Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tuesday Treasures -- A Giveaway and a Feature

Friday came and went, and I never got to the Friday Feature, so we are doing it today. Today, we are featuring a shop I found when I was searching Etsy.com for earrings: Heather Berry -- Handmade Jewelry.


Let's hear a little bit about the owner and jewelry maker, Heather.

TDB: When did you start making jewelry, and why?
HB: I started making jewelry almost five years ago after buying a little bag of pretty beads at the Milwaukee Public Museum. My stash has been growing since that day.

TDB: What inspires you when you create?
HB: The components inspire me. Often my designs come as a result of an impulse purchase of some supplies and the figuring out how to make something from it.


TDB: Aside from creating jewelry, what else do you enjoy doing?
HB: I love to cook and eat interesting food. I also love gardening and outdoor activities in general. Most summer days I hit the trail with the double stroller or bike and trailer with my two little ones in tow.

TDB: How did you hear about Etsy.com?
HB: I was at my first craft show (where I sold nothing) and a neighboring vendor suggested I try Etsy. I sold my first item about 20 minutes after I listed it. I was so excited. Selling online is far more fun for me than shopping online!


TDB: What is the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
HB: I get great advice from my husband. He has been my biggest help and supporter. He told me to "just keep going". Starting a business can be tricky and involves a lot of learning as you go. He advised me not to be intimidated by what I didn't know but rather to keep moving forward gleaning knowledge as I went.


TDB: What are three things about you that you LOVE?
HB: This is a hard question!
1. I love that I can cook by instinct. I can't carry a tune, draw a straight line or write an interesting story, but I be creative and successful in the kitchen.
2. I can sleep through a bomb going off.
3. I love that I sometimes surprise myself. I have never considered myself a creative person, so when a new idea pops into my mind and I am able to create it and it looks good and it sells I am usually shocked. Also, many of my creations are romantic and girly and I am a pretty big tomboy. I just love to play and dig in the dirt, so some of my own ideas surprise me.


TDB: If you were given a million dollars, what would you do with it?
HB: I grew up in a house with an income below the poverty line, put myself through college, and my husband ran his own business for the first few years of our marriage, so I have spent much of my life pretty broke. If I were given a million dollars I would probably put it in the bank until the shock wore off then I would:
1. Tithe
2. Buy my husband the jeep he has always wanted.
3. I'd put a huge chunk away so he could retire early and be all mine.
4. Buy a small house in the peaceful Bahamian Out Islands and live happily ever after.

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Now for the fun. Heather has graciously offered to give away a pair of earrings. You can enter to win these Aqua Quartz and Sterling Silver earrings from Heather Berry.


How to Enter:
1. Visit Heather Berry and then come back here and comment on your favorite item. Be sure to leave a valid email address!
2. For another entry, please blog about this feature. Leave a separate comment with the link to your blog post.
3. For another entry, Twitter about this feature/giveaway. Twitter to @dwntownboutique. Leave a separate comment letting me know that you Twittered, along with your Twitter username.
4. For another entry, we'd love to have you follow our blog. You can become a new follower by clicking on "Follow This Blog" up at the top left. Leave a separate comment letting me know that you are a NEW follower.

Deadline to enter is Monday, May 25th at 11:59pm PST.
Giveaway is open worldwide.

Have a great week!
Angie

146 comments:

heatherzilla said...

I like the Tide Pool Necklace. Very pretty and unique. It immediately made me think of Savannah.

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

Carnelian and Rock Crystal Drop earrings are pretty- like the colors

devoured said...

Verdigris Diamond Filigree Earrings are beautiful!

Amber said...

I love the Apple Blossom Bracelet.
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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wendy said...

i like the pemberly bracelet.

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Lipglossq said...

Secret Garden! its beautiful!

Shannon said...

I like the hidden away necklace.

elaine said...

Love the New Jade and Smoky Quartz Necklace-so very pretty!

Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

Anonymous said...

Mary
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

I really like the soft, gentle styling - very romantic jewelry! My favorite is the
VERDIGRIS PAISLEY DROP EARRINGS!!! I think these are just sumptous - wow!!!

The Giveaway Diva said...

lov ethe June Blooms Large vintage Locket Necklace!!

The Giveaway Diva said...

i'm a new follower!

sweepmom said...

I really like the Lotus Blossom in Bloom necklace.

Lilly said...

The Love Necklace with Cherry Quartz and Freshwater Pearl is my favorite. Gorgeous!!!

Lilly said...

I am a new follower.

clc408 said...

My favorite is the Pear Blossom Necklace. Thanks for the chance.

Nicole said...

I love the Twilight Bracelet!!

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Jeni said...

I like the Love Necklace with Garnet Quartz and Freshwater Pearl

mrssquigg said...

I have 2 faves: The Pemberly Bracelet and the Twilight Bracelet.


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Alison said...

I really love a lot of her stuff!
for example:
Cherry Lemonade Earrings and June Bride Pearl Earrings and the Stormy Morning Earrings!

Nanci said...

Very pretty. I love the Capulet Earrings in Cherry Quatrz and Silver

mar said...

I so like the Land and Sea Necklace. The Turquoise is to fine looking.

Sandra K321 said...

I like the Pemberly bracelet.
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Nia said...

The Pemberly Bracelet is very cute

Alicia said...

I love the Primavera Necklace. It has such bold colors. All her jewelry is gorgeous.

janehixon said...

the Indian Summer Bracelet is my favorite......

her5boys said...

I love the Aqua Quartz and Sterling Silver Earrings..so pretty!

her5boys said...

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mogrill said...

LOVE the Lotus Blossom in Bloom necklace!! Thanks for the chance.
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silverbele said...

The tide pool necklace is my favorite

llinda29 said...

I like Mockingbird Earrings with Aqua Quartz

Smooshy said...

i like the lotus blossom in bloom necklace!

409cope said...

I like the Delphinium Locket with Verdigras Brass Filigree the most. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

Heidi Gail said...

I love the Bleu Bell necklace and earrings.

oneinamil23 said...

love the cherry lemonade ones!

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The Giveaway Diva said...
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Erica said...

love the Lotus Blossom in Bloom necklace!! pretty

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mmentor said...

very cool

quietwing said...

The Pale Green Jade and Carnelian Necklace would go with just about everything.

Tina12312 said...

So pretty! I love her Lotus Blossom in Bloom necklace. Thank you!

Tina12312 said...

I'm following you on Twitter and I tweeted http://twitter.com/Tina12312/status/1871433716

thank you!

Tina12312 said...

I'm following your blog.

Sonya said...

Hi,
I really like the Aqua Terra Jasper Bracelet. thanks!

Deborah Wellenstein said...

I love the Cherry Quartz Drop earrings. So gorgeous! Thank you!

Erika*Coffee said...

I love all from this crafter, but what grabbed my attention are the Vintage Crystal Glam Earrings

dolphee said...

The Cherry lemonade earrings are siimple and cute! Love em.

Janna @ Feed Your Pig said...

Stormy Morning Earrings!


Thanks for entering me! Great Contest!

Janna Johnson
janna@FeedYourPigBlog.com
jannajanna@hotmail.com
www.FeedYourPigBlog.com

Ken said...

My sister loves the Emma Necklace - Red Coral Black Rose. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

kate said...

i love!!!

June Blooms Large vintage Locket Necklace!! so pretty!!!

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amandasixx said...

i love the twilight bracelet

arielle said...

I love everything in her store! The vintage look is beautiful. My favorite pieces are the Retro Red Necklace, and the Amathyst Helix!!!

arielle said...

I am a follower

Tracy said...

The Rose Cottage Necklace has a cool nostalgic vibe

Ludmilochka said...

Primavera Necklace is my favorite item.

Anonymous said...

I pick the Chocolate Rose Necklace. It`s fine!

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Anonymous said...

Believe Necklace with Aqua Quartz and Freshwater Pearl
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Anonymous said...

I love the "Love Necklace with Garnet Quartz and Freshwater Pearl" :-)
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sherri419 said...

Great shop! The Stormy Morning Earrings are super! Thanks!

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ehhogan said...

I like the A. Boleyn Earrings

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janetfaye said...

I like the Cherry Quartz and Freshwater Pearl Pendant.

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janetfaye said...

I follow your blog.

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janetfaye said...

Tweet:
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SavingDiva said...

I love the June Bride Pearl Earrings
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SavingDiva said...

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SavingDiva said...

Follow the blog

Melissa B said...

My favorite item is the Primavera Necklace.
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Melissa B said...

Follower.
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Holly B said...

I love the Anna Necklace!

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CinemaSista said...

So many pretty pieces! I loved the Noche Necklace!

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CinemaSista said...

I am following! :)

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CinemaSista said...

Following on Twitter and tweeted!

http://twitter.com/CinemaSista/status/1897070618

Twitter ID: CinemaSista
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Marianna said...

I love the cherry quartz and sterling silver wire wrapped earrings

carolasar said...

I really like the Aqua Terra Jasper bracelet. It is really beautiful. Thanks

ellie said...

I really like the Stormy Morning Earrings. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.
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Mimi the kitten said...

What an amazing shop. I really love the Blush Blossom Bracelet. Cherry Quartz and Czech Glass. God bless you.

Kerri said...

I like the Black Lily Earrings.

SeahorseLady said...

Beautiful jewelry! I really like the M. Antionette Pendant.
Thank you for the nice giveaway.

SeahorseLady said...

I follow your blog.

Kelly F said...

I love the Retro Red Necklace, it is so vibrant and fun!

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Anonymous said...

The Indian Summer Bracelet is really pretty! Would catch everyone's eye! Your workmanship is unique! Thanks!
Barbara Rawe
tykelly1@yahoo.com

yellowlabs said...

I love the Amethyst Helix Necklace!

yellowlabs said...

I follow.

kellie said...

Love the LOVE necklace!!

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kellie said...

Tweeted about your contest and am now a follower

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Becca said...

I love the Primavera Necklace, thanks! sbcashortie (at) hotmail (dot) com

Becca said...

I blogged about your contest at http://beccascontestlist.blogspot.com/2009/05/pair-of-earrings.html

Becca said...

I am following you on twitter (I am sbshortie) and I tweeted the contest at http://twitter.com/sbshortie/status/1906030983

Becca said...

I am a new follower of your blog. sbcashortie (at) hotmail (dot) com

Kate said...

The Aqua Terra Jasper bracelet is gorgeous!

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sharonjo said...

I love the darling Little Lily Pad Earrings! Thanks! senekers@comcast.net

Saving Cents in the City: said...

I love the bleu belle earrings! so pretty!

Darcy said...

Very pretty jewelry. I really like the A. Boleyn necklace.

Thank you for the giveaway!

Darcy said...

I am a new follower of your blog.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I love love the earrings You are giving away and all that have that stone, Aqua Quarts and sterling, Mint Marquise earrings, believenecklace bleu belle earrings Wonderful Kaysweep@att.net

Anonymous said...

i immediately fell for the M. ANTIONETTE PENDANT. it is stunning.


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Jinxy and Me said...

I like the Boleyn Necklace

cindiizzy said...

I love the Sahara Earrings.

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crystalf said...

I like the believe necklace! Thank you!

NesieBird said...

Bella! The New Jade and Smoky Quartz Necklace is my pick for favorite. D

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Amy said...

I love the Hidden away necklace and a close second is the trinity necklace.

I adore this store! Saving it to favourites! Thank you for directing my att'n there!

intime said...

I like Aqua Terra Jasper bracelet

Nanette said...

The Cherry Quartz Drop earrings are beautiful.

saphire57 said...

I like the Capulet Earrings in Cherry Quatrz and Silver.

lezanac said...

I love the Blush Blossom Bracelet. Cherry Quartz and Czech Glass lezanac@yahoo.com

lezanac said...

follower lezanac@yahoo.com

Huguette E. said...

I like the Rose In The Rain Locket Necklace

Huguette E. said...

http://twitter.com/henglish/status/1913456285
(henglish)

Sarah Z said...

I really like the Aqua Terra Jasper Bracelet - beautiful stones!
Thanks
Sarah
believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

purango said...

The Shallow Water Necklace is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

purplepassion126 said...

I like the Carnelian and Rock Crystal Drop earrings

purplepassion126 said...

I am a new follower

Jess said...

I liked SO many things, but my favorite was the C. de Medici Necklace - gorgeous!
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Jess said...

I am a new follower

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Angela said...

My favorite is the Autumn Blooms Cascade with Verdigris Brass Large Locket!
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joannaonthelake said...

What beautiful and so unique jewelry! I really fell in love with the Believe Necklace with Aqua Quartz and Freshwater Pearl, it is spectacular, so feminine and pretty! Thanks so much for the chance to enter.
joannaonthelake@gmail.com

joannaonthelake said...

I am following your blog
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joannaonthelake said...

I am following you on twitter and here's the link to my tweet

http://twitter.com/joannaonthelake/status/1916027551

joannaonthelake@gmail.com

joannaonthelake said...

Blogged about this feature, blog and giveaway

http://thebestofeverythingforyou.blogspot.com/2009/05/downtown-boutique-heather-berry.html

joannaonthelake@gmail.com

quelleheure4 said...

I love the Silent Secret Necklace!
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quelleheure4 said...

I follow on twitter and tweeted! http://twitter.com/quelleheure4/status/1916068492

quelleheure4 said...

I'm a follower!

pickledseeds said...

I like the Cherry Lemonade Earrings.

grannyvon said...

I love the earrings best and the Verdigris Diamond Filigree are a unique design. Thank you for letting me enter this great giveaway, the earrings are my birthstone and I love them too. ybutler@oppcatv.com

kathy pease said...

i love the Silent Secret Necklace

MAC Mom said...

I love the Verdigris Diamond Filigree Earrings. They are so pretty. Thanks for this giveaway.

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MAC Mom said...

Here is my tweet http://twitter.com/MACMOMof3/status/1918378861
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MAC Mom said...

Newly following your blog :)
Thanks
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Salleefur/Jesslyn/Jesster said...

I love all of the (colors,stones and designs) used in the quartz drop earrings (like the prize) but especially the "Cherry Quartz and Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Earrings". Really all of Heather's creations are very lovely.

Salleefur/Jesslyn/Jesster said...

I just signed up as a follower.

rbailey1958 said...

Copper butterfly name necklace
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Couture Lady said...

My favorite item is the Little Lily Pad Earrings and the Geloto Earrings. Thanks for the giveaway the earrings are gorgeous.
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Couture Lady said...

I'm a follower
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Terri L said...

I like the smoky quartz and sterling silver necklace.

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liliesrnice said...

I like the Ophelia teardrop necklace and the smoky quartz drop earrings.

Michelle Underwood said...

I love the Believe Necklace with Aqua Quartz and Freshwater Pearl

Michelle Underwood said...

I follow your blog

Helen said...

I like the Blush Necklace with Rose Quartz and Pearls.

Gianna said...

I love the Lotus Blossom in Bloom necklace :)

Noggy said...

One of my faves...Flying Necklace with Garnets. So many lovely to choose from on this Etsy site.


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Noggy said...

I'm a follower!

masonsgranny59 said...

Vintage Swarovski Crystal Glam Earrings. Black Diamond AB
:)

Swtlilchick said...

I love the Believe Necklace with Aqua Quartz and Freshwater Pearl
It is so pretty

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Swtlilchick said...

Following your blog

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Swtlilchick said...

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lilyk said...

I love the Tide Pool Necklace!

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Ramdan Sms said...

i like to wear lotus blosom.

Ladies Perfume Samples said...

lotus blosom looks cool.