Behind the Scenes Series: What the Future Holds

From crocheted wash cloths and scrubbies to soy wax tarts – What is next for Own Something Awesome?

Well, for starters, I need to move to a bigger house! As I mentioned in Behind the Scenes: The Long Road of Finding My Craft there is not enough room here for anything else!

I want to keep adding to the fragrance selection for the tarts. My goal is to always keep in stock the fragrances I currently carry and then to continue adding more until I reach 100. After I reach 100 different fragrances, then I think I’ll introduce a new scent each month with the possibility of extra scents around certain seasons.

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Behind the Scenes Series: The Long Road of Finding My Craft

Happy Tuesday Everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend and a very motivating Monday to keep you going through the week!

So, if you read last week’s Behind the Scene’s you already know today’s topic! You know that I have gone from A&K Gift Gallery to A.D.Designs to A&K Gift Gallery to Own Something Awesome. So, A&K Gift Gallery has actually survived through all of this, but it’s kind of just a whatever shop.

One-of-a-Kind by A.D.Designs. This was my pride and joy. I LOVED that I could take a bag of wool and a barbed needle and create a little piece of fiber art. I will say, SOOOO much time went into some of these sculptures, but I was always proud of my work. This was the business I had going for me when I left the insurance agency.

Needle Felted Bear Trio

Needle Felted Bear Trio

Scotty the Scottish Terrier

Scotty the Scottish Terrier

What happened? Well, when I became pregnant with my first son, the motion of poking the needle into the wool really fast made me way too nauseous. I was very lucky and had barely any morning sickness, but needle-felting was completely out of the question. Even after the first trimester passed the motion still made me sick. So, currently all of my supplies resides in totes that are stored away. I never brought them out of storage because I didn’t want the kids to somehow find a barbed needle and hurt themselves with it (because I swear, no matter how hard I try to keep things away, they still find things!) It was more a peace-of-mind conclusion. One day, when they’re both older, I hope to needle felt again though, because I found it to be a great way to wind down at the end of the day. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes Series: What I Did Before Own Something Awesome

Did you know the average person will make a career change 5-7 times during their life? 

Well, I wouldn’t consider most of my jobs a career, but I left the actual workforce at a pretty young age (about a month after my 22nd birthday.)

We’ll start with my first job. Good ol’ McDonald’s. Where I lived, it seemed there was one of two places to get a job – McDonald’s or the grocery store. I was 15 and was bound and determined to find a job so I could buy a car as soon as I got my driver’s license. (This didn’t happen. I passed my driver’s test on my 16th birthday and drove a full-size van all summer – which I WAS thankful my parents had it laying around.) Continue reading

Behind the Scenes Series: The Name Own Something Awesome

Do any of my Etsy Veterans remember the Virtual Labs they offered? You could move your icon around to a “seat” and throw hearts around the room?

So my story kind of begins in 2009. But Own Something Awesome really originated in August of 2011. In fall of 2009 I already had left my position as an Insurance Agent, and was trying to build my business to full-time income. (Or let’s be honest, even part-time income and I would have been ecstatic.)

Needle Felted Dalmation and Turtle Character

Needle Felted Dalmation and Turtle Character

While attending almost every virtual lav that was offered, a topic that came  up quite often was shop names. You wanted a name that was easy for your customer to remember.I was OOAK by A.D.Designs. This was a shop for my needle-felted sculptures. Then a shop for everything else was A&K Gift Gallery. Not the most awesome of names, but that’s what I had to work with. Continue reading

Behind The Scenes of Own Something Awesome

Why is my business name Own Something Awesome? Why do I make the products that I sell? Why did I start a business of my own to begin with?

Soy Wax Tarts by Own Something Awesome

The original 5 fragrances offered by Own Something Awesome!

When I first started my Blog, I used it to share the stories of other Etsy sellers. I love handmade products, the talent that goes into them and the stories behind the business. I realized I’ve never REALLY told my story for my business though. Over the next couple of weeks I want to share my story with you so that you can get to know me a little more. I’m going to cover the topics of why I named my business Own Something Awesome, how I came to sell what I do now (there’s been a long road to come to this point), what I have planned for the future, and any questions my readers may have. If you do have a question, leave a comment below! I’d love to hear from you, and would be happy to answer any questions!

I’m going to call this the “Behind the Scenes” series and will try to post them on Tuesday’s for everyone. If you don’t want to miss a post, feel free to subscribe on the right toolbar – either by e-mail, through WordPress, or Bloglovin.