Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Focus On... Sparrow Moon! {And A Giveaway!}

Sparrow Moon is an awesome etsy shop I found a few weeks ago while browsing for black and white line drawings on etsy. Well, I sure got what I was looking for! Laura, the hand behind Sparrow Moon, has a distinctive style and her sense of humor, fun, and creativity shines through in every drawing. Read her interview below and then enter to win your very own Sparrow Moon print!

Tell me some basic info about yourself. 
My name is Laura Haywood, I live and work in the beautiful state of Kentucky, USA. I was born and raised in Northern Michigan, where water is everywhere, and I recently finished a BA in Studio Art. 

What kind of mediums do you use and why? 
I work with very fine-tipped black artist pens and sturdy Bristol paper, because I love the simplicity and bold contrast of black and white. I have also enjoyed working with acrylic paint, three-dimensional fabric paint (puff paint), graphite, colored pencil, and yarn! 

What made you decide to sell on etsy? 
My friend David (here on Etsy) introduced me to the site and the front page treasury that day had so many neat items and art pieces that I thought: I want in on this.

Where do you get your inspiration? 
I find inspiration in my childhood, the landscape around me, my sister, mom, and husband, as well as children's book illustrations. I grew up obsessed with reading any book with dreamy or highly detailed illustrations.

What is your favorite music to craft by? 
Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Ravel, Debussy, and other moody classical composers, also sometimes Michael Jackson, Otis Redding, Joni Mitchell, and Willie Nelson. 

{first day of school - i love this one!}

When it's cold outside... 
It reminds me of growing up in Northern Michigan and I love to put on a cozy hooded sweatshirt and fuzzy warm socks.

When I'm hungry...
I don't function very well and tend to be grumpy. 

{tattooed snow angel - love this one!}

When I need a boost... 
I've found that a brisk walk around my neighborhood really gets my brain going. I have to carry a little voice recorder because the creative and organizational ideas start coming very fast. I also like going for drives in the country with my husband. The scenery in Kentucky is so diverse and we always find these neat places or things that we never knew were so close. 

I wish I was/were... 
Living closer to a large body of water. I miss the lakes of Michigan sometimes. 

If I could give one gift to everyone I know, it would be...

If I could have coffee with anyone, it would be... 
My Grandma. She lives in Michigan and I don't get to visit her as much as I would like. She is very in tune with current politics as well as being well read in so many topics (English Monarchy, Antiques, U.S. Presidents, Ebay; you name it) that we always have such stimulating and meaningful conversations. We would splurge and get the flavored coffee like we used to. 

If you were an animal, what would you be?
I would be a unicorn. 

What's your favorite piece of your own? 
My favorite piece right now is an ink drawing I recently listed entitled "Exodus of the Wild Girls."

What are your favorite blogs/websites right now? 
Etsy,  Pandora, Radio Paradise, Design SpongeMy Fitness Pal - a great site that has been helping me with my healthy goals for the new year. 

You can find Sparrow Moon
and on etsy!

Sparrow Moon is currently offering a free print for every 2 purchased! Simply mention your choice in the notes to seller.


Would you like a Sparrow Moon print of your very own? You can win one simply by entering the giveaway below! One lucky winner will receive an 8x10 of his or her choice! This giveaway is open to US residents only, please!

- To be eligible for entry, you must be a follower of my blog through google friend connect or through your preferred RSS reader. -
- Make sure you leave me a way to contact you if you win. -
- Please leave separate comments for each entry. - 

First entry (mandatory):
- Visit Sparrow Moon, select your favorite item and tell me about it.

Extra entries (optional):
- Sign up for the Kate and Oli mailing list.
- Follow me on Twitter, tweet about this giveaway and leave me the link.
- Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link. 

Fine print: Giveaway begins when it is posted and ends at 11:59pm pacific standard time March 30, 2011. A winner will be selected by a random number generator on March 31, 2011 and will be emailed promptly. This giveaway is open to US residents only, please!


  1. her work is so lovely! I'm a follower thru google friend connect :)

    My favorites in her shop are either "Beach Day" or "It's My Party"

    If I had to pick one, it'd probably be "beach day" because I want to be daydreaming on a beach somewhere!


    tfoxcreations {at} gmail {dot} com

  2. Thank you for your interest in my work and the thoughtful feature in your exquisite blog :)


  3. My fav item is definitely First Day of School - 8 x 10 Print! I love these prints!! :)

  4. I love her quirky illustrations!!
    My favourite print is "Finishing the Dissertation."
    I follow you via GFC (erin d.)

  5. I liked The Sparrow Moon on Facebook (erin d)

  6. I already am on the mailing list (dr..ch..@gmail)

  7. I like Kate & Oli on facebook (erin d)

  8. I'm a follower!

    I've narrowed down my favorites to Finishing the Dissertation and Beach Day.

    windowfog [at] gmail [dot] com

  9. I like Sparrow Moon on Fb as Windowfog.

    windowfog [at] gmail [dot] com

  10. I like Kate & Oli on facebook as Window Fog.

    windowfog [at] gmail [dot] com

  11. I love the Thoughts of Spring print! That's definitely where my mind is at right now.

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

  12. I follow your blog with google friend connect and my favorite item from Sparrow Moon is the Thoughts of Spring, Original illustration on 5 x 7" greeting card
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  13. I like Kate and Oli on Facebook - my FB name is Amanda Moore
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  14. I like The Sparrow Moon on Facebook - my FB name is Amanda Moore
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  15. I follow you on Twitter, I'm @AmberGoo, and tweeted:
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  16. i am a new follower through gfc :)
    i love the young lady with large hair print!

  17. I like the 4 ribbons sketch - but they're all so fun! Thanks for the chance!
    shutterboo at gmail dot com

  18. I love Dear Diary, I Saw Two Rabbits Today. So cute!

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  20. young lady with large hair is my favorite! jmmccarr@gmail.com

  21. So cute! I love the Leslie Gore inspired print, "It's My Party." Thanks for introducing Laura to all your readers!

    Stitching in Circles on Etsy
    stitchingincircles [at] ymail [dot] come

  22. The Young Lady with Large Hair print reminds me of the dreams I had after I got my head shaved when I was little.. I like it. A lot.

  23. I liked The Sparrow Moon on Facebook.
    Chandler A.

  24. I also liked Kate & Oli on Facebook!
    Chandler A.

  25. I am following you on twitter with @girlygirlmoment.

  26. i love the Beach Day. the girl has glasses like me and long hair. she is ready for the beach in her sundress and bag

  27. I love "Exodus of the Wild Girls"! Thanks so much!


  28. I love the home print. SO cute.

  29. The Recital, I really like this piece.
    Very sweet.

    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

  30. young lady w/large hair is great!
    engh.katie at gmail dot com


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