5.08.2009

TGIF feature and GIVEAWAY :: lemondropstudio

it has been awhile since i've had one of my tgif feature and giveaways. i've been so busy with going out west for a month, welcoming the birth of my nephew, learning with my sis how challenging and rewarding motherhood can be and spending quality time with my mom and dad, who flew to calif from taiwan to be there for the momentous occasion as well.

for this feature and giveaway, i'm so excited to bring to you a fellow etsian whose work i just adore! :) being a graphic designer in my past life, i love the clean lines and colorful design on each notecard set and custom silhouette. i also fancy the prints that shauna creates! don't miss out... read her thoughts below and enter her awesome giveaway! ready... set... go! :)

Q. Who are you?

A. I am Shauna, owner of lemondropstudio, wife and best friend to my husband and Super Mom to my son Taylor who is almost three. We live in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon and love it here. Besides being with my family, I love to eat, entertain, blog, craft, shop, spend time outside and much more. Oh, and I occasionally snort when I laugh, usually laugh at all the wrong times and far too often take jokes a step further than appropriate.

Q. When did you open up shop and how did you come up with your shop name?
A. My etsy shop opened up May 21, 2008, I can't believe it's been almost a year. lemon drop studio got it's name from my husband, who seems to be a genius at naming things. We wanted something that fit my personality and style, and lemon drop studio just seemed to fit. And yes, he came up with that and my logo about 5 minutes after I asked for his help. Smart guy.

Q. What do you create and sell?
A. I create and sell a handful of fun, fresh-squeezed gifts. I create custom silhouettes, prints from my digital artwork in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, digital invitations and announcements, handmade greeting cards, note card sets, fun magnets and more. Phew... that feels like a lot.

Q. What is your favorite item in your shop?
A. My all time favorite are my silhouettes. Each one is custom for my customers, made using one of their digital images, which makes it unique and completely theirs! I love seeing a silhouette look just like the child, and I cherish the ones I make of my son, Taylor. It's lovely to create such meaningful gifts.
Q. What is your advice for newbie Etsy sellers?
A. My advice would be to just keep asking questions. Talk to other Etsians, try your hand at blogging, promote whenever you can, even in grocery store lines, but don't be pushy. I also think writing out your goals and making lists is a great idea. As well as participating in some small, local artisan fairs so you can get your name out!

Q. What is the passion on your heart or your burden for this world?
A. Simply this: do good. It's such a simple idea but can be so broad. I insist this upon myself and my family. We do good by treating our environment with respect, we do good by being kind to others, we volunteer and we strive to make the right choice, not the easy choice, every day. Whether it's recycling, holding open a door, letting someone cross the street or complimenting a stranger or smiling, we're always out to do good. It can be very powerful, and makes us happier people in the process. This quote sums it up: "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible" - Dalai Lama

Q. Lastly, what is your giveaway this fine TGIF!
(one giveaway winner will be selected at random the following Wednesday at 11.59pm EST. to enter, please comment below with your favorite item from 1. lemondropstudio and 2. MustardSeed by.carollai. 'follow' my blog and you'll receive an automatic second entry. :) blog about this giveaway and receive a third entry! remember to leave an email address because if you are the winner, you will want to be contacted!)
A. I'd love to give away a Grace. 10 note card flat set in Peacock. These are a favorite and are sure to please!!

16 comments:

designsbykari said...

Great feature, and a beautiful blog. I'd love to enter your giveaway.

I love these buttons from Lemondrop, http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23328124
And these from mustardsed,
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24661553

I'm off to follow.

GloriasJewelryBox said...

Great Interview!

From mustardsed, I love Sunrise over Manhattan! Love all the colors!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24377864
From Lemondrop, I love the Children's Silhouette for my newborn son
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24318731

Thanks! I am following your blog!

Holistically Heather said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19482639
monkey!!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22662483
funky earrings

ecosampler@yahoo.com

Piper Riley said...

I am in love!!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22662483

heypiperriley@gmail.com
piperriley.etsy.com

Flight Fancy said...

I love the sweet wish cards in lemondrop....great graphic and pick is a fav. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24640090

Sweet and sour bracelet is just too pretty to ignore! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23569944

Lovely giveaway, and beautiful shops! thanks :)
Flightfancy40@gmail.com

serra said...

love the feature, love the cards, love the etsians, would LOVE to win!!

You can check out my blog too and enter the current giveaway!

http://etsians.blogspot.com/

serra said...

p.s. Love your blog, so now I'm a follower! Im glad I found you!

Celeste Jean said...

What a fun post!

I love all lemondrops card sets. They are just all so sweet. But not in a too cute, sugary way.
From mustardseed, I love your green empress earrings!

Audrey said...

I love these magnets from lemondrop:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23328124

And these earrings from Mustardseed:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24656976

Audrey
audreyscountrycrafts.etsy.com

w said...

from lemondrop: the moustache:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_3&listing_id=23742192&ga_search_query=dude&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5894757

though, if shauna could embroider the word "dude" on it - man would those be like awesome. not that they're not awesome now... oy.

from mustardseed: moment in time necklace:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21159945

it's beautiful. do i hear whitney?

thanks for a great giveaway.
wendiwinn on etsy.

Bellissima said...

Fabulous feature! I love being introduced to artisans this way - you learn so much about the seller and their work - Excellent Job!

SarCraw said...

From lemondropstudio, I like the "Yo" greeting cards! From carrolai, I like the New York cosmopolitan earrings!
sarahbcrawford(at)gmail(dot)com

SarCraw said...

I follow!
sarahbcrawford(at)gmail(dot)com

SarCraw said...

I blogged: http://giveaways411.blogspot.com/2009/05/win-notecard-set-from-lemondrop-studio.html

sarahbcrawford(at)gmail(dot)com

Salad for Breakfast said...

From lemon drop, i love the Sweet Wish. 10 note card flats. Scarlet.

from mustard SEed, i love the a moment in time necklace.

olivosartstudio said...

From lemon drop- my favorite is actually the one she is giving away-- I love trees!
From mustardseed, this is my favorite..so nice and femme!: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23570767

I am also hosting a giveaway-come check it out :)http://olivosartstudio.blogspot.com/2009/04/third-giveaway-familiafamily-print-for.html