Wednesday, February 2, 2011

CLOSED. Interview and Giveaway: wild & free Jewelry

This week's giveaway comes from an amazing shop called wild & free Jewelry.  Not only do they have really hip and on-trend jewelry made with suede, feathers, and stones, their photos (and models) are gorgeous too.


Meet Corina of wild & free

--What does your life outside of Etsy/blogging look like?
Right now I’m really focused on school and hoping to transfer to a UC school next fall. Besides that, I work at a clothing boutique which feeds my addiction to shopping and fashion, usually leaving me with a nonexistent paycheck at the end of the month. Most of my friends think I need to go to shopping therapy and I don’t blame them, I definitely have a shopping problem.

I also really enjoy photography and I put a lot of time and energy into that recently, especially with the creation of my Etsy store.  I love capturing sides of people that are often difficult to see in everyday life. Face paint, antlers, feathers (obviously) and Western or Native American oriented clothing has become key aspects of my set designs lately.

--Describe yourself (or ask someone else to do it!) in three words.

Creative. Determined. Loving.

--Winter piece you can’t live without:
At the moment I’m obsessed with Free People’s “Bullet Boot,” they’re so unique and artistic but will most likely forever remain on my wish list.
Oh, and Pendleton sweaters. I love the bright colors and designs.
(Told you I had a shopping problem).

--Most recent fashion-related purchase:
Yesterday my friend and I took a road trip to Venice Beach, California and went inside a Native American Artifact shop where we found some t-shirts with wild animal murals, I’m sure you have seen them before, the brand is Liquid Blue. Here is an example of one of our favorites:
see more at liquidblue.com

Anyways, we bought them and are going to custom cut them shorter with v-shape fringe and a wider neck.  I’m pretty excited for it.

 --Do you craft/make anything else outside of what’s in your shop?
For my photo shoots I’ve been making a lot of feather headdresses, headbands and dream catchers. I also love altering items from thrift stores as well as sketching and painting.

--Any pet peeves?
When people chew with their mouth open …  especially during class.

--Bad habits?
I tend to say “like” a lot, probably a side effect of growing up in California.

--Desert-island food?
Ugh, how do I choose?! I love all types of food. Although, if I were on a desert island I would have to say I would chose frozen yogurt.  Or maybe just a frozen yogurt machine complete with an array of toppings and tons of mochi.

--Three bands/singers you can’t get enough of:
La Roux. Santigold. Pinback.
& of course my boyfriend Ian <3.  
(I know that was four but they’re all so good I couldn’t choose!)

--Another blog you follow regularly (link us!):

I actually am not much of a blog follower, but I love your blog (MIskabelle)! Vintage and thrift store shopping is the way to go. It’s more affordable and you can often find very unique pieces that stand out, and who wants to look like everyone else anyways? Be unique, that’s what it’s all about.

--What made you decide to start a shop?

The jewelry itself started about two months ago. I had never made jewelry before but one day discovered the enormous market for feathers on Ebay and bought a ton just because I thought they were pretty. After that, my collection of feathers manifested itself into jewelry.
I first started selling my necklaces at my work, but the prices for retail have to be higher than what I believe my jewelry should sell for, so, I decided to open at Etsy store. This way I can sell directly to people and make my jewelry more affordable.

--Significance of your shop name?

Since high school I have been obsessed with Thoreau’s quote, “All things good are wild and free.” I also love the essay titled Walking that this quote originates from.
Feathers are also one of my top obsessions and have always reminded me of the beauty of nature and animals, as well as my childhood.
The significance of these two obsessions didn’t hit me until recently when I discovered the name of my line isn’t only in honor of Thoreau, but also a reminder to exercise originality and boldness through fashion and style. What we wear really reflects who we are and I try to design each item to suit a unique individual or personality in order to reinforce that belief.

--Favorite item in your shop right now:
the Alulquoy
Definitely The Alulquoy. I’ve been making tons like this recently and I think they look really different. The contrast of the chain braided with the deerskin lace really catches my eye.

The fun fact of this item is that Alulquoy is my middle name and means “dolphin” in Chumash.

It’s pronounced, (Al-uh-coy).
http://www.etsy.com/listing/66392125/the-alulquoy-feather-necklace










Corina is giving away a wild & free necklace
to one lucky blog reader!

Necklace is approximately 34" long on. ultra fiber brown suede
.Stone Arrowhead
.Malachite Chip
.Yellow Turquoise Bead
.Quartz Crystal
.Green Macaw Body Feather
.Golden Narragansett Turkey Feather

HOW TO ENTER (you know the drill!)

Mandatory Entry
1. Follow our blog! Once you become a follower, just leave a comment below, telling what your favorite item from wild & free is.  If you’re already following the blog and our twitter—simply leave a comment, telling us what your favorite item is!

Additional Entries
2. Follow Miskabelle (@miskabelle) on twitter…and again, just a quick comment to let us know you did (with your twitter user name) and share what your favorite item from wild & free is.
3. Once we tweet about the giveaway, you can re-tweet to gain an extra entry!
4. HEART  Miskabelle on Etsy (leave us a comment to let us know!)
5.  HEART wild & free on Etsy (leave us a comment again!)
6.  Post this giveaway to your BLOG or Facebook, and leave a comment with the link!
This contest will run until next Wednesday, February 9th.  The winner will be chosen through a random number generator.

Good Luck!!
Manda &Jayme

45 comments:

  1. I follow you via gfc!
    I like the Hackle Feather Necklace.

    vena.nedkova at gmail dot com

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  2. I hearted the Miskabelle on Etsy!
    username:ligata
    vena.nedkova at gmail dot com

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  3. I HEARTed wild & free on Etsy.

    username:ligata
    vena.nedkova at gmail dot com

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  4. Im a follower! I lov the hackle feather necklace, they're so unique!

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  5. I'm a follower! I love the "Macaw Geode Abalone Feather Necklace" :)

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  6. I already followed your blog, and so my favorite item is this:http://www.etsy.com/listing/67286025/single-macaw-feather-earring

    libbilogs@gmail.com

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  7. following you!

    i love the Macaw Beetle Wing Necklace

    zhe_zha@yahoo.com

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  8. tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/azhezha/status/32988616531644416

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  9. I'm following your blog via GFC. (: I love the hackle feather necklace. Kinda fringe-y, but subtle. Super cute.

    annaojordonez[at]gmail[dot]com

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  10. I also followed you on Twitter via @AnnaOjers.

    Thanks! X

    annaojordonez[at]gmail[dot]com

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  11. GFC follower. (Mallory)

    I love this

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/67104139/single-guinea-hen-macaw-earring

    Mallory1031 at gmail dot com

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  12. following on twitter

    @malloryrobinson
    Mallory1031 at gmail dot com

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  13. tweeted

    http://twitter.com/#!/malloryrobinson/status/34122698716086272

    Mallory1031 at gmail dot com

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  14. hearted wild and free jewelry on Etsy

    Mallory1031
    Mallory1031 at gmail dot com

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  15. hearted you on Etsy

    Mallory1031
    Mallory1031 at gmail dot com

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  16. I already follow your blog and I love everything:)
    earthdancedaph@yahoo.com

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  17. I'm already a follower as Kathy Detweiler and I especially love the Braided Turkey & Geode Slice Feather Necklace!
    All of her pieces are amazing though!

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  18. Following Miskabelle (@miskabelle) on twitter @kdet62 and I also love
    her Blue Skys necklace.

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  19. HEARTED Miskabelle on Etsy
    My Etsy name kdet62

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  20. HEARTED wild & free on Etsy
    My etsy name is kdet62

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  21. Tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/kdet62/status/34628426178502656

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  22. i follow via gfc and my fav is the turquoise rain jmmccarr@gmail.com

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  23. Added you to my etsy favorites.

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  24. I'm a follower and my favorite is the Blue Skys Necklace. The bright blue feathers on it 'pop' and are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the great giveaway,
    Nancy
    nafairbank (at) gmail (dot) com

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  25. Im a follower.My favorite item is the Single Pheasant Earring very very pretty.
    flanagan@mebtel.net

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  26. Follow Miskabelle on twitter
    @lilblupixie
    flanagan@mebtel.net

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  27. I retweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/lilblupixie

    flanagan@mebtel.net

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  28. And I follow your blog. I love the Rainforest Skys Necklace.

    HarajukuGirl92@gmail.com

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  29. I heart Wild & Free on Etsy

    HarajukuGirl92@gmail.com

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  30. krystisumpter@hotmail.com

    love the hackle feather necklace

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  31. I follow you with GFC (as Egare1) and my favorite item is the Amor Azul necklace!

    Egare1 at gmail dot com

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  32. I'm a GFC follower!
    My favorite item is Amor Azul.

    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

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  33. I'm a twitter follower as my_wunderkammer.
    My favorite item is Amor Azul.

    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

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  34. Retweeted your tweet as my_wunderkammer.

    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

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  35. Hearted you on etsy as magnolica.

    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

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  36. Hearted wild & free on etsy as magnolica.

    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

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  37. Shared on FB: http://www.facebook.com/wunderfraulein/posts/163391460378367

    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

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  38. I follow you via gfc, and I just love this necklace it is so pretty! suelee1998 @ gmail.com

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  39. I am following you on facebook! Plus I just ordered some jewelry yesterday! So excited for your store! This necklace is gorgeous I would LOVE to win it!

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