Monday, December 15, 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We are taking our Christmas holidays a little early this year. Need to devote more time to family, to entertaining, to crafting, to cooking, and to keeping traditions. Christmas is quickly approaching and there is so much to so little time.

We'll be back during the first week of January '09 with more Featured Diva interviews, fabulous finds, indie shops to promote, and yes.....some very exciting news about that "secret project" we've been promising. So, stay tuned!

We will respond to all email inquiries when we return.

In the meantime, we hope that you will have a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year.

Our Christmas holidays begin right NOW. We're outta here...
Bye for now. See ya in January '09!:)

The Today Show

There was a quick segment about Holiday shopping on The Today Show this morning. Did you watch?

They were talking about how 80% of consumers say that the single biggest motivator for shopping online (during the Holiday season) is FREE SHIPPING.

If you are an e-tailer who is looking to bring in more sales during the Christmas rush, then free shipping is obviously something to consider offering at your shop. Who knows. You just might hear a few extra "cha-chings" before the year is out!:)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday Favorite Things ~ from Etsy!

To end the week, we simply MUST show you some of our new "favorite things" from over on the Etsy site. After exploring through the Always Amy shop, we found these two absolutely adorable "Christmasy" pieces. Check 'em out...

We're crazy about these nickel-free, Snowflake White Winter Stud Post Earrings - Jack Frost's Handiwork. What cuties they are! Perfect for wearing at Christmas parties, New Year's Eve parties, or any occasion during the winter months.

Oh, and look at these bright green Holiday Decoration - Dangly Dangle Christmas Ornament Earrings. We are totally smitten. What a fabulous find! They are so fun and flirty....a great way to "get noticed" in the crowd. A must-have for any Diva....

Always Amy is shipping out EVERY DAY from now until December 20th. So, hurry on over right now and start shopping for Christmas. She offers tons and tons of great items that would make wonderful stocking stuffers!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tah Da!

We needed to give our blog banner and buttons a bit of a makeover. We wanted to create a look and color theme that would fit better with our "DIVA" movement. More pink (Diva's love pink), a hint of blue, and a little sprinkle of black here and there.

Well......tah da! Check out the new colors/look. It's not a "major" change but it is enough to make our blog a bit more pleasing to the eye and more "Diva-Ish" (our favorite

While you're here, be sure to grab our new "DIVA" button to place on your own blog or website. You can find our button further below, in the left sidebar. Help spread the word about DDIB. We'd love ya for it.:) Plus, in return we'd be glad to place a text link to your site here on our blog.

Check ya later!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

How Many Hours?

As a business owner, it isn't always easy to keep a regular working schedule. Actually, it's almost impossible to put a time limit on the work and say "okay, it's time to turn off the pc, put away the supplies, and call it a day." Bet you can relate to this, right?

On a normal work day, how many hours do you devote to your indie business? Let us know. Check out our new poll over in the left sidebar and cast your vote!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Helping to promote YOUR indie business!

Have a press release you'd like to share? Have an announcement, a special event, or a huge sale day coming up? Let us know. We'd love to share the details and spread the word here on our blog. It would help drive more traffic to your shop and bring more potential customers your way.

*Please keep in mind that not all submissions will appear on our blog. We reserve the right to refuse a submission – in particular those that we deem as inappropriate, disrespectful, or spam.

Let us help promote your independent (indie) business. We're here from Monday-Friday and are looking forward to hearing from you. Check ya later!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Featured Diva Interview ~ with Nicole from Cottonwood Herbals

*A Note From DDIB: We love Cottonwood Herbals. The shop is amazing! It's hard to decide which product we want most. It's a toss up between the Peppermint Sugar Scrub and the Almond Soap. Being the spoiled gals that we are...we'll take both. LOL.

Nicole strives to create products that are top quality. She is to be admired for her work and for "Changing The World...One Lather At A Time!" Read the interview to learn more about her...(and be sure to take note of the name that belongs to her English Bulldog. So cute! LOL.)

Name: Nicole
Shop: Cottonwood Herbals
Shop url:

Tell us a little about yourself:

I'm a mother to two children ages 17 years old and 7 years old..oh, and to an English bulldog named Diva. After many years of working sometimes 2 jobs and being a single mother, I met the love of my life. I'm finally able to do something I love. I always had the belief that if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. And it's true!!

Give us a description of your business and the items that you offer:

My company offers handmade cold process soaps, herbal salves, lipbalms, luscious bath scrubs and more. I only use the best ingredients I can find, organic whenever possible. The whole idea of my shop is to offer products that are wonderful and not filled with chemicals. To offer a happy medium for a customer who is looking for a healthier alternative, who wants to learn about nature and herbs.

What are your bestsellers? Your specialty? Most popular items?

My best sellers are my Lavender Castile soap and my Calendula soap, which has organic calendula petals in it...yeah, it's beautiful and refreshing. The bath scrubs are incredibly popular as well. I offer these in many scents including letting the customer choose the scent. These are custom made for the customer. Fresh, moisturizing and gentle on the skin.

Are your items targeted toward a specific age group?

My items are for everyone! Gentle soaps and healing herbal salves that everyone can and should use. Skin is the largest organ in our bodies - we need to respect that and be careful what goes on it.

What inspired you to start your own indie business?

I had been making my soaps, cleaners and own laundry soap for years due to my daughter having severe eczema. I did not want to use steroid creams on her and decided I would try going back to nature first. Get rid of the chemicals and see what happens. It worked and after losing my job last year during the mortage melt down mess, my husband asked me what I wanted to do. That was easy - I said I wanted to help people stop bathing in chemicals. There had to be an alternative and one that wasn't all patchouli and hippies. I mean, hey, I like designer clothes and bags as much as the next girl - but that doesn't mean I have to harm my body for beauty. That's where I come in.

As an independent business woman, what keeps you motivated?

As a woman with children, I believe in living my life as a way for them to learn. It's a lot of hard work and being incredibly organized. We go on "weed walks" to learn about plants, we garden to learn how to grow our own food. I love learning...and helping others. Motivation? I love nature, the plants, the flowers and with every article that comes out saying how one of the products we all use that was previously thought safe is now deemed "possibly harmful" it makes me want to take the safety of my health into my own hands. Soap is a pretty simple yet incredibly important step to take on the journey to living a better and healthier lifestyle.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement thus far?

Starting a company with my own money. Taking the risk to believe in my own dreams.

What has been your biggest challenge as a business woman?

The hardest part has been learning the different software programs that are used for book keeping, inventory and more.

What do you believe makes a business successful?

I'm selling a product I use and believe in. No hype...just great products. I'm not some slick salesman. I'm just a woman who wants to make products you can feel safe about using.

Do you have any specific goals/plans for the future?

We will be expanding in a couple of weeks and really concentrating on our wholesale side of things. I'd like to be in grocery and health food stores. Affordable luxury so to speak. As I say...I'm out to Change the World...One Lather at a Time!

Do you have any words of encouragement or advice for women out there who may be considering starting their own business on Etsy?

Test your products and know them inside and out! If you love the product you are selling - it's easy. Customers can tell!

Be organized from day 1!! Believe in yourself and success will come.

Tell us the best way to relax after a busy day of work..

Lock the bathroom door, throw on some music and take a nice, long bath - using Cottonwood Herbals products of course.

While growing up, who was your role model? Who impressed and inspired you most?

I've always liked women who did things on their own terms...Audrey Hepburn, Ani DiFranco...heck, even Cinderella went after her dream.

Give us three (3) words that best describe YOU:




Give us one (1) word that best describes your business:


What is your favorite quote, line or saying?

Amor Vincit Omnia (love conquers all)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Soap Seduction

Hey Divas! Have you shopped at The Soap Seduction yet? If not, then we definitely urge you to check out their site. They offer feminine, luxurious, appealing products. Something for every Diva! If you like to indulge, then this is the place for you.

Since we loooooove "foodie" scents, we are especially smitten with these amazing Sweet & Savory soaps. Lemon Oatmeal Crisp, Strawberry Shortcake, and Cinnabun. Mmmmmm.....

And let's not overlook these decadent Soap Bon Bons. They come individually wrapped in colorful foil and are packaged in a box of four. You get Chocolate Coconut, Peanut Butter Cup, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Crème Brulee. Ooooooh, drool!:)

They've got a bunch of new stuff over there too. Just in time for the Christmas season. New lip butters, gift sets, and soaps!

If you plan to do some Christmas shopping, they've got great stocking stuffers available. But be sure to order by December 15th to guarantee delivery by December 24th! International shoppers can visit The Soap Seduction ~ on Etsy. (pssst....and to make things even better....they offer a free gift with every purchase!)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Sooooo Dog-Gone Cute!

On this chilly Tuesday, we thought it would be fitting to show you this adorable 2-in-1 Reversible Dog Coat from Annie's Sweatshop. Made with Malden Mills Polartec Polarfleece (a recycled fiber technology) and with recycled plastic, this hoodie is eco-friendly and will look super-cool on your hound! There is a lime green color on one side of the coat and on the other there is a lovely blueberry tone. Your pooch will look stylish, warm, and comfy sporting this new look during the winter months. It is completely adjustable, has a removable pop-pom on the hood, and is machine-washable. Custom sizes and colors and also available!

Soooooooo dog-gone cute! Hurry on over to Annie's Sweatshop and get one today!

Monday, December 1, 2008

On This Cyber Monday....Shop Indie!

The crowds. The pushing. The shoving. The stampedes. The rage. The injuries. Ugh! Black Friday. It just doesn't make any sense.

After listening to some of the Black Friday horror stories on the radio and watching the coverage on practically every news channel, we were left shaking our heads. Why would anyone want to risk their life just to save a few dollars? Why would anyone want to be a part of this FRENZY year after year?

As you can probably tell, we want no part of it. The same goes for "last minute" Christmas shopping. We prefer to shop early (like September and October) to avoid the hustle and bustle of the season. The department stores are practically empty during the autumn months. That means that there is waaaaay less stress involved. This makes for a more pleasant, satisfying, smooth, (and yes, much safer) shopping experience. For smaller items, such as stocking stuffers and novelties, we like to wait until Cyber Monday. We purchase from a variety of independent businesses on the web and take advantage of any SUPER sales and discounts along the way. The searching, the finding.....oh, it's great fun!

On this Cyber Monday, we would like to share a little advice: Shop Online....Shop Indie! Need we say more? It is soooo worth it. There are gazillions of independent businesses on the web, offering fabulous items. Soaps, candles, jewelry, handbags, name it, they've got it! Best of all, you can be sure that every item is handcrafted with plenty of TLC. Look around the web. You'll be surprised at how much you can get for your money. Show small business owners some love on this Cyber Monday and all during the Christmas season. Shop indie and support "Delightful Divas In Business"!

Happy December, happy Cyber Monday, and happy shopping! (p.s...We'd love to see some of your online "indie" finds for Christmas. Feel free to share them with us...)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Quick Quote

If you have been dreaming of starting your own small business someday but still remain a bit hesitant, here is a quick quote for you to ponder...

"The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs." ~ Vance Havne

Go for it, Diva! Don't put your dream on hold any longer. Take that first step. You can do it.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snowwwww!

Well, here we are. Gazing out at the blanket of white, glistening snow covering the ground outside our office window. What a beautiful sight. Best of all, there is more on the way for this afternoon. Yippeee! Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snowwwww!

Speaking of snow, check out these Stylish Snowmen Sugar Cookies from Kindred Spirits Sweets. Wowww...what a find! They are baked fresh and are described as "soft, thick, and mildly sweet". Yummo! Best part of get 8 of them together, sitting on a cake round, wrapped up, tied with a seasonal ribbon....and delivered right to YOU.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Featured Diva Interview ~ with Rose Anne from Redhatlady

*A Note from DDIB: The ladies from the Red Hat Society are among the sweetest, friendliest people you will ever meet. We had the pleasure of meeting several members last summer at a local mall and were touched by their kindness. (We loved seeing their gorgeous red hats too, by the way.) Hope you will enjoy meeting one of their very talented and creative members. Her name is Rose Anne...

***Introducing our Featured Diva***

Name: Rose Anne
Shop: Redhatlady
Shop url:

Tell us a little about yourself:

I am married, mother of two and grandmother of three. I love everything about life! I have lived long enough to have developed an appreciation of the beauty in all things and I like to think I contribute to it in my own way.

Give us a description of your business and the items that you offer:

My shop features a little bit of everything! I like custom designing accessories for Red Hat Society members in their signature shades of reds, purples, pinks and lavenders, but that is not all there is. I have a line of vibrantly colored and fashionable magnetic bracelets and anklets. And, as I think jewelry should be something you should wear and enjoy everyday, most of my bracelets, pendants and earring are done in classic styles. I leave the trendy stuff to those who have the talent and eye for those designs. I very much like seed beads, glass beads from around the world and crystal. I am currently in the process of beading porcelain and resin face cabachons, giving each a character of their own based on the ladies in my family. Each has a name and different personality.

What are your bestsellers? Your specialty? Most popular items?

No bestsellers yet, but I am working on it!

Are your items targeted toward a specific age group?

I think you can find a little something for a wide range of tastes and ages in my shp. I have beaded wine bottle tassels, decorative door hangers, and a group of Anywhere Angels, along with the usual things.

What inspired you to start your own indie business?

I started making different things for the girls in my Red Hat Chapter because everything available for us was all the same. I ended up falling for beading in a big way and made much more than my daughter and I could wear. My daughter owned a small botique at the time and her clients began asking if I would make a few things for them. That was the beginning. But, clearly I do not bead to sell, I sell so I can bead!

As an independent business woman, what keeps you motivated?

I have this never-ending need to learn all that I can about whatever I get involved in. My Etsy shop has enabled me to garner a new respect for all types of art expression. All that wonderful talent in one place keeps me striving to evolve. I do not consider myself to be an artist, but a "beader" who hopes one day to become an artist.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement thus far?

The greatest achievement in my life is having raised two children who have become responsible adults with a good work ethic, are good citizens and appreciate the beauty in the world. My other accomplishments pale by comparison.

What has been your biggest challenge as a business woman?

Promoting my product and staying true to my own style. It is hard not to give into trends just to sell. I always have remind myself that I do this because I truly love it. Selling is secondary, but it is hard not to use sales as a yardstick to measure your success and the quality of your work.

What do you believe makes a business successful?

Hard work, constant promotion and dedication.

Do you have any specific goals/plans for the future?

I want to build my shop into one that will be successful; that is my goal right now. I'm not doing a lot of shows or putting a line our on consignment. I do plan on doing an open house for the holiday season, however.

Do you have any words of encouragement or advice for women out there who may be considering starting their own business on Etsy?

Yes...... by all means give lot's of consideration to the name of your shop because once you pick it you cannot change it. If I had to do it over again, I would not be Redhatlady. It pegs me as selling one kind of item, when really I have so much more.

Tell us the best way to relax after a busy day of work..

If I am not beading, or designing or printing business cards, or shopping for beads or attending bead shows, I am doing laundry, grocery shopping and balancing the checkbook. I must admit to being a TV junkie, however. And I read novels about forensic anthropology.

While growing up, who was your role model? Who impressed and inspired you most?

An American History teacher in high school really showed me that learning could be fun and exciting.

Give us three (3) words that best describe YOU:


Give us one (1) word that best describes your business:


What is your favorite quote, line or saying?

I have two:
"Imagination is more important than knowledge". (Albert Einstein)
"You can't legislate common sense". (anon)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Brrrrrr........old Jack Frost has arrived!

It's that time of year again. The time when we reluctantly give up "style" for "warmth" and begin donning our chunky, heavy, wooly winter apparel. Coats, mittens, hats, and scarves. Ugh! But hey! The times they are a changing...and that means that you no longer MUST sacrifice style just because old Jack Frost has arrived. Stay warm and stylish all at the same time. Let these awesome "indie" finds help you make a statement this season....

Check out this London Mod Newsboy Cap that we found on Etsy this morning. It immediately caught our eye. What a gorgeous shade of blue! A super-stylish (yes, we said stylish) way to keep away the winter chill. This cute cap is from Creative Hook. You really, really must visit this shop.

This Cozy - Cowgirl Blues scarf from Bossy Boots Design is just what a trendy girl needs to stay warm and snuggly while braving the elements. Oh, look at that texture, the lovely tones of blue, that incredible softness! We love, love, love it and want, want, want it.

As the shop says, "When you can't curl-up by the fire...your Cozy scarf will keep you warm and stylish as you dash about town looking fabulous."

We love these fabulous, charcoal colored, Fingerless Gloves/Wrist Warmers by Kimonos. It is no wonder why they are "best sellers". They are made with fleece to "keep your hands, wrists and arms stylishly toasty". Plus, they are stretchy and can fit just about any hand comfortably. That's what we love about them. They are perfect for anyone! The shop describes them as "Functional, fashionable, washable and affordable"...

Be sure to buy "handmade" this season. It's the "in thing".:)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Yummiest-Looking Soap EVER

As true chocolate lovers, we were completely in awe when we stumbled upon this Fudgesicle Soap by Arcadia Aromatics - The Soap Store. It looks sooooo real and comes in a deep Belgian chocolate scent....wowowow! This designer soap is definitely going on our "wish list"!:)

Oh, and check out these handmade EXTRA LARGE soaps! You get 6 bars (6 oz each) in the fragrances of your choice. That's hot! The Almond Joy, Frosted Berries, Lemongrass with Orange Peel, Peppermint Twist, and Vanilla Bean are scents that especially appeal to us. You can find a list of all the available soap fragrances at the shop.

And last but not MUST see this Waffle Bowl Ice Cream! Have you ever seen such yummy-looking soap?! You get to choose the colors and the scent....which makes it even more fun.

There are just soooooo many amazing things to be offered at this Etsy shop (around 10 pages of items). One thing is certain...they have the yummiest-looking soap EVER! We could stay there all day gushing over it all. lol.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Uber Amazing Blog Award!

WooooHoooo....what a delight, what an honor! We have just received The Uber Amazing Blog Award! We would like to take a moment to thank our dear blogging friend, Tashai at for nominating us. Check out her post here.


"How is the award determined? The rules are as follows:
The award is presented to blogs that- 1. Inspire you 2. Make you smile and laugh 3. Or maybe give amazing information 4. Are a great read 5. Have an amazing design 6. Or any other reasons you can think of that make them uber amazing!

If you receive this award: 1. Please put the logo on your blog or post. 2. Nominate at least 5 blogs that you feel are Uber Amazing! 3. Let them know that they have received this Uber Amazing award by commenting on their blog. 4. Share the love and link to this post and to the person you received your award from."


Now, we would like to nominate the following blogs ~ because they are interesting, fun, beautiful, informative ~ and most of all..because we love, love, love to visit them!:)


Monday, November 17, 2008

Craving something sweet?

Give in to your cravings and satisfy your sweet tooth with this delish Mint Chocolate Swirl Fudge by Georgia Treats. Made with real butter, this fudge is whirled and swirled together...creating a decadent combination of flavors. Mmmm...yummo! For $7.99, you will get 1 lb. packaged in an airtight aluminum foil tin tray. The minty, chocolatey flavor makes this fudge a fabulously-festive treat. Great for those Christmas parties and holiday get-togethers.

Raise your hand if you are drooling right now. *raising our hands*

Friday, November 14, 2008

Recipe for a Successful Business

The road to building a successful business is not an easy one but if you BELIEVE in yourself and LOVE what you do....then you are definitely headed in the right direction. Key ingredients in the "Recipe For A Successful Business" are...Persistance, Determination, Dedication, Time, Hard Work, Effort, Perseverance, Motivation, Commitment, Courage, Confidence, and Knowledge.

We found two interesting articles that offer helpful advice for anyone who owns their own small business or is considering starting one. Just click on the links below to read them...

Article #1...

Article #2...

Good luck to all divas in business!

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Hey thrifty divas! There are several great giveaways going on right now over at Thrifty & Chic Mom. Click on the links below to enter. Hurry up. Time is running out!

Beco Butterfly 1.0 carrier ~ giveaway ends 11/18

Bugaloo baby shoes ~ giveaway ends 11/14

Rockin' Baby Sling ~ giveaway ends 11/18

Dabib baby bib ~ giveaway ends 11/14

Buster and boo earrings ~ giveaway ends 11/18

Featured Diva Interview - with Kim from kimsmissprissy

*A Note From DDIB: What a darling shop! Why, just the name alone makes you smile.:-) Believe (and your little ones too) will fall head over heels in love with the "girly things for girly girls" that Kim offers in her shop. Enjoy the interview and be sure to bookmark her site.


Name: Kim Austin
Etsy Shop: kimsmissprissy
Etsy Shop url:

Tell us a little about yourself:

I am married with three children 1 son 18, 1 daughter 14, 1 daughter 6. I am a 6th grade Science and Social Studies Teacher and have been teaching for 14 years. I love spending time crafting or reading.

Give us a description of your business and the items that you offer:

I have a small business that is slowly growing. I started out selling to my friends that wanted hairbows for their daughters and slowly developed from there. I then did a few craft shows and currently wholesale items to a local children's boutique. I have been setting up my online store and website,, and it should be up and running in the next week or so. Currently my shop focuses on hairbows, clippies, ponytail streamers, and burp cloths. I make my bowboards and bulletin boards as ordered (customized). I have recently added a few embroidery items like the acrylic beverage bottles, key rings, and desktop pencil holders. I also have added a few pet items as well, such as the acrylic monogrammed pet bowl and personalized bandanas.

What are your bestsellers? Your specialty? Most popular items?

My hairbows are the heart of my business and sell steadily throughout the year. One of my most popular items would have to be my custom bowboards. These sell like hotcakes during the holiday season! My specialty would have to be the fact that I customize and LOVE IT! It feels so much more personal when you know who you are making something for as you create it. You just seem to put a little more love into those items.

Are your items targeted toward a specific age group?

Most of my hair accesories are targeted towards girls from 0-18. I do have some items that could be for any age, such as my Ponytail Pizzaz button covered ponytail holders, some clips, and of course the bulletin boards.

What inspired you to start your own indie business?

I have always been an entrepreneur at heart. My friends use to laugh at me because I would see something and say..."I could make that!", and would usually try. My youngest daughter is the prissy one and hairbows were a necessity! I decided to learn how to make them myself, and from there people started asking me to make bows for them. It was just perfect to me. Doing something fun and getting paid for it.

As an independent business woman, what keeps you motivated?

Hmmm..I would have to say that it is one of the few things I do not have to motivate myself to do. I love creating these things and seeing others enjoy them.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement thus far?

That would have to be raising my three wonderful children. They are the light of my life and I am so proud of all three of them.

What has been your biggest challenge as a business woman?

My biggest challenge would be having confidence. Although I make quality items and I would never sell anything I would not buy myself, I still can't believe people want to buy my things. I've had to work really hard to charge what is fair...I've been told I tend to underestimate the value of my product.

What do you believe makes a business successful?

perserverance and a love for what you do

Do you have any specific goals/plans for the future?

For now, I am building my Etsy business and about to launch my online shop. I think that will keep me hopping.

Do you have any words of encouragement or advice for women out there who may be considering starting their own business on Etsy?

Don't be afraid to do what you love. If you love what you do, it will show in your work and keep you going. Go for it and take life day by day.

Tell us the best way to relax after a busy day of work..

I LOVE a good nap...but chocolate and a good book work wonders too!

While growing up, who was your role model? Who impressed and inspired you most?

My mother was ALWAYS my role model. She raised three girls as a single mom and her work ethic, love, and determination inspire me to this day! She built her way up from a waitress to a restaraunt owner and did it all on her own!

Give us three (3) words that best describe YOU:


Give us one (1) word that best describes your business:


What is your favorite quote, line or saying?

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Monday, November 10, 2008

Bring. On. The. Coffee.

Good morning, divas! It's Monday. Another busy work week begins. Time to dive into that endless pile of work on our desk and tackle that out of control to-do list. Woot!

How does a diva get the energy? The motivation? The will-power?
Well, for starters...bring. on. the. coffee. That always helps.(lol)

Speaking of coffee, you've got to check out these signs that we found at Country Workshop. First of all, take a gander at this 6"x12" sign that says, "If I'm not here...I'm at Starbucks!" A sure hit with coffee-lovers! Hang it in the kitchen or office. Show the world just how addicted you really are for only $9.99.:-) A great conversation piece.

And you've gotta love this primitive sign that says, "Anything's possible...with enough coffee!" Oh, yes! Great sentiment for those of us who tend to act a bit sluggish in the morning before we get our caffeine fix.(lol) It measures 6"x14" and is sold for $11.95 at Country Workshop. Christmas is coming and these signs would make great gifts for anyone who enjoys a little coffee humor.:-)

Got to go pour another cup of coffee now. Need a re-fill. See ya...

Friday, November 7, 2008

Pillows With Personality

Look at those expressive eyes and those pouty lips! This 8" x 8" decorative, hand painted Olivia Pillow by Priscilla Mae et al is truly one-of-a-kind. The detail that has been put into this piece is remarkable. As an added bonus, there is a quote on the back of this pillow that says, "Youth is a gift; Age is an art." How true! What lovely words.

Another favorite is this 8" x 8" Veronica Pillow. Check out that porcelain complexion, the lovely eye color, the hat, and the pearl earring. How exquisite she is!
The quote found on the back says, "I can only please one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow doesn't look good either." In our opinion, Veronica is a true diva!

The shop explains that these girls are "from the Midlife Madonnas Series and would make a wonderful present for that special woman of a certain age. They are women of independent spirit who know what they want and they know how to get it." These pillows each come with a stand and can be displayed on a table, desk, or bookshelf. They are also individually wrapped in a cellophane bag with a grosgrain ribbon. Ready to be given as a gifts. How great is that! Get your own Olivia and Veronica for only $50.00 each.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Twist Of Taste

While browsing around Etsy this morning, we came across something that totally tempted our taste buds. Look at these homemade chocolate covered pretzels from Twist Of Taste. Our tummies are saying "gimme gimme gimme!" This small box contains "an Assortment of milk, dark, and white chocolate". Plus, each pretzel has a different topping. Oh, yummo!

Pretzels from this shop are topped with ingredients like Andes Mint, Chocolate Chips, M&M's, toffee, Peanut Butter, Oreo's and More. Mmmm...delish!

For only $6.50 (wow, what a great buy!) this box full of chocolatey treats could be yours. Now, let's hear some "ooooh's" and "aaaaahs"!*lol* They are individually wrapped and packaged in a lovely pink box. Give them as a gift....or just keep them for yourself. You deserve it. Satisfy your C.H.O.C.O.L.A.T.E.Y. cravings and pick up a box from Twist Of Taste today!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Featured Diva Interview - with Rita from (Bin Hog Designs) Custom Luggage Handle Wraps

*A Note From DDIB: "Flight attendants please prepare the cabin for landing!"(lol) This week, you will be meeting a diva (and full time flight attendant) who creates custom luggage ID handle wraps that will make your luggage stand out from the rest. You won't have to worry about grabbing the wrong bags in the overhead bin anymore. The perfect solution for all of you travelling divas. By the way, you MUST check out her "Diva" luggage ID handle wrap! We are quite sure that you will loooooove it. We do.:-)


Name: Rita

Shop title: (Bin Hog Designs) - Custom Luggage Handle Wraps

Shop url:,

Tell us a little about yourself:

I work FT as a flight attendant and during my off time I love to watch my boyfriend's kids play in their soccer games, eat sushi, and watch the TV show Deadliest Catch.

Give us a description of your business and the items that you offer:

I make and embroider luggage ID handle wraps. They wrap around your luggage handles and are used to identify your bags.

What are your bestsellers? Your specialty? Most popular items?

My bestsellers are the personalized/custom wraps with names only and designs with names, initials, etc... The custom wraps are my specialty. Probably the most popular items are the Not Yours wraps, as well as the I love wine wrap.

Are your items targeted toward a specific age group?

I don't target a specific age group, but I definitely target the traveler.

What inspired you to start your own indie business?

I work FT as a flight attendant, and I needed a bag tag that didn't just hang off the bag, and one that people would see immediately in the overhead bin. People are constantly grabbing the wrong bags in the bins.

As an independent business woman, what keeps you motivated?

Getting my products out to the public.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement thus far?

Getting large orders and shipping out of the country. It's amazing that people have seen & heard of my wraps outside the United States.

What has been your biggest challenge as a business woman?

Trying to do too much and please too many people.

What do you believe makes a business successful?

A good product and business plan.

Do you have any specific goals/plans for the future?

I'd like to market more aggresively and get my wraps into airport/gift shops.

Do you have any words of encouragement or advice for women out there who may be considering starting their own business?

Go for it! Don't worry about what others say or do. Spend time in the forums reading the threads and soak up as much business information as possible.

Tell us the best way to relax after a busy day of work..

In the hot tub.

While growing up, who was your role model? Who impressed and inspired you most?

My Dad. He's an extremely hard worker.

Give us three (3) words that best describe YOU:


Give us one (1) word that best describes your business:


What is your favorite quote, line or saying?

Character is what you do when no one is looking.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Business Divas Who Blog: Keeping It “Original”

Here are a few of the “ins and outs” and “dos and don'ts” of starting your own business blog...

Be Original.

Like any business divas who blog, you've got to work hard to “keep it original”. It is important to create your own style. Don't try to imitate others. Be yourself. Be natural. Your blog should be a reflection of who you are. When someone visits your blog, it is like they are entering into your home, your store, your newspaper, your world. A good first impression is very crucial. You only have one chance to capture a visitors attention and hold their interest. The key to a successful blog starts with “originality”. We can't stress this enough.

In an online world where there are thousands of indie blogs trying to stand out from the crowd, you've got to work hard to get noticed. Don't worry, though. We've all been there. Yes, it does take a lot of determination and devotion. There won't be an increase in traffic overnight. It takes time for this to happen. But, if you love what you can't go wrong.

Where To Begin.

If you are thinking about starting a blog to promote your business, then finding the right blog platform to suit your needs is the place to start. The most common platforms are Blogger, Typepad, and Wordpress.

The next step is selecting a good layout, choice of color, and header. This always helps to make a blog look more attractive and appealing to the eye. Let your visitors know a little more about you and your business by filling out your blog profile with a description of the services/products that you offer. Share a link to your website/shop and be sure to post crisp and clear photographs.

Spread The Word.

Banner exchanges and text links are great ways to advertise. Follow other blogs and use online networking sites to spread the word. Don't forget to create a monthly newsletter if you want to keep visitors and potential customers returning to your blog. Giveaways create a lot of excitement. Try it. People love freebies and will surely visit your blog to take part. Share news, information, advice, new products, etc, etc, etc. Join blogging teams and post business-related articles on e-zines where you can share your wisdom (plus share a link back to your blog). Meet other indie divas and create friendships. These are just a few examples of how you can bring more traffic to your blog.

Be Professional.

In order to be taken serious as a business woman, you must keep it professional. Make sure that you use proper grammar (capitalization, spelling, punctuations). Always do a spell-check before publishing your posts. It is equally important that you keep your content fresh and original. (yes, we're using that word again... “original”) Incorporate your own personality and style of writing into every blog post. This will make the blog one of a kind....and uniquely yours!

Be Honest. Use Your Own Imagination.

Never steal the work of others. Keep in mind that the content that you find on another blog is not yours for the taking. Do not copy or take credit for something that is not yours. Do not steal ideas, material, images, or information from another blog to make your own blog and/or business website better. It is dishonest and people will notice that your material is not original and that you are copying.

They say that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. But, oddly enough, we are inclined to disagree. This kind of imitation (i.e. stealing material from another blog) is not flattering in the least. Remember that there are ways that bloggers can track your comings and goings and find out that you are stealing their material. Plus, it says a lot about your ethics. Use your own imagination. Do your own research. Be professional. It is more rewarding, fun, and honorable. Best of all, your visitors will love it.

***On a more personal note...

This article comes at a time when we are currently dealing with similar circumstances here at DDIB. It just so happens that a frequent visitor and "blocked" follower of our blog (you know who you are!) is copying and collecting material from our blog to use on her own new business blog. We have been aware of her daily visits and activity over the past week or so, in particular.

Several of our delightful diva members and Twitter friends have been helping us keep an eye on this situation. It's good to have friends who care. Thank you, divas!

We work hard to keep our blog a fresh and exciting place for business women and savvy shoppers to visit. We love what we do. However, it can be quite discouraging to see someone attempting to steal away our originality and all that we have worked hard to create.

Moral of the story: Keep it original. That's what being a “diva in business” is all about.

If you follow these simple suggestions and guidelines, your blog is sure to be a success and your business will benefit greatly.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Cheap Chicas - Press Release

We simply must tell all of our frugal "fashionista" friends about the launch of a new blog called Cheap Chicas. You will find tips and ideas there that will help you achieve the celebrity-look you've always wanted...without spending a fortune. How cool is that!

Lilliana Vazquez is the author of Cheap Chicas, and she currently appears as a fashion/style expert on QVC and The Shopping Channel (representing Maxx New York handbags) and is the Host and Producer for Style Check exclusively on As founder and designer of Pretoria Castle, a stylish and wearable handbag line for today’s woman, she offers a deep expertise of the fashion and accessory industry. Vazquez has covered some of the hottest red carpet events and sat down with some of today’s top celebrities. She is available for hosting, reporting and expert commentary.


Fashion expert launches new blog to provide wallet-friendly wardrobe ideas

Have you ever watched an episode of Gossip Girl or The Hills and wondered where you could buy your favorite character’s look? Are you always on the look-out for the latest trends in affordable stores like H&M or Forever 21?

Renowned budget-friendly fashion expert Lilliana Vazquez is now taking all the guesswork out of finding the best steals and deals! Her new blog features posts such as ‘Shoes Under $70’, ‘Cheap or Chic”, and provides fashion guidance and insight into the latest trends. Updated daily, the blog teaches readers how to be frugal and fabulous and how to shop like a stylist …on a tight budget. All items suggested as a "buy" by Lilliana retail for less than $75!

In a recent post, Lilliana provides an affordable re-creation of a Hollywood starlet’s look – and includes both the prices and links to help readers purchase online:

In case you didn’t catch last night’s Gossip Girl, here is my favorite Upper-East sider Serena VanDerWoodsen looking smartly casual in this season’s must have item–the fitted blazer. I really love that she paired it with a super deep V-neck to make it less stuffy. I’m not sure if would wear this to my college admissions interview at Yale, with all that cleavage showing, but I would definitely wear it on a dinner date, to a party or even just for a weekend brunch if I wanted to look really good!

Vazquez is no stranger to providing the best in affordable-fashion advice. Her insight is currently featured on QVC, The Shopping Network, and the WE Network. Her goal is to help women feel confident and chic, whether their budget is $50 or $5,000.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Have you heard about the super-cute, diva-owned shop called Tizzalicious? They are on Etsy and offer some awesome handmade goodies (kawaii, kitsch, rockabilly accessories and more). We love this place and have got to show you a few examples of the items they offer. Our personal favorites...

First of all, check out these fun Black and White Anchor Ear Studs. They are "attention getters", that's for sure! A real conversation piece and must-have for all nautical-loving divas out there. Hop into your boat and sail on over to the shop. Get yourself a pair of these studs for $5.50.

Oh, and we've got to show you this Pink Polkadot Apple Brooch from Tizzalicious! It is just too precious! Great price too. Only $6.50. By the way, last week we added this item to our "Fabulous Finds". Over thataway <---- on the left sidebar. See it?:-) So feminine and cute!

Sweet, ripe, and juicy. Mmmm....we *heart* strawberries. Check out this pink Strawberry Love Pendant. Too adorable for words! At only $17.50, it would make an excellent gift or party favor for both little divas and grown-up divas alike!

Last but not least, check out this pair of Black Cat Stud Earrings. They are ultra hip! Hey, fabulous females...what are you waiting for? Snag a pair for only $6.00. Such a "purrr-fect" price.

In addition to being a great shop, Tizzalicious happens to be on our list of Twitter Friends! We just had to brag.(lol) *Big wave to Tizzalicious*

Monday, October 27, 2008

Monday Motivational Quote

"Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve." - Mary Kay Ash, Entrepreneur

Friday, October 24, 2008

Featured Diva Interview - with Amanda from TackledAndShackled

*A Note From DDIB:Let's end the week with a "getting to know you, getting to know all about you" post!:-) We're excited to introduce you to the diva behind the imaginative and amazing TackledAndShackled shop. Now, admit it...the name "TackledAndShackled" has you super-duper curious, right? (lol) Bet you're wondering what kind of items she sells? Well, read on and find out. If you love UNIQUE...then you'll adore TackledAndShackled.

Name: Amanda

Shop: TackledAndShackled

Shop url:

Tell us a little about yourself:

I'm a stay at home mom of three spirited kids, ages 13, 6, and 3 (yeah-- we've got The Span...LOL). My husband is a mechanical engineer, but I sometimes think my job is harder! Thus, the monniker TackledAndShackled became the perfect homage to my (much loved) status. I've been crafting pretty much my whole life- growing up poor in a family of 8 helped spark my creativity and love of turning Nothing into Something.

Give us a description of your business and the items that you offer:

My products span many different categories, often blurring the lines from one subject to another. I started out here on etsy doing just jewelry, but quickly branched out into decoupage, collage, ACEO, wall hangings, embroidery, and altered books, among others.

What are your bestsellers? Your specialty? Most popular items?

Interestingly, my bestsellers have been some funky light switch covers adorned with 1946 vintage dictionary pages. I actually just sat down and perused this old, falling-apart dictionary, tearing out the pages which had images that appealed to me, and took it from there. It's both comforting and somewhat alarming that other people 'get' my weird sense of humor! Bats, 18th century public humiliation contraptions, the list goes on and on.

There's 'normal' stuff too-- botanical illustrations of dragonflies and flower species are some of the other selections...) But I've also had great success with altered books-- I recently sold one I'd made from a children's board book. It was all about my favorite species of flower-- poppies. Each page was a unique assemblage tribute to all things poppy, including a complete seed collection of many different types of poppies I'd grown in my own personal garden, and accompanying photos of them in all their glory.

Are your items targeted toward a specific age group?

For the most part, it spans all ages-- more mature people usually love my jewelry, though I make jewelry for kids as well (and everyone in between.....LOL). I would venture to say that there's really something for everyone.

What inspired you to start your own indie business?

Years and years of friends telling me, "You know, you really should be selling this stuff!" Honestly. I was having fun just doing it for myself and as gifts, but admittedly, it's been pretty well received here on etsy! I've only been in business about 5 weeks, and have had 14 sales.

As an independent business woman, what keeps you motivated?

Realizing that people actually enjoy what I do! Crafting started out as almost a sort of therapy for me (I have 3 kids, after all....LOL). But to know that other people not only like it, but want to buy it? That's an amazing sense of fulfillment right there. It feels good to know that what I do is appreciated. Now for the home front......LOL

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement thus far?

I cannot express the absolute glee I felt over selling two lengthy labors of love in one single transaction: the person who bought the poppy altered book also bought another one at the same time. Completely different subjects, but both claiming their own space in my heart.
Oh, and getting dinner on the table every once in a while too.

What has been your biggest challenge as a business woman?

Finding the balance between home and work;
Finding the dining room table.

What do you believe makes a business successful?

I'm still new, remember, so there's (LOL) a lot of room for error. However, I really think that you have to love what you do, and seek out others who will fill that niche. I don't think you can be successful in any sense, doing something you don't like. It has to feel good.

Do you have any specific goals/plans for the future?

One step at a time.....

Do you have any words of encouragement or advice for women out there who may be considering starting their own business on Etsy?

Don't wait so long! I had all sorts of clouds in my head.... "too much trouble"...."how do I set up a paypal?" yada yada yada. Just do it. I wish I'd started a lot sooner. It's so simple. Yes, it takes a great deal of time-- especially in the beginning-- but it's such an amazing experience. Do it already!!! And everybody starts out slow, sales wise, but don't give up. Promote, promote, promote. Use whatever you have at your disposal: myspace, facebook, flickr, AND USE THE FORUMS!!! So many sellers are also buyers! (Myself included!) Make your presence! Show your stuff!

Tell us the best way to relax after a busy day of work..

Wine is nice.


While growing up, who was your role model? Who impressed and inspired you most?

She didn't seem so impressive at the time (forgive me) but I can honestly say my mom. She was a stay at home mom of 6 kids, and taught me how to do most everything I know. I have an entirely different appreciation for her, now that her wish of me having "a child just like me" has come true.

Give us three (3) words that best describe YOU:


Give us one (1) word that best describes your business:


What is your favorite quote, line or saying?

"All you need is a pegleg and some bacon," The Pirate on Spongebob Squarepants

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mark Your Calendars!

We've recently learned that fellow diva in business, Darlene from Bijouxbead, will be making a television appearance on the Slice Network (in Canada) on November 3 at 2pm ET. The show is called "The Mom Show" and Darlene will be chatting with the host about being an entrepreneur and a mother. This means that Canadian viewers will be able to see some of her work on TV.

Darlene will also be attending an exhibition and reception at the Made You Look Jewellery Studio and Gallery on Queen West in Toronto. The exhibition will be open with a reception from 5-9pm on November 13, 2008. Her work will remain in the gallery through to November 27,2008.

The Exhibition Theme: “The Bijouxbead Holiday Exhibit features pieces from the necklace, bracelet and earring collections, organized into thirteen collections within a collection; each one named for a province or territory within Canada. The Quebec collection, for example, features for the most part a little known semi-precious stone called Feldspath which was mined in Quebec (see picture “great horned owl”). The Newfoundland and Labrador collection features outstanding examples of Labradorite and the piece “from the rock” (see picture) was designed to symbolize the rugged beauty of Newfoundland and Labrador’s landscape. The New Brunswick collection features Tigereye, which reminds Darlene of the wood she came across there while camping on Grand Manan Island (see picture “wooden it be loverly”). While some of the collections feature a specific stone, there are others that are based in glass and metal. While some pieces within the collection are very organic in nature, others are definitely “set to sparkle”.

For all who are interested, here is a link to Darlene's global invitation to the event on Facebook.

Canadian Divas ~ Be sure to mark your calendars for these two special events! You won't want to miss either one.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

And the winner is....

Hooray! Hooray!
It's time to announce the winner of our giveaway!

*drumroll please*

Moody Gurl Aromatherapy

Congratulations, Kelly (Moody Gurl). You will be getting 1 full month of free ad space (125x125 banner) on our blog. (we'll be contacting you shortly...)

Let's all give her a round of applause.

This creative diva offers a variety of "smell-good products for a mood altering experience". We just went over to her shop a few minutes ago and the first thing that caught our eye was the amazing Moody Mud. This item truly does have the "wow" factor. It's "an aromatherapy stress relieving play dough". Such a fun item! Oh, and you've got to see the luscious looking Bath Taffy and Bath Icing. Everything is so appealing at Moody Gurl Aromatherapy. Really, you must..absolutely MUST..visit her shop.:-)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Hey Divas! Have you joined Twitter yet? If not, then we recommend that you scoot on over there as fast as you can and sign up. It is the greatest little tool for gaining new friendships, promoting your business, and doing a little networking all at the same time. We've only been "twittering" (as they call it) for about 6 hours and we're already addicted. No kidding. At last count, we have 171 super duper sweet followers. This is so exciting! Come on over and follow us at Twitter.Com/DelightfulDivas/. See ya there!:-)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Audrey Hepburn Style

This morning, our focus is on Audrey Hepburn. The talented, pixie-like actress who won the hearts of movie-goers everywhere. We have seen almost all of her films: "Charade", "Sabrina", "Roman Holiday", "Funny Face", "Breakfast At Tiffany's" - just to name a few.

There were many things that set Audrey Hepburn apart from the rest. Her dark, mischief eyes. Her perky and pretty hairdo. Her slight Belgian accent. Her incredible sense of style.

And speaking of style...
To this day, women are still trying to achieve the glamorous "Hepburn Look". And if you are a fan of this classic Hollywood actress and her style, you are sure to love the three items we found on Etsy this morning...

This Black and White Damask Pleated Clutch/Cosmetic Bag from A Touch Of Stardust is a favorite with us. Can't you just picture Audrey holding this while walking along the red carpet? Definitely. With its gentle curves and elegant design, this clutch screams "GLAM"! Fabulous price. Only $26.00.

Check out these Audrey Hepburn - Set of 4 Medium Sized Chipboard Gift Tags from KatKoot's Corner. They are very eye-catching and "diva-ish" (you knew we'd say that, right?) with their pretty colors and images. We're crazy about them. Only $3.00 for a set of four.

The Audrey Hepburn Swarovski Ring by Bella Moda Artist is a gorgeous tribute to an unforgettable actress. Imagine how pretty you'd look wearing this conversation piece. Add it to your jewelry collection for only $29.99.

Try typing "Audrey Hepburn" in the Etsy search engine or in google. We are sure that you will find MANY awesome items. Also, feel free to comment here and share your "Hepburn Finds". We'd love to see them.:-)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Bath and Body Loveliness

You've got to visit Embrace Bath & Body and check out their line of fabulous, fabulous, fabulous products!!

Their Lemon Cream Whipped Body Frosting is already on our personal "wish list". They say that it smells absolutely delish - "LIKE A FRESH BAKED LEMON POUNDCAKE WITH LEMON FROSTING ON TOP" - and makes your skin soft and moisturized. It contains shea butter, aloe, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, and more. Oh, what a treat for your skin! You get a 4oz container for only $10.00! You can't beat a price like that.

And how can we resist their Lip Tint? They come in 15 oz tubes with shades like: Blushing Melon, Tease, Merlot Shimmer, Hot Cocoa. These lip tints are a cross between lip balm and lip stick and the added peppermint oil makes them feel cool and soothing on your lips. Oh-La-La...we're already smitten! Hurry over to their shop and stock up on these lip tints for only $6.50 each. (A great idea for Christmas stocking stuffers!)

On a final note, we'd like to say that while browsing through their shop we were totally struck by their fun and flirty packaging. Love the colorful, striped design. Verrrrrry eye-catching and appealing! A lovely shop. Well worth the visit.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

advertise on our blog (+ GIVEAWAY)

We are now offering competitive, affordable, and targeted advertising on our blog. You will be getting 1 full month of advertising for only $10.00 (a value of over $30.00!!) Simply click on the "Your Ad Here" button (right side bar) for more information on how to snag one of our available spaces.

BUT WAIT!! Before you purchase one of our ad spaces...why not enter our contest and see if you can win 1 full month of advertising for free. Don't miss out on this ad space GIVEAWAY!

Read the following lines for more details...

Right now, we are giving away 1 FULL MONTH of free advertising on our blog (125X125 banner ad). To participate in this giveaway contest, you must follow these simple rules/directions...

1. You must be a diva!:-)
2. You must have a 125X125 banner
3. You must post a comment here on our blog (your comments MUST be posted beneath this message. Be sure to post a link to your shop when you comment. That way we can get in touch with you if your name is drawn.

That's it. All of you "commenters" will then automatically be entered into the draw to win. We will announce the winner on Wednesday October 22, 2008 (next week) right here on DDIB. Your 125x125 banner ad will then be placed on the right side bar for 1 FULL MONTH of free advertising.

Good luck to all of you, delightful divas!:-)

Featured Diva Interview - with Kristin from Oh So Small Bittie's

*A Note From DDIB: We are completely fascinated by all of the teeny-tiny, itty-bitty, handmade items that this diva creates. We especially LOVE the Halloween miniatures (as seen in the photos below). Hope you'll enjoy learning more about Kristin and her Etsy business...

Name: Kristin

Etsy Shop: Oh So Small Bittie's

Etsy Shop url:

Tell us a little about yourself:

I am 28 and a mother 3 trying to make some money to help with the bills etc... plus I love having something to do to escape and having my own little world to work with. I love to be creative it makes me smile to know others enjoy what I have worked so hard on.

Give us a description of your business and the items that you offer:

I make handmade miniatures and beads and pendants with polymer clay.

What are your bestsellers? Your specialty?

Well so far food miniatures seem to be liked alot

Are your items targeted toward a specific age group?

No not really. I want to market to everyone.

What inspired you to start your own indie business?

Well be a mom who has chosen to be a stay at home mom and wife I needed a way to help out as well and to share these wonder tiny things I just love creating I guess.

As an independent business woman, what keeps you motivated?

My kids defiantly being able to make some extra money to do something fun with them or maybe buy an extra toy is always nice!

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement thus far?

Becoming a better woman and more driven to succeed!

What has been your biggest challenge as a business woman?

Making time to fully persue the business side of it and not miss the family time too

What do you believe makes a business successful?

The want to make others happy and to want to please the customer and having items that people will like! and knowing that you are putting a quality item out there.

Do you have any specific goals/plans for the future?

I hope to have my own shop someday where the buyers will be looking for me!

Do you have any words of encouragement or advice for women out there who may be considering starting their own business on Etsy?

Do it. You will meet sooo many nice and wonderful people and you will have fun being apart of this world even if you don't make a million sales it will be just as rewarding!

Tell us the best way to relax after a busy day of work..

Playing with my kids! or just having that special time with the ones you love!

While growing up, who was your role model? Who impressed and inspired you most?

My parents they are such a supportive pair and I only hope to be just as good to my kids as they have been for me!

Give us three (3) words that best describe YOU:

2.Off beat

Give us one (1) word that best describes your business:


What is your favorite quote, line or saying?

Do unto others as you want to be done to you!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Bearded Ladies Present: Shop Austin

Event Release!
The Bearded Ladies Present: Shop Austin
Independent designer, craft & fine art showcase

Event Name: The Bearded Ladies Present: Shop Austin

Date: Saturday April 18, 2009

Time: 11:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: in advance $8, at the door $10.



Event Info:

The Bearded Ladies Production Co. is set to produce its first show in Austin, Texas. The 2009 event will be a craft fair, fine arts festival, and independent designer showcase all wrapped up into one. By featuring the best vendors in Austin, The Bearded Ladies Present: Shop Austin will provide shoppers an opportunity to find one of-a-kind gifts, unique accessories, fashionable attire, home decor and more. Shoppers can browse the work of talented artisans who buck the trend of mass-production by offering handcrafted goods that are finely constructed and very unique. These independent entrepreneurs are locally based, but also come from surrounding areas to participate in what is sure to be a fun family event filled with items you can’t find anywhere else. The first thirty shoppers to arrive at the event will receive a goodie bag stuffed with great giveaway items from vendors and local businesses. Shopping begins at 11:00 a.m., and admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door; parking is available near Saengerrunde Hall.

The Bearded Ladies Present: Shop Austin is currently accepting applications for vendors. All local crafters, independent designers, and fine artists that want to broaden their customer base are invited to apply. Let all of Austin know what you have to offer and join The Bearded Ladies Present: Shop Austin!

To apply go to:

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dreamy. Creamy. Fudge.

Hello, darling divas! We are so excited to show you what we found this morning on the front page of Etsy.
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Layer Fudge!!! It was featured in the "hand-picked" section. Oh, be still our beating hearts.:-)

It's dreamy. It's creamy. It's everything you could want in a fudge! Scoot on over to Kandy Kettle Kitchen and get yourself some of this melt in your mouth sweetness for only $9.99! Yummmmmmm!

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