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Meet Nicole from Chicago Fine Threads & Enter to Win a Free Zippered Case Set

Happy Friday all! Today I am excited to introduce you to Nicole Helsing from Chicago Fine Threads. Learn more about Nicole and her amazing products below, PLUS, find out how you can enter to win a fabulous woodland floral zippered case set.

Can you sum yourself up in 3 sentences? Give it a go!
I founded Chicago Fine Threads in 2007 after choosing to depart the corporate world. Picking vegetables from our garden, inviting friends over for dinner parties and exploring new cities with my husband are things that bring me joy. My mantra is that we are all unique individuals, so celebrate your individuality through your creativity; personal style is lost when you look like everyone else.

Black Silk Pleated Clutch – $63

Tell us about what you sell on Etsy:
Chicago Fine Threads handbags has two shops on Etsy. Chicago Fine Threads Luxe handbags focus on special occasion, wedding and one-of-a-kind clutch purses. Chicago Fine Threads Studio encompass’ the everyday sporty handbag because every woman likes to look great for their next adventure.

What is your favorite thing about creating?
Creating a new style of handbag from an idea rewards me with pride and happiness. Seeing the idea come to reality a completed design, makes me super excited to share it with fashion conscious women everywhere.

Where do you find your inspiration?
I love to travel. Traveling removes me from my comfort zone and everyday elements. You open yourself to new ideas, new visions and new connections. Whether hiking or sitting at a café people watching, the colors and textures of my surroundings inspire my next designs.

Cream Chocolate Clutch – $50

Do you have any selling tips or tricks for other handmade sellers?
Chicago Fine Threads handbags opened its first shop on Etsy in 2008. Consistency is key. All your photos should be clear, crisp, no distracting backgrounds. Shoppers have a short attention span so keep your descriptions informative without being too wordy. Join a local Etsy group through the forums. I use Etsy as a marketing tool everywhere I go. It is a place where you can showcase your items in an easy to understand format. Many of my sales come from local people I interact with regularly that see my designs in the two Chicago Fine Threads shops. They love that I personally deliver their handbags.

Where else can we find you?
Chicago Fine Threads Website – design your own handbag!
Chicago Fine Threads Luxe Shop
Chicago Fine Threads Studio Shop
Facebook Fan Page
Follow on Twitter

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Nicole is being very generous and offering you all a chance to win one of her fashionable zipper case sets. I’m sure each one of you can think of someone this set would make the perfect gift for. (Or, who are we kidding, you want it for yourself!) You can get your hands on this amazing set for FREE. Check out all of the simple ways you can enter to win below.

Check out all the ways you can win this set below!

1st Entry:
Follow this blog. Leave a comment below saying that you’ve done so (or already do so, since you know are FABULOUS.)
~Required entry before any others can be applied.~

2nd Entry:

Heart ChicagoFnThredsLuxe on Etsy, leaving a comment here afterwards with your Etsy username to let us know.

3rd Entry:
Heart chicagofinethreads on Etsy, leaving a comment here afterwards with your Etsy username to let us know.

4th Entry:
Buy something from either Etsy shop or web site of Nicole’s. Share your choice here!

5th Entry:

Like Chicago Fine Threads on Facebook, letting us know your Facebook name here afterwards.

6th Entry:
Follow Chicago Fine Treads on
Twitter, let us know afterwards with your Twitter ID.

7th Entry:
Blog about this giveaway, leaving us a link to your post afterwards.

8th Entry:
Share this giveaway on Pinterest, leaving us a link to your pin afterwards.

Only the 1st entry is mandatory to enter, you can add as many additional entries up to the 8 as you want to maximize your chances of winning! Your comments do not all need to be separated for each entry as long as it’s clear how many entries you are adding. (Also, make sure it’s easy for me to contact you if you win!) Thank you for entering and thank you Nicole for the great giveaway! You have until midnight Pacific Time on September 12th to enter. Winner will be announced on September 13th. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!


Meet Amber from AtlanticCrossing

Can you sum yourself up in 3 sentences?
I’m a chameleon meaning I can pretty much instantly adjust to any environment or situation you put me in! I’m quirky, I love to laugh, and I love my friends and family to death. I love being overly dramatic for comedy sake, but, in reality, I try to not take things to seriously.

Tell us about what you sell:
I started out making recycled textile jewelry and have now expanded to upcycled and “new” handbags. I’m hoping to expand even more by the end of 2012!

Clutch Handbag Purse – $50

What is your favorite thing about creating?
Textures, fabrics, and colors inspire me. If I’m making an upcycled piece, I never know what it’s going to become until I start cutting/sewing. That’s when the creativity starts flowin’! It’s so fun to watch it transform.

Where do you find your inspiration?
Everyday life. I have 2 different sketchpads, and when an idea hits me, I grad the nearest one and sketch it out. 9 times out of 10 the finished project is completely different then the sketch because I change and edit so much throughout the process.

Envelope Clutch – $50

Do you have any selling tips or tricks for other online sellers?
Be present and active! You are selling yourself when it comes down to it, so promotion is key. Be engaging by showing a bit of your personality with your interaction with your audience.

Where can we find you outside of your shop?

Do you have a coupon code for us?

Use 30PERCENT at checkout on www.acgalleria.com to save!