Friday, July 17, 2009

One Busy Jewelry Makin' Lady*Krafty Max Originals


Welcome our featured artist for Friday, Max of Krafty Max Originals on Etsy!

Max has been a stay at home mother of 3 for the last 5 years and currently lives in the city of Jacksonville in the sunny state of Florida. When she was younger, she used to watch her mother making items for different family members for the holidays and by the age of 5, she was following in her mum's footsteps by stringing beads for my own creations. That was 30 years ago and she she is still at it!

She used to be a 'big dog' in the corporate world a couple years ago, but after her 3rd child was born, both herself and her husband decided it was time she take a break from that world and focus on raising their children. " I always tell people that I'm a stay at home mom who never stays home!" Along with her staying home, she took on the roll of Girl Scout Troop Leader and teaching crafting classes at several local independent living homes(busy, busy lady)!

Max does many, many crafts from crocheting and knitting to anything having to do with a needle and thread to scrapbooking, photography, painting, and of course her jewelry which is the only thing she has taken to selling so far.

Now, being that much of a crafter and entrepreneur, Max averages about 50 craft shows per year! The
last craft show she went to was when she was told about Etsy. "I hadn't heard anything about it at the time, but I was very interested because I was getting very tired of being gone every weekend and working like crazy to set up, take down, stand in the rain and never really make much. There were to many expenses with that many shows..." She started with Etsy in November of 2008 and has expanded in unbelievable ways!

Inspiration for Max comes from what type of beads and focal points she uses. "Strange as it seems, I am a backwards beader! Most beaders pick a design and then look for the focal to match their look, I somehow look at the focal point and deign it from their. I often can see what I want the entire deign (clasp and all) to look like even before I start - sometimes when I just pick up the focal it comes to me. My problem is usually making it match what is in my minds eye." Wow. I have never met someone else that can do that-That's exactly how my mind works too!

Some things to know about Max and her shop:

*She has a
blog that you can check out: Krafty Max Originals on Blogspot
She currently has a contest going on that ends the end of July so make sure you enter!

*Some social media sites you can find Max on are Facebook, Twitter, and her Personal Website.

*Many of her jewelry is customized so she doesn't shy away from custom orders! Just convo her your idea and she would be happy to bring it to life =]


*For payment, shipping, and other important information, check out Marci's Shop Policies Page.


Some advice from Max: "The main advice I can give some else is - don't give up. In this day - and economy - it is really ruff out there. When I first came to Etsy I didn't really make anything happen. Now with all the marketing and work I put into telling people about my creations and 'putting myself out there' I am really starting to grow as a person and a business. Also, I would say, do it because you love it. I make all my jewelry because I love to, not to make money (I would love to be a millionaire) at it. It is my passion, the business come second."


Max has graciously offered one of my readers a beautiful Swarovski Crystal anklet shown below:
Here is a little information on the bracelet itself:

"This anklet has two shades of blue Swarovski Crystals and Sterling Silver Plated findings. Perfect for Blue Jeans or a fancy night out. Anklet measures at 11” in length and can be lengthened if needed This Krafty Max original will be packaged in an elegant gift box that is ready for gifting. A small note card is also included for your convenience so it will be easy to gift."

So here is what you have to do to win this lovely anklet:

Rules:

1. You MUST include a way to reach you whether it be an email or blogger URL.

2. Each comment, mandatory and or extra, has to be separate.

Mandatory Entry:

You must visit Max's store, Krafty Max Originals and brows around for a bit. Come back and leave a comment with your favorite piece.

Extra Entries:

1. Follow my Blog(1 extra)

2. Follow Max's Blog(1 extra)


3. Subscribe to Me(1 extra)
*Located on the right-You can't miss it.

4. Subscribe to Max(1 extra)
*Located on the right had side on her blog, too.

5. Follow Me AND Max on Twitter(1 extra)

6. Tweet this giveaway(1 extra)
-RT Win a Beautiful Swarovski Crystal Anklet @ http://bit.ly/pgwu7

7. Blog about this giveaway including a link to Max's store(3 extra)

8. Purchase anything from Krafty Max Originals(5 extra)


That's 1 mandatory entry + 14 extra entries which = 15 entries total!
Good Luck!

This contest will run until Wednesday July 24, 2009 11:59 pm central standard time. I will contact the winner within 24 hours of drawing their name. You have 72 hours to claim your prize and send me your shipping information. If I haven't heard from you within that time frame, I will choose another winner.

179 comments:

Spamgirl said...

realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*com

My favourite item is the Purple Dangle Earrings.

Link: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24920468

Thank you!

Spamgirl said...

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I'm a follower on Blogger/Google Friend. :) Thank you!

Spamgirl said...

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I'm a follower of Krafty Max Originals on Blogger/Google Friend. :) Thank you!

Spamgirl said...

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I'm a follower on Twitter. :) antispamgirl

Thank you!

Spamgirl said...

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Tweeted! :) http://twitter.com/antispamgirl/statuses/2694872327

Thank you!

Spamgirl said...

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I blogged your contest! http://www.cancontests.com/2009/07/contests-from-elsewhere-win-bracelet.html

Thank you!

Spamgirl said...

blog entry #2

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Angela R. said...

I like the Swarovski Crystal Wonder Set.

Krystal said...

I like the Teal Mini Sparkles Anklet.

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kathy55439 said...

I really love the Mixed Directions - Green and Brown Bracelet... A lot of hard work went into that

kathy55439 said...

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kathy55439 said...

follow you and Max

Michele P. said...

the shades of blue gift set is very pretty!

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Michele P. said...

following you and max on twitter @micaela6955

Michele P. said...

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AmandaSue said...

Springin' Sterling and Swarovski Spring Wire Bracelet- is beautiful! I love the rainbow of colours used. Thanks for entering me into this giveaway
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Jenny N. said...

I liked the Crystal Dreams Earrings

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Quilting Diva said...

I like the grey shell reflection necklace - that's my favorite :)

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Quilting Diva said...

I follow your blog :)

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Quilting Diva said...

I tweeted!! QuiltingDiva76 is my twitter name :)

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elaine said...

I love the Brown Shadows Set-this would be lovely with your fall wardrobe.

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Anonymous said...

I love the Teal love me NOT bracelet. It's unique and very cute.

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Anonymous said...

I love the Teal love me NOT bracelet. It's unique and very cute.

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Elisa Simmons

amanda said...

I really like the green leaf jasper silver shadow set.
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I follow Max's blog.
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crystal said...

Everything is so pretty!! One of my favorites is the Sparkle Crystal and Garnet Bracelet..Love it;)
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Catherine said...

I think the Fiesta Necklace Set looks nice

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Badger Momma said...

My favorite is the Elegance and Simplicity Bracelet in both the blue and the green colors.

Badger Momma said...

I follow your blog.

Badger Momma said...

I'm following Max's Blog.

Badger Momma said...

I'm a subscriber.

Badger Momma said...

I have subscribed to Max's newsletter via sending her an email, and I've subscribed to her via Google reader.

Badger Momma said...

I follow you both on Twitter as badgermomma.

Badger Momma said...

I've tweeted.

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Badger Momma said...

I've blogged.

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Dee said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! I'm lovin the Black Tie Event Set too!

Rose Red said...

My fave is the Vintage Blue and White Rose Bracelet--so very pretty. Perfect actually!

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Dee said...

following your blog!

Rose Red said...

Following you on Blogger (Ally/rubymoon)

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Dee said...

following both of you on twitter-twoofakind

Rose Red said...

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clenna said...

I'd love the Rose Garnet Watch.

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I subscribe to your blog.

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suburban prep said...

I like the Blue Cubes Earrings. They are just enough dangle and sparkle to wear with almost any style of outfit.
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lili11 said...

My favorite is Sparkles Galore Bracelet ...Version II

lili11 said...

I follow you

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I subscribe to you

lili11 said...

I follow Max's blog

lili11 said...

I follow you and Max on Twitter as LiliBlossom

lili11 said...

I tweeted. http://twitter.com/LiliBlossom/status/2706544174

lili11 said...

I blogged at Its Free lol

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JaMean said...

I LOVE the Purple Delicate Beauty Bracelet. BEAUTIFUL!

fashionfrugality said...

I really like the Open Opal Earrings.
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I follow!
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fashionfrugality said...

Following both of you on twitter - @ktkatherine
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free indeed said...

I liked the Grey Shell Reflection Necklace....reminds me of an enchanted evening under the moonlight.

Eliza said...

Great giveaway!

I love this bracelet:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24569750

The colour is beautiful.

Thanks for entering me!

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Eliza said...

I'm following your blog :)

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Eliza said...

I'm following Max's blog!

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Eliza said...

I subscribed to your blog :)

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My favorite items are the stitch markers, really love the strawberry field ones and would really come in handy!

I'm not that girl you thought I was said...

I am following your blog :D

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I'm not that girl you thought I was said...

I am now following Max's blog :)

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corkrose said...

I follow & twitter

Melody said...

Peach Dazzle Earrings are pretty.
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lonetree72 said...

I love the blue cube earrings.

lonetree72 said...

I am a subscriber.

Sherry said...

I like Turn them Green with Envy Bracelet, I love green for nature!

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Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Purple Squared Delight Bracelet. Thanks. Charlotte
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Belinda M said...

My favorite item is the Sparkle A Little More and Go with the Green Bracelet

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Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

My favorite is the Garden's In Bloom Today Set :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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Lone Acorn said...

Following your blog.

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Lone Acorn said...

The whole collection of Max is simple ye beautiful. Light in weight and extremely intricate. Earrings are such that would go with both casual wear and office wear.

I liked these -

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24921732

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24744917

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24547616

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Lone Acorn said...

Tweeted about this giveaway

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Ladytink_534 said...

My favorite item is the Black Candy Stripes Set,
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I'm a follower
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valerie2350 said...

i like this bracelet
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bboyle said...

I love the Jet Bali Silver Wonder Bracelet.

Anonymous said...

I really love her Spring Swarovski Crystal Bracelet. I love the colors and workmanship on it. I would love to win her anklet. The colors are beautiful and would match any of my outfits.

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w said...

the lengthy pearls set is beautiful.

thanks for a great giveaway!

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Insanity Kim said...

The Mellow Yellow Sunshine set is very unique...like it a lot! Thanks for a great giveaway! I can be reached via email on my blog! :)

Huguette E. said...

I like the Black and Silver Anklet

Alicia said...

Love the Fields of Strawberry Glory Set!

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Linda said...

I would choose the pink and amethyst dragonfly set

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TigerLily said...

oh wow, there are many beautiful selections at the etsy store, i couldnt decide my fave between the Eclectic Blue set and the Grey Jasper and Aventurine Flashes Set ^o^


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TigerLily said...

I subscribed to your blog!
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arielle said...

I like the Wisdom and Elegance bracelet! Its stunning and so beautiful:)

arielle said...

I follow you on blogger

arielle said...

I follow Max on blogger

Huguette E. said...

following your blog

Rose Works Jewelry said...

I tend to create from the focal out too :)

Hotsnotty2 said...

I love the Intertwined in Love for Wedding Bliss - Netted Necklace! Thanks for the chance!

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Anonymous said...

I love the entwined in love necklace-so delicate!

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Christy Lee said...

I like the elegance and simplicity bracelet in blue. Thanks for the great giveaway!
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yyeres said...

I like the Blue Sparkle and Wonder Necklace Set. yyeres(at)gmail(dot)com

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Following Max's Blog

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Subscribed to your blog

Anonymous said...

I love all your items but my fave are the hearts and butterfly earrings! They have my birthstone of peridot, which I just love!
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HODGEPODGESPV said...

Brown - Nut - Necklace Set is soooo yummy!

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Cathy said...

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I love all the anklets, but especially the music one and the pink one. Excellent work!

Shanda said...

The pink hair chop sticks are my favorite!
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Teresa690 said...

The Vintage Crystal Beauty Bracelet is my favorite! Thanks for the great contest!

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The Perfect Bridesmaid said...

i love the Little Black Dress Aproved Earrings

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JeansandTs said...

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My favorite piece is Pink and Amethyst Dragonfly Set.

cjcmommy said...

I really like a lot of stuff. What a wonderful site. The one that sticks out is the Green Swarovski Crystal Anklet.
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I have subscribed to you.
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I am following Max!
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Huguette E. said...

following both on twitter (henglish)

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Donna said...

I like the Blue Cubes Earrings.

whitechocolatecherries said...

I love the fire glow watch!

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Leslie said...

I like the Turquoise Star Set :)

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I follow your blog :)

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My fav item in the etsy store is the silver ball necklace..it is fantastic...also following you and tweeting your blog..
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