Archive for the ‘Becoming a Designer’ Category

spotlight on // roving ovine

September 17th, 2014

*Please note that none of these posts are sponsored, and all products were purchased by myself*

It’s been such a long time since i did a post highlighting great works in the handmade/indie sphere, but i’ve found so many great things recently that i think i’m going to revive it!

Bunny and Buddy are best friends, and a lot of their games are spent play acting themselves. It cracks me up. They will take whatever doll or animal they can find and turn it into a version of themselves. So i decided i wanted to make them some ragdolls that looked like them. HA. After a long time looking at patterns, and trying to find inspiration all over the web, i kept coming back to Roving Ovine. I couldn’t stop thinking about them, and knew that they were much better than i could ever accomplish on my own. Sometimes its best to accept your strengths and weaknesses, and i am not a doll/stuffed toy maker.

Laura makes the most gorgeous rag dolls, her prices are amazing, as is her customer service, and you can even customize the dolls to look exactly like you want. Happy dance.

So i showed her a few dolls of hers that i liked, described my kids, their likes and dislikes, and these are the Bunny and Buddy dolls she created for me. Aren’t they kick ass amazing?! I love them so much!!!

Needless to say, Bunny and Buddy adore their dolls, they drag those dolls all over the house playing games. it’s awesome. I also really love the fact that Buddy’s doll isn’t too much of a doll. You know? I wanted to be a careful getting a doll that for boy that was definitely for a boy, and not a “baby doll”. Does that make sense? kinda?

Anyway, I really want to get one for baby birdie too, but i really want to wait until she is at least a toddler so we know what to make hers look like. I think she’ll enjoy that more.

So if you are looking for a truly amazing handmade doll for your kids, or a gift for someone elses other little love, I highly highly recommend Roving Ovine!

Featured Indie Designer : Julia // Rennes

June 3rd, 2013

Hello friends! Today I would like to introduce you to our new Featured Indie Designer for June – Julia of Rennes. Rennes is a Boston, MA based design house that produces the most adorable clothing, bags, and other leather goods. Julia creates everything by hand, and you can just see the love put into every piece. I guarantee you’ll be smitten when you see her collections! Make sure to head on over to her shop and check everything out, and stop by her blog, to0.

You will see Rennes’ banner displayed on the sidebar for the entire month of June, so you can click over and shop at any time! And Julia will be back later this month to tell us her story about becoming a designer. You’ll definitely want to check back for that!


Make sure to visit Rennes all around the web:

[ website ]

[ shop ]

[ blog ]

[ instagram ]

[ pinterest ]

Becoming A Designer : Business Cards

April 24th, 2013

[ via Amy Russell ]

Just like we talked about with packaging, business cards are essential  to a small, independent designer. Think about it – you’re in the grocery store, and someone comments on your super awesome handmade top or necklace. You say thank you and pull out a business card, right?! Well, you should. But it shouldn’t be just be any ole boring business card – those will probably just end up lost somewhere or in the trash. Just like your packaging, your business cards should be memorable and show personality. When face to face with a potential customer, you only have that tiny little rectangle to hand them in hopes that they remember you. So it’s best to make an impact!

Whether you DIY, choose a graphic designer, or use a professional website for your design ( and  Vistaprint are some good ones), make sure you present your business in the best way you possibly can. Maybe you use an unconventional material or shape, or you hand dye or watercolor each card yourself, or you just include a special little detail that will make it stand out (like those stitches above. So cute!).

Whatever you do, be original, and be creative.

[ via In Honor Of Design ]

[ via Here's Looking At Me Kid / Making Nice In The Midwest ]

[ via While The Sun Shines ]

Becoming a Designer series by Megan Nielsen

Becoming A Designer : Merl of Clyde’s Rebirth

April 16th, 2013
Today we have our April Featured Indie Designer, Merl of Clyde’s Rebirth, here to tell you about her road to Becoming a Designer. This woman is super funny, an amazing jewelry designer, and an all around  amazing person. Scroll on down to read her story. And when you are done, make sure to stop in and visit her shop, etsy shop, and blog. (Don’t forget you can find her banner over on the sidebar for the rest of the month!) 
Hello Megan Nielsen Devotees! Before I dive into the story about becoming a designer, let me first say how tickled pink I am to be featured on Megan’s blog. She is one of the most hilarious and sweetest people I’ve had the pleasure to meet from ‘the internet’ and I have only the utmost respect for her and her successful business. But enough about her, you came here for me! ;)

In November of 2009, I decided that my new mantra would be ‘now or never’.. it sure beat the old one of ‘don’t hit the child no matter how ill behaved they are.’ I was working at a photography company that gave me phenomenal technical skills, and a twitch from having to deal with snotty kids and arrogant teenagers day after day. Since I valued what little sanity I had left, I decided to quit and design one of a kind jewelry full time. This was obviously a logical choice as the pieces I had made for my mother at age 4 were amazing…… Surprisingly and thankfully enough, I had more creative gusto than I might have given myself credit for, and after receiving amazing support and feedback for my first couple collections, I knew I had found the right fit career wise.

It was definitely not smooth sailing every day however. At first, since I was merely working from home out of a corner of my living room, I would wake up and get dressed and saunter over to my desk to tackle the day’s tasks. Eventually however, working in my pj’s became the norm and there were lots of kitty playtime breaks. I hadn’t taken into account how social of an individual I was[/am] and it was actually slowly killing me to spend 80% of my day alone. It was right about then that I was introduced to fashion blogging and a whole world of stylish, friendly ladies exploded in front of me, saving me from having yet another conversation with Clyde. I also made sure to schedule lunches with friends, and reach out to other creatives in my city who would understand the slightly insane path we chose for ourselves; people I could call or text in a panic when I’m rethinking ever quitting a secure, well paying job for the constant uncertainty of being my own boss in a design field. That support group then, and now is my lifeline and I don’t think I could be where I am without it.

I am very, VERY lucky that I can say I love my job[s] 90% of the time. [Don't talk to me about accounting.. I hired a professional for that noise.] I’ve worked hard to build my brand from small 5-6 OOAK piece collections every couple weeks to a reproduceable line available every season. It didn’t happen overnight, but the process has made me so much more thankful for any successes now. If I could dole out one piece of advice for anyone else just starting their journey, it would be this: don’t give up. I posted a quote from Ira Glass on my blog a couple weeks ago that every beginner in a design field should have plastered in their work space. He basically said that, starting out.. your work won’t ‘suck’ per se, but it won’t be what you’re ultimately capable of. You have to stumble through the learning period -the length of which is different for everyone- before your design taste level and your actual work reach the same level. I don’t exactly cringe when I look back at my early jewelry designs, but it’s definitely the same level of loving embarrassment that you get while looking at your baby photos with your mom’s commentary while sitting next to your beau for the first time. Don’t compare yourself to others in your design field, as you have no way of seeing behind the scenes or knowing where they came from. Just keep your eye on the prize [ok coach merl] and keep doing what you love.

Thank again to Megan for inviting me to share my story and to Holly for putting up with my scatterbrained replies :)

Thank you to Merl for being a part of the series! Visit her all over the interwebs, here:

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{etsy shop }

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Becoming a Designer series by Megan Nielsen

Becoming a Designer : Packaging

April 3rd, 2013

{ via Oh, Hello Friend }

Today, lets talk about being a designer, and the importance of good packaging. You may not realize it, but packaging is a vital part in the handmade, small business community. Think about it – don’t you take notice when you get an especially beautiful package in the mail? I bet you do. Whether it is a special note to the customer, a unique or reusable wrapping, or just really good branding – packaging can really catch someone’s attention, and set you apart as a designer. It can make the customer feel special and appreciated. And it will make them remember you, which is obviously important!

So, if you are working on becoming a designer, don’t forget to fit packaging into your business plan. Show your customer your appreciation, and get creative with your wrapping. Add those little details that make it uniquely you. Make your brand memorable, and stand out among the crowd.

Here is a little round-up of some fun packaging, to give you a little inspiration and to get you started!

{ via Just.Lovely.Things }

{ via Clydes Rebirth }

{ via HollyDolly }

{ Junghwa via Knot and Bow }

{ via Garment House }

{ via Hetterson }

Becoming a Designer series by Megan Nielsen

Featured Indie Designer : Merl // Clyde’s Rebirth

April 1st, 2013

Hey everyone! Meet Merl, our Featured Indie Designer for the month of April! Merl is the genius behind Clyde’s Rebirth –  an eco-concious jewelry brand. She creates her jewelry using vintage and pre-loved materials, and even packages them in vintage scarves as opposed to paper products. How amazing is that?! And on top of that, she also happens to be a eco stylist, photographer, and adorable blogger. I’m pretty sure you can add wonder woman to that list, too.

You will see Merl’s banner displayed on the sidebar for the entire month of April, so you can click over and check out Clyde’s Rebirth any time. And Merl will be back later this month to tell us her story about becoming a designer. So stay tuned for that!

Make sure to head on over and visit Merl and Clyde’s Rebirth:

[ shop ]

{etsy shop }

[ blog ]

{ twitter }

[ facebook ]