So let's learn a bit more about Melissa:
What made you decide to open a handmade shop?
This past summer, I worked as a counselor at a kid's summer camp in Maine, where I took charge of everything art-related. I had such a wonderful time creating things all summer long (making glass beads, putting together the camp art show, making posters and projects with my 10-year-old campers, *attempting* pottery...) that I just couldn't stop when I got back into "real life". A long-time etsy fan, I decided I wanted to open my own shop...so I did! I've also always been pretty crafty in general, and my mom is an artist so when I was growing up there was always an in-progress art project happening at our house.
What is your favorite part about blogging?
I love blogging, for one, because it's kind of like a timeline. I blog about my friends, my family, DIY projects, traveling, etc. and I know that I can always go back in my entries and recall all of the things I've done! In writing in my blog, I've also found new side of myself. I'm more deliberate in what I do, I try more things. It's also really fun when my friends tell me that they've tried one of my DIY projects, or liked reading about something I posted - it's always nice to have encouragement like that. ...woops, I guess that was three favorite parts about blogging :)
What is your favorite type of craft project?
This is a tough question. I tend to do lots of messy projects, the kind that end up spreading all over my apartment (despite the fact that messes really stress me out!). I also really love practical crafts - if it's something that will be functional and I can put it to some kind of use, I'm usually more inclined to try it out. And clearly, judging from my etsy shop, I'm a huge fan of felt fabric...you can do so many cool things with it!
And now for the giveaway! Here's the loot:
Melissa is giving away one of her chalkboard hearts (perfect for this time of year!). This giveaway will close on Tuesday, February 15 at 10pm EST and a winner will be selected randomly. Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only.
And here's how to enter:
- Visit Ella Bands and leave a comment on this post with your favorite item
- Do any of the following for additional entries:
Aaaand here's the winner of the Holly Knitlightly giveaway...
Cole from Adventures in Love and Happiness! (I had to come back and edit this after it was scheduled because she was just asking me about this giveaway on twitter so I thought it was so funny that she won! It took all I had not to spill the beans early.) Congrats, Cole! Email me with your mailing address and which color cowl you'd like and I'll pass your info along to Holly. Thanks to everyone who entered!