October 24, 2008
Happy Friday, Sweets!
I don’t think we have even scratched the surface of the many facets of Cottage Style/ Froufrou. This next trend is one that I feel, is timeless and beautiful. Around Lolli-Land, we’ll be calling it FrouFrou Cowgirl! Take a look…
What do our two weekend artists have to do with Froufrou Cowgirl? Decide for yourself…
I’ve been creating handmade goods for 20 years, with a background in free-lance design – selling designs to publishers, as well as selling finished work. Acquiring a liking for all things eclectic first began during my childhood in the out-west version of ‘Mayberry’. Cosmopolitan city lightd came next and it was fun, then I settled into suburbia for a time but my roots on the range called me home. I never looked back.
My work is a reflection of eclectic living. Whether jewelry, historic reproduction dolls & bears or vintage goodies etc…I like to ‘mix it up’. I’m a horse-crazy cowgirl at heart; my husband and I are cattle ranchers in Wyoming. I dabble in photography, write a little for hire, love music – western swing, classical, jazz standards, oldies and ethnic flavors.
The old-time cowgirl was a creature of strong contrasts. She was tough…and tender, a product of the times in which she lived. The time-frame that produced the cowboy and cattle barons was the Victorian era. ‘Girly-girl’ cowgirls wore fancy handmade lace as well as sweat stained leather. Satin, florals, baubles and embellishments ruled their wardrobe. Picture the Gibson girls in flamboyant, wide-brimmed cowboy hats. Let me tell you, it ain’t easy being a girly-girl in a dirty world…on the ranch. Like my sisters from that bygone era, I also hunger for lace & fine-ness and sanctuary in pretty pleasures.
Every era and culture offers it’s own unique personality. Rules rule our world, but not the arts. While we can only live in one era at a time, we can play with and learn from all of them in the arts. I’m tickled to be a part of the Lollishop family … a ‘virtual’ village of unique boutiques for the online shopper to stroll through. Quality handmade merchandise in many flavors and various versions everywhere one looks! Thank you Sadie Lou for ‘Lolliland’.
~Shery Jesperson, Reata Rose Ranch
and now for Shery’s little sister,
“How it all began…”
I’m like most bead-lovers….my life-long bead-addiction began at childhood. My earliest memories began with Grama’s jewelry box, which was my favorite toy-box! If she couldn’t find me she knew
exactly where to look first! I started beading with dyed macaroni, pony beads, seed beads, any kind of bead I could get my little hands on! Now it’s mostly gorgeous expensive ‘good stuff’ you can’t find
at the grocery or dime store! I’ve created jewelry for myself all my life and used all sorts stuff….from pine needles and nuts, to thrift shop junk, lots of flea market finds, and re-working antique pieces I’d
Grama also began to teach me how to embroidery when I was 5yrs & my Mom always used her creativity with Christmas gifts, Valentine’s Day, or our birthdays. I was surrounded by wonderful creative women.
I made my first hand-sewn felt cloth doll & her clothes at 10yo, later in HS I sewed many of my own clothes (Seventeen magazine inpired me every month!), when my baby sons were born I embroidered tiny
white T-shirts w/swallows and teddy bears, eventually I created a wide variety of craft items, which I sold in my gallery in MI which also represented 40 artisans, it goes on and on….I’ve been a crafty gal
all my life! *Take note of my jean jacket smothered with buttons hanging above my worktable…I did that while living in Sacramento way back in 1987!!
Six years ago, I was seeking a new job/career and faced age discrimination for the first in my life. To make ends meet I began selling some of my worldly goods I’d collected on Ebay. One day, while brushing
up my resume for the 100th time, I took a break and clicked into Ebay to check on my active household auctions. Afterward, I detoured into the jewelry category….I snuck a little peek at all the jewelry
(total weakness)….”whoa, look at ALL the items and what they sold! I can DO that!!” The rest is history. I am truly blessed to be able to do what I love and call it my career too!
October 17, 2008
I feel like I met Alisa ages ago! When I first started up the Cottage Style Street Team on Etsy, Alisa was one of the best supporters. She would always show up and help promote Cottage Style shops with me in the forums.
Alisa is one of those true, consistent friends…
…and she’s an ultra-talented artist!!
Since childhood, creating has been a love of mine. When I started my first year of college I thought my career would follow the Fine Arts path, but then I discovered a passion for children. So I veered off and became an Early Childhood Educator. After almost 14 years of traveling that kid friendly path, I veered again. This time I found a familiar road… art. However, instead of drawing and painting like I used to do, I began scrapbooking and card making.
A year ago, I decided to take my paper love one step further and I started Alisa Jane Designs. It began with the designing of a few simple note cards and composition journals and now with the anxiously awaited opening of LolliShops, has evolved into a stationery shop. I really enjoy creating functional items that bring beauty to life’s everyday tasks. My personal mantra is “life is a beautiful place to be” and I find that my work is inspired by this beauty, whether it is a blooming rose in my garden or the innocent giggle of a child.
I am so excited about the opening of LolliShops. I really feel like it will be the perfect venue for businesses that provide not only aesthetically pleasing products, but also products of the highest quality and customer service where both personal touch and satisfaction is most important.
October 13, 2008
I received Dana’s press kits for Moon Maiden Soaps & Sundries and I was so impressed by her packaging, I asked her to write an article for the blog about how she went about branding her product lines…
In order to stand out in a sea of competition, focus on branding and fluidity in packaging is essential. Where the big players can spend an enormous amount of time and money on branding, smaller businesses can really do wonders with branding by following a few simple principles.
Create a Look – Decide on the color scheme for your business. Ask yourself what kind of look and feel you want to impart. It is important to choose colors from a complementary color scheme in order to carry it through your all your packaging, company logo and promotional materials.
Design a Logo – What image would you like your customers to visualize when they think of you and your product? If you are unable to capture the imagery in your mind and translate it into something tangible you can work with, I strongly suggest developing a relationship with a graphic designer. There are several wonderful graphic design programs on the market today; and many more people trained to use them quickly and effectively. Having some ideas and conceptualizations laid out in advance will be very helpful for both you and your designer.
Decide on Product Presentation – How do you want to package your products? Packaging plays a very large role establishing fluidity and professional presentation. A little research goes a long way here; develop a “scrapbook” of examples by getting out there and looking at merchandising first hand. Insure that all your packaging solutions for your entire line compliment one another. Keep in mind also functionality and durability when selecting packaging styles.
Sadie Lou asked me to share a little bit about my experience with branding Moon Maiden Soap & Sundries and how I settled on my current style.
I began with my company name. Since my business is in the bath and body industry, it seemed appropriate to emphasize the delicate feminine side of women. I had chosen Moon Maiden to reflect the youthful beauty associated with the maiden aspect of the triple goddess figure from earth-based spirituality. From there I decided on the image of the maiden. She is from a copyright-free vintage postcard. I felt this maiden had the perfect feminine expression I wanted for my product presentation. Initially, I attempted to design my own product packaging. However, I quickly realized my limited skills with the graphics program and decided to seek the services of someone more qualified. Working with a graphic designer was quintessential to developing a fluid style for my line. I prepared a storyboard of what I wanted regarding color scheme and the maiden image, but just as importantly described how I named my business as well as some pertinent information about my background. Within a few days I was contacted with the first set of graphics to approve –I think being prepared for that initial meeting shortened the process considerably.
I order most of my packaging supplies through Nashville Wraps (www.nashvillewraps.com). They have a large selection and very low minimums which can be beneficial to small businesses. I order my labels through Online Labels.com (www.onlinelabels.com) as well as Creative Label Concepts (www.labelsbythesheet.com). Again, both have relatively low minimums and a large selection of label sizes to meet your needs.
Due to the small scale of my current printing needs, I opted to purchase a color laser printer and print the labels myself. It allows me to print as needed; and frees up upfront overhead costs and valuable storage space. I do have my business cards and literature printed professionally.
I hope by sharing this little bit of insight, you too will be able to develop branding that is as unique and lovely as you and your wonderful handmade products are!
By Dana Eskes © 2008, All Rights Reserved
Proprietor, Moon Maiden Soap & Sundries
October 10, 2008
Leah applied for a LolliShop last week and when I visited her shop, my eyes got very wide and I got very excited!
Leah is an artist whose medium is vintage chenille! Doesn’t that sound lovely? Oh, I assure you it is…
I asked Leah if I could feature her this weekend–I was seriously *proud* of this woman’s talents! (as if it had anything to do with me…)
She agreed and so I’d like to introduce you to Leah of Vintage Chenille…
I have always loved to create, especially scrap booking, cross stitch and patchwork. I have recently had baby No. 4 a girl!!! (after 3 boys) and that was the only excuse/inspiration I needed to get out that sewing machine and create
+++ I love collecting old buttons and buckles, ribbons, ric rac, lace, crochet flowers and of course vintage chenille. I have so many ideas and plans for the future of my small but expanding new business. I’m thrilled and very excited about the journey I am about to begin with LolliShops! ~Leah
You can get to know more about Leah and her creative side on her blog, so sweetly named, Handmade Bits & Pieces
October 2, 2008
September 22, 2008
Happy First Day of Fall From LolliShops!!
Please click this link to see the original mosaic and links to the artists
September 19, 2008
“In culinary terms, it means fresh cream — as a soap, it is a fluffy, thick whipped soap that is perfect for making an ordinary shower into a pampering, indulgent experience.”
Oh my, YES!!
“Savor grew out of a love for cooking — each bar of soap is planned out recipe-style — and each creation is infused with a love for natural and exotic ingredients. I started selling in October 2007. My line began with elegant soaps, then I introduced bath salts and some lotions, and finally a fun, whipped soap I call creme fraiche (for fresh cream). I love to consult cookbooks for my inspiration — I love to have soaps that are so tempting and decadent you feel totally pampered by them.
“I produce 75-100 pounds of soap a week, and have a steady wholesale business — the wholesale portion of Savor is thriving like I would have never thought possible! Online sales have been fantastic, and the customers I’ve met have been the best. I couldn’t be more pleased with the people I’ve met through Savor.”
“Savor takes up about 40 hours per week of my time, and I work a full time job at a company in downtown San Francisco as well. It takes balance, but it’s important to me that my family and our future is provided for. To keep the business growing, I focus on advertising, product innovation, and keeping my lovely customers as happy as can be :)”
There is nothing I love more than a business woman that goes after her dream. I *LOVE* it!!
You can find more scrumptious luxury here:
Savor on Flickr
I know a few people that will be getting some of this for Christmas…
September 12, 2008
Talk about your eye candy…
I recently confessed to Roxie that I am fully in love with her website. Roxie makes something we all want. Something we all must have this holiday season!
I’m purchasing a couple strands of these for my Silver Bella booth this November…aren’t they delicious?
Those are the “Pink” Candylights by Jorabeel’s
Hi, my name is Roxie Morrow, owner and designer of Candylights by Jorabeel’s.
I’ve been hand dipping bulbs and light strands for 3 years and get inspired daily by the many creative women entrepreneurs out there.
I have many goals for my business, one of which is to see Candylights in stores.
I love everything feminine, anything eye candy, and all things PINK!
Candylights are both fun and functional at the same time. Pretty pastel light confections make your home beautiful and your Holidays shine!
I hope to add many more colors and scents as I am continuously receiving customer requests and recommendations.
I am having so much fun playing and truly making Candylights a “sweet” “bright” notion to your life.
My favorite quote of all time: HOPE is the DREAM of a soul AWAKE.
I love that last picture! Those are the individual bulbs. I love that these bulbs are not just for the holidays but you can enjoy them all the time–wouldn’t it be romantic in your bedroom?
I just want to eat them.
Roxie has another website called Business in the Bag where she helps people brand their businesses…
You can also get to know Roxie better this weekend by visiting her BLOG!
Have a great weekend everyone…
September 5, 2008
Yes, I did have my big meeting yesterday and yes, it went well. I’ll be announcing some BIG NEWS next week (Monday?) due to some of the information I need to process over the weekend.
In the meantime,
Enjoy a weekend with these fabulous LolliShops vendors…
1. Cherry Crumb Pie–Detail, 2. DSCN5106, 3. little neighborhood, 4. Aphrodite Earrings, 5. Happy 7th Birthday, 6. messenger style rag bag, 7. Fairy Garden, 8. Polly Pockets Ringa Ringa Rosie Bracelet OOAK, 9. Pamper Me Bath Tea’s, 10. Raspberry MINI Muffin Soap, 11. The Murderess, 12. Chandelier Bubble Pendant, 13. Chocolate & Roses, 14. fairy moon garden, 15. Vintage Postcard Creations, 16. Celadon Garden, 17. Keepsake Box with Vintage Doll, 18. Super Tiny Mini Beaded Fairy Cupcakes!, 19. A SECRET PAST, 20. Hanging Mixed Media Teacup, 21. Lace Cake4, 22. Dreamsicle Lip Butter, 23. Shabby Cottage Chic Pumpkin, 24. Vintage pink boxes and earrings, 25. 1800’s antique Victorian button necklace, jewelry, 26. Snow Day Shadow Box~Gossamer Creations~, 27. F445, 28. 224_1, 29. doves 008, 30. Hello Lovely!, 31. june 7 015, 32. Sonata Necklace, 33. Felt Rose Brooch, 34. IMG_4669, 35. button garden canvas, 36. ella