Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday Feature No. 38 -- Featuring Pretty Pear Designs

Happy Friday! It's been a good week for me. I hope it has been for all of you as well.

Today, we are featuring Amy, from Pretty Pear Designs. Amy has a unique product, that I know I haven't seen anywhere before. She makes fabric stationery....and it's SO cool! Let's hear a little more about Amy.

TDB: How did you get your start making fabric stationery?
Amy: I started making fabric stationery, because apparently I had issues collecting fabrics that I thought were pretty. I would buy a yard here and there because it made my eyes happy. I was convinced that someday I would do something with it. Well, one night I just had this huge to make something, anything. I pulled out my stash of fabrics and started thinking what could I make that does not involve pulling out my sewing machine ( with a 2 yr old and newborn at the time, I knew that sewing projects were out of the question for me). I stared at the pretty fabrics and they reminded me of my mom. I started to think about my mom, and thought I would love to send her a card with some of these pretty fabrics.
It was an hour of what if I did this, and then tried this, and this printed this, what would happen? That was the start of my first fabric card. I sent out a few cards to all the important ladies in my life for Mother's Day knowing they all loved handmade items, and well that was the start of it.



TDB: What other creative abilities do you possess?
Amy: It depends on who you ask. I got my degree in art education with a concentration in pottery ( so I am a secret potter ). When I let my mind and inhibitions go I can paint a little. I love to design and decorate, and I am always playing around with making different things when I have time.



TDB: What does "a day in the life of Amy" look like?
Amy: Yikes! A day in the life of Amy is not so exciting. I am up by around 6:30 am and start my motivational round up of getting kids ready. My daughter is 5 and in kindergarten and my 3 year old daughter is home with me. I get my 5 yr old ready to go on the bus (an ongoing battle of remotely staying on task, so we can catch the school bus). After she is gone to school, I have my breakfast and coffee with the computer. I use the morning hours to do Etsy, twitter, blog and try and do my online promotions. I can only do this for a little while and then it is time to clean-up the house a bit and entertain the little one.
My day is a balance of mommy and work, grocery shopping and fresh air. I do not do much actual cardmaking during the day. I have to save that for the evenings when I know I will have no interruptions. I love making stationery and these cards, but I am also very aware of how precious this time is with my girls when they are young like this, so I try to spend a lot of time with them.


TDB: What are three things in your life that you just can't do without?
Amy: Right now I feel like I cannot live without my computer (sad), I can't live without water - seriously if I don't drink water throughout the day I am so tired and I get headaches, and not to sound cliche but hugs, I need them.


TDB: If you had the power of tele-transportation, what would you do with it?
Amy: If I had the power, I would transport myself to Crested Butte, Colorado to snowboard whenever I felt like it. I would see my mom more, and when I was in the mood for some wonderful food I would go to NYC for an evening out with my friends. Oh, and we would take our girls to Disney World, because right now with the way the economy is going not sure if we can do that now.


TDB: As a young child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Amy: Ok, here I go. In this order, from when I was very young through High School - Miss America, Veterinarian, Architect and Interior Designer, and Wildlife Biologist (with a concentration studying grizzly bears).



TDB: Who has been the greatest influence in your life, and why?
Amy: My mom and dad. My dad because he passed away from Leukemia when I was 15 years old, and from him I learned the greatest lessons in life that keep me balanced and happy. I learned to live your life without regrets, to understand the seriousness of life, but to not take life too seriously. I learned from him that family, love and relationships are what are most important, not material things. That time with your kids are precious and that it is more important to create memories then to buy them. From my mom I learned strength and courage. I learned that women are the silent rocks of every family. I learned from here to appreciate what is beautiful and to laugh even when you don't always feel like it.

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Today's giveaway from Amy is this fun white, green, and blue polka dotted fabric stationery. It is a boxed set of 8 notecards.

To enter, please visit Pretty Pear Designs and then come back here and comment on your favorite item from Amy's shop. Please make sure to leave a valid email address with your comment.

For an additional entry, you can blog about our giveaway. Please leave a separate comment with the link to your blog post.

For another additional entry, you can follow us by clicking on "Follow this blog" up at the top right of this page. Please leave a separate comment letting us know you're a follower.

Deadline to enter is Thursday, January 29 at midnight PST. Giveaway is open worldwide.

Have a great weekend!

Angie

99 comments:

Alisha said...

I like the green and pink polka dots, so cute =)

Audrey said...

These are my favorite:
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I will add a link to here on my give away blog:
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Lori R said...

amy's designs are so pretty! I like the yellow fun love notes.

Whimsical Creations said...

My favorite is Happy Birthday - Little Girl.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

MJ said...

I love the Black toile stationary.

MJ said...

I follow

Shamrocker99 said...

I like the fabric fun notecards. Love the bright colors! Shamrocker99 at aol dot com

windycindy said...

Her creations are lovely. I especially like the Soft and Elegant
Variety Fabric Boxed Notecards-Set of
8! Please enter me in your drawing.
Many thanks.....Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

black toile is my favorite

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

follow

Ingrid said...

My favorite would be the "Fabric Circles Modern Thank You Cards - Set of 8", thanks.

besosforpesos said...

I love the Fabric Tranquility Boxed Notecards! So pretty :)

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besosforpesos said...

following

peg42 said...

I love the Fabric Fun Stationery Boxed Note Cards. What beautiful cards and stationary. Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

Fabric Red Toile Notecards

Nora
neneelynn@yahoo.com

Nanci said...

Love the look of the Fabric Circles Modern Thank You Cards

mom2anutball said...

I like the Fabric, Fabulous, Fun Kid's Birthday Invitations!!

mom2anutball said...

I follow!!

Stephanie said...

A Little Love Letter set on notecards -- classy!
tvollowitz at aol dot com

jeanilyne said...

I like the assorted fabric personalized stationery - set of 8
(jeanilynne at gmail dot com)

jeanilyne said...

blogged this giveaway here:
http://bloggyfinds.blogspot.com/2009/01/downtown-boutique-friday-feature-no-38.html
(jeanilynne at gmail dot com)

jeanilyne said...

following you here:
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cdziuba said...

Greetings! Love the Fabric Fun Stationery Boxed Note Cards!

Lilly said...

I love the Fabric Elegance for a New Mother Card! It's so classy!

Lilly said...

I am a follower.

Jan said...

love them

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Fabric Black Toile Stationery - Boxed note cards. Thanks. Charlotte
charlottewinters@cox.net

KLM39 said...

The Black Toile is lovely.

Christina G. said...

My favorite is the Fabric Brown and Pink Damask Notecard. Thanks for the giveaway!

Christina G. said...

I blogged, http://cgould2009.blogspot.com/2009/01/downtown-boutique-pretty-pear-designs.html

Christina G. said...

I followed.

mverno said...

i like the Holiday Elegance Fabric Blue and Gold Holiday - Gift Set mverno@roadrunner.com

Anonymous said...

I like the Fabric Black Toile and the red too!

Abby said...

Love the simple is best cards!

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Valerie said...

Fabric Polka Dot Stationery - Boxed Notecards set of 8
KawaiiNeko2008 (at) aol (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I love the Black and White Damask Fabric Notecards. They have a retro feel to them!!

lenz.nicole@gmail.com

ky2here said...

I'm liking the Fabric Circles Modern Thank You Cards,

Betty N said...

I love the Family Fun Station...the colors in the fabric used are so pretty and cheerful.

Cheryl F said...

My favorite is the Fabric Fun Stationery Boxed Note Cards , cute!

cookiert said...

I like the black and white damask fabric note cards!

Tracy said...

I liked the Happy Birthday - Little Girl Card, I love everything that has butterflies on it! :-)

jeannie said...

I like the green with pink polka dots... my favorite colors. Thank you!

RockerJewlz said...

I like the black & white damask

Niki said...

the Fabric Circles Modern Thank You Cards

Anonymous said...

I like all of them my favorite
would be th Soft&Elegant Variety
Fabrice Boxed Notecards.
Thanks for the contest
Cathy T
kbtruman@aol.com

Colengal said...

I really like the Black Toile Card. So nice.

Mia J. said...

All of the things are so beautiful. I especially like the Fabric Tranquility Boxed Notecards - Set of 8.

karly said...

My favorite is the Corduroy Fabric Polka Dot Boxed Notecards. They are so original!

l.hochner@roadrunner[dot]com

Deb said...

Green and pink polka dots and also the polka dot boxed notes.

Anonymous said...

My favorite are the Fabric Black Toile Stationery - Boxed note cards set of 8.
-Terra H.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Karen said...

My fav is the green and pink polka dots :)

ktgonyea at gmail.com

danosor said...

I am a subscriber.

Amber said...

Happy Birthday Little Girl is my favorite!

Thanks for the giveaway and please enter me :)

hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Sharon Harmon said...

Pretty Pear Designs has some very unique and beautiful cards!! Thank you for the contest!
txgigggles@yahoo.com

Debbie said...

I love the bright colored polka dot note cards. Great shop and giveaway.

procek@verizon.net

Debbie said...

I follow this blog.

procek@verizon.net

Kim said...

Fave is the black toile stationery!

Kim said...

follower

wendy said...

Fabric Little Love Notes Yellow Fun set of 10 is tooo cute!

madamerkf at aol dot com

SeahorseLady said...

Wow! She does beautiful work. I love the pretty Cottage Style notecards.
Thank you for the very nice giveaway.

SeahorseLady said...

Wow! She does beautiful work. I love the pretty Cottage Style notecards.
Thank you for the very nice giveaway.

Sarah said...

I really like the Fabric Tranquility cards.

Everything is beautiful!

Aik said...

I love the package : A Little Love Letter set of 8 notecards!

aikychien@yahoo.com

Aik said...

I'm a follower!

aikychien@yahoo.com

jennifer57 said...

the Black and White Damask Fabric Notecards

Karen said...

Love the black and white damask fabric notecards also :)

ktgonyea at gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love the "Did you know you are..."

Thanks,
Caitlin, csa04@fsu.edu

Karen said...

Love the black and white damask :)

ktgonyea at gmail.com

Erma said...

I like the green and pink polka dots one. Thanks for the chance to win.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

Michelle82378@charter.net

I love the Fabric Circles-Thanks You notes..How cool!! Thanks for the chance!
michelle

tabbah said...

I love the black and white dots. Works for many occations.

Jen said...

I love the brown and pink damask cards! Beautiful! Thanks!
-10oneworld on Etsy

KPP said...

I know its lame to pick the featured cards, but the Fabric Tranquility Boxed Notecards are really my favorite!

happishopr said...

I really like the brown and pink damask cards. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Leslie said...

Simple is best - Love and Friendship Valentines Day Card

Melanie said...

Fabric Stationery - Modern Blank Boxed Notecards set of 8

So so chic.
Love them.

clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

Charlene said...

Loved the Green and Pink Polka Dot Fabric Girl's Stationery :o)

ms-texas said...

my favorite item was the Fabric Fun Stationery Boxed Note Cards Blank Set of 8

Chrystal said...

Oh my, the green and pink polkadot notecards are soooo beautiful! Those happen to be my two favorite colors!
ck004@hotmail.com

amyinkamloops said...

Thank you for posting this information. I really appreciate it! Fabric Circles Modern Thank You Cards - Set of 8 would be my choice.

Great blog and giveway. I hope you have an awesome day! Thanks again ;-) Amy (amyinkamloops *AT* gmail.com)

purango said...

The Fabric Tranquility Boxed Notecards-Setof 8 is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

demmi said...

the black and white dots con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

louiseb130 said...

The green and pink polka dots are darling

Anonymous said...

Really lovely products! .... I like the Toile, particularly the Black.

Sarah H.
sjh949[at]aol[dot]com

shannons said...

I like the Fabric French Country Boxed Note Cards

Christine said...

I like the modern blank boxed notecards

Anonymous said...

I love the fun notes-Diane Baum
dianesmb@aol.com

joni chadwell said...

the Fabric French Country Boxed Note Cards look great

joni514@roadrunner.com

Whitney said...

i really think that the Fabric Fun Stationery Boxed Note Cards Blank Set of 8 is cute

dbellows34@aol.com

klp1965 said...

i like the Black and White Damask Fabric Notecards- Set of 8

klp1965 said...

following your blog klp1965

Alice500 said...

I like the Black and White Damask Fabric Notecards- Set of 8

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bndraldy said...

My favorite is the Assorted fabric personalized stationery - Set of 8. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

masonsgranny59 said...

I heart the fabric fun notecards.

Donna said...

I like Chic Brown and Pink Damask Fabric Mini Gift Cards - Set of 8
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Donna said...

I am following you.
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Helen said...

I love the Fabric Stationery - Modern Blank Boxed Notecards set of 8.

Swtlilchick said...

I love the Black and White Damask Fabric Notecards- Set of 8.So
pretty and unique.Thanks for the giveaway

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Swtlilchick said...

I am following

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