Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Shop + Tell: Erin Loechner

I'm so excited to introduce Shop+Tell, a new feature here on Heart Handmade. As a seller myself, I love the idea of seeing where my products end up after dropping them off at the post office. As a consumer, I usually have a couple of things running through my head before deciding to hit the buy button.

I hope that Shop+Tell will not only serve as a customer appreciation/testimonial tool but also help sellers by giving them insights into the reasoning behind a sale.

I've met so so many wonderful people from blogging and I'm so happy to have one of the most wonderful, sweetest, self-less, helpful, inspiring (I can go on and on) gals that I've met this year help introduce Shop+Tell...

Who:Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind (indie-shops once/month)
Scores...a Terry Graziano Capricious hat
How does it make you feel? Original,Incognito,Inspired, Playful, Ready
What made you buy it?
I bought the Capricious hat b/c I've always wanted to be a hat person and have never been able to quite pull it off. I figured since there are six different options for each hat, I'm bound to work one of them, yes?
[Debatable, but it really is gorgeous!]

Also, I rarely purchase things that aren't the bare essentials (it's one of my life goals). I slip often, but I do try to keep my shopping to a minimum. Since this is the first hat I've EVER purchased [can you believe it?], it will probably be my only for a while. The versatility was a great perk b/c I feel like I bought six hats for the price of one!

[And, I bought it to reward myself for making the recent life-changing decision to resign from my current job. It was a change that needed to be made, but a hard one. What better way to reward myself than a metaphorical 'wearing of a different hat'?]

Thanks Erin!!

Are you an avid handmade shopper and recently bought something that you're absolutely in love with? Share it and help spread the love for handmade on Shop+Tell! Email me at hearthandmade[at]gmail[dot]com w/ subject Shop+Tell.


Melissa de la Fuente said...

Yippee! What an awesome new feature! I love it and love Erin's contribution! How adorable is she? You totally rock the "hat look" and look like a 1940's movie star to boot! This is fun!
Good going Marichelle!

katsai said...

I totally agree with you Melissa... what a fantastic new feature! Its like being a "voyeur" of online shopping, haha! And congratulations on your little treat Erin, it really does look great, and I'm sure you'll realise you really could be quite a serious hat-person yet :)

/// said...

Awww, thank you my dear. You are WAY TOO NICE TO ME! :)

Azra Momin said...

Marichelle - it's a fantastic way to get feedback - love the little form!
Erin - you look so sweet in that little hat. I try my best to stay away from consumerism myself, so I really hope you enjoy it to the fullest!

Kelly Lynn Jones said...

what a great idea!!!!

Anonymous said...

such a nice feature on your great blog and seeing Erin here is really nice!!

Cindy said...

this is such a great feature and erin rocks the hat!

Anonymous said...

FANTASTIC idea!! And what a perfect person to start with. :) I love Erin!! ANd I'm so glad to have found your blog!

painted fish studio said...

i love shop + tell, what a great idea! and to see a pic of erin is a bonus. i look forward to future shop + tells!

Marichelle said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed Shop+Tell, it's going to be so much fun featuring as many of you as possible!

Melissa: Thank you, thank you!! I know! I look awful in hats but she makes me want to go out and buy one!

Bonnie: Thank you, you're absolutely right - it's like peering into someone's closet.

Azra: I'm glad you liked the form, I was trying to go for a traditional fan letter look!

Kelly Lynn: Yay!! You'll be hearing from me very soon :)

Irene: Thank you so much, means a ton coming from you!

Cindy/Scott: I'm so happy that you enjoyed the feature :) I love your "(just like our marriage)...take it day by day" blog mantra.

Jess: thank you, I'm so happy you found Heart Handmade!!

Jen: Thank you for stopping by! And your pARTy events sound like a ton of fun.

Unknown said...

I just found your blog through Katsai... I must say it is a delightful change from other crafty blogs, very well-executed and with great features. Shop+Tell is a fantastic idea! Shall be sticking around :)

Marichelle said...

Jasmin, thank you so much for taking the time out to write a super sweet and kind comment! It's comments like these that really push me to work harder and come up with fun and insightful features to hopefully keep you coming back day after day! Thank you!

amy said...

adorable hat, adorable blogger!
i have been checking that hat for a while now myself - very nice!

modish said...

First of, Erin, you're aDORable! You look kinda like Renee Zellweger...

And Marichelle, just wanted to finally comment as I've been hiding away, reading in silence for a few weeks now...as the writer of a blog about handmade goods for a couple years now, I've seen A LOT of indie/craft blogs pop up (and disappear) since starting mine and I'm genuinely impressed and excited by your originality and dedication- your blog is beautiful to look at, has totally unique features (including this awesome one you just added! :) and I think you're just doing an incredible job! I thank you for really striving to pave your own path within the niche, that's something I don't see often. I'm so glad to have you as part of this community and wish you the utmost success with your truly wonderful blog!

Big virtual hug,
jena (from modish)

Marichelle said...

amy: thank you, you are way too sweet!

jena: WOW. First of all, I was just happy to know that you were reading the site... but I'm absolutely beaming with joy after reading your kind words.

Thank you so much for taking the time out to say hello and for the high praises. Coming from a seasoned pro, I can't even tell you how much your feedback means to me.