Hi all! Today we continue our fabulous Show Yo' Flow @ Design It Chic Campaign! If you're new here, you can learn all about this amazing campaign by browsing our Show Yo' Flow files. If you're a long time reader, then keep up with our full powered bandwagon, because there's lots of prizes flowing around here these days and lots of fun interviews with amazing ordinary people just like you and I!
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend and you're ready for today's chat with our next star, Elizabeth from Sew Chatty! She's a very talented lady that manages a blog and a small online business, while juggling family life.
Design It Chic: Hi Elizabeth, can you introduce yourself in just a few words?
Elizabeth: Hi there! I am Elizabeth, the creator of Sew Chatty! I'm a crafty stay at home mommy with an Etsy shop and a blog! So blessed to be doing what I love!
Design It Chic: You are such a lovely lady! Can you also share with us a bit about your business?
Elizabeth: Awww, thanks so much! The idea of the business came about this time last year when I was making Christmas gifts for friends and family. Times are tough around here and we didn't have enough money to buy gifts so I went the handmade route (grocery totes, cookies with handmade ornaments, etc...) and everyone LOVED it. So much in fact that they all said I should start my own business so...here I am!
Design It Chic: We see you have such adorable ruffled items. Now, who doesn't love ruffles, right?
Elizabeth: Hi my name is Elizabeth, and I'm a ruffleholic!
Design It Chic: We should open a ruffle lovers club:) ha ha But how do you choose your materials? Do you have any suppliers or designers you prefer?
Elizabeth: I am just now getting into using more designer fabric. Before I was too cheap to spring for the good stuff, but it really does makes such a difference in the finished look of an item. Those designers know what they're doing! I get most of my fabric from an amazingly huge discount fabric store I am blessed to live close to. It's called M&L in Anaheim, CA. I also get a lot of fabric online from Hawthorne Threads. Can't wait to get my hands on some of the new Innocent Crush line from the amazing Anna Maria Horner!
Design It Chic: So fancy:) And do you have any golden rules when it comes to matching colors?
Elizabeth: No not really. I like to think I have a fairly good eye for matching colors and patterns. However because I am using more and more designer fabric, I try to stick within the line. The fabric designers really take a lot of the guesswork out of matching up fabrics!
Design It Chic: Awesome. You know, people always wonder if business owners offer gifts from their store to the loved ones on Christmas. Do you do that? Do you create something special for everyone in your family or Target is a much easier way to go?:)
Elizabeth: Well, I do love me some Target(my happy place!), but I will be making gifts for friends and family again this year. In the culture we live in, we really don't need anything, so a nice small handmade gift is perfect.
Design It Chic: We hear you also have a blog right? Tell us a bit what's going on in there!
Elizabeth: Yes I do have a blog and there are lots of fun things going on over there! On Mondays I do a link party called "Made with Love Monday" where crafty ladies can come and link up their handmade goodness. Wednesdays I feature one of my favorite handmade businesses. Supporting handmade is very important to me. Throughout the week I'll do some "Behind the Scenes" posts to give my readers a sneak peak at some of the chaos! I also try and do a "What I've been working on" post with a shop update so everyone can see all the fun new things I'm creating. And lastly, I try to do at least one personal post a week about the happenings of home and my little family. I want my readers to really get a sense of who I am.
Design It Chic: Sounds exciting! But can you tell us a blooper from behind your blog or your store? We love laughing!
Elizabeth: Well this is amusing now, but it wasn't a few weeks ago! Let me preface by saying I am pretty much self taught so I learn as I go. I was making some ruffley checkbook covers for an upcoming boutique. I was assembly line sewing because I needed to crank out like 10 of them. Got to the very LAST step and realized I had sewn the ruffle in the wrong place. On all of them!!! Let me also say that my seam ripper and I are not friends so instead of ripping them apart, I decided to get creative and turned the checkbook covers into wristlets! I called it "My Happy Little Accident" and blogged about it! They nearly sold out at the boutique too!
Design It Chic: Perhaps, we should open a laughing club too:) ha ha:) And to wrap it up, can you please tell us what is your surprise for our readers today?
Elizabeth: A big thanks to Design it Chic and all of their wonderful readers for having me over today! Since you all know how much I love ruffles, I am going to give one lucky reader a Ruffled Headband AND a Ruffled Zipper Pouch! The Ruffled Headband is a brand new item for me and the pouch is a Sew Chatty staple! Good luck everyone! Have a blessed day!
Design It Chic: AWESOME!! Thanks Elizabeth for sticking around with us!
So you heard the lady! One of you awesome readers can snag those sweet ruffled zipper pouch and headband :) They would make the perfect Christmas gift for someone dear! All you have to do is become a follower of Design It Chic right here and then pay a visit to Sew Chatty Etsy store and tell us in a comment what item did you like most. That's 1 entry.
If you want to gain extra entries, add Design It Chic's button on your blog somewhere where we can find it and come back and tell us that you did(2 entries),blog about this giveaway with a link back to this interview and then comment that you did that(2 entries), follow Elizabeth on her blog and come back and comment that you did(1 entry), follow Sew Chatty on Facebook or Twitter and tell us that you did that with a link back to your profile so we can check(1 entry). There's 7 possibilities for you to snag those cute ruffled zipper pouch and headband, so what are you waiting for?
The giveaway is now officially open and will be closing 12/5 midnight Central Time Zone. Enjoy everyone!!!
Last week's winners are:
* "Jessica's cupcake wrappers" 2 winners: #8 Jenny Kate @ Jenny Kate's Spot; #14 Staci @ Lizard and Ladybug
* "One item of your choice from Inspirations by D Shop": #16 Mimi(Big Guy's Momma) @ Woven By Words
Plus don't forget to check the other stars from our Show Yo' Flow Campaign, and make sure you don't miss any of the upcoming interviews along with our amazing gifts for everybody! Happy Monday all!