Friday, April 10, 2009

olivebrown


Name: tracy hachler
Shop Name: olivebrown
Shop Link: http://olivebrown.etsy.com
Blog: http://simplyolive.blogspot.com/
Location: wisconsin
Ships To: everywhere

What materials do you use for your ECO friendly products?
-i use hemp for my hand knit market bags, which is a renewable resource. the plant thrives without any pesticides or herbicides. i also buy wool sweaters from thrift stores, that i felt (shrink on purpose) in the washing machine, and use for my recycled coasters. (i also plan on making purses/bags -hopefully- for this fall/winter.)

Why did you decide to make ECO friendly products?
- not all of my products are eco-friendly... however, i have had an interest in reusing & recycling since college, when i presented a collection made entirely from recycled clothing. when i designed my hemp market bag, i did so with myself in mind--i wanted a reusable bag to carry with me to the store. (i wasn't liking any of the existing bag patterns i came across in the yarn shop where i worked.)
it's also featured in this month's (april) bon appetit magazine and on the blog, which i am so grateful for! to have national coverage like this has been amazing!!


What inspires you?
- everything inspires me!!

How long have you had your shop on Etsy?
- my shop officially opened july 4th, 2008.

Is this a job for you or a hobby?
- it's been my job...as i job hunt! i was laid off last spring (yes, 1 year ago!) from a specialty yarn shop. during the 3 years i was there i perfected my knitting skills, and designed sweaters, accessories, bags, etc. for the shop collection; and was responsible for the visual displays and merchandising. but knitting has been a hobby on and off since childhood, that i rediscovered in college, and then again in adult life when i got a dog and decided she needed a wardrobe of sweaters...

Besides your business practices, do you do other things to live a green life?
- recycle & reuse...everything! basically, i try to be mindful of everything i do.


How did you get into your craft?
- I've always done hand crafts ever since i can remember. my mom has always sewed, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, etc. and she taught me everything as a child, and I've never stopped!

Do you have any advice for fellow Etsy shop owners?
- everyone says this, but just do what you love and make a quality product, and you will succeed (it make take a little time...I've learned to be patient!). great photos of your work ALWAYS helps, and great customer service (i always include a hand written note in all my packages).

Anything else you would like to add?
- just a THANKYOU for your interest in my little 'ol shop!!
...and I encourage everyone to buy handmade and to support all the small shops out there, and of course our fellow Etsyians! (I've met some great sellers through my own purchases and conversations).


Giveaway Details

The giveaway will run from today Friday, April 10th 2009, until Thursday, April 16th Midnight.
The winner will receive a set of coasters from olivebrown! This giveaway is open to the US, Canada, and International.

To Enter:

* Official Entry: You MUST visit olivebrown tell me what else you love or your favorite color that she uses.

*1 extra entry: Follow this blog with email subscription.

*1 extra entry: Put my blog button on your blog-you can find the code on the right sidebar.

* 1 extra entry: Blog about this giveaway and link to this blog. Leave a comment with your blog address.

*1 extra entries: Email 3 friends about this giveaway and CC me. (greenearthjourney@gmail.com)


*Please leave a separate comment for each of your entries.
* You MUST leave me a way to contact you.
* If winner does not respond to the winning email within 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen.


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Labels: Giveaway, Etsy seller

133 comments:

LT said...

I really love the triangle bag! I love the coasters too!

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I am an email subscriber

Kristy said...

I love the pink booty and baby hat set.

Kristy said...

Follower.

Heidi V said...

I love the colors of the triangle scarf!

Heidi V said...

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Tj and Amy said...

I love hemp market bag. amsbolda@hotmail.com

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ikkinlala said...

I love the Hemp Market Bag in the Espresso colour.

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Anonymous said...

I really like the spiral slouch hat. Thanks.
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Anonymous said...

I'm an e-mail subscriber.
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AllyKatt said...

I love the orange she uses and the Hemp Market Bag. Also the Color Therapy coasters are cool. My mother's name was Olive Brown. How funny!


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ape said...

the market bags are really pretty- i'd want to shop more so i could use them! the coasters are great too. i'm always needing more coasters!

ape said...

i'm an email subscriber.

Jackie said...

I like the Triangle Bag..the fabric is gorgeous! Thanks for the review and giveaway!

Jackie said...

I subscribe via email

janil said...

fringe scarf BULKY is absolutely lovely!!!!

Thanks for these fantastics links!!!!

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janil said...

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Hollyrocks said...

My favorite item in olivebrown's shop is this hemp market bag:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23348118

I love hemp, it is such a strong and attractive fiber. Cool shop!

PrairiePeasant said...

I love the chartreuse and steel grey combination in this listing: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14692379

northernmama-northerngirl said...

I love the lulu scarf!

northernmama-northerngirl said...

I follow!

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I have your button on my blog Northern Mama!

Naddez said...

I like the dog cowl.

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valerie2350 said...

i like the dark green hemp market bag :)

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kalea_kane said...

I absolutely love the Spiral Slouch hat. Oh I wish I could knit like that! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Kelly :)

kalea_kane said...

I'm also an email subscriber. :)

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chendric said...

I love the lulu scarf http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17100335

Prpldy said...

I like the cable cowl/hat BULKY but wished it was in the pink color like the baby booties.

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Prpldy said...

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Prpldy said...

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Prpldy said...

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The Dreamer said...

Love the green and gray baby hat too!

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mrstwigg said...

I love the triangle bag and the coasters.

Thank you for the giveaway.

Rajee said...

Love both triangle bag and hemp market bag.
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yellowwarbler said...

Triangle bag is my favourite!

AngelFabs said...

I like the CB bag made from reused plastic bags. Very cool.
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Debbie said...

I love the earthy colors and the chunky neckwarmers...

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Debbie said...

I am now a subscriber....


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Alison said...

I like the hemp market bag in the olive green colour!

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LittleEagle said...

I like the baby hat and booties. Also the multi colored coasters. sharonaquilino(at)hotmail(dot)com

Shannon said...

Like the lul scarf.

mar said...

I like the Moss Cowl besides the coasters. All the items are so fine looking. What a nice talent!

Fangirl Jen said...

I like the dark green Hemp Market Bag.

Fangirl Jen said...

Your button is on my blog.

mverno said...

the triangle bag. mverno@roadrunner.com

estah said...

I love the deep grays, especially on the wool hat!

linett said...

Love the Beaded Cuff Bracelet, what a fantastic idea

Lily Bean Designs said...

beaded cuff . hand knit

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19144891

Lily Bean Designs said...

I Follow this blog with email subscription.

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Emily said...

I like the natural colored hemp market bag! So handy. Tried making something like this myself once, but yours is much prettier! Also love the coasters :)

Katrina said...

I like the color therapy - 8 wool coasters

JJ said...

I love the felt coasters in grey and olive green!

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

love the blue and market hemp bag

Stephanie said...

Love the recycled sweater pin cushion.

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ky2here said...

Let's go with the Triangle Bag,

Audrey said...

I love the hemp market bags!! This one is an amazing green:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22027768

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Hil'Lesha said...

I like the hemp market bag.

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Kelle's Kitchen said...

I love the triangle bag! Her photography of her work is incredible. I am extremely impressed!

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chromiumman said...

hemp market bag

Jean said...

I like the color therapy - 8 wool coasters, that used to be a pullover

Anonymous said...

i love the hemp market bag in orange

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intensev5 said...

I really love the triangle bag --- thanks for the giveaway:)

elaine said...

I love the Color Therapy Coasters-lovely colors that came from a recycled wool sweater!

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curtiskaty@hotmail.com said...

I love the chartreuse and steel gray striped baby hat and booties. I'm giving birth at the end of October, and this just looks so snugglie-warm and cozy!

toughturtles said...

blue hemp market bag

Sklnurse said...

I love the green hemp market bag.

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Super Blogger Girl! said...

I also love her bulky fringe scarf, just pretty!

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tatertot374 said...

I also like the hemp market bag. Thank you
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vboackle said...

i like the grey color you use.

Meninheira said...

I love the baby hat in grey, are very beautiful!! :)

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wwrk said...

I love the hemp market bag (Olive green)

spitfyr323 said...

I LOVE the Fringe Scarf Bulky!

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I'm a subscriber!

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mogrill said...

The triangle bag is my fave! Thanks for the chance.
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Pam said...

I love the lulu scarf!
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kalea_kane said...

I posted your giveaway here:

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Katherine said...

I love the triangle bag! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13121514

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m&n said...

I love the coasters

Shanda said...

I love the Pink Baby Hat and Booties Set!
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Melissa B said...

I really like the moss cowl. The color is fantastic and it looks so warm and cozy!
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Melissa B said...

I'm a follower.
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sushi_noem said...

I like the hand-knit cuffs.

minishoes said...

I love the felt coasters! thanks jacquecurl@gmail.com

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I already subscribe.jacquecurl@gmail.com

Aik said...

I love the white hemp market bag.

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Sherry R said...

My favorite is the pink & ecru striped baby hat!

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SweetAsBeads said...

The color pink that she uses on this set http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14691713 is wonderful. I love that.

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sito50 said...

The Triangle Scarf is my favorite item. She says she wears one to keep her hair out of her face while working, and it seems perfect for that use.

sito50 said...

I am an e-mail subscriber.

Cally said...

I love the hemp market bag.

simplyolive said...

WOW!!!
thanks everyone for your kind words regarding my items!

tracy

Dina said...

I like the purple hemp market bag.

playswithclay said...

I love the canvas plastic bag! It is so beautifully done and I really like the concept.

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paula h said...

I love the Triangle Bag.

Guitar Guy said...

I like the triangle bag

Guitar Guy said...

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Anonymous said...

I like he market bags...the greens she uses are so fresh and natural I love them!

Thanks!
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Carla said...

I dig the color therapy coasters :-)

Merry said...

the hemp market bag is pretty nice :)

Mae B said...

I like the triangle bag

Mae B said...

I follow

Vinyl Rocks My World said...

I love these wool coasters!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20361353

Very cool :)

susan said...

I love the green hemp market bag. It is so pretty.

kristina e said...

i like the lulu scarf

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Cassie M said...

My favorite is the lulu scarf! Thanks for the chance!
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Taylor said...

I so love the lulu scarf- $90.00

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Helen said...

Iris (periwinkle)is my favorite color.

Janna @ Feed Your Pig said...

Love the triangle bag!

Thanks for entering me! Great Contest!

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Gianna said...

I love the hemp market bag -made to order.. love the greys :)

Super Fun Mama said...

Id love a hemp market bag.

lilyk said...

The Lulu scarf is very pretty!

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