2.14.2013

Valentine's Day Giveaway & Interview from Oh Abby Day!

When Vickie from Oh Abby Day approached me about doing a giveaway, the first thing I did was look at her Etsy shop. As soon as I did that, I knew that I had to support her business! Her jewelry is gorgeous, she takes amazing photos of her products, and she is just such a sweet woman! It is my privilege to feature her on Uncommonplace today and give you guys an awesome Valentine's Day gift in the form of a giveaway! 

So read through the Behind the Shop interview to get to know this awesome lady, and then enter the giveaway at the end of the post! Be sure to stop by her adorable blog and leave some words of encouragement!

1. Where did the name Oh Abby Day come from?
My daughter, Abby loves to listen to "Oh Happy Day" by Kim Walker.  Whenever she hears it, she belches the song out loud and begins to twirl.  It is truly one of my favorite mother-daughter moments.  At the same time, I was in the process of starting my jewelry business and looking for a name that was fun and catchy.  So thats why I decided to clash the title and my daughter's name together.  It works for me because the song is truly a beautiful worship song and my daughter inspires me abundantly!

2. What made you decide to start blogging and open your own Etsy shop?
I left my marketing job to stay home with the kids after I had my second child.  I've always been crafty and made jewelry for the longest time.   Plus, I can also focus on improving on my writing and photography by blogging about the things that matter to me - motherhood and handmade.  It just felt right to start blogging as well as start up an Etsy shop.

3. How did you choose what to make and put in your shop?
I have over two hundred pieces ready to sell, but I also have less than thirty-five pieces on Etsy.  WHY? The process of placing an item up (on Etsy) is very, very time consuming and can take days.  You have to set up props, take lots of pictures, edit, be creative in your writing and more...  It can be overwhelming with two little ones.  Right now, I am only focusing on my wire wrapping pieces and I also make mixed media pieces. 

4. How do you balance motherhood, your blog, your shop, and other daily activities in life?
A lot of prayers.. Seriously! I'm practically new to it (blogging and Etsy), so the learning process can be difficult at times. Who in the world would have ever imagined that blogging would be this stressful? It'll get easier, I believe it.  I have to remind myself that my kids are my priorities. They come first. When they fall asleep thats when I can do the other stuff.  

5. What does your typical day usually look like?
Wake up by eight 
Make breakfast
Go to the park/museums/take walks
Make lunch
Put my son down for his nap and do educational activities with daughter
Prepare and have dinner
Give the kids a bath
Kids are asleep by eight
Clean up, shower, check emails, blog, read and make jewelries
Sleep by midnight

6. What would your perfect dream day look like?
No crying, no complaining and all yes's. Thats what I call a perfect day!

7. What advice would you give someone wanting to open up their own shop?
My advice to someone wanting to start up their online shop would be to invest in a camera. Taking good pictures matter in this business.


Giveaway details: There are two prizes and there will be one winner for each prize. You will not win both prizes, but have the opportunity to win one. The two prizes are shown below:

Clinique & Estee Lauder Make Up Kit

Set of Four Friendship Bracelets - Made with waxed Irish thread

Like these prizes? You should! Now go enter the giveaway! :)



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15 comments:

  1. I love the Lucky Baby Blue Chalcedony & Rose Quartz Necklace <3

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  2. This is pretty:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/110061210/high-quality-faceted-rose-quartz?

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  3. Thank you for the opportunity, Nat!
    XOXO,
    Vickie

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  4. Thank you so much! I love the long sapphire fish gold necklace!
    c.childs@live.co.uk x

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  5. LOVE: http://www.etsy.com/listing/110061210/high-quality-faceted-rose-quartz?
    hope I win x
    bellamosqueda3[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  6. My favourite item is the Tiny Genuine Turquoise Gold Vermeil Petite Bracelet ! The color and detailing is very beautiful!
    shenezkhan@gmail.com

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