Thursday, March 24, 2011
Mo'Rockin Creation Giveaway (closed)
Please tell us about yourself and how you started your business:
I am a homeschooling mother of 5 children ages 7-15. My husband is a youth and children's pastor in Wasilla, loving kids and serving the community is what we do most. I love to create and am tickled that people like my creations. I won't lie, the cash from my creations also helps to support our love of homeschooling and the life of ministry we've chosen for our family. I really began crafting in 2003, when I began making hand braided rugs to donate to a mission fundraiser and to give as presents. The summer of 2004 is when I began making baby slings, receiving blankets, tooth fairy pillows, hooded bath towels, kool aid purses and more. I sold my creations at farmers markets and craft bazaars in Idaho until 2007, when our family moved to Wasilla. Since then, I've primarily sold my creations on Etsy.com, a wonderful website dedicated to selling all things handmade. This last year I said goodbye to creating baby slings and hello to making different animals out of recycled wool sweaters. Valentine's Day of 2010 , I really wanted to give my children something special, so I decided I would attempt to make them each owls. I looked all over the Internet for a pattern to use, but didn't find one I liked, so I created my own. I included hearts in their eyes and on their wings to show each of my kids that "Owl Always Love You" . These were a hit and soon all of my kids' friends wanted one of their own. This inspire me to make them for my etsy shop. I absolutely love making my owls. It brings me so much joy to hunt out wool and create one of a kind owls, mushrooms, cats and monsters. Each owl and monster seems to have its own personality and I love seeing others enjoy my creations. The best part for me is they were born out of my love for my own kids. I continue to make towels, blankets, burp cloths and purses made out of recycled materials, but my owls are definitely my favorite.
Where can I get these owls?
Currently you can buy my creations on my Facebook page and you can also purchase my, Owl Always Love You, owls at Sweet Adeline's Children's Store on Huffman in Anchorage.
What do you love about Alaska?
It's hard to say what I love the most about Alaska. I've dreamt of moving here since the 8th grade, when I was inspired by my Grandpa's stories of serving in the Aleutian Islands during WWII. Over the years I would dream up how I could make it up here. In 95' I just happened to marry a man with Alaska in his heart as well. We were overjoyed to finally move up here in 2007 and are still in love with Alaska ,her great beauty, wonderful people and pioneer spirit. I still pinch myself to see if I'm dreaming! It brings me great joy to say my creations are Alaskan made.
Want to win one of these sweet owls? Please follow the rules:
1. Live in Alaska
2. Visit Maggie's facebook page and let me know which owl you would choose if you won.
3. Follow the blog and PLEASE leave an email address to contact you. Anonymous will not be counted.
One winner will be chosen Sunday night, good luck!!