vanessa of etsy's the velvet bird woodworking giveaway!

Lately, I've found myself so inspired by unconventional living, and woodworking Vanessa of The Velvet Bird struck me as the same sort of person - AND someone to be inspired by. In her quickly growing blog, beautiful Vanessa talks about her sewing, photography, and woodworking exploits, as well as living a transient lifestyle with her musician husband in Georgia. Her ongoing story is further testament to the lesson of pursuing what you love to do, not safety, comfort, or financial security. Her creativity, headed in several different directions, is addictive.

What are some of your hobbies/interests/goals in life?

I sometimes feel like all three of those things are all over the place! I am really interested in photography and have been ever since I can remember. I was moving along quite nicely with my photography (and even did a few weddings!) but then we were robbed and all of my camera stuff was taken, so that hobby is sadly taking somewhat of a backseat at the moment. That is for sure one of my biggest goals in life, though. I am really into sewing and one of my goals is definitely to sell handmade clothing on Etsy. My husband and I are really into sustainable living and whatnot, so I would love to incorporate that into the things I make eventually. The list of hobbies and things I have in my head to make is never ending, I have a short attention span, I think. I also want to start blogging more! 

How has being young and creative affected who you are as a person? 

It's very freeing! I now know without a doubt that I never want to have a "normal" job. It's just too bad I realized this after almost completely finishing a Bachelor's degree to be a teacher, ha. The more creative I get and the more I follow what I feel I am supposed to do, the less I worry about things like jobs/finances/not succeeding. My husband is in a touring band which involves ever changing plans/schedules, so I have no idea what we'll be doing in a few months or if we'll be home. That lifestyle has made me more of a carefree person, as well as much more appreciative of everything I've been given.  I also probably appreciate sleeping in my own bed more than most people!

Tell us about woodworking, how you got involved, and what it means to you!

I wish I had some big exciting story, but it was almost more of a coincidence. My list of ideas/attempted projects is quite long. Somewhere in there I thought some sort of wooden pendants would be a really fun idea for Etsy, and it just sort of grew from there. I am really fortunate to have a father-in-law in the neighborhood with a garage full of tools (and a lot of patience!) who was willing to show me the woodworking ropes. I am definitely still learning. My head is now full of a lot of ideas involving woodworking, so keep an eye out! It is miserably hot in Georgia, so I don't last very long in the hot and sweaty garage right now. 

How has the Etsy shop process been for you? What projects do you have in the works for the shop? 

It has been a blast so far. I run around the house squealing for awhile every time I have sold something (my husband can attest to this).  I'm just starting out, but I really hope it only keeps growing. I love Etsy and enjoy all of the Etsy process so much. I believe my next endeavor will be clocks involving woodworking and refashioned/altered clothing, but that won't be until October because I will be on tour with my husband (you can't use a saw or a sewing machine in a van). I plan to be a part of Etsy for a long, long time to come.

Thanks so much, Vanessa! (The picture above is deer embroidery that Vanessa has been working on for an embroidered pendant, as well as more jewelry projects currently in the works!)

So, for the giveaway... you guys get to choose this time! Vanessa is giving away either a mustache pendant necklace.. 

Or, Vanessa's newest completed project - the bow pendant necklace (my new favorite)!

All of you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment letting me know which necklace you would choose, the mustache or the bow! I will choose the winner by using a random number generator. And don't forget to check out Vanessa's shop and blog!

(Also, to let you guys know - this giveaway is only open to those in the US and Canada.. sorry, overseas friends!)