Tuesday, January 31, 2012

PLUME DE NIKOLA Feature and Giveaway

Do you have a little girl who loves to dress up? Does she love puffy, swirly, sparkly pettiskirts? Then you'll want to check out the shops I have the privilege of featuring today!

I met Nikola last year at a homeschool conference, and really enjoyed getting to talk with her. She is a very sweet and talented young lady who is using those talents to create adorable costume dresses and fun little pettiskirts for little girls. I have seen her work, and it is beautiful! I love sewing too, but designing patterns like she does is way beyond me! :)


And now let me introduce two very special shops to you. Plume de Nikola and Nonpareils Designs.


How and when did you become interested in your craft?
I have loved sewing since I was about 10 years old.  I started with dolls' clothes, then costumes for my sisters and I, clothing for our family, and then moved into my current line of internationally-inspired dresses for little girls.

What inspired you to open your shop?
When I first opened my Etsy shop, it was with my rubber stamps in mind.  We had had them made from artwork I did when I was younger, but did not have a good enough camera to get the photos up on Etsy.  By the time we did, I also had some dresses to sell, so we put everything up at once.  We had shopped on Etsy for unique items and we knew it would be a great spot to sell my designs.


Where did your shop name come from?
When I first opened the Etsy shop, we used my rubber stamp name, PLUME DE NIKOLA.  This refers to drawing, and means, "Nikola's Quill Pen."  My trademark stamp is a peacock feather.

NONPAREILS, the name of my clothing line, comes from French, and means "one of a kind, unique, without parallel."  Since it also is used in English for sprinkle-covered chocolates, and children love colorful sprinkles, it fit with both aspects of my designs --- uniqueness and fun!


What inspires you to create your work?
The initial inspiration comes from my love of International Folk Dance and costumes. My favorite spot in the fabric store is the embroidered trim section.  I love the intricate designs found in ethnic clothing. The Duquesne University Tamburitzans' folkwear is incredible and I have spent much time examining and duplicating these works of art.  Our family also owns many books of costumes from around the world, which I love to browse through...it is so inspiring!  I thought that  little girls' clothes based on international designs would be so cute.  When one of my little sisters spotted a pettiskirt in a catalog, she fell in love with it!  Since all little girls love to twirl, and since we do a lot of folk dancing in our home, I decided to sew one for her birthday.  It was a hit!  I got excited about making other pettiskirts to sell, and proceeded to add embellishments, such as fancy stitching or trim.




Where/How did you learn your craft?
I have never taken sewing classes, but my mother did give me the fundamentals and was always there to answer any questions.  The designer of the Tamburitzans' costumes has also been helpful in giving me many tips via email.

Is there something that you do differently than other people in your craft?

I design and make my own patterns after studying the international costumes, so the clothing is truly "one of a kind!"  I also try to set apart the pettiskirts with highlights of trim.

Describe your creative process.  What inspires you?
I browse through books of collectors' dolls from around the world and purchase many of these dolls, study the traditional folkwear of many countries, view movies of international folk dance (Tamburitzans and others), and visit the trim section of the fabric store. I also ask one of my little sisters what kinds of things she thinks would be fun to wear. Trim also provides the inspiration for new accents on the pettiskirts and cotton skirts that I create.

What is the most exciting thing that has happened since you've started?
In the fall of 2010 we attended a Tamburitza Extravaganza in St. Louis where one of the workshops featured a vast array of ancient folkwear from Croatia, Bulgaria, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Macedonia. The thrill of walking into the room whose perimeters displayed beautiful, intricate costumes, some hundreds of years old is unforgetable!

Do you take custom orders? If so, how do they work?
I do, but since each creation is unique, I cannot always duplicate the original.  People I have met have asked me to do this, and it works best if they are local.

Besides crafting, what else do you do?  What are your other interests?
Is there life beyond crafting? Seriously, I love music, and play piano, clarinet, and violin.  Reading, writing, history, and fine arts represent some of my other interests.  I also love hiking, visiting new places, playing games with my family, and trying new recipes.



Why do you do what you do?
God has given me many talents and I feel that He wants me to use them to benefit my family.  It is also satisfying to share my designs with others.

How do you make time to craft?
I have graduated from homeschool highschool and my parents have encouraged me to pursue this endeavor which I so love.



What advice would you give someone new to online selling?
I am just learning myself, but I think being very productive and getting up lots of items with photos is a good tactic. Make sure your work is of high quality and guarantee your buyer's satisfaction.  Maintain good communication with your buyer and be sure to send his or her purchase out as quickly as possible.

Anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
I love the fact that I can work on my dresses and still participate in the life of our large family.  While they do science, history, and vocabulary, for instance, I can be in the same room with them and participate in the learning and the discussions. I can stop to look at a sibling's artwork, help my little sister get dressed, start a meal, or practice hymns on the piano. The variety of company, music playing, and fun happenings would not be accessible to me if I were cooped up somewhere in an office, far from home!

Aren't those International outfits just adorable! What little girl wouldn't love to dress up in one of those. They'd make such special birthday gifts for some little princess and so would those cute fluffy pettiskirts!  :) Next time you need a special gift for a special little girl, don't forget to stop by Plume de Nikola and see what beautiful, one-of-a-kind treasure she has for you!

Not only is Nikola a talented seamstress and designer, her original drawings also make beautiful stamps that are perfect for creating all kinds of paper crafts! Check out her whole line of stamps here.

Speaking of pettiskirts and rubber stamps, I have not one but two giveaways for you! Nikola has generously offered to give away two of her creations.

Giveaway #1 is for an adorable 12-18 month red pettiskirt.
Giveaway #2 is for a beautifully drawn horse stamp.

Enter to win one or both of the prizes by completing the entries on the Rafflecopter forms below.











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72 comments:

Shooting Stars Mag said...

i really like the sugar plum pettiskirt


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Shooting Stars Mag said...

from nonpareils, i like the Wild Dog Rubber Stamp, Wood Mounted

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Kathryn said...

I adore the Valentines Day Pink and Ivory Prima Ballerina Pettiskirt!

Super Blogger Girl! said...

I love the columbia dress from plum de nikola!

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Super Blogger Girl! said...

my favorite item is the wild dog stamp

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wintam said...

My favorite item is the kitten rubber stamp (:

Sarah said...

This One!!!!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/90020330/pretty-pink-valentines-party-frock-girls

Theresa said...

Deluxe PInk Cupcake Valentines Party Pettiskirt

Theresa said...

Love the dragon fly stamp

Jenn Spencer said...

I love the Pansy Puff Skirt Girls Size 5, with matching doll skirt!

Thanks!
Jenn from How to Make Loopy Bows
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Jenn Spencer said...

I love the Oriental Owl Outfit - Owl Top with brown pants, girls size 6!

Thanks!
Jenn from How to Make Loopy Bows
learnquilling@gmail.com

Stephanie Phelps said...

I love the Pink Cupcake Valentines Day PETTISKIRT, Size 1

Candie L said...

I like the Oriental Owl Outfit. Thank you

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SolDucky said...

I like the Valentines Pink Pom Pom Cupcake Dress

SolDucky said...

I also like the Rmanian Rhapsody outfit from Nonpareils.

Fathers Joy said...

I absolutely love the little pettiskirts!! My little cousin would look so adorable in one of them.

Hannah said...

Blue and white Panama skirt- girls size 6

Stephanie said...

Visited PlumedeNikola and like the Pom Pom Cupcake dress.
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Stephanie said...

My favorite item at Nonpareil Designs is actually the horse stamp. My 9 year old daughter is in love with horses. I also like the dragonfly stamp.
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Lauren said...

I love the Red and White Valentine Pettiskirt!!!! Its sooooo cute!

Lauren said...

I would love to have the Peacock feather Rubber Stamp!

Mary Beth said...

The Baby Buttercup Dress and Bloomers is soooo adorable! I love it!

Mary Beth said...

The Romanian Rhapsody outfit is beautiful!

Christen said...

The pink valentines petticote is so sweet.

Christen said...

my daughter would love the horse stamp!

luvncrafts said...

I LOVE her outfits, SO pretty!! We are a homeschooling family too. You remind me of my oldest daughter. She is 14 and teaching herself to sew. I don't sew very well, but I have given her the basics and help as I can. She has strated making really nice things, all on her own.

I wish you well!

We Are Mommies said...

I love the Deluxe PInk Cupcake Valentines Party Pettiskirt! So cute!

deanna said...

fave: Sugar Plum Pettiskirt, Orchid Purple and Berry
xoxoxo

deanna said...

other entry fave: ROMANIAN RHAPSODY OUTFIT - Girls size 7 skirt and blouse
xoxoxo

Caroline @ The Modest Mom said...

I LOVE the pretty pink valentine dress!

beth said...

I love this: Oriental Owl Outfit - Owl Top with brown pants

The Zoo Keeper said...

I love the celtic bracelet and the bright blossom skirt!

The Zoo Keeper said...

I love the peacock feather stamp

Shannon said...

I love the Blue and white Panama skirt!

Emillie Rose said...

I like the Pink Cupcake Valentines Day PETTISKIRT

April G said...

I adore the Swedish Sundress with cross stitching Size12 to18 months!

rootedinfaithblessedenormously said...

Love the Sugar Plum Pettiskirt

Anonymous said...

I like the Swedish Sundress! wrestlermom2 at yahoo dot com

Lisa K said...

I'd love to have the Baby Buttercup Sundress and Bloomer Panties Size12 months

Lisa K said...

I love the Oriental Owl Outfit - Owl Top with brown pants, girls size 6

sarah cool said...

i would love the baby buttercup sundress sooooo cute!

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katers2714 said...

Love the scribble dot swaddler.

katers2714 said...

I love the pink cupcake dress.

Leah Baird said...

I love Blue and white Panama skirt- girls size 6.

Publix Coupon Queen said...

Definitely the Pink Cupcake Pettiskirt!

MKB said...

I love the pink valentine dress.

Anonymous said...

Tutti fruition ruffle skirt
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Marci (joyfulheart26@hotmail.com) said...

Seminole Style Ruffled Owl Twirl Skirt Girls'

Mary said...

I love the Swedish Sundress
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Mary said...

I like the Swedish crosstitch dress
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Mary said...

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1955nurse said...

The Valentines Prima Ballarina Pettiskirt is gorgeous!

Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions said...

Pansy puff skirt

Jackie said...

Love these butterfly cards:

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/NonpareilsDesigns/4282012/Set_of_six_5x7_blank_greeting_photo_cards_BUTTERFLIES/Cards/Photo

Diana said...

I would love the picnic peasant skirt for my granddaughter
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Amber L. said...

I would love to have the Baby Buttercup Sundress and Bloomer Panties...so cute!

Amber L. said...

I really like the Butterfly Rubber Stamp, wood mounted

stacythemagnificentmommy said...

ohmy gosh is this cute! Baby Bunting Americana Sundress Size 12 months

stacy h

jaragabrielle said...

I loved the Picnic peasant skirt!
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Anonymous said...

I would love to give my friend's daughter one of these pettiskirts they are adorable!

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Anonymous said...

I love the wild dog rubber stamp.

Emily Dorigo

Connie Gruning said...

I love the Swedish Sundress with cross stitching Size12 to18 months!
So cute!
Connie Gruning
CGruning at aol(dot)com

Anonymous said...

My favorite has to be the firefly stamp!

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥Kat F.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

I like the Seminole Style Ruffled Owl Twirl Skirt
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•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥Kat F.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

I like the bear cub rubber stamp.
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Anja M. said...

I love the Pink Cupcake Pettiskirt.

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Anja M. said...

I like the Butterfly Rubberstamp.

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jadavis said...

I would like to have Saint Patrick's Irish Celtic Bracelet, Adult's size
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Allison said...

I think the coral reef sundress is simply precious.
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Jennifer said...

The bear cub stamp is my favorite.

lovetogive123 said...

love the coral sundress!

lovetogive123 said...

I like the romanian girls outfit