a little rouge and a little whimsy for your day + giveaway

you guys, i have some amazing sponsors this month!!
i have loved getting to know each one of them better this month and work with them.
i really do feel honored that they want to support my little blog,
it truly means the world to me! 

one of my sponsors is Erika from Rouge & Whimsy.
Erika is one of the most kind, caring, patient, genuine, loving, encouraging {i could go on!} person i have ever met!!
with everything that has happened these last few weeks of January, i have been absolutely horrible with keeping in contact with people and replying to emails.
but Erika has only been understanding and nice while i try to get my head back on my shoulders
{almost literally…}
i really appreciate her support and it has only made me more grateful that i get to work with her this month!

now it’s your turn to get to know Erika a little bit better!!
i got to ask Erika a few questions {some a little silly} so you can get to know the girl behind the blog & shop a little more

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1. How would your friends describe you?
creative. loud. loving.

2. How long have you been married and what {honest} advice would you give to someone about to be married?
We've been married just over 2 1/2 years and I think the best advice I have for people is to always think the best of the other person. If they messed up somehow, don't think that they did it because they're out to get you-- they probably just made a mistake, just the way you make mistakes. So give and receive grace and move on. :)

3. How did you start your blog & shop and why?
I love to write, I love documenting pretty things and after reading blogs for awhile I decided I wanted to start my own. The shop came out of making some things for friends and seeing Etsy as a place to share those. It's kinda in flux right now. I have some big ideas for it, but so little time.

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4. What inspires you?
My momma. She is living her dream job after raising three kids-- repurposing furniture, giving new life to houses and living a beautiful, creative life. I love it. You can read about what she does here.

5. What would your totem-pole animal spirit be?  [like a great eagle or an otter :)]
hahah this is SO funny to me because I grew up in Washington state and we studied totem poles and Native American history and all that so much and even made totem poles. Gosh, I don't know. I think my totem pole animal would be a kitty (is that allowed?) because I love to sleep, stretch and bask in the sun.

6. What are some of your favorite items in your shop or blog posts [with links] and why?
favorite item in the shop is this orange sleep mask (I sleep with one every night):

sleeping mask

*I love this post from my husband on our anniversary (so sweet)
*I love my outfit posts- and this one about
finding my style
*I also love this semi-silly post about why I wear red lipstick

7. How do you define success?
Living a life that brings joy to God, others and yourself. :)

8. What advice would you give to new shop owners/bloggers? What did you wish you knew when you first started?
I wish I knew how important good photos were! Big, beautiful photos! This is important for shops AND blogs. Also, patience. It's rare that anyone is a success overnight. Better to build a strong community of followers who will care about you AND your blog. Oh, and blog for you not anyone else. If you like what you write, chances are other people will sense that and like it too.
{not having big pictures was totally one of my rookie mistakes! and i still struggle to remember it}

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9. What is a talent you have that you wish you used more?
I don't listen enough. I am a good listener but sometimes I fill the listening in with talking.

10. Do you squeeze the top of the toothpaste tube or the bottom? Which one does your husband do? {This is a silly question from Stronger Marriage that we would ask couples just for fun}
So I squeeze from the bottom because I'm anal like that and thank goodness the husband does too (most of the time.) Sometimes I have to remind him, though. It's just better-- it doesn't waste as much! hah!

11. What are your goals for the future {long and short}? Do you have anything you want to change?
In the way-off future I would love to be supporting myself with a creative lifestyle of some sort. I want children in five-ish years, I want to finish our house's basement! Short-term goals: Continue to grow my blog, find joy in the everyday and learn to be in the moment.

 

i love Erika’s answers!
especially that she her animal spirit would be a kitty
who doesn’t like to sleep all day??

and because Erika is so nice, she is also giving away an awesome prize!

$15 credit to her shop + large ad space on her blog

you are free to use this credit on me!
i would gladly take
this, this, this, or this please!!!
:)

mandatory entry:
1. follow Rouge & Whimsy here

additional entries:
2. follow Erika on Twitter here 
3.
follow Rouge & Whimsy on Facebook here
4. favorite {heart} Rouge & Whimsy on Etsy here
5. follow Rouge & Whimsy on Bloglovin’ here
6. follow my blog

[comment for each entry]

GOOD LUCK!
and seriously go show Erika some love
you won’t regret it!

 

:::p.s. you can read the interview Erika did on me over on her blog today too! and maybe enter another giveaway… wha???? :)

81 comments:

mistergandme said...

great interview! i'm following rouge & whimsy :)

mistergandme said...

i'm following Erika on twitter!

mistergandme said...

i added Erika as a favorite on etsy

mistergandme said...

I follow your blog :)

mistergandme said...

i follow your blog!

mistergandme said...

i'm following rouge & whimsy on bloglovin'

memory said...

i follow you here (:

memory said...

i follow rouge and whismy blog

memory said...

i hearted her etsy shop <3

Shane said...

I follow rouge and whimsy on gfc!

Shane said...

i follow her on bloglovin!

Shane said...

I liked rouge & whimsy on fb!

Shane said...

I follow you!

Shane said...

I hearted her on etsy!

Carsedra said...

Great interview!! I have to go check out her blog and shop!!



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Simply.Lovely.Things said...

I follow Rouge & Whimsy

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Simply.Lovely.Things said...

I folle Rouge on Twitter

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Simply.Lovely.Things said...

I liked Rouge on FB

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Simply.Lovely.Things said...

I follow your blog

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Simply.Lovely.Things said...

I hearted Rouge on Etsy

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Simply.Lovely.Things said...

I follow Rouge on Bloglovin

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Jessica Sebastian said...

Nice post! I follow her blog now.

Jessica Sebastian said...

I follow her on Twitter!

Jessica Sebastian said...

Definitely added her to my favorites AND to my circle on Etsy. Cute shop!

Jessica Sebastian said...

I follow her on Bloglovin

Jessica Sebastian said...

I follow your blog :)

The Fashion Robot said...

I'm following her

The Fashion Robot said...

I'm following you

The Fashion Robot said...

Following on bloglovin

The Fashion Robot said...

Following on FB

The Fashion Robot said...

Following on twitter 2

Kelly-Marie said...

I'm following Rouge & Whimsy :D

Kelly-Marie said...

I follow Erika on Twitter x

Kelly-Marie said...

I follow Rouge & Whimsy on Facebook x x

Kaycie- Redhead Memories said...

I follow rouge and whimsy!

Kaycie- Redhead Memories said...

I also follow her on twitter!

Kaycie- Redhead Memories said...

I heart her etsy shop!

Kaycie- Redhead Memories said...

I like her on FB!

Kaycie- Redhead Memories said...

I follow erika on bloglovin!

Kaycie- Redhead Memories said...

I follow your blog! :)

smalltown20something said...

I follow her!

smalltown20something said...

I follow you!

smalltown20something said...

I follow her on Twitter.

smalltown20something said...

I follow her on bloglovin'.

smalltown20something said...

I like her on Facebook.

smalltown20something said...

I favorited her on etsy!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i follow her blog.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

following her on twitter.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

her shop is one of my etsy favs.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

and i follow your blog of course.

Hannah said...

I follow Erika's blog!

Hannah said...

I hearted her shop :)

Hannah said...

I'm following your blog!

Allison said...

Following Rouge and Whiymsy

Allison said...

<3 Etsy Shop

Allison said...

Following your blog via bloglovin'

Allison said...

Follow Rouge & Whimsy on twitter

Cassie @ Live.Laugh.L0ve. said...

I follow Rouge & Whimsy's blog!

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I follow her on facebook.

Cassie @ Live.Laugh.L0ve. said...

I follow your blog. :)

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I followed Rouge and Whimsy on Facebook!

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I'm following Erika on her blog!

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I'm following your blog!

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NeuroticLover said...

I followed rouge & whimsy. And not just because of the giveaway, but because this girl seems so genuine I need to read her blog! :)

NeuroticLover said...

I followed Erika on Twitter. (@NeuroticLover)

NeuroticLover said...

I 'liked' rouge & whimsy on Facebook.

NeuroticLover said...

I favorited her shop on Etsy. (Cass8908)

NeuroticLover said...

And I followed rouge & whumsy on Bloglovin.

NeuroticLover said...

And, of course, I follow you. :)

Lindsay said...

What an awesome giveaway : ) I follow Rouge & Whimsy!

Mindy M. Harris said...

follow rouge and whimsy

Mindy M. Harris said...

follow erika on twitter

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like rouge and whimsy on fbook

Mindy M. Harris said...

favorited rouge and whimsy in etsy

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i follow your blog! :-) hi!

Tiffany said...

Following Rouge & Whimsy's blog

Tiffany said...

following Erika on Twitter

Tiffany said...

Following Rouge & Whimsy on FB

Tiffany said...

favorited her Etsy store (cute stuff!)

Tiffany said...

I follow you! :)