Guys - I'm so pumped to share this month's giveaway with you from my new friend Angie Brown and her Etsy shop called Gracefully Giddy! She made an exclusive Do The Thing item for us and I'm so excited for you to both learn more about Angie AND see the giveaway!
Ok Angie, tell us a little more about yourself!
HI! I'm Angie Brown and I am a firefighter wife, homeschooling Mama to two precious kids, stillbirth mama to our first precious baby waiting for us in Heaven, and we live on a small farm in Texas! This is our third year to homeschool and we love spending as much time outdoors as possible. We spend a majority of our days working together taking care of our animals. We currently have dogs, cats, a lizard, goats, a rabbit and a horse, but don't worry we always add more! I also have a blog Gracefully Giddy that I share all of our family adventures, faith, favorites and more. When I began my journey sharing on my blog I was in the deepest part of my grief after losing our baby. I didn't want to be a part of the world at the time but I wanted to share our precious story with the world. It flourished into our family blog when our family grew and a platform to share the ways that God has worked in my life.
Tell us about the season when you started Gracefully Giddy. When/how did you decide to "do the thing"? What support did you have?
Gracefully Giddy Designs began a few years ago when I was wanting to wear jewelry that I could use with my essential oils and I made my very first MAMA bracelet. I had started using essential oils for anxiety when I was struggling through grief and when I was pregnant with my subsequent pregnancies. I began with bracelets and now I love creating custom word bracelets (which are my favorite), leather earrings, a few necklaces and lots of beaded bracelets. I love working with natural wood beads, jade, amazonite beads, and leopard prints. My passion is to create word bracelets with mama's baby names, encouraging words, strength and hope words, and anything personalized for my customers. When it comes to earrings, my favorite is the big boho style earrings which I personally love to wear. I do not like heavy earrings so I use buckskin leather for tassels (which is super soft), leather pieces, faux leather, feathers and cork materials. My husband and my children have always supported my creative side and my amazing sister and sister in laws have been a part of my journey since day one.
Since I run my business and Etsy shop from home they help me share all of my social media posts and wear all of my pieces. When I have the opportunity to set up at market shows and festivals they all help me pull it together if needed.
What inspired your name for Etsy shop?
Gracefully Giddy Designs name was established from my blog name. Gracefully was a reminder to always have Grace and be humble and Giddy was to always find joy plus I tend to get pretty excited over everything! I have had the blog for so many years I decided to just leave the same name and add designs to it for the creative side. I currently have an Etsy shop and I share all of my designs and custom orders on Instagram and Facebook. It has been a blessing to stay home with my children and this shop has helped me keep that creative side of myself and my passions alive. I took a season off when we relocated our family this past year and during the transition from public school to homeschool. During those seasons I missed it terribly but I also needed the time off. I am so thankful this last year I was able to commit myself back to my shop and create pieces that I love that I can share with my family and friends.
What 3-4 pieces of advice would you give someone thinking about starting their own Etsy shop (or similar business)?
When I decided to start my Etsy shop a few things I am grateful for is the support I had and believing in myself. If I could help anyone that wanted to start a small shop mu biggest piece of advice would be follow your heart and find your passion. It is a business but it is also who you are. When I create designs I put the thought into every piece. I want my customers to feel beautiful putting on a pair of earrings for the day. I want mamas to see their sweet babies names on their bracelets and smile. I want each and every customer to know that I appreciate their support. Be humble, be patient, be passionate.
Keep up with ALL things Gracefully Giddy here:
Ok, it's time for what you've all been waiting for...what are the giveaway rules? Here you go:
1. Go follow @gracefullygiddydesigns and @rebeccadotsongeorge on the 'gram.
2. Comment on the post from today on my page (@rebeccadotsongeorge) and tag atleast 3 friends who would LOVE these pieces of jewelry from Gracefully Giddy.
3. Post the same picture on your stories and tag @gracefullygiddydesigns and @rebeccadotsongeorge so we see it!
The winner will be announced on Monday, October 28th - best of luck!
Cheering for you,
Rebecca Dotson George