Tuesday, November 2, 2010

{Tuesday Giveaway} and Preferred Sponsor Spotlight: Magnolia Creative

It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you one of our lovely new sponsors, Emily of Magnolia Creative.

She is sponsoring our fantastic giveaway this week, and also gave us the chance to get to know her a little better in a terrific interview.





Let's get to know Emily of Magnolia Creative (don't worry, giveaway details are at the bottom of the post)...





{Question} How did you come up with the name Magnolia Creative, and also, is there a story behind your color-scheme?


{Answer} I named my company after my dog, Magnolia. She is my first "furry" child. I originally started with a pink and green color scheme but changed it to the purple, green and gold I have today. I wanted to set myself apart and these colors are the colors of Mardi Gras, my favorite holiday and a real Louisiana tradition.

{Question} What brought you to starting Magnolia Creative?

{Answer} I was always the one friends came to when they needed party or event invitations or it was my assignment in hosting a party so it just became a natural transition to turn a hobby into a business. The ceramics part of the company kind of happened by accident. One of my retailers saw a wedding plate I did and asked me to do some for her and it just spread and has been so well received.



{Question} What new designs of your pottery products do we have to look forward to seeing you create? Do you do custom orders for clients?


{Answer} I am starting to do more entertaining sets and also personalized ornaments. I'm really excited about both items. I do a lot of custom orders and it's something I love to do. I like helping someone create EXACTLY what they want for their home or the perfect gift. No one should have to settle for almost right. The custom wedding platters are my favorite. I love to get as many details as possible about the day so I can create this perfect gift that I know the bride and groom will treasure and the customer will be proud to give.




{Question} What do you love most about Magnolia Creative, and what it has brought to your life?

{Answer} I love art, designing new things and the entire creative process. Not many people turn a passion into a college degree and then keep that as your career. I love that I can create little pieces of art to travel around and make someone's day. The phrase "Do do what you love and love what you do" fits me perfectly. I love the local events and parties I do to help people create the hand and footprint plates. It's nice to be a part of a special memory and capturing a special moment between a parent and child. I think I have inspired my two year old daughter to create some personalized work of her own. I caught her coloring the bottom of her foot with a Crayola marker and then trying to stamp it on a piece of paper. She looked up at me and said "Mommy, I'm just like you". It was really cute!





{Question} Tell us a little bit about you, the woman behind Magnolia Creative. What are your passions, hobbies and interests?

{Answer}  I'm blessed with a wonderful family and that is my true passion. My husband and daughter inspire me everyday and we are so excited to expand our family. I talk to my parents daily and have them to thank for fostering my creative drive. My hobby is I guess my job, expanding my line and turning more people onto art. I've also started teaching painting and it's become a true joy. I like to give back to my community. I started a non-profit organization and our main fundraiser, the St. Patrick's Day parade, raises money for a different local charity each year.



{Question} Any helpful hints in balancing family, work, and the holidays?

{Answer} I couldn't balance my very busy life without my very supportive husband/business manager/sounding board, an organized to do list and my iPhone. You just have to remember don't stress, it will always get done, just learn to prioritize and put family first. Starting early for the holidays is a huge help, my mom taught me that. Make your shopping list early, buy your wrapping paper as soon as you see it so you're prepared and sit back and enjoy the wonderful season with those you love.




{Question} How does your family celebrate birthdays? Any special traditions?

{Answer} Birthdays are always big in our family and one in particular combines perfectly with another favorite family tradition. As I've said Mardi Gras is my favorite holiday and part of the reason we bought the house we live in is because it's on the Mardi Gras parade route. My daughter's birthday falls during the Mardi Gras season so we have a BIG party. The most popular part of the party seems to be the Kiddie Krewe Parade. We pick a different theme each year and parents and kids decorate wagons and it's getting pretty competitive as the year's go by. We announced the 2011 theme back in September because parents were already starting to plan. We start in our circle drive then move into the street and the other parade watchers love to see all the kids dressed up and cheer them on. It's an all day event and we always have a huge turnout, my husband makes a big pot of jambalaya and we even have a live band in the front yard. Everyone has a ball!




{Question} What are your favorite websites and blogs that you find are daily reads for you? Any e-zines in there as well?

{Answer} Well, Kate Landers of course, Amy Atlas, Southern Living, Martha Stewart, P is for Party, Project Nursery and The Party Dress. I love Bakerella since I'm trying to learn to bake. My daughter is allergic to eggs so it's been quite a challenge.




{Question} What are your goals for Magnolia Creative?

{Answer} Like every business owner I'd like to keep growing but I still want to maintain the custom aspect of my business that makes me so unique. I originally started out in paper and now a lot of my business has turned to ceramics so I'm very excited what I'll do next. The most important thing is to adapt and keep learning and always be willing to try something new.




{Question}  Is your pottery lead-free, and dishwasher safe (or best hand-washed)?

{Answer} Every piece of Magnolia Creative pottery is lead free and microwave and dishwasher safe. The only pieces that are not food safe are the ones that have glitter on them.




{Question} Since we all want to order your products for the holidays, how soon should we place our orders to ensure delivery on time?

{Answer} Traditionally we work on a two week production schedule but rush orders are available. I never want a customer to be without their gift and we will do everything to get it to you on time. We have a lot of our pieces pre-painted and ready for personalization speeding up the production process to just two days. Get your orders in now!




{Question} Do you ship internationally?

{Answer} Yes, we will ship internationally.




{Question}  If you had to choose 3 of your favorite pieces of pottery you have EVER designed, what would they be?

{Answer} My daughter's first footprint plate for obvious reasons, any of my custom wedding platters and my travel coffee mugs. I use one every day.


{Question}  How much hand painted personalized pottery fills up your home?
 
{Answer} Probably not as much everyday pieces as you might think. I do have a lot of special serving pieces I use for special occasions like Christmas, Mardi Gras and my daughter's annual tea party with her friends.
 


A tremendous thank you to Emily, for giving such a thorough interview, allowing us to learn so much about the woman behind Magnolia Creative!!! I found it incredibly insightful and a good read! {Thank you to DeAnn Arnold Photography for all the beautiful images!}

AND NOW, for a *fabulous* giveaway sponsored by Emily of Magnolia Creative! A $100 (one hundred US dollars) gift certificate to her online shop! W.O.W. I can already think of many ways to spend that! Plus, complimentary shipping.


Here's how to enter:

1. Visit Magnolia Creative here, come back and leave a comment on this blog post telling us your two favorite pieces of pottery.

AND

2. Become a fan of Kate Landers Events, LLC (if you already are one, thank you!)

AND

3. Become a fan of Magnolia Creative (and feel free to leave Emily a note to introduce yourself!)

That's it!

For an EXTRA ENTRY, tell us in your comment what you would design or pottery product you would like to see in Emily's shop next!

The giveaway is open to people ages 18 years and older. Giveaway ends on Monday, November 8th at 11:59pm EST. A winner will be selected at random and announced later that week at the end of one of our blog posts, so stay on the lookout!

Good luck! AND...Leticia,  you WON the 8 custom tiaras from Tradewind Tiaras...please e-mail me landers.kate@gmail.com to accept your prize!!!!

52 comments:

Liss said...

I love the personalized Christmas plate and the ornaments. I'm ready for Christmas!

Liss said...

Like you

Liss said...

Liked them!

ALM Chandler said...

I am a fan of both Kate Landers AND Magnolia Creative! I love all her pieces, but I am already ordering custom invitations and ornaments from her site for my daughters Bday party! I have used her before for several things (including my WEDDING INVITATIONS) and just adore working with her!

Whitney said...

I <3 the personalized hand painted Christmas bulb plate and the pink personalized ceramic cross. :)

Summer Lee said...

I am a follower, Magnolia Creative fan and LOVE the personalized bulb plate!!

Maysem said...

I love the airplane and crown hanging plaques:)

Maysem said...

Fan of Kate Landers!

Maysem said...

Fan of Magnolia Creative:D

Maysem said...

I would love to see book ends for children:)

Kelly W said...

The Christmas ornaments are super cute!

Kelly W said...

I am a Kate fan on FB

Angie F said...

PERSONALIZED HAND PAINTED Rimmed Christmas Holly Platter and the
PERSONALIZED HAND PAINTED Rectangular Serving Platter.

They are so cute!

Amanda said...

I am a fan of Kate Landers AND Magnolia Creative!!! I love love love the Platter's! The Christmas and the wedding ones!

Bakers Treats said...

I love the ceramic trinket tray. Also a follower of Magnolia and Kate Landers

Rusti said...

I love the personalized Santa's Cookies plate and the Child's Dinner Set. Very nice and unique1

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Rusti said...

Current follower of Kate Landers on FB!

proud2bmotherof3@yahoo.com

Rusti said...

Following Magnolia Creative on FB!

proud2bmotherof3@yahoo.com

Deanna HAMSLEY said...

I am a fan of both on facebook! I would love to see toothbrush holder in ceramic! Or maybe even double dog bowls. I love anything that has to do with Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win.

SM said...

huge fan of both !! love the christmas platter :)

René said...

My favorite pieces are the travel mug and the Christmas countdown chalkboard!!

Soggy Cereal Mom said...

I love both the Hand Painted Dinner Plate - It's Your Day, and the Personalized Hand Painted Trinket Tray - Sweet Flower (I actually love both of the trinket trays).

Soggy Cereal Mom said...

Facebook fan/liker of you!
(Mary-Frances C.)

Soggy Cereal Mom said...

Facebook fan/liker of Magnolia Creative (Mary-Frances C.)

Soggy Cereal Mom said...

I would love to see mini trinket jars/boxes or cookie jars.

michelle said...

I became a fan of both on FB :). I liked all the items but if I had to pick just 2(which was HARD)with the Christmas season approaching it would be the Christmas countdown chalkboard and personalized Cookies for Santa plate.

Katie, Trevor, and Baby Probandt said...

I am now a fan- on FB and in general :-)!
I love all her stuff but I really like the countdown to Christmas plaque and the travel mugs. It was hard to choose!

Katiebelle08@gmail.com

Katie, Trevor, and Baby Probandt said...

I love the travel mug, and countdown to Christmas plaque- so cute! I am a fan!! :-)

Katiebelle08@gmail.com

krstsxt said...

LOVE the sweet flower trinket tray & the personalized rectangular platter!!!

krstsxt said...

long time fan of kate landers! <3<3 her!

krstsxt said...

fan of magnolia creative!:)

Erin said...

i like the kid's wall hanging and the kid's dinner set

Erin said...

f/b fan of kate landers

shadyinflorida said...

f/b fan of magnolia creative

Meghan said...

I love the Christmas countdown and the special birthday plate! Thank you!

Meghan said...

I would love to see more signature platters (baby showers, baptisms.)

Jessica said...

I love the believe plaque and I love the hand painted ornaments - I would love to get one for each of my babies in Heaven.

Jessica said...

I follow Kate Landers Events on Facebook :)

Jessica said...

I follow Magnolia Creative on Facebook

Jessica said...

I think a hand painted pottery FRAME would be awesome :) regular sized one and also a larger size one that could be signed (like the wedding plate) and then the couple could put their picture in the frame and have guest sign the simply designed frame :)

Michele said...

I am a fan- and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the

-PERSONALIZED HAND PAINTED RUFFLE HANGING PLATE - Butterfly

~Princess plate/plaque

and the travel mugs!

Michele said...

I facebook fanned Kate Landers- your site is gorgeous!

Michele said...

Facebook Liked Magnolia Creative- such cute things!!

lbianc said...

Love the personalized plates and the hand print round ornament. Would love to win them for my 6 month old son!

scrapfancy said...

I love these and my favorites is the:
Friend platter and Cheese/Dip platter

I would like to see something for Easter countdown.

Lovely two sites and a fan

Renee said...

I love the handpainted travel mugs & Personalised Cookies For Santa plate!!!
I'm a fan of both pages.
I would love to see Paint Yourself Personalised pottery that has a black outline done by Emily that the child could colour in with markers.

Shelya said...

I love the trinket tray and the holly platter (or any of the entertaining pieces!) I'm a fan of both on FB now!

Britt said...

I liked Kate Landers, I liked Magnolia Creative and I would LOVE a wedding plate!

Robyn said...

I love the trinket tray and child's dinner set! Great gifts!!

midnightbaker said...

I love the cookies for Santa plate and any of the holiday plates - they are beautiful!

Celeste said...

I love, love, love the blue dots travel mug!

Celeste said...

I'd love to see cute, personalized ceramic dog bowls :)