Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Reviving My Blog with a Map Bowl Giveaway

This blog had been sitting idly for a while now. The last entry if you've noticed was in December of last year. The holidays, frequent traveling and tending our local orders got in the way. And in late April when I finally decided to open a shop in Etsy, I thought it would be a great help to explore all avenues to market my store. Most of my previous posts are actually step by step procedures on how I came up with my creations. I believe in the good karma of sharing. If they decide to buy my item, it feels good that somehow they know how it was made, giving a more personal touch to it.

My upcoming posts will still focus towards project tutorials but with added features about my Etsy finds and favorite shops. I have several lovely Etsians I would love to brag. I didn't feel I was new at all, the huge warm welcome was a big ego booster for me.

And to celebrate the final kick-off of this blog (final because I'm sure this will be busier than ever). I am glad to host a giveaway for my followers and readers. I love suggestions, comments, constructive or otherwise, I am good at monetizing negative feedbacks LOL. The winner will be picked at random to win the unique decoupaged bowl pictured below. The bowl is decoupaged with vintage maps of North America, South America and Europe. The winner will be posted June 30 Midnight. (All you need to do is Follow My Blog and leave a comment.)


My thoughts on Giveaways: Just like enrolling in college or university, I consider promotions, giveaway and free gifts as part and parcel of the "Tuition Fees" that I am paying when I decided to open my shop. We have to shell out, money or products in order for our business to move forward. I firmly believe that the best marketing strategy is still through word of mouth, crossing my fingers that the winner of any giveaway I host would love my item and in return Pay-it-Forward.

56 comments:

Anonymous said...

Unique giveaway!

Chronicles of Neurotic-A said...

I love these! Your shop is wonderful :)

Confections In Glass said...

I love your unique jewelry, Yanni! Beautiful and interesting blog. :)

42 things said...

hey, great kick off, those bowls are stunning :) I put you in my Google Reader.

Yanni said...

Thank you all for dropping by.

aquariann said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog and leading me here! I have followed you back, and am looking forward to your posts. Fun decoupaged bowl!

Debbie said...

I would love to be considered for your giveaway!

Now following!

Debbie
deborah_soborski@yahoo.com
www.quiltsgaloreandmore.blogspot.com
www.quiltsgaloreandmore.com

YanniCreations said...

Thank you Aquariann and Debbie.

Joy White said...

really unique work, i will be looking forward to your tutorials.

Being Tazim said...

Lovely giveaway - I will post about it on my giveaway, too!

gustosa said...

i love your creations especially the bangles

Amber said...

These are beautiful...I also love your Postage Stamps Decoupaged Wooden Bangle.
Would you maybe consider offering personalized decouapged items with ephemera sent in by the customer?
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

YanniCreations said...

Thank you Tazim, this is so sweet of you.

Thanks Gustosa for dropping by.

And Amber yes, I personalize items and if my buyers prefer a specific image they want in their piece, I would gladly accommodate them. They may send vintage photos or other ephemeras.

Julia said...

I love your work, especially when I saw the Recycled Eco Friendly Map Decoupaged Empty Packing Tape Tube. I love the idea of reusing tape tubes, so great. I added your shop to my etsy favourites just for that :)

sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

Jenny said...

I love your creative products! Your map decoupage pieces look so amazing!

Thanks so much for the chance to win one of your beautiful pieces!

jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

YanniCreations said...

Jenny and Julia thanks for the kind words.

Momsy Katsy @My Tots Exactly said...

I love your ideas and creations. They're all so awesome.

I'd love to join your giveaway :)

k3na29xxATyahooDOTcom

grace said...

Hi! Love your shop! ^^

It's amazing how you have created such wonderful pieces of art just by reusing old maps (I especially love the Ancient Rome map you used on a wood bangle and the pair of hoop earrings)and other kinds of paper. c: I would love to see pieces using maps maybe from fantasy worlds like from Lord of the Rings, or maybe road maps from different cities all over the world. ^_^

Thanks so much for this giveaway! c:

vesipisaroita [at] gmail [dot] com

YanniCreations said...

Hello and Thank you mommy Katsy.

Grace, good suggestion. I have lots of vintage road maps. the fantasy world themes I would have to find, would definitely look great on bangles.

Check my shop often as I try to list new items every now and then.

Salleefur/Jesslyn/Jesster said...

I have long loved making collages and decoupage - but never thought of such a creative expression as making jewelry or even the beautiful bowls!

I have also always been fascinated by maps - and find them both intriguing and visually beautiful and compelling. You have created a unique winning art form with your artistic crafting and design talents. Brava!

maureencracknell said...

Very cool! I would love that bowl to hold some of my son's shell collection. He has an ocean themed bedroom and it would be a great addition!

Thanks for the chance! Maureen

CathyH said...

Hi! I think your work is wonderful and look forward to reading your tutorials. My collage art is much like decoupage. Thanks for sharing this beautiful bowl!
cathyhorner at embarqmail dot com

http://www.cathyhorner.com

natwhat said...

I would LOVE this bowl!! I ADORE your stuff!!! :)

Crystal said...

I just found your Etsy shop and i marked you as a favorite!! I think personalized map jewelry is great and makes unique gifts too.
I will visit often:)

cyclona66(At)aol dot com

Carmilla said...

I love that bowl!!
my email is erica.terranova@gmail.com

Stephanie and Carlos said...

I have been browsing through your store and FB page. I love how up to date your designs are yet made from random things. The orange juice bottle braclette is fantastic. I made earrings from ice cream containers and water bottles...

Xo steph

Mimi the kitten said...

Your creations are dazzling and inspiring. They would inspire me to pray for the people of the locations pictured.

Janinay said...

Love this giveaway!

Wow I wish I could make stuff like your talented hands can. I'd be inspired to open a shop here in our country if ever. :)

jusiplabninsky(at)yahoo.com

Claude said...

What a unique bowl, I'd love to display it in my craft room!
claudecampeau at videotron dot ca

Thanks for the chance to win!

Katie said...

I think your stuff is wicked awsome! I have seen it a few times and fell in love with the quirky/unique ideas that you have! Brilliant work. I would love to own this piece and will for sure tell all my friends about your shop :)

kshuttle@uoguelph.ca

Girl said...

I'm a new follower!!
That bowl is so cool!! You're really creative!

Jasmine1485 said...

I'm a new follower (Jasmine1485), thanks for this giveaway :)

Kate1485 at hotmail.com
http://ntfancy.blogspot.com/

deanna said...

following
LOVE this bowl
deannalw47 @ hotmail.com
http://deannalw.blogspot.com/

Melissa said...

What a cool product! It would be a great conversation piece when you host a party. omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

asj said...

great giveaway!

forevereightyeight[at]gmail[dot]com

Linda Kish said...

What a cool looking bowl.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Katie said...

so cool! i'm a follower!

ElizabethBee said...

New follower -- gorgeous maps. I collect world globes and decorate extensively with maps!
liz at grantproposal dot come

debbie said...

I just found your blog. I love this idea. My son makes and collects maps and would be thrilled with this.
debbie
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

sabrita said...

I am a new follower. This delightful little bowl would compliment my eclectic style of décor very nicely. Thank you for the chance to win.

sabrita@juno.com

LoveMeKnot Creations said...

following your blog on blogger!

this bowl is amazing! i'm trying to save up to sail around the world with friends in about 3 years, this would be a perfect bowl on the boat! :) thanks for the chance!!

lovemeknotcreations@gmail.com

lin3arossa said...

I'm a new follower and a citizen of the world so thank you for this nice giveaway!
ghainskom at yahoo dot com

Wolf said...

I love this bowl !

Sweepstake Lover said...

Very nice:) I follow (follower name is Damla). Thanks.

annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

TheSharpTeethOfLove said...

half_blue_sky@yahoo.com

Very cool bowl!

amberlee said...

Love the bowl such a great idea!

Theresa said...

Love the bowls, what a great giveaway. I'm a follower now :)

Katie said...

those are completely awesome. great giveaway

Taylor said...

Nice giveaway! Beautiful and unique bowl!

Posted the Giveaway link on FACEBOOK and My Etsy (CAST) Team thread!

YanniCreations said...

Thank you everyone for participating in my first giveaway.

I am happy to announce the winner drawn through random.org

Congratulations to Claude: entry # 29.

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Very good journey and experience!

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