Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Etsy Interviews V.5 // Christine from Flapper Girl

I have a lovely interview and giveaway to share this evening with Christine from Flapper Girl. Christine is a graphic designer/crafter/thrifter/sewer residing in Portland, Oregon.
The minute I saw her lady ties, I knew I had to ask her to be a part of my blog, and I'm so glad I did. Christine is just the kind of lady I could see myself being friends with and I really enjoyed getting to know her! I think her lady ties are adorable and add such a nice touch to a simple top or dress.
If you'd like to win your own lady tie make sure you enter the giveaway at the end of this post; Christine is giving away a lady tie of your choice!

Name: Christine
Shop name: Flapper Girl

1. When did you first start combining your love of sewing and vintage?
I've loved both vintage and sewing for ages, but I didn't combine them until I started making my own vintage-inspired aprons back in 2007. I’ve been collecting vintage aprons since I went to my first estate sale with my mom when I was 16, and the fancy tulle hostess aprons have always been my favorite kind. I never wanted to wear my vintage aprons, though, in fear that their
old, fragile fibers would come apart, so I began designing and making my own new, sturdier versions of vintage aprons.

2. What inspires you?
There’s just something about 1920s Art Deco design that speaks to me. I think I first fell in love with that. Whether it’s architecture, a beaded dress, a picture frame, or a set of kitchen canisters, if it’s Art Deco, it makes me hold my breath and admire. I also really love flapper culture. I’ve always admired that the flappers were liberal and rebellious in a time where that sort of behavior and mindset in women was unheard of. They
didn’t care that so many people thought they were acting inappropriate and rebellious. They did what they wanted to do, and that was that. I can relate to that. I love finding vintage photographs from the 20s, especially those of flappers. They seem so mischievous and happy. I connect to that, too.


3. What is your all time favorite item you've created or sold?
Definitely my Lady Ties. I originally designed them for myself, and then when friends and strangers began asking me about them, I decided to share them with the world. They're really fun, and I like how subtle shifts in fabric, pattern, and accents can totally shift the feel of a tie.

4. Has selling on Etsy become your full-time job? If not, would you like it to be?
Selling on Etsy is not my full-time job, but it would be a dream come true if that happens some day.


5. Any advice for others trying be successful on Etsy?
I think a winning combination is beautiful photography, great packaging, fast shipping, and excellent customer service. The thing I always try to keep in mind is that I'm not just selling a product—I'm selling an experience.

6. Have any personal or business goals for 2012?
I've been in school the past three years studying graphic design, and I'm so happy to finally be graduating
in August. Once school is finished I would love to start selling Lady Ties in boutiques, and I have plans to schedule a robust fall/winter craft fair season.

7. Have a fun fact or anything else you'd like to share about yourself or your shop?
All Lady Ties are sewn on a really gorgeous bright pink vintage Morse Push Button Zig Zag sewing machine.


To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling me which lady tie from Christine's shop is your favorite.
(Make sure you leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!)

For additional entries:
+ Favorite Flapper Girl on Etsy.
+ "Like" Flapper Girl on Facebook.
+ Follow Little Tranquility on GFC or Bloglovin'.
+ Tweet about the giveaway:
"Enter to win a lady tie from Flapper Girl on the @little_tranquil blog.
http://little-tranquility.blogspot.com/2012/06/etsy-interviews-v4-christine-from.html"
/// Giveaway will run through Wednesday, June 27th. \\\

Good luck!

Updated 07.01.12 Winner is Lieke!

23 comments:

  1. The Gray and White Scalloped Print one is my favorite!!

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  2. What a great interview! Christine, I've been seeing these everywhere and I totally adore them! I wish you the best of luck! I'm a sucker for Floral prints so naturally I love the Dainty Floral one :)

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  3. ohhh these are so cute and the interview is so nice!
    but the links to her blog and pinterest don't work :/

    xoxo Jenni

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    1. Thanks so much for the heads up! All taken care of now!! :)

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  4. All these ties are adorable! I love them all. The colors and the one with prints are just perfect. Awesome interview as well!

    www.pinsneedlesfashion.blogspot.com

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  5. This is an amazing giveaway, I love them all! My favorite would have to be the blue & white ducks :)

    Thanks Amanda! x
    olivemeetshazel@gmail.com

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  6. I also added Flapper Girl to my etsy favorites, thanks again!

    olivemeetshazel@gmail.com
    xx

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  7. Already favorited on Etsy and liked on Facebook!

    I've had the black and pink floral one favorited on Etsy for quite some time now.

    jjjessicah@gmail.com

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  8. Also tweeted about the giveaway: https://twitter.com/catclaw/status/215924491279282178

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  9. I absolutely love the coral tie with the little flower details!

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  10. Love the Womens Neck Tie - Pastel Floral :D

    Mary Rebecca
    maryrebeccablog[at]gmail[dot]com
    maryrebecca.com

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  11. Flapper Girl is already a favorite on my Etsy :D

    maryrebeccablog[at]gmail[dot]com

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  12. https://twitter.com/Mary_Rebecca/status/216388743832141824

    tweeted!

    maryrebeccablog[at]gmail[dot]com

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  13. I love her Lady Ties! My absolute favourite is the mustard one with lace flower adornments! liekewouters(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I already 'liked' Flapper Girl on Facebook! My profile name is Lieke Wouters.

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  15. I favourited Flapper Girl on Etsy. Profile name: Lieke Wouters

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  16. I tweeted about your giveaway! https://twitter.com/liekewouters/status/216438372162469888

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  17. Oh I've had my eye on these lady ties for a while now so would love to win one! I can't decide if I like the mustard or coral with floral embellishments or the gray/green plaid. They're all so cute!

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  18. Oooh I love these ties SO much! I think my favorite is the retro blue, I love the mint too- it's so hard to choose!
    lalafauxbois@gmail

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  19. Such a great interview! I favorited on Etsy!
    lalafauxbois@gmail

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  20. And... I liked on Facebook :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. I'm a new follower to the blog and so happy to have found it!
    lalafauxbois@gmail

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