Monday, February 21, 2011

Krafty Kash:: Interview and Giveaway

I first met Kashoan through the blog. We instantly hit it off but I would say we've grown closer in the last year or so. Kashoan has two important qualities that I require in a friend: 1.) She has endless patience for hearing me grumble about my kids/husband/life and 2.) She is not above advocating a mid afternoon glass of wine as a temporary cure to the days problems.

Aside from those very positive attributes, she's quite crafty and has a growing Etsy shop. When she contacted me about doing a giveaway, I was honored to help out. But before we get to that, I thought I'd interview Kashoan a bit and give you all a glimpse of the gal behind the shop.

How long have you been crafting, what made you start, and what type of craft did you start with?
I can remember doing small crafts as a kid and loving it. I have a ceramic puppy that I made in kindergarten. I painted him brown and carefully did his little tongue red. This is still at my Mom's house, it was a gift to her. I'm thinking I should take this back. :)

How has your crafting changed over the years?
My crafting has improved dramatically. In fact, I might be able to start a craft fail blog with old pictures. Some "lovely" projects include: modge podging a teddy bear puzzle, framing it, and hanging it; placing a kitchen towel in an embroidery hoop, gluing ribbon on the outside of the hoop, and adding a bow at the top. Those are just a couple of the great ones. No autographs please.

Who or what is your biggest creative influence?
Growing up, my Grandma Houghtelling loved to craft. She always made the best stuff for everyone at Christmas. She is great with a sewing machine. I always admired this as a kid. One summer, she taught me how to do a hook rug. I've been doing some sort of crafting since.

What is your favorite form of craft and why?
I'm known for trying new crafts all the time. I get bored doing the same thing over and over. Right now, I'm really into knitting, It helps me calm the urge to snack or beat my children, and I get a cute scarf when I'm done.

What's next on your list of things to try?
I'm getting ready to try a project from a book called Eco Craft. I'm a big fan of recycling, I try to reuse what I can, and this book has some cool projects.

Thanks Kashoan, for letting me snoop through your crafty past a bit. And I must say, I kinda want to see a picture of the dish towel in the embroidery hoop.

Now for the giveaway.

The Krafty Kash Etsy shop is heavily focused on accessories right now because as Kashoan puts it, "I like to wear very simple clothes like jeans and a black tee shirt and then spice it up with something fun like jewelry, a scarf, or a funky barrette."

Kashoan wants to pass her style on to one lucky reader by generously offering a button ring and a rosette hair clip from her Khloe collection. Just pop on over to the shop then come back here and leave a comment telling us what you like, and you'll be entered to win. A winner will be announced on Friday.


dusti said...

Love, love, love it all!! Particularly the KNARLY wheel pendant & the vintage dictionary charm bracelets! Oober cute! :)

Carla said...

It is all so lovely and cool - I'll take one of each! The Silver Adjustable DIY ring caught my a eye a little more though...

PS Enjoyed the interview.

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

You're a great friend to have. The interview was stupendous (I've been waiting to use that word for something really special -- like your interview). Kash sounds like a fun pal to have. I like her parenting philosophy.

mandy said...

Very Very cool.

I love both her button rings and the hairclips and love what she has to say about accessories, they really can liven up my otherwise dull 'uniform' i tend to pull on everyday.

Maria Rose said...

I like the KIWI Vintage Swirl Button Ring!

Dawn said...

I love Krafty Kash's Shop! I love all the quotes she has for each item too!

Everything was lovely but my favorites were the Knockem Button Ring and the Khloe Polka Dot Rosettee Clip!

Stephanie Meade Gresham said...

Okay, if she doesn't start this crafty fail blog, I will. Because I'm pretty certain ALL of my crafties were um... failures.

I love all the rings, but any time I try to wear a ring I feel like I'm cheating on my wedding ring. Is that normal? I'm odd.

I think I like the Knarly Wheel pendant. It reminds me of some photos I took when I first started to love photography. Ferris wheels are so whimsical.

Bridge said...

wow her style is my style! nice.

Nowheymama said...

I love the Mother necklace, and I know Katherine would love the red and white button ring.