Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Biz talk...

I'm always reading, learning, gawking... pretty much anything that has to do with social media and business. I'm by far probably the most challenged when it comes to the world of blogging. But I'm doing my best to keep up with it :) because I really enjoy doing it. I've met some really great people and learning so much. I love business! Everything about it fascinates me. How a successful or not so successful small or big business does it.

I wanted to share some finds and resources I use. Maybe you can find it useful for your blog or business endeavors. 

  • Just added the instagram widget to my page by - SnapWidget
  • I came across Becca through the Etsy teams and absolutely appreciate her blog and helpful tips. I've connected with many of you through her Blog Hop-
  • Great mag to read about big or small entrepreneurs - Inc Magazine
  • If your on Etsy a great resource to check your stats-
  • I just joined this site and I've been tooling around with it. Lots of ideas to help come up with subjects for your blog and not to mention The Skinny Scoop gang is awesome! Great group of gals there. You have to check them out -
  • I've been on Etsy for 5 months and love it but I'm always looking for other avenues to expose my work. I came across and trying it out - it's Etsy meets big cartel. They have some nice features. More on them as the weeks/months go buy.
  • I joined a team on Etsy, the SF Etsy Team. They are the best! The support and networking is amazing! So fortunate to have made a connection with them (though I've never met anyone in person). We do a lot of communicating via the virtual world.  

Happy Friday!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Pretty Etsy Easter Finds

Happy Friday all! It's been awhile since my last post! Been busy running around like a crazy lady :) Spring's on the mind and looking forward to the warmer weather. I was looking at the calendar the other night and was thinking what was coming up and of course it's Easter! Pretty colors, food and family time. I found some great decorating ideas on Etsy and wanted to share these great stores!

Have a great weekend all!!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Happy Monday- Introducing Ashley Greenstone from OwlBolt

Happy Monday ALL! This weekend flew by like all the weekend's have been lately. Nothing exciting on my side. The weather put a damper on fun shenanigans so hoping for a sunnier weekend ahead :)

I'm excited to introduce you to the lovely Ashley Greenstone of OwlBolt. Her beautiful knits are too cute not to share. I came across Ashley 1st on Instagram and her Etsy shop.Thank you Ashley for taking the time to stop by and share your story.

Enjoy :)


I am 27, My bday is March 31st so almost 28..haha.
I grew up in San Diego California. I have always loved every form of Art, I have been a hairdresser for 10 yrs. I have been a stay at home mom since I was 7 months pregnant with Johnny, who will be 2 in May!

 -How long have you been crocheting?

I started crochet in September, so 7 months :)

He's so cute!
 -How did you become interested in it?

Ever since I found out my best friend from high school new how to crochet, it always made me think someday I will learn too! My Aunt is a master Knit/Crocheter so when I was visiting my family I asked her to teach me the basics.

 -Where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration comes from COLOR! I love being able to blend any color I want together. Usually while I am crocheting one thing I am thinking about other things I want to crochet. Sometimes I feel like there isnt enough time for all my ideas! haha

 - Do you do other crafts besides crochet?

YES, I am an ART girl. I love to paint! Which is another thing I am looking forward to doing this Spring and Summer. When all the leaves on the tress and flowers on the ground come out it usually starts to inspire me.

 - Your pieces are so cute! Do you have a favorite design to make?

I always Love what I first come out with, For instance making Headbands! I knew my orders of beanies were going to slow down as winter ends, so I needed to come up with something new to keep my Etsy shop active! I just love creating new things that I havent seen before.

-What things do you do to market your business?

Every time I post on Etsy I advertise on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Instagram is where I get 90% of my orders.

 -What do you love most about running your own business, and what do you like least?

Running my own business gives me that sense of independence! It lets me know that others appreciate and love my art. What more can I ask for? I am a stay at home mom, and my part time job is my hobby :)
The only thing I like the least is I wish I had more time in the day to keep on creating, that may sound cheesy but its true!

 -Do you find it easier to craft for boys or girls?

It depends on what season we are in, Winter time means scarves and beanies..with those my ideas are endless!
Summertime means light accessorizing, so coming up with boy creations can be a bit more challenging. But a girl/ woman wear headbands/purses all year :)

-How do you describe your style?

Colorful, and Hippie lovin

-How did you come up with the name Owl Bolt (love it)?

Owl- From my obsession with Harry Potter books/ movies, I loved how the owls were the mail carriers.
Bolt- being raised in Southern California its hard not to become a Huge San Diego Chargers fan. Their symbol is the lightning Bolt.

Somehow when I was creating an email account I blended the two and have loved it ever since!

 The one and only Ashely creator of OwlBolt. You can find her wonderful crafts or Instagram @owlbolt

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Printed Jeans Shenanigans

I'm a jean lover! I posted about it a few post back. This season flower printed jeans are making a fierce come back! I use to wear them in the 80's ! Every blog I follow or magazine  there's a printed jean spread. So here I am joining the bandwagon! I plan on adding Citizens of Humanities "Mandy" Slim Legs to my collection. I love the floral print !

Do you plan on getting a pair? If you don't already.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Weekend Getaway- Carmel

This past weekend we had the chance to getaway for some quick R &  R with the family. We ate, shopped and the boys golfed. So happy we had the chance to enjoy the weather before the rain came in (it's suppose to rain all week). I took some fun photos of the trip to share.
If you are ever in the area some notable to dos:

1. Monterey Bay Aquarium
2. Cannery Row- fun sight seeing and eating of course
3.Antique shopping at Cannery Row Antique Mall- this place is huge!Kayla and I spent a good 2 hours checking things out.
4. If you love seafood there is no shortage of yumminess here. We got our clam chowder fix for sure!
  • Sardine Factory- name is off putting but the inside and food was yummo! It's a bit pricey but a great splurge.
  • Dametra Restaurant- Mediterranean goodness! This place is small and hard to get in because the food is ammmazing! The staff even breaks into song and gets the restaurant going.  They had me dance and the kids took pics. I'm not sharing those (scary). 
  • First Awakenings- I love their breakfast! Prices are great and the food is delicious!

No trip is complete without a visit to Anthropologie!!

Anthro has the best store designs!!

Some plant pics :)

Love this Charlie Chaplin wall art next to the Cypress Inn (Doris Day owns this hotel)

Me being cheesy :)

Hyatt Monterey, great place to stay! Plus we earn points with the Hyatt rewards towards free stays.

A few cyclist getting their morning exercise. My exercise was teeth chattering, it was cooold!

The kids taking in the ocean air.ahhh!

The family striking a pose and freezing their tushies off!

The Green Gables Inn, Pacific Grove. The Inn overlooks the ocean. Fun fact recently voted as one of the Top 50 Small Hotels in the United States by readers of Conde Nast Traveler.

The seagull and I having a stare down. Love the colors of this pic.

This little guy came right up to me. In fact his whole family did. He was on my knee at one point.

View of Monterey

This lighthouse is situated on a gold course in Pacific Grove. We waited for Luke and Bill to finish up their round.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Featuring- Stephanie Kuhn creator of the cinnamon bears!!

Happy Monday all! Hope everyone had a great weekend! I spent it with the family in Carmel, a beautiful town about 2 hours away from San Francisco. I'll share pictures of our shenanigans later this week.

I love these dolls I came across Etsy and couldn't wait to meet the designer behind them! So I'm very excited to introduce to you all , Stephanie Kuhn creator of the cinnamon bears. Her unique little creations are stitched together with great care.

-What part of the US do you live in?
I was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in Arizona, and now I live with my husband in northwest Georgia.  We love the south!

- How did dolls and doll making first become a part of your life?Do you only do dolls?
I've always been a doll loving, girly girl!  My grandmothers are my greatest inspiration, and they were both extremely skilled at sewing.  They each made me countless dresses as well as dresses for my dolls.  Because of them I have always been passionate about crafting, and had a huge desire to learn to sew.  For a long time I was intimidated by my sewing machine and stuck to other kinds of crafting like crocheting and scrapbooking, but recently began tackling a few easy sewing projects to get over my fear.  I tried making a few dolls just for fun, based off a simple template I found online.  They were poorly made since I hardly knew what I was doing, but still turned out pretty cute!  I was so excited that I'd made a semi-decent project with my big scary sewing machine!  (hehe!)  After a couple more dolls, I tweaked the template and came up with an original design.  They were coming out better and better.  Some friends encouraged me to open an Etsy shop, which was something I felt intimidated by but always wanted to do, so I went for it!  For now I only sew 14" dolls and baby dolls, but I really want to develop my skill and add more items to my shop.  I have a huge love for children and toys, so I will most likely stick to kiddo friendly items.

- How long have you been making dolls?
Since last November, 2011.

- When you create your dolls do you have something in mind or do you come up with it as you go?
I usually start out by picking fabrics that pair well together, and slowly build up the design from there.  Once the body, arms, and legs are cut out, I choose a hair and eye color that would compliment the body color scheme.  Sometimes I start backwards though, and embroider the face before I choose the rest of the pieces.  It all just depends on the day, I guess!

-What things do you do to market your business?
Since my business is still pretty new, I am currently figuring out the whole marketing thing!  So far I've purchased a few sponsor spots on blogs that I love, and I like using social networks like Instagram (you can follow me @stephaniekuhn!) and Facebook to post photos of what I'm working on at the time.  I have a blog as well, where I post occasional shop updates.

-What do you love most about running your own business, and what do you like least?
The best part for me is when someone orders a custom doll for their child.  The emails that say "her favorite color is pink!" get me smiling so big!  I am so humbled and flattered that they like my work enough to buy it, and the idea that a little one somewhere will play with a doll I've made gives me such warm fuzzies!  It's extra fun to create a new doll with a specific child in mind.  I like making dolls because the inner child in me loves them so much.  They're exactly what I would have loved to play with when I was little.  As far as something I like least, I can't think of anything!  Maybe long lines at the Post Office?  Nah, I don't even mind that.  :)

- How long does it take to make one?
A doll takes me about 2 hours from start to finish.

- Where do you find inspiration?
Children, especially little ladies who dress themselves!  I absolutely love seeing a little girl wearing every color of the rainbow, or a color story that I wouldn't have thought to put together!

- Where can people find your work?
My dolls are for sale in my Etsy shop:
And you can see some behind the scenes at my blog:

- Did you go to school for this?
Nope!  I've just been crafting my whole life, dabbling here and there in different forms of creating.
Stephanie's craft room... so cute!

- Each doll is unique, do you have a favorite?
Hmmm, I can't say that I do!  I love them all. 

Introducing the beautiful Stephanie Kuhn  creator of these lovely dolls, The Cinnamon Bears ! 
Find Stephanie here at her 
Etsy shop-

and keep up with her on her blog -