Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Artist Feature and Giveaway: Two Left Hands



As we move into the holiday season it seemed fitting to feature an artist who lovingly creates sweet little beings joyously celebrating life. I came across our featured Etsy artist Liz of Two Left Hands auspiciously through, of all things, The Big Bad Wolf (pictured below).


I clearly recall seeing him on the front page of Etsy and immediately marking him as a favorite. I adored the sweet essence of this fellow, he seemed so happy and carefree. To me, he was very reminiscent of the handwork I would see at my daughter's Waldorf School.

Liz lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband and two dogs Muffie and Poker. Let's get to know Liz a bit shall we? She is quite busy this time of year, so her answers are quite concise and to the point. I am super grateful she consented to being here with us. Please give her your complete and devoted attention.


1.) What is the one thing you find most inspiring to feed your creative spirit?

People

2.) What is your favorite scent from the natural world?

Freshly, cut grass

3.) If you were Queen of a village what would you wish for your kingdom?

Health, peace and happiness

4.) How did you find yourself doing your particular craft and what made you name your shop Two Left Hands?

I have been making dolls since my girls were babies, and always made them one for Christmas. My Mossies are what I love to make the most, and my head is always swarming with new ideas. They are derived from Salley Mavor's "Wee felt Folk" book.

My shop name is pretty simple, I am clumsy by nature and I trip on things that aren't even in my way. I am a true lefthander, my right hand is pretty useless! The name TwoLeftHands, seemed pretty appropriate!

5) I see that Etsy has become a family affair for you. Can you share the benefits of having so many in your family all on Etsy together?

My daughter, Natalie (humbleBea.etsy.com) joined Etsy first and it has been so much fun having Etsy in common with her. We call each other if we list something new, if one of us is lucky enough to be on the front page, and if the treasuries are coming! We are both treasury addicts! I love seeing my grandson Noah (darksiderules.etsy.com) selling his little pocket books and ACEO"s, and my Mom (ohruthie.etsy.com) is having a ball making hats and blankets. She is 80 years old and Natalie and I tend her shop. She keeps a little book and writes down her sales and where we have shipped them to! My son-in-law Gary (humbleboy.etsy.com) has been very supportive and enthusiastic about Etsy since we joined and just opened a fabric shop. We do have to control what we talk about when we are around non-etsians, because they just don't understand us!



What an amazing group of talent in one family! Thank you so much Liz for taking some time out of your work so that we could get to know you and your family a bit.

NOW...the Giveaway!

When I asked Liz id she would be willing to be featured and do a giveaway she answered, "I don't usually do give aways, but I would be willing to part with this little guy." Wow, lucky the individual who wins this Little Forest Mossie!" Here is the description from the item listing:

This little Mossie is wearing a hand-embroidered tunic made of olive wool felt. The embroidery is done in tan and peach thread with little pearl buttons. His pants are orange wool felt with green and tan embroidery.
His face is hand painted and his hair is orange wool roving topped with an acorn cap. He is attached to a disk that I painted green and topped in moss. He is about 4 1/2" tall.
My "Mossies" are derived from a Salley Mavor pattern.

Here's how to enter:

Please note this Giveaway is for those in the US and Canada only.

1. Begin by leaving a comment on this post mentioning your favorite item at Liz's shop on Etsy, Two Left Hands. You will receive one entry by leaving a comment, you must include your first name -and- etsy username or email address with each entry or it will not be included.

For additional entries you can do the following and post in the comments to let me know:

(2 extra) Twitter this Giveaway and supply your twitter name. You may do this every day, each tweet counts as another entry if you submit them individually.
(3 extra) Purchase an item of $25 or more from Two Left Hands during this Giveaway. Please let me know what you purchased and when.
(1 extra) Follow my blog (if you already follow, just let me know)

If you do any of these you must let me know for your additional entries to be included. You got the let me know part right?



More fine print, learned along the way
1. If we cannot contact you we will give your prize away to someone else.
2. The featured seller will do their very best to mail the winners package in a timely manner, please contact them directly if you have any questions.
3. Each entry is assigned a card from several decks here at the house, I then shuffle all the cards and have someone handy (like my daughter or husband) choose a card for the winner and a runner up.
4. If you have won the Artist Feature and Giveaway in the past you may enter again.
5. Please don't make up any new guidelines, what is outlined above is what we follow.

The giveaway ends Sunday, October 18th at 1opm PST with the winner announced on Tuesday, October 20th. Please help us get the word out. Anyone who posts comments after 10pm on October 18th will not be entered in the draw.

Good Luck, I look forward to see who wins this Little Forest Mossie, who in my opinion probably likes his botanical perfume rich with Oakmoss.

53 comments:

twolefthands said...

Wow, how exciting! Thanks so much for the feature!

twoknit said...

Love her work !!!!!

Faith said...

thanks for sharing this artist. She is a delight.

TopHat said...

I love Hannah the Pig Pin Cushion! How cute!

Heather
hrfarley at gmail dot com

minishoes1 said...

I love the giveaway and shop! My fav is Hansel and Gretal and the witch. When I was little, that was my fav story. I used to read it all the time! I had fun looking at all the amazing things in the shop! Thanks! jacquecurl1@gmail.com

minishoes1 said...

I already follow. jacquecurl1@gmail.com

Chelsea S said...

I love Lola the Monster Folk from the Etsy shop.

saulpaugh.chelsea(at)gmail(dot)com

-- Chelsea

Chelsea S said...

Tweeted the giveaway. csaulpaugh89

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-- Chelsea

Tami said...

my dd collects fairies so you know i am picking The Fairy Godmother!!

Tami said...

1 i tweeted http://twitter.com/agodlyhomemaker/status/4881619284

Tami said...

2- i tweeted http://twitter.com/agodlyhomemaker/status/4881619284

greeneginger said...

Great post and interview!!So many cute things!!She is very talented. A couple of my faves is Little Red Riding Hood,Tree House #6 and Happily Ever After ;)
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Glorious Hats said...

Am partial to the fairytale characters - The witch with Hansel and Gretel are my fav.

Also like Oh Ruthies shop and her knit felt purses.

Thanks for doing a give away.

Should I be the fortunate winner, you can contact me via convo on etsy http://glorioushats.etsy.com

Glorious Hats said...

Tweeted the giveaway - GloriousHats on twitter

Also following you on twitter - makes finding my tweet easier :D

Kitty said...

I have always called my daughter "Sweet Pea" so the Sweet Pea Fairy is perfect!

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Kitty said...

I sent out a tweet (#2)
http://twitter.com/babybear777/status/4887409914

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Kitty said...

I follow your blog!

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Carapace said...

Pocohauntus is fantastic-- but "Happily Ever After" frightens me greatly, and so I love it! What a great eye for the macabre and sweet!

I only have one left hand, but I am happy to see another Sinister featured.;) And I'd give Mossy a very warm home!

carapacenator(at)gmail.com

Carapace said...

Letting You Know- I am following your blog now.;)

Also letting you know-- my verification word for this post is "millythy", which should be a Mossy name, for sure!:D

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Danielle said...

What cute figures these are. She is very talented. My favorite is Jack and Jill.

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pippirose said...

Her work is just adorable!
I especially love Little Red Riding Hood (the wolf, grandma).
:o)
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pippirose said...

I am now a follower of your blog.
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

pippirose said...

I tweeted (under the name pippirose77).
:o)
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Stephanie said...

I really love the Believe Fairy!
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Stephanie said...

Tweet #1
http://twitter.com/sgrant2005/status/4893948374
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Stephanie said...

Tweet #2
http://twitter.com/sgrant2005/status/4893948374
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Stephanie said...

I'm a follower
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bison61 said...

I love the Ruby the Pig Pincushion

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tanya904 said...

The Fairy Godmother is so cute Thanks
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Tickleworm said...

The Lil Gnome Mossie is so cute!
Rachel
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www.rachelherzog.etsy.com

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This is my fav Mossie Garland http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22111739

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Wolfgang Cat said...

My favorites are the Tom and Allie Cat - love 'em!

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Etsy: wolfgangcat

Digital Misfit said...

Wonderful shop! I love the spooky Fortune Teller.

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Digital Misfit said...

I follow your blog :)

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Carol Anne said...

Her stuff are so cute!! My favorite is the Peppermint Elf

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32133013

-Carol
cac922[at]cccb[dot]edu

Linda K said...

My favorite is the Blueberry Mossie

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Morgan said...

Morgan loooovess the big bad wolf!

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Anne J said...

I like the Blueberry Mossie doll, it is very cute.
Anne

ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Anne J said...

I follow your blog.

Anne J said...

I tweeted about the giveaway #1:
http://twitter.com/lunaj1456/status/4944139535

Anne J said...

I tweeted about the giveaway #2:
http://twitter.com/lunaj1456/status/4944139535

DG said...

I love the Hansel and Gretal and the witch one!

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DG said...

tweeted 1

http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/4962073934


dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

DG said...

tweeted 2

http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/4962073934


dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

DG said...

I follow your blog



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Intres said...

I cannot take part because I live in Spain.. but I love her work and the fantastic world she creates. Congrats! :)

pumpkinlady430 said...

I weave paper Danish hearts, and I adore the peppermint elf and fairy, in red and white, would look adorable with my hearts! I actually would love one of each item ...these are so wonderful!

pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

Anne J said...

I tweeted again today:

http://twitter.com/lunaj1456/status/4967825701

Roxana said...

Thank you to everyone for stopping by. The Giveaway is now closed, the winner will be posted shortly.