Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Ladybird Likes Q & A + Mini Giveaway



Recently, I've been absolutely loving Ladybird Likes! I came across Zoe's Etsy shop after a recommendation and put in a purchase on Sunday! I got in touch with the lovely Zoe to get to know a bit more about her and to share a quick Q&A on here!

Hello, tell us a bit more about yourself!
Hi, my name is Zoe! I'm 25 (nearly 26!) and I live in London with my parents, sisters and pupster Jasper!

What do you do for a living?
Right now I'm almost entirely self-employed, apart from working one day a week in a shop. Running Ladybird Likes is my main job, and I spend 6 days a week on it, working from 9am till about 2am! Crazy, I know, but I absolutely love my job so the long hours don't bother me too much.

How did you get into jewellery making?
I've always been into jewellery - when I was a teenager I wore tons of jewellery all the time - piles of bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings, all at the same time! And I made a lot of it myself from things I found at car boot sales. So it was kind of natural that when I started crafting more seriously I would make jewellery. I love making all sorts of things (I also crochet, embroider, sew, and make things from paper) but jewellery is always what I come back to, and I guess it's kind of my comfort zone.

In general, what inspires you?
It sounds lame, but everything. I am a writer and a photographer (that's what I studied at university) and so have always recorded everything around me, sort of scrapbooking imagery, and words, and moments through my writing and photography. I look back over these when I need inspiration. I also have the hugest soft spot for anything old - I love the typography, and colours, and illustrations on old packaging - the amount of detail and thought that went into say the labels on a thread spool just blows me away!

 By looking at your jewellery, you are influenced by vintage items - share a bit about your love for vintage / why you love collecting?
My Nanny had the most incredible array of vintage clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery... everything really... and that is how my love for vintage things started. I love the way old things look, and I love the story behind the objects too - there is nothing I love more than buying a dress from an old lady at a car boot sale, and her telling me where she wore it. It's like owning a piece of someone else's life, and that never fails to fascinate me. MY love of old things has also spawned numerous collections - I'm drawn to certain types of things over and over, and before I realise it I have a whole box full! So far my collections include; vintage cameras (especially polaroids), aprons, cigarette cards, buttons, old tins, keys, mugs, anything with deers or owls on, brooches, stamps, postcards and playing cards.

What do you do in your spare time (if you have any!)?
I don't have much free time, but when I do it's usually spent either reading (at the moment I'm re-reading all of my H G Wells - The Men in the Moon is probably my favourite!), watching movies (especially Asian horror films or Ghibli anime), walking my pupster Jasper, or visiting car boot sales, charity shops, and junk shops to feed my thrifting addiction.

Any aspirations / dreams for the future in terms of your jewellery or any personal goals?
At the moment Ladybird Likes is still teeny tiny, but I have big plans for it! At the moment my biggest goal is to be able to support myself entirely on my income from Ladybird Likes - it's a scary step, but one which I will need to take at some point! My next goal is more of a personal one, and that is to move out of my parent's house! Ha! I love my family more than anything else, but it's time to fly the nest. Just need to work on the whole 'making money to pay rent' thing...

Any advise for anyone out there that would like to start making their own jewellery?
Go for it! Look on ebay and Etsy for cheap supplies, or visit a local craft store, and just go for it! Wear your jewellery out, gift it to friends and family, and if anyone asks where your wonderful necklace/bracelet/earrings are from tell them proudly that you made them yourself. That's how every single jewellery maker started out. Maybe you'll love it, maybe you won't, but you will never know until you try.

Thank you Zoe for a lovely Q&A!!

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GIVEAWAY!!
Now it's time for the giveaway part! As I am nearing 200 followers, I decided to host a Ladybird Likes giveaway where you will get the chance to choose your favourite two items from the Etsy shop!!

All you have to do is:

You must be a Sugar For My Honey blog follower
Tell me why you'd like to win some Ladybird Likes goodies
Make sure you include your email or a way of getting in touch with you in your comment
For an extra entry you can tweet about my blog giveaway @FionaFach

My giveaway deadline is Friday the 20th of April at 6pm 
One lucky winner will be revealed and I will get in touch with you as soon as possible so you can pick your favourite items!





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34 comments

  1. What a beautiful shop! Love the vintage camera necklace! Would love to win one of those! :)
    brandnewstereo@gmail.com
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  2. Thank you for your entry lovely :)
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  3. I'd love the kingfisher brooch, and/or the vintage tags (though I don't know what for)!
    I'd like to win them because... ermm... they're lovely?
    I'm @RubyJubilee on twitter, just mentioned the competition there too...
    katepearson88@gmail.com

    Thanks! x

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    1. Thank you for your entry :)
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  4. Oh my, this giveaway is INCREDIBLE! I love love love those butterfly necklaces! I don't why I SHOULD win but I would LIKE to win because I love butterflies. My boyfriend, in fact, calls me 'butterfly' so wearing one of these stunning butterfly necklaces would make my day.

    Congrats on the nearing 200! Well deserved :)

    I tweeted (@thisdystopia)

    Amy x

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    1. Thank you very much for your entry :)
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  5. Ah! Fiona you're a star! I'm a huge fan of Zoe's work and with two purchases under my belt I'm going to be slightly selfish and join in with the giveaway! Just done a RT too. @dyfaldonc plus great photos as always Fiona, diolch bx

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    1. Haha! After seeing your necklace I just had to put an order in! :)
      Pob Lwc!!
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  6. Oh wow! Such beautiful things! So glad to discover such gems and on Etsy too!
    I have added Zoe to my circle :) No idea why I should win, but if I did my favs are the butterfly necklaces-gorgeous! And the 'Reflection in a Puddle' Print-beautiful.
    catsceramics(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for your entry :D
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  7. I love this shop, I think my favourites are the butterfly necklaces and maybe the moustache...I would love to win as I have been lusting after Zoe's jewellery for some time now but as I am also trying to start my own small business I have no spare money to buy anything! Thanks for the giveaway. X

    http://goodnightprudence.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you for your entry :)
      I received my ladybird likes items through the post today and I'm so in love with them!
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  8. I am new to knowing Zoe and her awesome shop. We have become friends via twitter and her butterfly necklaces are unique and totally awesome! Plus she is a super nice person! Which is all that matters sometimes eh? Lou x littlegreenshed@hotmail.co.uk

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  9. They're beautiful aren't they :)
    And she's such a lovely and sweet person! I'm so glad I got a chance to get to know a little bit more about her :)
    x x x

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  10. Ive been obsessed with etsy lately and love the alphabet badges and vintage sheet music tags! so sweet! congrats on 200 followers!! love the blog as always! why should I win? err, i really don't know! but I've been really in to finding quirky pieces and ladybird likes rocks my boat ;). @niaslocket (twitter)

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    1. Thank you for your entry :D
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  11. I am so glad you featured Zoe, I found myself lusting after everything in her shop when you liked to it on Twitter so it's really nice to find out more about her; with the car boot sales, walking the dog and love of vintage she is definitely a lady after my own heart! I love the butterfly necklaces and the Brownie necklace and brooch best, I'd love to win one but I think I'm going to have to buy one anyway! I will tweet too :)
    xxx

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    1. Thank you lovely :) Good luck :) And thanks for tweeting!
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  12. Congratulations on your well deserved 200 followers sweetie!

    What a great idea to interview the lady behind the art! It's really interesting to learn more about creative people.
    I particularly love Zoe's butterfly necklaces, how perfect for summer?! I also very much love the mini music sheet bunting!! How cool would that be strung across your computer monitor?!!! That's why I should win ... because my computer needs to look more cool! ;D haha!

    P.S Tweeted about the giveaway too :D xx

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    1. Haha, thank you :D
      Good luck!
      And thanks for tweeting!
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  13. Love this Q&A. Just stumbled upon it!

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  14. nearly at 200 so an early congratulations to you! so very well deserved. i have to say your blog is one of my favs, i'm especially a lover of the header! so pretty :)

    I'd love to win some Ladybird Likes goodies quite simply because they are gorgeous! I love items that have that proper vintage feel to them and these are just so original and amazing you'd be sure to make everyone who see's them jealous!

    rosie.harvey@hotmail.co.uk

    xoxo

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    1. Thank you :) it means a lot when people say that :)
      Thank you for your entry also!
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  15. Hi Fiona, just followed a link from Zoe's blog. I love the Q & A and am looking forward to having a browse around your blog as it certainly gets Zoe's vote.
    I would love to win a goodie from Ladybird Likes as I just love her vintage style and she is such a sweetie. I also have had my eye on a cute little boxer dog brooch on her blog - I've never seen any boxer dog inspired jewellery before! I like the way she thinks outside the box.
    Jo :)

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    1. They're so lovely aren't they :)
      Good luck, and thank you for your entry :)
      Do you have a twitter account/email? :)
      x x x

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  16. The vintage camera is just adorable! I'd like to win because...well, who doesn't love cute jewellery! And I've only discovered your blog recently, I love it - your header picture is one of my favourites I've seen on a blog!

    millyyoungman@gmail.com is my email :)

    xx

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    1. Thank you so much!! :)
      And thank you for your entry as well! Good luck
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  17. oh fab giveaway lovely! i would love to win, because all the jewellery is just gorgeous! i am useless at accessorising and could do with all the help i can get :)

    blueoctoberblog@gmail.com

    xx

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  18. Thank you for your entry lovely :)
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  19. lyfio hwn Fiona!..meddwl fydd rhaid i fi neud ordor yn fuan..manwn gojys..I WANT! x

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  20. Ahh I love Ladybird Likes! I bought a butterfly necklace the other week and was so impressed with the packaging and speed, I'd love to own more from Zoe's lovely shop :) Only one more follower to 200, congrats! xxx

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  21. woot! i was number 200 :D

    followed a link from ladybird likes twitter... i'd love to own something from her shop as I am so in love with her style {plus she's a sweetie!!}

    pixiemama@live.co.uk

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    1. Thank you!! And good luck
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