Photo credit: Yin Tang
I wanted to know more about Holly. First off, what advice does she have about adoption? And then, what does she enjoy doing? Finally, where can we find her fabulous products such as earrings and paintings? Here's Holly:
I guess if I had to pick just one thing [to share about adoption], I would want to let people know that in many ways, my family (built through adoption) is just like theirs. The love and unity that's felt in a family joined by blood, we feel that same thing. We're not just playing house; my kids are not a charity case, they're simply my kids. There's a lot of loss in my kids' lives that they will have to deal with, and are dealing with, but arching over all of that is love and joy... we're blessed to have each other.
I'm an Art and Spanish teacher turned stay at home mom. I love my job and wouldn't trade it for anything in the world! My husband and I live in a small Northern Michigan town with our three children (ages 9, 5, and 1), our dog, and our cat. All year around, our favorite activiy is hiking! We have endless trails in our neck of the woods and live just 15 minutes from Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. In the winter we enjoy cross country skiing and in the summer we like to bike and sail. There are so many hobbies that I enjoy but a few of my favorites include baking, reading, knitting and painting. I love working with oils and a palette knife, or watercolors and brushes. It's almost time for me to get back into painting... my fingers are itching and my body is buzzing for it! I just have one knitting project to finish and then I'll put my needles down until this Fall.
The Treasure Trove is a shop where you will find a variety of items, rather than just one type of craft. At any given time you may find crocheted and knit items (I'm especially proud of my Norwegian Knit mittens; they are truly a labor of love!), hand crafted jewelry, and original paintings, prints and notecards. I welcome custom orders, so if you have a favorite color and don't see it there, just contact me! Find me also on Facebook.
Giveaway Item: 1 pair of earrings
Giveway Entry Period: Now until 3/13 at noon (central time).
Ways to Enter: (Please leave a separate comment per entry)
1: Become a fan of Holly's shop of Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did so.
2: Blog, Tweet, or FB this giveaway, and leave me a comment telling me you did so.
3: Become a follower of my blog, and leave me a comment telling me you did so.
4: Follow my blog on Facebook, and leave me a comment telling me you did so.
5: Visit Holly's Etsy shop, The Treasure Trove, and tell me what your favorite item is via a comment.
The winner is responsible for setting up an Etsy account and contacting Holly via Etsy to claim her prize.