Meet: the Folk AND a giveaway

14 Nov

I’m honored to introduce you to Julie, the talent behind the Folk, a gorgeous earthy and fabulous Etsy shop full of crochet, wire and felt goodies. Be sure to check after the Q&A to see the beautiful earrings Julie is giving away.

First things first: If you could describe your shop in three single words, what would they be? Ooh, that’s a tough one. Hmm. I would say earthy, diverse and adorable.

I really love the aesthetic of the Folk. What inspired the look you wanted to give the shop? Well, really it’s been in a constant state of evolution, which I think is important in a lot of ways. When I look back at what I was making when I first opened shop in 2009 under the name Respect Your Mother, everything I had in the shop was in some way connected to nature and the Earth. In the beginning everything was polymer clay: polymer clay trees, earths, flowers, etc.  I do still love the original pieces, but you know how evolution works! As I began to learn more and more techniques (and still always learning!), I started to make all kinds of pieces with all kinds of mediums. It’s really hard for me as an artist to stay in one place creatively, and sometimes for the sake of the shop’s cohesiveness I wish I could! Ha! I think just within the past year or maybe six months, I’ve kind of created a steady-ish look for the shop. My main inspirations still are nature and color. I have certain color palettes I like to work with that I think help shape the overall aesthetic of the shop. I like to think I have a good eye for color.

Your crochet pieces? Absolutely amazing. How do you come up with what kinds of ways you will feature that talent? It can be easy for crochet pieces to come off kind of “grandma,” but yours are so modern and lovely. First of all, thank you so much! I’m so happy you feel that way! So I actually just taught myself how to crochet in September of this year. I learned to knit in February. My husband was away for the weekend, and I decided I would take full advantage of my alone time, and I’m always up for a good challenge.  I fell in love with it. Not even kidding. I have to crochet a little every day now or I’ll feel unsettled. I’d say it was the learning process and eagerness to experiement with different fibers, stitches and hooks that are responsible for the designs — as well as creating things that I personally would love to wear. I’m not a very “blingy” person, so I appreciate accessories that are bold without being shiny. I can’t wait to continue expanding with the art of crochet.

Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., I am most likely to be found: This August I decided to quit my day job (hurray!) to pursue my hand made business full time. I turned 29 in July and thought, it’s now or never. I didn’t want to reach 30 without really going for it! About a month later the magazine my husband worked for went under, and he lost his job. Ouch! So interestingly enough, for now, we are both home everyday. So between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., you can find me at home fulfilling Etsy orders, making fancy fabric flower broaches and earrings that my mother-in-law sells at her boutique back in Texas and designing new pieces. If I’m not at home I’m running errands or out for a walk in my beautiful Los Angeles neighborhood of Silverlake.

If you asked my best friend what she thought about me, she would say: Haha hmm… my best friend Julie (yes, we have the same name!) and I have been friends since seventh grade, and we both live in Los Angeles now. We don’t get to spend near as much time with each other as we used to, but I think she would still say that I am her soul mate. We used to joke that when we get married, we would have to marry two guys who are best friends and all share a house. That may not have happened but we still have a deep connection.

Bowling or golf? Bowling. Wait, real or on the Wii? Haha.

Book or movie? Book.

Earrings or necklace? Necklace.

Summer or winter? Fall

Zoo or amusement park? Zoo!!! LOVE animals.

Where else can we find you?    Twitter     Etsy     Blog     Facebook

Julie wants to help Snap, Crackle, Pop readers get into the holiday spirit. She’s giving away this gorgeous pair of heart earrings.

These earrings are made with silver-plated non-tarnish wire or, if you prefer, Julie can make them in gold-plated wire.

How to enter:

  • Mandatory entry: Favorite the Folk, or follow Julie on Facebook if you do not have an Etsy account AND follow Snap, Crackle, Pop in the aggregate of your choice, or you can sign up for e-mail alerts (the second selection along the right-hand side of this blog). Leave one comment saying you have done BOTH of these things; if you don’t, this entry — and subsequent entries — will be disqualified.

Really want to win? Here are ways to earn extra entries:

  • Follow Julie on Twitter AND follow Jac & Elsie on Twitter. Leave one comment saying you’ve done BOTH of these things.
  • Follow Julie’s blog, The Folk Collective. Leave a comment saying you’ve done this.
  • Tweet about this giveaway. Leave a comment saying you’ve done this.
  • Heart your favorite item in Jac & Elsie. Leave a comment saying you’ve done this, and include the link of the item you hearted.
This giveaway is open internationally will close at midnight on Nov. 20. Good luck, all!
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77 Responses to “Meet: the Folk AND a giveaway”

  1. Suburban Sweetheart November 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    I just favorited The Folk – an easy task, as her things are beautiful! And I follow your blog, quite obviously. Fingers crossed on this one! Love those earrings.

  2. Suburban Sweetheart November 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    And I just favorited your Vintage 12K gold cameo. It’s GORGEOUS. Seriously, incredible.

  3. Jel November 15, 2011 at 2:41 am #

    *followed your blog via email
    *favorited theFolk (etsy name: xanjelix)
    *FB fan of TheFolkCollective (FB Name: Jung Rae Woo)

  4. Jel November 15, 2011 at 2:41 am #

    followed both accounts on twitter as @jelaiii_x

  5. Jel November 15, 2011 at 2:42 am #

    followed Julie’s blog =)
    GFC: Jel

  6. Jel November 15, 2011 at 2:45 am #

    hearted my fave item: http://www.etsy.com/listing/62828553/crossheartdiscoball-trio-vintage-charms
    etsy name: xanjelix

  7. Lulu November 15, 2011 at 4:36 am #

    I added theFolk shop to my favorites on Etsy as MelissaLulu
    and liked on FB as Olesia Flegka
    Love the creations!

  8. Lulu November 15, 2011 at 4:37 am #

    Folow both Twitter accounts as @LuluFleg)

  9. Lulu November 15, 2011 at 4:51 am #

    I tweeted about the giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/LuluFleg/status/136380101968404480

  10. Lulu November 15, 2011 at 4:52 am #

    I hearted Fall Leaf Earrings in Pumpkin Spice on Etsy
    Etsy ID: MelissaLulu

  11. anne's-âneries November 15, 2011 at 5:45 am #

    I have favoured the folk (annesaneries) and am following them on facebook.
    Such pretty stuff, love the heart earrings! xoxo

  12. anne's-âneries November 15, 2011 at 5:46 am #

    I am following Julie on Twitter and you of course xoxo

  13. anne's-âneries November 15, 2011 at 5:49 am #

    I just tweeted the giveaway, see here: https://twitter.com/#!/annesaneries/status/136395000199118848 xoxo

  14. anne's-âneries November 15, 2011 at 5:53 am #

    I hearted the following: http://www.etsy.com/listing/78560856/gold-toned-necklace-and-bracelet-set

    Thanks for the giveaway xoxo

  15. Alisha November 15, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    I follow you (duh) and I now have The Folk in my favs!

  16. Alisha November 15, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    My twitter is growing 🙂 following you both.

  17. Elspeth @ paper armour November 15, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    I favorite-d the folk, and already follow you! 🙂

  18. Elspeth @ paper armour November 15, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    I’m following you both on Twitter.

  19. Elspeth @ paper armour November 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    I’m following The Folk Collective.

  20. Elspeth @ paper armour November 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    I favorite-d this necklace, it’s beautiful!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/79596103/dainty-clear-rhinestone-v-necklace

  21. Kim Garber November 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    “hearted” the folk on etsy and following on Facebook!

    passions0123@yahoo.com
    http://kimberly-theaveragejane.blogspot.com

  22. Kim Garber November 15, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    Following both on twitter

  23. Kim Garber November 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    hearted the folk on etsy and liked julie on facebook.com

  24. Kim Garber November 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    the mommy necklace is my favorite! (and hearted it)

  25. Oana Catalina November 16, 2011 at 1:52 am #

    Mandatory entry:
    I favorited the Folk on Etsy: Oana (kittyqtza).
    I liked the Folk on FB: Oana Catalina.
    I signed up for email alerts: totally_yours.just_mine at yahoo dot com

  26. Oana Catalina November 16, 2011 at 1:53 am #

    I follow both Twitter pages: @kittyqtza

  27. Oana Catalina November 16, 2011 at 1:56 am #

    I follow Julie’s blog via GFC: Oana & via Bloglovin’: oana [dot] catalyna [at] yahoo [dot] com.

  28. Oana Catalina November 16, 2011 at 1:57 am #

    Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/kittyqtza/status/136699309524652032

  29. Oana Catalina November 16, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    I hearted my fave item: http://www.etsy.com/listing/75520966/extra-long-spiral-dangle-chandelier : Oana (kittyqtza) on Etsy.

  30. aikchien November 16, 2011 at 3:20 am #

    Favorite the Folk – bloomingblossom, and follow Julie on Facebook – Aik Chien

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  31. aikchien November 16, 2011 at 3:21 am #

    Follow Julie on Twitter AND follow Jac & Elsie on Twitter @aikchien

  32. aikchien November 16, 2011 at 3:22 am #

    Hearted http://www.etsy.com/listing/79659408/bow-ring-with-pearl

  33. nada November 16, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    hearted http://www.etsy.com/listing/47582184/sterling-silver-charm-necklace-comb

    nadamoon

  34. nada November 16, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Favorite Sterling silver charm necklace

    nadoxie@gmail.com

  35. nada November 16, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    Follow Julie on Twitter AND follow Jac & Elsie on Twitter as @thegirlnada

  36. nada November 16, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    I Follow Julie’s blog

  37. nada November 16, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    tweeted :https://twitter.com/#!/thegirlnada/status/136814866550898688

  38. Kimberly Wright (@WrightWin) November 16, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    Favorite the Folk on Etsy (Etsy name; Halochanel)and sign up for e-mail alerts for Snap, Crackle, Pop
    halochanel at gmail dot com

  39. Kimberly Wright (@WrightWin) November 16, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    Following Julie & Jac & Elsie on Twitter @WrightWin
    halochanel at gmail dot com

  40. Kimberly Wright (@WrightWin) November 16, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    Following Julie’s Blog, The Folk Collection with GFC- Kimberly W
    halochanel at gmail dot com

  41. Kimberly Wright (@WrightWin) November 16, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    tweeted
    halochanel at gmail dot com

  42. Kimberly Wright (@WrightWin) November 16, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    sorry! This is the real tweet, I tried to delete the last comment but couldn’t seem to do it.
    halochanel at gmail dot com

  43. Lubaska November 16, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    I did both (FB Lubka Kotmanikova; email subscriber lubaska at hotmail dot com)

  44. Kimberly Wright (@WrightWin) November 16, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    Really sorry I spamed you! Sigh! I hope you can delete!
    Ok, I hearted this necklace http://www.etsy.com/listing/73857066/happy-anniversary-necklace-vintage-charm, it’s beautiful (Halochanel)
    halochanel at gmail dot com

  45. Lubaska November 16, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    following both on twitter (Lubaska)

  46. Lubaska November 16, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    I hearted this item (as Lubaska) http://www.etsy.com/listing/81248204/sage-cedar-green-wicker-link-necklace

  47. doroffee November 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    Hi! I follow Julia via fb as Dorottya Zsófia Bacsi and your blog as doroffee.

  48. Jennilicious (@Jennilicious2) November 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    I have done every everything u said
    follow you here, GFC name: Jenny, twitter name: Jennilicious, etsy name: jeno816, on facebook, name: My dreams and my reality

    I have tweeted:

    my fav thing from etsy is
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/75161137/free-shipping-vintage-12k-gold-cameo

    twosisters8795 at hotmail dot com

  49. doroffee November 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    I follow both twitter pages as doroffee.

  50. Julie of theFolkCollective November 16, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    Hi everyone! Thanks so much for your awesome participation! I truly appreciate it! Good luck to all of you 🙂
    xo
    Julie

  51. Maegan Morin November 17, 2011 at 12:51 am #

    I heart The Folk on etsy (id: megnate) and I like The Folk on facebook (same name)

    I like you on Facebook (same name)

  52. Berendina Dykema November 17, 2011 at 2:41 am #

    Favorited the Folk on Etsy, “like” Julie Facebook page and following your blog via e-mail subscription. Under Berendina Dykema

  53. Berendina Dykema November 17, 2011 at 2:42 am #

    Following Julie and Jac & Elsie on Twitter. @TheArtOfBaking

  54. Berendina Dykema November 17, 2011 at 3:18 am #

    I hearted my favorite item.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/75573918/vintage-multi-strand-necklace-acrylic. Under Berendina Dykema

  55. gustosa giveaways November 17, 2011 at 5:07 am #

    gustosa favorite the Folk on etsy
    gustosa giveaways following like the folk collective on fb
    subscribed to your newsletter

  56. gustosa giveaways November 17, 2011 at 5:08 am #

    @gustosagiveaway following @FolkCollective and @JacAndElsie on twitter

  57. gustosa giveaways November 17, 2011 at 5:10 am #

    following the folk collective blog – gustosa giveaways

  58. gustosa giveaways November 17, 2011 at 5:10 am #

    tweet

  59. Yuliya Sh November 17, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    Hearted the Folk on Etsy as Yuliya Sh
    follow you via e-mail

  60. Yuliya Sh November 17, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    follow both on twitter as @yulya_shenka
    juletchka78(at)hotmail(dot)com

  61. Yuliya Sh November 17, 2011 at 8:34 am #

  62. Yuliya Sh November 17, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    hearted http://www.etsy.com/listing/55789960/upcycled-gold-necklace-sapphire-blue from JacAndElsie as Yuliya Sh

  63. Szabina L November 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    I like the folk collective on FB as Szabina Luzics AND I’m following your blog (sign up) 🙂

  64. Alessia November 19, 2011 at 6:07 am #

    FB follower: Alessia Lale
    newsletter follower: alelale at live.com

    Alessia

  65. Alessia November 19, 2011 at 6:08 am #

    I Follow Julie on Twitter AND follow Jac & Elsie on Twitter.
    I’m @Aljsa

  66. Dee November 19, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    I <3'd the Folk as GypsieJewels
    Liked her fb as Dee Hausker

  67. Dee November 19, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    Follow Julie on Twitter& Jac & Elsie on Twitter @dee_hausker

  68. Dee November 19, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    GFC The Folk Collection Blog as AllWiredUpTOO

  69. Dee November 19, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Tweeted!

  70. Adela November 20, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    I favorited the Folk on Etsy with the usernema Delline
    I follow Julie on Facebook with the name Delline Adela

  71. Adela November 20, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    ^ *username

    I follow Julie and Jac & Elsie on Twitter with the username @ynocenta

  72. Adela November 20, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    I’ve twitted: http://twitter.com/#!/ynocenta/status/138214267357896705

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