Monday, July 18, 2011

Etsy Shop Profile: Lambs and Ivy Designs




A few weeks ago I had the honor of meeting Dana through the Etsy Blog Team.  She's a designer from Atlanta, Georgia, who creates delectable ribbonwork by first hand dying silk ribbon and then shaping them into flowers, leaves, and bud to make cuffs, chokers, and embellishments for a variety of uses.  After spending a little time in her Etsy shop, I just had to interview her for a feature.


Ribbon flower pin brooch   hand dyed  ribbonwork rose  flowers
My plan was to have her feature up last Friday, but well, things happen....sisters come for a visit, surgeries are scheduled, and life moves at impossible speeds.  So, here we are, finally, with a wonderful interview in which Dana tells us a little about herself.  I'm sure you'll come away wanting to know more about her, but then you'll have to venture those questions yourself.  You can do that by visiting her Etsy shop here.

1. Where/when did you learn to make such beautiful lace flowers?   
My mother and I owned an antiques store. Antique ribbonwork is hard to find, expensive and often too damaged to use. I really just taught myself to do it out of frustration in not finding enough antique flowers. 

Velvet strawberry pin brooch fasinator  ribbon flowers ribbonwork hand made one of a kind
My favorite....check out those strawberries!

2. What are some of your favorite flowers to make?  My favorite flowers are roses. I love all shades of pink. I also love purple violets.


3. How would you describe your creative process?   My creative process? Well,... a mess.Ribbons, needles, pins everywhere. I blame this on my mother.What kind of mother lets a child have an indoor sandbox? LOL!


4. What are some unconventional ways that you've used the flowers?  My flowers really get around. One customer uses them on her diabetes pump! I have made pieces for lamp shades, pillows, crazy quilts, dolls and lots of Marie Antoinette and fairy themed items.



5. You have some wedding themed items. Do you have plans for more?   I love weddings. I get very stressed when doing weddings. I want things to be perfect for the bride! I am in the process of adding flower girl tiaras.



6. Is there anything else you'd like others to know about yourself or your shop?  I love my customers. I never get tired of seeing all of their ideas and I love when they are in love with a piece.I am very blessed to do this.

Ribbon flowers applique fasinator brooch pin ribbonwork  pink yellow
See what I mean about wanting to get to know her and see more of her work?  Isn't it just stunning?  Leave a comment and say hello to Dana.  I'm sure she would love to hear from you!  You can visit Dana's blog at http://lambsandivydesigns.blogspot.com/ or her Etsy shop at http://lambsandivydesigns.blogspot.com/.  I promise you won't be disappointed!

11 comments:

Dita Maulani said...

I always love flower and wedding items!
Thanks for sharing this. Off to check the shop and blog!

dita
etsy blog team
http://handmadenest.blogspot.com

Shelley (EvenAndy) said...

Dana makes very pretty silk flowers! I love the wedding cuff! Great article.

Designed By Dee said...

pretty!

Kay said...

How delicate! The flowers are so pretty.

Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

Dita, I'd love to follow your beautiful blog but can't find the button. Please convo me at mary.marcotte@gmail.com to tell me how.

Thanks to everyone else. I agree, Dana's work is stunning....so detailed and delicate.

Judy K. said...

Hi Mary, wonderful interview and beautiful flowers! Dana does wonders with fabric! Thanks for sharing.
Judy K.

Shabby Life said...

Hi, I just found you on a blog team on Etsy...I'm glad I did! I love your post below this one about the vintage toy museum! And these flowers are beautiful, but I'm obsessing over those strawberries! SO adorable! :) I'm definitely following you!

Lauralee

FabricFascination said...

Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing her shop.

Anonymous said...

How curled edges?

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