Blog Spotlight | Tart Deco
Today I would like to welcome Stephanie from Tart Deco. I had a chance to learn more about her blog and here’s what she had to say…
Please tell me about yourself.
During the day, I am a graduate student getting a double Masters degree in Library Science and Music History to become a Music Librarian. At night, I am a professional musician who sings in, manages and arranges for a 1920s-40s hot jazz vocal trio called Bootless Betties. In my spare time I create glamorous and fun hair accessories inspired by vintage pictures and movies.
Please tell me about your blog.
Tart Deco is a blog with content that celebrates and supports living a vintage lifestyle, concentrating on the 20s-50s. I blog about everything from fashion and music to sewing and weddings. I also post about vintage-themed giveaways, as well as host my own.
How did you get started?
I started Tart Deco when I began planning my 50s/rockabilly wedding 2 years ago. I noticed how little information there was on such a popular wedding theme and thought I might be able to help others who also wanted to plan a DIY wedding with a vintage theme. I had also just started selling my vintage inspired hair accessories on Etsy and my blog complimented my store really well. After I got married, I just kept going and opened up my posts to anything that supported living a vintage lifestyle.
How long have you been blogging?
I started in January of 2009.
What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?
Anything vintage or vintage-inspired. I particularly pay attention to plus-sized friendly items as I am a curvy gal myself and know how hard it is to find larger items that fit into a vintage lifestyle.
What was your favourite giveaway?
I loved them all because they are all so different, but if I had to pick one it would be when I gave away a custom vintage-inspired wedding veil. The bride sent me pictures later and I could tell just how much the veil added to her special day. To me, that is the BEST reason to create.
Who does your blog appeal to?
Anyone who is interested in history and vintage. There is so much one can learn by studying what has come before us. A dress from the 40s, a hat, a wedding photo- all tell a story and the right person can continue the story by buying the dress and wearing it or scanning the photo and sharing the history.
What direction do you see your blog going in the future?
While I love finding great deals and tutorials, I would also like to include more personal content for my readers to really get attached to. Instead of just pointing them to a great etsy shop, I want to interview the shop owners and show how they connect to their items. Vintage is about the personal connection to history as much as it is about the item itself.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?
Finding fresh information or presenting old information in a new and unique way. What do you love about blogging?I have met so many interesting and wonderful people through blogging. I read about 100 other blogs on a regular basis and they all have something incredible to say about vintage lifestyles. I also really enjoy the creative swaps I have been lucky enough to join. It helps me to create for the sheer joy of it and again, I love how happy it makes my swap partners to get something I made just for them.
Do you have a blogging pet peeve?
People who steal other people’s blog content without permission or giving credit
Do you have any advice for the readers entering your giveaway? newbie review bloggers?
Enter giveaways that mean something to you. Yes, it’s fun to win free stuff, but you could be taking away from someone who would really appreciate the prize. Always blog with integrity. Once something is on the internet it is out there for everyone to see and you never know what the future can bring!
Tell me some of your favourite blogs that you read.
Wow, this is hard because I have a blog list of 100+ blogs that I read for many different reasons. One blog that I consistently reference is Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing. She has tons of great tips for sewing vintage. I also like the sassy vintage blog Welcome to Deluxeville. Right now I am involved in the Hot Mama Apron Swap and the Grosgrain blog has amazing refashioned clothing giveaways that just floor me sometimes.
How can people find you?