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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

With a Flourish [interview, giveaway]

"With a Flourish" is a cute shop full of handmade paper bead jewelry and unique accessories. Who would have thought that you could craft items this cool out of paper?! I love that each piece has a story behind it- you can read about them in her detailed descriptions. April is the woman behind the flourish. Let us find out a bit more about her and her shop before we get to a lovely giveaway.
 
Please tell us a little about yourself, April.
My motto is "living the amazement", because life it just too interesting to spend time being apathetic and bored. I don't want to just exist, I want to live life with a flourish! This applies to many aspects of my life. My first and foremost identity is as a Christian, secondly as a wife, and as a mother to my beautiful 3 year old daughter. I also enjoy expressing this through creativity!
What is "With A Flourish" all about?
It's all about the difference between just doing something, and doing it 'with a flourish'! I'm not a big fan of plain. I like my food spicy, my music interesting, and my decor colorful. And my shop is a reflection of this as well. I think it is really unique to have colorful jewelry that used to be maps or ephemera. Instead of just wearing something- wear something "With a Flourish"!
  
How did you get your start in handcrafting pieces like this?
I used to sell antiques with my Dad, and we had a lot of fun going to auctions and hunting down treasures. One day I bought a box of vintage jewelry, and I found a long beaded necklace in the box that I liked it so much I kept it for myself. I wore it pretty often before I noticed something unusual about the beads. They were made of paper! This intrigued me I did some research and found that paper beading was quite popular in the 30's, and I decided to try it out for myself, using ephemera - paper that would typically get thrown away. After a lot of practice and plenty of sticky fingers, I was making my own paper bead jewelry!
 
Do you have something that inspires you or drives you to create?
I find it very inspiring to take something ordinary and turn it into some extraordinary. Turning an unimportant piece of paper into a piece of wearable art is so thrilling! I get very inspired by going to estate sales and vintage stores and finding forgotten treasures to be turned into something new and amazing. 
 
What are some of your hobbies outside of crafting jewelry and accessories?
I just love to cook! I prefer to not use recipes, and instead create my own. Luckily my husband and daughter are good sports and will try just about anything. One of my favorites was inventing my own Caribbean chicken and pineapple salsa! I also love photography and writing.
 
A general day for you consists of..
My days tend to vary, but I always have a lot of time with my daughter because I stay home with her. We love to go to the library and bring home stacks of books! During the day, I take care of things at home, do any photography I need to do for my shop, ship out any Etsy orders to the post office, and in the afternoon cook dinner. In the evening is family time, and then, since I am a night owl, I tend to do a lot of my Etsy work in the wee hours of the morning.
 
What is next for With a Flourish?
The next step for 'With a Flourish' is a sister shop called 'Flourish and Debonair'. It will be more focused on the accessories and clothing side of 'With a Flourish', but will have items both for women and men! 'Flourish' for ladies, 'Debonair' for gentlemen.
Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you so much for this opportunity to be on your lovely blog! :)
 


GIVEAWAY

TO ENTER: Be sure that you are a follower of "Samy in Wonderland" through google friend connect (top of left side-bar) and browse "With a Flourish", then leave 1 comment stating


- I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: _______.

- One of my favorite items from With a Flourish is _______ because _______.  

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: _______.

EXTRA ENTRIES: After doing the mandatory entry above, you may complete any or all of these for additional entries. A random number generator picks my winners, so the more times you enter, the more chances you have of winning! For these to count as extras, please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is _______ because _______.  
I "favorite" With a Flourish! My etsy username is: _______. 
I "favorite" Princess Samy! My etsy username is: _______.
I "like" With a Flourish on Facebook! My facebook username is _______.
I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is _______.
I "follow" With a Flourish on twitter! My twitter username is @_______.

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @_______.
I "Don't Miss a Thing" because I subscribed to Samy in Wonderland and confirmed my subscription! The e-mail address used was: _______. (Subscription box can be found in my left side-bar)
I "Read You" because I subscribe to Samy in Wonderland feed via an RSS reader. My username is: _______.
I shared this giveaway on my facebook wall! I included a link back to this page so that my friends can find it. Here is a link to the wall post: _______. 
I tweeted about this giveaway on twitter. I included a link back to this page as well as "@PSVintage" somewhere in my tweet. Here is a link to the tweet: _______. 
I left a new and relevant comment on this non-giveaway post on the Samy in Wonderland blog: _______. (You may count up to 3 comments - use separate entries for each) 

OPEN TO: UNITED STATES, 18+
ENDS: OCT. 15TH @ 11:59 PM
 

77 comments:

Cory said...

- I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: Cory

- One of my favorite items from With a Flourish is _in the breeze necklace because i love the colors.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: mychancetowin at gmail dot com

nitzan said...

- I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: ___nitzannn____.

- One of my favorite items from With a Flourish isUpcycled/Recycled Ephemera Handmade Paper Bead becauseit is colorfull.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: nitzan.sc at gmail dot com.

CraftyGiveaways said...

- I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: CraftyGiveaways.


- One of my favorite items from With a Flourish is New Box of Crayons Necklace because it's so colorful.


- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: getoverit2090[at]hotmail[dot]com.

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is "Ivory White Pearl Planetary Space Orbit Gold Chain Vintage Necklace" because it's so unique.

I "favorite" With a Flourish! My etsy username is: PScutehairbows.

I "favorite" Princess Samy! My etsy username is: PScutehairbows.

Carapace said...

I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: Carapace.

- One of my favorite items from With a Flourish is the Paper Bead Necklace because I love the colors, the shapes, the textural drama!

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here:carapacenator(at)gmail.com

janetfaye said...

I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: janetfaye

- One of my favorite items from With a Flourish is World Traveler Map Necklace because It looks unique.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is Colorful and Elegant Framed Vintage Original Landscape Painting because I like the way it looks.

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janetfaye said...

I "favorite" With a Flourish! My etsy username is: janetfaye

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janetfaye said...

I "favorite" Princess Samy! My etsy username is janetfaye

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janetfaye said...

I "like" With a Flourish on Facebook! My facebook username is Janet Fri

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janetfaye said...

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is Janet Fri

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janetfaye said...

I "follow" With a Flourish on twitter! My twitter username is @Janetfaye

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janetfaye said...

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @Janetfaye

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susie said...

- I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: Susie.

- One of my favorite items from With a Flourish is the Urban Grey Dangle earrings because it's so preety.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: swiener1[at]tampabay.rr.com

susie said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is the Black Stone Silver Wrap Around Wire Vintage Steampunk Pendant
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susie said...

I "like" With a Flourish on Facebook! My facebook username is Susan Wiener.

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susie said...

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is Susan Wiener.

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susie said...

I "follow" With a Flourish on twitter! My twitter username is @sherri2345.

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susie said...

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @sherri2345.

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susie said...

I "Don't Miss a Thing" because I subscribed to Samy in Wonderland and confirmed my subscription! The e-mail address used was swiener1[at]tampabay.rr.com

Opinions of a Moody Mama said...

I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: Opinions of a Moody Mama.

One of my favorite items from With a Flourish are the Music to My Ears earrings because I love music and I love earrings! :)

If I am the winner, you can reach me here: ommylovescooper@gmail.com

Opinions of a Moody Mama said...

I "favorite" With a Flourish! My etsy username is: coopersmommy

Opinions of a Moody Mama said...

I "favorite" Princess Samy! My etsy username is: coopersmommy

Opinions of a Moody Mama said...

I "follow" With a Flourish on twitter! My twitter username is @coopersmommy

Opinions of a Moody Mama said...

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @coopersmommy

carmen said...

I follow through GFC, my favorite item are the world map earrings.

pomflair(at)gmail(dot)com

jhitomi said...

follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: jhb.

- One of my favorite items from With a Flourish is http://www.etsy.com/listing/52543400/world-traveler-map-necklace because it is very unusual, never seen anything like it.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: jhbalvin at gmail dot com.

jhitomi said...

I "favorite" Princess Samy! My etsy username is: jhbalvin.
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Roxy said...

follow your blog as roxy

love the Silver Cone Earrings - Upcycled Ephemera Paper Bead Dangly because they are chic and would match most of my outfits.

hockiemack at hotmail.com

Roxy said...

from Princess Samy Vintage, I love the Gold Foliage Colorful Shiny Vintage Intricate Detailed Leaf Gemstone Jewel Pendant Necklace Charm because fall is my favorite season and this would make for a glamourous autumn.

hockiemack at hotmail.com

Conspicuous Crafts said...

- I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: ConspicuousCrafts.


- One of my favorite items from With a Flourish is the Grape Vine Necklace because it's beautiful and I love all shades of purple!


- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: ConspicuousCrafts at hotmail dot com.

Kathleen McGiveron said...

- I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: kmcgiveron


- One of my favorite items from With a Flourish is Around the world earings because they are so colorful and unique! LOVE THEM!

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: kathleen@kathleenmcgiveron.com

Melinda said...

- I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: Melinda.


- One of my favorite items from With a Flourish is Urban Blue Dangle Earrings because of the fun pop of color.


- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: melbhager at yahoo dot com.

Melinda said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is the ivory white pearl planetary space orbit gold necklace because it is playful & fun, yet classy.

Melinda said...

I "favorite" With a Flourish! My etsy username is: FotoFont.

Melinda said...

I "favorite" Princess Samy! My etsy username is: FotoFont.

Melinda said...

I "like" With a Flourish on Facebook! My facebook username is Melinda Benoy Hager.

Melinda said...

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is Melinda Benoy Hager.

Melinda said...

I "follow" With a Flourish on twitter! My twitter username is @MelindaBH

Melinda said...

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @MelindaBH

VeggieAmanda said...

I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: VeggieAmanda.
- One of my favorite items from With a Flourish is Asian Paper Bead Necklace because I just love Asian inspired art and jewelry.
- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: anewman80@gmail.com.

Melody said...

- I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: Melody.DuVal

- One of my favorite items from With a Flourish is the Upcycled Spherical Paper Bead Dangly Earrings because they're so fun and unique!

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: Melody.DuVal [at] gmail [dot] com .

Melody said...

Melody.DuVal [at] gmail [dot] com

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is the Copper Bell Cuff because I like old things and it's pretty unique.

Melody said...

Melody.DuVal [at] gmail [dot] com

With A Flourish has long been a favorite shop for me and my user name is Everybody Else

Melody said...

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I hearted princess samy and my user name is everybodyelse

Melody said...

I liked with a flourish on facebook, my user name is my name which is the same as my email

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Melody said...

Following With a Flourish on twitter my user name is @everybodyelse01

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Melody said...

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Following PSVintage on twitter, user name is @everybodyelse01

Melody said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/everybodyelse01/status/25789284894

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kiddo said...

- I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: kiddo.

- One of my favorite items from With a Flourish is the Grape Vine necklace because I love the colors.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: kiddomsg at gmail dot com

AmbreRose said...

Heck ya I'm a follower! I looked in the shop and found many pretties that would love to come live with me. I think my favorite is the giveaway earrings cause of the great blue color. I also like the Urban Circles Dangle Earrings - Upcycled Ephemera Handmade Gray Paper Beads. ambrerose at aol dot com

Sam said...

I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: Sam Lev.

One of my favorite items from With a Flourish is urban blue dangle earrings because I really love that color.

If I am the winner, you can reach me here: Oceanic.Wonder@gmail.com

Sam said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is Shiny Blue Black Spaghetti Strap Vintage All That Jazz Dress because it's really beautiful!
Oceanic.Wonder@gmail.com

Sam said...

I "like" With a Flourish on Facebook! My facebook username is Sam L.
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Sam said...

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is Sam L.
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kiddo said...

I visited PS Vintage on Etsy and my fave item is the Black Olive Green Brown Patchwork Vintage Cat's Paw Leather Womens Boots 6.5 6 1/2 because I love the way they slouch.

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kiddo said...

I like With a Flourish on FB! My FB username is Suzanne Gregg.

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kiddo said...

I like Princess Samy on FB! My FB username is Suzanne Gregg.

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kiddo said...

I follow With a Flourish on Twitter! My Twitter username is @kiddo47.

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kiddo said...

I follow PSVintage on Twitter! My Twitter username is @kiddo47.

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kiddo said...

I Don't Miss a Thing b/c I subscribed to Samy in Wonderland and confirmed my subscription! The e-mail address used was: kiddomsg at gmail dot com.

Donna said...

I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: Donna Warrington.


- One of my favorite items from With a Flourish is Tribal Vibrant Necklace - Upcycled/Recycled Ephemera Colorful Handmade Paper Bead because I like usually jewelry.


- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: dwarrington1@gmail.com.

Donna said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is Ivory White Pearl Planetary Space Orbit Gold Chain Vintage Necklace because I love Vintage.

Donna
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Donna said...

I "favorite" With a Flourish! My etsy username is: 2Cats4Me.

Donna
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Donna said...

I "favorite" Princess Samy! My etsy username is: 2Cats4Me.

Donna
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Donna said...

I "like" With a Flourish on Facebook! My facebook username is Donna Hufman Warrington.

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Donna said...

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is Donna Hufman Warrington.

Donna
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Donna said...

I "follow" With a Flourish on twitter! My twitter username is @2Cats2See.

Donna
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Donna said...

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @2Cats2See.

Donna
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Donna said...

I "Don't Miss a Thing" because I subscribed to Samy in Wonderland and confirmed my subscription! The e-mail address used was: dwarrington1@gmail.com.

Donna
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Donna said...

I "Read You" because I subscribe to Samy in Wonderland feed via an RSS reader. My username is: Donna Warrington.

Donna
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Vicki S said...

- I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: sswpss

- One of my favorite items from With a Flourish is Muscular System Paper Bead Earrings - Biology, Quirky Weird - Upcycled/Recycled Dangles because they are colorful and remind me of hot air balloons!

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: sswpss at yahoo dot com

Vicki S said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is Gold Foliage Colorful Shiny Vintage Intricate Detailed Leaf Gemstone Jewel Pendant Necklace Charm because the color of the blue bead is so vivid! I love the vintage feel too!

sswpss at yahoo dot com

Vicki S said...

I "favorite" Princess Samy! My etsy username is: Vianna

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Vicki S said...

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is Vicki Sh.

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Vicki S said...

I "Don't Miss a Thing" because I subscribed to Samy in Wonderland and confirmed my subscription! The e-mail address used was: sswpss at yahoo dot com

maddailade said...

- I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is maddailade.

- One of my favorite items from With a Flourish is Flourish Flower Pin and Hair Fascinator - Maroon and Plum because it is gorgeous.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: madda_ilade@yahoo.com.

galaxyboogie said...

- I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: galaxyboogie.

- One of my favorite items from With a Flourish is the Asia Map Paper Bead Necklace because it's colorful and interesting.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: galaxyboogie at gmail dot com.