There’s something extremely endearing about personalized gifts….mugs and back-packs aside. Something that lets the receiver know you were thinking of them, and them alone. Now lets take that personalized gift and make it hand-made! Looking for wedding party gifts, something to say I love you, or accessorize in an awesome way? Ladies and gents I give to you Ladybug Blessings!
Ladybug Blessings is the custom hand-stamped jewelry brand of the always crafty Kristen Nelson. I was able to catch up with Kristen yesterday for an interview and a little glimpse into her blossoming business. To pick-up some of her amazing pieces please visit her website, facebook, or etsy profile.
How long have you been designing these hand-made crafts & what led you to make custom jewelry?
I started about a year and a half ago when I found myself wanting to buy the hand stamped jewelry and realizing I could do them myself. There is quite a bit of start up cost to purchase all the supplies but I do not regret it. I love making all types of handmade goods and crafts and this was just another way to express myself.
Walk us through your construction process…what inspires you?
Everything! I can see a quote or a picture and I immediately have an idea of a necklace or other craft item. I always have to carry a notebook around with me for me to write down all my ideas in. I wish I had more time to actually work on everything that comes into my head, hopefully one day!
What audience do you mostly cater to, do you have a niche clientele?
I have had lots of people contact me but if I had to pick the most common people who order from me I would say they are between the ages of 30 and 45 and are ordering for their friends or family members. My mother/grandmother necklaces are very popular and I get a lot of repeat orders from that. It is also not uncommon for them to come to order something as a gift and then order one for themselves!
How has your business grown since you started?
I had no idea how it would go when I started but I absolutely love how often people contact me. I really rely on word of mouth and local orders. I love sites like etsy and also have my own blog/website but I find that with hand stamped jewelry and unique items people want to see what they are ordering and have me show them different options before they commit to anything. I like being able to show them different styles, lay things out for them etc. so that they really know what they are getting before they purchase anything. I think my customers enjoy the fact that I am willing to meet with them, have them come to my house etc. so they can truly understand everything before I make anything.
Where do you see the business going in 2 years?
I definitely hope to still be doing this in two years and I plan on growing it. I think now that I have over a year behind me I know that it is something that people enjoy and will continue to buy. So now I need to focus on advertising and growing my business. I also hope to start doing craft fairs and home shows. I have always been worried because most items are custom made but I think having some samples and pictures would do quite well!
Do you have a philosophy, or mission statement your company stands behind?
I do. Not so much a mission statement but a philosophy of how I run my business. I strive to create only items that I would feel comfortable giving as a gift. I am not going to be making things half way. This is why I make sure I solder (seal) all of the jump rings and other items. In addition, if someone is not satisfied with their purchase I am willing to work with the customer to make sure they leave happy and wanting to recommend my company. A business only exists because of others who recommend it and it is important not to forget that.
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about your company?
In addition to jewelry I also do sewing items including letter shirts, tutu shirts and other unique custom items. You never know what I may come up with!