Re-Grow Roots

Learning to live harmoniously in Missouri.


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Fundraiser for Re-Grow Roots on Indiegogo

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I have started a fundraising campaign on indiegogo and I would love for you all to check it out and share it with your networks! I have a lot of big goals and lofty dreams to make my business a truly sustainable source of income for our growing family. It will happen, I can feel it. Every day I have more faith in what I have put so much work into since March 2012. Every day I have been learning something new and dedicating time to pushing this business further and every day I see it growing in some way. We are always growing! 🙂

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My primary goals are laid out on my indiegogo site and I have figured out how much money I will need for each thing and have shared that specifically on the campaign page. I intend to be fully transparent with what I will do with the money from my investors, and in return for your donation I will do something special for you and send you lots of unending love! ❤

So here it is –
igg.me/at/regrowroots/x/3804585

ImageEvery dollar helps and know that you are contributing to not only my business, but to my family and to my local community as well. I keep as much of my money in local businesses as I possibly can and I give back all I can through community activities like the SWMO Free School and Project Love Your Neighbor, as well as community garden projects. A lot of the income I earn gets put back into the community. 🙂
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Another way you can help our business to flourish is by making a purchase from our online Etsy shop. 🙂 I take custom orders so let me know if you have anything specific in mind.

Thanks for your ongoing love and support!
Desiree

For more information on SWMO Free School – www.swmofreeschool.com


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A hobby turned into a BUSINESS

Business has been going really well over the past month or so and I’m very excited about it! I learned so much last year about which products people like to buy, how to promote myself, where to advertise, and so many other good things. I’ve actually been doing really well in person, selling to friends and acquaintances too!

For those of you who don’t know – I own and operate a line of crochet apparel and artful accessories for the home and body. My hands are behind almost all of the creations that you will find in my shop – regrowroots.etsy.com

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lacy mongolian wool headband

I’m stoked about this new headband design that I came up with! It’s perfect for the spring and summer, made from a very fine Mongolian wool that is light as a feather. This wool was so fun to work with!

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mustard dreadlock tam

One of my specialties are super slouchy dreadlock tam hats. Round and round in circles I go, a lot of the time incorporating different types of stitches and many different colors. Crocheting is a fantastic way to relax and wind down. I love to sit outside on my patio on a warm Spring day, listen the birds, and pass the time.

I work with mainly wools and organic cotton so my creations are natural and eco-friendly. The environment is of utmost importance to the blessed life that I live and I hope that my creations will inspire people to live a simple life.

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wool and organic cotton tam hat

Crocheting was once just a hobby of mine, and then I thought to myself… why not make some money and earn a living doing what I love to do? It’s an incredible thing to be able to work from home, but it also calls for a lot of time management and business skills that I’m still learning about! Have you ever thought of turning your hobby into a business?


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Amazing Artists

Being the small business owner and handmade crafter that I am, I just LOVE finding new talent and supporting other small businesses! I spend a lot of my time on etsy.com – working on adding listings, tweaking my SEO, learning from awesome people on the forums, and recently I started my own Etsy TEAM! We call ourselves Positive Empowerment and you are invited to join us.

Today I want to share with you some Amazing Artists from our team.

ImageKyria Kalata is a life coach who sews beautiful children’s clothing and she makes adorable jewelry! In her shop, Duchess Boutique, you will find a variety of helpful planning sheets and workbooks that can help you organize and simplify your life.

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1 Year Goal Planner

Next meet Cheryl Barnet of Cherendipity

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Fiber Art Plum Designer Purse

I am so enamored with her one of a kind, totally unique designs! Cheryl uses a variety of natural and organic textiles for many of her designs. She loves implementing lots of texture and vivid colors to create her amazing handmade purses.

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Unique Red and White Shoulder Bag.. perfect for Valentine’s Day!

And last but definitely not least, we have a girl who is after my own heart. Her name is Celeste and she’s a theater girl and makes gorgeous crochet apparel!

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Black Lace Crochet Shawl

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Adorable Pink Crochet Slippers

Thank you to all of my wonderful teammates for being joyful and amazing! I love you all! Thank you readers for supporting me and supporting handmade small businesses! We are making names for ourselves and it’s all thanks to the amazing support from every person who takes the time to shop handmade!

LOVE,

Desiree

 


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Giveaway – Win a Hand Painted Wood Brooch!!

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This adorable wood brooch could soon be yours!

One day I was walking in the woods when I found this beautiful freshly fallen Cedar pine branch. I was hit with a jolt of inspiration to turn this branch into something wearable and artistic! So I took it home and with the help of my love Carlos, we cut it into pieces. Then I got to decorate each of them and create these awesome one of kind works of art on each one! They are preserved with all natural linseed oil and smell refreshing like a woodland hike!

To ENTER to WIN –

Go to this link http://apps.facebook.com/easypromos/promotions/65094

It’s simple. Just like my FB page and then click the big ENTER button!

Have a fabulous day full of joy and love!

Desiree xoxo


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Handmade Salvaged Wood Brooches / Pins

On a walk in the woods several months ago, when Summer was in full swing, I found a beautiful freshly fallen Cedar branch laying on the forest floor. This was the beginning of a beautiful relationship between me and many itty bitty pieces of wood!

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Painting on wood is very tranquil and serene to me. To make a craft from a natural piece of the earth, unaltered by any machines, is grounding. Here they are unpainted and unfinished…

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My wonderful boyfriend helps me cut the branches into little slices. Then I hand sand them (that’s a piece of sandpaper in the shadow there), paint them, preserve them with all natural pure linseed oil, and attach a beautiful brass brooch back.

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ImageThese lovely brooches are for sale in my etsy shop here – http://www.etsy.com/shop/ReGrowRoots?section_id=12045776

Have a beautiful and prosperous day!


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Selling Wholesale – What I Have Learned

My small business is constantly a growing, changing, work in progress. For the past year I have been getting serious about it and I have learned so much regarding the intricacies of selling online, finding my market, and helping my market to find me. There is so much to learn, it can be overwhelming at times. Today I want to talk about what my recent wholesale order has taught me.

Price for Profit //

To be able to sell wholesale you need to have your prices high enough so that you can sell at 50% of retail and still make a PROFIT. This is key. If you lose money selling wholesale, then there’s no reason to even attempt it. I reworked a lot of my prices a few months ago which enabled me to go wholesale. To be honest, I still am not pricing quite high enough and I want to go back over all of my prices one more time very soon. As a handmade artisan, I am putting my heart and soul into every piece that I make. I design it, make it, photograph, post it on the web, share it, market it, ship it.. it’s all me! I deserve to get paid what I am worth and if I truly believe I am worth $20 an hour or $30 an hour, then other people will believe it too! There is an amazing workshop that describes “Pricing for Profit” in depth and here it is – http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2012/etsy-success-the-art-of-pricing-for-profit-workshop/

Simplify //

Until recently I have always created whatever I feel like creating. Everything I made was different, unique, one of a kind. I make up a pattern, make up a new stitch, and just go with the flow. I love doing this because it’s so interesting and entertaining to me. But for doing wholesale, this makes things really complicated. I was lucky to get a wholesale client that had a really good idea of what she wanted and just let me have some fun with my color choices. But she wants 10 of everything she ordered. This has taught me to create a quantity of items that are the same. Looking at my stock now, I see that there are certain items that I want to offer in various colors, but the same style. Take my chunky cowls. I have started creating the same chunky cowl in multiple colors of this chunky wool/acrylic blend yarn. All the same style yarn, same pattern, but a different color. This makes it really easy to offer wholesale! As I’m doing this order, I have been going through my stock and deciding which items I can offer in various colors and sizes so that I can offer to sell them wholesale.

Wholesale Price List & Catalog //

Once things are simplified and I have decided exactly which products I want to make in quantity, I will create a Wholesale Price List and Catalog to make the process quick and easy for buyers! There is a really awesome website that was sent to me by Iris of SacredStoneMalas that totally walks you through the process of making what they call a “Line Sheet”. This site allows you to put in an abundance of data about your customers, every product with price and pictures, etc etc… it’s WAY COOL! Check it out here – http://www.indiemade.com/resource/selling-wholesale-retailers-why-you-need-professional-wholesale-line-sheet

Get Noticed //

This is something I’m still working on. I know I offer a high quality product that is worth every penny and even more. What I make is something that many people need and want, the market is there. I would love to continue selling wholesale to online retailers as well as local retail stores so I will be working on a plan to GET NOTICED. A blog is a great way to do it, advertising through other blogs, social networking, advertising locally – these are all good ways. Another thing to do is to go into local retail shops that my items would fit in with and bring them my price list and catalog once I have them finished.

Always improve, FLOW, and learn //

Do your best, but know that there is always more to learn. The market is always changing so change with it, flow with it, and do what you love to do because it’s fun and because you love it. Things can get overwhelming, but because I really love what I’m doing, normally I stay calm and take things as they come.

Any questions or comments? I would LOVE to know about your experiences selling wholesale!! 🙂


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Love what you do and NEVER GIVE UP!

I have a small business that I have been building up, perfecting, and loving for a few years now but I only recently began taking it seriously. For a while, it was more like a hobby because I truly do what I love to do, and I wasn’t making much money at it… so it was just for fun. I feel like I’m still building my foundation even now, but I have come a long way! I truly look at myself as a designer now and I view my “hobby” as a business… a SUPER FUN business!

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I used to get down because I would spend hours a day learning and changing my SEO (search engine optimization), retaking photos, always changing this and that… and it would lead to very few sales. I felt like I was wasting my time. But whenever those feelings happened, I knew it was time to take a break and go for a walk or have a cup of tea on the patio.. something calming to clear my mind. Then I would remind myself that I am doing what I love to do because I love to do it, and not just to make money.

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Money is a tool. It is just one possible way to attain what we need or want. The universe offers us ENDLESS possibilities so it usually does not help to sit and try to figure out HOW to make something happen. It’s best to just focus our energy on the result, and not how to attain. To me, a business plan is a waste of time. All the most amazing moments in my life have been totally unplanned. And today… I received a $500 wholesale order from my shop totally out of the blue!!

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Lately I have been creating gifts for friends and family, rejoicing in what I love doing. I haven’t been thinking much about selling, just adding to my etsy whenever I feel the mood come on. I have been working towards achieving my goals – a community garden, finding healthy local food, playing music, and most recently we have been looking for an RV. I haven’t been concerned with how to get any of these things, but just doing it, living… and they all work out! A $500 wholesale order! WHOA! This is awesome. The site is http://www.butterflymama.com – check it out, very cool stuff. The owner sells fair trade, eco-friendly apparel from around the world.

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I am so grateful! 🙂