What’s Brewing?

I had a busy summer! I spent my weekends at the Gold Bar Farmer’s Market. Sales were great, and most of all I made connections within our community.

I find the connects are what keep my business thriving. Many business cards given out resulted in sales. It also resulted in people contacting me about other markets, bazaars and ideas.

I am spending my weekend updating my etsy page. I have some great gift ideas for the “hard to shop for” person.

Now, to add to my mix, I am also selling Coffee and Tea. I am just getting in the swing of things and will be ramping up my stock so you can buy direct, as opposed to my website www.sistersjava.com – although, you are welcome to order from there!

I will be adding items that are not on my Sisters Java Page soon, like Infusers, tea pots & Mugs. I am wanting to do a special, where you purchase coffee/tea combo with a guitar pick necklace made from a vinyl record. Coffee and Music — Tea and Music — I am still working on the catch phrase.

Anyhow, I ambition is large, my time is small, and I appreciate your continued support. I will keep you abreast on upcoming events – you can also see those on my facebook pages: www.facebook.com/sistersjava   www.facebook.com/bebeannedesigns – head on over and give me a like!

 

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Java Momma – Tea Coffee & More

I did it!!!! I am now selling Coffee & Loose leaf tea!! The official kick off isn’t until the first week of October, but I did it!!! Having a loose leave tea outlet and a way to sell it, combined in one!

I have officially joined with Java Momma. I joined because I LOVE LOVE tea, and I love coffee! But I also joined because for a limited time, I was able to join by ordering a sample pack  for only $5!! That opportunity will go away on October 1st 2017. Now, there are other kits that can be ordered, but I can always get another one later.

Once I have my website, I will share it! You can order coffee or tea (and I hear Cocoa) just in time for the holidays. What a wonderful gift! But, if you chose to, you can sign up and sell for yourself for “just the discount” or to resell for profit! Just add Bridgett Edgar as your sponsor, so I can mentor you as I am being mentored by my leader. Then, you can SHARE WITH OTHERS!

If you want more information, you can join my group on facebook at Java Sisters. This will give you all the latest up to date information on products, shipping, marketing, blends and more. 21430400_10207694896050224_1771584962048311763_n

 

 

Heirloom Traditional Paints

Wow, the summer is winding down! After a very HOT summer in the Pacific Northwest, we are finally getting some cooler weather. My summer was busy with Farmer’s Markets, travel and crafts! With all of that, I have an announcement.

Because I have so much spare time, I have decided to start selling Heirloom Traditional Paint! This is an amazing chalk like paint, perfect for small craft projects or major furniture rehab. My favorite thing about these paints , I don’t have to sand BEFORE applying! That’s right, I can put the paint right on top of whatever is already there! Whether mixing two colors together for a base, then layering with the 2 colors separate or  applying one color, the results are amazing! Heirloom Traditional Paints also has the gel wax for sealing

I have used clear gel wax in the past, but this line has different varieties of COLORED gel wax, making each piece as unique as you want it. Here are the wax colors that are available: Patina, Dark Umber, Jet Black, Barnwood, Clear, Muddy Pond & White Lime.

I am very excited to play with this added twist. I will be posting videos as I learn. I have done a few dressers, night stands, kitchen table, wood signs and a coffee table with these paints. I am hooked and ready to become more savoy and creative.

This opportunity to sell these Heirloom Traditional Paint’s is NEW, and right now, there is no fee to sign up to sell or buy at a discount yourself. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a consultant, I would love to learn with you.

Rock on!

Get your Silhouette Cameo 3 Vinyl cutter in a bundle pack!

Band Merch

Well, it has been a busy week at Bebe Anne Designs! I received a request from a local band to do some necklaces for their Merchandise table. I said SURE! Then the details came in.

A friend of mine has a son in a band called Subject To Downfall. I have been wanting to hear the band play, but never have. Many invites, many opportunities to see Subject to Downfall. So when I got the call, I  was thrilled! And what in the world would a band want me to make for their fans?

I was told to make it simple, with the letters STD on a vinyl record guitar pick necklace. STD? Yes, STD – Subject To Downfall. My mind was trying to figure out how to pull this off. The Merch lady (hahah …she is my friend – but I am going to start calling her the Merch Lady) said she also wanted more. She put her order in for vinyl record guitar pick necklaces with no charm and vinyl record guitar pick necklaces with guitar charms and, of course the STD order.

As soon as we agreed on a price, I had to get busy. You see, it was Sunday night, and the band had a show at El Corazon ON SUNDAY OF NEXT WEEK! Wait, I just looked up the event on facebook — they are opening for Adelita’s Way and Stitched Up Heart!!!! I gave Rick from Adelita’s Way a bracelet I made from vinyl records. He has huge hands, I didn’t thing it would fit! Great band, great people.

So, I began the task at hand. Making Merch was something I thought would always be cool, so here was my opportunity! First, to find out how to get STD on a vinyl record guitar pick. And, did I have enough picks cut to make the order? I looked at my stock, and I realized, I had to get busy and make some picks first!

Picking out which record is hard for me. So many people as “Which record was this from” and I like to have the answer. I keep my vinyl record guitar picks separated by band. A little something to make it more interesting. For this project, I chose Santana and Corey Hart. Not only for the name, but for the awesome thickness of the record. A thinner record is a lot easier to cut, and I had to get this done.

The order went well, and I even had a reorder – In the mean time, I have done Merchandise from vinyl for Like A Storm and for OverKast. But I will save those from another time.

 

Holiday’s arriving soon!

Wow, this summer went FAST!  It is all a blur, but I will say it was a pretty successful summer as far as Bebe Anne Design’s goes!

I ventured out of my little shop, and set up at 2 markets in August. The first was an outdoor farmers market in Gold Bar Washington. This farmers market is new. A very motivated woman, with a lot of patience and spunk, decided to take on a huge commitment. A commitment to organize and set up vendors EVERY WEEKEND. I finally jumped on board in August. I was leery and unsure if the time I spent preparing and setting up would pay off. This market is outdoors, in a town that tends to be windy. And, if there is even a slightest chance of rain, it will show up in Gold Bar. But, regardless, I packed up my stuff and went to set up.

I found that this small town farmers market was great for many things (other than sales). Some vendors helped me set up my canopy, and other vendors gave pointers on how to keep my stuff from flying away.. Even better, each vendor came over to visit the “new” vendor and offer some insight. This was not a competition on who could sell the most but a group of people and vendors that wanted each to succeed. I received the “low down” on other markets and places to sell my jewelry. Many vendors heard I was going to be there, and came by to purchase gifts for their friends and family. And, there was live music.

As I sold my Bebe Anne Designs custom necklaces, I listened to the voice of a woman that was so pure and told story. Her name is Erin McNamee. She had several CD’s for sale. I figured once the farmers market slowed down, I would head over and purchase one. Time got the best of me, and before I knew it, she was at my booth with her parrot on her shoulder. She purchased an original necklace I made from a Vinyl Record. She told me shIe would be back later. When she returned, she came to purchase more necklaces for her friends. I offered to trade one of her CD’s for a necklace, and she accepted! Please take the time to head to her website  and listen to “… one of the purest voices you’ll hear in this city.” – Seattle Weekly. 

My second big adventure was the first week in September. The process started in August, when I submitted and was accepted to set up at the Urban Air  Market in Seattle, WA. I figured it was worth a shot. With much surprise, I was accepted to be a vendor and this first time event in Seattle. This is when I started to panic a bit. You see, I did not have the best booth set up design. With necklaces, I had a hard time displaying all of them so they were facing the customer. At the Gold Bar farmers market, I ended up laying most of them out on the table. It was the only way to give a good view to everyone. But it was awkward and very unorganized. Set up and tear down was a disaster and took way too much time. So, my first thought was GET ORGANIZED. I started looking for display cases. My second thought was GET SOME STOCK! It was time to get serious and get some new designs and necklaces made ASAP.

I shared both my excitement and my anxiety with a friend. She had set up in areas similar in the past, and her feed back was much invited. She offered to come with me, because in a Market of this size, you need at least 2 people , for many reasons. I didn’t think about leaving to use the bathroom and watching for people who like to walk away with items without stealing. I immediately accepted her help and starting getting ready for a plan. Much like the smaller market, the vendors were friendly. Most had WAY MORE items for sale and a much much larger display. There were lots of props, tables, signage….I could tell these vendors were serious, and it wasn’t just “extra” money for them.

Both of these markets were different in many ways. The fee for the farmer’s market was very low, $20. The fee for the Urban Air Market was high, $240. I knew I had to sell A LOT in Seattle just to pay for my vendor fee. The farmers market had fewer people attending. But, in the end the Farmers’s Market was much more profitable than the Urban Air Market. Not only because of the sales of the day, but because since that day, I have had other sales outside of the market, because they saw my items either at the market or on posts about the market.

I am told, either one could be a different story on any given day. It is all depends on the crowd that is strolling by. I will definitely plan better next year. I have attempted to get signed on with local Christmas Bazaars, but they are no longer taking vendors. But, I know I will plan my summer accordingly to participate in more local farmers markets. And, Etsy is working for me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I will continue to keep that updated with my newest designs.

Oh, there is more too …. but I will save that for the next blog. In the mean time, check out www.LikeAStorm.com –– that is your hint

A fantastic opportunity

I had a message on Bebe Anne Designs Instagram recently from Shining Sol Candle Company (Designer Pete Evick) asking if I would like to collaborate with him and offer some of my Bebe Anne Designs guitar pick jewelry with a run of his amazing candles. This was the first direct message I had ever received on Instagram. And, I knew exactly what my answer would be.

I had met Pete Evick a handful (or more) of times. You see, I am a huge Bret Michaels fan. You don’t know who Bret Michaels is? OMG, he is a singer/songwriter for the glam band  POISION and the front man for The Bret Michaels Band. Oh, and more…. You see, Pete Evick is not only the owner of Shining Sol Candle Company.  He is a multitalented musician/producer who, in addition to playing guitar in the Bret Michaels Band, has also served as a co-songwriter, producer, mixer, and musical director for the group, and his own band, EVICK. A man with a true entrepreneurial spirit, he pursues his own projects, which have included the conception of an all digital record company called Potomac Records which has been turned over to his close high-school friend, Mike Bailey, and a new environmentally conscious candle company also based in Virginia called Shining Sol Candle Company. Although Pete is an award-winning producer, his biggest role in life remains that of being the best father he can to his two boys.

So, the last time I saw Pete, was in Aberdeen, WA October 31st, 2015. He was there with Bret Michaels for a show at the DnR Theater. My best friend Debby and I were able to talk with Pete prior to the show. He told us about his book, Moments That Make Us (available on Amazon, iTunes and Kindle) and how well he is doing. I knew he had his candle business, and heard that was going well too. I brought a gift for Pete. One of my designs from an upcycled vinyl record. As I gave Pete his gift, he was very gracious and said he loved it. Dang, it felt good to have a chance to give Pete Evick on of my designs. He played the show that night, and kept the necklace on the entire show. He knew my business meant a lot to me, as his does to him.

After the show, I had the opportunity to go back stage and see Bret Michaels. Oh, Oh, Oh, as always, I came prepared. I brought a gift for Bret too! Now, this wasn’t my first time meeting Bret. I have lost track of how many times I have been lucky enough to have a meet and greet. It never gets old. Bret is a kind hearted, genuine and pure soul. You can tell he loves what he does. Music, entertaining, song writing, traveling, acting, promotions and more. But, this time, it was my turn. A quick hello, and I dove right. I pulled my gift out of my purse and said “Bret, I have a gift for you.” He immediately put the guitar pick necklace made from a Rod Stewart record on. We had a short visit, then took some photos.

Now, if you remember from a prior blog, I always like to bring gifts for the band. Not that I always know that I will be meeting anyone, but because I always like to be prepared, and it is my way of showing my appreciation for sharing their talent. I have brought things from custom made art, plaques, Pez dispensers, picture frames, song writing books and this time, a guitar pick necklace made from an upcycled vinyl record.

Once I got home, I went onto amazon and ordered Pete Evick’s book, The Moments That Make Us. I then found Shining Sol Candle Company on facebook and Instagram. I wanted to follow what Pete was up to, and really wanted to purchase some of his original candles. I never expected to get a message that he was interested in more of my designs.

So, I said “YES”. Although, I wasn’t quite sure what his plans were, I imagined him placing these jewelry pieces in hot wax. Yes, I should have asked, but I was just too excited. I also knew that Pete was on the road, and may not have much time to check his email. I didn’t want to waste any time , so I got started on the first order.

Today, March 31st 2016, I saw my first posting with our collaboration. Pete Evick Official   facebook page posted an Ebay Auction with a one of a kind guitar pick necklace by Bebe Anne Designs (THATS ME!) and a signed and numbered rose scented candle by Shining Sol Candle Company. It was so hard to get dressed and go to my “real” job. You see, I was sipping coffee, strolling through facebook when I saw it! My guitar pick necklace on his candle. I had always sold through my Etsy Shop . I never though about selling on Ebay.

Anyhow, I don’t know any more than that. I finally got myself together and got to work. I then came home and started writing this blog. We will see what happens next. For now, please take the time to head to Pete Evick’s Facebook and Instagram pages in the above links. Tell him Bebe Anne Designs sent you! More to come, I have to go check the ebay listing!  (Find Pete’s ebay listings at shiningsol2013 and Bebe Anne Designs ebay listings BebeAnneDesigns )

Necklace made from vinyl records going crazy on instagram!

Who uses instagram for their business? This is crazy!

Bebe Anne Designs

My posts of the necklaces I made from vinyl records are goin g CRAZY on instagram! My first post on instagram was 10 weeks ago. I was a little leary of why I would have an instagram page for a new business. I had questions like “What do I post?” and “how do I know if people are seeing this?” and the “how will this compute into sales?”.

I am still not sure how that is calculated still. But I do know that when I post a new necklace I designed from a vinyl record onto Instagram, my phone immediately starts showing me likes. Even better, those same people start liking some of my other posts.

My smart business social media sister, Blue Egg Photography, introduced me to some key instagram suggestions.

First of all, make sure there is a link to your Bebe Anne Designs Etsy Shop. If…

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