Today, the wonderfully creative and very lovely Stephanie from Avec Amour is chatting to me about her recent wedding and honeymoon, and how she found herself running a lovely little business selling gorgeous handcrafted home decor items and gifts shortly after…
Thanks for taking part Stephanie! Tell me about yourself and your business…
My name is Stephanie and I’m almost 23 years old. I live in a town called Workington which is in Cumbria, North West of England. My hobbies include: animals, shopping, photography, horror movies, travelling (especially to USA) and anything that involves creativity! This year has been a very busy one for me because in the summer something wonderful happened; I married my best friend, Joe.
Joe was my high school sweetheart and we have now been together for over 8 years! Like all relationships it has been a roller coaster but I’m lucky and grateful to have such a loving, caring and family-oriented man for a Husband. We are planning to travel a bit more before we start our family.
After leaving school, I took (a few more than average!) wrong turns in my life. Joe started an apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering which he absolutely loved, so I thought an apprenticeship would suit me too after hearing so many great things about them. I was an apprentice teaching assistant in a primary school for one year and then they didn’t have enough funding to keep me after that.
For a while I took some time to think about something else I could maybe try. I thought that because I am a very organised person, maybe office work would be suitable for me. I worked in three different office environments in 2014 and 2015 and because I was young with a sensitive personality, I was picked on and bullied in all three of these places with the last one being being the worst. It got so bad that Joe and my parents told me that they wanted me to leave, so I did for my sake of my health.
I have since got my health back on track and I’m much happier! My creativity started to shine through at the beginning of 2016 and at least once a week I got the urge to be creative. The results were handmade wedding invitations and a lot of handmade wedding decor; and subsequently many compliments from our wedding guests!
We spent our honeymoon in Florida. We did the lot, including Disney World and Universal Studios, which includes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! My Husband and I are both huge fans of Disney and Harry Potter. We thoroughly enjoyed our honeymoon; Joe even more so, because it was his first time in the USA.
So after getting home I got the urge to create some Disney and Harry Potter themed home decor items, and then I thought… I love doing things like this, maybe I could start a little hobby business, because why not? Take a risk and do it, because life is too short. Joe was 100% for it too because all he wants is for me to be happy. Then I gathered up all of my ideas and started my business.
Wow. That’s such a lovely answer, thank you for sharing!
Do you have any specific goals or hopes for your business this coming year?
My only goals are: to create items that brighten up the days of others and to continue to gain joy out of it. If I’m inspired enough to come up with any ideas for a brand new product then that would be a bonus!
Love it, what a great goal!
Tell me one random fact about yourself…
A random fact.. I’m addicted to drinking tea!
What is your favourite outdoor activity?
I will admit that I don’t do lots of outdoor activities at the moment but I enjoy the occasional long forest walk with my Husband.
A lovely long walk in the woods is very relaxing I find! And you live in such a beautiful part of England too; fabulous for outdoor walks I’m sure! So if you could tell someone visiting your part of the country for the first time just one outdoor place they simply must go, where would you suggest?
For someone visiting Cumbria for the beautiful outdoors and scenery, I would recommend Whinlatter because the forests are absolutely beautiful and Go Ape! is also there, which is great fun for families/couples.
Thank you so much for chatting to me Stephanie, and all the best with your fab business.
Check out Stephanie’s beautiful range of items at www.facebook.com/avecamourx
She has generously offered a wonderful prize to one lucky winner, consisting of a pretty Lace & Ribbon Candle Jar (with a choice of 10 different ribbon colours) and a gorgeous Themed Picture Frame (either Disney, Harry Potter or Wedding themed). Enter via rafflecopter below. (T&Cs apply)
I’m sure she would appreciate some love over on her page, so do pop over to take a peek!
161 thoughts on “A Quick Cuppa With… Stephanie (Avec Amour) ”
Blue and Disney perhaps 🙂 x
White ribbon & wedding theme xx
As my wedding anniversary is getting close i would choose the ‘Wedding Theme Frame’ and the Cerise ribbon as that’s my favourite colour x x
purple and harry potter please
Pink and Disney please
silver ribbon and the harry potter
The purple ribbon and Harry potter xx
Pink ribbon and wedding theme frame please. I popped over and had a look round your friends pages, great items, I like her Xmas named baubles.
the silver ribbon and the harry potter frame
Pink ribbon, Disney frame…..my first born daughter is expecting her first baby girl in May, this would be perfect as my daughter is Disney mad !
Pink ribbon and a Disney themed frame 🙂
silver ribbon with the Harry Potter themed frame please, my son is H.P mad. thank you, fingers crossed for me and good luck to everybody.
Red Ribbon, and Disney
I’d choose the lilac ribbon and Disney theme for my little girl
Red ribbon and wedding frame
Black, grey or white ribbon (can you tell I’m a monochrome fan?!) and a Disney themed frame ?
Pink ribbon, Disney frame 🙂
Pink ribbon and Disney themed for my niece xx
I would choose wedding themed and any colour ribbon, thanks for the chance to win x
Pink ribbon and Disney themed for my daughter
Disney blue ribbon
Blue Ribbon my children
Id choose a green ribbon and a disney frame
Pink ribbon and disney themed
Pink ribbon and disney theme! thank you for the chance x
Grey/ Harry Potter please x
I do not use FB so could not see the range but, judging by others’ answers, I would choose red and Disney.
Red ribbon, Disney themed frame
Red Ribbon and Disney 🙂
I love the Disney themed frame and I would choose the silver ribbon for the candle
I think i wold choose the Disney themed frame with the silver ribbon
PINK RIBBON AND DISNEY THEME 🙂
Wedding Themed, my wedding date is the 25/02/2017 so not long to go
I would choose the silver ribbon, and a Disney themed frame x
purple ribbon Harry Potter please
baby scan frame, with a pink ribbon
Wedding Themed with pink ribbon
Red Ribbon, and Disney.
I’d choose disney and a pink ribbon 🙂
purple ribbon Harry Potter
If I was lucky enough to win I would choose pink ribbon and the disney themed frame 🙂 x
Red ribbon and Disney theme. Thank you 🙂
Pink ribbon wedding themed please
Red ribbon and wedding theme please for my 20th anniversary x
White ribbon and wedding theme please.
would love white wedding theme xx
White ribbon and wedding theme
Red ribbon Harry Potter please xxx
Pink & Harry Potter
Jiminy cricket with pink ribbon.
Of the ones I have seen, couldn’t find your set shop, I would say the Jiminy cricket one.
Pink Disney please
Pink in disney please
pink ribbon with the wedding frame as I’m getting married aug
pink ribbon and Disney would be wonderful
pink in disney would be perfect x
White ribbon and wedding theme please as I get married in sept!
Pink in Disney please xx
Grey in Harry Potter please.
Blue and Harry Potter please
White ribbon and wedding theme <3
Harry Potter Eeeek, With Gryffindor Red Ribbon Please
Pink Disney please
purple and disney xxx
Purple ribbon and wedding themed please!
I would love red ribbon and a Disney theme please!
Purple ribbon. Harry Potter would be fun for the frame.
Blue ribbon and a Harry Potter themed frame – thanks for the chance x
Harry Potter frame and red ribbon is what I would choose
Harry Potter frame and blue ribbon is what I would choose
I’d love a green ribbon and Disney theme please x
Would have to be a Purple Ribbon as this is my favorite colour and the Disney frame as we are all massive Disney fans 🙂
LOve them pink ribbon
Blue ribbon and Harry Potter frame
Wedding Frame with a Pink Ribbon would be my choice. Perfect as I’ve just started planning the big day!
Disney frame with a pink ribbon! They’re the perfect combination!
Disney theme and white ribbon would be lovely.
I would love a white ribbon and a wedding themed frame. Wedding coming up in July this year, eeek!
red ribbon in Disney looks great x x
red ribbon and disney
Wedding themed with red ribbon
A red ribbon and we love Harry potter in our house so would go with that!
Grey ribbon and Disney please x
Blue ribbon and Harry Potter frame
Red ribbon and Harry Potter
I would choose white ribbon & Disney if I won
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Disney with a pink ribbon would be lovely
Red Ribbon, Love Theme
Red ribbon and Harry Potter please <3 x
love the disney theme with a pink ribbon!
yellow ribbon, the same colour as my wedding flowers, yes you guessed the frame theme.
Harry Potter theme with Green ribbon would be lovely. x
Love theme with grey ribbon
Pink Disney themed ribbon please
White ribbon and disney themed
Disney please with a red ribbon
grey ribbon and love theme
Red, Disney theme 🙂
White and wedding themed please x
Silver ribbon and disney themed please.
I would choose a white ribbon and the Disney themes are gorgeous!
Royal Blue and Disney Frame please
Red ribbon, Disney themed frame 🙂
Royal Blue and Disney Frame please
Red ribbon and Harry Potter frame! I’m having a harry potter wedding this year! eek!! xx
Red ribbon and Disney themed
Harry Potter theme for me, I’m still obessed after all these years
Red Ribbon with Harry Potter Theme
I would choose a red ribbon with the Disney theme.
I’d have the silver ribbon and Disney themed frame
I would like a red ribbon with the Disney theme. x
A blue disney one thanks, could be a wedding this year but not confirmed (only been going on 10 years)
Gotta be Disney theme with a white ribbon
White ribbon with Harry Potter theme
disney theme with white ribbon would be lovely
blue ribbon, Disney themed please
blue ribbon with Harry Potter theme would be fantastic
red and Disney please
Green and Harry Potter! 🙂
Red ribbon and Disney theme:)
it has to be the blue and the disney one
Red ribbon and Harry Potter theme!
I’m getting married in May and our theme is light pink so I’d love the wedding one with a pink ribbon!!
I love disney <3 and I would go for a blue ribbon
Red ribbon and Disney theme please.
blue and wedding theme for me – thank you for such a generous prize
Blue ribbon and harry potter frame please. Cool giveaway
I would like a natural ribbon please (beige) and would love the date we moved in 23/09/2016 as we are not getting married but it is still a special date for us xxx
A green or pink ribbon with the wedding frame as I’m getting married this year!
Red ribbon and disney theme
red ribbon and wedding themed x
Disney frame, white ribbon
I’d choose a red ribbon and probably the wedding theme 🙂
red ribbon and the disney frame please x
Please can I have a blue ribbon and a disney frame
Harry Potter and a white ribbon, thank you
Green ribbon and harry potter frame please. Fab giveaway. Fingers crossed x
A red ribbon and Disney theme would be lovely.
Disney theme, and a red ribbon
green and harry potter ! wonderful giveaway thankyou x
Harry Potter and White ribbon
Disney themed frame and red ribbon would be lovely 🙂
Red ribbon and Disney theme
a red ribbon and harry potter frame
Green Ribbon and probably Disney
I like the sound of a red ribbon and would love the Harry Potter theme – we really enjoyed watching the Harry Potter films on the TV over Christmas break.
White ribbon and maybe the Harry Potter one
I think I would like to have a green ribbon and I love the idea of a Disney frame 🙂
Red Ribbon and Harry Potter please
Wedding, white ribbon please
White ribbon and wedding theme thanks
Pink and Harry Potter
I love the red ribbon and Disney xxx
Pink ribbon and a Harry Potter theme thank you!
Yellow family and friends
A red ribbon on the candle jar and a Harry Potter picture frame would work perfectly here.
White ribbon and disney themed ?
Red ribbon and wedding themed
yellow theme family/friends
I would choose the white ribbon and the wedding themed frame is my favourite, I love the Scrabble one!
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