Friday, 4 February 2011

Bluesblossom Designs Coasters and Switch Plates

Friday Finds... Bluesblossom

Happy Friday! Today I have a great interview for you all from a team of two wonderful ladies known as Beccah and Sara for their business "Blueblossom Designs". Their work consists of handmade coasters and decorative switch plates, full of colorful designs to appeal to anyone be it young or old, or male or female looking for just the right gift for themselves or for someone they know. Some of their seasonal designs are really pretty, which comes at great timing for Valentines Day and unique gifting :) Enjoy their interview and don't forget to check out their store! Also for any potential buyers they are very generously offering my readers a discount using a coupon code which you can find below, when reading through their interview to get a discount on your order! :) Awesome!

Interview # 56

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-- Tell me a bit about you! (Name, Age, Location, and give us a random fact whilst you're at it.) We are Sara and Beccah, the co-founders of Bluesblossom Designs. Sara is 26 and Beccah is 27. We are located in Indianapolis, Indiana but both like to travel. Sara lived in San Jose, California for a few years and Beccah has spent summers in Jackson, Wyoming and Strausburg, France.

-- What is your business about then? Our business is focused on creating fun and unique functional items for your home.

-- How did Etsy come into your life? I found Etsy a couple of years ago when I was looking for projects to make on my own. Since then, we've talked about starting our own Etsy business but didn't take the leap until the first of this year.

-- Are you working a day job too? Sara is a Licensed Dental Hygienist and is going to school to receive her Bachelor of Science in Public Health Dental Hygiene. Beccah is a Legal Assistant at a law firm that focuses on environmental law. She also serves on the Benton House Association Board (a historic house in Indianapolis) and the Advisory Board of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. We're both very busy people!

-- How long has the artist in you been 'unleashed' for? Our senior year of high school we took a Fiber Design art class and fell in love with creating things. I had never been very good at drawing or painting, heck I'm not even good at coloring. I assumed that I just wasn't any good at art. My creativity was unleashed when I realized that there are so many different artistic mediums.

-- What has been the inspiration behind your business? I had a huge supply of scrapbook paper but had tired of scrapbooking so started looking for a way to use that paper. That's when I decided to try decoupage. It's so fun to pick out the paper and turn it into something functional.

-- If you could describe your products in three words, what would you tell me? Fun, unique, functional

-- What would an average working day for you be like from dawn til dusk? Well, typically we split up the duties. Beccah uses manages their Etsy page while Sara manages the finances. We usually get together to have big crafting sessions about two or three times a month. We also have a monthly business meeting to set goals, talk about what we've accomplished, and what we can do better.

-- What's your favourite material and techniques to work with? We love scrapbook paper and Mod Podge but also enjoy working with fabric and wood. We love power tools! We'll be introducing some new products in the future that utilizes these materials.

-- What is your ideal vision for the future for you and your work? We would like to get involved in a craft fair, introduce more items, and possibly start doing custom items for our customers. We've discussed making custom coasters with photographs and possibly working with brides to create custom coasters for wedding favors.

-- Away from work, what do you like to do for fun or to wind down? We like to hang out with friends, have dinner, and listen to live music.

-- What are you likely to search for on Etsy? There are so many wonderful shops on Etsy. I like searching for purses, cards, and gifts for friends and family.

-- Any last words? Please check out our facebook and blog pages -

We would like to offer your readers a coupon for 15% off their purchase. The coupon code is MOONANGEL and expires March 1.


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