Thursday, May 19, 2011

Blogiversary: Veggies Have A Heart

This giveaway is now closed

Happy Thursday Everyone!
I wanted to take a moment to thank each and everyone who has commented/following my blog and to the wonderful ladies who have given me a chance to feature them. This has been a great week! Let's keep going! YEAH!!

Next up, we have Dani Draper from Veggies Have A Heart. Let's learn a little bit more about her!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I like cats. I’m vegan. I graduated with a degree I didn’t want. I am from and currently live in Spartanburg, SC but my husband and I are saving up to move to Portland, OR by the end of the year. I love to doodle, read, write, and knit. My favorite color is green, and although I can’t pick one favorite food, it probably involves potatoes.

What got you started with your craft: I have always had an interest in the fiber arts. My mom is an avid cross-stitcher. She is amazing, and always won first place at the local fair for her work. She got the skill from my grandmother, who also grew up doing it. I tried my hand at cross-stitch when I was younger, but it never stuck. A few years ago, I met some folks who knitted, something I never thought I’d do myself. I bought a crappy knitting book and taught myself how to do it that same week, and the rest is history.

What inspires you: Before I answer, I want to preface this by saying I struggle for inspiration sometimes. I seem to go through phases where I’m obsessed with knitting for a while, and then I hate it for a few months. Most of my inspiration comes from Ravelry; sometimes I’ll just sit and look at all the recently added patterns and that gives me the drive to pull out some yarn and start something new. I get frustrated pretty easily when I can’t get something right, or when I’m trying to finish the second sock of a pair and I’m tired of the pattern, but I’m working on it!
Is your craft full-time or part-time: Part time. I have a full time job, and mostly started an Etsy store to keep me inspired to keep knitting, and to raise money to help us move to Portland. I am finding it’s harder and harder to find time to knit, so it’s been a bit of a struggle getting finished knitted items in my shop; that’s why you see mostly jewelry in there so that I don’t only have a few items listed all the time!

What do you love most about your crafts? I love the fact that I’m creating something. Knitting is creating something that someone can use, something beautiful that might be passed down and remembered for years. I know I can’t quite knit sweaters yet, but you can knit sweaters, dresses, pants, skirts, tableclothes, blankets, curtains…everything you can think of. It just amazes me that my hands are capable of that. You can recycle with knitting; I’ve read tons about knitting dish scrubbies and bags out of plastic grocery bags, or cutting up old t-shirts to make t-shirt yarn to knit scarves, bags, or new shirts. The new things I learn never cease to amaze me.

When did you start crafting: About 3 years ago. I’ve been doing it on and off ever since.

If you’re not crafting what else are you doing? Reading, watching TV (I’m obsessed with crime shows), or cooking!

Why do you craft: I craft because I like doing it, mostly. It’s relaxing, and gives me such a sense of accomplishment to be creating something. If someone wants to buy it, that’s just a bonus. ;)

Coffee or tea: I love them both, but have mostly cut coffee out of my diet, and drink tea daily. I found coffee made me crash too hard in the afternoons, so Earl Gray keeps me sane. If I have coffee, though, I drink it black!

Favorite color and why: Green. Green represents a lot to me, especially since going vegetarian. It represents all the greens I eat, the green Earth, growth and new life, and it means GO. It’s just a happy color!

Dani is super kind to be offering this lovely 100% Cotton Market Tote!

How to Enter (One entry per each comment)
1. You must a a follower of my blog. (Mandatory) and leave a comment.
2. Go to Veggies Have A Heart, come back and comment on your favorite item.
3. Heart Veggies Have A Heart on Etsy and leave a comment saying you are.
4. Heart sew ewe-nique designs on Etsy and leave a comment saying you are.

WOW, that's up to four chances to win!

This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadians only. Giveaway will be open till Thursday, May 26 at 5pm est.
I will announce the winner Friday May 27 and you will have 24 hours to get in-touch with me so that I can pass along the information to Dani .

Good Luck Everyone!


Jes said...

I'm on ur page, following ur blog :)

Jes said...

Her 'touch of green' necklace is so beautiful and delicate!

Jes said...

I 'heart' her etsy page :)

Jes said...

I 'heart' your etsy page :)

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

I'm a blog follower now! Couldn't resist these fun giveaways. ;)

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

I like the Sea & Foam earrings!

BetterSaveThanSorry said...

I'm a blog follower!

BetterSaveThanSorry said...

I like the beanie on her etsy shop...I love how she has placed the buttons.

BetterSaveThanSorry said...

I hearted veggies have a heart on etsy

BetterSaveThanSorry said...

I hearted sewewenique on etsy..I love your store