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Blog Spotlight | Amelie Jo



Today I would like to welcome Anna from Amelie Jo. I had a chance to learn more about her blog and here’s what she had to say…

Please tell me about yourself. 

I have an Etsy shop, called Amelie Jo, named for my daughter and muse. I am a stay at home mom, who has just discovered she can sew!

Please tell me about your blog. 

My blog features handmade artists and their crafts.

How long have you been blogging? 

I started a blog to promote my business in the Spring of 2009.

What was your favourite giveaway? 
 
Anyone who hosts a giveaway is my favorite! I am blessed that people have been interested in what I have to say.

Who does your blog appeal to? 

Etsians, handmade, moms, artists, facebook followers, lollishoppers

What direction do you see your blog going in the future? 

I would like to continue to be a FREE outlet for handmade artists to be able to spread the word about their craft. So many bloggers have very expensive sidebar ads and charge for reviews and the normal small business person just can’t afford that. My reviews are FREE and my sidebar ads are just $5 a month.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog? 

Finding the right look. I’ve changed it several times.

What do you love about blogging? 

I love meeting new crafters.

Do you have a blogging pet peeve? 

Finding time to blog!

Do you have any advice for the readers entering your giveaway? newbie review bloggers? 

I would say to new bloggers, get good at promoting yourself. Only blog about the subjects that are near and dear to your heart. As far as entering giveaways – extra entries always count!

Tell me some of your favourite blogs that you read. 

I read about 100 blogs regularly. It would be hard to pick a favorite.

How can people find you? 

My Etsy shop is www.ameliejo.com and my blog is http://ameliejo.blogspot.com.
http://www.facebook.com/ameliejo?ref=profile#/pages/Amelie-Jo/235962718090?ref=mf
http://twitter.com/ameliejobaby
http://cafehandmade.ning.com/profile/AnnaDAngeloAttard

More About Anna: 

I am a stay at home mother, faithfully tending to my muse, sweet Amelie Jo.
Not so long ago, I owned a web boutique, where I sold American made and handmade children’s clothing by many talented Etsy artists. I had an epiphany, one sunny afternoon, when I found a vintage portrait of a wise, old owl and a blank, white tee in my baby girl’s closet. I was soon lost in creativity, carefully adding colorful buttons and a bit of hand embroidery. I fell in love with the result and had much too much fun with the process!
I realized that I had just created a piece that I had been searching for since my child’s birth – an affordable, organic, vintage inspired tiny bit of heaven, punctuated with a little flair and a whole lotta love!

I have never had formal training. I seem to pick up craft work easily through watching others and reading. I have an idea in my head and I try to create it. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. What doesn’t work is what I learn the most from.

The studio is a space that I share with my husband in the basement. A special room that he built that is cozy and warm. His intention was that we share the space, however my crafts seem to have taken over!

I am a stay at home mom, so I work whenever my sweet Amelie Jo is sleeping. That usually means that I do not get a lot of sleep! I also have a 13 year old step daughter who lives with us almost full time and is involved with 4H. A 13 year old and a 15 month old both need a lot of attention, so my work takes a backseat to them.

I prefer to use organic cotton for the shirts that I make. I am very interested in living an organic lifestyle I make my own cleaning products and purchase organic or locally grown food- and feel that organic cotton is the best material for baby skin. Plus, I tea stain most of my items and organic cotton is the perfect material for doing so. I love adding vintage buttons because they make mu items one of a kind. I would like to use more upcycled materials in the future.

At the moment, I only sell my work on Etsy, however I am interested in wholesaling to boutiques.

People should buy handmade because a lot of love and care goes into each item that an artist sells. Handmade is sweatshop free, out source free and the customer can be satisfied that they have not taken advantage of another citizen of this world in order to wear a fancy t shirt. Handmade keeps art alive and growing. Most handmade artists give back to their communities in small and large ways, which helps future generations.

My goals are to keep growing my shop and product line. I want to always be able to stay at home with my sweet Amelie Jo, so I would like to be a successful shop owner and crafter. Someone that my family can be proud of.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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