Monday, March 12, 2012

Singing Bird Studios

Friends, sit down with me for a minute. I'd like to introduce you to someone special to me. This is Stephanie.

Isn't she gorgeous? She's super nice too. Stephanie and I met a few years ago at Freshman Orientation at a local High School. We were both selling our wares to the incoming students and we got to chatting when we weren't selling. I have to tell you, Stephanie is as kind and energetic as they get! The is SOOOO passionate about her business and I'm super excited about the launch of her online shop:

This has been her labor of love for quite a while now. I'm so excited that people outside of Indiana are able to see her products and buy them online. Enough from me, let's hear from Stephanie! I've asked her a few questions so that you all can get to know her better.

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: My husband and two kids were really excited when my website launched. I think my daughter told some of the kids on the bus, "My mom has her own website!" She was so proud. My entire family, including my sister and parents have played a big role in this. From "talking out" the details of running my own business to helping with the kids after work, to physically helping me edit my website, I would not have been able to do this without the support and encouragement of my family. They mean so much to me!

Tell us a little bit about your business; how you got started and what it's all about: I have been making things since I was little. I got caught up in the Friendship Bracelet craze back in the 80's and made bracelets non-stop after school and at summer camp. For the last 10 years or so, I would make jewelry for family and friends as gifts, experimenting with what I saw in magazines, books, or online. I bought a cool magnet set made of Scrabble tiles about three years back and looked up how to make them. I learned how to make the pendants and started making them for my daughter, my nieces, friends daughters, and so on. People wanted to know where they could get one, so I would buy more supplies and make more. I started going to Art shows and Holiday shows and people really liked my designs. There were others that had similar products, but I kept getting such positive feedback on my designs and my displays. I kept hearing, "where can I find you online?" I knew if I were to continue, I needed a website.

In 2011, I went for it...came up with a name I loved, filed to become a business, and designed a website. I was very picky about this process, but I found a designer who executed my vision for a fun, artsy, and visually appealing website. Low and behold, the site launched in 2012. Singing Bird Studios offers fun and funky jewelry for girls of all ages. I have fun pendants for your daughter or niece, and I have simple and classic pendants for your Grandmother or co-worker. I make all of the jewelry you see in my shop and work hard to find or create designs that are different and unique.  

What is your favorite product in your shop? I have a category on my site called, "Just Say It," and these are pendants that say something. It could be something inspirational (Live with Purpose), Motivational (Begin Today), Sassy (Really?), describes who you are feeling that day (Risk Taker) or just fun (Coffee, please!). I love to express myself with what I wear, how I do my hair, and how I accent my outfit. What better way to make a statement than to...well, say it! These are by far, my favorite pendants in the shop!

What is your best seller? Custom orders. Over the past few years, making my rounds at Craft Fairs, School Bazaars and Holiday Shows, I noticed something. I may not have sold a lot of what I brought, but I took a lot of custom orders. I would hear, "My daughter loves frogs, could you make a frog with her name on it?" or, "My best friend is getting married, could you do pendants for the Bachelorette party with each girls name in their favorite color?" I like going to those shows because I get to meet and get to know great people. I can find out what they are looking for or who they are buying for. I also work with schools and Clubs in the area to create fun and unique personalized spirit wear. This is a great way to give parents, students and supporters an affordable piece of custom spirit wear. Custom orders are handled via email now, and hope to have the capability to take custom orders on my site this May! 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Over the next 5 years, I want Singing Bird Studios to be known as one of the coolest sites to get unique and custom gifts. I would like to be the "go to" for schools, clubs, and awareness groups for affordable, custom spirit wear. In 5 years, Singing Bird Studios will have an expanded product line, carrying more handmade goodies from me as well as local artists.

{{Amy again!!}} I have to tell you, I've seen Singing Bird Studios products in person and they are amazing quality. I even have a few pendants that I've worn (both metal and the wood pendants). The quality is outstanding, colors vibrant and packaging adorable. Please check out her shop and also say "hi" via Facebook - tell her I sent you!

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