Saturday, June 7, 2008

An entrepreneur - me?

I guess, technically, since I've just started my own Etsy shop, I could be called an entrepreneur. Or, if you're getting all crazy (like Richard hates) you could call me a Mom-preneur. I don't know if I can help you understand how exciting that is to me unless you've been there. It is so exciting to me to think that I can create things that other people are willing to pay money for and then display on their body or in their home. This past week I had my first purchase from Chic Made from a totally random, un-related to me or coerced in any way person. (Maybe I shouldn't admit that since it makes me look like a newbie, but I'm too excited to not share) And she bought 5 things! I was walking on air all day long! She told me she's going to wear her new jewelry to church on Sunday and I'm pretty sure that's all I'll be able to think about all day on Sunday (which is a problem since I'm teaching the lesson in Relief Society this week!).

Anyway, on a blog called Tip Junkie, they are looking for all Mom-preneur's and what they create. To be included I need a link on my blog to my three favorite products. It's hard for me to choose my three favorites, because all of them are my babies. My creations. My time well spent. But I guess if I have to choose (don't be jealous, the rest of my little creations!) I'd chose:

1. The Chalkboard Napkin Rings

I think I love these so much because they are such a simple, useful, yet oh-so-stylish thing. I think it's a unique use for a plain old item (the "plain old item" being a napkin ring or the chalkboard paint, you choose.)

2. The Infant Freshwater Pearl Bracelet

I love this bracelet because it is just what I wanted when I was putting bracelet's on my infant daughter. It's got some pink but it's not screaming PINK. It's classy but fun. It tells the world that this baby is a girl. I'm having such fun making these kinds of bracelet's for baby-showers for my friends these days. If only more of my friends were having girls!

3. The Serenity Earrings

I love these earrings because they are so simple. When I first went to my first beading shop these are the first beads that caught my eye and just *had* to go in my basket. They are the only beads so far that I have gone back and bought another batch of the exact same thing after using up all of the first batch. I think they are lovely.

I hope you're not getting tired of hearing about my Etsy shop or what I'm creating or what I've sold or whatever. Because I'm pretty sure I'm not going to shut up about it any time soon. It's just too exciting. I dream about my creations. I dream about how to drum-up business. I dream about some day being one of those Etsy shops that sells hundreds of things each day. I dream about being so big that I have to move beyond Etsy. Yesterday Ruth made some comment to me about a celebrity wearing my jewelry to a big awards show some day and that's all I could think about for several hours. (I came to the conclusion that the only way that is going to happen is if Ruth herself becomes a celebrity and wears them - which isn't too far fetched since I'm sure she's going to be a famous Country or Opera singer some day) I'm totally obsessed and I admit it. But I think that's what makes me a good Entrepreneur. Or at least I hope so.


Cocoa said...

There's some great resources and articles in the etsy community area. Have you read some of them. There were some good tips I would never have thought of.

I think your chalkboard napkin rings are genius. :D

Elieson Family said...

Way to go Nancy!! How Liberating! **don't forget my soap!**

angela michelle said...

Ok first of all, we need to have a sit-down with Richard regarding his issues with mom blogs and mom-peneurs. What is his issue with moms?! Come on Richard--you can't resist!

Those are 3 totally awesome creations. I think it's great that you've found this great hobby and business. I think you SHOULD take over the world.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I had no idea my comments had such an effect on you! You should help me put a link to your etsy shop on my blog, so that all my famous people friends (since I'm making so many these days) will go buy your jewelry! Then our dreams really can come true!

graffiti said...

and this is why I love you my dear Nancy friend. and very cool and beautiful things!

Bianca Russo said...

Great stuff! I loved the napkin rings, I might get myself a pair, their really cute! I love helping mompreneurs in any way I can!

Actually, I'm an ambassador for Microsoft and right now we're trying to reach out and connect with influential bloggers, like you, and try and offer some help to those women trying to get their business started! I'd love to share some information with you on how we can do that!

We just wrapped up a women's entrepreneurial tour across the US called “Vision To Venture;” the response and turn-out was great!

I'd really love your take on these offerings we have right now; I would have contacted you via email but I didn't know which was the best way to reach you.

Thank you so much, I hope I didn't overstep my bounds by directly contacting you. Get back to me if I’ve caught your interest-- I’d love to share more info with you.

Bianca Russo
Official Microsoft Ambassador