Monday, April 4, 2011

sponsor love: interview + giveaway with Hannah of Etta Grace

okay. so you need to know something about me. i am a big fan of dreamers who not only come up with the dreams but actually takes the step to make the dream happen. this woman is the dreamer and the dream-maker. i actually know today's sponsor in real-life (yup, the one outside of the bloggity-blog world) and remember having lunch with her as she began her pursuit of EttaGrace. and with having hung-out with her, i can tell you that she is as cute and adorable in real-life as she sounds here in her interview. see for yourself!

meet hannah. 


what's the story behind starting Etta Grace 
and the story behind its suh-weet name?

Etta Grace opened in November 2010... the intent was actually never to have my own shop... it all started a couple of years ago when I was shopping around on-line and saw this gorgeous sweatshirt that I just fell in love with... But at $180... it was way out of my price range... in an effort to be "hip" without breaking the bank I attempted making one myself! It ended up being a huge hit with all of my friends which led me to sell about 15 sweatshirts in the matter of a month... A year later, with a lot of encouragement from friends and family (and Ilene!!) I decided to give a formal "go of it" on etsy! I'm so happy I did... it's been such an amazing experience!

It was tough coming up with a name at first... I wanted it to be meaningful and creative... but easy to remember... I wanted to to encompass all that I loved.... I'm really blessed to have two incredible and beautiful sister that I'm close with... So I decided to use both of their middle names to name the shop... EttaGrace... love it!

where do you draw inspiration?

I gather my inspiration from things I love... to be honest... the style reflected in my shop is all inspired by my own personal likes or those of the people closest to me... I love love love all things Anthropologie (it's only about 6 blocks from where I work, so I often meander through the store on my lunch breaks!). I also stumble upon concepts and inspiration through blogs and fun websites like pinterest! There's so much out there!

what's your all-time favorite kid's book?

Oooh! I'd have to say my all time favorite kid's book is either the BFG by Roald Dahl or Ramona Quimby Age 8 by Beverly Clearly.... 

favorite coffee beverage?

My go to drink is definitely a quad tall two pump peppermint no room americano... YUM! 
All that espresso with a hint of peppermint equals heaven in my mouth!

how do you stay warm in Chicago?

If I have to go outside in Chicago when the weather's cold I'll wear my favorite green cowl... It wraps around my neck and shoulders 3x and is insanely cozy & large... perfect for cold, blustery days... mostly though I stay inside and hibernate... sip coffee and snuggle with my ridiculously cute husband! 

and now introducing her awesomespice shop!
 
you gotta love all the color and pops of spring in all of her lovely handmade pieces!
i think i'm especially in love with the tanks - 
so perfect for the approaching warm weather, right?

well, guess what?! 
one of you incredibly blessed, lucky, or whatever-you-wanna-call it readers get a chance to get your hands on...

your choice of any tank or t-shirt design! 

did she really say any?!
you bet she did! 
or, um...i did!

 how to enter:
(counts as one entry so keep in one comment box)
1. be a public follower of Much Love, illy 
2. visit Etta Grace and comment with which tank/tshirt you would choose if you win!

really, really want to win?
(keep in separate comments to count as extra entries!)
- "heart" Etta Grace on etsy
- be a public follower of the Etta Grace bloggity-blog
- follow @ettagraceshop via twitter
-follow @muchloveilly via twitter
-tweet, tweet about this giveaway
(be sure to include @ettagraceshop and @muchloveilly so we can track your tweet!)

don't wanna wait to win?
use coupon code: ILOVEMUCHLOVEILLY for 10% off of your entire order
(and no i didn't come up with that incredible code - promise!)

Giveaway is open to US and International Much Love, illy readers through Monday, April 11th. 
Winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 12th.

much love.
[happy monday, friend.]

121 comments:

  1. I'm a follower!

    I love the Sun On My Shoulders tank! :)

    ashleygarcia3@yahoo.com

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  2. I added EttaGrace to my favorites on Etsy!

    :) ashleygarcia3@yahoo.com

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  3. my fave is the Sun On My Shoulders tank top. so lovely!

    kileen[at]gmail[dot]com

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  4. I'm a follower of yours :)

    I do love the Hello Sailor thank or the peach and spice tank top. These tops are so pretty!

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  5. I added her shop to my faves :)

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  6. sun on my shoulders. would love to layer that under a cardi.

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  7. I'm thinking the bubble up with happiness tank

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  8. I'm following you on twitter

    @SomerKnits

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  9. Following her on twitter

    @SomerKnits

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  10. I would like the "Sun on my shoulders" tank

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  11. OOOh! Hello sailor is so cute! what a great store! Thanks!

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  12. i'm a follower!!
    i love the hello sailor tank!!

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  13. Love the Sun on My Shoulders top - so pretty!

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  14. Enter me please! I'm already a follower via GFC.
    If I win, I'd choose Hello Sailor tank top!

    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com
    Spain

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  15. Following Etta Grace blog

    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com
    Spain

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  16. Following on twitter (@Fisigiveaways)

    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com
    Spain

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  17. Following Ettagrace on twitter too (@Fisigiveaways)

    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com
    Spain

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  18. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Fisigiveaways/status/54891153035763712

    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com
    Spain

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  19. following etta grace on twitter!

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  20. I love the 'sun on my shoulders tank' on Etta Grace's store

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  21. "hearted" Etta Grace on etsy

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  22. follwing ettagrace on twitter

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  23. follwing muchloveilly on twitter

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  24. I'm a follower :)

    I love hello sailor!

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  25. I'm a follower and I am smitten with the Hello Sailor and Sun on my shoulders tanks!

    shelbyrad91(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. hearted her shop

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  27. i'm a follower of her blog!

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  28. I follow you on twitter!
    (@shelbyisrad)

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  29. I follow EttaGrace on twitter too!!

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  30. overflowing with love tee is so cute!
    rwvanvoorhis at gmail dot com

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  31. I love all your giveaways, sunshine and this is a fantastic one as well:) My favourite is the Medium Navy Poppie French Hoodie. Its so oh la la adorable:) Happy Monday. Muah

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  32. of course i'm a follower & i'm also newly in love with ettagrace! if i were lucky enough to win, i would choose the peach & spice tank.

    -kait
    faveprettythings.blogspot.com

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  33. #2 ~ i hearted ettagrace on etsy!!

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  34. LOVE [pun intended] the Overflowing with Love t-shirt

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  35. I follow you on Twitter. PS-in Spanish the word "twittering" is "twiterando" HA

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  36. The sun on my shoulders tank top is soooooooo adorbs!

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  37. Love it! I follow and love this tank: http://www.etsy.com/listing/71378295/sun-on-my-shoulders-tank-top

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  38. I love the Sun on My Shoulder Tank Top. Its beautiful.

    I am a follower :)

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  39. I'm a follower!

    OMG I love that shop!

    My favorite item is the Medium Navy Poppie French Hoodie. Although I do love one of everything!!! :)

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  40. I heart(ed) the shop! My Etsy name is dancergmu3.

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  41. I follow you on twitter @curliemegs

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  42. Following her on Twitter @curliemegs

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  43. I'm a Much Love, Illy follower!

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  44. Love the upcycled french hoodie!

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  45. If I won, I think I'd get the Overflowing with Love t-shirt (although my favorite is the Navy Poppy French Hoodie!)

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  46. I heart-ed EttaGrace on Etsy! (SimplyBeffie)

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  47. I'm a follower of much-love-illy!

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  48. so many cute things!! I like the sun on my shoulder tank and the paris poufs cardigan.

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  49. The "overflowing with love" t-shirt is adorable!

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  50. She is seriously so sweet! Love the name of the shop! :)

    Love the Hello Sailor tank! Adorable!

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  51. cute! i like the peach and spice tank!

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  52. I'm a follower & I love the hello sailor tank!

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  53. And I heart her on etsy! (Colerz4)

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  54. And I follow ettagrace on twitter

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  55. I follow you!

    My fav is Hello Sailor.

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  56. And I also follow you on twitter!

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  57. And I tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/colekbl/status/54994398907334657

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  58. Hi! I follow your blog via GFC. My favourite item from Etta Grace is the Overflowing with Love t-shirt. It’s really beautiful. Thanks! martaplayita at gmail dot com

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  59. tweeted and followed! Love Etta grace...and I especially love the peaches and spice tank top! The colors are gorg!

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  60. I never have such a hard time choosing a favourite. But I think the shirt full of hearts is calling my name. Who doesn't love that?

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  61. And I just hearted her shop because I can't wait to see what she does next!

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  62. And you know I follow you on Twitter! My feed wouldn't be the same without you!

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  63. Follow via GFC as Monik.
    I love Upcycled French Hoodie in Medium! :)

    monikalintang@hotmail.com

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  64. Follow Etta Grace bloggity-blog as Monik.

    monikalintang@hotmail.com

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  65. Follow @ettagraceshop via Twitter as @monikaretnani.

    monikalintang@hotmail.com

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  66. Follow @muchloveilly via Twitter as @monikaretnani.

    monikalintang@hotmail.com

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  67. Tweet about this giveaway here.

    monikalintang@hotmail.com

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  68. i follow. i mean, duh, of course i do!

    and i love the sailor tee. this kennedy gots to have her nautical wear for days out on the cape. ;)

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  69. I love the stripes and flowers of the Hello Sailor tank!

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  70. Yay ! I am so excited with this giveaway. I would like to participate in it.
    Anw i am totally follower through Google Friend Connect name liz. Absolutely love love love this http://www.etsy.com/listing/67160991/overflowing-with-love-t-shirt-in-s-m-l

    Much Thankies for the chance dear
    Good luck for me and everyone :)

    liz_crowny(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  71. I follow you on twitter bird name dokidokico :)

    Much Thankies for the chance dear
    Good luck for me and everyone :)

    liz_crowny(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  72. I follow @EttaGraceShop on twitter bird name dokidokico :)

    Much Thankies for the chance dear
    Good luck for me and everyone :)

    liz_crowny(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  73. I spread words about giveaway in twitter here http://twitter.com/#!/dokidokico/status/55562554042363904

    Much Thankies for the chance dear
    Good luck for me and everyone :)

    liz_crowny(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  74. overflowing with love is awesome!
    boon1211atmgaildotcom

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  75. Love the sun on my shoulders tank top! So creative :)

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  76. I follow your blog and I just love the "Overflowing with Love" shirt. :)

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  77. I'm following Etta Grace's blog.

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  78. I follow Etta Grace on twitter. (@SingNightingale)

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  79. I follow you on twitter. (@SingNightingale)

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  80. And I tweeted. http://twitter.com/SingNightingale/status/57357828897243136

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  81. Sun on my Shoulders is my favorite. :)

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  82. I follow Etta Grace on twitter. (@MandersinLove)

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  83. I follow Much Love Illy on twitter. (@MandersinLove)

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  84. And I posted on twitter.

    http://twitter.com/MandersinLove/status/57623841098313728

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  85. I'm a follower and I really like the Hello Sailor tank. :)

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  86. Following Etta Grace on twitter. (AnnaMarieNM80)

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  87. Following Much Love Illy on twitter.

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  88. Posted on twitter. http://twitter.com/AnnaMarieNM80/status/57646393979969536

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  89. The Sun on My Shoulders tank is so pretty!

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  90. I'm following Etta Grace's blog.

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  91. I'm following Etta Grace on twitter. (@AlicePsPalace)

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  92. I'm following you on twitter.

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  93. And I tweeted. http://twitter.com/AlicePsPalace/status/57650396159684609

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  94. The "Overflowing with Love" top is the cutest! I'm also a follower. :)

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  95. I'm a follower of Etta Grace's blog.

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  96. I follow Etta Grace on twitter. (@Gabis_Love)

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  97. I follow Much Love Illy on twitter. (@Gabis_Love)

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  98. And I tweeted. http://twitter.com/Gabis_Love/status/57660769633972224

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