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!)