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The Darling Blog

Welcome to The Darling Blog, a life and style blog by the owner of Darling Boutique, Linnea White. Darling is passionate about empowering women and inspiring strength through fashion to restore dignity and true beauty. Enjoy outfit inspiration and style tips, featured #darlingfinds, local collaborations, and so much more. Live the Darling lifestyle - an altogether beautiful life.

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Pip's & Co | Our Darlings

Linnea White

Old is new. The Darling Boutique consignment motto perfectly matched with the concept behind our newest local artisan collaboration. Pip's & Co is a local company that makes things out of old, vintage goods. Each piece is uniquely crafted by owner Mihaela Law, from vintage buttons to leather and fabrics. We immediately loved the aesthetic of Miha's creations, and new she would be a great fit for Darling Boutique. See how we've styled her jewelry here, here, & here, and meet her in the Q&A below!

Photo by Ryan LawQ&A with Mihaela Law

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? If not the Charlottesville area, what brought you here?

I'm kind of from all over...my husband and I joke that God has called us to be gypsies. But the short version, I was born in Romania, moved to America (Arizona) with my family when I was little, then Ohio, Virginia, and once I was married we left for Texas, Arizona, Texas and now we're back in Virginia! God has taught me so many lessons and shaped the woman I am today with all these changes and moves and I wouldn't have had it any other way!

As a local artisan, describe what you do in town.

I am a mother of a sweet and spunky little (almost) 2 year old which takes up most of my time, as well as my husband and I's photography business. But crafting jewelry is something I do for myself when my little girl sleeps or when I'm alone. I work with new and vintage buttons, metals, leather, and fabrics, getting inspiration from everything and everyone around me. I usually make a piece with a friend in mind, taking into account their style, their personality, and make different variations of it.

It's story time. Talk about your collaboration with Darling Boutique.

I actually happened to hear about Linnea and Megan from a couple of girls on the worship team at Cornerstone Community Church. One Sunday, during the meet and greet part, my husband happened to mention that I make jewelry (he's super supportive and one of my best encouragements) and they connected me with the lovely Darling ladies! I had always loved their style whenever I saw them at church and then went in their boutique and loved their eye for fashion! But to actually sit down with them and chat about life, they really blew me away even more at how genuine and loving they truly are. Dear Darlings in every aspect of their life from what I can see and a true blessing to me to appreciate my craft and want to incorporate it into their amazing space!

Describe Pip's & Co in 10 words or less.

Pip's & Co: Is fresh, hip, and beautiful jewelry uniquely handcrafted.

Where do you go to be creative?

I create in a little corner of my house, that's jam-packed with tools, notebooks full of sketches and patterns, and old vintage tins full of different materials.

When and why did you become an artisan? / How did you get into this business?

Crafting jewelry is something I started doing for myself about 5 years ago, wanting to make jewelry that I couldn't find to buy. I always described my personal style as 'different' and I wanted jewelry to match. So I would be making earrings with my friend while my husband was hanging out with his friends, and eventually I realized that other people liked my jewelry enough to buy it for themselves! And so, Pip's & Co. was born.

What are you working on right now?

Right now I'm working on many different and unique pieces for Vintage Lunchburg's Holiday Sale in Lynchburg that will be happening on November 7th. I'll be incorporating necklaces with leather in fall and winter colors, and button earrings that will make any outfit pop for the holidays.

Where can someone find your products (besides Darling Boutique!)?

Pipsandco.etsy.com and Facebook.com/pipsgoods

Owl Ridge Farmstead | Our Darlings

Linnea White

When we met Maggie and Cody Sedelmeyer at Fleaville in July, we couldn't get over how cool they were - seriously. We were immediately drawn to their aesthetic - beautiful handcrafted boho, rustic goods - and their calm confidence in their products. We asked them that very day to come visit the shop and become one of our local artisans. The craftsmanship and authenticity of Owl Ridge Farmstead's products is the perfect pairing to our shop's aesthetic and mission. We've featured them in just a few shoots for the blog (here and here most recently), proving their pieces are versatile and easily styled. Last week, we restocked with more goodies by the Sedelmeyers, including handmade knit scarves in a variety of styles and colors. Come shop Owl Ridge Farmstead at Darling Boutique, and meet the duo in the Q&A below!

Q&A with Cody & Maggie Sedelmeyer

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? If not the Charlottesville area, what brought you here?

Cody and I (Maggie) are originally from North Carolina, and moved here about two years ago. We were drawn here by the beautiful farmland and the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was important for us to be able to raise our family in a place where they could explore and appreciate nature. Here in Sedalia, Virginia, we have begun to grow our family, our business, and our farm with the support of community.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

As a local artisan, describe what you do in town.

Having learned a different aspects of our craft from family, we have continued to developed our skills over the past few years. Our goal is to create quality, handmade goods, using more natural materials. We strive to produce products that are fashionable and functional.

It's story time. Talk about your collaboration with Darling Boutique.

We were lucky enough to be located beside these two incredible ladies at Fleaville [in July]. It was our first experience in Charlottesville, and Darling Boutique made us feel quite welcome. It has been a wonderful experience, and such a blessing to be able to share our products with a new community and expand our relationship with fellow Virginians.

Describe Owl Ridge Farmstead in 10 words or less.

Using our farm and homestead as inspiration for our products.

Photo by Megan TiernanWhere do you go to be creative?

Most of our inspiration comes from the need or desire of a certain product in our everyday life. Creativity is inspired by doing farm chores, playing with our kids, or just walking through the fields. Anywhere your mind can stop running and start observing.

What aspects of life excite you, stir your affections, fuel your passions, inspire your art?

Living in a place where you can walk outside and see the shadowing outline of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is incredibly inspiring. It is so incredible to be able to watch our family learn from nature and creature everyday. There is so much beauty around us and it is a wonderful way to stay passionate and motivated to create.

When and why did you become an artisan? / How did you get into this business?

We started about five years ago, producing all natural soap. It was our way of connecting to our dream of a homestead, while working and living in the city. Once we finalized our move, we were allowed much more free time to work on other products and tune our skills.

What are you working on right now?

The biggest project right now is our knitwear line. It is always hard to strike the right balance and predict how much inventory will be needed, since it is such a limited season. However, I am really excited about the styles we have available this year. We will be incorporating two of my favorite mediums, leather and fiber.

Where can someone find your products (other than Darling Boutique)?

www.owlridge.etsy.com

Thistle & Lark | Our Darlings

Linnea White

Meeting Jessie Biggs, designer and creator behind Thistle & Lark jewelry, was a God-ordained meeting. I met Jessie through a mutual friend back in June on a fated Sunday afternoon. We looked through her jewelry in a parking lot in Cville and I snagged a bunch of her beautiful pieces for Darling. Her whimsical aesthetic and affordable price point makes her a popular local artisan at the shop. A percentage of Jessie's profits goes to charities and missions work, including her own trip to missions school in Mozambique in the Fall.

Come shop Thistle & Lark at Darling!

Q&A with Jessie Biggs

As a local artisan, describe what you do in town.

I make handmade jewelry using a variety of materials--particularly polymer clay, beads, charms, and leather. My goal is to make unique jewelry (at reasonable prices!) that will appeal to people across a broad spectrum. I also dabble in making home decor as well as doing custom portraiture. Over time, I've participated in more frequent craft shows around the area--including Charlottesville's Fleaville and the ever-growing Vintage Lynchburg Sales--as well as consigning at several shops throughout VA--most recently, Darling Boutique!

Photo by Eilidh McPherson

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? If not the Charlottesville area, what brought you here?

I'm technically from Winchester VA, but Lynchburg has become my home these past 8-or-so years. As for my connection to Charlottesville, I was blessed to be introduced to Linnea (and thereby, Darling!) through the lovely Lauren Stonestreet :).

It's story time. Talk about your collaboration with Darling Boutique.

Haha, so funny story... I was visiting my friend Lauren in C-ville one weekend and she mentioned that I ought to look into consigning with her friend who recently opened a boutique.

Well, it just so happened that the friend in question--Linnea--was at her church that morning. We got to connect, and since I already had all of my jewelry packed in my car from doing Fleaville the previous day, we wound up sorting through it all in a parking lot! And about a week ago, we got to repeat the experience in a different parking lot to restock some of my items! Here's to lots of happy parking lot memories to come, Linnea :).

Describe Thistle & Lark in 10 words or less.

Unique, handmade jewelry & decor that won't break the bank!

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Where do you go to be creative?

I often wind up sitting on the floor of my room or on my living room couch and go into a happy catharsis of making things while a favorite TV show or movie plays in the background. Jewelry making is my preferred form of therapy.

What aspects of life excite you, stir your affections, fuel your passions, inspire your art?

My relationship with God is at the forefront of everything else in life, so He is my ultimate inspiration and the source of any creative talents I may possess. Jesus's heart is always to bless and serve others, and I want my business to be more than just a form of income for myself.

With that in mind, I make sure a portion of my profits go towards whatever charities God puts on my heart, as well as towards trips where I can serve in person. This fall I hope to spend a couple months in Mozambique, Africa at a ministry that primarily centers around taking in orphans and showing them that they're adopted into His family!

I'm also a big nature lover and an avid reader/writer, so lots of my jewelry and art is either inspired by the great outdoors or by my love for books (you don't have to look further than my handcrafted leather & paper miniature book necklaces to see that!).

Photo by Megan Tiernan

When and why did you become an artisan? / How did you get into this business?

As for jewelry making, it all began on a clear spring (I think?) evening at my friend Joy's house. She had a polymer clay party and taught us the basics of how to make earrings and necklace pendants. What began as a curiosity soon became an at-home hobby, which later took on new life as a form of livelihood in the midst of my ever-eclectic life!

What are you working on right now?

Hmmm. I think my newest jewelry experiments have been my geometric necklaces. I've used small connectors to create larger and smaller geometric triangle necklaces, as well as "buntings." Those have been a big hit so far.

On a side note, I'm also gearing up to get back into portraiture again. It's been far too long.

Where can someone find your products?

thistleandlarkshop.etsy.com, as well as The Purple Fern in Winchester and Givens Books in Lynchburg - and Darling Boutique in Charlottesville (obviously).