Bloggers We Love: Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Vintage
A world traveler with impeccable taste, Nicole Warne makes us swoon with her gorgeous style and whimsical photographs taken from around the globe. The author of Gary Pepper, she began posting in 2009 and has evolved into one of the most stylish and creative fashion bloggers out there.
#wanelocrush: Marigold Haske of Dreadful Girl
Marigold Haske and her family are obsessed with legos. They can’t get enough of them. So much so that this crafter + blogger + full-time mom had to buckle down one weekend to organize their “legos breeding like bunnies in the springtime” into a system that comprises at least 15 bins, all sorted by color.
And even though she’s got a lot on her plate (organizing legos are no joke), Marigold has her crafty hands in a million other projects, sometimes with No Pants. She was kind enough to answer some of our questions about her store, Dreadful Girl.
Can you tell us where you draw your creativity from?
I am a very deadline-driven person, and since I have started writing for Spoonful.com three times each week in addition to my own blog and making for my Etsy shop, my brain is constantly working on projects. Everything I see has potential to become something else. I think creativity is like a muscle and the more you work it the stronger and faster you get, and the easier it becomes. A lot of people think of creativity as a “talent” or a “gift” but I think that’s only a small part of it. Artistry takes work, discipline, and practice. Just like any vocation!
I’m also fortunate to have a lot of creatives both in my real life and through my online craft and design communities who inspire me. And I’m so super lucky to be married to someone who is both creative and funny. We are both makers and we’re constantly bouncing ideas off of each other. And, of course, I’m always making things for (or with) our two boys. Creativity is a big part of our everyday lives!
Can you also tell us a little bit about how you came up with your Etsy shop, Dreadful Girl?
I got on a kick of making tissue cozies that said things like “you have a booger” and “blow me” and they sold pretty well on Etsy. I loved the juxtaposition of the dry, generic text and plain fabric with these funny phrases on them. I started thinking about tampon cozies in this way, too. I had only ever seen flowery, pretty pouches that are supposed to be this discreet thing you bring to the restroom with you. But everyone knows exactly what you’re doing when you pull one of those out of your purse! So, I thought it would be funny to make zip pouches in the same style with plain fabrics and generic text that say, in so many words, “I am on my period.” I came up with a few phrases like “oh bloody hell” and “vampire teabags” and I think I sold three pouches the first year. I was pretty stoked about that!
Then sometime the next year, someone saved my first “oh bloody hell” pouch to Wanelo, and that was my Big Break, so to speak. It started trending like crazy, and I didn’t even know about it! But I was getting multiple requests for bags every day, and when I figured out what was going on I visited Wanelo and my bag was right up at the top of the home page! I started sewing them up as quickly as I could and the next thing you know, I had a real business and could barely meet the demand. I had to schedule uploads and would sell out within minutes sometimes. It was nutty!
Your pouches have gotten so popular that we’ve already seen imitators. What do you think about becoming a trendsetter for such a niche product?
Honestly, it’s kind of double-edged sword. On the one hand, I am lifelong crafter and a firm believer in do-it-yourself. As a craft blogger, there is nothing more flattering to me than seeing my ideas inspire other creative hands. So if you want to make my projects for yourself or to give as gifts for your friends, then I have no problem with that! On the other hand, isn’t right to rip off someone else’s idea, claim it as your own, and profit from it. Unfortunately, there will always be people who sell knock-offs. I can’t control that (Do you know how expensive lawyers are?! SUPER expensive, it turns out!)
For now, the best I can do is make sure I put out a superior quality product, provide exceptional customer service, and continue to come up with new, innovative, and fun ideas. I think that when I commit to those things, the customers follow. And my customers have been so awesome and loyal and supportive of my work! I have to count myself lucky in that respect and not focus on the negative stuff. At least until I become rich and my team of expensive lawyers shall crush them all, MWAH Hah hah haaaa!
I was a little disappointed to see that Summer of No Pants didn’t just involve sitting around the living room pantsless. What’s the latest, juiciest project you’re most excited to be working on?
I have a few smaller projects that I am working on. Some free tutorials and I’m trying to finish up a couple of new patterns for kids’ toys to put in my itty bitty pattern shop.
As for Dreadful Girl, I just had a new cozy idea pop into my head this weekend, so look out for some fun and funny new products in the coming weeks. As soon as SONP is over and I have a second to breathe, I’ll be focusing on some shop changes and I hope to be able to crank out more products to meet the demand of this year’s holiday season.
Anything else we should know?
Just that Wanelo has been so awesome for me! Honestly, my shop would not be where it is today without the Wanelo community. I’m so thankful for that and humbled by all the love you guys have for Dreadful Girl!
iShopCandy “Style Our Arm Candy” Contest
Entry deadline is Saturday, July 6th 11:59 EST. Winner will be chosen and announced on Sunday, July 7th, 2013!
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Hashtag Tuesday: Peanut Butter #Jelly Time
You may have worn them in kindergarten, but there’s nothing elementary about jellies. Topshop, Nasty Gal, and Chanel are all getting a piece of the jelly action, so indulge your inner five-year-old and snatch up a pair!
#jelly on Wanelo: