“Having this business feels like stepping fully into who I truly am – like moving into a house the universe built for me. (Not to go all woo-woo on you, but there you go.) For the first time, at 37, I feel like I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. I mean, I have no idea how to run a company – my business card should really say “Educated Guesser” – and I have infinitely more responsibility today than I did in my former career, but I experience so much less daily stress now. Of course, there’s still stress, but it’s different: it’s the stress of growing and learning, versus the stress of spending my life doing something that didn’t quite fit.” - Emily McDowell
“I started Homestead Seattle in 2009 because I love old furniture. At the time, I was doing a lot of experimenting with my personal design style, which meant constantly switching out the pieces in my home. While traveling around and searching for myself, I noticed an abundance of under-appreciated furniture – most of which would end up in a landfill if it didn’t make it into the right hands. I wanted to get these pieces of history into the homes of people who would honor and preserve them."– MIchele Tansey
“I had the dreams and motivation to work for myself, but was still trying to find my niche in the saturated jewelry market. One day, I came across an old love note given to me during one of the brightest days of my marriage. It said simply “I love you, Caroline.” At first it brought me to tears, but once I pulled myself together, it hit me: after William died, I held on to the most mundane notes simply because they reminded me of him. What if I could take these precious sentiments and put them into metal?” — Caroline
“I joined Etsy when it was still small and developing back in 2006, and since then I’ve watched budding artists within this community develop into world-class designers. Because of the enthusiastic and supportive Etsy culture, I was able to start my own small business and grow it into a sustainable, full-time career.” — Melanie Casey
and then i got to check out some of brooke’s wedding ring and engagement styles … oh. my. god. SO BEAUTIFUL. i definitely took hella pics to show the husbo. hint hint.
one of the topics i was most excited to ask brooke about below …
EFOTD: tell me about 1 or 2 stories/anecdotes of some of your selling experiences (wedding-related if possible!) ;)
BROOKE: recently i designed an engagement ring for my sister. we are very close. we even live in the same apartment building and i was so worried that i was going to slip up and mention something about the ring or her being engaged. i am a very good secret keeper but when it’s your sister you are keeping a secret from it’s much harder! on the day her fiance proposed to her i was equal parts excited for them and relieved that i hadn’t ruined it! the best news was that she loved the ring: a gorgeous oval diamond with two diamond trillions on either side set in yellow gold.
i have worked with so many wonderful couples all over the world. one that stands out is a client in fort collins who created a scavenger hunt for his fiancée. at the end he proposed with a custom ring that he had made for her. we had the morganite stone cut just for her!
AAAAAAHHHmazing. i love love <3 i’ll feature a few of the pieces i got to try on next!! stay tuned for more from brooke, too.
expecting, or know someone that is? well, be a pal and point them (or yourself!) in the direction of iviebaby on etsy. this shop features nursery bedding and accessories like boppy covers that are so super chic, you’ll want some for yourself in adult-size. srsly. kilims and arrows and elephants and ikat and oh so much more!!
I am sure you all know how difficult it can be to find cute plus size vintage pieces. A good vintage dress with the right accessories can be a perfect staple in any wardrobe.
I was thrilled to discover Stranger Bird Vintage an etsy shop that features a wonderful selection of plus size vintage pieces. This lovely black lace-sleeve dress jumped out at me specifically and I’m so happy to own it. Since it still isn’t actually warm in Chicago, I’ve paired it with a light scarf and boots.
Stranger Bird Vintage is offering 15% off to my readers with code THICKOFIT15
OUTFIT DETAILS Lace-sleeve dress - Stranger Bird Vintage - Vintage size 16 Belt - Forever 21, Sz 1XL Black Boots - Vince Camuto Scarf - Dorothy Perkins Glasses - SEE Eyewear quartz earrings - gift
Rainy Day Menagerie is an Etsy shop featuring handmade (crocheted) stuffed animals. In addition to the wide variety of colour options for the different listings, custom orders are also accepted if you want something extra special. (And if it’s something I’m not sure I can do, I’ll tell you outright.)
I also do gift options, so if you want to send it to someone else and include a special note in there, I’m more than happy to do so.
I’m chronically ill and need the money from this shop to pay medical expenses: prescriptions, biweekly doctor’s visits, and now, a hospital bill. I could really use the help, and maybe you or someone you know could use a plush friend.
For some reason the bigcartel shop wouldn’t upload items so a new upload has been posted to the etsy shop <3 Featuring some new pieces from bryan, and collaborative pieces between annabel and i ( ferilina)<3