Monday, November 15, 2010

november sponsors and a giveaway!

This month we have some really great sponsors, and I'd love for you all to meet them and send some love their way!

Don't forget to scroll to the bottom of the post to enter our November Giveaway!

I'm Chelsea, I'm 22, and my etsy shop is! I do keep a personal blog at as well. :)

I'm a graduate student studying to be a therapist, and I run my little etsy shop in between working, studying, and doing homework! I definitely have a love of fashion, photography, and crafting, so my etsy shop lets me do everything that I love all in once place! I love: being outside, meeting new people (come say hi on my blog!), 90s pop culture trivia, art journaling, and hobbies that are not age appropriate (I love coloring and crocheting....not really the typical 22 year old pastimes. Haha). I don't love: snow, homework (who does?), or scrapbooking (I love all other crafts, and I WANT to love scrapbooking, but I just can't get into it.)

I opened up my etsy shop a few months ago -- it's a cute little shop that has tons of pretty vintage dresses and some handmade accessories that utilize vintage textiles. I opened the shop because I think there's a lack of affordable vintage dresses out there... I'm a college student, and I don't have a ton of money to spend, but that doesn't mean that I don't want to find pretty clothes! I figured there had to be other people out there looking for the same things. I try to keep my shop filled with a range of different prices and sizes so everyone can find something they like. 

I find a lot of my inspiration online -- i love browsing through flickr! i definitely am motivated by other people's blogs as well -- when i see them working on projects, it makes me want to start working on projects as well!

I've been listening to a lot of Mumford & Sons lately. Also, I've had the new Sara Bareilles CD on repeat! My favorite band of all time, though, would have to be the Weepies! Modern Family and Gossip Girl! Those are the only two shows I really watch. I've been reading It's Kind of a Funny Story....I want to go see the movie when I'm finished. As far as blogs go,  I love Cupcakes & Cashmere, Yes and Yes, and the Rockstar Diaries..........along with about 1000 others, haha.

Let's be friends! You can find me in a million places:
etsy shop twitter: 
(follow here for sneak peeks, sales, crafty things, etc!)

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I'm Stephanie, I'm 22, and my blog is Femmena Mala -

I am a soon-to-be high school English teacher, working through my student teaching internship right now; I live in Ohio (the heart of it all!) with my little Chihuahua puppy, Guillermo and my awesome boyfriend, Nick. I love love love tattoos, all things vegetarian, British chick lit, and my Kindle + MacBook. 

I teach. I read. I love. I listen. I write. I speak. I dance. I do not judge. Why do I do these things? Because they come naturally. Blogging, in the past has always been a place to let out anxiety but it quickly turned into a negative space. Finally, I turned blogging into writing [publicly] about things that I love and that I spend my time doing. This has been an amazing source of creativity and happiness lately! 

I find my inspiration in every day life. It sounds cliché (and so does saying ‘it sounds cliché’) but I really only write about things that interest me. More often than not that happens to be the books that I am reading, my boyfriend, my puppy, teaching, and of course bloggers that I admire. I get so much inspiration from other writers it’s insane. I love to absorb – it’s one of my qualities that I am most proud of! 

My current faves in music are She & Him, this is a duo made up of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel. I have a huge girl crush on her, and this only makes things worse. I am also loving Mates of State, who are a couple who tour the country together and making amazing, amazing music. I, also, am currently loving the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. I am obsessed with British chick lit. And my favorite blog right now? Groovy Vegetarian. It’s got the best advice and resources for all things vegan and vegetarian!

Last week I found a quote that I have been living by since: “Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences.”  - Sylvia Plath. I would love to have you all come along with me while I document my life in script. :) xoxo

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I'm Michele, aka "Chele",  I'm 30years old, and
SeaChele Studios is my Etsy Shop (

I'm a full time Art Director/Designer by day and an Avon lady, illustrator, crafter, and jewelry-maker extraordinaire by night! I'm also a newlywed - blissfully enjoying married life with my handsome hubby. Though currently stuck inland, I come from a family of Navy and Coast Guardsmen and grew up boating, fishing & beachcombing. I've always had a passion for the sea and loved being on the water. I pine to be by the coast and someday the hubby and I  hope to have a beautiful, little hydrangea-filled cottage on the coast where we can sail and shell to our heart's content!

I create jewelry, illustrations, photos and handcrafted soaps for my Etsy shop, SeaChele Studios.
I've been on Etsy since 2006 selling strictly jewelry, but this summer after our honeymoon in Newport, RI - I was re-inspired by the ocean and decided to completely revamp my shop. I've spent the last few months creating and posting new ocean-inspired jewelry, coastal and nautical photo prints, stamped and illustrated notecards, and handcrafted seashell soaps. I do it because I just can't not create!! :) It's such a part of who I am and what I do. Creating/Crafting and the ocean are my passions - and SeaChele Studios allows me to merge the two!

As it says right in my SeaChele Studios tagline,  my inspiration comes from the sea!!
I am, however, also endlessly inspired by the incredible talent and creativity of my fellow bloggers and Etsy crafters - what an amazing bunch of people!!!

Generally, I'm not much of a TV person, but currently the hubby and I are absolutely hooked on Boardwalk Empire. (oh, and Dancing with the Stars, since we also take swing dance lessons and love to dance together!)  I'm working my way through Gretchen Rubin's book, "The Happiness Project." And Danny Gregory's books, as well as "The Artist's Way" are some of my favorite go-to reads when I'm feeling creatively blocked.  My current bloggy faves are fellow beach-lovers including A Beach Cottage (, Beach House Living (, Sea Cottage ( and Isola Bella (

One last fun fact about me is that for several summers, I volunteered as a Watchstander out at Boston Lighthouse. I acted as an Interpreter, giving tours to the public, as well as helping with the daily tasks of keeping a lighthouse - polishing brass, cleaning, painting, mowing, sweeping, checking water levels in the cistern, picking up trash off the beach, reporting the weather to the local Coast Guard Station, raising and lowering the flags, and general house cleaning and laundry in the keeper's house. 

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I'm Shawna Miller, I'm 27, and you can find my blog here:

I have a fatal attraction to cuteness, drink coffee by the bucket, and I tend to wear a fancy hat. I'm married to the bass player in the band, Thrift Store Cowboys, and we have 2 cute puppies, Loki & Duo. We spend our days knitting, watching anime or syfy shows, screenprinting t-shirts, and having dance parties. 

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and I am currently working on my teaching certification. I used to teach at a pottery studio, and give private art lessons once a week. I like to try all sorts of new art techniques by teaching myself through books and YouTube videos. I am currently teaching myself how to do linocut block prints, so I can make the rad-est Christmas card ever!

I think inspiration is everywhere, but I am greatly influenced by music.

My favorite cd's right now:
The Weepies "Be My Thrill"
Amanda Shires "West Cross Timbers" (really looking forward to the new cd!)
Thrift Store Cowboys "Light Fighter" (they just released their new cd, and I can't stop listening to it!)
The Avett Brothers "I And Love And You"
Eisley "Combinations"

My Favorite Tv Shows:
Warehouse 13
Stargate Universe
You can tell I like to get my SyFy geek on! :)

I am currently reading "Confessions of a Shopaholic" to cure my shopaholic tendencies!

Fun Facts:
Sometimes I feel like belting out Garth Brooks songs.
I often get mistaken for famous people.
I have a roller derby name, even though I've never played: Cupquake!
I used to be in a punk band in college.

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My name is Angie, I'm 26, and you can find my etsy shop here: and my blog here:

i currently live in kansas with my husband of 4 years and our two adorable kitties {although i'm really more of a dog person. i just like my cats :)} i love music and i'm a crafter with way too much time on my hands! i'll try making just about anything at least once, and i never seem to run out of project ideas. 

i teach violin lessons to kids which is my life's passion, and i've been playing since i was six. also sew stuff. like bags. i just really really like sewing bags. my mom is an amazing seamstress {she made my wedding dress!} and taught me how to sew when i was in elementary school. i sewed on and off until college, when i really picked up sewing as a major hobby. i finally opened a shop after years of whipping things up for friends and family who kept pushing me to do it. i finally made the plunge when i had friends giving me fabric to make things out of. 

i love vintage materials and unique patterns and designs. usually i just pull out a bunch of fabric and extras and throw things around until i get a clear idea of what design i want to do. i can't create unless i can make a huge mess!

my favorite music right now is the weepies and ingrid michaelson. they've been on repeat since september. and i love reading! richard russo is one of my favorite authors, and i'm obsessed with jane austen {but who isn't, right?} oh yeah, and watching "the wire" with my husband is our new favorite friday night activity. {i hope that doesn't sound too lame...}

I was elvis this year for halloween, which i think is pretty awesome :)

And now for our November giveaway, sponsored by Angie!
Angie is kind enough to be giving away this adorable bag from her Etsy Shop
Houndstooth is one of my favorite patterns, I wish I could win this one!

To Enter:
1. You must be a follower of Windshield Diaries to quality.
2. Comment on this post and tell Angie which item in her shop is your favorite!
(please be sure to leave an email address is your comment so that we can get in touch with the lucky winner!)

For Bonus Entries:
1. Heart Angie's Etsy Shop and leave a comment here telling us so.
2. Visit Angie's blog and leave her a sweet comment, then come back here and let us know that you did.

Entries will be accepted until Friday, November 19, 11:59pm Eastern Time

One winner will be chosen via


  1. I love this - Scalloped Vintage-Lovers Clutch in Light Blue and Lace.

  2. I left Angie a comment on her blog! :)

  3. i love this -

  4. oh yes! The houndstooth and orange bag - my fave!!!

  5. and I hearted her shop!
    AND I left her a comment about her cutie patootie red flats!
    and my email is:


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