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Monday, February 21, 2011

my first giveaway

I'm so excited to host my first giveaway!
I met Gina through the blog world and was excited to learn
we have quite a lot in common.
[we both work in higher ed, love baseball and our dogs]
We also share an appreciation for Twitter
& the power of tweet chats.
Gina hosts a weekly chat for handmade shop owners,
you can read more about it here.
You may recognize Gina from Growing Sweet Pea's blog,
as she recently got this fun cartoon done
So, I asked Gina a few questions...

When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging in October 2009 because I wanted to write
about learning how to cook. (bwhaha-my how times have changed!)
I love that as I have evolved and grown, so has my blog.
It is like an online diary of interests that I can go back and relive.
I also love meeting new people and have found great friends and
an amazing community to be apart of.

When did you open your Etsy shop?
I opened my etsy shop in May 2010
but I didn't really start listing things that I'm truly passionate about
until Fall 2010. Now I wish I had more time {errr full-time} to create
new wares as I have a bazillion ideas but zero time.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from beauty all around me.
I am always thinking about what I need or want and
if I could make the item.
If so, I jot it down in a notebook and hope that I will have time to do it.
Right now, I am sketching a new line of handbags that I hope to sew up
and reveal sooner than later.
For the line of handbags, I was inspired by a life event!

What is your favorite city?
My favorite city would be London.
I studied abroad in college and lived there for 6 months.
I would have stayed longer had I not be in a committed relationship
 at the time. When I came back to the states, we broke up.
I should have stayed in London! HA!

...and the moment you've been scrolling down to find:
Gina has graciously agreed to giveaway a $25 shop credit!
Aren't her designs lovely?

How to enter
{mandatory entry}
You must be a follower via GFC of the city,
visit Gina's Etsy shop and tell me your favorite item,
and leave your email address if it's not linked to you GFC profile.

More ways to enter the giveaway

2 - follow Gina and me on Twitter
3 - Tweet or blog about this giveaway
4 - Heart Hiya Luv Handmade on Etsy
and tell me your Etsy username

feel free to use this tweet: 
enter to win $25 shop credit from @hiyaluv

Giveaway runs through Friday, February 25 at 12noon EST


  1. I'm a follower and I love Gina's shop! My fav is probably the "A little bird told me to" zipper pouch! Aren't all of her things so lovely?

  2. I follow both of you lovely gals on twitter. (@Piperpost)

  3. Added Hiya Luv to my etsy favorites!

  4. Thanks for including my drawing! :)

  5. Wow!!1 What a great giveaway!!
    I heart " A Little Birdie Told Me Handmade clutch pouch bag" from Gina's shop


  6. I followed you and Gina on twitter


  7. I shared this on twitter!/ckaylie777/status/39711492878110720


  8. I hearted Hiya Luv on etsy


  9. Loving the Mini Luv and the Mary Ellen!!

  10. I LOVE the The Delia Handmade Clutch Pouch Wallet. And I LOVE Gina! <3

    amschotter at gmail dot com

  11. I follow you both on twitter. :)


  12. Hiyaluv is one of my favorites on Etsy! :)


  13. I follow, and my favorite is the Delia clutch! :]

  14. I follow ya'll on twitter!

  15. I follow your blog and I love her little birdie clutch pouch!
    tara_lundgren at hotmail dot com

  16. I follow you both on twitter

  17. I tweeted:!/MNTara/status/39833557929172992

  18. LUV the mini luv pleated zipper pouch. &I am a follower :)

  19. I follow you both on Twitter!

  20. I am your newest follower ;) You can stop by my blog if you'd like to follow back ;) I live her shop aNd heart the "A little bird told me - handmade clutch" Adorable ;)

  21. I follow you both via Twitter : Ilovemy2dorks

  22. I favorited Hi Ya Luv in etsy - screen name Eeyore4eva. Thank you for hosting such an awesome giveaway! ;)

  23. I favorited Hi Ya Luv in etsy - screen name Eeyore4eva. Thank you for hosting such an awesome giveaway! ;)

  24. I'm a follower and love the item: Mini Luv Pleated Zipper Pouch Lilian Michael Miller

  25. follow Gina and me on Twitter with @JadoreIvy

  26. Heart Hiya Luv Handmade on Etsy with simpledesires