by Cindy Knight of cksilver
Introducing: Shannon Guerra
Shannon is hosting a giveaway!
The lucky winner of Shannon's giveaway will get three star Christmas ornaments similar to these ones, although the colors may be different. To be entered to win, please comment on this blog posting with your favorite item in her shop, and include your email so we can contact you in the event you are the winner. The winner will be announced on next Wednesday's Featured Artist post.

I am a lifelong Alaskan and currently live in beautiful Wasilla with my amazing husband, four kiddos, and two cats. Homeschooling and raising our kids to be world-changers is my full-time job! We are also in the process of adopting 1-2 children internationally.

How did you get your start on Etsy?
I started selling online through Etsy in September of 2008, after selling locally through boutiques and craft fairs for 1 1/2 years.

How did you choose your shop name?
Baruch is the name of our son, who died from miscarriage on Mother's Day, 2003. Baruch means "blessing" in Hebrew. Baruch's Lullaby was started mainly as a means to help us donate more to the pro-life cause, because after we saw his perfect tiny body, we were convinced like never before that life begins at conception. We continue to donate 10-30% of every sale to our local pregnancy care centers, and the rest is helping us pay for adoption expenses.

What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day for us revolves around homeschool, not business. So, there's lots of reading, some math and journaling, chores, more reading, outside play, a game or two, dress up, legos...I guess I should also mention timeouts, arguments, apologies, owies, and other messes, but that's just not as interesting! I generally knit while reading, watching a movie with my husband, or while we're driving around doing errands (he drives, not me!) and then get the "computer work" (relisting, renewing, editing, answering convos, emailing customers) done in small chunks throughout the day.

If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?
I'd love to go to Ireland...or see the Maldives...or go to New England in the fall...or see the Pyramids. But as a consolation prize I'd just be thrilled with an undisturbed afternoon at our local coffee shop, knitting and reading Charles Dickens, without anyone asking me to escort them to the restroom the entire time.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
Right now, today - is Romans 8:37...we are more than conquerors through Him who loved (loves!) us. Ask me tomorrow, though, and I'll give you a different one.

What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?
My favorite item to feature is this scarf, just because I love the picture (so much that you'll see it on my avitar, business cards, and FB profile)! It just makes me smile every time!

URLs to where else we can find you on the internet:

Please take a moment and visit Shannon's shop, and give her some love!

And the winner of Vanessa's giveaway by way of is... Drumroll please... Julie! Congratulations! Look for the convo I'm sending you both.

Comments (20)

On November 17, 2010 at 8:44 AM , Christie Cottage said...

This is my favorite from her shop


On November 17, 2010 at 8:56 AM , Sue Runyon said...

Shannon is such a breath of fresh air with a great sense of humor. Love to have her on our team! Great feature. Thanks, Cindy.

On November 17, 2010 at 9:05 AM , watercolors said...

VEry nice to get to know Shannon. Very heartwarming story about Baruch.

On November 17, 2010 at 9:32 AM , ZudaGay said...

I was just telling my daughter about Shannon's shop yesterday. :) Well...mostly about her adorable models. My favorite item is this the blue and the ear flaps.
gpease (at) adams (dot) net

On November 17, 2010 at 10:12 AM , Debi - Tink's Treasure said...

I love all of Shannon's work - or is it all of Shannon's models?? Hmmm ... ok I love BOTH! This is my favorite item.

On November 17, 2010 at 11:32 AM , sammysgrammy said...

I have to confess: it's the picture not necessarily the hat. That's cute too, but the baby is irresistable.

On November 17, 2010 at 12:33 PM , Stephanie said...

So great to finally *meet* you Shannon!
I've spent many a hour loving your items and this is just one of the many things I can'y wait till we have kids to need!

On November 17, 2010 at 1:47 PM , Tricia said...

I am in agreement, while Shannon's work is awesome, her 'models' take the cake and truly do a wonderful job of 'selling' for her! lol

On November 17, 2010 at 3:08 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

I love Shannon's shop! My favorites are the earflap hats and the mittens. I have gotten 3 hats from her so far. These hats are very in now with teens. She does BEAUTIFUL work.

I love the picture of Shannon with the children in the pumpkin patch!


On November 17, 2010 at 3:42 PM , LLMartin said...

Just wonderful work the photos are excellent too. I liked the little stars. =0)

On November 17, 2010 at 4:50 PM , v + s + m + i + a + c said...

Oh, you GUYS! Thanks so much...this totally makes my day. :)

On November 17, 2010 at 5:05 PM , Vanessa said...

It's so wonderful to learn more about you Shannon! What a busy busy day you have. I love the Lace scarfs in your shop. They are just gorgeous! We lost our baby through a miscarriage on Mother's Day in 07 and it is one of the hardest things I have ever gone through. We cant wait to meet our little one when we get to heaven :) I hope you have a blessed week!

On November 17, 2010 at 5:21 PM , Princess Daffy said...

Shannon is my fiery angel with a passion for life! I love her dearly and enjoyed reading about her and her lovely family :o)


On November 17, 2010 at 7:02 PM , pfd said...

Shannon - it is so nice to get to know you better! What a beautiful family so nice to see them all together. I can barely pick one favorite from your shop... I like so much but these mittens are one of my favorite colors and are so cute!

On November 17, 2010 at 7:08 PM , Colleen said...

This is my favorite item in Shannon's shop All the thumbless baby mittens are so sweet.

I do agree with everyone that Shannon's models are really cute. Just want to pinch those cheeks!


On November 17, 2010 at 7:48 PM , geanniebush said...

Lovely feature story. Nice to meet you Shannon.

On November 17, 2010 at 9:14 PM , Kathleen said...

One thing? You want me to pick just ONE thing I love from Shannon's shop? That's impossible! Love your shop and great to get to know you better =)

And here is just one of the items I love in your shop ;-)

Blessings! Kathy

On November 18, 2010 at 5:26 AM , myeuropeantouch said...

So good to meet you Shannon, you must love your life.
Blessings to you and all the good you do in his name.

On November 18, 2010 at 7:39 AM , Julie Riisnaes said...

Shannon love your happy family photos! My fave is this one because he has gorgeous eyes he he!


On November 18, 2010 at 3:33 PM , Jessica or Amy said... Hard to pick a "favorite", but this would be one of them.