Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Starry Home Crafts Feature and Giveaway (WW)

I have another wonderful artist and handmade shop for you today! I first discovered this unique shop in the Artfire forums when Mary Ellen, the talented owner of the shop, posted a question about one of her items. I was interested enough to click over to see for myself what she was talking about, and my first thought was, "Wow!!" I was completely impressed, and now I'd like to share with you, Starry Home Crafts!


Hi I'm Mary Ellen. I live in central New York with my husband, a dog or two and a couple of cats. We have three grown sons and plenty of time on our hands. There is a long list of things that I love to create. My first passion is quilting, and there are always hundreds of ideas rattling around in my head that involve colorful fabric.


I took an early retirement from the post office in 2009. I don't really think of this as retirement so much as a change in career paths. I have been quilting for 18 years and knitting and crocheting for closer to 40 years. These are my favorite things and I intend for my next career to include them.


My new workplace is my Starry Home where I create and market my quilts, ornaments, dolls, frames, postcards a whole smorgasbord of handcrafted goodness. 


I learned to crochet, knit and embroider at a  young age, thanks to my talented creative mother. I still love to do all of those things.  I taught myself to quilt in my late twenties and that has become my passion. Hand quilting is a wonderful form of meditation for me. My main inspiration and teacher is Nature. Just like in nature, I like to put all the colors of the rainbow into my quilts. Some of my favorite work has been unique ideas that came from customers.

I love the challenge of taking a theme and creating it in my own  way, or using a familiar pattern and making it in a different colorway that I would not normally use.


A piece of advice for the beginning quilter, pay attention to the experts, but don't forget to play around a little, don't be afraid to break a rule now and then. I guess that advice can apply to a beginner at selling online too. There are many wonderful helpful friends to be found on the internet. Take their advice, but add a little of your own creative soul into the endeavor, and remember to have fun while you're at it.


Aren't her creations beautiful! The items that had me saying, "Wow" were her quilted shower curtains! I've never seen anything like them before! Aren't they just beautiful?!


Now that you've had just a little taste of the wonderful creations you can find at Starry Home Crafts, you can browse around her Etsy and Artfire shops for yourself! You can also check out her Facebook, Twitter, and Blog to stay connected on the newest happenings!

Starry Home Crafts has very graciously provided a giveaway for my readers! One of you will receive  their own handmade reusable fabric lunch bag! Add an extra fun touch to any sack lunch with this bright, whimsical bag!


The Giveaway: Complete the mandatory entry below and any additional entries you want to, and make sure you include your e-mail address!!

Mandatory Entry:
Visit Starry Home Crafts, browse around, then come back here and tell me your favorite item AND leave me your e-mail address so that I can contact you if you win.

Extra Entries (please leave a separate comment for each one and don't forget to leave me your e-mail address!):
*Follow me on Google Friend Connect (1 entry)
*Add Starry Home Crafts to your favorites on Etsy or your market on Artfire (1 entry)
*Blog about this giveaway (2 entries)
*Tweet this giveaway (can be done once a day - 1 entry each)
*Share this giveaway on Facebook (1 entry)
*Share this giveaway with friends through e-mail and let me know you did (1 entry)
*Comment on any non giveaway blog posts and tell me which one (1 entry)


This giveaway is open World Wide. The giveaway will close on August 24th, 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.

74 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love the lunch bag- I just went back to work and will need one! I visited their website and I love red white and blue table runner.
vickie
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Abbi said...

I love her starflower handmade quilt! It is beautiful. I really like the quilted shower curtains as well and much more. Fun stuff!

My e-mail is: abbi@abbisbridal.com

Kathryn said...

I like the pink and black doll blanket and the lunch bag!

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Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I really like the Bright stars quilt table topper wall hanging!


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Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I added her shop to my favorites on etsy!
katy010305

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Katy~The Country Blossom said...

Tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/KatyLMA/status/101718513932185600

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MamaHunfy said...

I like the bright colored squares patchwork shower curtain!

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MamaHunfy said...

I follow via gfc

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MamaHunfy said...

My etsy name is hunfy and I added you to my faves!

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MamaHunfy said...

I tweeted
https://twitter.com/#!/MamaHunfy/status/101849544052064257

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Jenn Spencer said...

I visited Starry Home Crafts and Vintage 60s 70s Handmade Tooled Leather Boho Hippie Shoulder Purse Bag is my favorite!

Thanks!
Jenn
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I Love Making Hair Bows!

Jenn Spencer said...

I followed Joyful Service via Google Friend Connect!

Thanks!
Jenn
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I Love Making Hair Bows!

Anonymous said...

there was so many items I loved the quilts,dolls,christmas items. My favorite I guess I can say is the Ellen a fancy rag doll with hand knit sweater and purse

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MamaHunfy said...

Daily tweet
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MamaHunfy said...

Daily tweet
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MamaHunfy said...

daily tweet
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majoy said...

I love this: Flower of the month April fabric postcard

GFC follower: majoy
tweeted the giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/memyselfandi_mj/status/103263165126676480
and will tweet everyday :)

sent email to my friends :)

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Anonymous said...

"A cats landscape fabric art wall hanging" is so adorable!!!! my daughter loves cats and i showed it to her and she thought it was the cutest thing she has ever seen!

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Anonymous said...

i tweeted about this giveaway!

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Anonymous said...

i also blogged about htis giveaway!

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Anonymous said...

I shared this giveaway through email!

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Sandy said...

I like the Bright color squares patchwork shower curtain.

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Anonymous said...

daily tweet!

http://twitter.com/#!/emilydpiff/status/103585009260179457

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Anonymous said...

i blogged about this giveaway again!

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Anonymous said...

i added you on etsy! i am "maytheoddsbeeverinyr"

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Anonymous said...

i commented on your hummingbird post
http://whatsoeveryedo.blogspot.com/2011/08/hummingbirds.html

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Anonymous said...

daily tweet
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Kathy said...

I love the log cabin shower curtain!
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Kathy said...

I'm following Joyful Service through google friends connect.
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laura said...

I like the Starflower Quilt.

Thanks!

Laura

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Katy~The Country Blossom said...

Daily Tweet! http://twitter.com/#!/KatyLMA/status/104249647756886019

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Anonymous said...

daily tweet!

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Danielle said...

I like the watermelon drink coasters
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Danielle said...

shared on fb
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Renee G said...

My favorite item is the Summer watermelon drink coasters and wall hanging.
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Renee G said...

I am following as Renee G on GFC
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Anonymous said...

daily tweet

http://twitter.com/#!/emilydpiff/status/104527775586721792

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Anonymous said...

daily tweet
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jhitomi said...

A Cat's Landscape is a beautiful piece for a cat lover like me! And I do love this bag you are generously giving away.
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Anonymous said...

daily tweet!
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littleangel_mw said...

Fav Item : Spring cottage fabric house shaped box with lid

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littleangel_mw said...

I heart the shop on Etsy.
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littleangel_mw said...

Shared on facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/michelle.s.dippel/posts/239563726079945

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littleangel_mw said...

TWEETED: http://twitter.com/#!/DippelMichelle/status/106043358841028608
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Leah said...

i love the shower curtain! and watermelon drink coasters!
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Laurie said...

Love the Starflower handmade quilt

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Laurie said...

follow on GFC
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Laurie said...

added your etsy show to my favs

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Laurie said...

tweeted
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Bee W Bedard said...

Love their Recycled denim purse with hand crocheted trims
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Bee W Bedard said...

Following on Google Friend Connect
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Bee W Bedard said...

Added Starry Home Crafts to my favorites on Etsy
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Bee W Bedard said...

shared on fb
http://www.facebook.com/brenda.witherspoonbedard/posts/278630352151630
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Bee W Bedard said...

Tweeted this giveaway
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Brenda H said...

I love the casserole carrier/ potholder set with flowers and stripes.

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Nancy said...

I like their Patchwork Squares Shower Curtain for $100.

Nancy
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lewalk said...

Love the Chocolate Shop quilted wall hanging. So cute.

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lewalk said...

GFC follower.

lewalk

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lewalk said...

Added them to my faves on Etsy.

lewalk

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lewalk said...

Tweeted.

http://twitter.com/#!/lewalk76/status/106436319697317888

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lewalk said...

And shared on FB.

https://www.facebook.com/lewalk76/posts/277211872294116

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Hifam said...

So fun! I also like the bright colored squares patchwork shower curtain.
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Hifam said...

I follow on gfc (psychdog).
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Hifam said...

I added her to my favorites on etsy. (hifam)
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Robin said...

love this quilt
http://www.etsy.com/listing/17349351/custom-art-quilt
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Robin said...

tweet
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Robin said...

fb post
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Robin Scott

Ronda said...

i like the large knit christmas stocking
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Ronda said...

added to my etsy favorites
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Ronda said...

shared on fb via ronda siegler
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Ronda said...

shared with a friend on email
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Ronda said...

following on gfc via rondasieg
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Debbie Kennedy said...

I am a big time cat lover......I absolutely adore the 'A cats landscape fabric art wall hanging'
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Robin said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/robinlscott/status/106604988196855808
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