Wednesday, December 15, 2010

sponsor love: erin from sunshine & carousels!!!

ever meet a blogger or discover a shop that you feel like is so...YOU?! ever since discovering this sponsor's blog and shop, i've felt this connection to her love for color and all things creative. she makes the coolest headbands and accessories - even a black flower belt that i've been eyeing. swoon! and her blog shows-offs some incredible DIYs (which is not my strong point so i dig hers!). this woman is also an inspiration because not only has her stuff been selling like hotcakes on etsy - her creations are livin' themselves up in boutiques and blog-world! talk about inspiration. 

meet erin and her sweeeeet blog.


her impressive, colorful D.I.Y.s.


erin's beautiful creations.


Tell us about YOU,
the brains behind Sunshine and Carousels.
I'm married to a wonderfully talented musician and I have one cute little redheaded girl named Penelope.  I work a full time creative job, Sunshine and Carousels, where I make/design wearable accessories and jewelry.  I started blogging back in 2008 as more of a personal thing to share with my friends and family the happenings of our life.  A major part of me has been growing up in the arts, having a creative talented mother so my *creative* side started coming out through my blogging which lead me to start my very own business in April 2010. 

Your blog and shop name is so fun! 
Is there a meaning behind it?
I gets tons of comments on my Shop/Blog name!  I started my blog name with Sunshine and Carousels as a way to represent things I love and what makes me, me.  The *Sunshine* is that feeling I get on the most perfectly sunny day where the temperature is just right and there's a slight breeze blowing through my hair and those days make me feel absolutely invincible, like I can do anything.  They are my favorite days ever.  The *Carousels* comes from my love of actual carousels, but it's more than just loving how pretty they are it's more of the magical part of carousels.  When your at a carnival or event and you start to hear the music and you see all the pretty colors and lights and it makes you feel like a kid, it makes you feel magical.  It's the best way I could tell readers about myself in just one short phrase.  My shop stemmed from my blog and I always aspire to represent myself well through both.

You have so much talent exploding from Sunshine and Carousels. 
Where do you get your inspiration? 

I honestly just make things that I love.  Everything that comes from me are things that I believe in 100%, whether it be a color combination, pretty floral print or a combination of whimsical charms on a necklace.  It's all a true representation of myself, things that I personally love to wear. I think all 'makers' should always make things that are things that they love that way you are the most passionate about them.  If you love it, then other will see that and love it just as well.  I am inspired by nature, my surroundings, movies that I watch, books that I read...general life happenings.  I grew up studying fine arts, painting, and I just learned to let life inspire me. 
 
Or is there a particular person 
that inspires you?
My mother is my biggest inspiration.  She has her own company for years, where she designs and makes custom bedding and drapery.  She has always been creative and taught me be creative as well.  She always makes her own home decor for every holiday and season and that is one of my favorite things about her.  I grew up in a house looking like it came from a magazine and she made it all by herself.  :)
What do you enjoy doing 
during your "free" time"?
Free time?  Never heard of a such thing.  No really, I occasionally have free time, I spend it with my husband and daughter usually going to the park, blowing bubbles, going on family dates.  When I'm not doing those things I'm always working on other crafty projects, baking or painting.  I'm constantly trying to do creative things. 

If you could design accessories for a particular celebrity, 
who would that be? 
And which of your shop accessories would you pair that person with? 

This is such a fun question!  I think I'd like to make something for Zooey Deshanel.  I love her style, I'd love to make her a pretty velvet feather headband to match her perfectly vintage taste. She looks so cute in headbands.

{giveaway}

and check get this, folks, erin is offering an incredible prize to a lucky Much Love, illy reader today!!


$20 shop credit to sunshine & carousels
are you not swooning already?!
 
how to enter:
1. be a follower of Much Love, illy
2. visit Erin's shop and let us know what is your favorite item there
3. include your email address (so i know how to contact you if you win) 

extra entries:
(keep in separate comments so that they can count!) 
- follow Erin's bloggity-blog
-heart her etsy shop 
-tweet about the giveaway 
(include @muchloveilly so we can track your tweet)


giveaway will close on Tuesday, December 21st.
winner will be announced on Monday, December 22nd.

{happy wednesday and giveaway-day, friend.}

102 comments:

  1. I love love love Erin!! She is such a sweetheart and I just adore her shoppe!!!
    My favorite item in her darling shop is her carousel necklace!
    xo
    moonbeamwishes@gmail.com

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  2. I follow Erin's lovely blog!!
    xo

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  3. I tweeted!!
    xo
    http://twitter.com/#!/moonbeamwishes/status/15086041018933248

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  4. I loooove the Once Upon a Time necklace!

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  5. The Miss Holly flower hair clip is my fave! (of course I'm a follower!)

    http://ashleyanderic.blogspot.com
    ashley dot hasty at gmail dot com

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  6. What a beautiful giveaway:) I love the braided rope headband:) Fingers crossed:) Kisses, sweetie

    Ps: I am hosting a charming scarf GIVEAWAY today, just in time for cozy Christmas!

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  7. I follow Sunshine and Carousels!

    http://ashleyanderic.blogspot.com
    ashley dot hasty at gmail dot com

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  8. I heart her shop on etsy!

    http://ashleyanderic.blogspot.com
    ashley dot hasty at gmail dot com

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  9. I tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/AHastyLife/status/15091072950607873

    http://ashleyanderic.blogspot.com
    ashley dot hasty at gmail dot com

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  10. I really love the "Miss Lyndsi" necklace and clip pairs. I am a big fan of anything thats really versitile like that :D

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  11. I am a follower.

    I had a Miss Charlotte in lagoon on my christmas list, but it seems to be gone! Sadness. I also want a set of poppy hair pins in the nice medium green. I already have 2 of her hair clips.

    somerknits (at) aim dot com

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  12. I am a follower os sunshine and carousels. I love her DIYs.

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  13. Etsy shop totally already hearted!

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  14. cute cute stuff!
    the miss lyndsi-aqua and pearl necklace...want!
    the miss penelope_ teal rossette headband...need!
    charmelagriffith@hotmail.com

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  15. definitely heart-ing her etsy shop :)
    charmelagriffith@hotmail.com

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  16. following her blog! :)
    charmelagriffith@hotmail.com

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  17. I love this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/60726713/2010-holiday-line-from-sunshine-and

    www.indcfashion.com

    indcfashion@gmail.com

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  18. Just started following her blog.

    indcfashion@gmail.com

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  19. My fav is the Rachel braided rope. So awesome!

    bjjones@crimson.ua.edu

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  20. I am a follower of your blog!
    I love the Miss Saundra - Deep Crimson Flower Headband (http://www.etsy.com/listing/61798985/miss-saundra-deep-crimson-flower) It is so pretty! :)) I am a sucker for anything red/maroon.
    michellemlhuynh[at]gmail[dot]com

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  21. I love her Walk in the Woods necklace!

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  22. I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/mahalmichelle/status/15127035521269760

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  23. I heart her shop and here's my email: aprileroland@gmail.com

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  24. I also follow Erin's blog!

    aprileroland@gmail.com

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  25. and I tweeted about the giveaway, too! yay for fun giveaways!

    aprileroland@gmail.com

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  26. I LOVE sunshine and carousels! Everything is so gorgesous! It's already a favorite shop of mine on etsy and I'm a follower of her blog AND much love illy! Yay! :D

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  27. I love the "sew" necklace. Very cute!

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  28. i love the bow clips for the shoes and alllll the necklaces...i cannot choose with one!

    jennifer.lawmaster@gmail.com

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  29. Her things are so pretty! I love the Unicorn necklace and the Sweet Heart necklace - I can't decide between the two of them!

    suburbansweetheart(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. Her shop's already on my favorites list. ;)

    suburbansweetheart(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. I follow your blog. I love her Butterfly necklace. It reminds me of something my mom had back in the 70s.

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  32. I love A Walk in the Woods. :)

    amschotter at gmail dot com

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  33. I follow Erin's blog. :)

    amschotter at gmail dot com

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  34. I hearted her shop on etsy.

    amschotter at gmail dot com

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  35. Tweeted. :) :)

    amschotter at gmail dot com

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  36. Oh what a fabulous giveaway! And just in time for the holidays :)

    She has so many gorgeous pieces but I think my favorite is Miss Penelope. Just lovely. Email: lwainman321@gmail.com

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  37. I just found your blog (and I'm so glad I did!) from the BonBonRoseGirls' feature, and also on Sandy a la Mode. I'm a follower, and my favorite thing from Sunshine & Carousels is the Gray/Teal Polka dot pin/brooch.
    shealennon@gmail.com

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  38. I follow your blog and i love the Miss Kristina shoe clips! So cute!!!

    snsandsnsibility@gmail.com

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  39. I follow sunshine and carousel the blog!

    snsandsnsibility@gmail.com

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  40. I hearted her shop on etsy!

    snsandsnsibility@gmail.com

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  41. I tweeted!

    snsandsnsibility@gmail.com

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  42. I follow you on Bloglovin' and my favorite things in her shop are all of the flower and feather headbands! So adorable :D

    Sophi dot newman at gmail dot com

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  43. My fave from the shop: Miss Kristina, Mustard Yellow headband.

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  44. I follow Much Love, Illy via GFC. : )

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  45. I'm following sunshineandcarousels : )

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  46. Oh, and the email address: beforeiblink@gmail.com : )

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  47. Love it! My favorite thing from Erin's shop is the Miss Charlotte fabric bow shoe clips. :) I am a follower of your awesome blog. :)

    godsgirl321(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. My favorite item is the Miss Kristina headband! So sweeet!

    -Chelseabird

    Chelsea@Chelsea-Bird.com

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  49. I already follow Much Love, Illy. :)
    My favorite piece in her shop is the It's A Pirate's Life For Me necklace. It's so unique. I haven't come across anything quiet like it. :)

    -Hope
    hayfield08{at}gmail{dot}com

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  50. I'm a blog follower and my favorite item from the shop is the
    Miss Penelope Black and Gray Feather Flower Headband.

    jenniferho5@yahoo.com

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  51. Following Erin's blog

    jenniferho5@yahoo.com

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  52. Hearted her Etsy shop!

    jenniferho5@yahoo.com

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  53. Tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/jenphotonerd/status/15303996881240065

    jenniferho5@yahoo.com

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  54. I like this Miss Penelope headband:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/59921225/miss-penelope-flower-and-feather

    thesweetestpetunia {at} gmail {dot} com

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  55. hearted her shop! {petunia blooms}

    thesweetestpetunia {at} gmail {dot} com

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  56. I added Erin's shop to my favorites!

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  57. I follow your blog and my favorite item from her sweet shop is the Miss Penelope -Black and Gray Feather Flower headband. Too cute!

    sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

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  58. I heart her shop! (yesteacher)

    sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

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  59. I follow the sunshine and carousel's blog!

    sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

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  60. I tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/yes_teacher/status/15452203892350976

    sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

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  61. I'm a follower of you!

    I hopped over to her shop, and I LOVE the "Miss Charlotte - A pair of fabric bow shoe clip" listing. So cute and retro!

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  62. Added her shop to my favorites on Etsy!

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  63. totally swooning!! [& i esp love erin's comment that she'd love to make something for zooey!]

    i'm seriously obsessed with all of her headbands... i think if i won the gift cert it would first go to the miss rachel purple flower rope headband. love!

    thanks again for the giveaway and for introducing me to her!

    your follower,
    -kait

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  64. entry #2 -- i'm follower 360 of sunshine & carousels :)

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  65. entry #3 -- hearted her etsy shop!

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  66. I follow your blog!

    I love the Rachel Braided Rope Headband, it's super adorable!

    borenick@gmail.com so when I win you will email me! :)

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  67. 1- following your blog 2- Love the Miss Sarah - Gray and Teal Polka Dot Flower Hair Clip and Brooch 3- bbgoad@gmail.com

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  68. I follow Much Love, Illy!
    My favorite is definitely the sweetheart necklace!

    amylouwhogirl {at} gmail {dot} com

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  69. I follow Erin's blog!

    amylouwhogirl {at} gmail {dot} com

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  70. I favorited her etsy shop!

    amylouwhogirl {at} gmail {dot} com

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  71. I'm following Erin's blog!

    :)
    ashleygarcia3@yahoo.com

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  72. Erin's blog is awesome! My favorite thing would have to be her Holiday 2010 bow necklace though :) so cute!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/61489038/holiday-2010

    ashleygarcia3@yahoo.com

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  73. Her Etsy shop is so adorable, I just hearted it!

    ashleygarcia3@yahoo.com

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  74. So many items I had a hard time picking!! I really like the Miss Lyndsi - Black Beaded Necklace with Mustard Yellow Flower (hair clip and brooch)

    kbcroniser@gmail.com

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  75. I love the Penny Lane floral clutch!

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  76. I like a LOT of her stuff. For now my favorite is the "Miss Penelope - Feather and Teal Flower Headband"

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  77. How perfect: I already "heart" Erin's shop!

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  78. i was so jealous of the winner of the giveaway from erin on my blog, so i'm happy to be able to enter one for myself! i love the rachel headband she gave away on good day sunshine!

    and of course i follow you!

    christenstrang {at} gmail {dot} com

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  79. Hi!
    I'm following you!
    My favorite would have to be the Night Owl! So cute!

    email: itzwendyt(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  80. Hi again! I'm also following Erin's blog, sunshine and carousels!

    Thanks for the great giveaway! :D

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