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.

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