Thursday, October 17, 2013

Featured Artisan in Liemira - Vera and Victor Vague

Interview with The vague

“Choose your battles wisely and never let 'em see you sweat”

-Vera Vague-

Tell us a little bit about yourself: What got you interested in handmade art or vintage? Have you taken any art classes?
Mr. Vague and I have always been interested in both fashion and history. In our previous lives (before becoming "The Vagues"), for several years Mr. Vague was a tattoo artist, and Lady Vague was a model for various artists.
When we began dating (6 1/2 years ago), Victor was working a job building race car transmissions and Vera worked in a library, and we were both ready for a career change. We already loved taking pictures and shopping for second-hand treasures, but having our own vintage clothing shop was a distant dream -- until we discovered Etsy. For the first four years we continued to work at our day jobs, doing photo shoots and increasing our inventory in our spare time. There came a point when it was clear that we didn't have time to work for other people and maintain VeraVague, and so we took the leap and quit our jobs to focus full time on the shop. We put 200% effort into making our dream a sustainable reality, and it has payed off in a way neither of us could have predicted when we first started. The rest, as they say, is fashion history.

Can you describe the time when you first realised that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
I think that, if you are a artistic person by nature, the need to create is a drive that is present from a very young age; being able to pay the bills as a working artist, however, is a fairly rare treat that requires incredible amounts of self-motivation and hard work.
We both tried various outlets for our creativity while in our twenties, but mostly as a hobby. It wasn't until we came together as a team and joined forces and that everything seemed to fall into place.
And as with so many Quit-Your-Day-Jobbers, Etsy was an invaluable launching pad that spring-boarded us into a whole new realm where-in we could not only utilize our mutual interests as a creative outlet, but let them help pay our bills, too!

How did you come up with the idea for your unique items?
In the beginning, we were less discriminating with the items we put in our shop-- if it looked good and was something we ourselves would wear, it went up for sale regardless of era. In the past few years, however, we've been able to more finely hone-in on pieces from the time periods that are our favorite: Victorian, Edwardian and Deco eras.
We're very proud of the amazing items we've been able to collect and share with the world; we do quite a bit of hand-repairing and restoration, and we're all too happy to spend a few hours hunched over antique fabric, needle in hand, if it means that we can save a piece of history from ending its days in a landfill.

How did you make it? (physical and mental process)
This questions doesn't really apply to our vintage items, but I can speak to our own personal projects. As for me [Vera], sewing is a self taught skill that was born out of basic interest, but has evolved into a bit of a necessity: because I am slight of build, it is nearly impossible for me to find garments that fit my frame, and so now instead of buying pants and dresses, I sew my own! I also have a growing collection of hand knitted sweaters that I am quite proud of, and I am working on a collection of short stories I am writing about experiences from my formative years. I recently made a short film, which you can view here: . I maintain a blog where-in I post sneak peeks from our photo shoots and post interesting internet findings: . I guess I like to keep busy!

Mr. Vague has always been interested in photography, and he takes most of the photos you see in our shop. The (somewhat) commercial photography he does for VeraVague has evolved into him becoming a free-lance wedding and portrait photographer. He set up a dark room in our studio a while back and develops his own film, and more recently he has moved into making Ambrotype and wet plate (collodion) photography using the exact same equipment, chemicals and technique that photographers used when the art was first invented, over 100 years ago! It's a fascinating process with gorgeous results (see some here:

Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your works?
Well, being that I work online, I have become fairly internet savvy, and it's hard NOT to find inspiration all over the web. We both continue to be incredibly inspired by antique photographs and art of all kinds from all eras, but admittedly we are most drawn to the late 1800 and early 20th century aesthetics.

Do you have a favorite artisan? If yes, what draws you to that person’s work?
Too many to name! Alexander McQueen and Man Ray are just two of our go-to staples for inspiration.

What is your dream project?
We would love to take a road trip across the U.S. with a portable dark room, stopping in little towns to take tintype photos of the locals, nature and select pieces from our collection.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Choose your battles wisely and never let 'em see you sweat.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Funding our company

This week is the busiest time for our business.  We finally can set up our own website, There are still many things to do but at least we have a website to represent our company.  For us liemira handmade represent our identity and our passion. I and my future husband have big dream to be able to run our own business. If we success it means we can afford money for our life and we can live better.  Hopefully it can happen soon, we actually opened shop in etsy and ebay to promote our handmade products.

The most difficult part on our business I think is Marketing our product. The next difficulty would be how to get funding for our work. These days we are using our private saving but in the future we need to think how to expand our business with help from bank or maybe financial institution.

Talking about funding, several months ago, one of my friends recommends us the best idea for funding our business.  She told us that she tried to contact many banks in my country. Starting from small bank to big bank but like several facts in our life, she was failed to get the loan. The reasons are simple she need to provide collateral for her loan asking. Then after did a little research, finally she get a great solution for her funding problem, she applied for merchant cash advance.

I am so interested about that and to be honest it was my first time to hear the term. Well, I won’t talk a lot about the term but the main idea of merchant cast advance is a lump sum payment to a business in exchange for an agreed upon percentage of future credit card and/or debit card sales. The good thing about the merchant cash advance is that you can get money for your business without the costly fees and strict qualifications of bank loans. These I think those are the significant differences between merchant cash advance and bank loans. For me, it is a nice idea to generate Capital for Merchants. Merchants like us definitely need them to provide low risk funding.

So, we tried to browse information on the internet and we found interesting information that the merchant cash advance is ideal for many industries start from restaurant, bars, beauty salons, shops, retail stores and including handmade production like ours. Well it sounds great for us. So we decided to explore further about  who are the providers offer this kind of funding.

Actually, we found many providers but we narrowed our choice to several providers such as,,

These four providers are good but after we compared we found that capital is the best. The reason is because they provide quicker and easier application and quite fast approval than other providers. We can get funding within 72 hours and low rates compared to others.

Anyway, the best things why we consider capital for merchants are they offer no start up fees, no any monthly bill and no personal liability. While, my husband personally likes this capital for merchant because they have better service and offer friendly customer service than other provider. For us, these positive things about capital merchant shows us that they are more trustworthy than others.

This is our story about funding our business. Hopefully, helping you fund your business. You may have different experience and if you want to share your experience contact us and we can upload in our blog. Searching funding sometimes is hard thing for entrepreneurs and information is the important thing. This quote can make you feel relieve that you are not alone: “Coppola has problems getting financing, so why should I not have problems getting financing”.

Thursday, September 27, 2012


hi there,

it is now 8 PM and I am sitting alone in my room blogging and then start thinking about life. It is so funny when sometimes we find that our life is so simple but sometimes we find it so hard until we think we will never get through it.. but, when we pass the problem and think about it we still can't believe that we can overcome it.

I don't know about you but a little prayer always help me overcome many problems. I am not a religious woman. I never go to church or memorizing bible. I don't believe that one religion can take you to heaven, it depend on you not your religion. I do believe in God, good spirit, karma, and I respect other people and their believe. I adore nature, I love animal, and I respect universe. 

In my hard times I have favorite prayer that can give me e new spirit, It is beautiful...


New listing on September

Hi there..
life has been so busy. I have to force myself working on the design, marketing, and also many things to run this business.. but overall.. it is fun!!!
To give you a shop update I will post some of the items here... or you can just visit LIEMIRA SHOP
All of my jewelry are special because I only make it once..

all items are One of a Kind but if you want to make something really really special you can email me and make something you want...


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Liemira Giveaway "September"

hi there,
I can't wait to announce our new program: Liemira Giveaway!!

One lucky reader will win
a One of A Kind Liemira jewelry 

So here are the Rules of the Game:

1. Follow Our blog 

2. Like us on FB Page  >>>>>> Liemira FB Page

3. visit our shop on >>>>> FB or Etsy

4. share your favorite item on twitter, facebook, or blog (please leave links if you do share, and please leave your email address in case you are the winner!) just let me know what you did in your comment below this post.

5. We will choose the winner in the end of September.

6. We will wrapped the jewelry and send it to your home. Free shipping cost for those who stay in US, Australia, and Asia.

7. After you received the necklace please take a picture of you wearing it and I will post it on my blog.

have a good day everyone!!!
lots of love