Get ready for cuteness overload because today you’ll meet darling Melanie, the quirky mind behind Femme De Bloom! This Psychology Doctoral student spends a lot of her time designing and creating unique accessories. Her handmade designs range from polka-dotted earrings to flower crown headbands.
Melanie takes custom orders as well. If you can think it, she can make it. So whether you’re a retro, vintage-loving gal like me, a Disney junkie or a sports fan, Femme De Bloom is the place to go! This Etsy shop is chock-full of options. Oh! And Melanie also makes custom plugs for you modified beauties. Doesn’t matter what gauge size you need. I think I learned about the Etsy shop through Instagram. I purchased the Snow White inspired earring set and the Betty Button set. Shipping was way fast, considering I don’t live in the continental US.
Now let’s get to know the cute crafter, Melanie.
When did you start Femme De Bloom and why?
I started FemmeDeBloom exactly a year ago (November 4, 2013!). It started with an idea I had to sell some Minnie and Mickey inspired ornaments I had created for friends and family the year before. After seeing how much my friends loved them, I thought I would give it a try to start a shop, list them, and see how it went. To my surprise, I ended up selling over 500 ornaments last year! I had so much fun making the ornaments and connecting with customers that I wanted to continue the shop beyond the holidays. That is when I started looking into making jewelry and accessories and the ideas just kept flowing from there! I chose the name FemmeDeBloom because it’s a crossover between English and French (my two favorite languages) and it means “Woman in Bloom.” As a woman, I aspire to grow and expand my knowledge and experience of the world on a daily basis! So in a sense, I always consider myself a “woman in bloom.”
Have you always been a crafty person? If not, at what age did you start crafting?
I was taught to be a crafty person at a very young age by my beautiful, wonderful mother, who is also my best friend. My first memory of crafting was painting shirts and sneakers with puffy paint with my mom. We would have “Mom and Mel” days where we would go to the craft store and get supplies and spend the whole day making things! I’ll admit though, some of the things I painted on my shirts and shoes were ridiculous. One of my favorites is a pair of sneakers that I drew a dozen hammerhead sharks on. To this day it’s an inside joke between me and mom and I have absolutely NO idea why I chose to draw hammerhead sharks, ha ha! So the answer is, yes, I’ve definitely always been a crafty person and I have my mom to thank for that!
Out of all your Femme De Bloom pieces, which one is your favorite and why?
This is a tough question! I truly love every single piece I’ve made for the shop, including customs. However, I think it is a tie between the Princess Belle inspired necklace/earring set (because she’s my favorite Disney princess) and the “Pink Tea Party” fabric earring set because it combines polka dots, pink, and floral print which are all my favorites!
What is the most challenging part of hand making cute accessories?
I definitely think the most challenging part for me is making mistakes. People who know me have to remind me to stop over-analyzing my designs because I always want everything to look and present itself perfectly! Especially with the clay work, I have had to learn to cut myself some slack when I make a mistake (like when I burned an entire batch of clay Minnie donuts in the oven!) and not beat myself up over it!
Have you had any funny or scary incidents while getting crafty?
Yes, and Yes! As far as funny, I often have pieces of glue or paint stuck in my hair, on my clothes, or on my arms and hands and people are always pointing it out thinking I have a bruise or dandruff in my hair with the white paint (embarrassing!!!). But that’s the sacrifice I make for FemmeDeBloom!! 🙂 And as far as scary, I’ve burned myself several times pretty badly with glue gun glue and an iron and it’s pretty painful!
Do you believe accessories really pull an outfit together?
Absolutely! I don’t leave the house without some type of accessory! I think that accessories are a great, cost-effective way to spruce up an outfit! Sometimes buying or making a new accessory has helped me revamp some articles of clothing that I haven’t worn in years. It’s also super fun to coordinate outfits with specific accessories, which I do the most when I visit Disneyland or I’m dressing for a holiday, hence the reason I tend to go overboard with themes in my shop and with giveaways!
What is your go to accessory?
Hmm…this one is another tough one! I seriously love all accessories, but on a daily basis I would have to say that it’s either earrings or necklaces. But headbands and bows are also great for bad or lazy hair days!
What does a day in your shoes look like?
A day in my shoes honestly depends on the day of the week! During the week, I am also a clinical psychology doctoral student, a tutor, an intern, and I occasionally teach undergraduate psychology courses, so it very much depends! During the week I am mostly fulfilling those roles and shipping out orders and on the weekends I spend time with my boyfriend, friends and family and do the most crafting!
“You can always tell what kind of a person a man really thinks you are by the earrings he gives you.” – Audrey Hepburn. Do you think this is true and why?
Ooo, I haven’t heard this quote from her before and I love it! Audrey is one of the greats! I definitely think this is true because if a man knows you, he will get you earrings (or any jewelry for that matter) that reflects your personal style. If he gets it right, then he’s a keeper because he has taken the time to observe who you are and what your personal style is!
What inspires you?
Inspiration is such a wonderful thing, and I’ll have to say that I get inspiration from everyone and everything that I can. I am inspired by my loved ones and people that are a positive influence in my life. However, I am also inspired by so many of the other crafters I’ve met on Instagram AND my customers! Some of the most popular pieces in the shop were inspired by custom orders! I am also inspired by Disney movies (obviously) and the things I love! Every single piece in my shop is a reflection of something I love and my own personal style. As you can see, if you go through the shop, it’s a bit random because I love so many different types of characters and styles. But I created this shop so that I can make people happy with what I love and hopefully what they love also!
What is your definition of true beauty?
To me, true beauty is a person being their authentic self and not apologizing for it. We have so much pressure in society to fit in and to follow certain rules and regulations regarding our actions and our outward appearance. I think that it takes courage and represents true beauty when a person is comfortable in their own skin, has taken the time to figure out who they are, and isn’t afraid to BE it! I also think true beauty encompasses vulnerability, openness, and a non-judgmental spirit.
Melanie loves doing giveaways and she’s going to do one for you guys! Stay tuned for rules on how to enter.