Etsy Artist Interview and Giveaway: Linda Smith from BurlapAndBlue.com {Contest Closed}

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Congratulations to Debra H. She’s the winner of our BurlapAndBlue Giveaway. Stay tuned for more contests and giveaways!

Our last Etsy Artist Interview and Giveaway was so much fun that we couldn’t wait another minute to do it again!

This time, we’re giving away this lovely Personalized Matching Game from BurlapandBlue.com. It’s a set of 16 tiles personalized with your photos, and it’s just one of many sweet creations in the Burlap and Blue etsy shop.

I’ll give you all the details about how you can win this adorable prize in a sec, but first – let’s get to know Linda!

Etsy Artist Interview

Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a stay at home mom to a sweet two year old boy. I started Etsy a couple of years ago as a way to stay creative and connected while being at home. I also have a home/DIY blog, www.burlapandblue.com, where I share tutorials, shop updates, and DIY projects around my home. My style is a little bit vintage and a little bit shabby, and I love to “play” with my home decor. Spray paint and my hot glue gun are two of my best friends. :)

What 3 words best describe you?
spray-painter, blog-reader, endlessly-inspired-DIYer :)

Tell us about your etsy shop.
In my Etsy shop, I sell vintage-inspired goods, including dessert pedestals, personalized coaster sets, and other home decor. It’s a mix of thrifted finds that are given a second life, and fun and unique gifts.

What 3 words best describe your etsy shop?
vintage-inspired, unique, eclectic

What is your top selling item?
My dessert pedestals tend to be my bestselling item…my personalized matching game, though, is very popular around the holidays!

Tell us about your creative process.
There is so, so much that inspires me…in the online world, design/home decor blogs and Pinterest are extremely inspiring. Nature (especially the ocean) is also inspiring, as is art, sculpture and poetry.

What advice do you have for other Etsy sellers?
First, make sure you have great photos! Even if you have a great product, no one will know it unless your photos show it! Also, use social media to your advantage. Create a blog and/or a facebook page, and use it consistently.

Etsy Giveaway

Now, here’s how to register to win! There are multiple ways to enter, but you must comment below after you’ve done these items because that’s how we’ll choose a winner (at random).You needn’t leave a separate comment for each thing. Just tell me which of the items you did in a single comment.

WAYS TO ENTER

1. Visit the BurlapandBlue etsy shop and tell us in the comments section below what your favorite item(s) are in the shop: 1 entry

2. Heart BurlapAndBlue on etsy: 1 entry (To heart an item or shop you must be signed in to your Etsy account. Then click the link that says Add this to favorites (in the right sidebar on a shop or item page.)

3. Blog about this giveaway on your own blog: 1 entry

4. Subscribe to Momscape’s RSS feed: 1 entry

5. Subscribe to BurlapandBlue’s RSS feed: 1 entry

6. Follow Momscape on Twitter: 1 entry

7. Follow BurlapAndBlue on Twitter: 1 entry

8. Post this giveaway on a giveaway site. 1 entry

9. Like Momscape on Facebook: 1 entry

10. Like BurlapAndBlue on Facebook: 1 entry

11. Tweet about this contest with hashtag “#momscape” : 1 entry
( You can even RT this one: New #Momscape #Giveaway: Win a personalized matching game from BurlapAndBlue! http://tinyurl.com/3e7zhyt )

One winner will be drawn on August 8, 2011 using random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to email notification, after which a new winner will be drawn. This giveaway is sponsored by and will be shipped by BurlapAndBlue. *No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest open to US Residents only, 18 and over. Official contest rules are here.
And if you – or someone you know – would like to sponsor a contest on Momscape, we want to hear from you! Email susie at momscape.com

New Momscape Giveaway: Annual Membership to The Fresh 20 Meal Planning Service

Lately, I’ve been talking to a lot of moms who say they have hit a wall when it comes to what to feed the family each night. It seems quite a few of us are on a 2- or 3-week cycle of dinners because it’s hard to find meals that fit 3 important criteria. Optimally, those family dinners will be:

1. Quick to prepare.

2. Agreeable to at least a majority of the people sitting at the table with you (otherwise, what’s the point?)

3. Healthy and made with primarily fresh ingredients.

So I was thrilled when The Fresh 20 meal planning service approached me to say they wanted to give an entire year’s membership to one of you Momscapers!

This service does all the planning and thinking for you. I’ve just reviewed one of the weekly meal plans, and it’s got 5 savory dishes, such as braised flank steak with garlic mashed potatoes and pan roasted broccoli, or how about Mirepoix scallops and quinoa?

Subscribers to The Fresh 20 receive a weekly email with everything you need, including:

* A week’s menu of five dinnertime meals, along with detailed recipes and quick tips to help make the cooking easier and more enjoyable.

* A well-organized list for you to take to the store with all the ingredients you’ll need for the week’s meals.

What sets this meal planning service apart is that the meals center on fresh ingredients. These plans use only 20 fresh ingredients per week to make 5 weeknight dinners, and quality is a priority, so you won’t find any canned soup or frozen foods, nothing processed, and no preservatives. And it’s budget friendly. The average cost of dinner for four is $14, and each meal plan comes with a corresponding cost estimate.

Enter the giveaway:

Prize: Annual membership to The Fresh 20 meal planning service (a $49.99 value).

You can enter in one of two ways (or enter both ways to double your chance of winning):

1. Follow @momscape on Twitter (if you haven’t already). Send a tweet about the Fresh20 giveaway – such as Enter this great giveaway from @momscape http://tinyurl.com/29pttzt
(Just make sure you include @momscape in the tweet, along with your mention of the contest, so I can properly track the tweet and enter it into the drawing.)

2. “Like” Momscape on Facebook (again, if you haven’t already), and answer/respond to this simple question: “What’s your family’s favorite healthy dinner?” on our wall.

This giveaway will be open until November 20, 2010 (12 midnight MST).

We’ll choose the winner in a random drawing of twitterers and facebook commenters.
Complete rules are here.

Good luck!

(And thanks to The Fresh 20 for sponsoring this contest.)

*** Congrats to Julia S. who won our Fresh 20 membership giveaway. Join us at facebook to learn about new giveaways as they are announced!