Wednesday, August 4, 2010

artist spotlight: bricolage life and daisy chain vintage!

Today I want to introduce you to Sandra and her not one, but TWO amazing shops, Bricolage Life and Daisy Chain Vintage.

Bricolage Life if full of Sandra's creations....she's so talented she covers just about everything...necklaces, photographs, and pretty little things for your home.
Daisy Chain Vintage is loaded with vintage treasures...just my kind of place!

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How long have you been making all your cute creations? How did you get started?

i have been making things and sometimes selling them ever since i was able to hold a crayon and work a scissors. my mother taught me to sew and by high school i was making some of my own clothes. later i made everything from one of a kind clothing and jewelry to handmade shoes and hats to silkscreened cards and sold them at street fairs, boutiques and museum stores. after working in retail for ages, i opened my etsy shops a few years ago to sell my vintage finds, photos and ever changing handmade goods. the shops keep me busy while leaving me with plenty of free time to make more stuff. i like that.

leaf collection embroidery
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Have you always loved thrifting?

yes! i first encountered this love when i was still in grade school. one summer day i walked into an old farmhouse filled with depression glass, knick knacks and fabric for sale and felt like i had entered a magical time machine. my heart still races a little every time i begin a new treasure hunt.

hans and heidi vintage ceramic containers
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What are your favorite things in your shops?

my favorites are always changing with my finds and art projects. it's not easy to choose just one thing, but currently in the bricolagelife shop it would be my embroidered portrait buttons. my favorite thing at daisy chain vintage is the metal frame stands.

hand embroidered portrait buttons

vintage chrome metal frame stands
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What are your other hobbies?

i love to cook, read, go for walks and bike rides, visit museums, putter around at home, hang out with my friends and family and watch movies and documentaries. i take photos everyday and i make collages, sew, felt, embroider, print on paper and fabric, paint, draw, make jewelry and rearrange the furniture. believe it or not, i even love to grocery shop.

I LOVE children's cute is this one....and love her displays:)

mystery of the auction trunk illustrated children's chapter book

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What do you listen to while creating?

that is always changing, too. i love stories, so often i listen to npr or a podcast. if i'm in the mood for music i might play a mix cd (made by me or my brother). i never tire of sondre lerche, joao and bebel gilberto, pomplamoose, komeda, beirut, thao nguyen and cesaria evora.

vintage kitchen gadget set

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Because I am a food lover....what is your favorite thing to eat?

dumplings. all kinds, sweet and savory. i am an equal-ethnicity dumpling lover.

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Today Sandra is giving away a $25 gift certificate to EITHER of her shops!
Check out Bricolage Life and Daisy Chain Vintage and leave a comment with your favorite item for a chance to win! Make sure you look through everything--she really has something for everyone!

Also be sure to take a peek at Sandra's cute blog for pretty pictures and her very clever creations.

One winner will be chosen at random, and comments will be accepted until Sunday, 8/8 at midnight, and the winner will be announced Monday.

Tell your friends--tweet/facebook/or blog and come back for an extra entry for each!
(if you don't have a blog, please leave an email address)



colleen said...

I love exploring new etsy shops and these did not disappoint. Swooning for the old pyrex and children's books. Thanks for the chance to win.

Paige said...

Oh my goodness, these are the most wonderful things you've shown us yet!! I LOVE the embroidered leaves in the hoop!

Allie and Sara said...

Oh dear! So many lovely things to choose from! But I have to say, I've fallen in love with the fabric at Daisy Chain Vintage. Oh, the things to create!

<3 Sara

m @ random musings said...

What adorable shops!

My fave: the green teapot. I can just imagine curling up to a warm pot of tea this winter. Fingers crossed ^_^

Allie and Sara said...

Posted on my blog!

Anna said...

I love the Almond Kisses tin & the A W sweater clip bc those are my sister & I's initials :)

Unknown said...

What cute things! I love the metal display frames... such a smart idea :)

Kenny said...

Love the vintage prints--especially the sunflower mom and babies!

Kaitlin O'Connor said...

I LOVE the Pink Print

SO great. Pretty. Simple. Pink. Perfect.

Becca said...

I love the sunbeam glass pitcher...cute and simple. I'd use it as a vase!

Anonymous said...

i have known and admired sandra for quite some time now. she is amazingly talented and also kind and generous. it was lovely getting to know more about her and her shops on your blog. thank you for featuring her. :)

Unknown said...

I love the vintage shop! All of the little books are my fav! She is so talented with everything she makes too!

Unknown said...

it's on my facebook!

emily said...

those metal frames are super cool!

Caz said...

I love Sanra's embroidery work especially the embroidered buttons - so delicate and yet so expressive.

Sarah said...

Love Daisy Chain Vintage! The English flower tin is my favorite! breeze.sarahATgmailDOTcom

Kelly said...

I love the blue tulip casserole dish - so sweet!

Becky at VintageMixer said...

Its hard to decide what my favorite item is. I'm a lover of vintage items. Most vintage items remind me of my grandmother who collected the most lovely things. I especially love Sandra's portrait buttons and the frame stands. Thanks for introducing us to her site, I would love to have $25 to spend at her online store!

India said...

Oh, such lovely things! I especially love this though so pretty!

vivienne strauss said...

Sandra is a genius! So glad to see such a nice write up about her :)

jenny said...

cool stuff for sure!
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Anna said...

I love all the embroidery! The leaf collection is my favorite!

Scott and Lori Smith said...

I'm in love with her style!

Katie | said...

I absolutely love the vintage daher english floral tin tray from daisy chain vintage!
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Cindy said...

Thank you so much for giving us the chance to win such a generous gift! I love vintage Pyrex so my favorite item from Daisy Chain Vintage is the
"pyrex golden butterfly cinderella baking dish". And my favorite from Bricolage Life is the "white rabbit tiny porcelain pendant". So cute! :)


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Rebecca Waldron said...

Wow I really love this girl. Thanks so much for sharing! I feel like I have so much in common with her (except she's way better at everything, Ha!). Love both the shops too. Thanks!

The Fallan Family said...

Such beautiful things! She is so talented!

ali said...

I'm in love with those metal display frames. Genius!

The Prickly Pinecone said...

I love the cute blue tulip bake oven casserole dish!


Anonymous said...

Very touch choice. I think I'd go with some of the Pyrex, because it reminds me of my grandmother.

The Frugal Hostess said...

I love the portrait buttons. I read Bricolage Life every day, and I can't believe I missed those!

Staci A said...

She has some wonderful items! I love the chidren's book trio illustrated science nature and reading 1957-1968!
mommastaci33 at yahoo dot com

Sara said...

I love the pressed flowers profile - original fine art giclee print. Lovely!

SoulSeasoning said...

Cool stuff - especially the Shy Bunny original photograph!

Anonymous said...

I have to have all of the hand embroidered buttons. I have to have them so I have to win.

morgandkim said...

i love sandras work. I got one of her star ceramic necklaces before.

I love the san francisco souvenir tray in her vintage store. its great! i love san fran.

annalene said...

wow, such lovely shops! i really love the i left my heart in san francisco souvenir tray, so cute.

thanks so much for the chance to win!

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jenniferhoiyin said...

I love the grey and chartreuse bowls she has, what lovely shops and a fantastic giveaway.
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lillalotta said...

Oh magical give away. Please do count me in....

... I would simply love anything!

Sarah said...

I love the leaf collection embroidery. Lovely!