Blog feature written by Elisabeth of AronaDesigns
Everyone give a big welcome to Darlene Anderson of Prairie Creations Ornaments!


Darlene has offered to give away her Mocha Fling Ornament (picture below) to a lucky reader. To enter visit her shop and come back and tell us what your favorite item is in the comments! The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be announced in a weeks time.

Let's get to know a little more about Darlene...
-Introduction on you
Hi! I am a die-hard country girl who has lived in the country for most of my life. I have always loved crafting and creating and several years ago I decided to focus on ornaments and try selling some of my “creations” online. I left a high stress job as an office manager/bookkeeper and started doing smaller bookkeeping jobs out of my home in order to have more time for my crafting. Besides crafting, I love to garden and am an avid horse lover. My husband and I live on a small farm and raise a few cattle also. I have three grandchildren who live nearby and I really enjoy spending time with them and they love to come to the “farm” for horseback riding, fishing and lots of other country activities.


-How did you get your start on Etsy?
I came across Etsy when looking for ways to sell my craft items online. It has been a wonderful and easy way for me to sell and get exposure for my products.


-How did you choose your shop name?
My shop name is based on II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” Since some of my “creations” are angels made from pieces of broken china that I find in old homestead dump sites and other treasure hunting adventures, I liked the idea that something broken and discarded could be given “new life” as Christ does for us. The “Prairie” part comes from the fact that I live on a farm on the prairie that was homesteaded by my husband’s great, great grandparents.
-What does a typical day look like for you?
I’m a morning person and my husband leaves for work early, so I have my quiet time reading my bible and spending some time with the Lord before I do much of any thing else. I’m most creative early in the day, so I try to work on ornaments and new designs before I move on the the rest of the day which includes bookkeeping jobs, gardening, working on my listings, etc. I’m the “hired hand” here on the farm, so I’m usually involved in some aspect of feeding cattle and raising crops for part of each day, too!

-If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?
Since I’m pretty land-locked where I live, I would love to spend a day on a beach. Not necessarily to swim, but because I’m fascinated by all the shells and things that are washed up on beaches and I‘d love to treasure hunt there!

-What is your favorite Bible verse?
I have a lot of favorite verses, but my very favorite has to be Phillipians 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” That one gets me through a lot of busy days!

-What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?
Usually my latest creation is my favorite, but currently I think my favorite is the quilted ornament with zebra fabric and the rhinestone cross. My granddaughter actually suggested the design based on a favorite western style purse that she carries.  I'm also partial to "Grandma's Lilacs" because I love the idea that we live in a place that has little signs of those who were here before us.

-URLs to where else we can find you on the internet (Facebook fan page, Twitter, your own
dot.com, your blog, etc)
My blog/website is:
http://www.prairiecreationsornaments.com
Facebook as prairie creations ornaments
And I’m on Twitter:
@darlkay52

Thank you so much for participating and allowing us to get to know you a little better Darlene! Everyone please go check out her shop and her cyber spaces :-)
And the winner of last week's featured artist giveaway (Maria of Designloveshare), is JoyfullySewnDesigns! Congratulations! Someone will be contacting you both soon.

Comments (15)

On September 14, 2011 at 7:59 AM , Faith Caroline said...

I've never seen anything like your ornaments before, and I love them! Very nice! And good to get to know you more :)

 
On September 14, 2011 at 8:33 AM , ifrog crafter said...

I think your work is wonderful! <><

 
On September 14, 2011 at 9:52 AM , chocolatedogstudio said...

lovely ornaments and it is great getting to know you a little better!

 
On September 14, 2011 at 10:38 AM , First Christian Church said...

So nice to meet you Darlene! Your shop is so fun to browse. I love the rhinestone cross ornament, but they are all just lovely!

blessings, zuda

 
On September 14, 2011 at 11:01 AM , Niki Jackson said...

Nice to meet you Darlene, really enjoyed hearing about your life and creations. Blessings Niki x

 
On September 14, 2011 at 11:46 AM , Shari said...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/78236050/3-hoop-art-hand-embroidered-button

i love anything orange, so i love the pumpkin ornament, and this cute BLOOM hoop. :):) very cute!

 
On September 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM , Becky K. said...

beautiful!
I really like the one you are giving away but when I went to your shop the pumpkin ornament really caught my eye. Nice work.

 
On September 14, 2011 at 12:24 PM , Julia Badgley said...

What a neat shop. I really love your work, and how your shop is all centred around one particular item that you can do in different ways.
Here's the item I picked from your shop, but the whole shop looks great:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/55218573/christmas-heart-scrappy-bow-handmade

Keep creating!

 
On September 14, 2011 at 12:56 PM , marinebio_chic07 said...

A great feature and I love the ornaments. I think my favorite has to be the lime and aqua butterfly

http://www.etsy.com/listing/64453903/lime-green-aqua-mod-butterfly-quilted

Can't go wrong with green and blue!

 
On September 14, 2011 at 12:58 PM , Sue Runyon said...

Great to meet you, Darlene! Wishing you every success.

 
On September 14, 2011 at 1:02 PM , SHEILA said...

So many pretty ornaments. I like the natural look of the burlap with the lace on this one!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/71001175/burlap-and-lace-country-chic-quilted

 
On September 14, 2011 at 2:07 PM , Crafty Mommas said...

beautiful! your ornaments are sooo pretty!

 
On September 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM , bananaorangeapple said...

Oh wow, your work is all so beautiful!
If I win, I would pick the angel ornament with the white rose china. That would look lovely on my Christmas tree.

I will make sure to find you on fb and twitter.

 
On September 14, 2011 at 5:45 PM , Angels and Everlastings said...

I love the quilted ornaments!

 
On September 15, 2011 at 12:57 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

A pioneer woman! Fantastic!

You ornaments are amazing and I also love the crocheted butterflies.
This is one of my favorites.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/74916797/pink-rhinestone-cross-and-zebra-quilted

So glad to meet you.
♥♥♥
Sue