I would like to introduce everyone to Wende the very talented owner of Mireio.
Mireio specializes in luxurious and relaxing spa products, fragrant soy candles, beautiful vintage glass candle holders, and much more!
I met Wende through the Etsy forums, and her shop immediately caught my eye. She makes such luxurious products, and best of all, they are affordable!
I had the chance to ask Wende a few questions about her and her products; here is what she had to say:
Q: How long have you been making your elegant creations, and what inspired you to start doing this?
A: I'm the child of a seamstress, so I grew up sewing. But it took me a long time to work up the courage to actually sell my work. I've made housewares for my own home for years before I took the plunge last fall and started Mireio. As for inspiration, before I opened Mireio I had a vintage store online that did very well. But I found over time that I really wanted to create with the vintage materials that I was finding. I love to mix new with old and find new uses for long forgotten items. So I'm a big fan of upcycling and recycling and refashioning. Creating a new use to something beautiful is a thrill!
Q: There are a large variety of handmade items in your shop from candles to napkins, which do you like creating the most, and why?
A: I must confess, I'm fickle. I tend to love whatever I'm working on at the moment. But if I had to choose, I'd say creating custom orders for people is a real joy. I love listening to what they want and need and then coming up with something totally unique just for them!
Q: What, in your experience, has been the best part about owning your own business as a handmade artist?
A: I've so enjoyed my experience on Etsy--and meeting people and finding new independent artists has been a lovely bi-product of owning my own business. I've had so much fun with it, that I actually write and tweet The Best of Etsy each week. I can't tell you how many amazing people I've met through the process. I love the community it provides. And it's absolutely gratifying to make something you know will be treasured.
Thank you Wende!
Here are a few of our favorite things from Mireio
Wende has graciously agreed to sponsor a GIVEAWAY!!!
What’s up for grabs?????
This beautiful set of six fragrant spring acorn sachets!
Vintage fabrics and prints adorn the adorable sachets. Each is filled with luxurious lavender from Provence. Topped with a real acorn cap and accented with a tiny glass seed bead, each of these Acorns is unique--one of a kind. While small, these lovely sachets are quite fragrant with an amazing palette of lilac, lavender, and hyacinth.
We are going to give you a chance to receive 10 entries into this giveaway!
1.Go to Wende’s shop Mireio and take a look around, then come back here and leave a comment letting us know what item in her shop you like the most. =1 entry
2. Leave a comment letting us know that you are a new or current follower of this blog =2 entries
3. Grab our button (leave a comment, letting us know) = 3 entries
4. Blog or twitter about this giveaway (leave a comment with a link to your post or tweet) =4 entries
5. Purchase any item from Mireio, come back here and leave a comment letting us know what you bought (will be verified) and you will receive 6 additional entries for a total of 10 entries!
All entries must have an email address on them (so we can reach you). If your email is located in your blogger account that is fine, just make sure to leave us a way to contact you.
We will end the giveaway and announce the winner on Sunday April 5th at 6pm central time.
Thank you again to Wende for a great interview, and for sponsoring this wonderful giveaway. You can get even more info about Wende and her shop by visiting her blog , or you can catch her on Twitter.
Good luck everyone.