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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Giveaway 30 Days - Silver Rose Cuff Bracelet

Today's 2nd giveaway is for this bracelet from Michelle at Lovegrant:
Sky Blue Floral Rose Cabochon with
 Silver Twist Cuff Bracelet

Check out the wide variety of jewelry that Michelle makes

Here are the links to the individual pieces if you'd like to purchase any:

Michelle is a medical transcriptionist by day and lovely jewelry 
maker by night. 

Now, let's get to know Michelle a little bit better:

1) How does your art practice fit in to your life?
I work full-time from home as a medical transcriptionist. I am an employee versus an independent contractor, so must work a set schedule and clock in and out as if I were in an office. I frequently design jewelry in my head, and if there is something that comes together nicely, I will begin making that item during my lunch time or coffee break. I also allot time in the evenings periodically to sit and make things. 

2) Where does everything come together? 
I have 2 places where I design. The first is at my kitchen table, and the second is in a work space I have in my bedroom where I also have a sewing machine. I like the kitchen table because it has the best lighting, although it forces us to sometimes have dinner around the kitchen island bar! 

3) Do you have any specific goals for your Etsy site or art practice?
My goal this year is to just develop a client and fan base and learn new techniques. I began making jewelry to match outfits after getting frustrated with not finding what I wanted. People asked me to make something for them, and that is how the business was born. I sell locally at a consignment shop, and then spread out to Etsy in June 2009 to increase what I offer to a wider range of people. I am fascinated with jewelry styles and techniques, so I am constantly challenging myself to learn something new or come up with a unique pairing of ideas. I've found that one technique frequently builds on another, and that a person must develop specific skills before they can move on to the next challenge.

4) What would be your super power if you could have one?
I was tempted to say that I would like to lift tall buildings, or have x-ray vision. However, if I could have a super power, it would be the ability to stretttccchhh my body, particularly to reach things. At 5'2" I'm constantly having to ask my husband if he can reach something for me or ask strangers in a store if they can reach something on a tall shelf. It would be nice to just extend my arm or grow some leg length to be able to get what I need! 

5) Recommend a good book and movie
One of my favorite books of all time is Amy Tan's "The Kitchen God's Wife." In it, she learns what has happened in her mother's prior life in China that shaped her mother into the woman and parent she became in the present. A favorite movie is "Glory." It is the story of the first African-American regiment in the Civil War. If it is on TV, I have to make a concerted effort to *not* watch it. Otherwise, I will get sucked into the story and nothing will get done around the house until I have watched it in full. 

6) Where do you live in the world?  What do you like most about it?
I live in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Yes, that's the city that was immortalized in the song by Merle Haggard, and yes, I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee! What I love most is that it is a hidden treasure and played an important part in history. It has lush greenery, beautiful parks, rivers and lakes near by, and it's one of the friendliest places in the world. Each year Muskogee is host to the Azalea Festival, highlighting the blooming azaleas at Honor Heights Park. The park encompasses the entire west side of Agency Hill where the Five Civilized Tribes Museum and the Jack Montgomery VA Hospital are located. It is also near Fort Gibson, the first fort built in Indian Territory. We are never at a loss for a wonderful history lesson! 

This giveaway is open worldwide - 
anyone can enter so long as they are legally entitled to do so.

Mandatory Entry: Visit lovegrant's Artfire shop and leave a comment here about your 
favourite item(s). 

Additional, optional entries:
1. Follow Being Tazim (RSS, email or GFC)
2. Comment on your favourite item from Lovegrant's Etsy store
3. Like lovegrant's facebook page
4. Follow Michelle's blog

This giveaway ends on July 6th at midnight PST.
I will email the winner and their name will be posted on the main giveaways page. 
The rest of the giveaways are listed on this page: 30 Days of Giveaways