Thursday, December 17, 2009

Artist Feature and Giveaway: Get Ready Set Go

On this 17th day of December we are off to visit the inspired world of fellow artist Rachel born in Detroit. Rachel is the artisan behind the super successful Etsy shop Get Ready Set Go, your place to find upcycled luggage enhanced with her designs.

Rachel is a pretty brunette that lives and works on the East coast of Florida with a penchant for all things creative, including knitting and photography. You will find her on Etsy with two other shops. One which features Vintage clutches, Get Ready Set Clutch and the other Around N Brightly Wound with her handknit goodies and vintage lucite jewelry.

I first became aware of Get Ready Set Go through building treasuries on Etsy. A fun creative outlet that is tremendous for building community on the worlds largest venue for handmade. Rachels fun and well shot photos of her pieces make them perfect for us treasury builders.

I'm really attracted to how Rachel melds her creativity with ecology to create these little beauties that are ever so functional and utilitarian. There's a color and style for everyone AND she has been known to do custom work as well.

Rachel was very kind to take a moment out of her very busy schedule to answer a few questions for all of us so that we could get to know her a bit more.

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

picking just one thing that inspires me is impossible but i will have to go with music. it's my drive, it makes me tick, it helps me to feel, it carries me through.

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

black currant, sandalwood, blackberry...the woods- pine trees in the winter to be exact. i grew up in michigan and i miss the trees there like no other! fresh fallen snow and a deep inhalation of pine makes my mouth water......

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

for my kingdom i would wish for all children to have the love of a parent- blood or not- unconditional! that every child would grow up with someone who believes in their dreams and supports them in ALL that they aspire to do and be. that they would have someone to talk to, be open with and not feel judged by- even when their thoughts may not seem right. everyone needs to have that intensely passionate love standing behind them when they fall. because we all fall.

4.) How did you find yourself using vintage luggage as a canvas?

good question. hmmmm, i think it was when i found a piece of luggage that i couldn't get clean enough. it just looked so blah after i used all of my tricks of the trade to make it look better. i was bound and determined to kick it up a notch! i did, and from that point on the gates flew open:)

5) Tell us a secret?

this is hard because i am a really open person. i've been told that i don't just wear my heart on my sleeve but rather i wear my guts all over the place. sorry for that image but i think it's a pretty perfect visual for it. so a secret...... here's what i got: i dream all too often of being featured seller on etsy and when i do my biggest fear is naming my favorite musical artists- there are just too many good musicians. i seriously start to freak ot when i think about it for too long.

Thank you dear Rachel, it's a treat to have you here and share a bit about yourself with me and the readers of this journal.  Get to know Rachel a bit more and tap into her creative mind by visitng her  blog.

NOW...the Giveaway!
For this giveaway, Rachel is offering the winner a a $15 gift certificate to an item from her Get Ready Set Go shop AND two surprise gifts along with the purchase. Wow, you are all so fortunate!

To qualify to win this prize, please....

Begin by visiting the Get Ready Set Go shop on Etsy and sharing in your comment what item you most crave from her shop. You must include your first name -or- etsy username AND email address with each entry or it will not be included.

For additional entries you can do any or all of the following, please leave a separate comment for each entry.

  • 1 entry: Be or become a follower of the GetReadySetGo blog
  • 1 entry per day of the contest: Twitter this message: RT @RoxanaVilla is hosting a giveaway with GetReadySetGo! Visit for a chance to win
  • 2 entries (total) - Blog about this giveaway, leaving the URL to the post in comments (1 blog per entrant, please)
  • 1 entry: Be or become a follower of the creator GetReadySetGo on Twitter
  • 1 entry: Be or become a follower of this journal: IlluminatedPerfume   
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 on Tuesday, December 22nd at 10 pm PST with the winner announced shortly there after. Please help us get the word out. Anyone who posts comments after 10pm on December 22nd will not be entered in the draw.


Monica said...

Love the interview and all of Rachel's items!

Two of my favorites are the Mocha Brown Camera Bag and the Cranberry Wine Messenger Bag.

moonovermaize sma(dot)grover@gmail(dot)com

ThePeachTree said...

I would like this hot brunette to be the Queen of my village :) What a wonderful glimpse into such a creative soul!

I'm in love with the White Cityscape case for sure!

I follow Rachel's Blog

I follow your lovely blog :)

I follow Rachel on Twitter

I tweeted about this giveaway!

NimiJewelry said...

They're all awesome, but my fave is this:


NimiJewelry said...

Just tweeted!

jen from

NimiJewelry said...

following getreadysetgo on twitter :)

jen from

SewSweetStitches said...

Yay! This has been a favorite shop for a while!
Tough choice between the vintage cherry red carry-on and the aqua blue messenger bag. Ummm I'd say the aqua blue!


SewSweetStitches said...

I'm a twitter follower!
SewSweetStitches (SweetStitches on twitter)


M said...

It is all about the Cranberry Wine Messenger Bag!

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Mary - mDOTkurokoATgmailDOTcom

Monica said...

I tweeted the giveaway :)

Megan May said...

I would really love to have one of those vintage aqua blue messenger bags.

Megan May said...

I'm following your blog :)

Megan May said...

I'm following Get Ready Set Go's blog!

Megan May said...

I am following on Twitter- @meggypoo1013

Devin said...

Great interview. Love the questions :)

My most favorite (besides the bag I bought) was this:
UPCYCLED Gunmetal Grey VINTAGE Train Case with row of Red Poppies by ELEPHANNIE -
that sold before I had a chance to scrounge enough $$.
As for what's in the store now?
UPCYCLED Gray Metallic VINTAGE Suitcase with White Forest of Trees and Leaf -

and now...
- follow Rachel's blog? been there, done that
- tweeted! (@Ooooh_Shiny)
- follow Rachel's twitter? you betcha.
- follow your blog? done!

dbwais [at!] gmail [dot!] com

LoveMeKnot Creations said...

ohh i crave the holiday plaid suitcase :P

etys name is LoveMeKnotCreations

lovemeknotcreations@gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'd freak out over picking my favorite musicians too ha ha! Great interview :)

My favorite item is the Vintage Aqua Blue Messenger seen here :

Thanks for the chance!
The Lost Earring (on Etsy)
thelostearring at yahoo dot com

Julie said...
aqua blue messenger bag
cherry red vintage suitcase with biplane


Julie said...

I became a follower of her blog as jelaws5


thank you -Happy holidays

San said...

I love Rachel's VINTAGE Cherry Red PICK YOUR POISON by Amelia Earhart CARRY ON TOTE Bag.

Thanks for the chance to win! :


Lifeofkaylen said...

I love the blue green tote with black trees!
Oooh-and the cranberry wine messenger bag with tourister buckle is awesome!!

What a great shop she has!

Lifeofkaylen said...

I'm a new follower - can't wait to see what you have coming up!

Oh-and I forgot to include my etsy name in the last comment: I'm listed as Kaylen00. My email is

Jody said...

My fave is the VINTAGE Cherry Red CARRY ON TOTE Bag PICK YOUR POISON by Amelia Earhart

Love it!


Anonymous said...

Hard decision, but I think I love the Cranberry Wine Messenger Bag most of all!

Lorelie said...


I'm in love w the Pale Blue w Black Fleur De Lis!

Email is:

Thank you for this opportunity!

Unknown said...

I love the UPCYCLED Blue VINTAGE Messenger NESTA HOME Purse w SILHOUETTE Lady with a Parasol


Unknown said...

Following on twitter (meangirlmeg)


Becky said...

Cool bags...i like the
UPCYCLED Blue VINTAGE Suitcase Doe a Deer Butterflies and Pink Sport tape stripe...


Jessica said...

I love the Pick Your Poison bag, because you can design your own! I would pick the beautiful full tree on the bottom row!

audreyscountrycrafts said...

I most crave the UPCYCLED Blue Camera Case Train Case VINTAGE with Dandelions and Seedlings!

audreyscountrycrafts at gmail dot com

picnut1512 said...

It's a tie for me...between the Blue Camera Case/Train Case with Dandelions and the Suitcase with the deer and butterflies! Love them both!


Emily said...

Oh my, the item I most want is that vintage cherry red suitcase! Check that out!

My name is Emily,
and my email is

Emily said...

I follow this blog!

Emily Schein

Emily said...

I follow on Twitter as divineemilyfine!


Sherry Go Sharing said...

I like VINTAGE Cherry Red CARRY ON TOTE Bag PICK YOUR POISON by Amelia Earhart

sherrygo at hotmail dot com

Sherry Go Sharing said...


sherrygo at hotmail dot com

Sherry Go Sharing said...


sherrygo at hotmail dot com

Amber said...

Rachel is way super generous for this giveaway!
I am most coveting the UPCYCLED Blue VINTAGE Suitcase Doe a Deer Butterflies and Pink Sport tape stripe
Thank you for the giveaway :)

jc said...

Love the Vintage Holiday Plaid Suitcase, it's lovely and ideal!

Valerie said...

I totally crave the Doe, deer and butterflies case ( - sooo cute!

etsy u/n= vaverine

vaverine at yahoo dot com

ktkins said...

I love the UPCYCLED Orange Soft Side VINTAGE Suitcase with Crow Skeleton Keys and the UPCYCLED Blue Green VINTAGE Carry On Tote Bag with 2 Black Trees!

Unknown said...

I've been oogling these for awhile now. I especially like the train cases:

Rosalie rbahmer (at) gmail (dot) com

PerfectBlueMoon said...

I really do love the VINTAGE Cranberry Wine PICK YOUR POISON Messenger Bag Red by Samsonite, just the right pop of colour that would match with any outfit!


debijackson said...

They are all great. I love the vintage red suitcase.

Abie said...

My favorite item in her shop is the blue vintage messenger bad with the silhouette lady on it ( I love it!
Abie M.
abigail.lee {At}

Stay at Rome Mom said...

I love the vintage carry-on tote with two black trees.

balanced. said...

My favourite would be the VINTAGE Brown Messenger Carry On Bag with the pick your poison option. :)


balanced. said...

following get ready set go on blogspot! :)


balanced. said...

now following her on twitter as well. :)


Lorelie said...

Maidenbliss aka Lorelie

It's a toss up between the Mocha and the Cranberry Wine---but I would gladly take any of these lovelies!

Thank you, Rachel, for blessing us with this give-away! And thank you, Roxana, for introducing us.

AmbreRose said...

I think these are so pretty! The one that I would like is the VINTAGE Aqua Blue Messenger Bag PICK YOUR POISON. I will probably take forever trying to pick the picture that goes on it. Rose

Silvergirl said...

hello, I hope I,m not too late to enter the giveaway!!

I visit the shop and i like this one UPCYCLED Blue Green VINTAGE Carry On Tote Bag with 2 Black Trees..

silverlilacc at hotmail dot com

Silvergirl said...

I just follow ur blog :)

silverlilacc at hotmail dot com

Silvergirl said...

follow the blog of GetReadySetGo!

silverlilacc at hotmail dot com

Camille said...

I love the "Pick your Poison" Powder Blue Tote ... except I'd never be able to pick which of those pretty designs I'd want. Cute!

cam22190 at gmail dot com