Etsy Paper: Tell us a little about yourself.
Fransisca: My name is Fransisca. I’m from Indonesia, living in Pringy, France with my husband; Guillaume, and our 4 feet kids; Boubou (a dog) and Chacha (a rabbit). I love living in France even though I miss Indonesia. Those are really two very different countries.
Etsy Paper: When did you open your shop on Etsy?
Fransisca: I opened our Etsy shop in Dec 2014 with help from Guillaume, 4 months before we got married. Actually I thought to open one a couple of years before but I was still studying French intensively everyday and didn’t have lot of time to do it. So, in 2014 I finished my study and start to open Belle Pivoine on Etsy. We started when we wanted keep our love story in an illustration that we will cherish forever; our illustration couple and our wedding invitation.
Etsy Paper: Tell us about your shop.
Fransisca: Belle Pivoine creates designs, illustrations, handmade cards, invitations, art prints and paper goods. We love to make it personalized or customize it, we always love something that is personal. All our products are made by hand with care and love. We are committed to provide excellent quality handmade products that evoke or celebrate key moments in people's lives, products that could inspire them, give them joy and good humor. All our products, from design, illustration, printing, cutting, folding and packaging are made by hand with love in our apartment based in France. We use high quality materials to obtain well-made and beautiful products.
Fransisca: Since I was young I love to draw, and have some experience working as designer in a stationery shop at Jakarta. After that, I wanted make my own stationery shop and have my own business. I read a lot of reviews about Etsy and articles about shops that grow their businesses and started at Etsy. So when I get married and moved to France, I had lot of time to think about opening a shop on Etsy and have my husband support me, so we decide to become Etsy sellers.
Etsy Paper: How did your shop get its name?
Fransisca: I really love flowers, romantic, beautiful and pretty things. One of my favorite flowers is peony, and I chose to write it in French because, for me, French sounds so beautiful and romantic. I wanted a name that reflected the style of our product too. So I felt Belle Pivoine was perfect.
Fransisca: Dreams do come true. Yes. "Dreams really come true when you really believe it with all your heart, believe you have received, and feel the things that you want as already yours, feel good, be grateful". I experience it when I come to Paris for the first time, found and married my true love, Guillaume.
Etsy Paper: What is your favorite thing about Etsy?
Fransisca: It’s not a massive product, it’s handmade. They sell and buy direct from the artist, that’s why items in there are unique.
Etsy Paper: Where do you feel at peace, free from all the pressure of family and work?
Fransisca: In a garden full of flowers, green grass and blue sky, I feel peaceful and alive. Smell the flowers, lie on green grass and take a deep breath under the blue sky, there is happiness. I dream to have Belle Pivoine’s studio in the middle of a garden.
Etsy Paper: What is your favorite item to make, the one that makes you smile just thinking about working on it?
Fransisca: Custom couple Illustration; I really love drawing two people in love. When it’s finished, I take time looking at it and feel happy before packaging and sending it to our client.
Fransisca: It was from Claire in UK, she’s a mother and she ordered a personalized print “Little Princess Dream BIG" Personalized Art Print for her daughter. She said: “I am so pleased with this print. It is just gorgeous. Fransisca was amazing. She listened to my requirements and made sure I was 100% happy with the final version. A beautiful print that I know my daughter will cherish forever.” Yes, we want our client feel 100% happy with our product, and we want create beautiful goods that people will cherish forever and her comment is a proof that we accomplish that. I'm so thankful.
That is what most Etsy sellers work to accomplish, items people will cherish forever. What an amazing shop! In such a busy world, it's nice to see something a little more refreshing than the usual.
Until next time,