This week….Meet Jennifer Tam from Turtle Papers!
decor8: Hi there. Thank you for contacting decor8, we really appreciate hearing from our talented readers! Can you tell us a little about yourself. Start with the basics. Your name, business, where you’re based?
Jennifer: I’m Jennifer Tam from Seattle, Washington. Seattle has been my home for the past 15 years. I am the owner and designer of Turtle Papers, an online boutique offering stylish stationery and chic baby gear. Charming zoo animals, origami cranes and delicious cupcakes are just some of the adorable designs that appear on the irresistibly soft, 100% cotton baby gear. With bright, vibrant colors and messages such as ?I?m Fearless,? ?Cutiepie,? and ?I?m Kissable,? these hand-silkscreened onesies and tees are must haves for fashion-forward tots near and far. You’ll just have to check out for yourself!
decor8: When did you get started?
Jennifer: Turtle Papers officially started in May of 2005. Although I started preparing for it since Fall of 2004.
decor8: Where do you draw inspiration from? Do you read a lot of magazines or books, or do you look within?
Jennifer: Beautiful fabrics, patterns…although I love looking through Real Simple, Bust, Ready Made, Communication Arts, etc. Always seem to get inspired by those somehow.
decor8: What is the most difficult hurdle you’ve had to overcome to be a full-time designer?
Jennifer: Brand awareness by far is the most difficult task.
decor8: What goals do you have for your business?
Jennifer: It will be nice to be in Kate’s Paperie or be featured in O Magazine. ;)
decor8: What do you do for fun?
Jennifer: DIY projects and spending time cooking with my husband.
decor8: Out of all the places you’ve seen in your life, where would you live if money were no obstacle? Why?
Jennifer: Hands down Maui!!! That would be nice.
decor8: Quick! Name eight things that you can’t live without.
Jennifer: Google, the internet, cable modem, USPS, lip balm, my computer, water, heat, my car! opps, that’s nine things…
decor8: I’ll give you ten. I’m hoping you just forgot to add your husband… :) What are your favorite websites, magazines, blogs etc?
Jennifer: Real Simple, Bust, Comm Arts, Ready Made, too many to list… theswitchboards.com, decor8blog, design*sponge and paperbride.blogspot.com
decor8: and finally Jennifer, why did you name your company ‘Turtle Papers’? It’s pretty cute!
Jennifer: That seems to be a pretty popular question. I am glad you like it and think that it’s cute. : ) That’s the most important.
decor8: Okay then, we’ll wrap it up there! Love your fresh and sassy line of greeting cards and we wish you the absolute best. Hope to soon see you on Oprah’s favorites! Thank you for your time, we’re happy you shared a little bit of your world with decor8 readers.
(all photos provided by turtle papers)
It’s time to start interviewing designers here on decor8, especially since we’re such huge fans of indie design and the whole DIY movement in general. We’ll feature interviews with shop owners and big name designers someday (fingers crossed), but for now, we’re keeping it real, ya’ll. Hope you enjoy, and please, reach out to me at decor8blog[at]yahoo[dot]com if you’d like to take part in decor8talk. No fee, just fun!
Keep an eye out for the little orange chair and the words ‘decor8talk’…. I’ll be posting an interview with a stationary designer within the hour!
Brent Myers, decor8 reader from Minneapolis, sent in a photo to share with all of us. Inspired by a quilting post from Christine earlier this week, Brent decided it was time to showcase his stylish quilt since so many of us have quilting on the brain. I’ve added some notes from Brent below along with a photo of his ahhh-inspiring block quilt. Tres chic, Brent!
“I’ve been trying for like, three years, to find a quilt or bedspread made of pinstripe fabric or fabric from men’s suits. I couldn’t find what I wanted, so I spent $100 on a sewing machine, $60 on fabric at a discount fabric store here in Minneapolis, and the rest is history. It’s made from men’s wool suiting fabrics, and is backed with a gray cotton so it wouldn’t be itchy, even though wool doesn’t bother me, I had to think of guests.”
“I’m really proud of it. And it is beyond perfect. It reminded me of your modern quilt post. I need to get out of Minneapolis and meet these cool people on the east coast since all of my friends think I am crazy…”
“I am trying to figure out a way to make a quilted pillow sham out of ties to use as an accent.”
I hope this inspires you to pull out your DIY projects currently collecting dust in the back of your closet! C’mon – get those singers on the table and start crankin’ out some goodies for your space, like Brent did. I think he did an excellent job. What are your thoughts?
(photograph taken by Brent Myers)