This past year has been an incredible journey of creativity for me.  Etsy has opened doors all over the world for my creations to be sold.  It has also exposed my items to so many retailers that would never had seen my work.  Etsy has also opened my eyes to so many incredible artists of every kind.  My home is so full of handmade now because I rarely have a need to go anywhere else (except Anthropologie…I can't help myself).   I think people are getting tired of the same thing in every store and are really embracing the handmade movement

I would like to introduce you to one of the Etsy artisans that I enjoy so much. 


 Michelle is the owner of Petit Coterie.  She makes beautiful pillows out of natural fibers.  Her pillows are original, beautiful, well made and at a price that you can buy a bunch (I have) and place them all over your home.  Seriously, I have seen pillows similar to Michelle's for three times her amount!


I hope you enjoy my interview with Michelle.  She has so graciously offered to giveaway one of her ampersand or No. 12 pillows.  Leave a comment and you will be entered in the drawing.  The comments will close on Wednesday evening at 8pm.

Michelle also has a blog so you can follow all her new creations.




Could you tell us about your shop and what you create?

I opened my Etsy shop in November of 2008, really as a whim. I had several friends encouraging me to put some of my designs on Etsy just to see how they would go.  I really didn't do much with my shop until after the first of the year, then I started to add my burlap pillows and they started to sell. It was very exciting to know there were others who liked the European/Scandinavian styles.

Do you have any new items that will be coming out soon? 

Yes, and I’m really excited about some of the fabrics and styles that I’m working with. I love white, the slouchy comfortable white, so I will be adding large white pillows with great graphics. Since I am such a fan of grain sacks, I will be adding more styles that  have the old European feel and these will be made out of actual vintage grain sacks. I also have been working on ottomans that have that comfortable simplistic look. They will be done in the burlap, feed sacks and of course the white fabric.

I know that many people that read my blog own small businesses. Do you offer wholesale terms? 

Much to my surprise I have had so many stores across the country that have seen my items on Etsy and my wholesale business has really taken off.  I really try to keep it very simple for small stores who want to try out a few items and not have to commit to large quantities.

Where do you find inspiration? 

I think my inspiration comes from fabric. I can’t even begin to tell you how much fabric I have. Some women buy shoes, I buy fabric.  I love French sayings so I continually come up with little sayings that would work well on pillows. My love for the Scandinavian look with simplistic styling sets the tone for my ideas.  I decided right after I made my first burlap pillow that I would add a little signature or brand to each item that I make, so each piece comes with a little saint metal attached to the corner. To me, it’s like sending a little blessing to each customer.

How do you balance family and your career? 

I can’t even remember when I was not in business for myself. I have learned over the years to always set priorities, my number one priority is of course my family. I really do set a schedule for each day, just as I would if I worked away from my home. My greatest luxury is I can work in my pajamas with no make-up. Down side is, I always seem to have burlap threads all over me.

Thank you so much Michelle for your interview and offering one of your gorgeous pillows to one of my lucky readers!