Sunday, June 9, 2013

Paperflora- An interview with a small biz owner + a GIVEAWAY!

Recently, I have had the pleasure to meet a sweet creative artist-Natalie of PaperFlora. She contacted me to sign up for a bridal workshop and when I saw her shop, I was in love! She creates beautiful pieces from clutches to bridal sashes as well as makeup brush rolls and even ring pillows!
I asked her to share a bit about herself because there is such a greater experience when you get to know the person behind the pretty pieces. Speaking of pretty pieces, she wants to give a handmade chevron clutch to one of you lucky readers! Awesome right? I told you she was sweet.
Without further ado, I give you Natalie...

Tell us a little bit about yourself (outside of the crafty world).
I live in sunny California and have for my entire life. I'm blessed to have 2 beautiful grown daughters, 1 great son-in-law, 1 perfect grand daughter and the same loving husband for the past 33 years. 

When did you start being so creative and how did PaperFlora come about?
I have always been the creative type. I love all the needle arts, crocheting, crewel work, embroidery. I started sewing at a young age when my mother taught me to sew on my grandmothers petal Singer sewing machine.  I've made my own clothes, accessories & home decor.
My daughter got married a few years ago. It was an amazing day (!  After planning that event, the wedding bug bit me and I decided to open an Etsy shop and feature personalized wedding accessories. 

Where does your inspiration for new "pretties" come from?
I am always looking at color trends and following the forecasters to see what is coming up. But I have to love it too so a lot of my color combinations are things that please me and hopefully others will find them pretty too. 

What are your favorite colors and prints to work with?
That changes as the seasons change. Right now I'm obsessed with the citrus colors, lemon and grapefruit. I'm working on new line for the shop titled Sweet and Tart which combines the lemony yellows with pink grapefruit and a subtle green. I'm also seeing a lot of pink and teal with a splash of gold. I love that too.

Where do you see PaperFlora in 3 years from now?
I love creating and working with beautiful fabrics, colors and embellishments... I know that will never end. I'm not sure exactly where PaperFlora will take me in future but I'm ready for where ever we go!

Win this super cute gray chevron wristlet with any flower color of your choice (or $30 shop credit-winners choice)!
This wristlet is the perfect size and is a convenient way to carry your essentials. Great for storing your cosmetics, cell phone, camera, keys.....

Made from a home decor cotton, chevron stripe in gray. It is fully lined with a coordinating print, It has a padded interfacing for added strength and closes with a zipper for security.

The wristlet features a detachable wrist strap with a swivel clip which loops around your wrist so you can keep your hands free. It is embellished with a handcrafted fabric flower with a pin back so you can use is on it's own. 

approx across top 10" across the bottom 9.5" height 4" 
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