One of my favorite things about the handmade business is networking with and supporting other vendors. I recently "met" Amber of Burlap and Jute through a Facebook group and fell in love with her stuff. My baby girl now sports her beautiful creations. And let me tell you, her work is very high quality, so I'm excited to introduce you to her and her lovely headbands.
TY: Tell us a little bit about yourself
B&J: First and foremost I am a mother of 2 wonderful boys, Brandon & Dylan and a little sweetheart Makayla 6 months. They are the best! I enjoy anything that has to do with art so you will most likely find me creating something when I am not tending to motherly duties or playtimes. I have always been into art of some kind starting at a young age as a violinist in which I was able to play with the Southwest Florida Symphony then moved on to photography where I worked as a school portrait photographer and received an Excellence Award for photographer of the season. My most recent endeavor was completing 3 years at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh in Interior design. My most current hobby is creating headbands which were inspired by my daughter, after 9 years of boy “stuff” lying around the house I decided we needed some girly things in the mix. For now my business Burlap & Jute offers an array of handmade headbands however I have plans to add home interior accents, as well as some boy “stuff” in the near future. School for me is on hold due to a decline in the demand for designers and I simply thought it was best to spend more time with my little ones while they are just that ;)
TY: What is one thing about you that is unique?
B&J: One unique thing about me is I strive for perfection. I always put 100% or more into the things I am doing and feel like organization is the key to a successful outcome.
TY: Tell us how your business began.
B&J: I started this business because I being the only female in a house of four needed to have some girl time. I had my daughter and now it’s overload with girly things and that makes a good change to an environment where my artistic side was hiding underneath a pile of transformers and trucks!
TY: What is your favorite item in your shop?
B&J: My favorite items in my shop are the Kanzashi style flower headbands for now but considering I have a background in Interior design and will be adding home accessories in the near future that can change in an instant.
TY: What is one piece of advice you would give to someone starting a business of handcrafted items?
B&J: Be sure to stay organized! If you are not organized things can get out of control quickly and you can lose your desire for creativity and also if you have children at home, don’t forget to spend time with them! I make time for my children which slows down my production time but they are only young for so long so it can pass you by if you don’t, so they come first always!
TY: What are you giving away, and how can people qualify to win it?
B&J: I'm giving away this Spring Headband in yellow with white polka dots in winner's choice of custom size. See below to enter!a Rafflecopter giveaway Amber, thanks so much for sharing with us today. I wish you the best as you start out your business! If you're interested in being a featured vendor on my blog, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org