Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Etsy Seller Feature & Giveaway: Saved By Grace Designs

So this week Justin and a bunch of teenagers and a few more adults are off to Costa Rica to spread God's love on a mission trip.  They are doing everything from feeding the homeless, vbs, hygiene distribution and of course sharing the gospel wherever they go.  I just received a little mini report from Justin and it sounds like they have had a wonderful time today, Justin is so proud of the students and their eagerness to share Jesus with others.  


I'm so excited about our etsy feature and giveaway today.  Andrea Anderson of Saved by Grace Designs is sharing some beautiful insight into her shop and also her faith.  She is a sweet, sweet person whose love for God is evident in what she does.  She is offering two handmade reversible headbands (of your choice) to one of our readers - but that's not the coolest part.  She will also send two of her headbands to two girls in the Dominican Republic (a place her parents go on mission to every year).  And, even cooler yet, each time anyone makes a headband purchase with her she will send a headband with the Dominican Mission - how awesome!  (She loves custom orders so if you have something else in mind, don't hesitate to ask her!)  She has a heart for missions and I think it's so cool that this happens to fall during the week that Justin and our students are off on a mission trip themselves.  So take some time to get to know Andrea, I know you will enjoy reading her feature.  The giveaway starts today and a winner will be announced Saturday morning!

Where are you located? Cleveland, Ohio





What do you create? So far...reversible aprons, reversible headbands and hot/cold packs filled with dried cherry pits, but I have a few other ideas in the works too ;)

Tell us about your blog: 
"Whispers in the Silence" refers to God's voice, quiet, yet there, just waiting for me to listen to Him. I love writing about what God whispers to me and can feel a difference in my writing when He is speaking through me versus when I'm just writing for fun. "Whispers" also provides a creative outlet for me - in writing, projects and photo styles - and a way to honor the creative spirit God placed inside me. 





Are there any charities you support? I give to a number of charities as I feel led. I especially have a heart for organizations which help woman and children - especially when it comes to basic needs such as food, water, sanitation and medical care. Currently, my husband and I are planning to do a triathlon in honor of Charity:Water which brings clean, safe water to people in underdeveloped countries. There is a link the donation page on my blog if you want to check it out.

Why is missions important to you? As God has grown me in knowing Him, He has opened my eyes to the suffering His children face around the world. I often feel the tug to go and help. So far, God hasn't opened the way for me to physically go to another place and help, but He has made it possible for my husband and I to provide financial support. Last year, when I started making the reversible headbands, I thought it would be fun to make headbands for girls in the Dominican Republic - my parents have led an annual construction mission there for the past six or seven years. As I made the headbands, I thought of the girls who might be wearing them and loved how this was one more way I could participate on the mission. 





Where do you create? You can see
 this post on my blog for a tour of my "workshop." I'm dreaming about a sewing room however...

Why did you choose your shop/company name? "Saved by Grace" is a reminder to me that everything I have, is because God loves me as His child and chose to have His Son die for me. As someone who struggles to break free from a legalistic way of thinking, I need this grace reminder daily, otherwise, I would easily fall into the trap of thinking that what I do in my life and my shop is somehow earning my way into His kingdom. And, perhaps, if there are others who are seeking God's love, but have yet to encounter it, God may use this shop name to point them to His message of salvation.





What have you learned in the process of growing your business? Making sure all the "i's" are dotted and "t's" are crossed. I used to thinking selling handmade items was as simple as making the item and slapping a price tag on it. However, I've come to learn there are regulations which need to be followed and that it's helpful to have a lawyer review marketing language and policies. For new products which I want to sell, I also need to budget in extra time for testing patterns and products to ensure the end product is of high quality and durable (I'm tired of buying this which break 2 seconds after I buy them and I imagine my customers are too :) )


What do you do when you are not creating? Loving my husband, raising my children, homeschooling, writing, training for my first triathlon (yikes!) and setting time aside in my day to listen to God.




To Enter to win two of these headbands of your choice from Andrea:

Just leave a comment below with your email address!


This Giveaway is now Closed!!

Extra Entries and chances to win (Leave another comment for each additional item for extra chances to win!):

1. Follow this Blog
2. Leave a comment stating your favorite item from Andrea's Etsy Shop
3. Share this Giveaway on Facebook and Twitter!

You have through Friday, July 29th to enter!  Winner will be announced Saturday!!

49 comments:

  1. Yay! Lovely headbands!
    katelyn.j.stephens at gmail dot com

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  2. The cherry pit pack is such a cool idea! love it :)
    katelyn.j.stephens at gmail dot com

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  3. How wonderful!

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  4. I really like the Red Primitive Print Hot/Cold Cherry Pit Pack from the shop!

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  5. tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/KatyLMA/status/95877662316298240

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  6. Blog follower via GFC!

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  7. hey just blogwalked and love your stuff... this one is fab - Red Primitive Print Hot/Cold Cherry Pit Pack( from the shop)
    sangy879 at gmail dot com

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  8. Cute!
    natalia
    ahorrosdulces@yahoo.com

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  9. Following your blog!
    natalia
    ahorrosdulces@yahoo.com

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  10. I follow your blog.

    bbeal@hkjconstruction.com

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  11. I posted on facebook.

    bbeal@hkjconstruction.com

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  12. My favorite items in Andrea's Etsy shop are the aprons. Love the colors.

    bbeal@hkjconstruction.com

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  13. These headbands are absolutely beautiful!

    Life Unexpected: Adventures of a SAHM
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  14. I follow you with GFC.

    willowsmommy21@Gmail.com

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  15. I love the poppyseed reversible children's apron. So cute!

    Willowsmommy21@Gmail.com

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  16. My daughter would love one!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  17. I LOVE headbands!

    according2princess AT yahoo DOT com

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  18. Very cute headbands! :)

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  19. Thank you for this giveaway.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  20. I follow this blog.

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  21. I love the Poppyseed Reversible Children's Apron sized 5T to 10.

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  22. Thanks for the opportunity!

    The Happy Wife/Danielle
    ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com
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  23. My little girl would look adorable in the Sweet Watermelon reversible apron.

    I am following you on Twitter (The_Happy_Wife)

    The Happy Wife/Danielle
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  24. Lovely headbands, I would love to wear one.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  25. I love the sweet By the Seashore reversible children's apron.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  26. I love headbands.

    katietamblingson at yahoo dot com

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  27. I love these headbands!
    mframe00@gmail.com

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  28. So cute! Thanks :)

    elizabethglassturner (at) gmail (dot) com

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  29. GFC blog follower- mframe00
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  30. I love the By the Seashore Reversible Children's Apron sized 12 mos. to 5T
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  31. Would love to win!
    dinos_still_exist (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  32. Thanks for the giveaway!

    edendaphne AT gmail DOT com

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  33. I love the red/multicolored print reversible headband!

    edendaphne AT gmail DOT com

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  34. Those are all really cute! What a brilliant idea to make them reversible.

    valerietylerdesigns AT YAHOO DOT COM.

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  35. Thanks for the delightful giveaway - I'm in the (ongoing) process of "remodeling" my life too...

    jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

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  36. I think my favorite is the (teen/lady's) reversible headband "red/multicolored primitive print"
    I also Etsy "hearted" Saved By Grace Designs (I'm Salleefur)

    jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

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  37. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

    scarlettalee at gmail dot com

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  38. I love the mod pop flowers headband. so cute!!!

    scarlettalee at gmail dot com

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  39. I am a GFC Follower! :-) (Scarlett Lee)

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  40. Thanks for the giveaway!

    mrs.marcus2 at yahoo dot com

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  41. I like the Multicolored Primitive Hot/Cold Cherry Pit Pack. What a cool idea!

    mrs.marcus2 at yahoo dot com

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  42. CNJCeramics follows you via GFC.

    charlie at clay-space dot com

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  43. I actually love the reversible headbands what a great idea!

    charlie at clay-space dot com

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  44. 505ClaySpace tweeted about the giveaway.

    charlie at clay-space dot com

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  45. Hi! I found your giveaway on Etsy Giveaways! I just wanted you to know that I'm sharing this giveaway on my blog (no extra entry expected) and that I'm sharing about Saved By Grace's headbands at http://www.squidoo.com/shop4charity .

    If Saved by Grace happens to do any other giveaways, please let her know I'd be happy to post about them on my blog (suchfuntogive.blogspot.com)...and if you have any other giveaways for good or low comment giveaways, I'm happy to post those too (low comment ones must have less than 60 comment and have 5 days or less before they end. Giveaways for good causes I post anytime.)

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  46. Beautiful headbands. We could use these!


    Lmbrunken AT gmail DOT com

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  47. Follow on gfc
    Larissa Brunken / lmbrunken

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  48. Poppyseed child apron, heck all of them are cute. I hearted her shop too!


    Lmbrunken AT gmail DOT com

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