The Home Girls and Sweet{Jolie} Giveaway: Getting to Know Nicole

Welcome to the first day of our  Sweet{Jolie} Giveaway! Along with three other talented bloggers, I’ve teamed up with Nicole at Sweet{Jolie} to give you a chance to walk away with some amazing products I absolutely know you’ll love!
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Click here to enter!!!!: a Rafflecopter giveaway
All week long you will not only have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a beautiful Blue Hummingbird Infinity Scarf and a $50 Gift card to the online store, but you will also get to see some amazing featured products from Sweet {Jolie} as well as incredible design inspiration from her beautiful home!

Don’t forget to check in with the rest of The Home Girls throughout the week also!!!

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To kick off the giveaway, I had the opportunity to chat with the owner of Sweet{Jolie}, Nicole. We talked about family, her passion for design and fashion, and what inspired her to start Sweet{Jolie}! Let’s meet Nicole!

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Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with us today! First off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your brands?

The pleasure is ALL mine!! I am a stay-at-home mom of 3 children aged 2,3, and 4, as well as the owner of both Sweet {Jolie} and Sweet {Jolie} Vintage.

 

You are quite the entrepreneur! Can you share a bit about Sweet{Jolie} and how you got started?

Sweet {Jolie} began 3 years ago this June after I had my 2nd daughter (whose name is Kate Jolie). It was born out of a desire for me to be kind to myself after having children, as well as to have something that I did for myself, and to empower other women. We are so hard on ourselves and each other, and I wanted women to know that no matter what stage of life that they’re in, that they deserved to take time for themselves. Putting on a piece of jewelry, an infinity scarf, or carrying around a beautiful handbag only takes a second but it can be so good for one’s self-esteem and self-image!!

 

You’re also a mother and wife. Tell us about your family and how you typically spend your time when you’re not focusing on your business!

I have been married to my wonderful husband for almost 8 years and we have 3 beautiful children: Amy Margaret (4), Kate Jolie (3) and Henry Lewis (2). We play a LOT and craft a LOT!!!

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Business woman, artist, wife, mom…how do you juggle it all?

There are some days that are longer than others, and I’m really trying to learn the meaning of the word “balance” but it seems to work! My hubby is EXTREMELY supportive of me and my businesses and carves out time for me to be able to focus on them. I get a LOT done during naptimes and I’m a very organized person so I typically know everything that’s going to be featured online during each week as far as sales, posts, products and promos go.

 

It’s obvious that you have a love of fashion and all things vintage. What inspires you?

I love the story behind pieces. I love the history and the quality of vintage pieces. I don’t like having the same things as anyone else and I want my home to reflect my love of all this eclectic, vintage and industrial.

 

When you sit down to design, whether it’s in fashion or home decor, where do you start? What’s your creative process? Is there a particular space you work in? Do you jam out to music?

I know that most people work best with music, but I prefer silence!! My everyday life is SO hectic that I thrive in the quiet moments!! I do have an office in my home, but I find that I work best at my kitchen island. There’s a ton of natural light that comes in and I find it peaceful.

 

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Do you have a particular piece you’ve created that’s been your favorite?

I don’t have one piece that I prefer over others, but I have been a part of some pieces that I will cherish forever. I’ve been asked to make custom pieces for weddings, as well as to commemorate loved ones. I am always humbled and honoured when someone thinks to ask me to create something for such an important time in their lives.

 

Sometimes I have those days when I get into a creative rut. Does this ever happen to you and how do you dig yourself out?

It does!! It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, I do something to pull myself away from what I’m doing. I go shopping, go for a coffee, take a walk. I try to remind myself that my business’ entire premise was to remind myself to be kind to myself, and some days will ALWAYS be more productive than others!!

 

What’s next for you? Are there any new endeavors on the horizon that we should keep our eyes out for?

I have a new product that I’ll be launching through Sweet {Jolie} that I am beyond excited about!! It’s a huge opportunity for me, and it’s a product that I’ve used and have believed in for over 8 years!! I should be able to launch everything within the next week!

 

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 If you could give one piece of advice to the novice DIYer, what would it be?

Be kind to yourself and believe it yourself!! I remember someone telling me once that you don’t see that full potential of what your small business could be until after the first 2 years. That rang so true for Sweet {Jolie}!! I have been so blessed that the company has grown as much as it has over the past 3 years and I am crazy excited to see where it will continue to go!!

 

Amazing advice! Thank you so much for chatting with us today! Where can we go to learn more about Sweet Jolie and Sweet Jolie Vintage?

You can find Sweet {Jolie} Vintage on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sweetjolievintage). Sweet {Jolie} can be found on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SweetJolies), as well as the website: www.sweetjolie.com. The online store can be found here: www.http://sweetjolie.bigcartel.com

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Wow! How incredible is she? I love a story of an entrepreneur who is so passionate about her family and is able to turn something she loves into a prospering business! So inspiring!!

In case you missed it above, here’s the link again to enter for your chance to win a $50 Gift Card and gorgeous Blue Hummingbird Infinity Scarf designed by Nicole herself:

Click Here to Enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Don’t forget, tomorrow, Nicole over at Meet the B’s  will be telling you a little more about Sweet {Jolie} and showing off some of her gorgeous fashion accessories! Here’s a little sneak peek of some of the eye candy you’ll find tomorrow!

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Happy Memorial Day everyone!!!

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The Home Girls and Sweet{Jolie} Giveaway!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!! What better way to start your summer off right than with an exciting announcement!! Starting next week, I will be hosting my very first GIVEAWAY!!!

Along with three other talented bloggers, I’ve teamed up with up with Nicole at Sweet{Jolie} to give you a chance to walk away with some amazing products I absolutely know you’ll love!

The fun starts this Monday, May 26th, but first let me introduce you to the team:

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I’ll go ahead and start the roll call!

My Knotted Life

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Hi! I’m Tanisha. My husband and I recently got married and purchased our first home. But I’m quickly finding out that newlywed life can get a bit tangled along the way! From crafting and DIY projects, to home decor and delicious recipes, I explore how with a little creativity you can add magical touches to your everyday life.

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Meet the B’s

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Hi! I’m Nicole from Meet the B’s. My husband and I are newlyweds and first time homeowners! I’ve always been a bit obsessed with crafting and decor, and now that we have our own home, I’ve got a big blank canvas to work with! Follow along as we make our home our own!

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Making It In The Mountains

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Hi, I’m Kristi!  I’m a wife and mother and a teacher.  We just bought a brand new house, which is beautiful, but has zero personality.  I write about all things DIY as we journey through making this house our own.

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Brepurposed

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Hi guys, I’m Bre! After getting married last July I needed a new creative outlet and Brepurposed was born. As a 20 something lover of vintage and shabby chic furniture, my eyes were bigger than my wallet. So I decided to start making my own. Follow along with me as I repurpose old furniture and turn the old into the new!

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Pretty awesome group of girls, huh?! Here’s a peek at what we’ve got planned for our week-long series. These posts are sure to get your creative juices flowing!

Monday May 26- Friday May 30

Monday– Tanisha @ My Knotted Life (Hey! That’s me!!) will introduce the owner of Sweet {Jolie} and Sweet {Jolie} Vintage. I’ll give you an inside look on her family, passion for design, and what inspired her to start Sweet {Jolie}!

Tuesday– Nicole @ Meet the B’s will feature some of Sweet {Jolie}’s favorite jewelry items and fashion accessories! She’ll also give you some more details on the history of Sweet {Jolie}!

Wednesday– Kristi @ Making It In The Mountains will take you on a tour of the main floor of the owner’s amazing vintage styled home! Prepare to be wowed! This woman is amazing!

Thursday– Bre @ Brepurposed will round out the home tour focusing in on the bedrooms and baths. She’ll also give you all the scoop on the owner’s newest business adventure Sweet {Jolie} Vintage!!! The giveaway ends Thursday at Midnight.

Friday- The lucky winner will be announced! It could be you 🙂

 

So what’s next? Well first, make sure you grab a yummy hot dog off the grill and something cold to drink, then hop back here on Memorial Day Monday to enter for a chance to win!! Here’s a quick look at some of the amazing products that could be offered!

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Front Door Face Lift

First impressions are extremely important, not only when meeting new people but also with your home.  And at home, that impression starts at the front door. Unfortunately, our front door was drab and dreary which is not the tone we wanted to set. Time for a makeover 🙂

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Before, the door was a burgundy/purple color and didn’t do anything for the curb appeal so we decided to spruce it up… and all we needed was a little paint. And now…

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Ahh! There’s nothing more classic than a bright red front door. It’s bold but timeless– the perfect combination.

Originally, old blue paint was bleeding through and brass hardware was still hanging around from the 90s. This door was screaming “PLEASE, SOMEONE SHOW ME SOME LOVE!”

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We’d always wanted a red front door, but choosing the right shade was more of an endeavor than we’d imagined it’d be. There were soooo many options! Don’t get me wrong, I am totally comfortable working with a color wheel and easily spot the difference between grey owl and grey dove. But red is one of those colors where I struggle!

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After testing a few shades of red, we decided to go with Behr Marquee’s Awning Red. This paint was awesome!!! Typically, red is a really tough color to use and full coverage takes some work to accomplish. Well, I was able to cover the door in just 3 coats and didn’t even use the full quart of paint!

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We also knew that we wanted to change the hardware. The brass just wasn’t doing it for us and we needed a new color to contrast against the red.

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Since we are huge believers in using what we have, there was no need to run to Home Depot for a new lock and handle. We simply caught up with and old and dear friend of mine…spray paint!! Rust-oleum Universal is my absolute go to. Their Hammered Black Paint and Primer in One is an easy one step application which gives a unique hammered texture when applied.

I removed the hardware, found a sunny spot on our lawn, and got to work!

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Ta da!! Welcome to 2014, Mr. Door Handle! Once they dried, I simply re-installed and the transformation was complete. Here’s another look at the final result:

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Cost of this project:

1 Quart of Paint= $14.00

1 Can Spray Paint= $4.00

Total= $18.00

Not bad for a project that cost less than $20, huh? Now when I wonder what impression my neighbors have when they pass our house, the word that comes to mind is “inviting”! What word would you use?

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