Silent Moments is an Etsy shop that offers beautiful photographs from way up in Canada! :)
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm 29y/o and I've been married 10 years this June. My husband and I spent many years hating each other until I dropped to my knees, tears pouring down my face, broken and desperate and asked Jesus to take control of my life. It's been a few years since then and the hatred has melted away. My husband became a Christian this past December and our lives are now on a new and wonderful path. Together we have 3 sons. Our oldest is almost 13 and our twins are 9. When I'm not busy being a mom/housewife/artist I enjoy learning piano & guitar, writing songs and poems, silent moments in nature, knitting and listening to music.
How and when did you become interested in your craft?
My interest in photography began as a young girl. My dad gave me a great appreciation of nature early on and it left me longing to take pictures of animals, birds, flowers, trees, you name it. I finally picked up a camera in 2007 and have been dabbling with it ever since.
What inspired you to open your shop?
My best friend opened up one of her own and was an instant success. I figured I'd give it a shot and see what happens.
Is there something that you do differently than other people in your craft?
I "ruin" the image with text! Most leave them untouched, but to me a picture isn't complete until God's word or something inspiring is written on it.
What is your favorite item in your shop?
Be-still-square-photography-art-print I've had this one on my wall for over a year now and it still catches my attention. This dock is one of my favorite places to be. Whether it's a warm calm morning or a raging storm with big beautiful waves crashing on the shore, it's always the perfect place to just be still.
What is the most exciting thing that has happened since you've started?
Selling my first mug was very exciting for me. The night before it sold I was talking to the Lord and asking him if I made a mistake by starting a shop. My husband recently became unemployed and with 3 kids and money being so tight it seemed silly to be paying into something - even as little as 20 cents a listing. I prayed that God would help me sell something as a sign that I should keep going. The next morning I had a sale!
Why do you do what you do?
The photography I do because I believe God wants me to and I enjoy it. The mugs I do for a few reasons. I often doodle in my Bible with flowers, vines and crosses and I write verses all over my house. I've always had a liking for mugs and since one of the best moments of silence is in the morning while reading the Bible and sipping coffee, I figured I'd combine them into one. And thus the mugs were born!
Not only does Crystal make and sell such beautiful and meaningful photos, magnets, and mugs, she's also graciously offering one of my readers a 5x5 print of their choice! These would be perfect for a special gift for a loved one, or you could use it to decorate your own home. I love having Scripture verses on my wall, and it would be extra special with a beautiful photo accompanying it.
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This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada. The giveaway will close on March 21st, and the winner will be chosen by random.org and notified by e-mail. The winner has 48 hours to get back to me with their address or a new winner will be chosen.