Monday, December 31, 2007
So here goes:
Ivey Handcrafted's 2008 Resolutions
1. Learn to felt - take felt classes
2. Make wall pieces, canvases
3. Try to find more successful shows
4. Check out more online stores/brick and mortar shops
5. Get Website Up and Running
Lets go with those 5 and see where it takes me!
To all of my crafty friends - here's wishing you a wonderful 2008! May all your dreams come true!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
After a busy month at a new job - and a wonderful Christmas with family - I am ready to bring on 2008. I think it will be great to start a new year with fresh ideas and plans to make Ivey Handcrafted grow stronger. I hope over the winter to teach myself some new tricks - take some classes to learn new techniques - and be able to cut back on the "real" world and do what I love - Ivey Handcrafted. So come with me....on this new adventure and see what 2008 brings for me. Thanks to all of you for reading along...sorry I haven't been as active as I would like.....yet another resolution for me! XOXO
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
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Thursday, October 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Business: Ivey Handcrafted creates whimsical accessories
By Holly Cowart Community News Assistant Editor
Around age 10 Tobi filled her family's home with pillows by utilizing her first skills with a needle and thread. As an adult she's taken her passion for craft and created Ivey Handcrafted, hand sewn felt and fabric accessories in not-to-be missed colors.
"I don't think things clash," Tobi said. "I like to find ways to make them work."
Her bold designs for brooches, hair clips and cuffs might pair yellow, red, orange and pink in one piece. Some use familiar designs such as a flower and others are abstract designs built around fabric or buttons.
"I feel like it fits people who are a little more artsy, that don't mind wearing color," she said. Each one is designed differently and hand-sewn. Their uniqueness suits the type of people who wear them. It also gives each one value. "I feel like it makes it more of an important art,"
The distinction is important for Ivey Handcrafted because even though it's a business, mass-production isn't her goal. "I really just want to keep it where it makes you feel special because you have a one-of-a-kind piece," she said.
The accessories are available online at http://www.iveyhandcrafted.com/.%20TobiTobi launched Ivey Handcrafted last fall after she and her husband moved back to Tennessee from North Carolina. "I'm getting really good feedback," she said. "The hairclips are doing really well."
Tobi credited growing up with parents who are artists as giving her the confidence to begin her business. Their experience in metal work also taught her practical lessons. "From my parents I've learned the thing about wholesale is you only get half," she said. "I think it's important to build a customer base." Putting her business on the Internet is one way to do that. "It's like an online catalog," she said. "It's a good way to show your work."
In addition to barrettes, brooches and cuffs, Tobi said she is starting to make wall artwork. "People keep saying to me that my little pins look like pieces of art," she said. "My stepfather always said 'Money is on the walls,' " meaning people are more prone to buy things they can display.
Tobi is learning how to make her own felt, but hasn't started creating pieces to sell with it. Using it in her accessories would increase their legitimacy as art, but it would also increase the price. "There are things I could probably price higher," she acknowledged. "I like that people can afford it."
Like most small businesses, Ivey Handcrafted began out of passion, not just hard work. "It makes me feel like a kid again," Tobi said. "It's just very rewarding to create something with my hands and see people love it."
More information, Ivey Handcrafted's Web site is http://www.iveyhandcrafted.com/.
To find out more &/or donate visit http://www.komendonations.org/site/TR/Events/KomenTR?team_id=65550&pg=team&fr_id=1040&s_tafId=4830. Team ID: 65550 Girls Will Be Girls
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Thanks cutesis for adding me to your treasury!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
To see all our new & awesome Halloween items, just search GWBG BOO!
Here's the details of our drawing:
* Make a purchase from any Girls Will Be Girls shop before Sept. 19th, 2007 and get 5 entries for our amazing giveaway. Sign up for our newsletter at www.GWBGBoutique.Blogspot.com by 9/19 and get 1 entry.
The winner will be drawn on Sept. 20th and will receive a tote bag by Emi Beth Boutique, hair clips by Princess Designs, a bib by Colby Lane Designs, a burp cloth by Custom Designs by Mimi, a hair clip by Ivey Handcrafted, a headband by Sew Foxy Boutique and a sample scrub & bath salt set by Sweet Spice Essentials!
The 1st runner-up will receive a necklace by Sparkle Me and the 2nd runner-up will receive earrings by MJD Boutique. Search Etsy for GWBG for all our listings!*
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
#2 I have an incredible husband of 6 years....who surprises me everyday!
#3 I have the greatest fur baby EVER!!!
#4 I have the BEST FRIENDS AND FAMILY AROUND.....here are a few pics of the special people in my life: (in no particular order :)
NOT PICTURED - HAIR A GO GO GIRLS!!!
#5 I think it is pretty awesome that I have had the courage to live every day like it is my last - 9 years ago I was in a pretty horrible accident that almost killed me....it taught me to not take anything for granted - and LIVE EVERY DAY LIKE IT IS YOUR LAST - because you never know...it could be.
#6 I think I am a pretty awesome wife, daughter, sister, friend and aunt - I feel proud of those accomplishments :)
and #7 MY PINK HAIR - it brightens every day for me:
Now I tag....
sorry ladies :)
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
so I offered my 100th heart a super deal on a hairclip she wanted....
she turned it down...
poor little hairclip
NO LOVE :(
Monday, August 27, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Check out the talent!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007