If you have been hangin’ out with me for a bit, you may remember a couple of posts about dates my PC and I have had based on the book 52 Uncommon Dates by Randy Southern. I had a giveaway for a copy of the book and my sweet, faithful reader Anne Green won. She and her Prince went on one of the dates from the book and shared pics and deets with us, here.
Since then, Anne and I have become Facebook buds and have kind of kept up with each other through social media. I feel like we are friends. So when Anne announced the opening of her store, Anne’s Adoorables, I could not get over to Etsy fast enough. I oohed and ahhed over her “adoorable wreaths with a southern flair”. And then I asked Anne if I could share them with you.
Let me start by showing you the beautiful wreath I purchased.
It was lovingly packed with the sweetest note from Anne. Fluffed up the ribbon and burlap just a bit and then wandered around the house trying to find the perfect place for my wreath. May eventually put it out on my front door but for now I want to enjoy looking at the wreath myself!! So I hung it in the dining room.
Anne has so many unique pieces to choose from but I fell instantly in love with this mix of textures – the lacy burlap, the glittery tinsel and golden polka dots and THAT COTTON. I was so proud that I posted a pic on my FB page and immediately friends began to comment on how the wreath spoke to them.
My friend Dolores reminisced “When my dad was young their parents would take the kids to the fields to pick cotton. 8 kids in the family! Brought back good memories of my dad and what a hard worker he was all his life. Your wreath is gorgeous!”
And I replied “Cotton reminds me of growing up in the mid-south. I remember going for rides and seeing cotton. Getting out of the car and picking it for fun. And then imagining having to pick cotton, day in and day out, from dawn to dusk.”
Here are some closeup pictures of this special wreath.
Isn’t it luscious? Here’s where I have hung it. By all of the family wedding photos on my dining room buffet.
Ironically? Interestingly? Insanely? I used to pretend I was a runaway slave boy when I was in fourth grade. Probably another reason why this wreath spoke to me.
So, I asked Anne if I could introduce her to you all through an interview of sorts here on the blog and she graciously agreed. Gang meet Anne.
How did you get started making creative things?
My grandmother was a school teacher, but an artist in her spare time. Her home was filled with treasures she created including paintings, pottery and needlepoint. My mom (also a retired school teacher) loves arts & crafts and passed that onto me and my older sister. Attending craft shows has been a family tradition. My mom, sister and I attended craft shows together when I was younger, and we would get ideas to create things at home. As a young mother, I would take my children to local craft shows as well. I also have fond memories of attending craft classes with my grandmother-in-law which we both enjoyed so much.
Where do you find inspiration for the things you make?
I get ideas from many places such as Pinterest, craft stores, catalogs and other crafters. My favorite way to find inspiration is to simply go to craft stores and spark my own creativity through searching materials that they offer. I’ve never seen a craft store I didn’t like! (me either!)
When did you open your Etsy store?
I only recently opened my Etsy store. I have had the desire to turn my hobby into a business for the past year or so. After lots of contemplation, a few prayers, and the support of my family I decided to go for it. And I’m so glad I did! I’m wondering why I even hesitated because the response has been very positive.
What plans do you have for future projects and pretties to sell?
Holiday decor is what I am working on currently. I am preparing for a local craft show in September and for a big weekend craft show in late October. I will continue to grow my Etsy business and offering a larger selection of lantern swags and wreaths, but I am keeping an open mind for the future.
Anne included a few photos from her home to share with you.
Can you tell which state Anne lives in by the wreath on her door? And isn’t that a lovely wreath hung at her window?
How about this adoorable lantern swag?
I love it! I need it. Time to place another order.
Would like to invite you to visit Anne’s Adoorables by clicking right here. Be prepared to be wooed. And tell Anne that Leslie sent you. But before you run off to shop, take a moment to enter our giveaway for a lantern swag of your choice from Anne’s shop.
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My last interview question for Anne was:
How did you come across my blog?
Gosh, I have been reading your blog about two years now. I remember coming across your blog from another blog, Two Teens and Their Mama (written by my friend Lana). I have been a loyal reader and enjoy the books you showcase, plus many other posts you have written. Your blog is unique (I LOVE THAT PART) and I consider you a friend (LOVE THAT EVEN MORE) because we have been able to connect with each other even though we have never met in person.
Thank you, Anne, for this sweet answer, for being a reader and being my friend.
Now, gals, I’ll race you over to Anne’s. On your mark, get set… already gone!
Hugs and kisses,