Bluesblossom in Person!

Hello, all!  I promised you some updates on our craft fair schedule so here it is!

Chica Boutiqua – October 29, 2011 from 10:00 – 4:00 at Zionsville Presbyterian Church, 4775 West 116th Street, Zionsville, Indiana.  Follow this link for more information.

St. Roch Holiday Bazaar – November 5, 2011 from 9:00 – 4:00 at St. Roch Catholic School, 3603 South Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.  Follow this link for more information.

2nd Annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza –  November 12, 2011 from 9:00 – 4:00 at Christian Academy of Indiana, 1000 Academy Drive, New Albany, Indiana.  Follow this link for more information.

We would love to meet you so please stop by our booth at one of these wonderful events and say hello!

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New Product Announcement!

We are debuting these super cute gift sets at the Adrian Orchards Harvest Fest next weekend (October 1-2).

The Bluesblossom coaster with the coordinating mug is filled with 2 packs of gourmet hot chocolate, Hershey’s kisses, and peppermints.  These would make a great gift for an office exchange, secret santa, or teacher gift.  We would love to customize these to make a unique gift!

The Bluesblossom coaster with a martini glass filled with chocolates and peppermints and comes with a recipe for delicious chocolate martinis. We can completely customize these gift sets with different types of glasses, cocktail recipes, coasters, etc. They would make a great favor for a Bachelorette Party or Girls Night Out!

Right now we only plan on selling these at craft festivals or taking custom orders for them.  Remember, these are completely customizable.  We love working with our customers to create the perfect gift! Pricing will vary depending on the contents of the gift set but we are focused on creating affordable options and will be happy to work with you.  We still need to figure out shipping options so please contact us for more information.  If you’re in the Indianapolis area we can discuss delivery or pick up options to save you money on shipping!

You can contact us at bluesblossomdesigns@gmail.com

End of Summer Sale!

We are having a Labor Day sale today through Monday, September 5. Use the coupon code SAVE15 for 15% off of your total purchase! Happy Shopping!

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Bluesblossom Summer Recap

Hello, Bluesblossom followers!  We had a BUSY, BUSY, summer and dropped off of the blogosphere for a bit so we thought that we’d catch you up to speed on what’s been going on in our neck of the woods….

  • Our basement and craft space flooded and we had to gut the whole thing. 😦 We are still in the process of putting it all back together but the space is somewhat functional again allowing us to get back to work. 🙂
  • We have been working away trying to stock up on inventory because….
  • Bluesblossom Coasters are available at the Irvington Iris Tea Room in Irvington on the East side of Indianapolis.
  • Bluesblossom Switchplates are available at Black Sheep Gifts, also in Irvington on the East side of Indianapolis.
  • We have applied for a couple of fall/winter craft fairs and are waiting to hear if we got in.  We’ll let you know as soon as we know!
  • We have a few new products that we will be rolling out this fall. Stay tuned for more info!
  • We reached 100 fans on our Facebook page and gave away a fun switchplate to one lucky fan! (We will be doing another giveaway when we reach 200 fans so, if you haven’t already, head on over and “like” us!)
  • We received some super exciting super secret news this week and CAN NOT WAIT to share it with you…but we have to…so stay tuned for an update!

Thanks for keeping us busy and taking an interest in our shop!

Featured Etsy Shop: GreenerRoute

It’s earth day!  Celebrate by purchasing reusable bags from this week’s featured Etsy shop, GreenerRoute!

Tell me a little about your shop.  I opened my shop to extend my love of being green to others. I offer currently reusable snack bags and sandwich bags and market bags. I also do custom napkins on request. I am hoping to add insulated lunch bags soon and offer a lunch bag set with reusable bags and a napkin to take care of the whole green lunch.

When did you first become interested in sewing? I just recently picked back up my love for sewing. I started when I was young around the age of 7-8. I was involved in 4-H and my friends and I sewed for the county fair and made clothes to be in the fashion runway.

Why is living an ecofriendly life important to you?  I feel we have a duty to be conscious of our actions. In today’s world we all hear the research and damage that other generations and even our current generations are doing to the world. I feel everyone can start making a difference even if it is a small change.

Who or what inspires you? I started about a year ago. I was first inspired to make my own napkins because I was tired of throwing my money in the trash can. Last winter I was then inspired to make resuable bags for the same reason. Being frugal and green can really go hand in hand.


Tell me about your workspace.  My work space is ever evolving but is full of fabric. I have a large table that doubles as my craft vendor table and a large desk for my sewing machine. The radio is always on to keep me entertained while I sew. I have a huge closet (thank goodness) and it is filled with lots of differnte materials I may need.


Which of your products do you use the most? What is your best seller?  The reusable bags are the used everyday in my house and my napkins as well. We have a basket on the kitchen table filled with napkins and they are easily accessed by the family. We haven’t bought paper napkins in over 2 years!  My best sellers are the sets of snack and sandwich bags.

How are you celebrating Earth Day?  My boys will be off of school that day. I will be preparing to do a Go Green vendor fair in a local city the next day. On that following Monday a few friends are getting together to pick up trash at a local park.

Where else can our readers find you or your products (do you sell at craft fairs? Local shops? Have a facebook page, etc)?  I have a website which I update occassionally thegreenerroute.com. Most of my selling right now is on etsy.com. I have a fan page on facebook.com/thegreenerroute. I do put on coupon code on that site regularly. I am in a few upcoming craft fairs in the Maryland, Central Pennsylvania area and am hoping to get featured in local shops soon.


What are your hobbies? Isn’t great when your business is your hobby? I love to sew, be green by gardening, composting, I like to teach coupon classes and LOVE to read.

Do you have any advice for people interested in “greening” their lifestyle?  I think just like any new habit, just start small. I do offer some tips on greening your life on my website. Try making your own chemical free cleaners, recycle as much as you can, use metal spoons in lunches instead of plastic. A lot of ways to green will also save you money in the long run.

Featured Etsy Shop: BobalooKids

Sam, from Bobaloo!, is quickly becoming one of my favorite Etsians.  Check out her beautiful items, grab the exclusive coupon for Bluesblossom readers, and head over to her Etsy shop!

Tell me about your shop name.  Bobaloo is my three-year-old daughter’s nickname (her name is Bridget).  We have no clue where it came from – we just somehow started calling her that and it stuck.  I was trying to come up with a name for my business one day and when I called for her to come downstairs, it clicked!

When did you first take an interest in sewing?  My mom taught me how to sew when I was really little.  I was an Apparel Merchandising major for a few years in college and took a lot of sewing classes, which really pushed me into making more complicated stuff, especially clothes for me.  As I got older and my friends and I started having babies, I discovered that I really love making gifts for baby showers and kids’ biirthdays.  When I got the urge to start my own business I knew that was what I wanted to make.

How long have you been in business and where are you located?
I opened my Etsy shop in September of 2010 and started selling through two local stores in the late fall.  I also started a blog around the same time to document the whole complicated process of starting a small handmade business.  I stay home with my two kids (I also have an 18 month old son) and run my business out of a big room in our house that used to be the game room.  Much to my husband’s dismay, the pool table is now a giant cutting table!

What inspires you?  I read a lot of design and fashion blogs and magazines for inspiration.  I’m usually inspired by non-kid-related imagery – like couture fashion or modern interior design – and I love to translate that into fun products for kids.  For instance, I saw this amazing tailored women’s jacket with a knife-pleated ruffle trim that ended up turning into the Ruffle Bibs sold in my Etsy shop.

Where else can our readers find your products?  I sold at quite a few fairs and festivals last year and am in the process of signing up for this year’s shows.  You can check the “Where to find bobaloo!” page on my blog to stay up-to-date on which shows I’ll be at this year.  I decided to apply to juried shows this year and have a couple of applications in, so hopefully I’ll be announcing those dates soon!

Locally, a lot of my line is available at a great kid’s shop called the Little Green Bean Boutique on the east side of Indy.  I also sell a few handmade accessories at the Irvington Iris Tea Room


You use such bright, beautiful fabrics! Do you have a favorite fabric shop?  I mostly shop for fabrics online and am a serious fabric junkie.  I buy a lot from fabric.com, Quilt Home, and Fat Quarter Shop.  I also buy fabric from a lot of Etsy sellers – my favorite is the Fabric Shoppe.  I’m finally at a production level that justifies buying wholesale fabric straight from the manufacturer and I absolutely cannot wait to have bolts of fabric on hand!  Luckily I mostly use cotton fabric and it is just astonishing the number of awesome prints that are available.

What kind of sewing machine do you use? Do you have a favorite notion that you couldn’t live without? I use two sewing machines and a serger.  I mainly use my Brother SE-400 for business sewing, but I have my old Brother CS6000i as a backup.  My serger is a Brother 1034D.  Can you tell I have a favorite sewing machine brand?
 
I have piles and piles of gadgets, but one notion I use every day is my tube turner.  It’s such a cheap tool – my set of three sizes was around $7 – but it makes things SO MUCH easier.  I use it to turn the little straps on my bibs and bunny arms and legs, plus it’s great for poking out the little corners on burp cloths and blankets.  Buy one, you won’t regret it!

What are your hobbies?  I am a big reader – I can’t fall asleep at night without reading something, from fiction to chick lit to business books.  I also really like to cook and occasionally bake.  Thanks to my kiddos I’ve recently discovered a new love of paint-with-water books – I’m always trying to talk them into painting with me!

Do you have any advice for people interested in starting their own Etsy business?  Concentrate on making a unique, well-made product and try not to worry about sales numbers (easier said than done, I know!).  Really do your homework on marketing your product so you can get the word out about your shop.  Etsy may provide a venue and a big pool of buyers, but it’s up to you to get those buyers to come to your store.  I have a degree in marketing, but I’m constantly reading books and blogs about marketing and small business growth.  Two great books to read if you’re considering starting your own handmade business are Craft, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin – both are PACKED with great info!  Also, if you have a SCORE office nearby it’s a great resource for free business advice.

Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?  If you’re on the fence about making the jump into starting your own Etsy shop, just do it!  The worst thing that can happen is you’ll be out the cost of your supplies.  Etsy is such an inexpensive way to test the waters of selling your own creations, and you’ll never know how successful you can be until you try!

Bobaloo! is offering a coupon to Bluesblossom readers for 20%! through April 30th.    The coupon code is Blossom2011.