Small Business: Nettle’s Tale

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I discovered Nettle’s Tale when their Indiegogo campaign video flooded my FaceBook page back in April 2014. When I pressed play I was more than impressed, I fell in love for the Nettle’s Tale story.  After starting my blog and featuring small businesses local to me, I had a few friends encourage me to reach out to Nettle’s Tale to share their story.  Soon after that I reached out to Julia, founder and swimsuit designer for Nettle’s Tale, and was thrilled that she was interested in having me feature her small business.  Nettle’s Tale is an outstanding small business that does more that just cater to their customers needs, they help their customers to be confident and love their bodies inside and out. Continue reading

KEWE Clothing Online Store Grand Opening and Giveaway

It has been such a pleasure getting to know the lovely sisters behind KEWE Clothing this past month. We have been chatting back and forth about their launch date fast approaching and wanted to do something extra special! Today I get to share a little bit about KEWE Clothing, show you some sneak peak photos and….. there is even a giveaway on Instagram. Woot!

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DIY: Easter Egg decorating with Metallic Tattoos by Boho Marks

My son saw some of my metallic tattoos around the house the other day and was asking to use them. This morning I had an idea to use the tattoos while decorating our Easter eggs. When I brought this idea to him, he was beyond excited. He even proclaimed, “Daddy will be so impressed with us when he sees that we tattooed our eggs!”

I think I was just as excited as he was. We cleaned the table off, got a cloth, scissors, Boho Marks {metallic tattoos}, and of course the hard boiled eggs. This was such a great craft for him as he got to carefully cut around the tattoos he wanted to place, focused on being gentle with the eggs, and he loved seeing how they turned out. This craft was great for me as the mess was minimal and we were both having a great time together.

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Natural Bath Time Products

Each month I connect with one of my favourite shops and then get to share their story with you. This month I had the pleasure of featuring Twine Abode in the ‘Shop Spotlight’.

I have very much enjoyed featuring Twine Abode and can not resist sharing more of their products with you. Twine Abode makes the loveliest all natural products for your home as well as cleansing products for yourself and your kids. I own the Shampoo & Body Wash from the ‘twine for kids’ line and have absolutely adored using it on my kids. Every night when I tuck my daughter in goodnight and have snuggles on her rocking chair I can’t resist nuzzling my head into her hair and breathing in the smell of sweet orange. Continue reading

Small Business: Twin Tree Jewelry Design

Sarah Threlfall and Tammy Toews started their own small business, Twin Tree Jewelry Design, as a fun hobby to satisfy their creative passions.  The twin sister duo strives on creating unique handcrafted pieces to compliment everyday wear.  Their outgoing personalities, creative passions and eagerness to keep up with fashion’s latest trends allows these girls to shine.

Twin Tree Jewelry consists of a large array of different styled earrings and hair pins.  Whether it’s  a wooden stud, an elegant clip-on or one of their chic dangly earrings, they have earrings to suit every unique individual’s style.  If you are looking for something a little bit more personalized these ladies create unique custom pieces for your specific needs.  Sarah and Tammy love assisting their customers while they are jewelry shopping and finding them the perfect item to compliment their outfit of the day or special event attire.

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When I asked Sarah and Tammy what makes their jewelry line unique they said, “Our line is based on two minds creating pieces that portray who we are with a ‘same same but different’ perspective.  We both have a creative eye that helps us to see pieces that are out of the ordinary and turn them into something unique.”

 Sarah and Tammy also mentioned that their ability to create custom orders for their customers makes them stand out from other jewelry lines.  They have an amazing ability to create and bring their customers visions and ideas to life through their designs.  Twin Tree Jewelry has received amazing feedback, not only on their jewelry line and custom orders, but on how they continually impress and please their customers.

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Incredibly sastisfied customers is a huge benefit as their brand is most successfully marketed through word of mouth advertising.  Happy customers sharing their experiences, combined with their extremely reasonable and affordable prices, allows Twin Tree Jewelry to be so successful.  Sarah and Tammy have also found great success selling at local vintage and handmade markets.  They believe their eye catching display, showcasing their jewelry on white birch stumps that turn on a lazy susan, gives customers a great chance to view their merchandise with ease.

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Currently Sarah and Tammy both work full time careers, while Twin Tree Jewelry Design is their small business on the side. They have been encouraged by their customers to expand their line to include bracelets and necklaces, however, they both said they enjoy keeping it casual and relaxed.  Sarah and Tammy are excited for what the future holds for Twin Tree Jewelry, maybe one day they will extend their jewelry line and expand into more local shops and hair salons.

Twin Tree Jewelry Design Located at:
Chantel Funk Design Inc – Abbotsford, BC
Cashmere Hair Design by Julia – Abbotsford, BC
Dominics Hair Salon – Abbotsford, BC

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Small Business: From The Seeds

I am so pleased to be able to share this lovely handmade business, From The Seeds, with you.  After discovering them on Instagram, I was instantly blown away by the creativity behind Amber and her loving husband.  Their inspiring, captivating, and unique creations had me wanting to learn more about how From the Seeds came to be.

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Settled in British Columbia, Canada, Amber keeps busy with her two year old boy, two silly pugs and a chubby kitty.  While on maternity leave, Amber created her first lovey bunny for her teething son, it was a hit.  The feedback Amber received from family and friends was very impacting.  With these kind and motivating words Amber was motivated to use her creative spirit and passion for sewing to start a business of her own.

Amber’s husband, Barry, became more involved in the business when one of her dear friends requested he make a toy camera.  Barry is self taught in woodworking, however, Amber knew he had the skills to produce something wonderful.  Barry carefully crafted the wooden camera and lens cap, while Amber sewed a strap, painted the wood, and coated it with a finishing oil, made from a combination of homemade beeswax and organic grape seed.   The finished product was phenomenal, and without question, From The Seeds added another item to their inventory.

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During nap times and after Amber’s little man goes to bed she is able to continue to work hard at making From The Seeds a successful small business.  Each item in their inventory is hand crafted with so much love and care.  Her top seller, the lovey bunnies, are so soft and cuddly and made from high quality linen and stuffed with organic cotton.  With great attention to detail, Amber brings her lovey bunnies to life by embroidering on their loving faces.

Amber’s teething bunnies are also such a pleasure for her to make.  Each teething bunny is made perfectly  for tiny hands to grasp around the body and get a good grip. Originally the teething bunnies were specifically created for a local shop, although recently Amber has decided to list them online.  Creating and completing each unique order brings so much joy to Amber.

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Since starting out Amber has learnt a lot about what keeps her business successful.  Consistency has been the key for her success.  Amber has recognized that if she focuses too much attention on filling orders for her local shops her online shop has suffered.  Her business strives when she is consistently posting new listings online, while balancing orders for local shops.

Amber also has found a lot of business success through Instagram. She feels that Instagram has been the kindest to her in terms of marketing. Amber said,  “The ability to connect and interact with your customers and other small businesses is so fulfilling.  There truly isn’t anything more rewarding then seeing snapshots of children snuggling and interacting with my little creations.”

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Find From The Seeds at the following locations:
Brick and Mortar Living – New Westminster, BC
Spruce Collective – Abbotsford, BC

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