Sabrina's Second Hand - Etsy

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

From the "Have a Heart" Collection
Ok, so I’m pretty excited to introduce you to Brina and her Etsy shop, Sabrina’s Second Hand (Repurposed & Vintage) as my first sponsor for this little blog! 

I’m excited about it for several reasons (all of which I will probably ineloquently describe) – but mostly because I truly admire her – and you’ll see why in the interview below. Ok nevermind! Ah! I have to talk about it too – she has this project called “Have a Heart that you should check out.  It’s a completely beautiful and inspiring way that she is raising money to donate to different heart-related organizations in memory and honor of her brother, Trevor.  Now I’ll let you read more about it from her (below) but I know that it’s incredibly meaningful to her so I wanted to point it out...

And really…Brina’s shop is adorable and I love that making things and finding things for it gives her so much joy – and I love that she hopes that it gives just as much joy to the people who choose them. 

Cuuute Vintage Milk/Glass Snack set!

And now - an interview with Brina =)
(Because getting to know people is cool!)
(She also has a personal blog and wedding blog!)


1. What inspired you to start an Etsy shop? 
The moment I found out about Etsy, I wanted to open a shop. I'm very crafty and artistic and I thought it would be great to put a little bit of me out into the world! It was difficult at first, to find the time to do it, though, because I was going to college. This summer, I devoted a good chunk of time to blogging and setting up my shop. 
2. I know the "Have a Heart" Project is very special to you - can you tell us about it? 
Yes, "Have a Heart" is very special. Its sort of my chance to give back to the people and organizations who supported my brother, Trevor, throughout his life.

Trevor was born with a congenital heart defect and passed away in January at the age of 31. He had managed to live a somewhat "normal" life. He was married and had four children. He was my best friend. It saddens me that anyone should have to lose a friend or family member, especially at such a young age.

The "Have a Heart" Project was inspired by two other blogger women: Melissa of "Oh, My Darling" and Lindsay of "Pixies and Bears". Melissa had started a "Spread the Love" project. (You could link to her post here if you want.) Lindsay has been doing fund raisers for a while. She makes badges for her Etsy shop. I purchased her "Skin Cancer Awareness" badge, since that's something I really believe people need to be more informed about. So one morning, I was thinking about these two ladies and how I really want to be more like them, and make a difference.

I wanted to do something that I thought would make Trevor proud. I decided to use my craftiness to try and raise money for various organizations that I think he would have supported, starting with The American Heart Association. Ten percent or one dollar, whichever is more, of the proceeds from all of the items in my Etsy shop will be donated. In addition, I have a specific "Have a Heart" category in my shop. I will donate 100% of the profit from the sale of these items.
3. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
My favorite thing about blogging is the community I have built for myself. Before I started my blog, I was addicted to facebook. I guess the two are similar, only I come into contact with people I DON'T know through my blog. A lot of these people have similar interests as mine. People who live all over the country, and even in different parts of the world. I have made new friends. Even though we don't know each other very well, when something happens, whether good or bad, to one of your blogger friends you want to rejoice with them, or make them feel better!
4. What are 5 things that make you insanely happy? 


Five things that make me insanely happy are:
1. My fiancé, Kris, because he is such a good person, a hard worker, and supports me and my craftiness. (He is ALSO an artist!)
2. Hello Kitty I cannot help but smile whenever I see her.
3. Arts and crafts. I work in retail and deal with unsavory people every day. Creating something fun or beautiful makes the crankies disappear.
4. My nieces and nephew. Although I haven't seen Trevor's kids in a while, they make me smile and laugh. We always have so much fun together.
5. PUPPIES! I love animals, especially puppies and miss not having one. 



Thanks for answering my interview questions, Brina!

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70 comments:

MARTHA said...

that is such a cute lovely heart it probably does take a lot of patience to do them so elaborate! very clever idea too as a project :) <3
wish the best :D !!
Martha

Lisa Griffin said...

awesome! she sounds great and congrats on your first sponsor!
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Lady Grey said...

That have a heart project is so sweet ( and the lace heart is gorgeous!).
oxo

Molly said...

WOWZERS! Congrats on the first sponsor! That is super exciting, Krystal!!!
I'm headed to check out Sabrina's Etsy Shop now.

Leaving the House in THIS?!?!

Hollie said...

this makes me wanna cry. My littler brother is my best friend. I cannot imagine what losing him would do to me. Kudos to her for turning those feelings into something positive and putting his name on it.

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

What a great interview! What an inspiring person. The shop is fantastic too.

Congrats on your first sponsor by the way!

Anna Walker said...

Awesomeeeee! :)
I loved this!
Congrats on your first sponser!

daisymay aka Chantele said...

I love the little shelves she has. Well done on your first proper sponsor!

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shari @ little blue deer said...

Awesome! Congrats on your first sponsor! I love her stuff, it's darling! XX!

Collette Osuna said...

Great little shop:)
Love the little snack set...too cute!

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Nadine2point0 said...

Great interview - love your blog here.

Leah said...

Oh I am so happy you got a sponsor. Isn't it so cool to get paid for having so much fun?!!!

Sending you love!

Leah

Jammer said...

Agreed! My favorite thing about blogging is finding people that love the same things that you do! Sometimes I feel like blogging friends get me better than people who have actually met me lol.

heather yalin said...

Yay! Congrats on your first sponsor!!! Happy dance! :) I read about Sabrina's Have a Heart project a little bit ago, and you are so right, she is just amazing!

styleforlife said...

LOVE IT that you are doing this. I would love to be the second. hahaha.
Seriously, lets chat.
xx Emily

Anna Jane said...

so fun learning more about your sponsor! congrats :)

xx a j

Katie said...

What a cute shop!

love is colder than death said...

Hello Pretty Lady, congrats, so happy for you!
ive never heard of this project, will check, will check about it!!!

xxoo

Brina said...

Aww... Thank you all for such lovely comments. I'm going to be filling my shop back up this week. (My mother actually bought the first three of my brooches/keychains. Gotta love her!)

Jaclyn said...

such a great little shop (and interview)!

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Aw, her store is so adorable! I love the shadow boxes she has :)

design traveller said...

“Have a Heart” project is great!
Interesting interview.

Signe said...

very nice little shop and grats on your first sponsor :)

Kelly Leigh said...

such a nice project she is doing for her brother! I'm sure he'd be proud. Congrats on your first sponsor! That is a big deal!

Becca said...

Krystal, I like this.
Etsy with a personal side.
Good story!

Fashion Butter said...

Yay! First sponsor! And she seems pretty amazing.

Audrey Allure said...

Awesome :) That milk/glass snack set is so cute!

Missy Cheeks said...

Great idea,congrats to her :D
kisses

ellie said...

What an awesome interview. Great hearts! In so many ways.

kirstyb said...

fabulous - great post x

Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi said...

What a great interview!

The Kissters said...

what a great store and what a GREAT interview. i really enjoyed this post! :) xoxo The Kissters

Annie said...

Congrats on your first sponsor!!!! And what a great one it is! :)

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Fabulous intereview! And congrats on your sponsor :)

Teenage Bride said...

My heart is filled with love for etsy!!!!

Erica said...

That snack set is the cutest! I adore milk glass!

Nikki said...

I love her "have a heart" idea. What a beautiful way to honor her brother.

That Avon soap dish may or may not have my heart. We'll see soon...when I get paid!

Hannie said...

That heart is so cute! I want to have it at home! :)
xoxo from Hannie

Diana Mieczan said...

I am doing a happy dance right now!!! So happy for you,sweetie.Congrats and she sounds like a wonderful person...I am off right now to check out her shop:)
Hugs and kisses

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Yay for your first sponsor! And what a pretty shop she has!

Sarah said...

What an adorable etsy shop. I love it!! Yay for sponsors. If you don't mind me asking, do sponsors find you, or do you find sponsors. How do you get your name out there?

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Amy R. said...

I love to hear the story behind the shop:) thanks so much for sharing and I am so happy you acquired such a great sponsor!

xo,
Amy R.

C'est La Vie said...

love this!

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

how sweet! another great Etsy shop to peruse. :)

Ashley said...

She has some cute stuff :)

Valerie said...

What a great cause and sad but touching story. The shop is adorable. I love the shadow box shelves. Congratulations on the new sponsor!

xo
Valerie

Catita said...

cute shop! And Congratulations on having a sponsor! You rock at blogging girl!
xoxo

Isabel said...

the glass snack set is soooo cute!

the girl with the dragon view said...

i am possibly in love with that shop but its in the US :(

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

That milk set is too adorable!

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

I have such a hard time finding things in the etsy shop so I am so glad you did a feature.

Thanks for the comments...Looks like Bella will have her stitches out Thursday. Fingers crossed for vision!

Melissa Blake said...

Congrats on your first sponsor! Off to visit her shop now!

Rosemary said...

Looove the tea set. And what a wonderful cause Brina has started to honor her brother. :)

Renée said...

lovely interview. puppies also make me smile all the time.

Jen said...

Oh how I love etsy recommendations!! I could shop that site all day long :-) Off it check her out now...

Happy Tuesday Dear! xo

Nell said...

That's so cool! What a great interview xx

You Are My Fave said...

I love that little snack plate. I'm contemplating the purchase...

rebecca said...

well done for getting a sponsor! she sounds lovely (:

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~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Inspring post today, Krystal!
Sweet sweet dreams to you. xxx

this free bird said...

What a terrific post and a sad, but inspiring story. I loved reading her interview and am going to check out her shop.

xoxo,
Carrie
ps-yay for first sponsor! (i still don't even know what that means)

Kelly said...

Fantastic interview! What a heart warming cause.

MarchMusings said...

Congrats on your first sponsor - your little blog is growing well. And I love the idea behind Sabrina's etsy shop

Josie said...

SPONSOR! So exciting; congratulations, dear!
xo Josie
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Style, She Wrote said...

Great interview! Love the plate and bowl set.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Great interview- I love puppies too.

Grace said...

Adorable!

Love Grace.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Traveller said...

She sounds lovely and her pieces are lovely too.

Oh, My Darling said...

Sabrina is the best! Her idea is so inspiring!!!

Punctuation Mark said...

i love interviews... gotta get mine rolling if i ever find the time!

Gina said...

this girl is so cool!!

god, i'm gone for a few days and i miss so much!!!

congrats on your first sponser, i'm excited to check out her stuff :)

that milk & snack thingy is so so.. i dunno its just wonderful, i think i want it :)

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