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“Hi, my name is Darleen! I have 3 children and 2 granddaughters. I was raised in Colorado, and love to fish and camp. My passion has always been about COLOR! I wear color and my house lives and breathes color. Following a close second behind color, is SPARKLE! I love beautiful, bright, shiney, glittery touches. Mix these two elements together, and I am done!”
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What got you interested in crafting?
I took a 3 day class learning to make handwoven baskets and I was hooked, that was over 25 years ago. I did craft fairs and art shows with my baskets. From there I went to doing flowers for parties, weddings and events. I have always enjoyed making wreaths the most. There are endless ideas for displaying and decorating with them.
What has been your favorite project to make and why?
By far the wreaths where I am asked to create from my customer’s souvenirs or “memories”. I love creating a one of a kind wreath from items that customers send me. More than anything, I am humbled that they trust me to handle their memories. For instance, this year Chirstmas (2011) a lady asked me to create a wreath for her to hang at Christmas. Her mother passed away the previous Christmas and had a wonderful angel ornament collection. She sent me 3 beautiful vintage angel ornaments from her mother’s collection. It truly was a moving experience to touch these, to be trusted to take care of them and to be given free creative design of the wreath.
After that I enjoy making the Disney wreaths. They are alot of fun. I love it when customer’s send me their Disney trip items to make a wreath. Their Mickey Hat, pressed penny, picture of them with their favorite character, confetti from the parade, popped balloon, ticket to get into the park, airline ticket, room key, it is like opening a present!
What’s the secret behind your etsy name?
The reason I choose this name, is that I use to be a wedding planner. Everyone tells me that I have a sparkling personality and it goes with my sparkle eyeliner. The Vienna comes from the town I live in. When I was trying to think of a name for my wedding planning business, I was stumped. I talked to my sister and without missing a beat, she said Vienna Sparkle. I liked the name and it is easy to remember. The city of Vienna is known for their exceptional theater, opera, classical music and fine arts.
If you could open up a shop in your town what would you call it and what would it be like?
Oh wow, that is hard. My mind is swirling with ideas! Past, Present and Themed Wreaths, Sparkle and Color Wreaths. My shop would be filled with alot of color and sparkle! I love those two elements. Every inch of wall would be covered with wreaths of all colors, designs and sparkle. It would be a warm and inviting environment. Someplace that would set a spark inside the person looking at them.
What is the most challenging thing you have made?
I made a Christmas Wreath that was over 4 feet in diameter. It was hung over a huge fireplace mantle. I had to make the wreath as light as possible and yet it had to be able to be used for years to come. It was too large to ship (expense wise), so I delivered the wreath in person. It was a 13 hour round trip delivery.
What are some of your goals you hope to achieve within the next year?
I want to make more treasured memory wreaths for people. I feel so fulfilled when they write me and tell me that the wreath was more than they could imagine. I want increase the inventory in my store. More than anything I want people to know who I am, what I can do and that they have a way to preserve/display their memories in different way.
What inspires you to be crafty?
My customers! They are so grateful and are more impressed with their wreath in person. I feel so good, when I gave my customers more than they envisioned.
What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?
My detail. My design. My use of color and how I balance those colors. I treat each wreath as if it were to be hung in my home and make sure that nothing is overlooked.
If you could have one thing to help your store what would it be?
A robot that could take my pictures, edit them, post my descriptions, do my tags and pricing! I want to keep making wreaths non-stop.
Want to read more about ViennaSparkle? Check out this link! She’s on page 26-34 about her Memory Wreaths!
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