Monday, January 31, 2011

your questions...answered! ((PART TWO))

OOOOOOK...let's keep these answers going :) Did you miss part one? You can read that here.

Ruthanne asked: Are yellow & blue your favorite colors? 
How can you tell???? ;) Yellow and Robin's Egg Blue are certainly my happy colors. So...to decorate with, yes ((studio & kitchen are both this color scheme). I hardly ever wear them though...my favorite colors to wear are plum, coral, and beige. 


How long did you & your man date before you got married? 
Not long! I think it gave my parents a heart attack. We dated for around 8-9 months before he popped the question. We were engaged for 10 months. Baddabing. Got married on September 13, 2008. 

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How does he feel about your handmade biz?//
Does he understand your love of blogging?
He supports me 100% & is a great encourager. I'm not kidding, when He tells me He's proud of me, it's like I won the lottery. He's great at showing excitement when I bring a new product into the living room to show him. I love him. :) 

As for understanding my love of blogging? Nope. But I'm not sure I would either if I was on the other side of it. I talk about "blog friends" just as often as my real friends. He's started to be able to recognize names & follow along when I mention the same ones over & over (gussy, lindsay, ruthanne, shey, tara, sandy, ilene, etc), which is odd...but awesome ;) He's supportive & thinks its weird at the same time...as do I. 

Kel Asked: How did you become so successful?
First off, that term is relative ((haha)) but I'm flattered you asked that.  I feel like I market the JUNK outta my shop...and I think that's huge. I make products that are great quality, I don't skimp on materials, and use beautiful designer fabric...not cheapo stuff from Hobby Lobby. I have SUCH loyal customers that I adore & am so thankful for. 
Do what you love. Stay humble. Make products you believe in. Use social media wisely to market, but don't spam. Be genuine. Be kind & generous & helpful to others just getting started. Support other handmade artists. 

April asked: What do you do that is "green" as a company/person?

As a business:
My covered button earrings & fabric frame necklaces are made only from scraps so that nothing goes to waste. My coffee cuffs are reusable and are a great alternative to the cardboard ones you get at coffee shops. My owls/DIY owl kits are made from eco-felt, which is made from recycled plastic bottles, and larger fabric scraps left over from other projects. I use tissue paper, kraft paper & kraft boxes that are made from recycled paper for my packaging. No plastic, here. 
As a person/family:
We recycle. We don't buy water bottles unless we are absolutely desperate (nalgenes all the way!). We ride our bikes for transportation when the weather allows us to. We use reusable grocery bags. Small things...but we do what we can!

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If you were to make a "just-to-make-you-smile" care package for a friend, what are some things you'd throw in there?
A pair of covered button earrings, a cute/funny card...maybe a starbucks gift card...& their favorite candy. :)

 Lindsey asked:  If you could live anywhere else in the U.S., where would it be?

Honestly, I stinking love it in Boulder & am really happy here. Maybe Austin, because it's so similar to Boulder, but way closer to family! We love the hill country. 
The only other place that I'm in love with is Seattle, but I think I need more sunshine than it has to offer. You didn't ask, but I'd love to live in New Zealand & plant a church there. Devonport/Auckland to be specific. :) ((mom, you can ignore that I said that))

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Can anybody learn to sew? I just got a sewing machine, and I'm having doubts. :)

YES! I'm so impatient & get bored easily. If I can do it, you can do it. Just take your time, be patient & use books/google/blogs/youtube to help you figure new things out!

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that's it! thanks for keeping me on my feet with such a great questions. 

p.s. Ari, I'll email you the recipe for hot chicken salad ;)

love. 

15 comments:

  1. awww thanks for the shoutout!! my hubby definitely knows an oh sweet joy, too! ;)

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  2. hehe. loved the one about your blog friends. Chris is doing the same thing--learning your names. He has fun postulating on if you are actually serial killers or something. I assure him that I'm pretty sure you're not. Pretty darn sure. ;)

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  3. This has been the best part of my day! Thanks for sharing your heart. I love that you live in Boulder now and we can be cupcake friends! :)

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  4. Woop! I could have left a deep, heartfelt question, but that would have been odd, coming from me!

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  5. I adore your blog--and am so happy I found you! I'm a lover of yellow & robin's egg blue...and I love to wear coral. Your wedding photos are beautiful :) can't wait to follow along...xoxo {av}

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  6. Oooh, that wedding picture is gorgeous. You both look over the moon happy! I love B&W wedding photos. It gives the photo such a classic feel.

    Sigh.

    You think y'all moved fast?!

    Ha!

    Have I ever told you how fast we moved? ;D We dated a month. We're engaged a month. And then BAM - we were married. Thankfully, God is good and we've been married over 13 years.

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  7. I LOVED this little interview. It was so fun getting to know a little bit more about you. Yellow and robin's egg blue are my favorite colors too! And you know what cracked me up? I never wear them either! Why is that? They're totally my go to colors for decor...I love being surrounded by blue, yellow, and green, but never wear them. I always wind up wearing gray or black. So boring! I need to start incorporating more color into my wardrobe.

    Ok, I'll stop blabbing in your comment section : ) Hope you have a lovely week, doll!

    Lots of love,
    Laura

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  8. You are so cute! I love your wedding photo!!

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  9. enjoyed reading this. :) happy tuesday.

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  10. This was a great read... and maybe just the inspiration I need to tackle buttons and zippers on my sewing machine :)

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  11. Loved reading this post! And that was a nice surprise to see my little hoop at the end. :)

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  12. okay, you make me think I could sew or something-LOL! I keep wanting to start-maybe one day :)

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  13. Hi! Just came to your blog from Gussy Sews and am so glad I did! What a great interview! Can't wait to read more. I'm just started learning to sew after Christmas and am really enjoying the process!
    www.charminglykristin.wordpress.com

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  14. haha your hubby sounds similar to mine in that he is so supportive of my business, but doesn't totally get the whole blogging thing (i have to admit, i thought it was really weird & a waste of time before i got into it!) he makes fun of me (lovingly of course :)) when i talk about "blog friends" such as yourself :)

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  15. That short dating and engagement sure does sound nice! My husband and I dated for 6 years and were engaged for 5 months...WAY longer than I would have liked! Stupid college.... hahaha.

    xoxo
    yellowbirdyellowbeard.blogspot.com

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