Friday, January 22, 2010

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Tweet Memories: ~A Giveaway~

You know all those cute photo albums, birthday and holiday banners you WANT to create, but can't seem to find the time? Boy do I have the place for you... Welcome to Tweet Memories: YOUR place for everything you need to preserve and display your precious memories. Nicole, a professional crafter, creates custom banners and albums for anything and everything under the sun. I LOVE her Valentine's Day banner!! Her banners would be great for birthdays and parties...or even just to decorate your personal space! These would be GREAT for a school or church party! And her albums?? Think gifts!! Showers, birthday, anniversaries - if you can think it, Nicole can create it.

I recently asked Nicole to share a bit more about her shop. Here's what she had to say:

Tell us about the name of your Etsy Shop. What was your inspiration?
The name of my shop is TweetMemories. I had a hard time coming up with a name because every name I wanted was taken, so I decided to take it from a different angle. I started looking for shop sets on Etsy and came across one I really liked that had a bird on it. I have never been that big into birds, but I really thought it was cute. That night it hit me...I am going to sell scrapbooking items to preserve all your "sweet memories" and then add the bird in there and there you have it..."TweetMemories". And now I just love it and have come to find as I shop around on Etsy that birds are quite popular.

What is your favorite item you've created so far and why?
I would have to say my favorite item would be my "Disney Vacation" paperbag album. I have only listed and sold 1 on Etsy, but have given many away as gifts to my friends. I love it because 1) I am a huge Disney fan and 2) it includes one my best ideas I have come up with...I cutout Mickey Ears and then hand-stitch the child's name (looks just like the Mickey Ears at Disney). They take a lot of precious time to make, but I love them and hope to get more listed soon!

How long have you been crafting and how did you get started?
I have been scrapbooking/crafting for about 14 years. My cousin started selling Creative Memories and go me hooked. Aside from the room full of scrapbooking supplies, you would never know I like to scrapbook...I don't have a single complete scrapbook because I am always doing something for someone else or to sell (and I am a perfectionist and it takes me forever to do one page!). I figure that one day I will have the extra time to catch up. It has only been the last 2 years, that I have been crafting more. I got tired of everyone telling me I needed to sell my albums and finally decided to try Etsy. It has been great...I have met so many wonderful customers! I also teamed up this past fall with 2 other ladies and we participated in some craft shows (our craft show name is "Three Crafty Mommas"). It was fun, but definitely a lot of work!

Is there anything you would like to tell readers about yourself on a more personal level - kids, hometown, a favorite Etsy shop, hobby etc?
I have been married for 8 1/2 years and have two wonderful little boys (age 5 1/2 and 1 1/2). We live in Crestwood, just outside of Louisville, Kentucky (home of the Kentucky Derby). I stay at home with the boys and try to craft any spare moment I have, and sometimes it is not much. Between church, school and sports we stay very busy!

One of my most favorite Etsy shops is AutumnLeah. She sells personalized stickers, tags and more. She has the most precious designs. I admire her talent!

Do you have any plans for up and coming items you can tell us about?
I originally joined Etsy to sell albums and premade scrapbook pages, but the banners are the thing! I would have never thought that such a simple thing would be such a hit. In fact I have had several customers ask me to make some coordinating items to go with the banner for birthday parties and baby showers. So I have decided that I need to come out with some party packs. I plan on including door signs, table centerpieces, highchair banners, party hats, goody bag tags, cupcake toppers and anything else I can come up with. I am very excited and can't wait to get them in my shop. I would love ideas as far as themes. I have come up with a few, but I am sure there are some that I have not thought about.

And finally, what are your thoughts on Valentine's Day? Do you celebrate? How?
Valentine's Day has always been such a fun day! I always had so much fun coming up with ideas to let my Husband know how much I love him and now that I have kids it is even more fun. Last year I sent my husband and my older son on a scavenger hunt. My husband had to answer some questions about our past, which then led him to a clue (it was really quite fun to see how much he remembered) and after he collected all his clues it led him to the big prize. My son is learing to read so I spelled works like "car", "bed" and "tub" and that showed him where his prizes were. It was so much fun...I not sure what I am going to do this year yet. I guess I better get on the ball.

Thanks, Nicole! We admire YOUR talent!!


Nicole has graciously agreed to give one lucky Champagne Wisdom reader her Be Mine Valentine's Day Banner. Yay!!

Just leave a comment telling us how you would use this banner - in your home, for a school party, or do you have another unique idea? We would love to know!

Want extra entries?? It's easy!!

*Leave a comment telling us your favorite item from TweetMemories
*Subscribe via email or feed to Champagne Wisdom
*Sign up to be a follower
*Tell Nicole another item you would love to see in her shop
*Follow Champagne Wisdom on Twitter and tweet (leave a link) - you can do this daily
*Leave a comment on any other non-giveaway post
*Grab the Champagne Wisdom button in the sidebar
*Make a purchase from TweetMemories and get 10 additional entries!
(Be sure to leave 10 separate comments)
*Enter another giveaway in the I Heart Etsy Giveaway Event
That's a ton of chances to win. Here's wishing you love and luck...

This giveaway will end 2/1 at 12:00p.m. central time. Winner will be selected via random.org, emailed and given 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.

70 comments:

Anonymous said...

i love the hugs and kisses banner.
polly
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Rachel C said...

I would love this valentines banner, and would display it across the fireplace in our living room.
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Rachel said...

Another item I love from this shop is the puppy dog name banner - this would have been perfect for my sons 1st birthday party!
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Rachel C said...

Another item I'd love to see in the shop is more of a general "Happy Birthday" banner - or maybe just "Happy Day" that could be used for any special occasion.
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bigskygirls said...

I would use it to decorate my cubicle at work. I work with a bunch of women in a sea of cubicles & we're always trying to find ways to spruce up the place so it's not so dull. I love this banner! Thanks for the chance to win.

Melissa
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bigskygirls said...

I'm a HUGE Twilight fan so I love her Twilight name banner! A Twilight banner that said Bite Me would be perfect for Valentine's Day! :) Thanks again.

Melissa
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erin, maker of chimes said...

it would go on the mantle in our living room of course! i MIGHT share if there was a party that needed a little extra decorations, but i wouldn't want it to get messed up b/c i'd want it back out year after year :)

erin, maker of chimes said...

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erin, maker of chimes said...

love the Green/Yellow/Brown Monkey Boy Name Banner in her etsy shop

erin, maker of chimes said...

maybe create some that are more general in meaning and could stay up year round?

june_spirit2628 said...

I would use this in my own home, probably hanging over the french doors leading out to the front porch. We don't use them in winter so I could hang this banner there because it's right by our dining room table. It would look so pretty there during my family's Valentine's Day dinner and dessert bar. Thank you for the chance to win! --Marci
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picnut1512 said...

I would hang it in our photo studio....the customers would love it!

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picnut1512 said...

I'm a follower :)
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june_spirit2628 said...

I love the banners, especially the ones with Twilight images!!! I also like the explosion box in pinks and browns: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28599379. What a neat idea!
Thanks for the chance to win! --Marci
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picnut1512 said...

I subscribe via email. Thanks!

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june_spirit2628 said...

I'd love to see more event-themed banners, like birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and the like. You have a great concept here--thank you for sharing it with us! I enjoyed reading your interview.
Marci
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picnut1512 said...

I love the Disney Paper Bag Album...we are going for our first family trip to Disney in March..this would be great!

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emcSquared said...

I would put this banner in my home, hung over my gilt mirror for all to see! I love it!

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emcSquared said...

I like TweetMemories "Ho Ho Ho" banner!

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Whimsical Creations said...

I would love to hang this in my archway in my dining room.


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Whimsical Creations said...

my favorite item in her shop is the
Hugs and Kisses Valentine's Day Banner

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Cabootique said...

I love the Twilight Name Banner.

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Sue said...

I'd hang it over the bathroom mirror on Valentine's Day morning for my husband to find. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Anne said...

This is super cute, I would love to win this to put up at home.

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Nicole-Lynn said...

Ahhh such a cuuute banner! I would love to win. Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday :) My favorite from their shop is the banner featured, but I chose another favorite, the "It's a Girl".

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Nicole-Lynn said...

I now subscribe via email :)

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Nicole-Lynn said...

Forgot to mention how I would use the banner if I won... I would display it on a wall in my house the week of Valentine's Day! We're planning to have a romantic dinner and desserts Valentine's night and having this as part of the decor would be great.

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Nicole-Lynn said...

I love that her name is Nicole too :) Another great banner she could make could be a "Congratulations" banner, "We're Engaged", or "I Do". Something wedding related :)

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Nicole-Lynn said...

I'm a follower of your blog :)

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Nicole-Lynn said...

Left a comment on a non giveaway post :)

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birrrd said...

Very cute! I have a valentine display set up on the top of my desk so I think I would hang this right above it. It would look so cute! Thanks!

birrrd said...

My favorite thing in her shop right now is the Disney Paper Bag album although I know someone that would love the Twilight banner too!

birrrd said...

I became a follower :)

kuparstwn said...

We don't have a fireplace, but we have a neat mantle type looking wall hanging that would look great with a Valentine's banner displayed across it!

kuparstwn said...

I love the Baby Boy Paper Bag Album. It would be a perfect gift for my friend who is expecting a boy!

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I follow!

jakiesmom said...

i would hang this in my kitchen ...i has some other heart items that will also be going up...i like to do a little holiday decorating for my son...so he starts to understand holidays
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Jamie said...

Would LOVE to win this for our house. I don't have any Valentine's Day decorations and my little girls would LOVE this!

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Jamie @ Savvy Housewife said...

Left a comment on your snow in Alabama post. :)

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KMTmom said...

I would hang this banner in my entry way between my kitchen and tv room.

Andrea
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KMTmom said...

My favorite item in TweetMemories shop is the pink and green name banner, which I have hanging in my daughter's playroom! :) I also love the other 3 banners I purchased too. :)

KMTmom said...

I would love to see a ladybug themed banner.

Andrea
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KMTmom said...

My favorite item in TweetMemories is the pink and green name banner that I have hanging in my DD's playroom! :) Also love the other 3 banners I have purchased.

Andrea
amlaska at bellsouth dot net

KMTmom said...

I just subscribed via email.

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Annie Shaw said...

We homeschool, and I would love to surprise my little ones with a Valentine Tea Party! It would be so much fun to decorate after they went to bed, and have them wake up to a beautifully set table with a darling banner like this!

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Annie Shaw said...

I love the Disney book!!! It is 100% perfect! We recently went to Disney after an extremely hard year. It was like God put this wonderful balm on our souls there. lol. I think I need to buy one of those to journal our time!!

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The Worthy's said...

I would just add one more thing to my valentine's decorations or have a sweetheart date with my hubby for valentines day!

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I tweeted about your giveaway!!

isabellaboo said...

My favorite banner is the ice cream birthday banner! I'll be ordering one for my daughter's 2nd birthday! so cute! :) I've been admiring it all month

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I now follow your blog :)

The Lingo Family said...

Such a cute banner!!

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Desiree said...

I like the Disney paper bag album

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Desiree said...

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Desiree said...

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Whitney said...

I would probably put this in my kitchen. She makes adorable products!

Beverly Hernandez said...

I would use this banner for a Valentine's Party with my grandkids.
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Beverly Hernandez said...

I like the Explosion Box in Pinks and Browns.
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Beverly Hernandez said...

I would like to see an Anniversary album since we're celebrating our 35th anniversary this month.
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Jessica said...

I would add this to out decorations for Valentine's Day...It's really cute...

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Jessica said...

I like the explosion box in pinks and browns as well...

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