, Washington

Favourite item from your shop: Enchanted Flutter necklace (Peridot)


Tell us a little bit about yourself:I am 22 (23 in May), my husband is 26 and his name is Justin. Our son is almost 2 1/2 and his name is Jack. We live in a tiny apartment in the city (hopefully not for too much longer). I am a work at home mom, I juggle the cooking and the cleaning and Jack along side my increasingly demanding business. It's a busy and sometimes stressful life, but I wouldn't change a thing. It's really important to me that I spend my time doing the two things I love the most - raising my son and running my business. They are two of the most rewarding things I've ever done and each day I love them more and more. I have two younger sisters and I grew up in a quaint little suburb, Snohomish, which is about 40 minutes north-east of Seattle. Snohomish is full of historic homes, farms and fields, and antique stores. Lots of cows, lots or corn, and LOTS of antiques. My husband and I both really love music and he plays bass in a band. We also love camping and traveling, watching movies, and taking Jack to the zoo, science center, aquarium, etc.


When and what made you want to open up your shop? I started making jewelry a little less than 2 years ago. I had just had my son and a friend of mine had just had her son too (they're exactly 5 weeks apart). She had played around with making jewelry and told me we should do it together to pass the time while we were both staying home with the babies. So we started making jewelry and before I knew it we were doing home parties together and selling at craft fairs! I fell in love with it instantly and when she went back to work a few months later I went straight to Etsy to open my own shop and turn my hobby into a business!



Tell us a little bit more about your creation process: I really just sit down at my table and play around with things until I find a combination I like. I like to dump things out and touch everything... make a big mess. I mix and match and combine until I like the look of something. Making multiples is always in the back of my mind, so when I make something I look at the materials and if I have enough to make 8 or 10 right then I'll make them all. It's much easier to make extras when I'm already in the zone and have all the materials in from of me, so I just make as many as I can right then. This saves me a lot of time when things sell, that way I can relist items right away and keep things moving. I usually have over $4,000 worth of inventory on hand just about at all times, I like having a big stock pile of jewelry :)



Where do you draw inspiration for all your amazing designs?I'm most inspired by the materials themselves. When I look at my supplies I see what they could become. I look at a locket and picture it amongst a cluster of pearls a rhinestones, or I see a little charm and picture it with a chunky glass drop, or I'll see a little bird and picture it carrying in it's beak a letter or a fruit or a leaf. When I'm feeling inspired my materials give me more ideas than I can possibly execute and it's a wonderful feeling.



If you could be an animal what would you be and why? Hmmmm, probably a cat. I love how playful they are, plus they get to be bitchy and demanding and their owners bend over backward to please them. Sounds like fun, haha!



If you could have one super power what would it be and why? Wow, I don't know. So many cool powers to choose from... Maybe something that gave me excellent reflexes. So I could dodge bullets and catch things that are falling. Most super powers coming with a serious down side... premonitions that you don't want, super hearing things you wish you didn't, x-ray seeing things you don't want to see. It would be pretty cool to fly though.



The Giveaway:



Kristin was kind enough to offer the winner a choice of any item on her shop under $20! I love it when giveaways offer you the chance to choose your prize!! The great thing is that so many of Kirstin’s pieces are under $20 you’ll spend so much time agonizing over what prize you would choose if you won!



How to Enter:


1) Go to Kristin’s etsy shop and comment on your most favourite item 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 Kristin’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 current giveaways held on my blog, you can get one entry for each contest you enter! Make sure you let me know which ones you entered!


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! =)


The contest will run until April 18th!

321 comments:

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Nina said...

I can't choose one! I'd have to say it's a 3-way tie between the Pixie Earrings, Enchanted Flutter Necklace (Peridot, and the Mary Kate Earrings (Gold).

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Nina said...

I'm a current follower!

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Nina said...

I'm an avid follower of Kristin's blog! I just love her designs!

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Nina said...

I entered your Lara Lewis Etsy giveaway.

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Emily said...

I like the Migration necklace.

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Emily said...

I'm a current follower!

Emily said...

I'm entered in the Lara Lewis Audrey earrings giveaway.

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nfmgirl said...

I like the Coral Leaf earrings and the Honey Bee earrings.

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nfmgirl said...

I'm a follower

Jingle said...

I love the secret garden necklace! It is gorgeous!

Jingle said...

I am already a follower of your blog!

Jingle said...

I left some love on her blog!

Jingle said...

Your button is on my blog!

Whimsical Creations said...

Love the Springtime Romance Necklace and the Thicket Necklace (Brass).

=) melanie
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Whimsical Creations said...

i'm a current follower

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Whimsical Creations said...

i entered the lara lewis giveaway

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Alyssa said...

I can't choose one favorite, but if I won, I would love the Frond Earrings (Small).

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Alyssa said...

I've been following you using google reader.

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Alyssa said...

I just gave Kristin some blog love. I also subscribed to her blog.

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Tj and Amy said...

I love the pearl snowman earings. amsbolda@hotmail.com

Tj and Amy said...

I am a current follower. amsbolda@hotmail.com

Tj and Amy said...

I entered your lara lewis etsy giveaway. amsbolda@hotmail.com

Tart Deco said...

I really like the Secret Garden Necklace - Rose, however I am also drawn to lemony goodness of Lemonade Scallops Ring (Silver).

Tart Deco said...

I am a loyal follower

Tart Deco said...

I've also entered the Lara Lewis giveaway

Tart Deco said...

Went to her blog and am now following too!

Chris C said...

Love the Thicket Silver set (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21886829). It's simple and elegant. They're all gorgeous though!

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Chris C said...

Existing follower (via RSS)

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Chris C said...

Entered Lara Lewis giveaway!

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Chris C said...

Entered Disconsolator giveaway!

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Comfort Joy Designs said...

Pearl Snowman Earrings...so sweet!

AmandaSue said...

I like the Enchanted Necklace. Thanks for entering me!

AmandaSue said...

I'm a current follower thanks.

AmandaSue said...

I've entered the Disconsolator Journal and Print Giveaway thanks.

kate said...

i have entered your lara lewis giveawwy!!

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Kate said...

i am a google reader!!

Kate said...

i entered your journal giveaway!

Kate said...

love the mary kate earings!!

CathyH said...

I love the Enchanted Flutter Necklace (Topaz)

CathyH said...

Loyal follower :)

CathyH said...

Entered Derrick's journal giveaway

CathyH said...

Sent Kristin some blog love :)

Beth said...

So hard to choose! I like the simplicity of the Thicket Set (Silver) But the Enchanted Flutter Necklace is also very pretty!
~Beth
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Beth said...

I'm a current follower
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Beth said...

I have your button on the sidebar.
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Jill said...

I like the Tropical Blossom Bracelet.

But there are so many things I like! She is great!

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Jill said...

I am a current follower!

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Laura said...

I'm in love with the Juliet set!

I added a link in my blog about this contest, as well as linking to your blog with the button image. I also added her store to my favorites today, and added everyone's sites to my del.icio.us links on my site- AND commented on her blog! pfew!

amweeks said...

I love the Nouvelle Bracelet!

amweeks said...

I'm a current follower! -#1

amweeks said...

I'm a current follower! -#2

amweeks said...

I'm a current follower! -#3

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amweeks said...

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amweeks said...

I'm a current follower! (amweeks) -#6

Aik said...

I love the Enchanted Flutter Necklace (Amethyst)!

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Aik said...

I'm currently a follower. #1

Aik said...

I'm currently a follower. #2

Aik said...

I'm currently a follower. #3

Aik said...

I'm currently a follower. #4

Aik said...

I'm currently a follower. #5

Aik said...

I'm currently a follower. #6

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I have your button on my blog. #1

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I have your button on my blog. #2

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Aik said...

I'm following Kristin’s blog. #1

Aik said...

I'm following Kristin’s blog. #2

Aik said...

I entered the "Lucy's Friend: Giveaway and Interview".

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Aik said...

I entered the "Disconsolator: Interview and Giveaway!"

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Bunny B said...

I love the Pixie Earrings and Constellation Earrings (Gold)!
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Bunny B said...

1- Visited Kristin and left some love :)
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Bunny B said...

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gkstratos said...

I like the Garden Treasure Necklace
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Kate said...

i entered dericks' giveaway!

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Kate said...

i entered lucy's friends giveaway!

Kate said...

I left kristin some blog love!

Kate said...

I love springtime romance!

Kate said...

I am a google reader subscriber!!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

The Enchanted Necklace is my fave!
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Wehaf said...

I love the pearl snowman earrings.

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memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I am a new follower :)

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memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I left a comment on her blog :)

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Sena said...

The Pixie Earrings is my most favorite!
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Sena said...

#1 - new follower

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Mommy Daisy said...

The Constellation Set is really cute.

Danetta said...

I love the Enchanted Flutter Necklace (Peridot). I think it is so pretty.

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Danetta said...

I blogged about this giveaway on my blog here: http://goyay.blogspot.com/2009/03/sweeter-than-me-giveaway.html

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Nelsby said...

It's SO tough to pick a favorite...this beautiful work is just so unique! I really do love the Amigos Necklace.
Thanks!
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Nelsby said...

I become a new follower...#1.
Thanks!
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Nelsby said...

I become a new follower...#2.
Thanks!
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Nelsby said...

I become a new follower...#3.
Thanks!
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Nelsby said...

I become a new follower...#4.
Thanks!
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Nelsby said...

Since my blog in under construction, I Tweeted about this giveaway on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Nelsby/status/1409890101
Thanks!
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Nelsby said...

#1...I left a comment on Krisin's blog post titled Around the World: British Columbia, Canada.
Thanks!
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Nelsby said...

#2...I left a comment on Krisin's blog post titled Around the World: British Columbia, Canada.
Thanks!
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Nelsby said...

I also entered your Lucy's Friend giveaway.
Thanks!
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Katherine said...

I would LOVE the Pearl Foliage Earrings! So pretty!

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Whimsical Creations said...

i entered the lucy's friend giveaway.

heyhazelhazel said...

I love the Mary Kate Necklace!

heyhazelhazel said...

I entered the "Lucy's Friend: Giveaway and Interview"

the student said...

I think the Golden Sparrow Post Earrings are really adorable :)

Andi said...

I'd choose the Mary Kate Necklace (Silver).

Nicki said...

i entered your lucy giveaway!!

Nicki

nicki said...

i entered your journal giveaway

nicki said...

i am a google reader!!

nicki said...

i love springtime romance!!

Angel said...

Springtime Romance Necklace s what I would choose

Angel said...

I'm a new follower

Elsie said...

I saw a robin's egg today, so the Springtime Romance Necklace would definitely make my day memorable!

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Jenn said...

beautiful jewelry! Wish she'd do the pink Enchanted with the dragonfly.

My favorite is - Enchanted Flutter Necklace (Amethyst)

Starryphate said...

I like the secret garden restuarant.

Super Blogger Girl! said...

the luna necklace is my favorite, I love swallows!

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Marie said...

I love the Enchanted Flutter Necklace (Amethyst).

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Marie said...

I am a new follower.

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Marie said...

I have also entered your contest for the Lucys Friend Scrabble tile pendant.

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Nelsby said...

It's SO tough to pick a favorite...this beautiful work is just so unique! I really do love the Amigos Necklace. The owls are just too cute :o)
Thanks!
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Nelsby said...

I am a current follower of your blog...for the last several months. Keep up the great work!
Thanks!
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Nelsby said...

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Nelsby said...

I visited Kristin’s blog and gave her a little blog love :o)
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daizee said...

I like the Amigos Necklace.

Chelsey said...

I like the Thicket Earrings (Silver) best of all. Thanks for the giveaway. mybabyappleseed(at)yahoo(dot)ca

arielle said...

I love the Mary Kate necklace!! The Amigos necklace is really cute too :)

arielle said...

1 I follow!

arielle said...

2 I follow :)

arielle said...

3 I follow :)

arielle said...

4 I follow :)

Lilly said...

The Mary Kate Necklace (Silver) is my favorite. Gorgeous!

Lilly said...

I am a current follower.

Kari said...

I have this from Kristin,
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22145938
I just love it. It came beautifully package and wears wonderfully. I've had tons of compliments on it.

Momma J said...

I love the Consellation Set (Black)!

Marianne
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www.crochetbymommaj.etsy.com
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Momma J said...

I'm a follower!

Marianne
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www.crochetbymommaj.etsy.com
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Momma J said...

I have your button on my blog!

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Laci J said...

I commented on her blog! Laci Mattingley

Laci J said...

After looking through all 4 pages of her stuff I really like the necklace you got, I know its over $20. so I might have to just buy it. So I'd go with the Enchanted Flutter Necklace for the under $20. range.

Laci J said...

I'm now a follower! Laci Mattingley

Cindy said...

I love Kristen's jewelry. I already had her as one of my favorites on etsy. My favorite item under 20 is the snowman pearl earings in silver. Great giveway!

Cindy said...

I'm a new follower!

Cindy said...

I also gave some comment love to Kristen on her blog.

noreen said...

Tropical Blossom Bracelet, love the three colors

missknits said...

wow her jewelry is beautiful! i love the scallop ring! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15584041

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missknits said...

i am also a new follower to your blog! mel_sunrise@yahoo.com

bison61 said...

I like the Frond Earrings (Small)

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The Giveaway Diva said...

Laci if you do end up buying it! Let me and kristin know so you can get 10 extra entries!!!

jasmine said...

i'm a new follower! #1

jasmine said...

i'm a new follower! #2

jasmine said...

i'm a new follower! #3

jasmine said...

i'm a new follower! #4

jasmine said...

the garden treasure necklace is my favourite =)

Storey said...

I checked out all the necklaces, but my favorite is still the one at the beginning of your review: Springtime Romance Necklace. It is super cute!

Outrun The Halfling said...

My favorite item would have to be the Pretty plume necklace.

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<3!

Outrun The Halfling said...

I'm a new follower, commented on her blog and posted about the give away in my own: http://outrunthehalfling.blogspot.com/

Kim said...

I really like the antique leaves lariat!
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FrostedCouture @ tpf said...

I LOVE the silver bluebell blossom ring!!!
*I'm a current follower :)

FrostedCouture said...

I live in washington too! hehe i think i will order from your store sometime.

FrostedCouture said...

sorry for the 3rd comment >.<
i meant to comment her with the second one and i also forgot my email address

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Andrea M said...

Love the Enchanted Flutter Necklace

sarah crawford said...

Definitely love the Enchanted Flutter Necklace!

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sarah crawford said...

I am a new follower!

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sarah crawford said...

I entered the disconsolator contest!

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Esme said...

These are beautiful pieces of jewelry.

Anonymous said...

What beautiful designs!! Can I pick the entire collection as my favorite? ;) I think if I had to choose just one single item to purchase right off the bat, it'd be the Turquoise Scallops Ring <3

-Cari (Cgladstone@weeralaw.com)

mamiedi said...

i really liked the mary kate necklace and the enchanted flutter necklace in peridot
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GraceElizabeth said...

Oh, um... *can't decide* I think... well, I can't exactly decide, but I do love the Juliet set!

GraceElizabeth said...

I'm a follower!

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Shelly said...

Love the Grapevine Flourish Ring (Silver)

Shelly said...

Entered Scrabble tile giveaway

Shelly said...

Following your blog

Amy said...

i love the mary kate earring and neclace, and the bloomin garden necklace. I love her stuff!

Amy said...

i became a follower!

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