Welcome to Lamp & Motor. I source vintage and recycled fabrics to create beautiful bags. My sources of inspiration are varied and I find some of the most stunning fabrics in the most unlikely places. Please feel free to add your comments, tell me what you like or don't like. And, if you are really interested in having your very own Lamp & Motor vintage or kitsch creation contact me and we'll talk turkey, email lampandmotor@live.com.au

Friday, December 18, 2009

Feeling Whimsical this Christmas?

I don't know if there's anything better than the anticipation of receiving a parcel of crafty goodies in the mail. So when I spied the Structured Chaos Shop, Swap 'n' Blog I was in! Lucky me was partnered up with Wendy Sices of Whimsical Works.

Wendy, who lives in Western Australia, creates gorgeous greeting cards, as she says, " I combined my love of scrapbooking, with my love for classic children’s stories, to design themed card packs, with the first sets inspired by Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz".
And look what I got!

In this amazingly presented box was a treasure trove of beautifully made cards - more specifically The Wizard of Oz Greeting Card Set.

Wendy had given me a selection of individual, unique greeting cards themed just wonderfully to that great story about a good witch, a bad witch and a bunch of naughty flying monkeys.

The cards look like this - just beautiful!

This is the Whimsical Wendy

Wendy told me a bit about herself and her creative urge.

I love to be surrounded by beautiful artworks, and am always coming up with new ideas for art projects in my job as a Kindy/Pre-Primary teacher. I enjoy designing gift cards for special occasions at school, so when the idea of starting an etsy shop came up, I launched straight into making cards for a blogging audience. Using scrapbooking papers, ribbons, and pretty embellishments to make beautiful things is fun and exciting!

Black Floral Teapot

What made you start your business?
When I started exploring the blogging world, I noticed there were a lot of creative people out there with their own etsy shops. I‘ve always loved the idea of having my own shop, and an online etsy shop appealed to me as the best way to sell my own creations without too much financial risk. I combined my love of scrapbooking, with my love for classic children’s stories, to design themed card packs, with the first sets inspired by Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz.

What do you plan to accomplish?
World domination, of course! No seriously, I would like to slowly build up my business until I have pieces selling on a regular basis. I have ideas brewing for many more themed cards, and also for other paper products including invitations and journals. I can’t wait!

What do you get most out of your business?
My business is only 3 months old, and therefore still in the baby stages. But I have so many ideas ready to go, and I am itching to get to them. I love creating, and I know how much joy people get from receiving lovely things in the mail. I want to make people smile!

White Floral Teapot

Favourite etsy shop
My favourite etsy shop is the black apple. Emily Martin is an exceptional artist and entrepreneur and I am so inspired by her creations and her success! I also love Teresa Sheeley, Patchwork Harmony, Sweetpea, Sadie Olive and Lamp & Motor!

Upcoming shop promotions
Look out for new product launches from Whimsical Works in January 2010!

Wendy says that her shop is only going to get bigger and better - how exciting. As an aside, Wendy has to be one of the best bloggers I have ever met, check out her fantastic blog, Beautiful Day, for some day to day inspiration.
And do keep Whimsical Works in mind for unique handmade greeting cards sure to bring a smile and some storybook reminiscing to anyone lucky enough to receive one!
Check out the other Structured Chaos Shop, Swap 'n' Bloggers for some creative gift ideas this Christmas, or anytime you need a unique little something for yourself, or someone you love.