I am delighted to introduce you to Crystal of Krafterskorner and Midwestvintag1 shops. Crystal is generously  offering a giveaway of any two of her 4" x 6" photo prints. To enter the giveaway, you must share in your comment on this post one of your favorite items from one of Crystal's shops.

Please tell us about yourself, Crystal.
 I come from a big family and am a full time college student. I am determined to graduate debt free next spring with a bachelors in Elementary Education. I have done many different crafts over the years and love learning to do new ones all the time.

How did you get your start on Etsy?
I wanted to open a shop when I was 15.
My grandma taught me how to sew and I loved making baby items. When my parents grew old enough most of their friends were no longer having babies, I started looking for another way to bless people with them. I finally opened shop in 2011 and the baby blankets did not sell, but I found other things that did. (Mainly my paper crafts.) I recently took up photography when I was given a camera by a CAST member. Photo cards are mostly what is listed in my handmade shop now. I was very excited to recently cross 500 sales, less than 2 years after opening! I also opened a vintage shop a few months ago to sell some items my brother and I collected. I am trying to promote it more and make some sales there as well.

How did you choose your shop name? 
I knew from the beginning that there was no way I would stick with just one type of craft. I wanted something that would represent the variety of things I would make. I also wanted something unique so instead of spelling it with C's, I used K's, and thus it became Krafterskorner.

What does a typical day look like for you?   
I get up at 6 AM, read my Bible (I've been starting my day with that since I was 13), fix breakfast for the ten of us, check for overnight sales, do housework, homework, or babysit, fix lunch, do laundry and dishes, fix dinner, read the little boys their bedtime story, and then curate the CAST BNS and BNR for two hours as a wind down before I go to bed at 10 PM.
If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?
Cochabamba Bolivia! There is an orphanage there I have always wanted to visit.

What is your favorite Bible verse? 
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature? 
I do not list anything I do not like personally, but this is one of my current favorites.
Daisies are my favorite flower.

Many Blessings, Zuda Gay Pease

Comments (10)

On October 3, 2012 at 1:40 PM , Jennifer said...

It is so hard to choose because Crystal takes lovely photos. I think I would have to choose the bluebird collage (http://www.etsy.com/listing/101018188/bluebird-collage-photo-card-mother?ref=v1_other_1)
and the sunrise over the lake. (http://www.etsy.com/listing/107911035/photo-card-sunrise-over-lake)

So pretty! :)

On October 3, 2012 at 1:41 PM , Jennifer said...

oh, and jennifermhine at gmail dot com.


On October 3, 2012 at 2:35 PM , NellywithWings said...

Crystal, I love daisies too. It is such a pleasure seeing your shops featured, and an honour to be a fellow CAST member alongside such a caring person. Many blessings.

On October 3, 2012 at 8:08 PM , pfd said...

I just discovered Crystals shop a few days ago and found it to be full of a lot of fun stuff! Nice to learn more about you Crystal!

On October 4, 2012 at 10:08 AM , sammysgrammy said...

Crystal is a Proverbs 31 woman. I know she doesn't have a husband yet.............she's just in the beginning stages of her role. It's obvious for all to see or am I prophesying?

I see the Lord prospering all that she puts her hand to.

On October 4, 2012 at 10:15 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

I love and respect Crystal very much! Crystal is awesome and her photography is God's pallet.


On October 5, 2012 at 12:53 AM , Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) said...

So many wonderful creations in your store, Crystal!

On October 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM , Lorrie Esposito said...

Crystal's shop is awesome!I love the variety of items and have purchased from her in the past. I like her floral collage card with the sweet peas. So pretty in pink. Keep up the good work Crystal!

On October 7, 2012 at 8:16 AM , Donna said...

Daisies are my favorite flower also, and I was going to pick a daisy in Crystal's shop; until I saw the pink lilacs! And then I saw the photo collage Life of a Bluebird. So.... that is the one I pick as my favorite - the framed 5x7 collage life of a bluebird. It would look lovely hanging in my log home. Blessings to Krafterskorner's shop.

On October 10, 2012 at 6:48 PM , krafterskorner said...

Thank you for the feature! Looking forward to sending my photography to the winner! :)