We had the good fortune of connecting with Dianne White and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dianne, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
As children we loved going to craft stores with our Mom. We lived not to far from H & H which used to be on the corner of 17th street and Harbor Blvd. in Santa Ana. We would comb every aisle, inspect every case and imagine the fun to be had by creating cute things with all the wonderful items there. We also had a Leewards nearby. Another store full of possibilities! We were both very into Halloween. As kids, we would decorate as soon as October hit. Making our own corpses, spiderwebs and spiders! We were resourceful. Papier mache, construction paper and glue were the tools at hand. Our Dad would help rig everything up. He had lights to simulate lightning and at 6′ 5″ would dress up as Frankenstein to hand out candy! Whimzy and Glitterfest grew out of our love for crafting & creating. After spending time on the craft show circuit, it was a natural progression to open the shoppe. From there artists were coming to us to sell their wares and Glitterfest was born! We love to immerse people in our crazy little world. We both have eccentric tastes. When you mix that with a crafty mind, vintage lovlies, and doll heads you get Whimzy!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We have always kind of been on our own. Our mantra is if we love it, someone else will too. Sometimes the well runs dry and the ideas slow down. With a little inspirational research we are back at it again. We both like to put our own spin on things and work hard to keep it unique. We have made several artist friends that help connect us creatively. Tending a business can be very wearying. So the creative side of it helps to balance that. People can be challenging too. Customer service is a most difficult job, but all it takes is one person’s “oooooh’s and ahhhh’s” when they step into our world and we know it was worth it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Roger’s Gardens, Disneyland, San Clemente Takao for sushi, In-N-Out, and Old Town Tustin of course!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Our parents did a fabulous job of encouraging and suppporting us. Without family to hold you up, these kinds of endeavors can be hugely difficult. Close family friends are a major help too! The helpers at Glitterfest are friends and family. They make a tremendous difference and we appreciate all of their support. We salute all of the craft show promoters before us. Without those experiences, we would not be were we are.
Website: www.Whimzy.com, www.Glitterfest.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vintage_flea_market_of_ott/ https://www.instagram.com/glitterfestlove/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VintageWhimzy https://twitter.com/glitterfestlove
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vintagewhimzy, https://www.facebook.com/Glitterfestlove
Cynthia Thompson Shaffer Sheryl Simpson