There were some talented women that helped make Cohen's birthday party amazing. These ladies submitted their items for review in exchange for a spot on this post. I wanted to do a little more than a normal review, I wanted to introduce them to you. They are moms just like us that have turned their craft into a business. Take a minute to read their interviews and go support them by buying from their shops! These ladies were all great to work with and I highly recommend all of them!
First let's start with these awesome invitations made by Jenny. I loved that all the colors on the invitation went with the entire party's color scheme. Check out her shop Inky Pinky Paperie and you can also catch her on facebook.
(Jenny and her son)
My name is Jenny Old and I am the designer behind Inky Pinky Paperie. I work full-time as an elementary computer lab teacher. I enjoy expressing my creativity through my invitation and card designs and party accessories. I am a single mother to a handsome little boy named Ashtyn who just turned 4.
When I was thinking about party favors I wanted something that the kids could actually use and not that the kids would throw away once they got home. The crayon wrap was the perfect solution! I loved how these turned out! Faviola is the owner of Baby Penelope. Check out her cute shop here. She's has a special offer just for you! Save 20% off your order by using the coupon code SAVE20OFF at checkout. Offer end 12/18/11
Christin is the owner of Memorable Moments Studio. You can print her items at home using your own printer but we decided to print our oder at Kinko's. The women at Kinko's were going crazy over the cuteness of everything. I loved how it all turned out. For the banner we ended up making a pennant banner out of burlap and gluing the banner printable directly on it. It was so cute!
Tell us a little about yourself and your family.
My husband, Brandon, and I met in college at the University of Arkansas. We have the sweetest baby boy, Landon. Landon turned 2 on December 1st, and he's so full of energy! He's a such a fun stage, learning new things every day. We currently live in Conway, Arkansas.
How long have you been an etsy vendor?
I opened my store on Etsy in April 2011. I started out with a few invitations, and it has grown to over 225+ items, including Christmas cards, invitation and printable party items.
What is the inspiration for your craft?
My inspiration comes from my customers or from an idea I have for my personal events/parties. Most of the items in my shop have been created based on the needs of my customers, including new product lines and party themes.
What are the products you offer in your shop?
In my etsy shop, I offer printable Christmas cards, printable invitations and printable party items. Some of the printable party items include banners, cupcake toppers, cupcake wrappers, water bottle labels, juice box labels, hershey kiss candy stickers, mini candy bar wrappers, candy bag labels, party favor tags, party signs, candy jar signs, placeholders or food tents, bubble labels, thank you notes, and gift tags.
How do you balance family life and owning a business?
I work full-time, and Memorable Moments Studio is my side business. No matter what, family always comes first though! I try to stay caught up on orders, so it doesn't take too much time away from my family in the evenings, but I usually catch up on my orders after my son goes to bed. I also limit the number of custom orders I can take in a week, because those are the time consuming orders, which keeps the work load easily manageable.
What is some advice you would give someone wanting to start their own etsy shop?
Don't be afraid to give it a shot! It's important to be as flexible as possible. Many customers come to etsy for personalized, unique items...so it's important to keep that in mind and help your customers with new ideas and help them expand on ideas they have.
The thing I love about etsy is I get to do what I enjoy, work with fun and creative people from around the world, and manage my own work load. If you need a break, you can put your shop on "vacation mode" and get away. I promised myself when I started that if it ever became too much and wasn't fun anymore, I'll stop or cutback on what's offered in the store. So far, the orders seem to come in phases. For example, it's very busy right now because of Christmas card orders, but next week may be slow, allowing me plenty of time to enjoy more family time.
Janet owns the shop Dainty Couture. Which is filled with so many cute things! She did an amazing job with Cohen's birthday hat and bib. Everyone loved both! They were the perfect addition to the party and of course look super cute in pictures. :)