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Creative Spotlight: Amsie

October 14, 2010

Creative Spotlights are part of the THS dedication to Handmade Christmas 2010. I’m bringing you the goods, showing off the talents of some of my favorite creators!  Just a reminder, there are several different ways to participate, and several different reasons why you should consider joining us for Handmade Christmas 2010.

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Not sure if you are familiar, but there are a few design and style elements that I am crazy about.  A wreath on a door. Glass serving dishes. Ribbons. Bows. Buttons. And without a doubt, a ruffle and a pleat.  Therefore, without a doubt, I’m crazy for Amsie.

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Amy, the designer behind the wonderful classic lines in the Amsie collection, says that her desire to create started at a young age.

“My creativity started churning when I was 9 years old, when my grandmother bought me a mini sewing machine for Christmas. Later on in high school my aunt took me to the fabric store had me pick out a dress pattern and fabric of my choice and she walked me step-by-step through the instructions. I loved every minute of it.”

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Amy’s continued to chase her dreams after high school.

“My mother and I were at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale for a tour of their Fashion Design department. I was in heaven, I begged my mother to allow me to go with tears in my eyes.”

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After receiving her Associates in Fashion Design at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, Amy transferred to the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa, FL to complete a Bachelor’s of Fashion Design and Merchandising.
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Amy continued to harvest creative energy by working towards her dreams. 

“Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, it did. I met several ambitious and talented friends who helped pull together five different fashion shows where we showcased dresses, jackets, tops, jeans, handbags, and swimwear.”

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Her continued success may be credited to Amy’s ability to focus on her strongest design abilities, which lead to great opportunities for her career.

“After designing for the various fashion shows I realized that my niche was swimwear, unique swimwear. A local modeling agency contacted myself and a good friend and asked if we could take custom orders for the swimwear portion of the future models fashion show. We made patterns and sewed tirelessly while also working part-time jobs, finishing school, and completing internships to design about 15 custom swimsuits for two years in a row.”

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After school, Amy took a great position in merchandising and felt her passion slipping away.  After realizing that the only thing she had sewn in several years was one quilt, she started to feel her heart being called back to designing her own pieces. 

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When she found a seemingly empty market, she knew it was her time to start creating again.

“After planning a wedding and not being able to find unique affordable bridesmaids gifts, I realized there was a demand for one-of-a-kind custom boutique style handbags and gifts. So I dusted off the sewing machines and started to create clever giftable items that you would be thrilled to give to someone special, or even to spoil yourself.”

And that’s how Amsie was born.

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I must admit, I am crazy for Amy’s designs!  I wouldn’t mind spoiling myself with a gorgeous clutch for a special occasion, or even an everyday occasion  😉

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Amy designs more than just clutches, too. You can find other accessories in her shop, including broaches, clips, and pins as well!  I just love these beautiful hair pins!

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SPECIAL TREAT: From now until December 1st, THS readers can receive 10% off their order at Amsie by using the coupon code "THSten" in the notes to seller section.

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EXTRA SPECIAL TREAT: Amy has offered to giveaway her most popular item, the JJ Clutch to a very lucky THS reader!  [I am completely jealous of this giveaway, by the way. So if you win, and then you want to send it to me, that’s fine. I’ll gladly accept. Sorry, I’m not sorry.]

To enter this giveaway, visit Amsie’s etsy store and share which item is your favorite in the comments section!  You have until Tuesday, October 19th, 12:00 PM eastern time to enter.  You know you want to……

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34 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2010 7:27 pm

    Ooooh I am with you girl. Wreaths on doors. Check, me too. Glass serving dishes. Of course. Ribbons, bows, ruffles, pleats. Yes, yes, yes, yes please.

    I love LOVE love the bag that Amsie is giving away but I also love the Black and White Damask. Adorable shop!!

  2. October 14, 2010 7:34 pm

    Um, can I say I want them all?!
    I love the first two- the Dani? in blue or pink, not picky!

  3. October 14, 2010 7:34 pm

    Ahh, this is the best giveaway ever!!
    I absolutely love “The Dani – Caribbean Blue Flower Bunch Clutch” – gorgeous!! 🙂

  4. October 14, 2010 7:46 pm

    love the JJ silver silk one!!!

  5. October 14, 2010 7:57 pm

    I want the JJ in the color scheme shown in your first photo! SO adorable! 🙂

  6. October 14, 2010 8:35 pm

    UM i want them all. But I can’t decide between the Dani or the JJ. Can I have them both?

  7. October 14, 2010 8:39 pm

    Wow, I love those clutches! I think my favorite is the JJ Silver Silk Dupioni Clutch with the flower brooch. These would make great gifts, too! (I know I’d be SO happy to get one myself!) 😉

  8. October 14, 2010 8:42 pm

    you actually want me to pick a favourite [that’s favourite with a u because I’m Canadian]?!?! pretty darn close to impossible, Heather. I think I would actually choose the JJ clutch if I HAD to pick though. which means that it would be extra nice if I won!

    also, I love your creative spotlights. they give me a chance to hear about artists that I would never experience otherwise! thank you so much!

  9. October 14, 2010 8:51 pm

    The JJ – Lemon Gold Zinger!!!! I’m in LOVE.

  10. Joy permalink
    October 14, 2010 9:40 pm

    The black and white damask clutch is SO cute.

  11. October 15, 2010 12:26 am

    I really like the Dani – Lemon Gold Zinger. 🙂

  12. Ibu permalink
    October 15, 2010 2:30 am

    The Dani – Lemon Gold Zinger Flower Bunch Clutch is my favorite! This is the link http://www.etsy.com/listing/50977679/the-dani-lemon-gold-zinger-flower-bunch

  13. October 15, 2010 7:52 am

    I love the orchid hair clip!

  14. October 15, 2010 7:55 am

    I like these, so pretty. But my favorite is the Charming Soft Pink.

  15. October 15, 2010 8:00 am

    Oh my GOSH. Pick one?? What if I picked one in each category? I love the orchid hairclip; too too cute.
    I guess my absolute favorite favorite is this: The JJ – Silver Silk Dupioni Clutch with Removable Flower Brooch. Stunning.

  16. October 15, 2010 8:03 am

    I love the JJ Elegant Navy Silk one! It’s just so…elegant! 🙂

  17. Nicki permalink
    October 15, 2010 8:06 am

    I am with Sarah! I love the orchid hair clip!!! Makes me wish I hadn’t cut my hair with so many layers.

  18. October 15, 2010 8:24 am

    I love the JJ Elegant Navy Silk one too! It would work for everything!!

  19. October 15, 2010 8:54 am

    I absolutely ADORE the JJ Lemon Ginger w/ the pink flower! What wonderful bags! (And an amazing giveaway if you ask me!)

  20. Aimee S permalink
    October 15, 2010 11:36 am

    Pick one? Oh I love all the hair clips, the orchid is adorable!!!

  21. October 15, 2010 11:49 am

    Ive been loving navy lately so I think my favorite clutch is the: Charming Navy Silk Dupioni Clutch with Removable Flower Pin … plus you can remove the flower pin and wear it as a brooch! Who doesn’t llove that!

  22. October 15, 2010 12:13 pm

    I like the JJ clutch, but I might like the Dani better. Probably in part due to the name 🙂

  23. tina miranda permalink
    October 16, 2010 5:11 am

    I am in LOVE with the JJ – Lemon Zinger Pleated Silk Dupioni Clutch with Removable Pink Flower… omg!

  24. Sarah permalink
    October 16, 2010 6:47 am

    So cute!! I love the silver JJ and also the red polka dot clutch.

  25. October 16, 2010 7:52 am

    I am in love with the black and white damask clutch with fuscia lining- SOOOO CUTE!!!!!!

  26. Cara permalink
    October 16, 2010 8:26 am

    Definitely the JJ clutch. Would be perfect at my wedding!

  27. October 16, 2010 7:54 pm

    I love the JJ silver silk one! They are all beautiful, great shop!!

  28. October 16, 2010 9:52 pm

    oooh the JJ silver sick one!!!!!!!!!! these are gorgeous!

  29. October 16, 2010 10:05 pm

    I love the navy blue JJ bag! and congrats on the 5 miles today!

  30. October 16, 2010 10:29 pm

    I love the Dani in Carribean Blue.

  31. Andrea permalink
    October 17, 2010 8:58 pm

    The blue flower ring is really cool!

  32. October 17, 2010 9:38 pm

    I love the JJ in silver silk dupioni. That is a perfect handbag that can go with any dress!

  33. Megan permalink
    October 18, 2010 6:38 pm

    I love the navy blue clutch!

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