June 20, 2012

Sweet Shop - Swede13 Inspirations

Introducing my latest Sweet Shop -
Swede13 Inspirations! 

Angie owner of Swede13 Inspirations

I am so inspired by Angie. She makes the loveliest things and has the most amazing Etsy shop and blog.

Learn more about her and her business, and check out the GIVEAWAY of an amazing French Inspired fleur de lis aqua easel and matted photography print of your choice.

French Inspired Fleur de Lis Easel in Aqua, 8" w x 11" h 

5 x 7 Photo print of your choice, matted in black or white

1. What products do you make/sell?  My Etsy shop consists of french country, beach bungalow and farmhouse finds. I find old treasures and repurpose them. I also sell my Cottage Photography and a few of my own paintings.

2. What inspired you to start creating?  I had been in and out of local antique shops for years until I discovered Etsy. The idea of repurposing and refurbishing my vintage finds to sell online became a better fit for me. I actually started with just my photography and paintings and in January of 2010 I began selling vintage.

3. What room do you do your creating?  I have three different work spaces. My computer in the kitchen takes priority when listing items and blogging. My guest bedroom houses all of my treasures and this is where my easel is set up. The garage is where I refurbish and turn the trash into treasures! I have my paint, tools and shipping boxes all in one area and I spread my huge drop cloth out across the floor when I am having a painting day. We don't park our cars in their anymore. I actually share half the garage with my teenage boys and their home gym.

4. What is your favorite organization tip/ tool? I tend to get very side-tracked and pulled in different directions, especially working from home (the laundry, the phone, the kids!). The best tool for me is to make a to-do list and prioritize what I want to accomplish each day.

5. What tip can you give others interested in making/selling similar items?
Create things that you would purchase for yourself...pieces that you would seek out for your own home. When painting a vintage object or piece of furniture, always be sure to seal the piece with a protective finish.

6. What is your day job?  My day job...mom to three teenagers. This takes top billing in my life! I love my Etsy, painting, photography and blogging, but when they need me, I am there. I know it's only a matter of a few years and they will all be out of the house, so I treasure each day. Some days I have to remind myself of that when all I feel like is the maid, cook, chauffeur and ATM machine!

7. Describe your ideal weekend.  I love time at the beach or by the pool and luckily I get that a lot living in Florida. I also love weekends when I spend a whole Saturday at an antique fair and I come home with a car full of new treasures and I am covered from head to toe in dirt and dust. That's a good day.

8. What other activities do you enjoy?  I love to read, paint, listen to country music and drink good wine with good friends! Oh, and I love to go dancing.

9. What is your sweetest memory from childhood?  One of my sweetest memories was a youth group trip I took from Tennessee to Florida when I was in eighth grade. It moved me so much that when I returned home I was baptized in our church.

10. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?  I love all the rustic chippy goodness in the vintage treasures I come across to repurpose. Among my favorites are old shutters, vintage frames, stools and books. My favorite items to create are my cottage hooks and knobs. I like to create the weathered wood or crackled look.

You can find Angie here: 

Facebook  .  Blog  .  Etsy  .  Twitter  .  Pinterest

Now the fun part!  Enter to win her amazing Fleur de Lis Easel and 5x7 Matted Photo print of your choice:  CLOSED

Thank you so much for participating! Entries close Saturday, June 30th at 11:59 pm. All entries will be verified. A winner will be announced by July 3rd. Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway **Would you like your shop featured in my Sweet Shop? It is a great way to get more exposure for free. Please contact me for more information at thesweetestmemory@cox.net.**


memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

This one is definitely my favorite:
Green Glory 5x7 Photo Signed & Matted, Cottage Photography, Animal Photography, Bird, Feathers

Tiffany said...

The Spanish Moss daydream print is beautiful!

Sally said...

Love the Blue Door Garden Party print - I have been a fan of Swede13 for quite sometime - love Angie's unique and gorgeous creations :)


Lindsey Gain said...

I love the phone booth print! http://www.etsy.com/listing/81061046/retro-coral-5x7-photo-signed-matted

Unknown said...

I like the dutch castle print

KHBride said...

So hard to decide! I think my fav is the spanish moss daydream though! I've always loved spanish moss and it reminds me of my mother.

STF said...

Love the Green Cottage Doors.


STF said...

Im concerned that some of my entries may be duplicated. Each time I returned to rafflecopter after 'doing a task', it had me redo the ones I already did...sorry!


Naomi said...

LOVE her Beach sign!!!!!

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Nancy said...

My favorite is the Blue Door Garden Party. I also like Cottage Mail and Tree of Life.

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Linh C. said...

I like the Old Red Door print.

Erinn Sluka said...

I love the Bridge print...Erinn A

Laurie said...

Blue Door Garden Party