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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Giveaway 3 Custom Fortune Cookies! Open to All

Just Say It is the creative venture of Allison Book. Allison creates buttons, magnets, greeting cards and these:

Here is a bit about the fortune cookies, from Allison's shop listing: 
A custom cookie makes a perfect gift, especially for Valentines Day, wedding favors, birthday gifts, Christmas ornaments, or for no reason at all.

The fortune cookies are handmade. They are constructed of velveteen, cotton thread, and cotton rag paper.

Each cookie comes with its own individual fortune, the materials to convert it into a hanging ornament, and a small take out box, in which it is stored.

The fortune cookie itself measures 2 x 2 inches (about the same size of a real fortune cookie). The fortunes attached to the cookie extends approximately 2 inches out of the cookie’s edge

If you are thinking of ordering a custom fortune cookie please remember the following:
There is a maximum of 30 characters (including spaces) per row x3 rows. If you went any higher the font would have to be very small and it would be hard to see.
Other than the adorable and unique fortune cookies, Allison also has a great selection of 'wordy' buttons and mirrors:

Allison answered a few of my questions about herself, her art practice and her
life outside of Etsy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your family!
I’m from the most easterly part of North America- St. John’s, Newfoundland. I have a diploma in Textiles, and a BFA in Fibres from Concordia University, Montreal. My family are wonderful and are extremely supportive of each button made; there have been many late nights when we’ve all stayed up making pins.

How did you come up with your shop name?
I called my shop “Just say it” because sometimes you really just need to say exactly how you feel, even if you don’t know how

Where do you create your items?
I create my items at home, and usually during those Criminal Minds marathons on A&E

What is your favourite item in your shop and why?
Right now, my favourite item in my shop is my “what are you doing for shark week?” button. Just because Shark Week was a few weeks ago, and I’ve been watching all the Jaws movies again. It’s been a very shark filled few weeks.

Apart from creating beautiful pieces, what else do you do?
I work at a non for profit art and craft centre where I organize fundraisers, classes, workshops, etc... and teach.

These cards are especially nice. I like that they have a button attached, so that they are a greeting and present all in one! 
Any advice on selling things handmade?
Show that it’s handmade, let people in on your process, if only a little bit, just so they can see the work that goes into it, that it is really handmade.

Do you photograph your own items?
I do. But that’s not to say I shouldn’t get someone else to do it. When selling online, quality photographs are extremely important.

What are your future aspirations for your business?
I hope it will continue to be something I can manage to do part time for a very very long time. I also have a lot of new items to add soon, so be sure to come back for a visit.

Why do you think buying handmade is important?
I think it supports something good. But I suppose that all depends on who made it and for what reasons.

Any other sites you can be found on or social media you use?
For now I just use my Etsy shop

Now for the giveaway! Rules: Giveaway open to all - anyone can enter as long as they are legally entitled to do so! 

Allison is giving away 3 custom felt fortune cookies  - 1 each for 3 lucky winners! 

How to enter: 
Mandatory Entry - 
What message would you put inside the fortune cookie if you win?
Visit the Just Say It shop: for some ideas, from her buttons/mirrors.

Extra Entry - If you follow Being Tazim (via RSS, Twitter, Google Friend Connect, Facebook or email)

There are a total of 2 entries possible! Giveaway ends September 12th at midnight PST. I will select the 3 winners using and will contact them via email.