Giveaway: Untamed Petals

>> Monday, August 17, 2009

We have an incredibly talented friend that we want to introduce you to.
Her name is Amanda and she is the owner and talent behind
Untamed Petals.
Amanda has made an amazing piece for Frenchie & Flea to give away to one of our readers!
All of the images below are images of the piece you could win...we'll get to that in a minute though...
first, lets get to know Amanda and Untamed Petals!
What gave you the idea to start Untamed Petals?

I have always loved to sew. It is such a therapeutic escape for me when life gets stressful. So when my job at Spike TV became more stressful than ever I started making a ton of headbands, flowers and halos for fun in my free time. I never really thought I would sell them but my best friend Lauren (of the amazing LoBoheme) loved ETSY and she along with some of my other friends (ahem Emily) encouraged me to start up my little shop.

What, if anything, stressed you out the most about starting a business?

For me, the most stressful aspect is time management. I have a very demanding full time job that requires me to travel quite a bit so it can really make it difficult to focus on making new items which in turn slows the progress of your shop. But, I have learned to set goals and expectations for myself and my store that are realistic (which can be difficult when you’re an impatient perfectionist like I am).

What are your absolute favorite materials to use?

I am a glamour girl at heart. All my friends know me for always loving anything that sparkles which is why I absolutely love rhinestone and beaded trims. They are so intricate and come in the most amazing patterns. I think they are perfect for any special occasion. The trimming store I go to has a 15 foot wall covered with different trims so look out for some new amazing styles in the future!

Where do you gather ideas and inspiration for your products?

In edition to my love for rhinestone and beaded trims I also love how romantic silk chiffon flowers and petals look. I find inspiration when I am walking down the streets of New York, looking in store windows, magazines and old movies. The 1920’s and ‘30s era is full of inspiration with their decadent hats and gowns.

What's your favorite part of the creative process?

When I get an idea in my head and just run with it. I can stay up until 3am sometimes if I know I am going to finish something amazing. The adrenaline just keeps me going! For those of you who know me you know this is a big deal since I am such a grandma when it comes to bed time.

How do you find inspiration when you're in a rut?

I just walk into my trimming store and the ideas start flowing. Great materials always bring inspiration to me since there are so many possibilities!

What has been the most fulfilling aspect of your ETSY shop?

I absolutely love that I get to make headbands and flowers for Brides to wear on one of the most important days of their life! It is such a great feeling and I hope that the hair pieces I make for them will be passed on for generations.

What is your favorite ETSY tip for those who are just starting out or want to start a shop?

I wish I would have been more prepared and organized when I launched my shop. Everything for me as been a total work in progress (which is fine) but as times it can get to be pretty stressful. I think the best way to start a shop would be to get everything you need together like your packaging, shop policies, banner, business cards all before you list your first item. This way when you start selling and get really busy you won’t have to worry about anything but your product. Also, having a background in marketing I think this would make for a successful “launch”.

And, what's knowing the business without knowing a little about the artist?
Some Fun Amanda Facts:

What are your favorite hobbies?

Obviously I love to sew and craft but I also love to cook (especially for dinner parties). I dream about having a great Spanish style home with an outdoor area full of hanging lanterns where I can throw the perfect dinner parties anytime I want!

What is your favorite indulgence?

Shopping! I love clothes and accessories so much that I think I may have an addiction! But, if we’re talking food I would have to go with great Mexican food since we are majorly lacking in that area here in New York!

What's your favorite movie?

I don’t know why but I seriously die laughing every time I watch Zoolander. Sad I know… it just gets me.

THANK YOU, Amanda !!
Check out her etsy shop:
Untamed Petals!

You can win an Untamed Petals original hair accessory (featured above)!
It is the perfect addition to any outfit or occasion.
Wear it to a wedding, graduation, bridal shower, or doll up a pair of jeans and cute T!
It is amazingly gorgeous and it definitely adds some "wow" to
any look!

Here are the rules:
1. 1st Entry ~ Link back to our giveaway using any of the images below by Friday, August 21st at 5pm PST:

2. 2nd Entry ~ Link to Untamed Petal's etsy shop:

3. 3rd Entry ~ Leave us a comment including your email address so we can contact you if you win :)

all of the above and you are entered 3 times for a chance to win !

Winner will be announced on Monday morning, August 24th!


Unknown August 17, 2009 at 6:55 AM  

Love this headband! I am getting married in October and could be a great accessory!

Hope I win


Anonymous,  August 17, 2009 at 7:39 AM  

this halo is gorgeous! I love how you could dress it up or down! Beautiful job!

Mande August 17, 2009 at 8:43 AM  
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Tracy ~Seeking Refinement~ August 17, 2009 at 9:17 AM  

what FUUUUN!!! love those head pieces (i am not brave enough to pull them off - I always admire them when I do see them!)


driftandmastery August 17, 2009 at 9:54 AM  

Love it!


(you know how to contact me, Em)

Mande August 17, 2009 at 10:25 AM  

Gorgeous! Love Miss Amanda's beautiful halo headbands!

Jenna August 17, 2009 at 12:02 PM  

This is beautiful! I'm thinking about opening my own ETSY shop, this may be just the inspiration I need!:)

THE Maureen Dowd August 17, 2009 at 12:08 PM  

Gorgeous halo! And so versatile!

Britton August 17, 2009 at 12:09 PM  

Love it! Want it! :)

Unknown August 17, 2009 at 3:04 PM  

I love that headband!!Would really like to wear that on my weddingday in december....

/Johanna in Stockholm, Sweden (Hope that's not a problem if I "against all odds, would win :))

Lo August 17, 2009 at 4:10 PM  

Love it, I feel so lucky to have such a sweet and talented friend in Amanda! Her products are fashion forward yet timeless and her attention to detail and style are unparalleled!

Annie August 17, 2009 at 11:56 PM  

Heyy Emily- I just stumbled across your blog! WOW!
And I love the headbands....enter me!
Annie Mac

Meiling August 18, 2009 at 11:26 AM  

You guys are so cute and talented. And I wanna win :)

Unknown August 18, 2009 at 11:42 AM  

I LOVE this halo, Amanda!! Friday is my birthday, so I think I should win!! ;) Plus, I'm obsessed with F&F!! <3

Jane McDougall August 18, 2009 at 11:49 AM  


Anonymous,  August 18, 2009 at 11:54 AM  

Beautiful! I would love this to dress up a pair of jeans - or wear to a wedding I'm going to this winter.
Love your stuff!

Unknown August 18, 2009 at 11:59 AM  

What a gorgeous collection from a very talented lady!

Anne August 18, 2009 at 12:09 PM  

That is totally a "wow" piece. I would love to win it!

BB August 18, 2009 at 12:10 PM  

I would LOVE to win this!!!!

Mrs. C August 18, 2009 at 12:10 PM  

So feminine, sensuous and unique. Creative genius.

bat girl August 18, 2009 at 12:11 PM  

I love all of the accessories! I hope I win!

Anonymous,  August 18, 2009 at 12:42 PM  

Your headbands are adorable! What girl doesn't love accessories:)

Anonymous,  August 18, 2009 at 1:02 PM  

I have one of Amanda's headbands and love it. I get compliments every time I wear it. I would love to add to my collection!

TheWanted August 18, 2009 at 1:19 PM  

Ah! Love the headbands! So classy!

Unknown August 18, 2009 at 2:03 PM  

I love Amanda's work! Already bought silk flowers for my bridesmaids hair from her and I love them :)

Serena August 18, 2009 at 2:20 PM  

Love Love Love Amanda's work!! Would love to have a halo for everyday of the week! ;)

atout August 18, 2009 at 3:30 PM  

This is such a beautiful headband. I would love to rock this to my bridal shower (any many times after that!).

Unknown August 18, 2009 at 3:55 PM  

My friend Serena introduced me to this site, so whether I win the Halo or not, I'll be happy... Because now I know where she get's all her very pretty accessories!

Vegan Wheekers August 18, 2009 at 7:55 PM  

That's beautiful! Checking out the Etsy shop now...

Leanne August 19, 2009 at 11:03 AM  

i loooove this shop! it reminds me of the jennifer behr headbands that are so expensive.

Song August 20, 2009 at 10:18 AM  

Ahhh hope I win it! It's gorgeous! I got the link from FB when a schoolmate had befriended you and I saw it on his status. Beautiful Job! Thank you for doing this giveaway Frenchie and Flea!


Email is posted on my name when it says Song said...

Logan August 20, 2009 at 1:04 PM  

What a beautiful blog! And I've stumbled upon it just in time to enter this giveaway - what a treat.

Amanda, you do beautiful work.

Red Boots August 21, 2009 at 12:35 AM  

So gorgeous. Fingers crossed!

Kasey August 21, 2009 at 5:57 AM  

keeping my fingers crossed.
love it.

Jamie August 21, 2009 at 9:29 AM  

Ok, so first off Amanda is my little sister and I LOVE LOVE LOVE her...but I would also LOVE to win this piece. It is my favorite out of all of her collection!!

Jamie August 21, 2009 at 9:30 AM  

oops my email is

Mrs. Brown August 21, 2009 at 10:29 AM  

I love your guys website and how you collaborate with friends. Thanks for all the great finds!

Unknown August 21, 2009 at 11:57 AM  

I love it! I am hooked on you gals!

Thank you for helping me with my Invitations! I am so happy!

Sara Downton August 21, 2009 at 1:48 PM  

oh my these are so gorgeous!

Betty August 21, 2009 at 1:50 PM  

That is really a beautiful headband.

pearlswirl August 21, 2009 at 1:50 PM  

This is fabulous! I'd love a chance to win, thanks.

jessmhaley August 21, 2009 at 2:00 PM  

this is so beautiful!

The Fancy Lady August 21, 2009 at 2:16 PM  

so pretty! my name is also amanda lol

Sarah August 21, 2009 at 2:35 PM  

This headband is absolutely adorable, as is everything else in Amanda's shop. I hope I win -- I posted about the giveaway on my blog!


Desiree August 21, 2009 at 3:06 PM  

so cute!
dez simply.simon.sisters(at)gmail(dot)com

Unknown August 21, 2009 at 3:12 PM  

Such beautiful work! crossing my fingers.
leslie.russell (at) gmail (dot) com

Marisa August 21, 2009 at 3:27 PM  

Simply lovely.

{becca alder} August 21, 2009 at 3:41 PM  

oh so pretty!!! August 21, 2009 at 4:01 PM  

oh my gosh it is so amazing!! love love love it!!

Heidi Jo August 21, 2009 at 4:02 PM  

So beautiful!

h. August 21, 2009 at 4:18 PM  

ooh, pretty, shiny!!

Love that your pieces are on velvet ties.

thefascinatingwoman at

Jane D. August 21, 2009 at 4:47 PM  

Hope i can still enter!
Really pretty head pieces!

Allison August 21, 2009 at 5:42 PM  

Such a beautiful headband!! I'm so glad I discovered this shop!

MeganKP August 21, 2009 at 6:08 PM  

oooo soo beautiful!

. August 21, 2009 at 6:31 PM  

so classic and elegant!

Kelly P. August 21, 2009 at 7:57 PM  

so delicate and pretty, j'adore!

Becca Joy August 21, 2009 at 8:11 PM  

Its so pretty! You have such a talent :)
thank you for the opportunity,

Aimee August 22, 2009 at 8:07 AM  

I love Untamed Petals!! All of her pieces are so beautiful!

ShelbaTron August 22, 2009 at 12:40 PM  


Chelsea August 22, 2009 at 1:31 PM  

simply darling!

Danae August 22, 2009 at 1:39 PM  

How pretty!! I'm such a girly girl, so I could picture myself wearing this a little too often ;)

White Poppy August 22, 2009 at 3:56 PM  


White Poppy August 22, 2009 at 4:09 PM  

1st and 2nd entries:

Mia Helen August 22, 2009 at 4:35 PM  

Oh how lovely!

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