Monday, January 3, 2011

Toile Tales {giveaway}

One of my favorite etsy shops is Toile Tales!
Their crocheted hats, embellished flowers and amazing creations are all wonderful and different and designed by 2 amazing women, Lori and Amy.

I asked Lori some questions about how they started out and how it is working together.

Amy and I met when our 12 yo's were in preschool. I {Lori} was already sewing and dabbling in crochet. I gave Amy a sewing lesson and before I knew it, she was putting my skills to shame. Pretty much the same thing happened with crochet! Amy was such a quick learn! We have been joined at the hip ever since.
Our crafting fervor had no end! We produced so many items but only had a few girls (at the time) to put our creations on. That's when we started on eBay and small craft fairs. We had a few S L O W years and finally opened our Toile Tales site and have steadily been growing a customer base. We LOVE well ran craft fairs! It's so fulfilling to meet people and see who is buying the item! We put a little piece of ourselves in each item that when the product leaves, we wonder how they will treat it!

Amy and I both take the pictures for our Toile Tale page. That is our other fun craft! To take a picture and salvage it in the editing process is a skill all to itself. Most of the pictures on our TT site is one of our combined 8 children.

Having a partner in crafting that is also your best friend is amazing. We each have our own niche! Every pattern on the site was created by one of us. We have friendly competitions on who can out create the other. It keeps the product fresh and exciting. The work flow has never been a problem. There is a safety net knowing someone else can pick-up the slack if needed. We both have our specialty hats. I am SweetHeart girl, whereas, Amy is Townie girl. Although we can both make it all, we each can do those styles quicker. Amy is the craft fair organizer and I the "accountant". Amy makes everything pretty... From our tables and signs to our blog and twitter.
I have 5 children, Chloe (20), Colin (15), Claudia (12), Cadence (6) and Corea (4). I've been dating/married to my husband (Hong) since I was 19. In my spare time (ha ha ha), I love to read all things Jane Austin, the Bronte sisters and Elizabeth Gaskell. My family is active in our church and I help facilitate a crochet knitting group there. At present, I am a long term substitute teacher for an inclusion class. I HATE meal planning, but love to eat. I ALWAYS carry my crochet hooks and a project on hand, just incase there is a spare second. The oddest place I have ever crocheted was probably in waiting lines at Disneyland.

Amy is the mother to three girls Eilish (12), Elora (8) and Eirawyn (6). Her husband, Dan, is one of our biggest TT fans! Amy is an instructional aide to special needs children. Amy is the NEATEST person that I know! She can make garbage look organized! She never fails to amaze me with her organizational skills! In her spare time, Amy enjoys Zumba and family Wii. Amy, too, always has a project on hand. The oddest place Amy has ever crocheted is in the dark at the movie theater.
I just had to include everything they wrote because I have been checking out their shop for a long time and found their shop dynamics so interesting.


And SURPRISE!

Amy and Lori are giving away a $30 shop credit to a Chatty Mommy reader!

Here is what you have to do:

Check out Toile Tales and tell me what you have to have. (mandatory)

Follow their blog. (2 entries)

Follow this blog. (2 entries)

Heart their etsy store. ( 2 entries)

Blog about it. (3 entries)

Grab my blog button and put it on your blog. (3 entries)

Leave a separate comment for each entry.


This giveaway will end on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 8pm EST.

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64 comments:

  1. I love this... http://www.etsy.com/listing/63019634/3-6months-shelled-sweetheart-pastel-pink

    Mandy@Mandipidy.com

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  2. I follow your lovely blog :]
    Mandy@Mandipidy.com

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  3. I heart Toile Tales on etsy :]
    Mandy@Mandipidy.com

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  4. I love the adult sweetheart hat in brown!

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  5. I am already a happy follower :)

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  6. I love these girls & their creations! :) I can ALWAYS use more of their darling crochet flower clips! When I'm in a hurry getting my daughter ready in the morning, these are GREAT for her hair!

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  7. I have 'hearted' their etsy store for a long time now! : )

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  8. I have wanted one of their hats for a long time! I love their shop. My favorite is the (adult) Darling in Eggplant.

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  9. I'd love the adult Flirt in celery with one of those cool flowers! Thanks for a great giveaway!!
    ~Sharon~
    lunrei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. I hearted the shop and the hat username MoonRae #1
    ~Sharon~
    lunrei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. I hearted the shop and the hat username MoonRae #2
    ~Sharon~
    lunrei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. I follow your blog #1
    ~Sharon~
    lunrei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. I follow your blog #2
    ~Sharon~
    lunrei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. Shelled sweet heart.
    isafrenchy@gmail.com

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  15. I am a follower ! isafrenchy@gmail.com

    Thank you for your visit ! Great giveaway !

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  16. I love the Townie!
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/53667062/2t-4t-towniebrown-navy-baby-blue
    auroralux@gmail.com

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  17. I follow you #1
    auroralux@gmail.com

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  18. I follow you #2
    auroralux@gmail.com

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  19. Hearted (littlesproutbasics)#1
    auroralux@gmail.com

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  20. Hearted (littlesproutbasics)#2
    auroralux@gmail.com

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  21. Grabbed your button #1
    http://littlesproutgrowing.blogspot.com/p/blogs-i-love.html

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  22. Grabbed your button #2http://littlesproutgrowing.blogspot.com/p/blogs-i-love.html

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  23. Grabbed your button #3http://littlesproutgrowing.blogspot.com/p/blogs-i-love.html

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  24. I love the Sock Monkey Earflap Townie.

    shelley.haskell@yahoo.com

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  25. I follow you via GFC.
    shelley.haskell@yahoo.com

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  26. I follow their blog.
    shelley.haskell@yahoo.com

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  27. I love the adult darling.
    Christi
    keenerfamily at gmail dot com

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  28. I love the 6-12months Darling (Rose Pink) Very adorable!

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  29. I hearted Toile Tales on Etsy! :)

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  30. THIS is what I've gotta have!!! :)

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/45139847/adult-darling-eggplant

    Fun Give-away!!

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  31. I LOVE the 12-24 month Darling. That way Sweet P. can wear it next year!! How precious!

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  32. OH my that Sock Monkey is too cute!!!

    Thanks for the heads up on the giveaway.

    ~Cinnamon

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  33. I blogged this giveaway: http://myawesomegiveawayblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/love-it-adorable-crocheted-gifts.html

    maurine08(at)earthlink(net)

    entry 1

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  34. I blogged this giveaway: http://myawesomegiveawayblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/love-it-adorable-crocheted-gifts.html

    entry 2

    maurine08(at)earthlink(dot)net

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  35. I blogged this giveaway: http://myawesomegiveawayblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/love-it-adorable-crocheted-gifts.html

    entry 3

    maurine08(at)earthlink(dot)net

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  36. I put your button on my blog entry 1
    http://myawesomegiveawayblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/love-it-adorable-crocheted-gifts.html

    maurine08(at)earthlink(dot)net

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  37. I put your button on my blog entry 2: http://myawesomegiveawayblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/love-it-adorable-crocheted-gifts.html

    maurine08(at)earthlink(dot)net

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  38. I put your button on my blog entry 3: http://myawesomegiveawayblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/love-it-adorable-crocheted-gifts.html

    maurine08(at)earthlink(dot)net

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