Monday, September 14, 2009

Carissa Black Giveaway! (CLOSED)

I want to welcome back Carissa who has a wonderful shop on Etsy which carries handmade purses and bags. She also had a bag featured in the June issue of "Good Housekeeping" magazine and was featured in the inspiration gallery of Amy Butler's newest software. Some of you may remember the giveaway Carissa sponsored earlier this year, she is now back offering another great prize. First though, I thought it would be fun to get to know Carissa a little better. Here is what I learned from our interview.


Mama Snow-Tell us a little more about yourself...

Carissa-"A little about myself, hmmmm... I am 37. I live in Connecticut with my two crazy little boys and my very adventurous, mountain climbing husband. I have a cute little house and a great garden. I love hiking, camping, and occasionally taking those uphill treks with my hubby. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 with a degree in nursing. I have been an ICU/trauma nurse ever since. I am currently working in an open heart ICU, but only on the weekends. The rest of the week is spent taking care of the family and of course, sewing. Another interesting thing about my family is that my little boy, who is 9, will need a liver transplant at some point. You would never know it to look at him though. He is just your typical 9 year old, active, little boy."

Mama Snow-How long has your business been around?

Carissa-"Officially, 2 years. Unofficially, 4. It was more of an idea/hobby for 2 years and then one day I stumbled upon Etsy and the next day opened my shop."

Mama Snow-What inspired you to create your shop?

Carissa-"I have always loved to design and sew. I took sewing classes in high school, but my teacher hated me. I was such a rebel and never wanted to follow a pattern or do anything the "proper" way. It drove her nuts. My way just seemed to make more sense. What got me in trouble then has really helped me now. I love to create my own patterns and I love the process of turning a yard of fabric into something wonderful. Anyway, my "hobby" was taking over my husband's side of the closet so I decided I needed to find a practical way to manage all of my creations."

Mama Snow-Is this a full time or part time business?

Carissa-"It is a full time business. I have been working really hard over the past year and it is really starting to pay off. I had one of my bags in the June issue of Good Housekeeping magazine this year and I was also featured in the newest Amy Butler software. My stuff is in the inspiration gallery. I have also been busy getting my bags into some great boutiques along the East Coast."

Mama Snow-What is one of your favorite creations?

Carissa-"I love making backpacks, but recently did one in Amy Butler's Water Lotus that I loved."



"I am hoping to get some fall colors and prints into the shop in the next few weeks. I have also been thinking about experimentiing with leather. I think it would be cool to do some bags with beautiful leather on the outside and fun, bright prints on the inside."

Discount:
Carissa Black is offering 10% off your entire order when you mention "Catch the Drift with Mama Snow" in the notes to seller at checkout.

Where to purchase:
You can view much of Carissa's work at CarissaBlack.com or you can purchase at her Etsy shop.

Giveaway:
One winner will win the Carissa Black's "Amy Butler's lacework and green polka dots" shopper. The retail of the shopper is $30




How to Enter: Go to Carissa Black's Etsy shop or site and look around. Come back and tell me one of your favorite items!

*For Bonus Entries*
- Grab my button
- Subscribe to "Catch the Drift..."
- Follow me on Twitter (Mama_Snow)
- Become a fan on Facebook
- Blog about this post or Tweet it! (Be sure to leave the link)
-If you make a purchase at Carissa Blacks store gain 3 more entries!

Each of these can give you another entry making (6) entries! Please leave a separate comment for each one and what it is for!

Rules: In order to win, you must provide a valid email. I will be notifying the winner by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to me with their name and address. If this information is not received within 48 hours new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is opened US residents only.

Giveaway Ends: September 29

252 comments:

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Bombtastic Belle said...

I love the wooden handle side tie bag in Alexander Henry fabric, and the also the one in the "bee" fabric. :)
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Tj and Amy said...

I love the TriFold Wallet in Jessica Jones Calliope. amsbolda@hotmail.com

Tj and Amy said...

tweeted. amsbolda@hotmail.com
http://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/4006857027

Sylvia said...

I like the 5 Pocket Expandable Tote in Valorie Wells Medallion
sylviawhit@gmail.com

STYLEEZTA said...

I ABSOLUTELY love the Medium Four Pocket Zippy Pouch in Tina Givens Afternoon Play! How cute is the bee design??!! GUSH :)

liis177 (at) gmail (dot) com

MaggieM said...

OMGosh! What's not to love at Carissa Black's etsy shop? I LOVE the 5 Pocket Expandable Tote in Valorie Wells Medallion ($75), and the pretty Medium Four Pocket Zippy Pouch in Amy Butler's Pink Tree Peony (my very favorite flower!) and the Small Side Tie Park Bag in Joel Dewberry's Rose Damask ($50). I love those fabrics!

maggie@mannwieler.com

MaggieM said...

I follow mam_snow on Twitter as "Smokeysmom" and Tweeted this giveaway: http://twitter.com/smokeysmom/status/4009327152

maggie@mannwieler.com

Terra H. said...

My favorite is the Medium Four Pocket Zippy Pouch in Stripes. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I love the Tote in Valori Wells Brown Curves.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tricia said...

I love the Small Side Tie Park Bag in Amy Butler's Full Bloom, very cute!

Andrea said...

I like the The Five Pocket Shopper in Amy Butler's Pink Coriander.

amanda said...

I love the bamboo handled bag in botanicals.
oheeyore at hotmail dot com

the brown couch said...

I found two loves: Bamboo Handled Bag in Botanicals and Small Side Tie Park Bag in Joel Dewberry's Rose Damask.

Deborah
comfortjoydesignsATgmailDOTcom

reener said...

What a talent! Love that backpack! I wish I had a designated place to do sewing or I'd do it more as I love to sew also. Kudos to you and lots of luck with your shop!

MaggieM said...

I re-tweeted this giveaway today:
http://twitter.com/smokeysmom/status/4039872013

maggie@mannwieler.com

CinnamonLaine said...

Lots of cute stuff! 3 Pocket Expandable Tote in Joel Dewberry's Orchid is the one that really caught my eye!

Lindsay said...

So cute! Love the Makeup Bag in Butterfly Jubilee!

frugalfab at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

i love the wooden handle side purse. great print! thanks!

polly
cherubpk@aol.com

bridget3420 said...

My favorite item is the Makeup Bag in Butterfly Jubilee Organic Cotton Canvas.

bjhopper(at)me(dot)com

bridget3420 said...

Button is on my sidebar

http://freebies4meandu.blogspot.com/

bjhopper(at)me(dot)com

3girlspr said...

I love the Bamboo Handled Bag in Botanicals it is beautiful. Pretty stuff

Julie said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23631011
trifold wall in woodland blooms

love the vibrant colors she uses

aunteegem@yahoo.com

jemeliz said...

THe 5 Pocket Expandable Tote in Valorie Wells Medallion is my favorite....
jemeliz at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

wow wonderful stuff. Love the butterfly makeup bag.
trishbazin@yahoo.com

Tina said...

It is hard to pick a favorite, but I really like The Five Pocket Shopper in Amy Butler's Pink Coriander.
tinap
tinajanet1@verizon.net

~Sandy~ said...

the little zippy pouch is super cute! thanks so much for the chance to win :)

shopaholicmommy at hotmail dot com

Liberty said...

So many to choose from!!!! I love the 5 Pocket Expandable Tote in Valorie Wells Medallion!!
My email is:
LMA76 (at) comcast (dot) net

Natural Mama said...

great bags- my fave is the Pink Coriander- Five Pocket Shopper.
thank you

The Howard's said...

I tweeted!
http://twitter.com/jskhoward/status/4137928873
stacylhoward at gmail dot com

The Howard's said...

I love the TriFold Wallet in Jessica Jones!
stacylhoward at gmail dot com

Sarah said...

I love the Makeup Bag in Butterfly Jubilee.

justaddcharm at gmail dot com

Sarah said...

Blogged here:
http://iloveagiveaway.blogspot.com/2009/09/monday-giveaways.html

HuNnY aNd PoPpA LeWiS said...

Love the 5 Pocket Shopper in Amy Butler's Lacework.

s_lewis_cdi (at) yahoo (dot) com

Delilah said...

I love the bag inspired the fisherman,the one reserved for Sherry. I subscribe by e-mail

KristiLynn said...

Front Tie Zippy Pouch in Amy Butler's Dandelion Field is gorgeous!
kristi2bsb@yahoo.com

wantsandwishes said...

What cute bags they have there. I chose this one it is fun: Medium Four Pocket Zippy Pouch in Tina Givens Afternoon Play. It has bees all over it. It reminds me of the plight of the bees now.

Sweepstakes Advantage said...

This giveaway was featured on Sweepstakes Advantage, http://www.sweepsadvantage.com . Good Luck to everyone!

Miss Heidi said...

I really like the Tote in Valori Wells Brown Curves. Thanks.

sweet_soul_sistermi@yahoo.com

Ellen C. said...

I like the butterfly jubilee puch. Thanks for the chance.

sweetascandy579@yahoo.com

secret cake said...

The 3 Pocket Expandable Tote in Joel Dewberry's Orchid is brilliant!

Thanks for the opportunity!

secretcake (at) yahoo (dot) com

Celeste said...

I like the wooden handled side-tie bag!

contact me at:
celeste@mail4me.com

sarsosari said...

I love the Small Side Tie Park Bag in Amy Butler's Full Bloom!! It is so pretty :)

sarsosariATgmailDOTcom

Liane said...

I like the Vinyl Messenger Bag in Reds and Browns!

Liane
spacestitch@hotmail.com

Sherrylinn said...

I like the Small Side Tie Park Bag in Joel Dewberry's Rose Damask.

slcremer at gmail dot com

Sherrylinn said...

Blogged this giveaway

http://sherrylinnslist.blogspot.com/2009/09/carissa-black-giveaway.html

Whimsical Creations said...

Love the Custom Order for Becca. Just fantastic!
=D melanie
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

i have your button
=D melanie
melanieadey at hotmail dot com
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com

The Eclectic Dabbler said...

I like several; the pleated front tie tote in Yellow (i like the style, altho would prefer a different color that would match more of my clothes/stuff) and I liked the "Custom Order Bag for Becca" as well. . . I need a bag that is MY bag, not a diaper bag! (I have an almost 3yo, 15 mo-old, and another on the way!) Occasionally I go out and don't know how to carry my things, because I always stick them in the diaper bag!

Carrie said...

Small Side Tie Park Bag in Jessica Jones Pea Pod is so cute!

makinglemonadeblog at gmail dot com

Linda K said...

I like the bamboo handled bag in botanicals

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

ZaftigDelights ~ KnitzyBlonde said...

This is my favorite item:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26983095

Sandie
zaftig2k at yahoo dot com

ZaftigDelights ~ KnitzyBlonde said...

I have your button on my blog roll.

http://zaftigdelighs.blogspot.com

Sandie
zaftig2k at yahoo dot com

ZaftigDelights ~ KnitzyBlonde said...

I tweeted your giveaway

http://twitter.com/ZaftigDelights/status/4310147163

Sandie
zaftig2k at yahoo dot com

Ashley said...

I absolutely love the TriFold Wallet in Jessica Jones Boardwalk!

Ashley Hays
amhigginson@gmail.com

Shelly said...

love the Medium Four Pocket Zippy Pouch in Amy Butler's Pink Tree Peony

dawns41 said...

I love the 3 Pocket Expandable Tote in Joel Dewberry's Orchid.

dawns_horizen@yahoo.com

squareby said...

I like the Trifold Wallet in Jessica Jones Boardwalk. Generally I'm not a big fan of orange, but I love the geometric pattern.
squareby@gmail.com

lisa said...

I love the Checkbook Cover in Full Moon Polka Dot!

I subscribe and my email is lisa.m.milone@gmail.com

NGS said...

The Custom Order for Becca makes me happier than any bag should. If I see Becca on the street, I might shove everyone else aside so I can tell her how much her bag makes me happy!

bison61 said...

I like the Checkbook Cover in Alexander Henry's Granville

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

S said...

the key fob in Amy Butler's Dandelion Field is cool!

sunela at gmail dot com

JeansandTs said...

JeansandTs@hotmail.com
My favorite item is the Little Zippy Pouch in Bari J's Fuschia Birds.

Wendi P said...

I like everything about the 5 Pocket Expandable Tote in Valorie Wells Medallion. Great bag!

The Royal Family said...

I have your button
http://hail2thesnowqueen.blogspot.com/2009/09/peace-love-mom-giveaway.html

The Royal Family said...

http://hail2thesnowqueen.blogspot.com/2009/09/peace-love-mom-giveaway.html

i blogged

Hotsnotty2 said...

I love the Trifold Wallet in Jessica Jones Calliope, thanks for the chance!

Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

MaggieM said...

Re-Tweet: http://twitter.com/smokeysmom/status/4348388227

maggie@mannwieler.com

Sweeps Queen said...

What a gifted designer she is. Fabrics are reminiscent of the 60's era. I especially like her Little Zippy Pouches. Great colors! The Makeup Bag in Butt is also unusual.

mogrill said...

The 5 pocket expandible tote is fantastic! Thanks for the Chance.
mogrill@comcast.net

Jaime said...

Love the Checkbook Cover in Alexander Henry's Granville
copperllama at yahoo dot com

djw209 said...

my goodness I LOVE the Wristlet in Amy Butler's Water Lotus!!! And it's only $20 - I may buy one for my mom and one for my sister and one for my mother in law!! And of course one for me!!! LOVE IT! Thanks for introducing me to this AMAZING (local to me) Etsy artist!

djw209 said...

I tweeted about this giveaway!

http://twitter.com/DJW209/statuses/4370128162

Shanna said...

I like the 3-pocket expandable in Joel Dewberry's "Orchard" fabric! Cute stuff on Carissa's Etsy page!

Marie said...

I love the Bamboo Handled Bag in Botanicals.

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Anonymous said...

I love the 3 Pocket Exp. Tote.

Dawn at the1869farm(at)yahoo(dot)net

Heather said...

I like the TriFold Wallet in Jessica Jones Calliope.
jswandrn @ gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love the 3 pocket expandable tote! Also the red messenger bag since red is so in this season.

hotmommy100 at comcast dot net

Michelle said...

I really like the TriFold Wallet in Jessica Jones Calliope. Thanks for the chance to win!

Kara said...

I would love the Bamboo Handled Bag in Botanicals. It's so earthy and simple!

Aisling said...

The 3 Pocket Expandable Tote in Joel Dewberry's Orchid is one of my favorite items.

Wanda said...

These are great!
Love the wooden handle side bag...and the Ryan bag.
Very cute

bmolavi said...

The "TriFold Wallet in Lila Tueller's Woodland Bloom" is so colorful and lovely :D
ocamcaro at gmail dot com

Jodi said...

My favorite bag is the Small Side Tie Park Bag in Jessica Jones Pea Pod. It's adorable! I really love the print!

erma said...

I like the Medium Four Pocket Zippy Pouch in Butterfly Jubilee Organic Cotton C.
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