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I first met Chrissy on Twitter over a chat AND I’m soo glad that I did! 🙂 She has an adorable shop full of notepads, camera strap covers, wreaths, photography, accessories and more. One look at her shop and you’ll come away smiling because of all the fun colors. And you know what else I love about Chrissy? She shares a passion for photography like me (but she’s so much more pro than me) and has lots of great tips for beginners (like me)! Well, let’s get to it, you know the drill… read on to get to know this doll a little bit better and head on down to enter a giveaway! 🙂
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself?
A little about me, let’s see… I live outside of Atlanta, GA
I grew up in Northern Virginal
I’m an only child, my Husband is an only child too
I have one Daughter, Shea
My first job was on a farm – eeks – I still can’t believe it either
My second job was at Bloomingdale’s – that’s more like it
First car VW bug (the original), Second car VW bug – Super beetle
I met my husband, Chris, in Richmond – we both worked at the mall we only said “hi”
5 years later he recognized me in the parking lot of the apartment community we lived in, in Annapolis, Maryland – coincidence or fate?
6 months later we moved in together, 6 months later we got married – alone in Bermuda
He’s an only child too
I’ve always crafted rubber stamping, making cards, thrown pottery, stained glass, sewing, scrapbooking, you name it. I have supplies out the wazoo for everything
My Husband and I owned a Toy Store for 3 years,
playing Santa was amazing every Holiday season.
I’m a professional gift wrapper – 1000’s and 1000’s of gifts wrapped at my store
2) How I decided to open an Etsy Shop?
I love making things and friends would ask to make it for them, so I decided to sell to others too. I was a big ebayer back in the day but when Etsy came along it was the perfect new home for my handmade things.
3) Along with owning a shop, you also take beautiful photos! What camera equipment do you use?
I am new to photography. I bought my camera in April 2010 as a birthday present to myself. I have read and taken classes to learn everything there is to know. I’m a Canon girl and have an entry level Rebel Xsi. Many say it’s not the camera but the lens and the composition that results in a great photo. I started my www.hootphotography.com blog to share my photos and what I have learned with others posting tips and soon to offer classes. I’m not a big Photoshop fan but love Lightroom as my editing program. A photo tells a story and I don’t like to change what has been captured, but jazz it up with lighting and presets which is the beauty of Lightroom. My favorite lens is my nifty fifty (50mm 1.8) currently it’s the only lens I shoot with, the photos are that good! Everything on my photography blog is shot with this lens unless otherwise noted.
~one of my fave hoot photography photos~
4) Where do you draw inspiration from?
I love fabric and paper and the color stories within. I can see a 12×12 piece of great scrapbook paper or fabric and imagine it refashioned as many different things. Magazines are great too – I have piles to clip for inspiration folders. A store that I love is Anthropology they have artists and designers who create the amazing windows and displays. I asked one day how they come up with their displays and she said, sometimes we have a plan to follow but often we are sent a box of stuff and our team has to make it into something great for the store. Sometime I go there not to buy but just to see what the new windows look like and all the little clever creations on the tables and displays within.
5) What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
I love chocolate ice cream with almonds and coconut. I Love Cold Stone Creamery because you I get it all the time made special for me!
Chrissy is giving away $20 credit to her shop, what a hoot!! 😉
You must be a Google Friend Connect follower of Sandy a la Mode
1. Visit Hoot Designs shop and leave a comment with your favorite item!
For additional entries, leave a separate comment for each action.
2. Be a Google Friend Connect follower of Hoot Designs blog
3. Follow @sandyalamode and @chrissy217 on Twitter
4. Blog, facebook, or tweet about this giveaway (make sure to include @sandyalamode and @chrissy217 in your tweet) and include the link (one entry each)
Feel free to use this tweet:
#GIVEAWAY ALERT! Win $20 credit to @chrissy217’s Hoot Designs shop full of clutches, notepads, flower pins and more! http://bit.ly/fjRpbS
This giveaway is open to U.S. readers only and closes on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 12PM CST. Good luck!
Don’t want to wait? Take 20% off your order with code “Hootlove20”!
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Gift wrapping as a career? I love that! wohoo!
I love the camera strap. I need it!
Everything looks so cute! I think my favorite item is the “Spring Burlap Wreath Polka Dots and Flowers” :).
Ooh, I *love* this shop!! 🙂
This is my favorite item..
…SO, SO cute!! <3
I am also a follower. 🙂
i follow you…but not in a creepy way.
Also i want to own a toy store. also i want to own a cute store that sells cute things. one day (and i don’t mean on etsy i mean a real life store)
PS: good job on your photography, purty good.
i LOVE the spring burlap wreath!
My favorite are the Flower Posie Pins!
great interview!!! 🙂 xo
All of these things are adorable!!! I don’t even know what I love most. That photo of the lime is amazing!!!! Stunning!
I like this best…http://www.etsy.com/listing/68367272/kiss-lock-purse
I follow the hoot designs blog and your blog via GFC!
I follow both of you via twitter…@tigg1990
I’m a follower via GFC (lexacd) and my favorite item is the kiss lock purse! So cute!
I’m a follower of Hoot Design’s Blog via GFC (lexacd)!
She owned a toy store and gift wraps as a job? How awesome is that! 😀 I love her Personalized Embroidered Key Chain Key Fob Wristlet!
I love the Gift Card Mini Stack Notepad Spiral (Starbucks)!! =D
I am a GFC follower of Hoot Designs!!
This kiss lock purse is my favorite for sure!
following you both on twitter
I love it all, but my favorite is the covered button bookmarks!
I’m a follower through GFC of Chrissy’s blog.
I follow both of you on twitter already! 🙂
I tweeted about the giveaway. Thanks so much for the opportunity!
How cute! My favorite item is the Zebra Kiss Lock Purse.
Following on Twitter!
Love the camera strap cover! I was just thinking about how mine was really uncomfortable.
I follow you both on twitter! @daydreamincolor
I now follow Hoot Designs’ blog!
I would definitely put it towards a camera strap!
I now follow Hoot Designs via GFC!
I follow both of you on Twitter! @MrsStephanieT
I tweeted! @MrsStephanieT
I love this interview, especially the part about photography. I took my 1st photography class earlier this year and hope to take more in the years to come – I am fascinated by it!
wow such a talented lady for sure!
Really cute things in her shop. Those covered button bookmarks are calling out to be stocking stuffers–which I shop for all year. Thanks for the intro and the chance to win some!
I follow you via Google Friend Connect.
wordygirl at earthlink dot net
I LOVE little notebooks. I wan’t one of hers!!
I love her personalized keychains
I follow hoot designs blog!
I know follow you both on twitter!
I tweeted – @calleighsclips
I’m a follower and I would LOVE the DSLR Camera Strap Slip Cover.
Meggy from Chasing Davies
I am a twitter follower of you both! @ChasingDavies
Meggy from Chasing Davies
What a neat work space! I love the zebra kiss lock purse. Fun giveaway!
Such a cute shop! I love the kiss lock purse!
And I tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/colekbl/status/48213483543728129
I love the flower posie pins set. So cute.
I love the kisslock purse. Too cute!
I am your newest follower! Thanks for stopping in to my blog so I could find yours, it is super cute!
I think my favorite is the pebbles print.. so pretty!
following Hoot designs on GFC!
following you both on Twitter @hunnybunny727 🙂
P.S. thank you for following my blog 🙂 🙂
love the kiss lock purse!
I love the posie pin set!
My favorite item from the shop is Gift Card Mini Stack Notepad Spiral (Starbucks) Johathan Adler
I am following hootdesigns on Google Friend Connect as Viorela
omg. i. adore. her. shop.
I have 3 favorite items. I cannot decide on just one so hang with me here.
1. Zebra Kiss Lock Purse
2. DSLR Camer Strap Slip Cover
3. Flower Posie Pins Set of two fabric and felt
I am a follower of the Hoot Designs blog.
The “rustic crab apples” photo is my favorite!
I follow you both on Twitter.
i like the starbucks gift card mini stack notebook
i follow Hoot Designs on GFC
I love the key fobs! What an adorable shop!
I am a follower of hoot designs!
And ofcourse I follow sandy a la mode!
I am following you both on twitter!!
I am fan of hoot designs on Facebook.
I tweeted about the giveaway
And facebooked about the giveaway too!
And last but not least I hearted hoot designs on etsy…
Oh my Facebook name is Sara Haga Gore
I love the little notebooks! I’m such a sucker for any form of paper products…
Mmm, cold stone! I love it too! And I love her flower posie pins–they’re so fun!
LOVE the camera strap!! 😀
I follow you both via twitter!
I love love love the flower posie pins! So many things that you could do with them. The kiss lock purses are super adorable too!
I like the Target mini notepad!
My favorite item is the DSLR Camera Strap cover. I have a good photographer friend that I would love to gift it to!
I am now a Google Friend Connect follower of Hoot Designs blog!
I already followed @sandyalamode but now I follow @chrissy217 too!
I tweeted the giveaway! http://twitter.com/#!/JASIVRAS/status/49654482308567040
ohmygosh i love this 🙂 i follow on twitter! 🙂
The button bookmarks are precious! I totally need a new bookmark, come to think of it.
I follow you both on Twitter – @SheLikesRuffles
I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/SheLikesRuffles/status/49798018731479040
I love the burlap spring wreath!
Tweet tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/AZinAugust/status/49828692813295616
i like the Gift Card Mini Stack Notepad Spiral (Target) email@example.com
I love the ocean pebbles (heart) photo.
I’m a follower via GFC and I love the flower pins! http://www.etsy.com/listing/65797730/flower-posie-pins-set-of-two-fabric-and
Hi! I follow via GFC and on twitter as TatiAbaurre and my favorite item from the store is the “Spring Burlap Wreath Polka Dots and Flowers”, so cute!
GFC follower mearnold115 and I love her Personalized Embroidered Key Chain Key Fob Wristlet!
I follow you both on twitter
My favorite item from her shop is the Kiss Lock Purse!
I’m a follower of Hoot Design’s Blog!
I really like the DSLR Camera Strap Slip Cover! 🙂 <3
I follow Hoot Design’s Blog!
I FB about the giveaway! 😀
I’m kind of obsessed with the Hoot Designs DSLR Camera Strap Slip Cover – LOVELY!
I’m your Google Friend!
I love the Kiss Lock Purse
The Zebra Kiss Lock Purse is my favorite.
I’m following Hott Designs’ Blog.
I’m following you both on twitter. (@SingNightingale)
I blogged. http://sweetnightingalesing.blogspot.com/2011/03/hoot-designs-giveaway.html
And I tweeted. http://twitter.com/SingNightingale/status/50216899300179968