Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Servant's Heart

Last time I wrote about what I am, now I want to write about who I want to be. I have learned, and continue to learn, so much from being on a team. I have to thank the ladies who are involved in the team challenge specifically for putting their work up against other people to be voted upon (I think I just threw up a little) and for putting up with me personally. The Eastern Washington Etsy Street Team is full of special talent, with a number of people in the Gift Guides on Etsy. It is full of unique people who have come together to help one another grow and prosper in their handmade business. Being the team blogger, I have had the privilege of getting to know some of these people. Allow me to introduce you to the women who are braving the team challenge. First, a fun look at the shops.
Laura of LCSCottage made the cool pin cushion caddy for the challenge. If I could win, that is the item I would want. When I told her that, she graciously sent me the link for the tutorial from Anna Marie Horner for how to make it. Laura's shop has her original fabrics as well as other sewing supplies. When I read the description of her aurifil thread, I thought, oooh, I need some of that!

Monti of GlitznGlass entered a really cute painted candle holder and candle. I saw her work in person at a local gallery and was really impressed. Monti is a very talented painter and her candles burn very clean with lots of fragrance. I predict that her painted glassware will gain a very loyal and enthusiastic following. I did a little article for the team blog about her.

Andi of Random Scraps has an eye for design that I really enjoy. Having her on the team has really sharpened my learning curve. I appreciate her example, and often use her photos as great examples of product photography and composition on our team blog. For that blog, I did an interview with Andi to get to know her better. Her entry for the team challenge is a wonderful handmade card.

Randi of Ragnazidnar is my role model. She is talented yet humble. She leads by putting others first. She is sweet in a genuine way that never leaves an aftertaste. The article I did for the team on Randi is here. You will enjoy her blog as well. Randi's entry in the challenge is a hand embroidered, hand made sketch book. I think she asks herself, How much love can I pack into every single item I make?

Natalie of That70sShoppe entered a lovely poem for the challenge that she turned into a magnet. I love that she is willing to be so vulnerable. She may not know this about me, but I have a soft spot for poetry. I don't know Natalie very well yet, but I am looking forward to it.

Sherice of FashionablyAdorned and I have a lot in common. We both from the West side of the mountains and our kids are about the same age. Her passion for jewelry shows in her work. Is there anyone who doesn't need a pair of classic black earrings? I like Sherice's take on that.

Gail is the multi-talented maven behind beadedsplendor. Her entry for the challenge is the lovely beaded earrings. She also has a thriving business that is known as digitalexpressions. As if the jewelry and graphic arts weren't enough, Gail has been a professional painter for a number of years. Check out her paintings at GLEntwistle. I did a little article about Gail for the team blog.

If you ever want the person sitting across from you at the office meeting to drool uncontrollably, buy some of DanaBurger's donut earrings. I don't know Dana very well, but I can say this. I love her sense of humor, and I love that she does sidewalk chalk drawing. Dana's entry in the challenge is a fun choker that spells out spring.

Leanna of SeamsVictorian and I are collaborating in our shops. I have a very popular pattern for frame purses, and Leanna sells the frames to go with it. I love her for doing that! Leanna does a lot of custom sewing as well. Her clothing and bags are meticulously made. The article about her in the team blog gives more details about Leanna and her interests, talents and passions. Her entry for the team challenge is a frame purse she made of her special hand embellished fabric. I appreciate the amount of hard work and love that went into that bag.

So now you have the scoop on the challenge participants. If you have not voted yet, I am going to encourage you now to go here and vote for the item you would want to win as the prize. If you follow my blog, you might be asking yourself, Is this woman schizophrenic? I often ask myselves that question. Not really, no more than anyone else who struggles with the two natures inside.


Fashionably Adorned said...

Thank you so much cherie for posting about your teammates!!! I really appriecate the plug!!
Hope your day is fabulous!!

Anonymous said...

Cherie, it was so nice to get to learn about everyone! Thanks for sharing, it's so nice to get to know each other better!

Randi said...

Bless your heart. It takes an strong and humble person to set themselves aside and support others first. Thank you for being a supportive teammate and a role model to others. Your post today was very heartwarming. :)

ShoozieShoes said...

Lovely post! Thank you for introducing your team.