Guest post and a giveaway: Meet LaraLeib

7 Dec

Hello, happy blog readers. I’m so happy to introduce you to Jordana, the brains behind the beautiful Etsy shop LaraLeib. Won’t you meet her?

When I was 9, I decided I was going to make my mom an original Mother’s Day gift. Biting off more than I could chew was a specialty of mine, so it’s no surprise that I decided that making a shirt from scratch without a sewing machine or the slightest idea how put a shirt together by hand was totally doable.

I collected scraps of black and white fabric from old t-shirts and outfits from the dress-up pile, and I cut them into the closest approximation of 4×4-inch squares that I could manage. Then I started sewing. The shirt stayed together long enough for my mom to take a picture wearing it, but she definitely wasn’t going to leave the house in it.

I could not have been more proud of the way it came out.

All these years later, that creative impulse and determination continues to drive my work. Turning that creativity into the art of creating something new is so rewarding. Nothing is more satisfying than taking a bunch of scraps and making it into a work of art.

While the end result is unique, the feeling of turning nothing into something, spun out of a tiny thought of what might work, is not mine alone. Since deciding to sell the results of my creative impulses, I’ve met so many other fantastic creatives whose work is the result of a similar spark. I am both inspired and energized by the work of others, which might begin in a place similar to my own, but it ends with something completely different and unique to that individual.

The best part about our little crafty corner of the world is that each of us has that story. Whether you’re 9 or 90, somewhere along the way, that spark was ignited, and it spread until it became something tangible. The best part of creativity is creating -– envisioning, executing and actually making it happen.

My mom may not have a wearable shirt, but she has the first Jordana original. I don’t dabble in creating clothing often these days, but it’s that same 9-year-old impulse that more recently led me to believe that I could make — and wear — a bridesmaid’s dress for myself for a wedding I was in (still not knowing how to sew or work a sewing machine). These days I prefer paper, and it’s that same spark that drives me to make collage after collage and never tire of the creative process.

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Jordana is offering up a beautiful collage photo frame to one lucky giveaway winner.

The polished frame has a wood finish with decoupage flower collages and grass made from upcycled magazines and other papers. The frame stands on its own and is 6×8 1/2-inches. It holds a 4×6-inch photo.

How to enter:

  • Mandatory entry: Visit LaraLeib, favorite the shop, and leave a comment with your favorite item in the shop.

Really want to win? Here are other ways to enter. Please leave one comment for each bullet point you complete.

  • Follow Jordana AND yours truly on Twitter.
  • Tweet and/or Facebook about this giveaway.
  • Follow Jordana on Pinterest.
  • Follow this blog via your aggregate of choice and/or by receiving e-mail updates. You can do this on the upper righthand side of this blog.

This giveaway is open worldwide and will close at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 12. Good luck, all!

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34 Responses to “Guest post and a giveaway: Meet LaraLeib”

  1. Ally December 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    LOL – would love to see that first shirt! Priceless story 🙂
    Cute frame, and cute stuff in the Etsy shop!

  2. Ally December 7, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    I tweeted it 🙂

  3. Ally December 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    And of course, I email subscribe to your blog 🙂 And I use a lot of smiley faces 🙂 🙂

  4. gail December 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    Fave item: glass collage flower vase

  5. Ally December 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    AND, my favorite item in the shop is the note cards, because I love me some snail mail! 🙂 (<<Look! Another smiley face!)

  6. Agnieszkazg December 8, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    hearted your shop and my fav is http://www.etsy.com/listing/86955649/collage-picture-frame-orange-decoupage 🙂

  7. Agnieszkazg December 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    following both on twitter (agusiazg)

  8. Agnieszkazg December 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    shared http://www.facebook.com/agnieszkazg/posts/250365845026369 🙂

  9. Lauren December 8, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    i added the shop to my favorites and I also really like the Glass Collage Flower Vase, Round

  10. Michele P. December 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    I favorited the shop on Etsy Michele Pineda (micaela6955) and love the Picture Frame with Pink Collage Flowers, 5×7, Dark Finish

  11. bunny December 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

    my favorite item is the Paper Flower Collage Trio, Framed Pink, Purple, Blue

  12. bunny December 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    i follow you via email

  13. Rachel W. December 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    I love this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/88169989/paper-flower-collage-trio-framed-pink

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Rachelhwallen@gmail.com

  14. Mubin December 9, 2011 at 1:14 am #

    My favourite from the Etsy store is Glass Collage Flower Vase, Round – so sweet!

  15. Mubin December 9, 2011 at 1:15 am #

    Facebooked Giveaway 🙂

  16. Mubin December 9, 2011 at 1:15 am #

    I follow you through email 🙂

  17. Shasaphire December 9, 2011 at 1:16 am #

    My favourite from Jordana is Triptych Flower Magazine Collage, 8×20 Vertical Frame

  18. Nancy December 9, 2011 at 1:17 am #

    I love Picture Frame, Decoupage Flower Collages, 5×7 Natural Finish Wood Frame from Jordana

  19. Seetharam December 9, 2011 at 1:17 am #

    Picture Frame with Pink Collage Flowers, 5×7, Dark Finish is my favourite

  20. memory December 9, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    i favorited her shop on etsy {and also added her to my circle(: } and i love the 4×6 Paper Flower Collage Magnetic Picture Frame in purple!!
    -memory
    southernpinky.blogspot.com

  21. memory December 9, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    i follow you via email too! (:

  22. Maegan Morin December 10, 2011 at 2:39 am #

    I really like the Personalized Paper Flower Collage!!

  23. Maegan Morin December 10, 2011 at 2:39 am #

    I follow both on twitter as zaira_faith

  24. Jesselyn A. (Salleefur) December 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    Etsy “hearted/favorited” (as Salleefur) your shop (and many items/creations in your shop – as well as LIKEing them on my Facebook Page (Jesselyn A) and adding you to my Etsy Circle (Jesselyn).

    I have lots of favorites (see all of Salleefur’s “hearts”) – aside from the delightful vases and the prize, one of them is “Paper Flower Collage, 8×10 Framed Yellow Dahlia.” Thanks

  25. Jesselyn A. (Salleefur) December 10, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    Confirmed email subscriber/follower.
    (Aside: You are adorable!)

  26. Kristie J December 11, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Krisj_27@hotmail.com

    I really love Flower Paper Collage, Blue Zinnia 8×10 Frame

  27. Berendina Dykema December 11, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    Favorited her shop and my favorite item is the Glass Collage Flower Vase, Round.It so unique and creative.Be a great gift for someone that loves flowers!

    Username:SugarGumDrops

  28. Berendina Dykema December 11, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    Following Jordana and you on Twitter.

    @TheArtOfBaking

  29. Berendina Dykema December 11, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    Tweeted!

  30. Berendina Dykema December 11, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    Following Jordana on Pinterest.

  31. Berendina Dykema December 11, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    Following your blog via e-mail

  32. Lyudmila December 12, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    I like the Picture Frame with Pink Collage Flowers, 5×7, Dark Finish

  33. VaLon Frandsen December 12, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    Such hard choices for a favorite from the shop. I love the color of this one, with the blue yet you can see the designs. http://www.etsy.com/listing/83602394/paper-collage-multi-flower-blue-frame But, I also love this kind, being clear and all. http://www.etsy.com/listing/83606306/triptych-flower-magazine-collage-8×20

    I already follow Jordana (that’s how I heard about this!)

    So, I retweeted her tweet about it.

    I also now follow you.

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