March 08, 2011

Interview by HER.(A Featured Blogger Series) A Little Bit French.

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 I am very happy today to introduce to you a blogger I met quite by accident, through another blogger. I believe my life has been enriched by both her gorgeous blog and her french inspired craft. My hope is that you will fall in love with Rhonda's blog  and her lovely Etsy shop here. Be sure not to copy any of these images without Rhonda's permission. Thank you so much and now without any further adieu, I give you "A Little Bit French".


When did you start blogging and why?
 I started blogging in October of 2008, only to communicate with my family in Chicago. I didn't realize it could connect with my Etsy shop and connect with so many new friends. It all came together eventually, as a way of sharing art and ideas.

What inspires you to blog???
 Creating something new and wanting to share with others.  My favorite part is choosing the best photos for the post.  Natural sunlight and props with your item, make a great photo.
  
Tell us a little about your passion for all things french?
 My passion for France came about while working with a wonderful French friend, Jacqueline.  We worked together at a large law firm in Chicago, she formed a reading group, she chose a Peter Mayle book and the rest was history. Often Jacqueline would go home to France and bring me back wonderful linens, doilies, beautiful hand towels, things she thought I'd love.

How did your passion for altered bottles start?
 I had collected antique bottles for over 20 years. They were all in a box, I pulled them out and matched them up with the vintage doilies and laces I'd collected through the years. I added images or French words.  I surprised myself when it all came together. I lined them up on a bookcase shelf and started clicking the camera.

Altered Bottles



The thing I love most about what I do is…
When I get an email from a customer telling me how happy she is with her purchase. Making handmade items can make one feel so open for criticism, that is part of it.  I love knowing something I made has made someone smile.
 
























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Who are your style or inspirational icons?
Corey Amaro     French Ephemera - Anna Corba    Decorating - Rachel Ashwell

Who are some of your fave blogs?
 Tongue in Cheek, Shabby Chic, My Shabby Streamside Studio, French Larkspur

I’m currently obsessed with…
Rhinestones and creamy white laces.

Lacebox


On a Saturday afternoon you will find me...
 in my studio - creating away or sorting all my supplies
  
Where do you see your self in 5 years.
 Hopefully, blogging about all my travels to France. I'm going in April and plan to visit the South of France in the future.

Favorite Quote… 
If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

Thank you so much Rhonda for this lovely interview and I look forward to reading more of your wonderful blog.

xxx



11 comments:

  1. what a wonderful interview! thanks for sharing the blog!

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  2. Great post...i will be checking her out

    xoxo Monroe

    Fashion Steele NYC

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  3. Following you from the blog hop. Hope you get a chance to check out my blog, Let's Start Saving Now - www.letsstartsavingnow.com

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  4. Fabulous interview and pieces!
    It seems like she is really in touch with her customers!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  5. Yay! I love Rhonda and her work also, she has a fantastic Etsy shop, one of my favorites...........:)

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  6. this was a lovely post. i know rhonda well and have been following her blog for quite some time. her creations and her passion for all things "french" is inspiring. i am so happy you featured her and her work!

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  7. Rhondas blog is always a joy to read and see all her beautiful creations. Great interview, I look forward to reading more.
    Best wishes, Angela.

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  8. Great interview with a great lady. Love her items and God given talents. Thanx for sharing, Visit me at my blog http://thecrankyqueen.blogspot.com, tiff

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  9. great interview.
    Rhonda is one of my super favs and i am happy to call her my Friend!
    This interview shows just what great style and class she puts into each of her creations.
    Amy

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  10. I love Rhonda!
    Her creations make me swoon..all of that romance and frenchie goodness!
    I came here from her blog to read er interview...and now I am your newest follower.

    Stop by to visit with me anytime!
    A friend of Rhonda's is definitely a friend of mine!


    Ciao Bella!

    Creative Carmelina

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  11. What a wonderful interview! It's so nice to learn more about you Rhonda! You know your shop is my favorite, and my dress form "ParisGal" is named for you and decorated with your beautiful fabric creations. You have inspired me so much and I feel blessed to have found you. I can't wait to hear about your trip to Paris. Wish I were going with you. Have fun my friend! And a big thank you to Lesapea for sharing this with us all. I can't wait to read more of your interviews! xoxo
    Rhonda... (the other Rhonda at RhondaMum.blogspot).

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