What Is Past Is Prologue: Five Years of Violet Folklore

by Amber Magnolia Hill on September 19, 2013

Today is Violet Folklore’s 5th anniversary! It was on September 19th, 2008 that Sasha and I, after weeks of talking about how we’d work it all out, plunged forward and set up our Etsy account. We had met at a local herb class the previous year; I remember noticing Sasha right away on the first day of class because of the beautiful prairie dress she was wearing. What a sweet sign of what was to come!

Violet Folklore

This was our first attempt at taking an Official Marketing Photo. It was a very serious endeavor. (And apparently we were twelve years old).

Sasha went on to found her own Etsy vintage shop called Astral Boutique. She has carried her wild-eyed, golden-hued, flowers-in-her-hair vision forward with her and has been very successful with her shop, even being Etsy’s Featured Seller back in July! Sasha is responsible for many of the early photos featured below.

I thought I’d celebrate today by posting a retrospective of some of my favorite vintage pieces, shot on a dozen different cameras over the years in some of the most beautiful locations in and around Nevada City and worn by (almost) every model Violet Folklore has ever featured. **I have deleted tens of thousands of photos off my computer over the years, so I know there are a few girls missing from this post. I’m sorry ladies, and I love ye dearly and thank ye endlessly!**


Carabeth modeled the first piece we ever sold. We felt triumphant!


Sarah has been killing it with every pose all throughout these five years.


Cynthia is now Sasha’s bandmate in Mt. Whateverest. CHECK THEM AND THEIR AMAZING OUTFITS OUT.


Sethicus was VF’s one and only male model. All the ladies swooned.


 Alela wore a Daughter of the Sun necklace on the Winter Solstice.


Maria was red hot.


Lucia channeled Eve.


Bette channelled Little Red Riding Hood.


Candace modelled one of the prettiest Gunnies ever.


Along with the one Sasha modeled in this self-photographed moment of crystalline sweet pea reverie.


Toni (of Moonchild Vintage) struck a pose at one of the many local Gold Rush historical sites- Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley.


I breathed in the big sky in Nevada (the actual state).


Lily managed to remain earthbound.


Suuzi looked down, smiled, and created one of my favorite photos ever.


Jen offered her beauty & grace to the world.


Mycelia brought the kid’s vintage to adorable new heights.


Annie’s playfulness was perfectly captured by Simon Weller‘s photographs in the Little Town of Washington (he took the following five pictures as well…)


Ariella didn’t even have to pretend to be a magical woodland nymph.


Kate embodied a ghostly miner’s widow at Malakoff Diggins.


Alli lounged in between rounds of Bloody Mary’s at the famous Willo Steakhouse.


Chia (of Out of the Mystic) was the Golden Queen of the Summer Solstice.


And Erin radiated her calm beauty out into the sunlit pines of the Sierra foothills…


I’ll leave you with yet another early Official Marketing Photo attempt. I’m pretty sure we were going for a Lady Power! vibe with this shoot- you can use power tools, be a mother, and rock out all while wearing pretty vintage! And you know I’ve learned in these past five years- IT’S TRUE.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Alison September 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm

My GOD. Dang, but dem dames shore is purdy! I love you one and all.


Shawna James September 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm



Heidi September 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Hiya! So fun to see all these gorgeous photos of you guys over the years. You and Sasha will always be my favourites on Etsy, having bought or traded with you both. You’re a class act. :)

PS: I bought that cute little madras-plaid dress you are wearing in the last photo, and it’s still one of my favourites!

Cheers to another wonderful 5 years of VF~



Amber Magnolia Hill September 19, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Yes! And I’m so glad you have that dress Heidi. It was my first ever Etsy purchase and I still love it with all my heart!


teeny September 19, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Happy 5 years Amber! Keep on! x


Milla September 24, 2013 at 9:26 am

Holy Mackarel! There’s so many amazing shots here, so many gorgeous clothes that I’ve coveted and adored at some point in time! Hot damn girl! I love that pic of you under that big ‘ol Nevada sky so much, all of these shots are such magic, so darling, daring, or funny! Here’s to another five years, ten, twenty, of Violet Folklore Magic and that someone somewhere in the future, a young woman most likely, may just get her hands on your collection photos and share it just like you did of The Cuckoo’s Nest ;)


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