Wednesday, July 13, 2011

GiveAway and Interview -- Freckled Laundry

The promised Giveaway is finally here!!!
Etsy seller and blogger, Jami of freckled laundry shop and freckled laundry blog has graciously agreed to an interview with moi and is offering a truly outstanding prize to the winner. 
(rules found at bottom of post)

I first found Jami through blogland, don't remember exactly where, but I am sooooo very grateful that I did!!!    Her blog is completely chock-full of gorgeous photography of her home decor, tutorials....and items she has made to sell in her etsy shop.  I am completely in love with every single item she makes....her items have such a dreamy, ethereal quality about them, you'll want one of everything as well.

I've just placed my first order with her....her number tags...and can hardly wait to get them, I plan to hang them on a few vintage clear milk bottles....I'll be sure to post pics when I can.

I cannot forget to mention what a total "sweetie" she is...I mean Total!  One of those peeps we "meet" on the internet but wish lived next door....seriously.   So take a quick moment and GO...check out her shop, then come back here and tell me YOUR favorite item...

Now onto the interview...(I am personally very inspired by every answer she gave)...

1. What is life like at your house? (husband, pets, children, etc)

Life is perfectly imperfect. With 21-month-old (boy/girl) twins and a high-energy 8-yr.-old son, life at home is a little...intense! My husband is a Corrections Sergeant on the 2-10 pm shift and is gone most days so it’s usually just me and my beautiful children. Blogging and designing wares for my Etsy shop keep me centered, especially on days when I’m leaning a little too far to the left!

2.  What is your morning routine?

I wake up at 6:30, make a pot of coffee or a latte and hop in the shower. At 7:00, I get the twins up, make them breakfast and put on Sesame Street while I get my oldest son ready for school. Dad takes him and I check emails real quick to see if I have any Etsy or urgent blog emails. The babies and I play for a couple of hours (go for a walk or trip to library, etc.) and then Dad takes over for a bit while I work in my craft room. (My baby girl follows me around like a duckling so she's usually sitting at my desk coloring or exploring the wonders of my craft room while I work). When they go down for a nap at 11:00, it's serious business and I use every bit of the hour and half to work on what needs to be done before Dad leaves for work. My morning routine is pretty flexible though, which is important when managing a family and a new business. Neither are predictable 100% of the time.

3. What hobbies do you enjoy?

I love decorating my home, sewing, photography, and reading a good book.

4. How did you become a designer?

I'm still getting used to calling myself a designer. It's just something that I've always loved to do. I've always followed a creative path and have a bachelor's in Fine Arts. For a short while, I veered off of my creative path (in terms of doing what I love to earn a living) so I'd have to say that making the decision to say home to raise my twins, an entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and a dream made me a designer.

5. How did you start your etsy business?

I signed up. Plain and simple. I had been blogging for about 6 months when I finally decided to follow my dream of selling my handmade wares on Etsy.

First, I registered online for a federal tax ID (took minutes) and then registered my business and name with the state of New York (online). Once I had the particulars in order, I started designing and making my handmade baby shoes and added them to my Etsy shop.

My very first sale was such an amazing feeling. It really helped my confidence to know that somebody loved something that I made enough to buy it. My shop continues to grow and I'm growing right along with it. If you've ever considered opening an Etsy shop, just do it. You'll be so happy you did. And, I'm happy to help if I can.

6. How does your creative process work (where do you find inspiration?)

I find inspiration everywhere...blogs, websites, magazines, flea markets, photographs, music; you name it.

I have a sketch pad and sometimes I'll staple a photo of something that inspired me. As ideas come to me on how to rework it in my own style, I'll sketch them out. It could be something specific (like clay tags) or just a photo of a room with a shabby style that appealed to me. It inspires me to think of something that would look lovely in that space, etc. Often times, I'm just working with a blank page and scribble out ideas (written or illustrated) that come to me. I love working with laundry (textiles) so sometimes I'm inspired to create something to fit the laundry. My mind is constantly in mommy, blog or business mode so it's when I just stop and reflect, that I'm most creative...usually in my dreams.

7. What one thing do you keep close to you at all times?

Sketch book. (I'd say my children but that's 3 things.)

8. Since starting your etsy store, what one thing are you most proud of?

That I believed in myself.

9. What is one thing you would do differently (in your etsy business)

Everything is made to order at the moment. Although my wares typically ship within three days, I wish I would have built up enough of an inventory before opening my Etsy shop doors to ship immediately (aside from custom orders, of course).

10, Is there anything new you have an idea for or are currently working on to add to your etsy store in the future?

Yes. Several. I plan to add my Lavender Dipped Letters to my shop as well as several lavender-inspired wares (laundry wrapped bundles, petite pillows, homemade laundry soap;and linen spray, etc... I'm working on a lavender bunting/banner. I'd also love to sew more ruffled linens, shower curtains, cotton jersey throws and chair hugs, etc. are in the plans. I have ideas to combine textiles and silver metal (i.e. rabbit wire and oxidized steel wire) to create shabby and vintage-inspired hat holders, wireliers (wire-chandeliers), wall pockets, storage baskets, photo clotheslines, etc.

11. Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny? (why)

Mickey Mouse. I lived in Florida for a year after college and weekend trips to Disney World were frequent! Also, Mickey is just a happy lil' mouse whereas Bugs Bunny has a bit of a mischievous streak. Ha!

12. Handmade vs Manufactured (your thoughts)

Oh, my. Handmade. I have such an appreciation for handmade things. Something manufactured on an assembly line doesn't even compare to the heart that goes into making something by hand. Handmade tells a story. It reflects someone's dream or passion whereas manufactured reflects the dollar bill. Manufactured usually ends up in land fills but handmade is loved for generations from both quality and emotional aspects.

13.   What is one piece of advice you'd give to other women who are fortunate not to have to work outside the home?

I guess I would say follow your hearts. Dreams inside your home matter just as much as dreams and goals chased outside of it.


Okay, now tell me, did you learn as much as I did???   Are you inspired to make something???

Here's what the winner will receive...
-1 set of hand-stamped White Clay number tags 0-9 in the winner's choice of petite or large size
-1 set of (3) Vintage-Inspired Ticking Stripes Tags in winner's choice of Red or Gray

The photos of the items are posted above.

Now for the rules:   As you know, I like to keep them simple...although it would be nice if you became followers of my blog and Jami's, that is not a requirement...all you have to do is go visit her etsy shop, choose a favorite item, then come back here and let me know what that item is in this posts comments section.  The giveaway will end Monday, July 19th at 9pm est.

The winner will be chosen by and announced next week!!!!!

Weekend Bloggy Reading


Becky said...

I think my favorite is the lavender garland.

Nikki Bond said...

I agree Melissa...she has some gorgeous items! My fav is the Robins next with eggs....My hubby and I love birds and anything bird related! :)

Jeannine said...

i already follow Jami. It's nice to read the interview and get to know her. Happy to have met you as well.
I like all of her clay tags. I think the monogram ones would be sweet for my daughters wedding.

Marietta said...

This is such a nice feature, I am glad to read about her. I didn't know her and it is great to meet her and learn about her work. Thanks for introducing her to me, great shop!!

I like all the clay tags also!!
Gorgeous blog, soooo well done!!

723.home.plain & simple said...

so very hard to choose as all her items are beautiful, so for today, the mon amie...mostly because of the rolled vintage lace. LOVE THAT! thanks for sharing!

jannasol said...

I am already a follower of Freckled Laundry and now a follower of My Blue Peacock. I have been admiring her clay tags for awhile and would love to win them!

Anonymous said...

Hi and I loved the interview and learning more about you both. I follow Jami but adding you! My favorite item would be the Numbered Clay Tags and of course the key to the store since she will be closed for a couple weeks. The interview was very informative for people starting out. I have the Tax ID and all but often times people just starting out SO need that information .
Again, great Interview....hugs..Deb Saviano

Nancy said...

I like everything!! But I really like the New Nest Tags!!


Emilia said...

I like her Robin's nest with four monogrammed clay eggs...very cute!

maggie said...

Love the monogrammed clay tags!

arlene said...

I too follow 'Freckled Laundry' and now Blue Peacock....I luv all of Jami's wares but especially the "with love" clay tags...

Julie said...

The 'thank you' clay tags are definitely my favorite! Beautiful work!

Faded Charm said...

I've been following Jami's blog for a while now and just love her style also. I really love her clay tags that she sells and enjoyed this interview to get a better perception of her.

Thanks for sharing and aI also enjoyed browsing yours as well and will become a follower:-)


Anonymous said...

Although I have to say that Jami's baby shoes are my favorites, for now my favorite item in her Etsy Store is/are ?the new ticking stripe clay tags! I love freckled laundry, Jami is a very special person and I really enjoyed your interview! It was great and you asked some very insightful questions.
Thanks! Take care, VBg

Gretchen said...

What a great interview. I am a follower of Freckled Laundry, but really enjoyed your interview with Jami.
My favorite item is part of the giveaway. I like the small clay tags with numbers best of all. So fun!
Thanks for the opportunity to enter your fun giveaway. Off to check out your blog now. :)
Be blessed!

Melisa said...

Always great to find new artists and new items. I love the Osnaburg "thank you tags". Very original and charming.

Jeanette Adams said...

I really like the 3 robin eggs with numbers itis really hard narrown down to one thing! The interview was fantastic!

Michele said...

This interview was wonderful & I will be follow you both!!

I adore the

Je tai me oes with my France theme throughout my living and dining room. Her stuff is Devine. Cant wait to start reding both of your blogs!


Sage and Mage said...

Everything is so beautiful - it's such a great interview! I just moved house so I'm thrilled to be inspired to dream inside my home...

Thank you! xxx

(I can't pick a favourite!)

Nancy StylenDecorDeals said...

The nest clay tags are adorable! Everything is lovely though!
style decor 1 at gmail dot com

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