4.01.2011

Handmade Colectibles

It's time to meet Cole, from Handmade Colectibles. I first discovered Cole because I fell in love with her blog, Letters from Coco. Her pictures are gorgeous, she has two sons, and she loves family. I was hooked. And then I found out that she can make amazing things out of felt - and I was in LOVE. From felt rosettes to hair pretties to wreaths and even bouquets - Cole makes beautiful items out of felt. She's kind of my hero. Let's meet her - she's so much fun!



1. How did your shop get started?
I became a stay at home mom in July 2009, the day my second son was born. I loved every minute of being home with my boys but felt like something was missing. On a family vacation that summer we were shopping at an outside handmade/craft fair in huntington beach and I just knew that that's what I wanted to be doing. I was inspired but needed an idea. Fast forward a summer later- I wanted a wreath for my house but something fresh and modern. Come to find out there's not a whole lot of modern looking wreaths for sale in the stores. So I played and after making a few as gifts for family, decided I had found my niche.

2. What does a typical day look like for you? How do you organize your time and tasks?

I'm up by 5 most mornings. That way I have an hour to myself before the kids day starts. I'd like to say that I have a nice organized crafting schedule where I create in a pretty, inspiring workspace. In reality most of my crafting is done sitting on a stool in my kitchen, with music playing throughout the house, and squeeling boys running about. But that works for me. I think I've just recently realized the importance of designating certain hours for shop work. Because with a handmade business from home you can end up working yourself all day long which isn't good for you or your family. That's why I try not to work on orders on the weekends when daddy is home. I'm just now learning the importance of a good balance.



3. Where do you draw inspiration from currently?

My husband and I decided to make some big changes in our lives which meant being more cautious of how were spending our time and what we're filling ourselves up with. So we cut out TV, and have been spending more time reading together, doing outreach together, spending time with uplifting people. And it's a amazing the changes that happen when you're intentional about doing life differently. I feel so much more inspired every day just by filling myself with the good.




4. Name your top 5 favorite Etsy shops.

Tank and Tink- my house is filled with Molly's encouraging prints.

Tucker Reece - Jenna was one of my first shop friends and if you walked into my house you would think she set up a little shop to advertise in because I have her little love letters all over.

Apple Blossom Print - Rachel's done several custom orders for me and I'm always so impressed by her. Great customer service, wonderful product and the shipping time and packaging is always impressive. I order A TON from Etsy, so when I get this A+ treatment I almost always will come back and shop again.

MaryKateMcDevitt - one of those adorable shops where you secretly wish you would have thought of the idea first. Ha! Love her work.

Love Lune - always so impressed by Jill's work and she happens to be so, so sweet. Her pieces are some of my favorites to wear around.



5. Where did your shop name come from?

A friend of mine joked that I should call it 'wreath COLEectibles' to incorporate my name into it. She meant it as a joke but I really liked the idea and kept the colectibles part in it. Took out the wreath so that I could expand my product if I wanted to, which I have.


6. What is your favorite item?

Right now my favorite items are the wedding bouquets I'm working on. The thought of creating something for someone's special day was completely terrifying and at the same time so exciting. I was scared to do it at first but now I'm so glad that I took the leap.


7. What kind of things make you the happiest?

I love being outside. Coffee nights with my girlfriends. Decorating my house. Baking. Game nights. Having a real relationship with God and actually seeing Him at work in my life, changing this stubborn heart. Early morning snuggling in bed with my 3 boys. Getting to be at home with my boys and make pretty flowers every day. So many things!


8. What is your favorite quote?

"When I try, I fail. When I trust, He succeeds."- Corrie Ten Boom

another favorite...

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out." - John Wooden

Cole has offered Lemon Kissed blog readers a special discount in her shop, Handmade Colectibles. Enter "ilovelemons" in the coupon code window upon checkout and save 20% off of your purchase. This deal expires in one week. (This discount does not include wedding bouquet orders). Thanks Cole!!

Thank you so much, Cole! I know that my readers are going to adore you and your amazing felt creations!!


Want to check out Handmade Colectibles?

Find Cole here:

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Blog: Letters from Coco
Handmade Colectibles Etsy Shop

2 comments:

  1. Great article about Nicole! Thanks for posting it!
    Her Mamma

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  2. Thanks Shauna! Have a good weekend

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