This week’s member giveaway is coming from Brittaini, who runs the Etsy shop Long Mountain Art.
Hi there I am Brittaini from Long Mountain Art. I currently live in Columbus, Ohio with my boyfriend Aaron and our son Santiago who is 7 and our daughter Adelina who is 15 months. I grew up in Farmington, Michigan and when I graduated high school I attended Capital University here in Columbus with an Art Education degree. I just started my 9th year of teaching high school art for Columbus City Schools. My desire to be an artist has always kind of been my driving force.
I have always been a creator for as long as I can remember. I am very lucky to be a part of a family of creative people with multiple Aunts, Uncles and some Grandparents having unique talents. I love creating with my hands and dabble in a bit too many mediums. I had started my independent career by making and selling pottery and jewelry but that felt like too much of my soul to be selling away. I needed to find a medium that I could not only make money at but that I felt represented me philosophically as well.
I have always been into natural living and knew that is how I wanted to raise my children. When I was pregnant with my son, I did everything as natural as possible including not finding out the sex which created some problems when trying to prepare for him. There was such a lack of gender neutral clothing and I felt like I was left out…like the commercialism of gender identity in the marketplace was more important than my feelings of wanting that big surprise moment. It became worse when my son was born. We are tatooed and pierced parents…boring trucks and played out dinos were way too boring for us! My son was the inspiration for my clothing line; he is the reason I was able to focus on this medium and try to make something more out of it. To create clothing that is interesting and different while being good to the earth and feeling absolutely luxurious against the skin. Its so interesting how for so many years I couldn’t focus on one material. I was pretty good at a lot of stuff but not a master at anything. Having children helped me to shift and consolidate my thoughts into one force although I by no means am a supermama. Working full time during the school year and trying to run a business part time while running a household and trying to follow as much attachment parenting as I can is hard work…but all worth it.
Today Brittaini is giving away the above zebra shirt, in the winner’s choice of size. It is available in onesie, toddler or youth shirt.
Here’s how to enter;
Visit Long Mountain Art and leave us a comment letting us know what your favorite item in her shop is.
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We will choose a winner randomly on October 29, 2011. (Please, make sure we have a way to contact you!)
Julie Hunter is a single mama raising 3 spirited girls, two babydoll sheep, angora rabbits and a gaggle of chickens and ducks in the North Carolina Foothills. She spends her days at home, crafting with her children, homeschooling, taking long gathering walks in the woods and knitting Waldorf-inspired toys. You can find her blogging and keeping shop at This Cosy Life.