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?Β 

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 cameΒ  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.Β 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

Feature Friday – The Family Feature!

So for this week, we are taking a break from Finding the Undiscovered – but no worries, we will continue on through the rest on November with them. πŸ™‚

This week I wanted to share all the different shops my family has on Etsy. I come from a family that’s all pretty creative, and all have a bit of entrepreneurial blood in them. My family has been my inspiration through all of this, and was gave me the idea of starting my own business in the first place. I always knew I wanted to do something business-related ever since I think about the 3rd grade, I just never knew what. Then my senior year in high school I wanted to be an accountant, and that’s what sparked the idea of being my own boss. Well, after my first year taking classes, I then decided I wanted to go a completely different route and re-find my creative side. Where better to look for inspiration than from family who was already doing what I was dreaming of one day doing? Then, just this past year, I finally was able to recruit my husband into the world of Etsy as well! He’s always supported me with my business endeavors, but it was really exciting when he decided to join the Etsy world too and now we can stay up talking about different business related things, ways to improve, and what we would like to do with our shops in the future. Anyways, that’s just a little background. Here are the shops and a little bit about each of them!

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