Thursday, February 9, 2012

Member Interview & Giveaway: LaDiDottie



Shop: LaDiDottie
Name: Kari
Twitter: @Laladidottie


VKC: Tell us a bit about yourself and your shop.

Kari: My husband and I have two beautiful and crazy little girls, Dottie, a truly funny 2 year old, and Rosemary Plum, our 9 month old sweetie pie. I get to stay home with them everyday, which is an incredible opportunity. I love our days together, playing and creating, and doing whatever else we feel like. I think I have a pretty amazing little life with all of my loved ones.
I opened LaDiDottie this past summer, after collecting a few items after I had found out I was pregnant with my second, knowing that I was going to finally leave my cubicle and start a new little hobby at home. Its been so exciting to have this little shop on Etsy! It gives me an opportunity to give myself a break from my mom mentality, for either a couple minutes or hours a week.
VKC: Why are you drawn to vintage?

Kari: I was drawn to vintage at a young age. I love the fact that each piece you find has some sort of history, and has already had their moment in time. My parents always told me that I was born in the wrong era, chuckling when I would wear my moms old bell bottoms and prairie shirts to school. I love seeing the metamorphosis that fashion and styling has gone through over the years, and appreciate it so much, when I can find an item that has survived the years, and wear it myself, or give it someone would appreciates it too. Its such a joy!


VKC: Where do you find your treasures?

Kari: I usually pack up the girls and hit a few of the thrift stores we have around town, about once a week. I go at a pace that works for them, and so far it seems to work. Maybe in a year or two, we can start making days of it and hit some of the other ones closer to the cities. I also love stopping in at antique stores and yard sales.

VKC: What is your process when creating/working?

Kari: I'm usually waiting around for that one super nice sunny day, where I can get my items photographed with nice natural lighting, and then I get this itch to get my items on Etsy as fast as I can. :) When I have an item that my daughter Dottie can fit into, I try my hardest to persuade her to model it for me, but as of late, those toddler no,no,no's have taken over, and so we've just been hanging items on the chalkboard like usual.... someday...she'll be back!


VKC: How do you promote your business?

Kari: Right now I don't really have the time to invest into some of the ways I could be promoting my shop. No facebook, no pinterest, no blogging. I did sign up for Twitter not too long ago, but I can't say I use it all that much. Mostly word of mouth, and trying to be a great seller so that I get those repeat customers.

VKC: What do you do when you are not creating/working?

Kari: Oh typical mom stuff. I try to get household chores done, while singing and playing with the girls. We go on play dates, visit grandparents, and try to do some volunteer work once a week, sharing positive messages with our neighbors. I also really enjoy photography, so I'm always trying to get some cute photos of the girls. My husband and I love gourmet dinners, so most nights, its enjoying good food and playing scrabble or cribbage.


VKC: What is your favorite item in your shop or that you have sold and why?

Kari: I'd have to say, the yellow corduroy jumpsuit!! It was just so cheery and cute,,. :) I hope whoever has it, enjoys it immensely!!!


VKC: How do you juggle your business and your personal life/motherhood?

Kari: I'm still trying to figure that one out. I try my best to do most of my work while the girls are napping, but sometimes that isn't enough time! So, sometimes I'll try to add an item in the morning while the girls are eating breakfast, and then wait until nap time to finish up. Paperwork and packaging waits until the girls are in bed usually. The girls obviously always come first, so some weeks, LaDiDottie just has to wait...



VKC: What giveaway or discount would you like to offer our readers?

Kari: I would like to give a $20.00 credit to my shop and free shipping!


Thanks so much, Kari!

If you'd like to enter to win a $20 credit from LaDiDottie, please leave a comment below.

There are a few other ways to enter - please leave a separate comment for each.

1. Favorite LaDiDottie on etsy!
2. Tell us which item is your favorite at LaDiDottie!
3. Tweet about this giveaway!
4. Follow @Laladidottie on Twitter!
5. Blog about this giveaway! (Please include a link.)

This giveaway will be open until Friday, February 16, and a winner will be selected randomly. Good luck!

68 comments:

  1. Hi Kari. Your girls are dolls! You have a great shop and I love how you photograph your items with the chalkboard. Such a great backdrop when the kiddos are too wiggly to model! My fave item from your shop is the blue, red, and white striped dress. It reminds me one I had myself!

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  2. i love so many things on your shop! the owl sweater is amazing and the school bus dress! swoon!!

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  3. i love ladidottie! My favourite thing in store at the moment is the polkadot toddler shirt. I could just see Kitty rockin' with some skinny jeans and chucks.

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  4. Such a great shop! I love the pastel pinafore smock top and the cherry pinafore! :)

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  5. Following kari on twitter now!

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  6. I love your shop, Kari! Thanks for sharing all of the adorable photos of you and your girls. My favorite item is the red and blue tunic. Fabulous!

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  7. I'd love to win this pink lacoste sweater for my daughter, love the color, love the brand.

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/86136779/pink-lacoste-sweater-vintage-pink-with

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  8. Shop added to Etsy favorites (jcloh)

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

    HAPPY VALENTINE TO ALL AT VKC!

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  9. Ok, first I have to say that you are Gorgeous!
    :-)
    And both of your girls are absolutely adorable.
    So many things in your shop make me wish my daughter was little again.
    Fab interview and wonderfully generous giveaway!!

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  10. My favorite is the Cute plaid flannel pinafore/jumper, red, black and white, with Scotty dog on front, size 2T, Healthtex...and this is definitely what I would pick if i get lucky :)

    katch05 at gmail dot com

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  11. You have a fantastic shop and the cutest little girls! I adore that vintage Rodeo cowboy shirt- I think it will fit my little boy Spencer!

    Kim
    Bondplace Vintage

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  12. Thanks for the Giveaway!

    Shop added to Etsy favorites.
    Rodeo shirt added to Etsy favorites!

    Kim
    Bondplace Vintage

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  13. I favorited LaDiDottie on etsy (oksana2372)

    Thank you for the chance!

    ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. I adore and hearted Cozy knitted mittens and matching scarf, light blue with white reindeer, vintage (oksana2372)

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/83879441/sale-cozy-knitted-mittens-and-matching

    (@oksana2372)

    ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. Tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/#!/oksana2372/status/168014917113348096

    (@oksana2372)

    ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. Following @Laladidottie on Twitter!

    (@oksana2372)

    ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. I love your shop, and you and your girls are adorable!!

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  18. Hi! I fave favorited your shop :) My fav is Cherry red pinafore jumper with flutter cap sleeve. This dress is cutest I´ve ever seen! :)

    Nenna
    minuhno@gmail.com

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  19. two piece purple ruffle cardigan and pleated skirt set is adorable!

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  20. You have so many gorgeous pieces! I'd love to win. :)

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  21. I favorited her etsy shop (DemurePrincess)

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I adore the white vintage baby girl snapup sleeper with colorful hearts

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Thanks for the giveaway!
    skklemm at gmail dot com

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  24. Favorited LaDiDottie on etsy! skjohnson11
    skklemm at gmail dot com

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  25. My fav is the childrens hand knit cardigan sweater, vintage, cream with navy and light blue, cute cardigan
    skklemm at gmail dot com

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  26. tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/momtoemmett/status/168889922453913601
    skklemm at gmail dot com

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  27. Follow @Laladidottie on Twitter! @momtoemmett
    skklemm at gmail dot com

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  28. Favourited LaDiDottie as ButterfliesSky

    kiss_shani(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  29. This would be my favourite piece: http://www.etsy.com/listing/85279317/plaid-hooded-rose-shirt-black-and-white

    kiss_shani(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  30. LOVE the shades!
    swak50 at hotmail dot com

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  31. This is my favourite item!
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/90712439/cute-pinafore-apron-girls-top-size-3
    swak50 at hotmail dot com

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  32. I favourited LaDiDottie's Etsy shop (Journeysof TheZoo). swak50 at hotmail dot com

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  33. I'd love a chance to win please. There are some lovely things in your shop. What a pity wearing hand knits is uncommon these days.
    wendyhatton@yahoo.com.au

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  34. I have added the shop to my etsy favourites etsy- rosewendy)
    wendyhatton@yahoo.com.au

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  35. I have hearted two little cardigans as my favourites in the shop- the purple ruffle cardigan (and skirt set) and the cute pink cabled owls.
    (etsy- rosewendy)
    wendyhatton@yahoo.com.au

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  36. Great interview! It sounds so much like me--do what you can in five minutes in between mom chores and playdates :)

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  37. fantastic giveaway! susand1408(at)googlemail(dot)com

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  38. tweeted about https://twitter.com/#!/susand1408/status/169060647802384385
    susand1408(at)googlemail(dot)com

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  39. following on twitter susand1408(at)googlemail(dot)com

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  40. i ADORE your shop & style!! i have my fingers crossed!! awiegman at gmail dot com

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  41. OMGosh, I love the Cute vintage girls toddler two piece purple ruffle cardigan and pleated skirt set!
    MoniqueHasana@hotmail.com

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  42. I am loving you on Etsy as Artthroughmyeyes, loving you

    Moniquehasana@hotmail.com

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  43. I am following you on Twitter as Jesusismygrace
    moniquehasana@hotmail.com

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  44. i hearted the shop on etsy! butler83
    thanks!

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  45. I love this mitten and scarf set -
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/83879441/sale-cozy-knitted-mittens-and-matching

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  46. Ooh, love the blue hoodie! Thanks for the chance to win.
    marginaliana [at] hotmail [dot] com

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  47. Oh! I'd love to win! My kids would love these!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  48. I love LOVE LaDiDottie and Kari!! She always has the best photos to pull from for Treasuries ;) Such adorable kiddos (and adorable names!)

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  49. Her shop has always been one of my favorites (already favorited ...)

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  50. And I am now following on Twitter.

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  51. I favourited (and damn, are those threads divine)

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  52. and my favourite item is the floral patchwork dress!

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  53. I prefer lovely pink hand knit cardigan with grey geese, fair isle, size 3-4 girls
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/92914061/lovely-pink-hand-knit-cardigan-with-grey
    lusizova at gmail.com

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  54. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/#!/Ludmilochka/status/169734497389121536
    lusizova at gmail.com

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  55. thanks for this giveaway!
    gkuroda(at)hawaii.edu

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  56. You have a great shop!
    gshimokawa(at)highplains.us

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  57. Ack! So many cute items! I really like the Girls patchwork floral dress, long, with sheer sleeves, lace and flutter cap sleeve detailing, like gunne sax, renaissance look. ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

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  58. So adorable! Would love it. Thanks! nicwillwin@aol.com

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  59. Follow you on twitter @Nicole102172

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  60. Lovely giveaway! I liked the owl sweater - very cute

    nehsarang at yahoo dot com

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  61. I really liked the floral patchwork dress - my daughter would look adorable in it

    nehsarang at yahoo dot com

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