Welcome to Our Featured Artist 
by Sheila of SewFaithful
Meet Karen 
Let's show Karen how much she means to our team by stopping by her shops to browse, promote, and make her feel special! She has some lovely items and is working hard running 2 great shops.
Karen is offering a give away! Visit  one of her shops and leave a comment here with about a favorite item or something you like about her shop! Winner will be chosen by random.org next week.  
Give Away: Spring Flower Gift Tags – Set of 4
 Tell us a little about you Karen:
 I am a stay at home, homeschool mom. My husband is a State Trooper and we have three children. Two have graduated and are sophomores in college. Our youngest is Holly. She is in 8th grade.  I have enjoyed dabbling in crafts for many years. My girls and I have collected quite a stash of scrapbooking supplies.
How did you get your start on Etsy?
 With two kids in college I need to help supplement our income but my husband’s schedule makes it difficult to work outside the home and continue homeschooling.  I was encouraged by a friend at church to consider making and selling something on Etsy.  I was also inspired by the prophet Elisha in 2 Kings 4. He asked the widow who was in great need of making some money, "What do you have in the house?" So I am taking my craft stash and my love of scrapbooking and hope to make something that others will enjoy and be able to use in their homes.
How did you choose your shop name?
 Ellie Marie is a combination of my two daughters’ middle names and nicknames.

The Pokey Little Puppy Little Golden Book

What does a typical day look like for you?
 I don’t know that I have a typical day.  Most week days you will find me doing homeschool with my youngest and only child still at home.   Of course there is housework, dinner and I try to squeeze in working on different projects for my shop.  Holly is involved in some homeschool classes outside the home so several days of the week I am taking her to those.  Because my husband works different shifts, some days he’s off in the middle of the week doing different things around the house, sometimes he’s sleeping because he’s worked all night and we have to be a bit quieter.  Good thing there’s just the two of us now!
If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?
Constanta, Romania.  We were missionaries to Romania for 10 years and have some very dear friends there.  One day wouldn’t be enough time but I would take it.
Square Gift Tag Aqua with Pink Set of 8
What is your favorite Bible verse? 
 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”  Ephesians 3:20
What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature? 
I really enjoy making gift tags. 

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Comments (19)

On February 15, 2012 at 12:06 PM , hollytamale said...

Karen, I really like your spring flower gift tags; they are so cheery and so is your shop! God bless :)
Holly Becker

On February 15, 2012 at 12:25 PM , ZudaGay said...

So nice to learn a bit more about Karen! Love the spring flower gift tags, too! :)

On February 15, 2012 at 1:42 PM , Jennifer H. said...

Karen, I love all your gift tags!
I think these are my favorite, but it's hard to choose:

It's nice to learn a little more about you!

On February 15, 2012 at 1:42 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

Hi Karen!
I do also love learning more about our team members.
I am always checking out both your shops. You have a great eye for color combinations and your gift tags are really very special.


On February 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM , Sue Runyon said...

Karen, so great to learn more about you. It's been wonderful getting to know you better on the CAST Discussion thread on Etsy!

On February 15, 2012 at 2:24 PM , Steve Finnell said...

you are invited to follow my blog

On February 15, 2012 at 3:55 PM , Homemanager said...

Karen, I really like your Masculine Card set. It is very nice! I love the scripture you have chosen to follow...using what you already have. That is a wonderful principle for all areas of our lives! Blessings on your schooling and blessings on your shop!(I home school too!) :)

On February 15, 2012 at 5:30 PM , Sheila said...

Karen, you brought back so many memories for several of us who either had the Pokey Little Puppy as a child, or read it to our children. So fun looking at those vintage books! And how interesting that you lived in Romania.

On February 15, 2012 at 6:12 PM , myeuropeantouch said...

Karen, I like your gift tags and will kep them in mind....God bless...♥

On February 15, 2012 at 7:44 PM , EdenPottery said...

I love your flower themes on the gift tags! My husband just got promoted to detective after 15 years out on the road. So I know about needing a REALLY flexible job. I feel for ya!
God Bless and Be Safe,

On February 15, 2012 at 7:54 PM , Rita said...

I love that Karen took her cue from the 2 Kings 4 scripture where the woman was asked what she had to invest - and God used that.
I love all Karen's gift tags because they're 3D.

On February 16, 2012 at 2:26 PM , Julia Badgley said...

Good to hear more about you, Karen!

I like your new masculine cards, Karen. I know that personally they're harder to make!

On February 16, 2012 at 3:51 PM , Crafty Mommas said...

great post! wish you tons of success Karen! now I am off to pin and favorite some items in your shop!

On February 16, 2012 at 4:38 PM , krafterskorner said...

The heart shaped tags are my favorite.

On February 16, 2012 at 4:45 PM , GingerPeachT said...

Romania! Wow that's neat. Maybe you will be able to go back there again some day :-)

I like your fall tags with the leaves.

On February 16, 2012 at 5:58 PM , Angels and Everlastings said...

Here's a favorite -- I'll tweet and pin it:

On February 18, 2012 at 5:50 PM , NellywithWings said...

Hi Karen, I started my shop for the exact same reason, and same scripture in mind, so I loved reading your feature! I'm also impressed at how close you seem to be to your kids.

I love your gift tags, these ones in particular, they have been in my favorites for a while!


I also love the 6x6 scrapbooking paper you offer, it's just so pretty :D


On February 19, 2012 at 6:46 AM , Becky K. said...

You so such beautiful work. I love those yellow flowered gift tags and the fact that you are making vintage books available here on Etsy. I thought of you while on vacation this week when I saw vintage books.
As a "graduated" Homeschool Mom I encourage you in your daily work there. It is so important and the rewards are great! Standing "O" from me to you!

On February 24, 2012 at 2:12 PM , Luella Newkirk said...

Hello Ellie: I had fun perusing through your shop earlier today for another team. Such lovely things - I chose one of your Easter cards, "He is not here. He is risen!" written on it. It is great to hear more about you today.