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Artist Feature + Giveaway: Cuore

The winner of last week’s giveaway is….#68 verdiana. Congrats lady! Lorrie will e-mail you and your Moustache Soup Mug set will be on its way!

Today I have the cutest giveaway for you guys from sweet Etsy seller, Mika, of Cuore. I fell in love with her owl pillows and I’m so happy to feature her today!

Stewart the Owl Cotton Canvas Carry All Case.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your business.
Hi everyone – my name is Mika Yamamura, and I’m a freelance designer and crafter. I run a shop on etsy called Cuore where I design everything from cards, pillows, accessories, and felt plushies.

After receiving my degree in design from the Fashion Institute in Los Angeles, I honed my creative skills at Paul Frank Industries for 6 1/2 years as the women’s accessories designer where I learned everything I know today. I started “Cuore” (heart in Italian) in 2006, and have been so happy to be crafting what I love.

You have had an Etsy shop since 2007! What have you done to have continued success?
I try to update my items as much as I can with new characters, fabrics, and ideas; also attention to detail, and great customer service is very important to me.

Mimi the Pug Wooden Engraved Keychain.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I love to spend quality time with those I love, watch tons of movies and basketball, eat at fun restaurants, and play the piano. Oh, and a little shopping is fun too.

Any words of wisdoms for aspiring designers?
Be original and be prepared to work really really hard! Also, try to build a thick skin about your work and not take things too personally.

Mika is offering one lucky reader an Owl Canvas Case AND a Pug Wooden Key Chain (both pictured above)!

To enter to win:
1. Leave a comment below with your e-mail address.

Extra credit: (leave an additional comment for each for a better chance to win!)
1. Follow this blog.
2. Comment with your favorite item from Mika’s shop.
3. Share this giveaway on Twitter/Facebook using the share buttons below.
4. Follow Mika’s blog.
5. Grab one of my buttons in the left column and share it on your blog.

I will announce the winner here on May 23rd. Good luck! xo, Julie

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