Designer of the Week - Fleur L’enfant

This week get to know Andreaof Fleur L’enfant. She has three children : Abigail 7, Caleb 5 and Emma 2.

See her current eBay auctions: Fleur L’enfant

JM: When did you get started sewing and creating?

ANDREA: About 12 years ago. My mom taught me how to sew when we bought our first home. I learned how to make gorgeous window treatments on a budget. Grewing up my mom was always sewing and creating the most beautiful things. I honestly had no desire to sew then but once I learned how to make window treatments ~ I realized I really enjoyed it. Then, when my first daughter was born, I discovered children’s boutique clothing and started making her little dresses using vintage chenille.

Over time I began taking orders locally and then last year decided to start selling on Ebay. I very rarely work with chenille anymore but I still take most of my inspiration from something vintage….a button, lace or sweet linen.

JM: When did you start selling your designs on eBay?

ANDREA: Early 2006. I have a website: www.fleurlenfant.com that I started in January 2006.

JM: Do you remember the first outfit you sold on eBay?

ANDREA: It was a vintage chenille dress & hat set. The first set that sold on ebay was called Simply Vintage and I think it sold for $68

JM: How did come up with your name, Fleur L’enfant?

ANDREA: The first sets I began selling locally were from my Vintage Daisy line ~ very flowery and fun. I am French and thought flower child in French fit perfectly so that’s how I came up with Fleur L’enfant.

JM: Do you belong to any boutique group?

ANDREA: I belong to LimeViine. I was invited into the group when they were forming by a sweet friend of mine ~ Eva. We are all friends and truly supportive of one another. I really feel at home in LimeVine and couldn’t be happier.

JM: Do you have a favorite item to create?

ANDREA:OOAK’s using vintage fabrics and trimmings I find at local antique shows. I love that these fabrics are truly unique and have a warmth about them.

JM: If you could learn some new skills, what would they be?

ANDREA: I would love to continue taking courses in watercolor and mural painting. I stopped taking art classes when I started selling on my website and ebay. I find painting so relaxing and fun and I was able to paint my a mural in my son’s room ~ but I would love to be able to paint anything. My son would love Fenway park on his bedroom walls now.

JM: If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

ANDREA: I would love to travel to Iceland. We have some wonderful friends we met in college who live there and want us to come out and visit.

JM: What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

ANDREA: Spending the summer at the beach with my family and scouring antique markets for gorgeous vintage linens.

JM: Anything else you would like to add?

ANDREA:Thank you Amy for inviting me this week ~ I have been a member of JM since I began selling on ebay and love your website. Thank you LimeVine for being so sweet and supportive and a big thank you to all of my buyers!!! I couldn’t do this without the support of my loving husband and children. Especially my little one who puts up with me and my camera.

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Comments

Emily | Wednesday, May 23, 2007 3:23 PM | flag
LOVE you and everything you do love!!! Great interview :)

Dayna | Sunday, May 20, 2007 2:50 PM | flag
I loved learning more abut you Andrea, you have long been a favorite of mine!!! You have such a unique style. Great interview!

| Friday, May 18, 2007 3:33 PM | flag
Your designs are just STUNNING! Debra

Geeta | Thursday, May 17, 2007 8:29 PM | flag
WOW Andrea! You have quite a fan club which is no surprise as above and beyond your beautiful and unique vision, you are a total sweetheart. Congratulations on all your success, well deserved.

Wendy (lebourdon_homeandgarden) | Wednesday, May 16, 2007 6:58 AM | flag
A real testiment to your talent and inner goodness - you deserve all that you've worked so hard for and more! You've inspired so many and are truly a good friend!

Andrea | Tuesday, May 15, 2007 5:30 PM | flag
Thank you all so much!!!! Your the BEST!!! :)

| Tuesday, May 15, 2007 2:29 PM | flag
FANTASTIC interview! You are such an amazing person and sooo incredibly talented!! HUGS!!!!!! Jeramie

Kip (kippydoodles) | Tuesday, May 15, 2007 11:41 AM | flag
Awwww Andrea! You are such a special person with AMAZING talent! Your warmth radiates through your designs. I feel truly blessed to have a friend like you! XOXOXOXO~ kip

Tanya (xoxotova) | Tuesday, May 15, 2007 11:12 AM | flag
love you and your designs ANDREA! true peices of ART!xoxotanya

Patty/modkidboutique | Tuesday, May 15, 2007 8:40 AM | flag
Andrea! You truly are a special person in every way... a talented designer/artist and a wonderful groupmate and friend. I have truly enjoyed getting to know you these past few months and wish you success in your future endeavors! Love ya! Patty

Debbie (kanoodles*boutique) | Tuesday, May 15, 2007 7:53 AM | flag
Andrea I love your designs. You are a an awesome designer. I am so happy we have become such good friends and you know I just love working with you!!! Hugs, Debbie

Eva (freshandvintage) | Tuesday, May 15, 2007 6:56 AM | flag
OOPS! Andrea, the 6:55 AM post was me, HUGS, Eva

| Tuesday, May 15, 2007 6:55 AM | flag
Andrea, You are top-notch in every way. You have an eye for beauty and a gift for expression through color, texture, and photography. I admire you so much. Thank you for being a wonderul friend and an inspiration to others around you. Your designs are one-of-a-kind from a genuine OOAK person! I am proud to work with you.

Christina/Abby*Lane | Tuesday, May 15, 2007 6:07 AM | flag
Andrea, what a great interview. You certainly deserve some time in the spotlight. I love your designs, and you are such a wonderful friend! :) Congrats!

Ronda/ Sunda Rose | Tuesday, May 15, 2007 6:00 AM | flag
A favorite designer and a wonderful person! You continue to inspire us with your innovative and gorgeous designs.

Kirsten Slichter | Tuesday, May 15, 2007 5:49 AM | flag
You are a genius with fabrics!!! A real trendsetter. I love working with you, Andrea. You create masterpieces.

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