FEATURED MAKER: Stephanie Rose + “Garden Made” Book Giveaway!

Please welcome our newest Featured Maker: Stephanie Rose! Stephanie is a Master Gardener, author and creative mastermind behind her blog, Garden Therapy. Stephanie and I started working together in the blogging world almost five years ago and I am so excited to learn more about her life and work today. She has also graciously offered us a signed copy of her new book, Garden Made to give away to one lucky winner! See details on how to enter at the end of this post…

stephanie-gardentherapy-a5-1600x0Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What is your background?

I’m a Master Gardener, author and the creator of the crafty-gardening blog, Garden Therapy. I make garden projects in my small, urban Vancouver (Canada) garden to show the world that everyone can get a little garden therapy, no matter what your knowledge, skill, ability, or garden size!

What do you make and sell?

I mostly make crafty garden projects as I love to be out in the garden all year long. I also make all my own natural beauty products and soaps, plenty of handmade gifts, and a bunch of healthy recipes from the garden. I don’t sell the products I make, but instead share the DIY instructions so that everyone can learn to make them too. I have over 700 projects on my blog, Garden Therapy that you can browse through, as well as a print book, Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden and Your Life, and three eBooks:

What made you decide to take the leap and start your own creative business?

In 2006 I had to stop working at my corporate job due to sudden illness. I was hit hard and suffered from crippling pain for many years. After a few years of being confined to bed, I was able to slowly start moving. I used gardening as a way to heal my body and strengthen my mind. I learned to use gardening, photography, and writing as a way to add joy to each and every day.

How did you get started and when did you launch your business?

I began blogging as a way to reach out to others and ease the isolation. I met plenty of lovely people like me and began to share not just what I was making, but HOW I was making it. When I started to feel like I could begin working again, I decided not to go back to the corporate world, but give blogging and writing a shot as a full-time gig. I’m happy to say that it has worked out better than I had hoped! I’m able to work from home, spend time with my family, and do what I love for a living.

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Do you have any philosophies or ideals you try to represent with your work?

I’d like the projects I make to inspire others to try making themselves. While I do really love all the beautiful handmade creations around my home and garden, I love it more when I see that someone has made it for their own home or garden. I know that they are spending their time feeding their creativity and enjoying the garden.

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What’s your process for coming up with ideas for new products?

Generally I have a long list of things I want to make so I gather the materials in my studio and get to them when the time is right. Sometimes that is days, other times it can be years. I may find a birdcage and keep it for 2-3 years before one day turning it into a succulent planter. Or I could see a candle planter at the garden center and rush home to make one that day!

Where do you look for inspiration?

Because I craft from the garden, I look for inspiration on garden tours, garden centers, catalogs, and in parks. I collect materials wherever I go and keep them in my studio until they become something.

What does your workspace/studio look like?

I have a garden full of creative projects and a studio space to store all of my stuff. One day the studio will be set up for more than just storage but until then you can find me out here in my play garden.

Hopscotch Stepping Stones featured in Stephanie's Play Garden

Hopscotch Stepping Stones featured in Stephanie’s Play Garden

What are some of your favorite tools or techniques?

I love to work with outdoor succulents which are colorful and ornamental. I also like to work with lighting in the garden. I’ve made citronella candles out of tin cans, solar lanterns from mason jars, and a little solar chandelier out of a hanging basket.

Tell us about a challenge you’ve overcome in your business? Or something you tried but didn’t work the way you planned?

A few years back I started an Etsy shop to sell some of the things I made and quickly learned that it wasn’t for me. I didn’t like packaging, shipping, and all the non-creative work involved. I enjoyed making the crafts and writing about them so I wrote a number of books to sell instead.

What does a day in the life of Stephanie look like?

About ¼ of my time is gardening & creating, ½ is writing and editing, and ¼ marketing and website housekeeping. I try to spend a little time outdoors or gardening each day to ensure that I continue my recovery and stay healthy.

Visit Stephanie’s blog, Garden Therapy and check out her YouTube Channel!

Thank you so much Stephanie for sharing your story with us! Do you want to be our next Featured Maker? Visit our Contribute Page for more info!


Enter to Win A signed copy of Stephanie’s book!

We are so excited to be giving away a signed copy of Stephanie’s new book, Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden & Your Life. The giveaway starts today, April 6th and will end on Wednesday, April 13th. We’ll announce the lucky winner on Thursday, April 14th. Just click on the link below to enter. Good luck everyone!

Stephanie's book, Garden Made

Stephanie’s book, Garden Made

CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN!

GIVEAWAY: Greeting Card 6-Pack

GIVEAWAY: Greeting Card Pack #andsothere #campsmartypants #cards #win
Can you believe it’s time for our next giveaway already? This month we are giving away a lovely greeting card pack! One lucky winner will receive a set of 6 blank cards, 3 of which were designed by me, Rachel (of Camp Smartypants) and 3 designed by Alison (of So, There).

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Greeting Cards designed by Camp Smartypants (blank inside)

The three Camp Smartypants cards are designed using a combination of pen and ink drawings, watercolor and photoshop. I love using bright colors in my designs, so each Camp Smartypants card is sure to make someone smile!

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Letterpress greeting cards designed by So, There (blank inside).

The three So, There cards are designed using hand lettering, illustration, and letterpress. If you are a letterpress fan, you’ll love receiving these cards!

GIVEAWAY: Greeting Card Pack #andsothere #campsmartypants #cards #win

How To Enter

Leave a comment below telling us about one of your favorite fall traditions.

Optional Additional Entries

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It’s helpful if you leave us a comment letting us know which additional entries you chose to do 🙂

Enter all 5 ways to increase your chances of winning!

The giveaway ends on Sunday, October 26 at 11:59PM. We will announce the winner (chosen at random) on Tuesday, October 28. Good luck everyone!

UPDATE 11/27/14

This giveaway is now closed. We will announce the winner tomorrow, 11/28/14

GIVEAWAY: Make every day an adventure

GIVEAWAY: Make Every Day An Adventure #lettering #art #win

It’s time for our next giveaway! Hurray! One lucky winner will receive a ‘Make Every Day An Adventure Print’ plus an official Adventures-In-Making swag kit!

This awesome print was illustrated by Alison, co-creator of this blog and owner of So, There! She designed, hand lettered and watercolored this inspiring wall art perfect for your home or work studio. It measures 9.5″ square and is easy to frame (frame shown in photo will not be included with the prize).

The winner will also receive an official Adventures-In-Making swag kit which includes a handmade mini notebook, pencil, stickers!

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How To Enter

Leave a comment below telling us about a recent adventure you had.

Optional Additional Entries

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It’s helpful if you leave us a comment letting us know which additional entries you chose to do 🙂

Enter all 5 ways to increase your chances of winning!

The giveaway ends on Sunday, September 28 at 11:59PM. We will announce the winner (chosen at random) on Tuesday, September 30. Good luck everyone!

UPDATE 9/29/14

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated!

School House Craft Fall Conference + A Giveaway!

School House Craft + A Giveaway!
We are excited to team up with School House Craft this year for their 5th annual fall conference in Seattle, WA! Artists and crafters from all over the Pacific Northwest come together for 2 days of classes, hands-on workshops and networking. We’ve been attendees to this event for the past few years and we are excited to be teaching a fun craft project this year during the Book Signing and Craft Social on Sunday, September 28th.

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The mission of School House Craft is to help artists and craft makers find the knowledge they need to build businesses that last. This year’s conference is held September 27th & 28th at the Sunset Hill Community Club in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. They have a full lineup of amazing small business classes and workshops led by some of our community’s most knowledgeable and inspirational speakers including Jena Coray, Blair Stocker, Tara Gentile, and more!

Visit the School House Craft website to register and see the full line up of classes and events.

This year’s conference has a huge range of classes, an amazing line up of teachers, an exciting new round table event, a happy hour soiree and a book signing and crafting social. One and two day tickets include daily inspirational keynote addresses, over 17 classes and events as well as lunch and snacks. One day tickets are available for $85, two day tickets for $155 and individual classes for just $35.

This conference is a fantastic opportunity for Artists, Crafters and Makers, both emerging and experienced, who are looking to invest in their businesses and learn a wealth of information that will help them start, run, and grow their small creative businesses more efficiently and with greater success.

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The Giveaway!

This year School House Craft wants to give one of you a one-day pass to this year’s fall conference in Seattle! The winner will have the choice of attending on Saturday (Sept. 27) or Sunday (Sept. 28). The one-day pass includes admission to the keynote event, your choice of classes, lunch, a complimentary happy hour event on Saturday evening, and the Book Signing and Craft Social on Sunday– an $85 value!*

How To Enter:

Leave us a comment below telling us one of the goals you have for your small business for 2014 (required). Remember to include your contact information!

Additional Entries (Optional):
Share this tweet: I just entered to win a ticket to the 5th annual @schoolhousecon conference at http://adventures-in-making.com/ #giveaway (click to tweet)
• Sign up for our monthly newsletter (in right sidebar above)
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*Note: This is an in-person event located in Seattle, WA. It does not include overnight accommodations, so be sure to plan ahead!

The giveaway ends on Sunday, August 24 at 11:59PM. We will announce the winner (chosen at random) on Tuesday, August 26. Good luck everyone!

UPDATE 8/24/2014

We have extended this giveaway through Wednesday, August 27 at 11:59PM! We will announce the winner (chosen at random) on Friday, August 29. Good luck everyone!

UPDATE 8/28/2014

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered! We’ll be announcing the winner tomorrow!

GIVEAWAY: Cat Nap Eye Pillow & Tea

GIVEAWAY: Cat Nap Eye Pillow & Tea #entertowin #handmade #win

Happy Monday! We are excited to announce our next giveaway on Adventures In Making. One lucky winner will receive a handmade Cat Nap Eye Pillow and two small pouches of loose leaf tea from our friends at Experience Tea.

The Cat Nap Eye Pillow is handmade by me (Rachel) and stuffed with flax seeds, dried lavender, chamomile and lemon balm – the perfect combination to sooth headaches and help you to relax.

The winner will also receive two small pouches of loose leaf tea compliments of our friends and local shop, Experience Tea. I’ve included two of my favorite teas, Lemon Gingersnap (a lovely lemon and ginger tea with a hint of cinnamon) and NW Sunsets (blend of organic lemongrass, organic chamomile, vanilla chips, lavender, peppermint and green cardamom).

How to Enter

Leave a comment below telling us your favorite way to wind down from your day and relax (required).

Additional Entries (Optional)

• Follow our blog on Bloglovin
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Enter all 5 ways to increase your chances of winning!

The giveaway ends on Wednesday, July 30 at 11:59PM. We will announce the winner (chosen at random) on Thursday, July 31. Good luck everyone!

UPDATE:

This giveaway is now closed. The winner will be announced on Friday, August 1. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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Enter To Win: #adventuresinmkg Swag Kit #giveaway #win #swag
Today we are hosting our very first giveaway! Hurray! To start off, I want to tell you about the PRIZE that not one, but three lucky winners will receive! The official Adventures In Making Swag Kit contains a mini notebook (designed and made by us), a set of pretty scallop stickers (designed by Rachel), and an official A-I-M pencil. We had a lot of fun designing these and hope that you’ll love them as much as we do.

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Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty on how to get your hands on one of our Swag Kits…

How To Enter

• Leave a comment below telling us your favorite summer activity (required)

Optional additional entries:

• Follow our blog on Bloglovin
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• Share this tweet: I just entered to #win an awesome #swagkit at @adventuresinmkg! You should too! #giveaway (click to tweet)
• Add an A-I-M button to your blog or website (click here to get buttons) and leave us a link to your site in the comments below.

Enter all 5 ways to increase your chances of winning!

The giveaway ends on Sunday, June 29 at 11:59PM. We will announce the three winners (chosen at random) on Monday, June 30. Good luck everyone!

UPDATE

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated!