Monthly Archives: February 2014

Giveaway and Artist Interview with EternalGirlShop

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Here at PJ, we LOVE all things handmade. We especially love EternalGirlShop on Etsy! Her jewelry is henna-inspired, and her awesome glass dome pieces are hand drawn! We are hosting a giveaway for EternalGirlShop. You can win a $10 credit to her Etsy shop! (Giveaway link at the bottom) AND, We recently did an interview with Julia from EternalGirlShop and here are our questions, and her awesome answers!

Hand Drawn Vanda Flower Necklace

Hand Drawn Vanda Flower Necklace

What was your inspiration for your shop?
My inspirations comes from Henna & Mehndi art. I was drawing a lot of henna inspired designs during the time I began making jewelry, and my creations have been evolving ever since.

What’s your favorite shop item and why?
I love my paisleys. They’re fun. Its kind of like a flower, but non- committal. There is no tangible paisley in real life; it’s just a pattern that you can manipulate to your own style.

How do you unwind when you’re not creating?
Showers, music, cuddling with the pets.

What’s your favorite kind of cupcake?
I love margarita cupcakes!

Floral Heart Earrings

Floral Heart Earrings

Do you have a secret guilty pleasure?
McDonalds – maybe it’s the childhood memories, or maybe it’s the grease.

If money was no object and you can live wherever you want, where would that be?
Hawaii. I’d spend my time soaking up the sun, but the state is also cool because you can go skiing in parts of it!

How would you describe your work style?
Free-flowing, maybe even girly. I draw a lot of swirls and hearts and flowers that all intertwine with each other.

If you could choose any one super power, what would it be and why?
I would have the power to worry less.

What was the last movie you watched? Was it good?
Elder’s Game. It was a good concept…I will need to read the book though.

Have EternalGirlShop custom make you a ring!

Have EternalGirlShop custom make you a ring!

If you knew what you know now, when you first opened your store, what would you do differently?
Nothing. I like how my store evolved and learning along the way. Besides, my store is only about a year and a half old, so it is still a baby, lol.

You can find EternalGirlShop
On Etst: www.eternagirlshop.etsy.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/eternalgirlshop
Twitter: twitter.com/eternalgirlshop
Blog: juliaspuellaaeterna.blogspot.com/
Instagram: Instagram.com/eternalgirlshop
Pinterest: Pinterest.com/eternalgirlshop

You can enter the giveaway here:  http://bit.ly/1fM1zLv

You will be directed to an external link. Giveaway is open world wide, void where prohibited, to residents 18+ years. Winner will be contacted by email, and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is picked. Good luck! 

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Get Lucky!

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Welcome to this week’s Wednesday Wishlist, a collection of great themed items for your shopping pleasure!  Click on the pictures and be directed to the item for sale to read more about it, heart it, share it….or just go ahead and buy it.  😉

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we asked our members to post anything green .  Here are their wonderful items:

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You too can get lucky by purchasing any of these green items!

Featured Artist: J and S Knitts

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Meet Jane and Sage of J and S Knitts in St. Joseph, MO.  Check out their cute loom knitted scarves in their shop and read more about them right here on PJEtsy.  (Questions answered by Jane)

How did you first get started on Etsy?
I had always talked about Etsy to my friends and my sister of course! I kept saying “I’m gonna make this and one day it’ll be on Etsy!”Then this year I decided to take the plunge! If I kept talking about it, it would never make it to Etsy so I just did it! I even drug my sister on this crazy ride!

What is your inspiration for your shop?
Yarn inspires me. I love going into a store to look at and to buy it! I love the fact that I can grab a ball or skein of yarn and create something out of it! Whatever I want! When we started J and S I wanted to be able to get our items to more people, to put smiles on their faces with our items! I feel that’s pretty amazing. And those people who have (or haven’t) heard of us they inspire me to create and to improve!

Cupcake Winter Scarf, Pink and Brown Scarf, Womans Knit Scarf, Winter Accessory, Knit Scarf, Thick Winter Scarf - Ready to Ship

What is your favorite item from your own shop and why?
I actually love everything I knit! There was the first scarf I did that was pink, black, and gray. I was going to show a picture! But it sold! Kind of a bittersweet moment when that happened! It went all the way to Wisconsin so I hope she liked it as much as I did!

How do you unwind when you’re not creating?
Spending time with my friends is important and family too! My sister and I go shopping or to the movies you know the basic stuff. We also have a girl’s night each week with my best friend where we can chill and be ourselves. If we’re not knitting we’re crafting in some way or another.

List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops.
Wow such a hard question! The artists on Etsy are super talented! It’s hard to choose just three! But I shall do my best!

www.etsy.com/shop/iheartneedlework – The hats she creates are so darn cute! And awe-inspiring!

www.etsy.com/shop/NovelCreations – Wow! I love every item in her store! I can see myself toting one of these awesome purses around! And someday I will! Can anyone say Christmas present?

www.etsy.com/shop/WordBaubles – Her jewelry brings a smile to my face. I have favorited several pieces, and I mean several! I can’t wait to purchase a few of these for myself or for gifts!!

How would you describe your work style?
That’s a hard one, for me I think of myself as a casual knitter. I do knit every day, and try to complete project as quick as I can. But then again some days you just want to put the loom and hook down and try something new!

If you could choose any one superhero power, what would it be and why?
This is a tough one; it says a lot about who you are I think. I personally would take anything Wolverine has to offer. The Regenerative healing factor does stand out in my mind because I always hurt myself in my day job more than most people. I know my sister Sage, would take Kitty Pride’s Intangibility or phasing. She has stated more than once that she love to move through objects at will.

If you knew then what you know now, what would you do differently in opening your shop?
I probably would have started my shop sooner than 2013. I should have grabbed the bull by the horns and just jumped in with both feet! All that time I wasted on talking about it I could have already been on this wonderful journey!

Please list where you can be found (FB, Twitter, etc)
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/JandSKnitts
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jandsknitts
Twitter: twitter.com/jandsknitts
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/ajanec13/

Featured Artist: Efratul Designs

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Meet Efrat Weisz of Efratul Designs on Etsy.  Check out her amazing accessories and read more about her work and inspiration right here on PJ Etsy:

How did you first get started on Etsy?

My Map zipper pouches include different wallets and bags with maps prints from different cities of the world.
The idea came to me during one of my courses of Industrial design studies.
The exercise was to create a fashionable item with the inspiration of the city of Tel Aviv. My first thought of Tel Aviv was how hard it is, like most big cities in the world, to find a parking space in it. This is when I created my first bag, a messenger bag, designed with the colors of white-blue-red, like the parking marks on the sidewalks that describe whether it’s prohibited to park (red and white) or you can park only with parking meter (blue and white). On the inside of the bag I added a print of the whole map of Tel Aviv, to help the one who seeks for a parking spot in Tel Aviv to get by around the streets.
After this first bag I realized the texture of the city map is too pretty to keep it inside the bag.
So I made a new bag with the entire Tel Aviv map on the outside. Then I developed more bags and wallets focusing on specific popular areas of Tel Aviv, and later on I created wallets with maps from all over the world – Jerusalem, New York, Paris, Amsterdam and more…
I also make custom map wallets and custom zipper pouches. This way you can order a wallet with any street of any city you choose. It can be where you live, where you travelled, or your favorite place in the world.

What is your inspiration for your shop?

My inspiration is my city – Tel Aviv. I love the urban feeling when you walk the streets, I love it at night since it’s never asleep, and I love it that you can always find a quiet place if you look for it…

Meet Efrat Weisz of Efratul Designs on Etsy.  Read about the inspiration for her amazing accessories right here on Promo Junkies of Etsy!

What is your favorite item from your own shop and why?

My favorite item is the Mondrian fold over clutch

Red Blue Yellow Fold over clutch - women hand bag printed with Geometric squares pattern on it with Black zipper

I really love it because it’s different from my Map products. It’s graphic and I made it because I wanted to make something for myself, something I would Love to use… and that’s what came out.

How do you unwind when you’re not creating?

Sometimes I wander on Etsy to get inspired from other designers, and sometimes I just need to clear my head by watching TV or taking a walk on the streets.

List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops.

www.etsy.com/shop/TheJoyofColor
www.etsy.com/shop/Alfamarama
www.etsy.com/shop/Mawusi

How would you describe your work style?

I can describe my work as very graphic. I’m a graphic designer, designing wedding albums and business cards and such and it affects my products too.

If you could choose any one superhero power, what would it be and why?

I will choose the power to stop time, or maybe just make it go slower… I always have many things to do and not enough time to do so…

If you knew then what you know now, what would you do differently in opening your shop?

What I would change earlier if I could is start designing products with different cities from all over the world instead of focusing on Israeli cities on my products like I did at the first year I had my shop. Now, slowly, I make new map designs with different cities of the world.

Please list where you can be found (FB, Twitter, etc)

www.facebook.com/efratul
www.pinterest.com/efratul
www.instagram.com/efratul
www.twitter.com/efratul

Monthly Promote and Replace

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Join us February 21st for our monthly promote and replace. Treasury will be live action. You will have multiple chances to promote and be promoted in a single night. Search for PJPNR

Join our team here to always be in the loop.
https://www.etsy.com/teams/14227/promo-junkies

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Who “Wood” Have Known?

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Welcome to this week’s Wednesday Wishlist, a collection of great themed items for your shopping pleasure!  Click on the pictures and be directed to the item for sale to read more about it, heart it, share it….or just go ahead and buy it.  😉

We asked our members to post their item featuring wood, trees, leaves or made from wood or tree products.  Here are their wonderful items:

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Who “wood” have know you can find all these great items at Promo Junkies shops on Etsy?  You do!

Featured Artist: Kentucky Blue Bird

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Meet Scott and Kate of Kentucky Bluebird on Etsy!  Visit their shop to see their eco-friendly pet products and more.

How did you first get started on Etsy?

We opened our shop in March 2013.

What is your inspiration for your shop?

We love Etsy. We love buying local and handmade so we wanted to be a part of selling handmade too!

What is your favorite item from your own shop and why?

We love this plush pet bed! It’s 100% eco-friendly: made from organic and recycled materials! Plus, our dog is the model for it!

Custom Made Medium Organic Pet Bed - Reversible, Washable, Plush - Recycled Fill

How do you unwind when you’re not creating?

We enjoy bluegrass and folk music and good wine from a local winery.

List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops.
www.etsy.com/shop/JulieMarieSink
www.etsy.com/shop/michelleheydenart
www.etsy.com/shop/5AdairAve

How would you describe your work style?

Busy body- busy busy busy!

If you could choose any one superhero power, what would it be and why?

Super eco power! The ability to turn environmentally bad things into eco-friendly greatness!

If you knew then what you know now, what would you do differently in opening your shop?

We probably would have waited a few weeks and been a little more prepared when opening, but we learned a lot in those few weeks!

Please list where you can be found
www.facebook.com/pages/Kentucky-Bluebird/164905677018441