Monday, May 21, 2012

Member Interview and Giveaway: Peppermint and Cocoa


Shop: Peppermint and Cocoa www.etsy.com/shop/peppermintandcocoa
Name: Lori Janis

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

Lori: I'm that girl, were it possible to have blue birds (gracefully) fly about you as you went on your daily routine, I would. I have a  dashing husband (Joel), an incredibly supportive family, and a faithful cat, Pemberley. My shop is called Peppermint and Cocoa and I actually stumbled upon collecting vintage childrens clothes one day thrifting with my now husband, then (very new) boyfriend. I found two amazing little girls outfits and just had to have them. I remember saying aloud I would save them for my one day daughter. Looking back now, probably in the Top Ten things not to do or say when with a new boyfriend! Thankfully though it didn't scare him away! I slowly began collecting a rolling rack full of adorable, hip vintage clothes for kiddos. I then needed an outlet to share them and thanks to etsy I now have Peppermint and Cocoa.


VKC: Why are you drawn to vintage?

Lori: My personal style has always drawn from characters such as Ann Marie from That Girl and Mary Richards from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. My mom introduced me to those iconic shows way back and I'm forever grateful. I also have three dresses from my late Grandmother (Ella Mae) which she wore in the early 40's and 50's. There's something whimsical about wearing an article of clothing that was once worn, way before you came along.  I like knowing a person has zipped the zipper or tied the bow and they too had dreams, failures, favorites etc.  You get to continue a story, by writing a new chapter.


VKC: Where do you find your treasures?

Lori: Long forgotten chests, magical wardrobes and Chloe's Closet.



VKC: What is your process when creating/working?

Lori: I usually set out for the day with a made up child in mind, for instance I've always drawn creatively from the TV show Pushing Daisies, so I might think if Ned and Chuck had a little girl what would she wear?



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

Lori: I'm a full time nanny as well as an inspiring childrens book writer, when I'm not doing any of the above I love to collect vintage Pyrex, like I actually dream of mixing bowls. My husband and I have also started a little venture of restoring old furniture and reselling it. We love to sand, paint and bring to life older mid century modern pieces while listening to Carole King and Bob Dylan on vinyl.
 

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

Lori: That is so hard! I sincerely love all the items but if I had to choose I would say my quilted pattern jumpsuit with lace trim is a must have. That was found when putting together a closet for the "child" of  Rhoda (Valerie Harpers spin off from The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and Joe Gerard.

 

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

Lori: I would like to give a $15 credit + free shipping to one special winner.
As well as offer 20% off  one item to new and old customers. Starting now until May 27th (my 29th Birthday)
Coupon Code MINT20 (please use only for one item). 


Thanks so much, Lori!


If you'd like to enter to win a coupon code from Peppermint and Cocoa, please leave a comment below.



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


1. Favorite Peppermint and Cocoa on etsy!
2. Follow Peppermint and Cocoa's pinterest boards! 


This giveaway will be open until Monday, May 28, and a winner will be selected randomly. Good luck!



65 comments:

  1. I loved reading your interview, Lori! And your shop is amazing, of course. :)

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  2. Adorable items!
    Hialissa@gmail.com

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  3. I favorited the shop :)
    Hialissa@gmail.com

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  4. So cute! Love, love, love your shop Lori! Wish I could hire you as my personal shopper for my girls. :) (well... maybe for me too!)

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  5. Lori, I adore your shop name. My all time favorite taste combo. Makes me feel warm and cozy! Your shop is full of fab goodies. I would have a hard time choosing if I won!

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  6. Already favorited your shop on Etsy!

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  7. Fun interview! I've always wanted to write children's books!

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  8. and I just have to say, fantastic interview! My husband and I really appreciate listening to sweet old tunes on vinyl as well :) so much fun...

    Kari
    LaDiDottie

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  9. What a fabulous interview!

    ~Holly
    ToysOfThePast

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  10. i loooove your shop!!! love it! i almost bought those patchwork overalls for tova.

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  11. love the interview Lori! and I just had the pleasure of recently ordering and receiving an AMAZING retro kitchen set for Scarlett... which she ADORES!!! She plays with the set everyday, and I am more than thrilled with the purchase... favorited your shop and adore your items, thank you!!

    ~Karrie

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  12. Thank you guys for the sweet and positive comments :) So happy to be a part of this team with such kind and creative folks!!

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  13. Wonderful interview and giveaway! I love so many of your goodies but that little child's kettle and 1970's apron are amazing!

    Kim
    Bondplace Vintage

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  14. Already favorited your shop on Etsy, and just faved the apron!!!!
    (The Fisher price kettle is from A Pear's Vintage Goodies..my mistake- sorry!)
    Kim- Bondplace

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  15. I love vintage. I am so excited about this giveaway. I will get something for my niece!!
    yanuzo at hotmail dot com

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  16. i heart your shop on etsy
    yanuzo at hotmail dot com

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  17. i follow you on pintrest
    yanuzo at hotmail dot com

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  18. I love love the Vintage Baby's Quilt 1970's

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  19. I follow all pinterest boards.
    burkhart.nadine AT yahoo DOT com

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  20. I Favorited your etsy shop. I LOVE The vintage clothes and toys!
    burkhart.nadine AT yahoo DOT com

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  21. thanks for this giveaway
    gkuroda(at)gmail.com

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  22. hearted you on etsy
    gkuroda(at)gmail.com

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  23. favorited , belensmama at gmail dot com

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  24. following on pinterest , belensmama at gmail dot com

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  25. Great interview and shop!!

    Katie

    katiesandrews at yahoo dot com

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  26. I would LOVE the chance to win! Thank you!!!



    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  27. favorited her shop on etsy!

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  28. What a fantastic shop! A whole selection of vintage paper goods?!? Yes, please!

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  29. I favorited on Etsy (lizburlas)

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  30. Christine-BabyTweedsMay 23, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Fabulous interview and amazing shop as well!

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  31. Such cute stuff! Thanks for the chance to win :)

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  32. hearted the shop on etsy - username bokononist

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  33. following on pinterest as Marija Majerle

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  34. Hope I win!

    BeckyMarie621 at gmail dot com

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  35. <3 on Etsy

    beckymarie621 at gmail dot com

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  36. I've favourited Peppermint and Cocoa on Etsy under Rebecca Morgan. I love love love the yellow smocked dress, so cute!
    rebecca.morgan268 at gmail dot com

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  37. Hope i win! :))

    Favorited on etsy and followed via pinterest :)

    minuhno@gmail.com

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  38. I looked at every current item there are some really cute things. I felt like I was going down memory lane.
    Awesome
    Ladyblueeyez1960 at aol dot com

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  39. Hello, from a fellow vintage seller! Great interview!

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  40. Heck ya enter me in! ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

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  41. Great interview and amazing shop!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

    megnate at telus dot net

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  42. I heart Peppermint and Cocoa on etsy (id: megnate)

    megnate at telus dot net

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  43. I follow Peppermint and Cocoa on Pinterest (same name)

    megnate at telus dot net

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  44. Adorable clothes!

    cabootique[at]live[dot]com

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  45. Great interview, and such cute clothes! Thanks for the giveaway!

    ahazraDOT88ATgmailDOTCOM

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  46. I hope to win!
    Added etsy as fave
    (Ludmilochka)
    Follow this blog via gfc-Lyudmila
    lusizova at gmail.com

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  48. I added as a favorite on Etsy-
    kelasaurus@gmail.com

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  49. You have a great collection of items. So fun and playful

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  50. I too have the urge to collect vintage girl clothes, even before my "mommy" days! I really enjoy your interview Lory!

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  51. Favorite Peppermint and Cocoa on etsy!

    babalisme at yahoo dot com

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  52. Follow Peppermint and Cocoa's pinterest boards!

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  53. Favourited on etsy as ButterfliesSky

    kiss_shani(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  54. fav on etsy the fisher price house, I use to have a lot of fisher price toys
    :)

    sieteinvitaciones@ gmail.com

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  55. great interview :)

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  56. I would love to win!!! melkev100@comcast.net

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