Tuesday, February 1, 2011

CLOSED: Handmade Feature/Giveaway: My Little Critterz

We are super excited to share with you this fun and colorful etsy shop as our second feature for 2011!


My Little Critterz is full of crocheted and handmade hats, headbands and more!  We love all the bright colors and playful designs that shop owner/designer, Lindsay uses.  

Meet LINDSAY of My Little Critterz:




What does your life outside of Etsy/blogging look like?
When I am not working on listing items, renewing, photographing or shipping purchases for my shop, MyLittleCritterz, I spend hours at night crocheting my handmade hats, headbands and toys. What I sell in my shop is not made on a machine, so it becomes very personal to me when I am fulfilling my orders. During the day, I am a substitute teacher for my school district in southern California until they are able to start hiring full-time teachers. I enjoy going to different classrooms because I get a lot of great ideas and I love working with the various grade levels. When I’m not at school or “working” for my shop, I enjoy spending time with my loving husband (of almost two years) and my wonderful family. My niece and nephew give me a lot of inspiration through the television shows that they watch, and what I think they would enjoy wearing. I am a book enthusiast (just like some people are wine enthusiasts); I love reading!! I read all different genres and authors. Anything that is suggested to me I read, and I could spend hundreds of dollars at the bookstore if my husband would let me. I am also trying to enjoy working out and getting in shape, but it is difficult to say the least…(torturous, horrendous, time-consuming, exhausting, just a few more words to describe those experiences!!!) In the future, I would love to own a home with my husband, start my family, become a full-time teacher and continue to grow my shops while doing what I love.

Describe yourself (or ask someone else to do it!) in three words.
Loved, Creative and Intelligent (from my husband)
Beautiful, Patient and Giving (from my mom)

Fall piece you can’t live without:
This winter, I can’t live without my comfy boots and scarves. Even though it doesn’t get very cold in southern California, it is wonderful to get bundled up to go out!

Most recent fashion-related purchase:
I haven’t bought anything fashion related for a long time, but I can’t wait for Spring to come so I can go shopping for my trip to Hawaii in April!! I will be looking for light fabrics in great colors. Shorts, skirts, tank tops, summer dresses, swimsuits, sandals and so many more fun things to get…

Do you craft/make anything else outside of what’s in your shop?
 I am an endless crafter! Besides crocheting, I do needlepoint, sewing, quilting, I make my own jewelry (and sell it), and being a teacher allows me to share my creative side with the students I work with. As I mentioned, I have another Etsy shop, houseofjewelry.etsy.com where I sell my handmade and one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Any Pet Peeves?
 My biggest pet peeves are people who are late (my husband is notorious for this), being interrupted when I’m talking (it’s a teacher thing), and people who don’t know how to drive in California.

Bad Habits?
 Trying to take on to much at once and stressing myself out. I’m working on not sweating the small stuff.

Desert-Island food?
 Chocolate!!! (anything.) This is my down fall…..LOL.

Three bands/ singers you can’t get enough of:
 My musical choices vary greatly! I honestly like almost all music depending on what kind of mood I am in. I can’t pick just three…..so, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Sugarland (my country favorites), Armin Van Buuren, Cascada, Groove Coverage (my techno favorites), Evanescence, Linkin Park and Ill Nino (my other music favorites).

Another blog you follow regularly?
Unfortunately, I don’t follow blogs as much as I would like to, but I would like to create my own so that I can share my process of creating, my ideas and my stream of thought to my shoppers/buyers and whoever wants to read about it.

What made you decide to start a shop?
 I started my shops (both HouseOfJewelry and MyLittleCritterz) because I love making items for myself, but most importantly, I wanted to be able to share them with other people. I have always loved looking on Etsy because of the great handmade or vintage items that are available. So this was a natural progression for me. I will admit that it is stressful at first because you’re not sure as a seller what people will think of your products. However, with My Little Critterz, I have gained confidence in my creations.

Significance of your shop name?
Lindsay's Hoot! The Owl Hat
My Little Critterz has two significances for me. First, the Little Critters books were my favorite children’s books growing up, so I just adapted the name a little for my shop. Secondly, I think of my hats as my little critterz, my creations that children and adults alike will fall in love with and treasure as much as I do. Someday, I will be making them for my own children and grandchildren to enjoy.

Favorite item in your shop right now?
 My favorite item right now is my Hoot! The Owl Hat. It is available in three sizes:
This hat is adorable with the big eyes; it is warm and practical with the earflaps and ties and can be customized with yours or your child’s favorite colors!!



Lindsay is offering a Hoot! The Owl Hat to one of our lucky readers!  
The winner will get to choose between the Newborn/Infants 0-12 Months size or the Toddlers/Kids 1-10 Years size and will be able to choose their child’s favorite colors to customize this hat (we will email the winner a color chart to select from)!  






Here's how to enter:

Mandatory Entry 
1. Follow our blog! Once you become a follower, just leave a comment below, telling what your favorite item from My Little Critterz is.  If you’re already following the blog and our twitter—simply leave a comment, telling us what your favorite item from My Little Critterz is!

Additional Entries
2. Follow Miskabelly (@miskabelly) on twitter…and again, just a quick comment to let us know you did (with your twitter user name) and share what your favorite item from My Little Critterz 
is.
3. Once we tweet about the giveaway, you can re-tweet to gain an extra entry!
4. HEART  Miskabelly on Etsy (leave us a comment to let us know!)
5.  HEART My Little Critterz on Etsy (leave us a comment again!)

 This contest will run until next Monday, February 7th.  The winner will be chosen through a random number generator. 

Good Luck!!
Manda &Jayme

105 comments:

Nadine Marlyne said...

I'm not going to lie, I love all of the stuff for baby girls!

Mrs. Brandy De La Cruz said...

I have a little boy so I looooove the sock mmonkey and the hoot owl!! Sooo stinkin cute!!!

Erika said...

I adore the newsboy cap!

Erika said...

Plus I hearted them on Etsy

Lee said...

I love the apple of my eye hat!
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Lee said...

i hearted her shop on etsy

Lee said...

i hearted miskabelly on etsy

A Family Completed... said...

So much adorable items! I love the Two Tone Mixed Color Pom Pom Hat Newborns.
Thanks for the chance
TonyaMCrain [at] aol.com

TeenaBugg38 said...

Sooooooooooo cute!!! My faves are the hoot owl and sock monkey!!! Thank you so much for a chance to win!!

natalie /dave said...

i follow the blog and i love the sock monkey hat:)

Mama R. said...

I follow your blog and think her teddy bear is just precious!

mama[dot]riser@gmail[dot]com

Mama R. said...

i hearted miskabelly on Etsy. :)

mama[dot]riser@gmail[dot]com

Mama R. said...

i hearted My Little Critterz on Etsy. :)

mama[dot]riser@gmail[dot]com

Jenny said...

My favorite is the two tone mixed color pom pom hat for toddlers and kids!

jennywigdahl@gmail.com

Jenny said...

I added your shop to my favorites on Etsy!

jennywigdahl@gmail.com

Jenny said...

I added her shop to my favorites on Etsy!

jennywigdahl@gmail.com

Crystal said...

I love the strawberry hat

bukaeyes said...

I follow on GFC as bukaeyes and I like the Polka Dot Earflap hat!
bukaeyes@aol.com

ManaRose said...

Great giveaway : ) I LOVE the Hoot The Owl Hat With Big Eyes Earflaps and Braids Newborns or Infants 0-12 Months…so cute! manarose222(at)hotmail(dot)com

ManaRose said...

I heart Miskabelly on Etsy : ) manarose222(at)hotmail(dot)com

ManaRose said...

I heart My Little Critterz on Etsy : ) manarose222(at)hotmail(dot)com

Callie said...

GFC follower!
catherine(dot)alley(at)gmail(dot)com

And I love the My First Teddy Bear Amigurumi Toy Newborn Infants Toddlers in her shop! So cute!

Callie said...

I heart miskabelly on etsy (carolinacallie)

Callie said...

I heart My Little Critterz on Etsy (carolinacallie)

Jacqueline said...

im a gfc follower! my fav is the my first teddy bear jmmccarr@gmail.com

Nature Manipulated said...

I follow your blog and I really like the Newsboy caps in your shop.

naturemanipulated AT hotmail DOT com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

i follow and i really like the Newsboy Cap With Visor Teens or Adults



lauren51990 at aol dot com

christina said...

I'm a follower and love the Flower Hat with Earflaps. So adorable!

subfertilefrugalista@gmail.com

KM said...

I love the owl hat plus her sock monkey hats are super adorable!
mrskmartin@gmail.com

PurpleLarkspur said...

So many cute things! My two favorites are the owl hat and the Strawberry hat. Adorable!

Tiffany said...

I love the Newsboy caps with visors!

Tiffany said...

I follow Miskabelly on Twitter. myblueyez2703

Tiffany said...

I heart Miskabelly on Etsy.

Tiffany said...

I heart My Little Critterz on Etsy.

Sew Me Mine said...

I'm a new follower :) And my favorite item from My Little Critterz is the Wide Headband With Flower Teens or Adults :)

Donnelle
sewmemine{at}comcast.net

Sew Me Mine said...

Am now following Miskabelly on twitter, my user name is sew_me_mine, and I shared what my favorite item is :)

Donnelle
sewmemine{at}comcast.net

Sew Me Mine said...

I have retweeted about this giveaway, my user name is sew_me_mine

Donnelle
sewmemine{at}comcast.net

Sew Me Mine said...

I have hearted Miskabelly on Etsy, and my user name is deeparker

Donnelle
sewmemine{at}comcast.net

Sew Me Mine said...

I hearted My Little Critterz on Etsy and my username is deeparker

Donnelle
sewmemine{at}comcast.net

Erin said...

I am a follower of this blog (Erin C) and I love the 'Apple of My Eye Hat With Stem and Leaves' - adorable!!!

guinnesspaws(at)gmail(dot)com

Erin said...

I have hearted miskabely on etsy (username: Gaybriel)

guinnesspaws(at)gmail(dot)com

Erin said...

I have hearted My Little Critterz on etsy (username: Gaybriel)

guinnesspaws(at)gmail(dot)com

debijackson said...

i follow and i love the mickey mouse hat

Andrew and Edi McIlwain said...

My daughter would love the sock monkey...and I'm a follower

Tag Along Adventure said...

Loving the owl! What a great shop!

Anonymous said...

I am a follower with Bloglovin'

I really like...Polka Dot Hat With Earflaps and Crocheted Ties Teens or Adults

Shannon
rs_mathena@yahoo.com

Viva said...

I dollow via GFc and I love the My First Teddy Bear Amigurumi.

mframe said...

GFC blog follower and I love the Flower Hat With Ruffle Edge
mframe00@gmail.com

mframe said...

HEART My Little Critterz on Etsy- mframe00
mframe00@gmail.com

SAMPLE LOVING MOMMY OF 2 said...

i follow your blog via GFC as bdoerfler2 and i love the newsboy cap with visor


bdoerfler2@gmail.com

SAMPLE LOVING MOMMY OF 2 said...

i follow miskabelly on twitter as @texsmommy89 and once again i simply adore the newsboy cap with visor


bdoerfler2@gmail.com

SAMPLE LOVING MOMMY OF 2 said...

i heart my little critterz on etsy as texsmom89

bdoerfler2@gmail.com

SAMPLE LOVING MOMMY OF 2 said...

i heart miskabelly on etsy as texsmom89

bdoerfler2@gmail.com

SAMPLE LOVING MOMMY OF 2 said...

retweeted your post about this giveaway as texsmommy89

bdoerfler2@gmail.come

Ayereiss said...

I follow you :)
I love the Red & Pink Stripes Valentine Day Hat and also thought the Lucky Leprechaun was adorable!
Thanks for the great giveaway,
Nancy
nafairbank (at) gmail (dot) com

Heather Honey said...

I follow you. I love the two-tone pom pom hat!
heathersemail(at)cox(dot)net
Thanks for the chance!

Kerrie said...

I follow your blog! My favorite item besides the Owl is the Sock Monkey Hat With Pom Pom hat!!
kerriekg@yahoo.com

Kerrie said...

I Follow Miskabelly (@miskabelly) on twitter @36momma
my favorite is the Sock Monkey Hat With Pom Pom

kerriekg@yahoo.com

Kerrie said...

I HEART My Little Critterz on Etsy!!
KerriesKorner

kerriekg@yahoo.com

Kerrie said...

I HEART Miskabelly on Etsy!
KerriesKorner

kerriekg@yahoo.com

Mrs. Brandy De La Cruz said...

I HEART My Little Critterz!!

Mrs. Brandy De La Cruz said...

I HEART Miskabelly!

irishdancer2459 said...

I'm a huge owl fan, and adore the Hoot the Owl hats! They're so cute!
I'm a follower!
irishdancer2459 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Mama R. said...

I entered earlier but just realized I forgot the twitter entry! Now following you--mamariser. And my 2nd fave item is the apple hat. Adorable!

mama[dot]riser@gmail[dot]com

Angela said...

I follow the blog, and my favorite item is the owl hat you're giving away. I also love the sock monkey hat. So cute!

Angela L.
lasitera at yahoo dot com

Angela said...

I follow you on Twitter!

@lasiteral

My favorite items are the owl hat you are giving away and the sock monkey hat!

lasitera at yahoo dot com

Angela said...

I retweeted your giveaway.

@lasiteral

lasitera at yahoo dot com

Katie said...

such a cute shop! i love the apple of my eye hat!

xo, katie
kateandoli@gmail.com

Domestic Diva said...

I follow on gfc

I love Hoot the Owl, though the sock monkey is also cute.
'

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

The Canady Family said...

I follow and love EVERYTHING! I really like the monkey hat!
thecanadyfamily@gmail.com

The Canady Family said...

I heart little critterz on etsy! thecanadyfamily@gmail.com

The Canady Family said...

I follow you on twitter! polkadotteacher

thecanadyfamily@gmail.com

The Canady Family said...

I heart you on etsy! thecanadyfamily@gmail.com

Chelsea said...

I love the flower hat with flaps, the polar bear hat and the pom-pom hat!! So cute!!

ch3ls23@yahoo.com
Chelsea H.

Lindsay Conner said...

Love the owl and the apple hat! I'm a GFC follower

Lindsay Conner said...

Following miskabella on Twitter (@lindsaysews) and I love that apple hat!

Lindsay Conner said...

Retweeted giveaway @lindsaysews

Lindsay Conner said...

I HEART My Little Critterz on Etsy (leave us a comment again!)

Selena @ Stoneyville said...

I follow your blog and on twitter, my favorite item is
Hoot The Owl Hat With Big Eyes Earflaps and Braids Toddlers or Kids 1-10 Years

Selena @ Stoneyville said...

I follow you on twitter: stoneyville1

Selena @ Stoneyville said...

I hearted Mylittlecritterz on etsy

Selena @ Stoneyville said...

I alreay hearted miskabelly on etsy!

CraftyGiveaways said...

i follow your blog and i love this
http://www.etsy.com/listing/66233819/flower-hat-with-earflaps-and-braids

sisterlycreative at hotmail dot com

CraftyGiveaways said...

i hearted mylittlecritterz on etsy (PScutehairbows)

sisterlycreative at hotmail dot com

asuka said...

I'm already a follower. :)
I like this item:. http://www.etsy.com/listing/66308314/apple-of-my-eye-hat-with-stem-leaves

so.kitsch at gmail dot com

asuka said...

I follow on twitter as my_wunderkammer.
I like this item: http://www.etsy.com/listing/66308314/apple-of-my-eye-hat-with-stem-leaves

so.kitsch at gmail dot com

asuka said...

Retweeted your tweet as my_wunderkammer.

so.kitsch at gmail dot com

asuka said...

Hearted mylittlecritterz on etsy as magnolica.

so.kitsch at gmail dot com

asuka said...

Hearted miskabelly on etsy as magnolica.

so.kitsch at gmail dot com

skipthelaundry said...

follow your blog skipthelaundry
like the ruffle hat with hearts
skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

skipthelaundry said...

follow on twitter skipthelaundry
like the ruffle hat with hearts
skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

skipthelaundry said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/skipthelaundry/status/34381365105393664
skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

skipthelaundry said...

heart miskabelly on etsy
skipthelaundry
skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

skipthelaundry said...

heart mylittlecritterz on etsy
skipthelaundry
skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

kinnairdkath said...

katherinekinnaird@yahoo.com is Miskabelly:vintage mamas and babies my favorite was the bloghttp://www.etsy.com/listing/66235505/strawberry-hat-with-stem-ruffle-edge

kinnairdkath said...

@kinnairdkath is @miskabelly twitter follower
katherinekinnaird@yahoo.com

kinnairdkath said...

@kinnairdkath tweet http://twitter.com/#!/kinnairdkath/status/34400455022870528
katherinekinnaird@yahoo.com

kinnairdkath said...

kinnairdkath HEART My Little Critterz on Etsy
katherinekinnaird@yahoo.com

kinnairdkath said...

kinnairdkath heart miskabelly on etsy
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trixx said...

I follow your blog!
My favorite item is the Strawberry Hat With Stem & Ruffle Edge [newborns or Infants 0-12 Months'. Too cute!

Tylerpants said...

I'm a GFC follower. The White Polar Bear With Pink Ears & Edging is adorable! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

Susanmeep said...

follow via gfc and I love the Two Tone Mixed Color Pom Pom Hat Newborns suelee1998 @ gmail.com

Cerena Leigh said...

I'm a follower via gfc and I LVOE the little apple hat! so cute!

CerenaLeigh
Luckycldh(at)aol(dot)com

Brooke LaBouve said...

I have boys, so I love the newsboy hat. But, I could gift any of the adorable girl items!

Brooke LaBouve said...

I heart miskabelly!