Sunday, September 18, 2011

Meet the Artist and Giveaway: Daphne from Octopurse


Ready for another great giveaway? I thought so!
This time I've teamed up with Daphne from Octopurse
who sent me this lovely purse to giveaway!


You can never have too many purses, right? This one is just too cute, from the inside out!


Let's get to know Daphne a little better 
while having a look at a few of the MANY great things she has in store:

Q: Tell us a little about yourself

A: I'm a Belgian woman, 32 years old, with 2 kids, who studied history. I've been a bookseller for 8 years. I started to sew 3 years ago and my fingers have never stopped moving. My hobby transformed into a craft with Octopurse's birth. 

Q: How did you learn to sew?
A: I started to sew when I was young, with my mother, making pillows and curtains. When I bought my sewing machine three years ago, I followed some great tutorials on the web making a ton of things, trying to find MY way to make great purses.


Q: Do you remember the first time you heard about Etsy? What did you think?

A: I think it was 5 years ago. I was searching for earrings for my mother. I found earrings, as well as an incredible inspiring influence. I couldn't have imagined there were so many beautiful things in the world! I fell in love with a Kokka fabric, bought my own sewing machine, and my life was changed forever!

Q: I love the deco tape and stickers on your package. Are you a crafter, beyond the sewing?
A: Yes indeed! I love all forms of art, images, colors. My husband is graphist designer and photographer. Each day he opens up new horizons for me.



Q: 
I've noticed you include a little octopus pin with your items. Why the octupus?
A: I was searching for a cute logo, and my son loves ugly animals. With his 8 tentacles, the octopus is just like me: always busy! Work, kids, meals,... I have one tentacle for each activity ^^



Q: What is the best advice you've received about running your business/shop?
A: As my English is not fluent, it is very difficult for me to follow blogs and help guides... When I opened my shop, I contacted all my best suppliers and asked their advice. They've helped me find good tags, write policies, create better photos... This is what I love about Etsy: it's a great community!




Q: Where do you promote your shop?
A: I have distributed lots of business cards during events here in Belgium, and created a Facebook page. Etsy is very young here in Europe, so making treasuries is a great way to promote a shop.

Adjustable paperback book cover - Romantic roses
Buy it here
Q: What are your future plans for your shop?
A: I really love the relationships that I have with my customers on Etsy. Also, more great fabric and lovely frames; trying to marry them is so fun!

Set of 4 fabric magnets - Peter Pan look at Hook
Buy it here

Q: What't the last thing you bought yourself on Etsy?
A: I bought the dress-up Polly necklace from Vectorcloud shop, for my best friend. It is her birthday next month. [Small world, isn't it?]


Ready to go shopping? Daphne has created an exclusive coupon code for my readers! Use the code MODERNTYPOGRAPHY10 at checkout to receive a 10% discount in Octopurse. When you're done, head on back and enter the giveaway!


How to Enter the Giveaway:

1. Follow this blog
and leave a comment here saying you did.


2. Heart Octopurse on Etsy and leave a separate comment here
about your favorite item from the shop.

3. "Like" Octopurse on Facebook & let them know I sent you
and leave a separate comment here saying you did.


Don't forget to visit the Giveaway Page for other great giveaways :)

Fine Print:
Only 3 entries per household please
1 winner will be chosen September 28th at midnight PST
Winner will be chosen by random.org
Entries will be validated
Winner will be announced here
Winner will have 3 days to contact me, 

after which a new winner will be chosen
Must be 18 years of age or older to enter 

113 comments:

  1. You are more than right ... a girl can never have too many purses ;-) !

    GFC follower
    danaan at gmx dot at

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  2. I adore the Home pouch - Calliope in pink - metal frame pouch! Hearted the shop too (BLehner)

    danaan at gmx dot at

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  3. wow i like it!
    i'm your blog's follower, name Tündéri Lonka

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  4. Im following this blog through GFC

    mubinster at gmail dot com

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  5. Hearted Octopurse on Etsy and this is my favourite from the store!

    Bag pouch - Handwriting - metal frame pouch

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  6. gfc follower
    gustosagiveaways atymaildotcom

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  7. gustosa heart Octopurse on Etsy and Long siamese - Etsuko scooters on black - double metal frame purse
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  8. gustosa giveaways like Octopurse on fb and commented on their wall
    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=278514832177840&id=117728651589793

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  9. Like Octopurse on FB, told her MT sent me :)

    mubinster at gmail dot com

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  10. I follow

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  11. LIKED Octopurse on FB & commented.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  12. Following your blog on GFC. chefl@swbell.net

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  13. I hearted her shop. My fav is the long siameese etsuko patchwork purse. chefl@swbell.net

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  14. Like Octopurse on FB.and left a comment. chefl@swbell.net

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  15. I hearted her shop. I love her Home pouch - Calliope in pink. So pretty! Thanks for another great giveaway!

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  16. My favorite item is the Long siamese - Etsuko scooters purse.
    My etsy name: TheSquirrelsStudio.

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  17. Liked on FB and left a message:
    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=278716972157626&id=117728651589793

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  18. I favorited her. I love the Outside Oslo handbag.

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  19. I like her on FB and left a message: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Octopurse/117728651589793?sk=wall#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=278778302151493&id=117728651589793

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  20. I have added her shop to my favourite shops on etsy. My favourite item from her shop is the Long siamese - Anjou papillons on white - double metal frame purse. Thank you! Marta martaplayita at gmail dot com http://englishinbarna.blogspot.com/

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  21. Hi! I follow your blog via GFC. Thank you! Marta martaplayita at gmail dot com http://englishinbarna.blogspot.com/

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  22. I follow this blog.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  23. I hearted the shop (houseofplush) and I love the Travel pouch - Etsuko helicopters in flushia - metal frame pouch.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  24. I like Octopurse on FB (Suzanne Gregg).

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  25. i am a blog follower! kittcat

    catalinakim at gmail dot com

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  26. Faved you on ETSY... & my fave is...
    Handbag - Big girls - metal frame pouch with shoulder strap

    catalinakim at gmail dot com

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  27. Like you on FACEBOOK!

    catalinakim at gmail dot com

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  28. I am a blog follower!

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  29. I hearted her shop! katy010305

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  30. I like them on facebook! Katy A.

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  31. I am following this blog.
    That purse is super kawii and very charming. It also happens to be my favorite color!

    moonofsilver@gmail.com

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  32. I follow your blog, via email (deb_oro@yahoo.gr) and via GFC (as Debbie)

    DESPINA
    deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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  33. I hearted her Etsy shop (as deboro) and my favourite is the Handbag - Etsuko birds on branch - metal frame pouch with shoulder strap -SO LOVELY!!

    DESPINA
    deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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  34. And I like Octopurse on Facebook, as Despina Vnt

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  35. I follow you on GFC as zaira_faith

    megnate at telus dot net

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  36. I heart Octopurse on etsy! ID: megnate

    My favorite item is the Maxi siamese - Jack and the beanstalk purse!! Too cute :D

    megnate at telus dot net

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  37. I like Octopurse on facebook (same name) and left a comment!!

    megnate at telus dot net

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  38. I'm a GFC Follower.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. Following you with GFC as Lillea

    contactlillea at gmail dot com

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  40. I heart Octopurse on Etsy - Lillea

    I like the Baby purse - Daisies in baby blue - metal frame purse

    contactlillea at gmail dot com

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  41. Hearted Octopurse on Etsy
    I like http://www.etsy.com/listing/81381561/little-handbag-buzz-tomato-vine-metal

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  42. following this blog via email
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  43. Love the Patchwork Spice little handbag.
    Hearted the shop as jhbalvin
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  44. I'm a follower! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

    walindeman@gmail.com

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  45. I heart her shop, and LOVE the Buzz Tomato Vine little handbag!

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  46. I like the Facebook page as well. Thanks!

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  47. following this blog via gfc
    thanks for the giveaway
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

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  48. hearted her shop and I really like the Home pouch - Tulipe dawn - metal frame pouch
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

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  49. "Liked" Octopurse on Facebook and left comment
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

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  50. "hearted" her on etsy, robinlscott, and
    this is one of my fav items in her shop:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/80653454/handbag-etsuko-birds-on-branch-metal
    robinlscott4 at hotmail dot com

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  51. follow you on gfc
    Robin Scott
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  52. like her on fb
    Robin Scott
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  53. This giveaway purse is really sassy, thanks so much.

    Follow with gfc.

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  54. I heart the lovely Etsy shop (jcloh). I like the Fairy Garden in Pink Travel Pouch, such bright and cheerful colors.

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  55. Like on FB (jc loh), thank you.

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  56. following on gfc :)
    xyoulovekarlene
    email: xyoulovekarlene at gmail dot com

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  57. Following your blog! (ksyshenka)

    Thank you for the chance!

    ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  58. I hearted Octopurse on Etsy (oksana2372) and I love Bag pouch - Handwriting - metal frame pouch

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/75846790/bag-pouch-handwriting-metal-frame-pouch

    ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  59. I like Octopurse on Facebook & let them know that you sent me!

    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=280058688690121&id=117728651589793

    (oksana vladimirovna)

    ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  60. From your Etsy shop...I simply adore the TRANSISTOR CLUTCH BAG ^_^

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  61. I now LIKE THE FACEBOOK PAGE AS WELL ^_^


    Thank you so much for this giveaway....keeping my fingers crossed. :D

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  62. I am a new follower!! lilsis_75@hotmail.com

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  63. I hearted the Tulip Dawn metal frame purse in her etsy shop.

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  64. I'm a follower!

    geminicalli at yahoo dot com

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  65. Following this blog via GFC under Berendina

    bd_657(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  66. Hearted your etsy shop under my username SugarGumDrops and my favorite item is the Pop up - Patisseries françaises - double metal frame purse. I love baking so I loved this right away!


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  67. Liked Octopurse on Facebook under Berendina and I left a wall post that you sent me!

    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=280389221990401&id=117728651589793

    bd_657(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  68. I love her purses! They're so much fun!

    Hearted etsy shop.

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  69. Following the blog via GFC. (panicxduh)
    panicxduh[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  70. I LIKE Octopurse on Facebook (Erin Mize)
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  71. Her "Maxi siamese - Eau de mer Farm life - double metal frame purse" caught my eye to get!
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  72. 'Liked' Octopurse on facebook.
    Left comment!

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  73. New follower via GFC as khaski78! khski78 at hotmail dot com

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  74. I <3'd octopurse on etsy (GypsiesJewels)

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  75. Liked octopurse and commented on facebook (Dawn Baley Hausker)

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  76. GFC follower-jenniferb

    ejxd95@gmail.com

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  77. I like the Peanut - Little cute girls - eyeglasses metal frame purse
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/65800810/peanut-little-cute-girls-eyeglasses
    It is cute !
    lusizova at gmail.com

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  78. "Like" Octopurse on Facebook = Lyudmila Sizova
    lusizova at gmail.com

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  79. I'm a GFC follower- Merry
    thatladysoapboxpreacher at gmail dot com

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  80. I added the shop to my favs! (soapboxstuff)

    thatladysoapboxpreacher at gmail dot com

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  81. I like Octopurse on facebook
    Meredith King

    thatladysoapboxpreacher at gmail dot com

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  82. i am already a follower
    gfc Elena Rabkina
    elen.rabkina(at)gmail(dot)com

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  83. hearted the shop!
    username rabkina
    elen.rabkina(at)gmail(dot)com

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  84. I follow you via GFC

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  85. I added Octopurse to my Etsy favorites, my shop name is hellcatvintage.

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  86. I "like" Octopurse on Facebook (Cindy A.) and left a comment.

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  87. I heart-ed octopurse on Etsy and OMG, I love ALL of her coin purses! Especially this one:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/82516700/mummy-purse-retro-flowers-in-tomato

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  88. I became an octopurse Facebook fan and let her know you sent me :)

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  89. I follow this blog!

    HarajukuGirl92@gmail.com

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  90. following you via GFC

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  91. I hearted Octopurse- username bokononist
    My favorite item is the Bag pouch - Romantic collage - metal frame pouch.

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  92. I like your Little handbag - Pink retro flowers - metal frame purse with shoulder strap....ciao4now64@yahoo.com

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  93. I hearted your etsy shop ... ciao4now64@yahoo.com

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  94. I follow you via gfc....ciao4now64@yahoo.com

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  95. I liked Octopurse on fb and told them you sent me....ciao4now64@yahoo.com

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  96. I follow this blog via Google Friend Connect.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  97. Shop added to favorites - bloomingblossom

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  98. I’m a Facebook fan – Aik Chien

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  99. This giveaway is now closed, thank you for participating! Please visit the giveaway tab above for more great opportunities :)

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