Monday, November 30, 2009

Hall of Fame {Uncorked + Polarity}

Hello everyone! I hope you're enjoying this Cyber Monday and getting some online shopping done. Take a little break to meet the ever sweet Cat of Etsy shops Uncorked and Polarity, and writer of the witty and inspirational blog, Olivebites.

Cat has a passion for "using repurposed, recycled and sustainable materials in new, unique and beautiful ways." Her work truly is unique and beautiful. You'd never think that her lovely little lockets came from an auto part! Or that the cork used in her necklaces is made from a centuries-old tradition in the forests of Portugal and Spain!

Keep reading to learn a little more about her, and get in on your chance to win one of her creations!

What inspires you?
I am inspired by flea markets and junk heaps, crowds, time alone, things my daughter discovers because she has a great eye for the unusual with her camera

Where do you call home? Are you from there originally?
I live in central New Jersey, about 5 minutes from the ocean. I have lived in NJ my entire life (sniffle).

Name something unique to where you live.
Actually, although NJ gets a bad rep- we are actually super-close to 2 wonderful cities- and have the beach and the mountains and a very eclectic mix of people from everywhere.

Share an interesting fact about yourself.
Believe it or not, I used to be a bank manager.
If you had to describe yourself in a word, what would that word be?
Hmm, that's a toughie- I may have to leave it at - hmmm

What made you decide to open up shop?
I had a cart in a local mall during the holidays and summers (selling collages and prints) and was very burned out and my face hurt from smiling all the time (I am totally serious). I loved Etsy as soon as I saw it and just had to be a part of it.

How did you come up with your shop names? Any special significance?
Uncorked- I thought was clever because you would 'uncork' the test tube, but often people search for my name under cork and can't find me, so I'm not sure how clever I was with that one. Polarity just seemed perfect immediately.

Tell us why using repurposed, recycled and sustainable materials is so important to you.
Well, I have a very strong need to create things, but a bit of guilt about the entire process of production, sales and the inevitable disposing of those creations. If I am going to create things- I need those things to be made responsibly and I need them to have beauty and purpose.
Name your favorite thing about selling handmade.
My favorite thing about handmade is to be able to be imperfect with it- handmade doesn't seek to look manufactured or flawless - it just seeks to make a connection. Seeking connection is a huge life lesson for a wannabe hermit like me.

Do you have a day job or sell on Etsy full-time?
I am a full-timer.

Give us a little glimpse into what a typical day in your life looks like.
I am an early bird- up usually between 5 and 6. I need tea immediately and do family things. Then I check convos and print the day's postage labels and lay out on my shipping table copies of the day's orders. I make most things to order so am making things every day. If the weather is bad and I have to do the transfer process for the cork indoors, which involves chemicals that I wish it didn't- I use an upstairs extra room at the far end of the house (which isn't that far since my house is not very big). I solder and stain cedar on Wednesdays at my husband's shop. I am currently doing wholesale orders on the weekends, but am hoping to get this all a bit more under control after the holidays so I have more time for things other than work. I blog at night after everyone is in bed. I am currently at the point where everything is just impossible and change is inevitable.
Share with us a favorite Etsy purchase or shop.
My favorite Etsy purchase is my moo card necklace from 3squares - super clever, I think

List a few of your most favorite pastimes.
Flea market shopping (or window shopping), antiquing, composting (I get a lot of satisfaction stirring compost for some strange reason), cooking soups and breads, reading, making things out of other things

Read any good books lately?
I just finished the new Dan Brown which I thought was timely and interesting, but definitely written with a very gory movie in mind, I've recently read a David Sedaris short story collection - hysterical as always, The Garden of Last Days, Losing Alice

What is your most prized possession?
A photo book my daughter just gave me of our vacation pictures that she made with an online service- I look at it everyday and dream of the wild ponies and North Carolina
What are three of your favorite foods?
Guacamole (can't eat it too much), diet pepsi (have quit it twice in the past year, but can't seem to stay away), any pasta dish, but ravioli in particular

What would you like to learn to do?
I have to relearn to knit because I have forgotten and I really want to learn the potter's wheel because my earlier attempts were pretty sad...

What are you listening to right now?
Vampire Weekend and Regina Spektor
Name one place you must visit in your lifetime and why.
Norway- my dad was born in Norway and my sister and I always promise each other we will take a trip there together

Anything else you'd like to share?
Well...I'd love to share the turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce on my special homemade cranapple bread that I am eating as I write this, but you all probably have your own .... I hope

Cat, thank you so much for stopping by to share with us. It was a pleasure getting to know you better.

If you'd like to learn even more about Cat and her work, read her featured seller interview over on Etsy {here}.

Please take a moment to visit her shops. She has a special in both shops that ends TODAY! So hurry!

Time for a Giveaway!
Cat is so generously giving one reader their choice of ANY LOCKET from her shop, Polarity! Sweet!!

To enter, just leave a comment on this post with which locket you will choose from Polarity if you are the lucky winner. Don't forget to include your name and email address or Etsy username!

Good luck!

For extra entries you can:
Tweet this giveaway: 2 additional entries
Follow my blog and/or Cat's blog - Olivebites : 5 additional entries
Blog about this interview/contest: 7 additional entries
Purchase from Uncorked or Polarity: 10 additional entries

(Please include this info, if applicable, with your comment for additional entries. You do not need to leave separate comments for additional entries. Important: Don't forget to include your name and contact info!)

Contest ends Sunday, December 6th at 11:59 pm EST. Winner will be chosen by traditional drawing and will be announced Monday, December 7th.


Sydney said...

I just LOVE Cat's work! And her blog always makes me laugh. I'd pick the PASSIONATE PURPLE Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET if I were to win.

I follow both your blogs

Sydney S

Jennifer said...

I would choose the wonderful MINI ORBS Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET By Polarity if I won this great giveaway.

I follow your blog.

cspmom at gmail dot com

LifestyleBohemia said...

Checking out her shop now - I love the idea of finding a new use for something old.

I follow your blog!

Stop by my blog today if you have a sec - I am looking for opinions re: my home renovation:


Jacky said...

How cool! I like the "Hope" locket set. ;)

+2 I tweeted! @thesweetpetunia

+5 I'm a blog follower.

thesweetestpetunia AT gmail DOT com

Carmen said...

I love Cat's work!

Joanna said...

I would love to win the RETRO FLORAL Mini Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET.

I follow yours and the Olivebites blog.

Thanks for the entry!


Kasie said...

YOUR CAT Personalized Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET By Polarity is my favorite! Very cool!

jasmine said...

the STILETTO HEIGHTS Poetic Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET is my fave. :) i've been eyeing polarity for ages!

i also follow your blog.

email in profile

dotted lines said...

I think this locket is awesome!

kmp8 at sfu dot ca

Lilly said...

I love the ImWithSully GORGEOUS Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET

Eliane T.
eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

Lilly said...

I follow your blog.

Eliane T.
eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

Ashley said...

I would choose the Marie Antoinette Set. So lovely!

I follow your blog & Cat's blog.

ashley_c_014 at hotmail dot com

Henrietta said...

Just beautiful! If I won I would choose the ThisYearsGirl Dream Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET By Polarity! I really love it!

Also following yours and Olivebites blogs under the name Henrietta @ A Hen's Nest

Thank you!
hensnest at windstream dot net

Lily said...

i would pick the ships ahoy set!

Bachuchay said...

I'd choose Orange Creamsicle


Bachuchay said...

I blogged

Anonymous said...

I'd definitely want the Photographer set!


Anonymous said...

Great giveaway I love polarity lockets my favourite is blackoutwell
foxy locket.Thanks for a great giveaway.Marian

Paige said...

The fractal art one is SO COOL!

Michelle said...

These are amazing! love them!!

mandm_2002 at hotmail dot com

Amber said...

Wow, this is an incredible giveaway. I would choose the TheNebulousKingdom ILLUMINATE Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET By Polarity

I follow your blog AND Cat's blog!

Thank you for the giveaway :)

Hayley said...

I would choose the Alice in Wonderland set. Thanks for the chance to win!

Gale said...

Such a hard choice. I love the humor of the Ophelia and Hamlet ones, and the Heavenly Angel DUDADAZE are so pretty! But I think I might wear the Time Out one more (especially the black and white on red one).

ecarian at yahoo dot com

Gale said...

And I am following her blog...

ecarian at yahoo dot com

ritasmeeta said...

My most favourite of lockets from the Polarity shop was the dressmaker one with the dress form and a silhouette of a woman sewing.. I don't think it's in stock anymore though? I had my eye on it for the longest time! Otherwise, I am also particularly fond of this one:

Great interview! And you were a bank manager? I work in finance too...I can see how crafting is more appealing ;) hahahaa.

Diana said...

I would love the Green Thumb Gardener Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET By Polarity; Black and white always works for me.
Thanks for the chance!
dikatzen at yahoo dot fr

Shiri said...

Wow, I'd love to win this one... This is definitely one of my favorite ETSY stores. The problem is that choosing a locket is a difficult task. I might go for the TOGETHER Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET. It would make any day brighter.

va said...

I love so many of them but one of them would be the tea party set -

va said...

I am a follower of this blog and olivebite's blog .

Selene said...

GET FRESH Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET By Polarity is my fave and the one I'd pick. This was a hard choice.

shiki6210 at gmail dot com

Abby said...

Oh wow there are so many pretty lockets here! I love so many! But if i have to choose, I'd choose the
GET FRESH Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET By Polarity!

reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'd pick the PAISLEY BROWN Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET.
ghainskom at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I'm a follower
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Anonymous said...

Follower 2
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Anonymous said...

follower 3
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Anonymous said...

follower 4
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Anonymous said...

follower 5
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Dreaming Away said...

omg I adore her shop and I have been wanting one of her lockets for a long time.

If I won I would probably pick HouseofSixCats DREAM Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET By Polarity SALE FREE GIFT

duhnellecarter [at] yahoo . com

The Snob said...

i *LOVE* this idea. it's so hard to choose, but i think i've settled on marie antoinette :) love your work!

swapper13 at hotmail

Allison said...

Ack, they're all so amazing! I would love the Stiletto Heights "poetic" locket set!


laia said...

I love Alice in Wonderland!
Regards from Barcelona


Creative Fly Designz said...

I love the Jessica Doyle FOUR SEASONS OF TREES Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET - the trees remind me of the one in our front yard! love it!!!

Jingle said...

Today I am loving the Mini YAELFRAN Camera Girls Have Focus set! I choose a new one every time I look at the shop! LOL!

Jingle said...

I follow Olivebites. (#1)

pippirose said...

Love her stuff!
I would choose the Jessica Doyle FOUR SEASONS OF TREES Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET.

Etsy name: pippirose59
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

pippirose said...

I follow.
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

pippirose said...

#2 I follow.
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

pippirose said...

#3 I follow.
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

pippirose said...

#4 I follow.
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

pippirose said...

#5 I follow.
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

Snarky A. said...

I love the DILKABEAR Magical Girls Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET - so gorgeous!

eileen2000 said...

Wow, talk about hard choices. If I won I think I would pick the mini orb recycled locket.

I am a subscriber to Olivebites, which I very much enjoy, and just subscribed to the Sunshine Studio.

thanks for the opportunity to win such a wonderful object.

eileen2000 at hotmail dot com

Linda K said...

I like the MIMI Flower Pops recycled magnet locket set

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Meninheira said...

My favorite is the "TheLaLaLaShop HAPPY Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET By Polarity SALE FREE GIFT" :)

meninheira at gmail dot com

Jennie said...

I love the four seasons of trees set!

Jen.Doctor32 (at) gmail dot com

janil said...

I love
DILKABEAR Magical Girls Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET By Polarity SALE FREE GIFT!!!

It's lovely!!!
cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

janil said...

I follow you!!!
cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

i-am-amazed said...

I would choose the wonderful MINI ORBS Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET By Polarity if I won this great giveaway.

Kitty said...

I like the ARTSY Envision Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET.

Kitty said...

2) sent out a tweet.
3) already follow Olivebites

Crocheted Little Things said...

I Love Cat items! I own a locket that I show off proudly and custody jealously....if I have the chance to win another one I think I will go with the mini flower pops :)

jc said...

My favourite is the DILKABEAR Magical Girls Locket Set, it's divine.

Following your blog, thank you.


Shrimp Salad Circus said...

I lovelovelove Polarity/Uncorked and have featured Cat and her creativity on my blog before!

I'm really torn but think I'd have to go with the Foxy Forest!

I follow Olivebites!

Grazi for the opportunity!!!
- Lindsay
shrimpsaladcircus at gmail dot com

Sherry said...

I like
STUDIOMME Hamlet and Ophelia Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET By Polarity SALE FREE GIFT

sherrygo at hotmail dot com

Sherry said...


sherrygo at hotmail dot com

Aik said...

I'd love to win either the
TOLLIPOP Magic of Childhood Recycled Magnetic Locket Set OR TheNebulousKingdom ILLUMINATE Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET By Polarity.

+2 Tweet this giveaway

+5 Follow your blog

+7 Blog about this contest

aikychien at yahoo dot com

TiLT said...

I love this shop! But if I had to chose just one fave that I would want today, it'd be the Mad Scientist set (

TiLT said...

I tweeted too...

tastyfake said...

I'd choose the VANTIANI Vibrant Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET - it's gorgeous!

I'm also a follower of both blogs.

tastyfake.d AT

AJ said...

My favorite locket it is
TEA PARTY Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET ( :


Boog the Groupie said...

I love the owl locket. Adorable!

LoveMeKnot Creations said...

ohh! my friend jane would LOVE the camera girls one!!

lovemeknotcreations@gmail dot com

Lisa said...

It seems a bit egotistic, but I really like the All About ME Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET By Polarity SALE FREE GIFT.

Halo Hill said...

I love these! My very favorite is: "This Years Girl Dream". And I became a follower of yours! Have fun!


Gabriella said...

I just discovered your shop, and I actually like quite a few of your lockets!
BUT...if I must choose one...This one is definitely my favorite!

Gabriella S.

(p.s. I am now following your blog! And I just tweeted this giveaway [my username is gabriella82890]! Woohoo for extra entries!)

vaverine said...

Oh my gosh, this is the hardest contest I've ever entered since I had to look through all the lockets twice in order to narrow it down. They are SO amazing.

The top of my favourites list are:
Four Seasons of Trees (
Owl and Dragonfly (

These are such a good idea, I'm totally smitten!

vaverine at yahoo dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

Love the TheNebulousKingdom ILLUMINATE.

=) melanie
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

Oops forgot to tell you I am a follower. =D

=) melanie
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

picnut1512 said...

I would pick the EXPLOSION Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET. It's beautiful!

Gabriella said...

I would love to win this...such a pretty necklace!

Gabriella said...

By the way, if anyone would like to check out my blog, I just started it out:

I need more followers, if I wanna have giveaways! Also, I'm looking for great items to promote, if anyone has an Etsy shop with ANY real cool handmade items they would to share, convo me! (

3 squares said...

I am blushing over Cat's favorite item choice. Thanks sweetie, I'm so glad you like it!

I love this mini locket set from Polarity. I think my daughter would too.

I tweeted.

I follow your blog and Cat's.

Thanks! *fingers crossed*

TesoriTrovati said...

I just love her work.
I would pick IMAGINATIVE locket set.
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Enjoy the day!
Tesori Trovati Jewelry

TesoriTrovati said...

oops! I got so excited I hit publish! I do follow OliveBites and now I am a follower of The Sunshine Studio too!

SillyLittleLady said...

I'd have to pick the Knitting Nut locket, because, well I am a Knitting nut who sits in a giant chair and kind of nests herself there :)

And I also follow Olivebites blog!


Olivia said...

I like the imaginative set. I've already ordered one of these for a b'day gift for a friend. She loved it!

Olivia said...

Oh and I follow your blog!

105olivia at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

If I won I'd probably choose the VAEDA Eternal Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET. Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks. wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I just became a follower of your blog. wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

Emily Shae said...

The TOGETHER locket is adorable!

Emily Shae said...

I am a new follower!

Emily Shae said...


Emily Shae said...


Wehaf said...

I love everything from Polarity! I would choose the Xenotees locket set if I won.

urchiken at gmail dot com

cooljewelrydesign said...

OMG!! The DINER locket is soooo me

as I also hail from NJ, latest Rumson...Monmouth County...likely near Cat...geeeez, do I miss that--what was I thinking?

This blog is just ginormously attractive and entertaining. I am about to tweet, am following both of you; would blog, but trust me...ya don't want to see my lame blog--maybe one day.

Love the talent and the interview!


Made By Tammy said...

Awesome Blog!
Fantastic Feature, Designer and Shop!
I would love any of the artists lockets. Dilkabear's art really speaks to me, Amazing!


Clare said...

I would choose Mini Orbs, although they're all really cool

Clare said...

And I'm following your blog

wolfiemitrestone said...

I'm a follower :)

Love the Deadpan Alley Set

grace.e.wallace at gmail dot com

zJayne said...

OMG I luv Cat, seriously, she rocks! She is by far, an art supporter, promoter and fun to read *always*.

I have been honored to have my zJayne "Confidential" and "Be" works of art made into her magnet lockets!

With that said, I adore all the artists she features! And right now I'd be picking...AugustEve's Curiosity locket!

I am Tweeting this giveaway: 2 additional entries and following your blog (already follow Cat's!)

Thanks for this opportunity!

LazyTcrochet said...

Everything's so beautiful! I absolutely adore the initial locket. I have a thing for T's.

Off to follow and tweet : )

Pam said...

Okay, you pushed me over the edge. :o) I love the Polarity lockets - I've had them in my Etsy favorites forever. I just purchased the "Wish" set I've been eyeing for my sister, and I Tweeted the giveway and followed both your blogs. The "HouseofSixCats DREAM" set would be my choice if I win! said...

I love the Play dudadazey as it reminds me of my playful daughter and how I always see her....

Anonymous said...

I would pick either Jessica Doyle FOUR SEASONS OF TREES or STRENGTH for their loveliness

bison61 said...

I picked the MichellePerkett EXQUISITE Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET

tiramisu392 (at)

Anonymous said...

Wow everything is so gorgeous it was hard to choose but I decided to go with the HouseOfSixCats DREAM because it will go with a lot of winter things and is perfect to add to an outfit.

**I also followed your blog!!

Kittyj (Etsy) said...

Wow! Great interview and giveaway!! I would choose Fhiona Galloway Joy Peacock Swan & Poppies! BEAUTIFUL!

Hehui said...

oh-la-la. The thing that I absolutely adored was the MademoiselleG LEONIE and PIERRE Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET because I have a fettish with nerds. I love glunky glasses and the locket was just perfect. If I do win, I'd love that :)

Thanks for the opportunity. :)



Stephanie said...

I would choose the Your INITIAL Personalized Magnetic Recycled LOCKET SET.

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Biddy said...

If I could choose a locket from Polarity's shop, it would be her INSECT COLLECTOR locket; I LOVE bugs!

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EmbellishYourself said...

I would choose the Houseofsixcats Dream locket. Dandelions are a favorite of mine and it's beautiful!

Heather! said...

Oh my. I am absolutely CRAZY about these lockets!! I would have to go with the Mini Blues Cork locket set...LOVE it!!


h4schaffer at gmail dot com

Heather! said...

I follow on Google Connect.

h4schaffer at gmail dot com

Heather! said...

I <3ed Cat's etsy store...and I really meant it! ;)

h4schaffer at gmail dot com

mframe said...

I would choose the initial personalized locket set.

O Bella Naturals said...

Awesome interview! I heard about her store when she was the featured seller on etsy and I LOVE her collaborations. My favorite locket is VAEDA Vital Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET and would definitely choose that if I were to win!

I follow both blogs :)


Ali said...

I would choose the IMAGINATIVE Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET

etsy: socialison

Gabriella said...

This ends tomorrow night! *fingers crossed*!

Aleda said...

Ooo, I can't decide - I love the 'be unique' set, but the 'what's cooking' one is pretty nifty, and the 'create' set...

Anonymous said...

I like the TheLaLaLaShop HAPPY Locket set.

Anonymous said...

I'm a follower!

Caren said...

The Fractal Art DIASPORA Mini Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET is very unusual. I'd have to pick that one! So cool!

Gabriella said...

This ends tonight! Really hope I win! Fingers crossed!

Gabriella said...

It's 12:17 AM! So...who's the lucky winner? :)