Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Meet the Artist and Giveaway: Erin from goodbyebluemonday

You guys aren't going to believe what we are giving away next!
Erin from goodbyebluemonday has graciously agreed 
to give this one of a kind 
handmade doll, Flora, to one luck winner!

Buy one like it here
Erin sent along Edith with Flora, this adorable little red head. She'll fit right in with my Eleanor, Henry & George, don't you think?
Edith - handmade cloth doll with linen bow
Buy it here
When they arrived, I sat down at the table with my baby boy in my arms and opened the package. Inside were these fun brown paper bags adorned with spray painted clouds and twine.


I opened them up and studied them carefully. Suddenly, I looked down and my baby had this huge grin on his face. I guess the joy I felt was contagious! I sat and thought..this would kill any blue mood! Erin, you've come up with the perfect store name!

My next thoughts were of all the little girls I want to buy one for! There are so many to pick from, and they are customizable! I love the clothes and accessories, they really give each a personality of it's own.

Penny - handmade cloth doll
Buy it here
Let's get to know Erin, one of the masterminds behind these great dolls, while having a look at some other fun stuff from goodbyebluemonday:


Q: I understand goodbyebluemonday is a joint effort, run by yourself and shoshana. Tell us a little about how that came to be?

Where the magic happens

A: Shoshana and I have been friends for about six years now; we bonded quite a bit over knitting and crafts in general. We would always be working on a project whenever we got together, so eventually, we figured why not open up a shop on Etsy and see if everyone else might enjoy our work as much as we enjoy making it.

Q: Your dolls are amazing! Do you remember the first one you made? How did it come to be?
A: I’ve been making dolls for about two years now; I started by making one for my daughter Josephine. It was pretty remedial, but I learned a whole lot from the process and was able to see so many possibilities for future work. There’s something so exciting about producing art that is functional. It pleases me so much to know that what I make won’t just be looked at, but instead, will be touched and held, played with and (hopefully!) loved.

Q: Which of your products holds the most personal meaning to you?
A: Hmnnn. I guess my cloud dolls, because they are completely original, and they reference my most favorite occurrence in nature. I’ve always responded to the soft, impermanent and somewhat moody attributes that clouds represent.

Hug A Cloud in pink and gray
Buy it here
Q: Whilst getting to know each other, we talked about our children's name and your doll names. I really love the classic names you have chosen! How do you come up with these?
A: I have a running list of names that I like, but I actually almost never name a doll until I’m setting up a listing for it. I do favor old fashioned names for my dolls, for one because I prefer them, but also, I like how they references the more traditional nature of doll making.

I Heart You Cupcake
Buy it here
Q: I've noticed you carry both sewn and knit items in your shop. Do you have any other hidden talents? (painting, photography, taxidermy ;) )
A: Well I am a formally trained fine artist first and foremost, so I can handle all sorts of different mediums, but, beyond that, I’m a pretty decent bread baker, and I can wiggle my ears.

Q: What inspires you?
A: Everything. I take in a lot of media in general; old movies, lots of children’s book illustrations, lots of music. I’m a pretty sentimental person, so I reference a ton from my own childhood; I was in love with all of my dolls when I was a child, and I think that I unintentionally incorporate certain characteristics of my favorites into my doll designs.

Q: You've been very successful in your Etsy shop. To what do you attribute your good fortune?
A:I think that having an honest and personable relationship with our customers has benefited our shop greatly. It's definitely affirming when you start seeing previous customers return for other purchases. We try to work wholeheartedly, with each step cared for equally, and it is my hope that that shows in the quality of our items. I really am appreciative of it all, especially of the fact that people are choosing more and more often to buy handmade products for their kids and choosing to support small and uniquely niched businesses like ours.

Lewis - Large, 28" cloth doll
Buy it here

Q: What are your future plans for your shop?
A:One of the issues with having a busy shop, is finding the time to develop new items. Luckily, my super talented assistant, Dru ( Shoshana's husband), helps me immensely in that regard, so I am able to work on new designs from time to time. I do plan to add some more boy dolls, some basic babydolls with removable clothing, and perhaps finding a way to simplify the customization process. 


Q: Just for fun, what is the last thing you bought yourself on Etsy? 
A:The last thing that I bought on Etsy, were some wonderful, handmade felt fruit (strawberries and a banana) from AlphabetEmporium, for my children (Benjamin,9 and Josie, 4). They are so beautifully made, and my daughter insists on tucking them into her backpack every morning before school, just in case she ever feels like  having a little "snack".

After you've gone and checked out Erin's shop, come on back and enter to win the fabulous OOAK Flora!

How to Enter the Giveaway:
1. Follow this blog
and leave a comment here saying you did.


2. "Like" goodbyebluemonday on Facebook & let them know I sent you
and leave a separate comment here saying you did.


3. Tweet about the goodbyebluemonday giveaway
and leave a separate comment here saying you did.


Don't forget to visit the Giveaway Page for other great giveaways :)

Fine Print:
Only 3 entries per household please
1 winner will be chosen September 22nd at midnight PST
Winner will be chosen by random.org
Entries will be validated
Winner will be announced here
Winner will have 3 days to contact me, 
after which a new winner will be chosen
Must be 18 years of age or older to enter 

107 comments:

  1. following the blog already via GFC (popartheart)

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  2. tweeted here https://twitter.com/#!/popartheart/status/113650005671288832
    yay!
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  3. following your blog by email! :)

    becca reddig

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  4. i "liked" goodbyebluemonday on facebook already!

    becca reddig

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  5. i follow on gfc
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  6. "Liked" goodbyebluemonday on facebook

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  7. I follow you via GFC. These dolls are adorable! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win one!

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  8. I am following your blog. The dolls are lovely, cute little faces.

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  9. I'm already a fan of goodbye blue Monday! I looooove her dolls! I think I need one for my twin baby girls! And I don't have a twitter account :( but thanks for the giveaway and the lovely post!

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  10. A beautiful giveaway thank you!!
    GFC: Mary Preston

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  11. "Like" goodbyebluemonday on Facebook : Mary Preston

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  12. Dominique...

    I follow you on GFC: Dominique

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  13. Dominique...

    https://twitter.com/#!/laylees/status/113866187280097280

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  14. I am already a follower. x

    Katie

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  15. I tweeted

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  16. I am a blog follower!

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  17. Tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/KatyLMA/status/113904324396072960

    **I tried to like her facebook page...but the profile is unavailable...?

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  18. I follow GoodByeBlueMonday on Facebook and left a comment

    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10150450143080031&id=235224040030

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  19. I'm now following you via email. Would love to win this for my little girl!

    Erin

    erinchris07@gmail.com

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  20. I follow with GFC :)
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  21. I follow this blog publicly with google friend connect as Amber!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  22. I like Goodbyebluemonday on Facebook, my FB name is Amanda Moore, and posted on their wall that you sent me:
    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10150450266445031&id=235224040030
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  23. I tweeted about the giveaway, I'm @AmberGoo:
    http://twitter.com/#!/AmberGoo/status/113948992265658368
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  24. Following you by email, these are adorable!

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  25. Tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/woltmansr/status/113971063083368448

    Thanks!

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  26. I follow your blog on GFC (sirentattoo)
    Dagmar B.
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  27. trying to like goodbyebluemonday on facebook, but the profile isn't working! will keep trying, then like them!
    Dagmar B.
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  28. I tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/#!/sirentattoo/status/114013563634454530

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  29. I am already a fb fan of goodbyebluemonday!

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  30. I tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/chickadeechicka/status/114018848688185345

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  31. Awww that is the cutest doll ever! My little girl would go nuts for her!
    I'm a blog follower

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  32. Im a follower.

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  33. Liked goodbyebluemonday on facebook and told them you sent me!
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  34. Tweeted.
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  35. following your blog via gfc
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  36. https://twitter.com/#!/BeeWBedard/status/114134238319755264
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  37. already a gfc follower
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  38. gustosa giveaways like goodbyebluemonday on fb and commented on their wall
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  39. tweet
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  40. Following as GFC Pabkins! Thanks for the giveaway these are gorgeous
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  41. Tweeted here!
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  42. just became a FB fan of goodbyebluemonday - but just to let you know - today the link to their FB page says it's unavailable! So you might want to check that - I had to do major digging to find it. Oh yes and left them a comment mentioning you! tlabunski **((gmail))**

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  43. I already "like" goodbyebluemonday on facebook. I LOVE their dolls!!

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  44. I am following your blog through the email follow feature (google friend connect kept giving an error)
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  45. I like goodbyemonday on facebook
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  46. im already a blog follower =)
    GFC: Jel

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  47. im an FB fan of goodbyebluemonday and commented on their wall =)
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  48. tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/jelaiii_x/status/114206972588457984

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  49. I'm a blog follower now! And I like those it look very well made.
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  50. Liked goodbyebluemonday on Facebook and commented!
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  51. Following your blog on GFC

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  52. I'm a new follower of your blog! Lovely give-away, supercute dolls

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  53. Adorable!! I love Clouds:)
    GFC blog follower(ginger)
    thanks

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  54. I follow GFC.

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  55. Liked and left a comment on goodbyebluemonday.

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  56. i follow you here by email =3

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  57. already tweet it http://www.twitlonger.com/show/d4sngh

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  58. like and comment on goodbyebluemonday fb =3

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  59. GFC blog follower- mframe00
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  60. I Like" goodbyebluemonday on Facebook- Michelle Frame
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  61. I follow via email (deb_oro@yahoo.gr) and GFC (Debbie)

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  62. I like goodbyebluemonday on Facebook (as Despina Vnt)& let them know you sent me

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  63. GFC Follower: Austin Patrick @acidicfantasy
    Liked on Fb:Austin Patrick & I commented letting them know i was sent there by this blog!
    Also tweeted about this giveaway:http://twitter.com/#!/acidicfantasy/status/115227765673963520

    Thank you for hosting this & for the chance to win one of these kawaii dollies. C:

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  64. I already follow your blog <3

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  65. I like Goodbye Blue Mondays page on Facebook, and left a comment saying I was sent from here!
    [Sierra T.]

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  66. I follow you on GFC as zaira_faith

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  67. I like goodbyebluemonday on facebook (same name)

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  68. I follow through GFC as Puff Pastry Shop
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  69. I liked Goodbyebluemonday on FB and commented.
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  70. I follow with GFC as A. Tolar.

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  71. I like goodbyebluemonday on facebook as Alison Faith Tolar.

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  72. I follow you via GFC
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  73. I like goodbyebluemonday on FB and left a comment saying you sent me

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  74. I follow goodbyebluemonday on Twitter as @coakleynicole

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  75. I follow this blog.

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  76. I like goodbyebluemonday on FB (Suzanne Gregg).

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  77. I tweeted.

    http://twitter.com/#!/kiddo47/status/115893369225494529

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  78. I followed your blog
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  79. Flora is utterly adorable as are all of Erin's marvelous creations/creatures (which I Etsy "hearted/favorited" - I'm Salleefur) and I thank you both for this fine giveaway!

    jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

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  80. My Blogger account is not functioning right (GFC - not letting me add new blogs)- So/BUT I am a FOLLOWING as a Confirmed Email Subscriber!

    jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

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  81. I LIKE goodbyebluemonday on Facebook AND
    posted a comment with Modern Typography (accidently in triplicate - but I did apologize for my clumsy, cat-assisted blunder!)
    Jesselyn A on FB

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  82. tweeted
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  83. follow you on gfc
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  84. like her on fb
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  85. i'm a new follower with gfc-- Lisa Otis
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  86. I am new follower of your blog! (ksyshenka)

    Thank you for great sweet giveaway!

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  87. I Like goodbyebluemonday on Facebook & let them know that you sent me!

    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10150462886810031&id=235224040030

    (oksana vladimirovna)

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  88. Tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/#!/oksana2372/status/116815007932628992

    (@oksana2372)

    ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Thank you for the chance!

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  89. I am a new follower! lilsis_75@hotmail.com

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  90. I liked them on facebook! lilsis_75@hotmail.com

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  91. I am a GFC follower- Mommywantstoread





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  92. Facebook follower- Melissa Robinson-Arezzi



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  93. http://twitter.com/#!/giveawaymommy/status/116951409332727808

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  94. What a great story. I really enjoyed it. I need someone to give one to! I hope this article brings you lots of sales. And yes, I am now a fan on your sites. Love it!

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  95. following your blog with GFC-jenniferb

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  96. New follower via GFC. khaski78 at hotmail dot com

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  97. Winner announced soon. Clink on the giveaway tab above for more great opportunities to win!

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