Featured Friday: BALANCED Giveaway!

This week’s great Featured Friday Artist is Balanced.
I met Balanced in the Etsy Chat Rooms. I usually go in there in the mornings while I enjoy my cup of Dunkin Donuts French Vanilla Coffee!
I love her work. I wish I had known of her shop before I went to Naples back in November for our friends’ wedding because I had such a hard time finding jewelry to match my dress. I could pick so many things like the first 2 earring shown in the pictures below.
Maybe I could get them anyways hee, hee!
Who are you?
My name is Rachel. I’m originally from Northern California, but currently living in Dublin, Ireland with my wonderful Irish husband and our baby Ginger, the cat.
Quartz Flower Earrings How long have you been selling on Etsy?
I signed up on Etsy in March 2008, but didn’t start listing until November, I think, of 2008. I was on another online marketplace, but eventually realized that Etsy was a better fit for me.

Wine Bottle Collar – Green

What made you decide to open up shop?
A lot of encouragement from family and friends. I’ve always dreamed of being able to work from home and to do that off of my crafts would be even better. I’m very fortunate that I have that opportunity now. And I was quickly running out of room to store all the things I made. πŸ˜›

Tidal Bracelet

How did you decide on your shop name?
β€œBe aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some” by Robert Fulghum.

Heliotrope Cube Earrings

What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
Oh dear. I love and am proud of every single thing I make to sell, or I wouldn’t put it out into the world. I’m very sensitive, haha. I do, however, have a special fondness for the bead woven pieces as there is more time put into them.

Starry Night Hand-beaded Necklace Bag
Do you have any websites, blogs, or other markets we can find you on?
Yes! My blog can be found at http://balancedcrafts.com/ and I also sell destash supplies at http://www.shophandmade.com/Store/Balanced and prints at http://balancedcrafts.imagekind.com/

Want to see which great item she has chosen to offer to all of you?

These great turquoise colored apple earrings!
I love the way the light hits the leaf beads!

If you would like to be considered for an upcoming feature please contact me by email which you can find in my profile. Thanks!


  1. The Pink Potpourri says

    oh i LOVE the quartz flower earrings! i have plenty of outfits i could wear those with πŸ™‚

  2. TheDamnNation says

    I thought I already commented on this? hmm…

    My fav item:

    & I heart Balanced!

  3. carollai says

    love it! my fave item is the flourish earrings. πŸ™‚

    there’s also a feature and giveaway on my blog if anyone’s interested! stop on by to read abt a fellow etsian and enter!


  4. Winklepots says

    Beautiful jewelry! I personally love the mauve flower earrings. Lovely! :o)

  5. MillieDog Designs says

    The Ashen Pearl Bracelet is my favorite! It reminds me of the book I’m reading on Marie Antoinette – its so regal!

    The apple earrings are so unique πŸ™‚

  6. Nancy says

    Great blog and beautiful featured shop. My favourite from Balanced’s shop is her Maori earrings. Pretty!

  7. carollai says

    hey jackie,
    saw your comment on my blog/giveaway. i don’t have the ‘follow’ link but via your dashboard on blogger you can follow people by adding their URL into the dialog box that pops up after you click ‘add’. πŸ™‚
    thanks for wanting to follow! hope this helps…

  8. Audrey says
  9. Audrey says

    Added a pic and link back to here you my other blog:

  10. thelostboys says
  11. niftyknits says

    favourite item – sea swirl bracelet, yummy! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20110891

  12. Celeste says

    I really like the Arctic necklace

    contact me at:

  13. Celeste says

    I’m a blog follower

    contact me at:

  14. D' Luxe Designs says

    The flower earrings are incredible. Great blog. Thanks for your visit.

  15. Tammy says

    What beautiful jewelry you have. I love them.

  16. Jennifer says

    My favorite items in Balanced Etzy chop are the cornflower earrings. I have come to realize blue is my favorite color!

  17. Jennifer says

    I left a coment on Balanced Blog. Her woven pieces are my favorite also.

  18. Mel Fraase says

    Thanks for coming by my site, entrecard must be doing it’s job!!

    I LOVE the autumn necklace at Balanced! I really like the colors.

  19. Mel Fraase says

    I now follow!

  20. cksknitter says

    I like the Ashen Pearl Bracelet. So unique!
    Chrissy at knittodayAThotmailDOTcom

  21. Suzanne says

    My favorite item is the Tea Party Bracelet. I love the medallion in the center of the bracelet.


  22. Suzanne says

    I am following your blog.


  23. Suzanne says
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  25. Hana says

    I LOVE Monet’s Lily Pond earrings! So beautiful!


  26. Hana says

    I left a comment on her blog!


  27. MJ says

    I love the Verdigris Bracelet,

  28. judybrittle says

    I think the Dark Snowflake Earrings are really beautiful! Thank you!

  29. Aik says

    I love the Aurora Necklace!


  30. Aik says

    I left a comment on her blog!


  31. ABCDErica says

    I absolutely love the aoife necklace. It’s so pretty!

  32. ABCDErica says

    I commented on one of her blogs

    This one: http://balancedcrafts.com/2009/01/new-items-up-9/

  33. Wehaf says

    I love the Aoife necklace. Aoife means beauty, which this piece surely has!

    urchiken at gmail dot com

  34. Andi says

    I love the Juliana Earrings.

  35. Stephanie says

    Love the Juliana Bracelet.

    lesjoujou AT gmail DOT com

  36. Lilly says

    I really like the Achromatic Earrings. Beautiful!

  37. ι™³εŠ ζ˜€ says

    I love the apple earrings! I’m bummed that they’re reserved though. Whomever they’re reserved for is lucky!


  38. bFlat says

    I love the Calm Water Bracelet!

    lensimpressions at gmail dot com

  39. Heather says

    I like the Sage Necklace.

  40. Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) says

    My favorite is the Green Leaves Earrings πŸ™‚ *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  41. Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) says

    I commented on the Balanced blog :

  42. Shanda says

    The Copper Caterpillar Bracelet is my favorite!

  43. BandaiBlossom says

    I love the Orbtastic Bracelet. Cuteness at its peak.

  44. The Giveaway Diva says

    i love Ashen Pearl Bracelet!! so pretty!

  45. jasmine says

    the dusk earrings are the best!

  46. Gina says

    I’m a follower πŸ™‚
    Thank you for this giveaway.

  47. WonderfullyMade729 says

    Love the Silver Cube Earrings

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  49. nfmgirl says

    Ooh. Those are pretty! I also like Monet’s Lily Pond earrings and the Mardi Gras bracelet. Nice stuff!

  50. minishoes says

    Love the little melody bracelet.thanks jacquecurl@gmail.com

  51. laroyal says

    I love the Cornflower Earrings – so sweet looking:)

  52. Andrea says

    My favorites are Monet’s Lily Pond earrings.


  53. Vivien says

    Great sweet pea earrings!


  54. Ina says

    I like the Juliana Earrings.


  55. jedigirlz says

    I love the light as a feather bracelet.
    I follow your blog…..posted a link to your post on autumnliketheseason.blogspot.com.
    Will post a comment on her blog once I’m done here.

    ;o) Have a good one! -Autumn

  56. dani says

    love the imperial earrings!

    nate.dani at gmail dot com

  57. JennTRC says

    beautiful earrings!!
    please enter me.

    my favorite thing on etsy is the vitrial flower earrings πŸ™‚

    jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

  58. Kathy says

    I love the dark snowflake earrings. And these!!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  59. Kathy says

    I left a comment on Rachel’s blog.

    teknologenius at a o l dot com

    P.S. The comment above about the dark snowflake earrings was mine too–I think I forgot to leave my e-mail address!

  60. Kathy says

    I subscribed!

    teknologenius at a o l dot com

  61. Tj and Amy says

    Love the drench earings. amsbolda@hotmail.com

  62. Nora says

    My favorite is the Tidal Bracelet. πŸ™‚

  63. Super Blogger Girl! says

    I love her tea party bracelet!


  64. Paul and Sarah says

    I love the Little Snow Pearl Bracelet! Gorgeous!!

    sarah es mitchell at g.mail.com

  65. Manic Mother says

    So pretty, I love the cerulean necklace. manicmotherme@gmail.com

  66. Ashley says

    Aoife Necklace- Is Simply Wonderful

    I love your work
    ashlomb at yahoo dot com

  67. Alan D says

    The Snow Pearl Bracelet is very nice.

  68. minishoes says
  69. minishoes says

    I left a comment on her blog. thanks jacquecurl@gmail.com

  70. CAROLINA says

    I’m an earring girl so this contest is perfect for me.

    In the general collection, I’m drawn to the Juliana Earrings.

  71. KristenH says

    There are a few items that I really like. I love the Circular Earrings, the Berry Branch Bracelet, the Mardi Gras Bracelet, the Sweet Spring Earrings, the Vitrial Flower Earrings and the Shamrock Earrings. This is a great giveaway and I really hope I win as I love the prize you are giving away. Thanks.

  72. Katherine says

    I love the little snow pearl bracelet. Great idea!

  73. K Amos says

    I loke the mauve flower earrings

  74. Donna says

    Starry Night Hand-beaded Necklace Bag is nice.

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