Aug 18, 2011

garden giveaway {no. 6} :: etsy chat with polka dots and blooms

To-day, I have a wonderful sponsor all the way from England!


{{the interview}}


Me :: How delighted I am to have you here in my garden. Thank you so much for joining me to-day.
Would you mind starting by telling my readers a little bit about yourself?



Heidi :: My name is Heidi and I am mum of two beautiful and fun daughters aged 3 and 5. I was born and brought up in the nothern part of Germany but went to England as part of a student exchange programme where I met my husband. I have now been in England for the past 16 years and now call it my home. I am lucky enough to work from home in a leafy suburb in south east London.

Me :: What encouraged you to start an Etsy shop and when was it opened?
Heidi :: I was working on setting up my own craft business, when a fellow mum told me about etsy and how she loved browsing through the many wonderful shops. I had a look and was hooked straight away. I just loved the community aspect of Etsy and wanted to be part of this community. I launched my Etsy shop in October 2009 and have never looked back :-)

Me :: Are there any particular Etsy shops that inspire you?

Heidi :: There are soo many wonderfull artists and designers that it makes it very difficult for me to single anyone out. If I have to choose a few it would have to be:


- hugely successful Belle & Boo 



- gorgeous and ecofriendly econica 

- and beautiful and ecofriendly homeware shops sewn natural...

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Me :: Name a few of your top-selling items.

Heidi :: Top must be my vintage linen baskets, followed by my vintage fabric gadget covers, personalised Christmas stockings and pocket mirrors.


Me :: What is perhaps, the most enjoyable part about owning your own shop?

Heidi :: Making people happy with my products and being able to work while still looking after my daughters.

Me :: What inspires you as a crafter? 

Heidi :: A big inspiration are my daughters, they make me see my environment in a different way and in more detail.


Me :: I love your shop’s name! Is there a specific concept or story behind it?

Heidi:: The majority of my products are made from vintage linen and fabrics. The name reflects the vintage heritage.

Me :: For the new Etsy shop owners out there, do you mind sharing a few of tips or things that you have learned through experience?

Heidi :: 
- Persevere, if you put in the work sales will come.
- Don't be upset if some products don't work, move onto the next.
- Get involved in the community, reply to blog posts, attend forums, make use of the guides - there is so much help and support out there.
- Dare to be different
- Have fun

Thank you so much, Heidi for allowing me to interview you! I hope that your business flourishes with many sales this year! <3



{{a peek into the shop}} 


Heidi sells lovely products including...


linen baskets made from vintage fabric...


{great place to store your knitting and yarn supplies:)}


tea cozies...

{isn't this the most adorable egg cozy???}


cushions and bags...



cute notebook/journal covers...



sweet mirrors...



and even stockings!!!



lovely phone covers...

{{the giveaway}}



Heidi has generously agreed to give away this sweet pocket mirror!!!

{{product listing}}
This beautiful padded pocket mirror has been free-hand machine embroidered with two cute love birds. The fabric used for the birds ins Liberty of London and the base is off white genuine vintage linen.

The mirror comes in its own little vintage linen pouch (being linen the pouch is great to buff up the mirror to make it shiny again :-) )



{one} You must complete the mandatory entry before completing extra entries.
 {If you fail to complete the mandatory entry, all other entries will not count, thus, you will not be entered in the giveaway}. 

{two} You must leave separate comments per entry you complete. 
{I use random.org when choosing the winners of my giveaway. If you leave all of your entries in one comment, it will be accounted as one entry}. 

{three} Giveaway ends later this month, and winner will be announced soon thereafter. 
All the past giveaways from this month have been extended to the end of August.

{four} The winner will have 24 hr. within the time of the announcement to contact me about her prize.

{five} Giveaway is open to young ladies in young ladies internationally!!!

alrighty...here's how to enter : 


:: mandatory entry :: 


visit Heidi's shop and come back here, telling me what you like.


:: for extra entries :: 

heart Heidi's shop
add Heidi to your etsy circle. 
be or become follower of my blog, on facebook, or  on pinterest.
{{worth two entries per one you accomplish}}
post about this giveaway on either your blog, facebook or twitter. {{leave the link}}
{{leave separate comments per thing you do}} 
enter my past giveaways. 
{{leave separate comments per one you enter}}
purchase an item from Heidi's shop. {{worth ten entries}}


You may begin entering...NOW!

73 comments:

  1. My favorite item from Heidi's shop would probably be: http://www.etsy.com/listing/68652810/journal-cover-and-notebook.

    ~Johanna

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  2. I hearted Heidi's shop. My etsy name is CreativityStartsHere.

    ~Johanna

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  3. I added Heidi to my etsy circle.

    ~Johanna

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  4. I am already a follower of this lovely blog. :)

    ~Johanna

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  5. I posted with a link about it here: http://texasskies.blogspot.com/2011/08/check-out-this-giveaway_16.html.

    ~Johanna

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  6. I entered your Sweet Pea Totes giveaway.

    ~Johanna

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  7. I entered your Brighter Day giveaway.

    ~Johanna

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  8. I can't remember if I already said this, but I entered the Olive Tree giveaway. Sorry if this is a repeat!

    ~Johanna

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  9. I like the iPod iPhone Cover from Vintage fabric.

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/52146804/ipod-iphone-cover-from-vintage-fabric

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  10. My fav. item is the pink I-Pod case.

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  11. This journal is my favorite! Simple, yet lovely! http://www.etsy.com/listing/66632179/journal-cover-and-notebook

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  12. I am having some issues with my blog right now, but I believe it posted correctedly. Anyways, this giveaway should be posted at:
    http://www.forsuchatimeasthispress.com/apps/blog/show/8136022-and-a-lovely-giveaway

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  13. My favourite item is the Project Bag Basket made from vintage linen.

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  14. Cute stuff! :) I especially love the reversible linen basket.

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  15. I just added Heidi's shop to my favorites!

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  16. I entered the Sweet Pea Totes giveaway.

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  17. I entered the Brydferth giveaway...

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  18. I also entered the Olive Tree giveaway.

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  19. I love the Project Bag Basket!!

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  20. Hello! I would like to enter this! My favorite item is the Pocket Mirror with Applique.

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  21. I posted about this giveaway! http://ransomedprincess.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html

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  22. I entered the Brydferth giveaway!

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  23. My fave item is either the heart mirror or the butterfly journal cover & notebook! :)

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  24. Hi Grace! I have a giveway going on at my blog,www.blessingseveryminuteofmylife.blogspot.com. If you could join, I would LOVE it!!!!

    Blessings in Christ,
    ~Rebecca

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  25. My Favorite thing is the Journal cover and note pad!
    (http://www.etsy.com/listing/68652810/journal-cover-and-notebook)

    Savanna~

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  26. I am already Your Follower, And am very happy to be so. *sigh*

    Your Friend,
    Savanna.

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  27. I have Entered Pretty Things By Meg Giveaway!

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  28. I have entered:garden giveaway etsy chat with olive tree designs!

    Blessings,
    Savanna!

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  29. I have entered The Sweet Pea tote's!

    Savanna~

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  30. I have entered The etsy chat with brighter day!

    Thanks,
    Savanna~

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  31. I have entered The ruby jean Giveaway!

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  32. I have entered...garden giveaway etsy chat with shop Brydferth!

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  33. Hi Grace,
    My favorite item from Heidi's shop would have to be :http://www.etsy.com/listing/80354195/journal-cover-and-notebook
    Thank you so much for having this giveaway.
    ~Hannah
    inhannahsworld.blogspot.com

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  34. I added Heidi to my etsy circle.

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  35. I follow your lovely blog #1

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  36. I follow your lovely blog #2

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  37. I love her notebooks, especially the one with the flower on it. :) (http://www.etsy.com/listing/80354195/journal-cover-and-notebook-vintage-linen).

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  38. I hearted Heidi's shop on Etsy. :)

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  39. I added Heidi to my Etsy circle. :)

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  40. I follow your blog on Facebook. :)

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  41. I follow your blog on Facebook. :)

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  42. I entered the giveaway from Olive Tree.

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  43. I entered the giveaway from Brighter Day.

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  44. I entered the giveaway from shop Brydferth.

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  45. I entered the giveaway from Sweet Pea Totes.

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  46. I like the Journal Cover and Notebook - Vintage Linen and Applique.
    ~Kaydee

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  47. My fav is the Pocket Mirror - Butterfly.
    ~Emma

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  48. We follow your blog.
    ~Kaydee & Emma

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  49. I have entered your other giveaways.
    ~Emma

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  50. I've entered a lot of your other giveaways.
    ~Kaydee

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  51. We have posted about your giveaways.
    ~Kaydee & Emma

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  52. I love the project bag!
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/71790497/project-bag-from-vintage-linen

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  53. I added Heidi's etsy shop to my circle.

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