Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Few Changes.... and a Jeanne Oliver Designs Camera Bag Giveaway


Hello!
I hope you are all enjoying your week.
I recently rearranged my girls' room....
and my sons' room....
For the most part I shopped my own home...
Here is a sneak peek of the girls' room....


and the boys' room.
I have been playing musical furniture .......
This drives everyone crazy in the house.
However the kids are very happy with how their rooms turned out : ) ... 
I hope to photograph their rooms and share them on my blog after the fair is over....

On another note.....
I have a special giveaway for you today....


Jeanne Oliver has been so kind to sponsor a very generous giveaway for my readers.
Jeanne is giving away one of her Ellison Camera Bags to one lucky reader.....
Jeanne is one of those girls that is blessed with many talents.
I happen to own one of the Ellison Camera Bags and love it....



My daughter Bethany loves it too...
It is a beautiful camera bag...
The Ellison not only holds your camera, but can also double as a purse.
Thank you Jeanne for sponsoring such a generous giveaway....

Giveaway Rules....

1. To enter the giveaway....
all you have to do is leave me a comment at the end of this post....
Optional....
2. If you would like another chance or chances to win,
you can share the giveaway on any of your social networking sites....
Please leave a separate comment for each site you share the giveaway on.
Anonymous commenters please be sure and leave your email address, so we can contact you if you win.
The Giveaway will end July 29th, and the winner will be chosen by random number.

I also wanted to share Jeanne's interview she did with me a couple of months ago.
I found Jeanne's interview to be very inspiring and really wanted to share it again,
in case any of you missed it.

Here it is....


Tell us a little bit about Jeanne Oliver Designs? 

First of all I would like to thank you for having me share on your beautiful site.  You inspire so many on your blog.  You truly have a beautiful gift for styling and photography.

Jeanne Oliver Designs started as A Bushel and a Peck.  "A Bushel and a Peck" is the title of a song that my mom used to sing to us when we were little.  A little over three years ago I began selling on Etsy.  I sold little things that I had been making for gifts and also began including little girl clothes.  I giggle a little when I look back at the beginning.  There was no direction...but I am so proud of myself that I started.  Starting is hard and scary.  I love looking back at those first images because I can see very clearly how far I have come.  Just recently did I restructure my business and rename it Jeanne Oliver Designs.


How would you describe your design style?

I have to admit this one is hard for me.  There have been so many design inspirations in my life.  I have loved vintage fashion for as long as I can remember.  Between old movies and fashion magazines I was always sketching the images that I was seeing from a young age.  I want my designs to be feminine, full of detail, vintage grace, authentic and comfortable.  I want my bag to be your favorite bag.  I want my dresses to be the one you reach for when you want to be comfortable and look beautiful.  Livable vintage...is that even a word???lol


What type of items can we expect to find while shopping at Jeanne Oliver Designs?

You will find pretty.  You will find jewelry embellished with vintage treasures.  You will find totes detailed with vintage buttons and fabrics.  You will find dresses with attention to the details.  You will always find the old blended with the new....I hope that never changes.


What is the name of your new summer collection?



What was the inspiration behind your Town and Country Collection?

Last summer I spent two amazing weeks in France.  The first part of my trip was in the south of France staying at the most incredible chateau.  We had daily excursions to flea markets, old villages and millinery.  Our days were lazy and indulgent.  We were catered to and lavished.  I found myself walking the incredible grounds on different occasions just in awe of the beauty of the countryside and the stillness.  There were fields of sunflowers and old, wrinkly men that fit perfectly in the country landscape. The men were so deliciously French looking that it was almost painful when I couldn't take their photograph.  At night I slept with my shutters open so I could feel the breeze and hear the rain.  It was pure perfection.......until I got off the train in Paris.

Paris!  The cab ride from the train station to our hotel had me almost in tears.  I can't even explain it.  Loveliness all around. It was too much beauty to take in.  But it was not the natural beauty of the French countryside...it was man made and breathtaking.  It was architecture, cafes, activity, sounds, church bells ringing, crowds, art.

In each setting I found perfection.  How could I choose one over the other?  The one brought peace and contentment and the other made me feel alive.


Do you have a favorite piece from the new summer collection?  

My favorite piece of the new line is the Mary Kate peasant dress.  I love the vintage feed sack on each one.  


I also love the Sadie purse.  That vintage fabric is so incredible and I wish I could have bought a million yards of it!  


Was it hard to create your own look book?

Honestly, I am just stubborn.  I am not the most computer savvy gal, but with a little trial and error (and a few tears) I put it together.  I didn't have the time to do one and even my husband was questioning the importance with so many other things to tend to.  We both agree now that it is the best thing we could have done for this line.  I love it and I am so proud of it.  I took all of the photos and the models were gorgeous and really showcase my clothes beautifully.  The most important part is that the lookbook tells the story that I wanted it to tell.  

Click on the picture below to view Jeanne's inspiring look book....


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For someone who is just starting a business, would you recommend starting out on etsy or getting your own .com?

Definitely start on Etsy.  Etsy has been amazing to me and truly gave me the time to figure myself and my style out.  A dot com is the next step when you have a following.  I will still continue to use Etsy though because customers find me on accident all of the time.   It is a wonderful tool.


What do you enjoy most about owning an online shop?

About a month ago I was at an event and a woman came up to me and expressed that she is so inspired by the women of my generation and the businesses we have been able to create.  She said that she wasn't able to do that when she was raising her children and now wishes she would have made more time for her creative gifts.  I can make the time because of the internet and an online shop.  I don't have to have a brick and mortar shop...I would never have time for that.  My shop doesn't reach my town....I can access the world. Pretty amazing.  What I enjoy most about owning an online shop is the possibilities!








Thank you Jeanne!

Don't forget Jeanne is giving away the Ellison Camera Bag today on my blog, and if you would like
to enter please leave a comment on this post.....

I hope you all have a great week!
Take Care,
Maria

422 comments:

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Mahrian said...

And I facebooked about the giveaway too!

Repeat from * said...

I am in love with the camera bag and ruffle bag! They are just perfect, useful and pretty.

Susan Smith. Suebea18ataoldotcom said...

LOVE everything!

Priscilla G. said...

I love your blog and I love Jeanne Oliver! I have been coveting her camera bag for quite some time but see that it is now sold out! I would so love the chance to win this beautiful and functional camera bag! Thank you for your wonderful interview with Jeanne and for giving us the chance to win this now sold out bag!

c. Joy said...

The camera bag is nice. Love the Sadie Bag. Is there a chance next year's line will have a camera bag made in the "sadie" fabric? Hint. Hint. Thanks for the beautiful pictures and the information about Jeanne Oliver.

AvroraD said...

She makes some really lovely things! Beautiful photography as well.

Rochelle said...

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! I would carry my camera with me everywhere if I had a bag like this! Jeanne Oliver's line is incredibly lovely.

2 Little Irish Boys said...

I love this camera bag--this is the second time I have seen this bag on another blog---I am in LOVE!!!

Jennifer Gail said...

I love it. Please enter me:)

ericwalter said...

You are very pretty in pics and your ladies designer handbags are stylish and attractive !!!

candace martin said...

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! i love it!! good luck to the everyone....enjoy! XOX

Kate said...

I'd love the chance to own something so lovely! It's the perfect everything bag :)

Jenn @ What You Make It said...

Sooo cute! Love the gray ruffles one!

Carole said...

What a beautiful bag! Thank you both for the chance to win it.
Carole

Lara said...

Would absolutely LOVE to have that camera bag!! ♥

Lara

Caroline said...

Love the ruffles on some of those bags....I would love to enter your giveaway. Hope I'm not too late.

Ranch Girl Diaries said...

Jeanne is so great, love her creativity and talent! That camera bag is awesome and I'd love to be entered in the giveaway to win one, thank you! ;-)

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Beth S from MT said...

Would love to win this camera bag for my daughter. All of your bags are wonderful!!!

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