Monday, April 20, 2009

Trudie Davies Designs: Interview and Giveaway!


Today’s interview and giveaway comes all the way from Down Under: Australia! Trudie Davies is an Etsy seller that specializes in making classic designs with a twist! She uses Sterling Silver in all of her designs and incorporates hints of copper and brass as well as
gemstones. Knowing that she uses such quality materials in all of her designs you know that they will be sturdy and long lasting no matter how much you may bang it up! Trudie’s designs are very versatile because not only are they a great everyday jeans and t-shirt jewellery but you can add on some bling to spice it up for special occasions or a night on the town! I think my favourite pieces would have to be any of her designs involving the sweet little tweety birds! I also love her customized name pendent....very Carrie! I also love how she photographs all her jewellry! Very pretty!

All her jewellery comes ready to give to a special loved one! And shipping is pretty cheap considering her goodies come all the way from Australia only $2.50 if you live in Australia and $3.75 for everywhere else!


Here are the interview questions:

Name: Trudie Davies
Name of shop:www.trudiedavies.etsy.com
Location: Melbourne, Australia.

Favourite item from your shop: The 12 skinny hammered stack rings.


Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am a mom of an 18 year old girl who has just left home to go to college to do Law and Science. I also have an 11year old boy who is still in primary school. The kids are great and keep my husband and I busy. I work for The Age Newspaper, our daily metro paper. I went to art school many years ago. That is where I learnt silver-smithing and jewellery making skills. I loved that time and received distinctions for my jewellery work. I then went on to have my family and am really enjoying life now cause I can go back and do what I love doing. It really is so exciting to be making jewellery and running my small etsy business.

When and what made you want to open up your shop?
When I came across Etsy, I was real excited because for one there was an opportunity to move out items that I created. It is no point of making things if you can't off load them. I only have so many fingers, toes etc. Also the silver merchants can get real expensive! So etsy
has been a low cost real great opportunity for me to get into.

Tell us a little bit more about your creation process:
Well as well as make jewellery I am a painter. Both with jewellery and painting I seem to conjure up designs in my mind. With jewellery I then have to work out the functionality of the design. Jewellery needs to be functional with great design. Over time I have just made
jewellery pieces that take my fancy. It is now that I am starting to develop a style. This is not evident in the trudiedavies store as yet. It is possible that I will need to open a new shop just to showcase this new style that is emerging from me. That will all be in the future....waiting to happen. This new style is one that is based on silver work and blue and green colour stones. I love blues and greens.

Where do you draw inspiration for all your amazing designs?
A lot of my work draws inspiration from the geometric shapes, blues, greens, images and beauty in design. I just do what I want and what takes my fancy.
If you could be an animal what would you be and why?
An Elephant cause they are so cool.

If you could have one super power what would it be and why?
Thats a hard one! To be a Movie Star and live in Malibu! Oh well not this time around ........HaHa! Maybe just live as a 30 yr old forever and ever cause the thought of old age is starting to scare me! Or solve all the problems of poverty, starvation, exploitation and crime in one foul swoop! Oh and not to mention climate change! I don’t know something like that!

The Giveaway:


Trudie was kind enough to offer the winner any design within her shop under $40! That’s really generous of her and you can get so many amazing designs in her shop!

How to Enter:

1) Go to Trudie’s etsy shop and comment on your most favourite item for one entry! Favorite her shop for an extra 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) If you buy anything from her shop you get ten additional entries (Make sure you let her know as well as myself!)
7) 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! I have the Bow Me Over Bows Giveaway going on right now so make sure to enter that!

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 May 7th!

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Mia said...

#1 follow:)

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Diana D said...

I was especially fond of the turquoise stack ring. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

quelleheure4 said...

I'm a current follower
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I'm a current follower
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I'm a current follower
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I'm a current follower
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I'm a current follower
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I have your button#1

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quelleheure4 said...

I entered your Luccicare Lampwork giveaway.

LorieJean said...

I am a bracelet junkie, so I really liked the 4 x 2mm bangles. I think they looked really sexy. I also liked all the stack rings but couldn't decide which I liked best, but thought I could buy several and pass them out as stocking stuffers at Christmas.

I also added her site to my favorites.

LJS65@aol.com

kathy pease said...

i love the 9 x mixed gauge wire stack rings

kathy pease said...

following your blog as klp1965
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following your blog as klp1965
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kathy pease said...

following your blog as klp1965
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following your blog as klp1965
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ford1206 said...

i did the Pandora and Troll Bead
ford1206@knology.net

trudie said...

Cant wait to find out who the lucky winner is. Congrats and thanks to everyone. Oh and I have just joined twitter. Wow .. mad!!
http://twitter.com/trudiedavies
Trudie Davies

Dickersontsqe said...

I entered Lucy's Friend Scrabble Tile Giveaway. janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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