There are some people who have a
certain je ne sais quoi...everything
they touch will glow with a pure
sense of style and signature.
Mireio is such a place where delightful
things are created. Your soul just feels
happy looking at all the beautiful colors
and designs...from handmade candles,
delightfully scented sachets, and the
cutest handmade fabric acorns filled
It's a wonderful place to find
beautiful and luxurious gifts for
someone special or treat yourself
to a little bliss for being good.
Any reason is a good reason
to bring some Mireio home.
The creative, sweet, and talented person
behind this fabulous shop is name Wende.
We'd met on Twitter and became instant
friends over our love of all things chocolate.
...and of course I became a fan of Wende's
gorgeous shop. I would check out her
new listings and daydream about all those
lovely floral pillows and scented candles.
I could only imagine how heavenly her
studio would smell like from all of these
wonderful creations. It's probably like
living in a zen garden filled with lotus
flowers, bees, and hummingbirds.
A part of me thought that Wende could be related
to Martha Stewart...and I'm sure if we did a
genealogy test, they might be distant cousins. :)
I wanted to know more about this creative
lady and her special warm spirit. So I
interviewed Wende to find out a little bit
more about her and her lovely Etsy shop.
1. When did you start creating or felt
inspired to do so?
I've been creating most of my life. But
I started Mireio a few years back out
of my complete love of vintage. I found
I was buying more and more fabric and
really wanted to MAKE. Before I knew
it, I was creating items for friends and
my home and one thing led to another.
2. How do you start your designs or what
sparks your artistic ideas?
I find inspiration just about everywhere
I look! For decor items, everything starts
with fabric. A vintage textile will pretty
much tell you what it wants to be. With
candles, I create fragrances based on
experiences and scent memories---I think
we all have "smells" that take us places,
and I work to create candles that are
evocative. And I look at each vintage
glass and decide what fragrance would
3. What do you love about creating things
with your own hands?
There is something about that, right? I love
knowing that I made something beautiful.
And then when someone buys that item
and loves it, it's an utter joy to know
something I created is making their
home/life more enjoyable. Such a thrill!
4. People love seeing other artist's studio
space...Do you have a picture or
description of your "creative space"?
This makes me laugh--I have this adorable
house on the Coast of Oregon. It's really
something special, you'd think my studio
would be too! But my family jokes that my
studio is where furniture goes to die. It's an
utter mismatch of items. I'm ever the recycler,
so I'm always finding ways to reuse items we
no longer want in other spaces. Plus, it's
functional. And you can't beat that!
5. What learning lessons do you have to share
with other artists?
Be true to yourself. Lots of people will tell
you, "if you just did this..." But I find it's
best to follow my own muse. I trust that!
My husband and child are always saying,
"Oh, that's so MIREIO!" And it's equally
important to know what's not you. Be
yourself, because YOU'RE PERFECT
just the way you are!
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It is with great honor for me to host
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Thank you so much for your lovely comments
and entries! Have a beautiful day...xoxo