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Handmade Weekend- Bedhead Designs

Happy Weekend! I'm super excited to introduce you to a really unique artist and shop today. Friends, please say hi to Nikki from Bedhead Designs! Nikki creates really fun handmade headboards and super cute ruffle pillows. What a fun way to change the look of your bedroom!

Q. Hi! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

A. My name is Nikki Dale. I live in rural Western Idaho in a small farming community. I grew up 45 minutes from here, and have only lived a few other places, all within 6 hours. I own Bedhead Designs, and I make custom upholstered headboards and ruffle pillows.

Q. What is the first craft project you remember making?

A. The first thing I remember sewing was a tie for my Dad. My church group leaders took a bunch of 10ish year old girls to the fabric store to hunt for fabric. I remember it vividly, because this was the first time I had stepped foot in a fabric store! In perfect character for me, I chose some clearance fabric. It was a terrible cream with a slight pattern in it! Why someone didn't say, "Let's choose a fabric with a little more pizazz" is beyond me! Sweet ladies, anyway. So, I made my Dad a cream tie and gave it to him. I don't know if he even remembers, but that is where I got the bug, I guess. I still love roaming the fabric store and 'feelin' the fabrics'. ;)

Q. What inspires you?

A. For headboards, walking the fabric store aisles, or searching fabric shops online. For life in general, I get inspired by viewing nature, by seeing my kids try new things and watching their reactions.

Q. Can you describe some of your creative processes?

A. Stuff kinda just comes to me. I see a fabric, and then see in my mind how it should look. A lot of times, a client will tell me what they want, and I just have to figure out how to make that come to life for them!

Q. What is your most prized handmade possession?

A. When I was a little girl, we had a colt die. I love horses and I was so sad. My grandmother (who lived far away) heard about the tragedy and made me a latchhook wallhanging of a horse. (it was the 80's) I was so touched and knew she loved me so. It hangs in my little girl's room now.

Q. What was the hardest thing about starting your Etsy shop?

A. Being brave and just taking that leap was hard! You put yourself (and your stuff) out there for all to see, and to appreciate or reject!

Q. What's the BEST thing about running your Etsy shop?

I love it when someone buys something! And not just because of the money, but because someone appreciates my talent! I also enjoy getting to know the people as we figure out what they want! It's very satisfying. I love the freedom I have, owning my own business. (that's 3 things, but they are all good!)

Q. How do your customers find out about your products?

A. I have my Etsy shop, Bedhead Designs, and I'm on Facebook and Instagram under the same name. I show pictures of my projects, and my everyday life there. I also have a blog where I share recipes, simple DIY projects I have done and info about helping families be closer and learn about the Constitution and our wonderful freedoms!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bedheaddesigns

Instagram: @bedheaddesigns

Blog: www.bedheaddesigns.blogspot.com

Q. What are a few of your favorite items in your shop?

Bedhead Designs Chevon Headboad
This pillow was featured in the November issue of Redbook magazine!

This pillow was featured in the November issue of Redbook magazine!

Q. If you could give one piece of advice to a new Etsy seller, what would it be?

JUST DO IT!! Jump in with both feet, with your whole heart and give it a go. If you have passion and a great product, you will go far!

Q. Finally, tell us 3 fun facts about you!

1. I have 4 children whom I home school, a great husband, and a menagerie of farm animals-pigs, goats, chickens, dogs, cats that I love dearly.
2. I love to cook and eat delicious food. And I love sharing recipes.
3. I didn't watch any of the Star Wars movies til I was 20! I grew up in a family of all girls, and we liked shows like Annie and Benji. Hahaha!

 

Thanks Nikki for sharing a little bit about yourself and your creative process! I love that you make these headboards. What a great way to add a personalized finishing touch to your home. Made with care and love and totally affordable too!

 

Please stop by Nikki's shop and take a look at the rest of her handmade offerings. If you need a headboard, or know someone whose bedroom could use a little updating, send them over to Bedhead Designs!

 

 

If you are a handmade artist and would like to be featured, or you know know a killer artist that I should feature, send me an email at aprilbern@gmail.com or leave a comment in the section below!

 

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Featured Handmade Artist- Spirit Horse Herbals

Hello! I hope you're having a great week! I'm having a fabulous, but incredibly busy week! Please be patient while I try and catch up! In the meantime, I did have a chance to interview a Featured Handmade Artist this week-- I'd like to introduce you to Kristie from Spirit Horse Herbals! For those of you who know me, you know that I LOVE tea (about as much as I love coffee!) and I'm super excited to feature a woman who's living her dream and makes amazing tea and natural products! 

Kristie also creates organic medicinal herbal products as well, such as pain relieving salves,  balms that aid in decongestion, and all natural botanical lip balms. Here's just a small sampling of what's offered:

Hi Kristie! Can you please tell us a little bit about who are you, where you're from, and what you do?

I'm Kristie Nackord the herbalicious 'Herb Girl' behind Spirit Horse Herbals. I am a passionate and wild-hearted woman who loves plants and horses. Originally from Northern California, I moved to Westcliffe, Colorado to LIVE my dream life. That’s right, live it, not just dream it!  I lovingly grow most of my own organic herbs that I brew into my products. And if I don’t grow it, I buy my ingredients from only reputable organic growers. At 8,300 feet and with less than a 90-day growing season, most things that grow here are potent and strong—qualities I feel are important to bring to any medicine.

In addition to my love of creating and sharing herbal products I also have another passion which is offering marketing consulting services to like-minded and-hearted businesses. Yeah, I'm pretty darn blessed. I live in a small rural town of 600 people in the mountains of Colorado and get to telecommute (and work in my pj's!) for great companies in California and beyond.

What is the first craft project you remember making?

The first time I ever created an herbal anything I was 23. I came home from a very empowering workshop hosted by one of the most amazing herbalists, Kami McBride, where I enjoyed a tea blend of lemon balm, lavender and oatstraw (the inspiration behind my own Dreamtime tea blend). I swooped home like a fiery bandit and went out to my garden and found all of the ingredients myself. It was instant Knowing, like I could feel back into myself over lifetimes and just Know myself as a plant woman. Unwavering Knowing! I also think I pull on the lineage of women in my family. They are all fine Italian cooks who create absolute beautiful madness in the kitchen. I believe I do the same thing, just with the plants! Since my first herbal tea brew I have never looked back~!

What inspires you?

Inspiration is a HUGE part of my walk here on Earth. Not only do I feel inspired but I also hope to inspire. That is why my slogan for Spirit Horse Herbals is ...inspiring you to live your dream life. I can often find inspiration anywhere. It can fly across my computer screen unexpectedly, or be felt from a quick glance up at the mountains. It can be experienced through heartfelt conversations, walks in nature, hangin' with the horses, rollin' in the dirt with the plants, scratching a cat... you get the drift! And the thing about wanting to offer inspiration... well, for so long I didn't believe I could have it all such as living in a dream home, having a dream job, dream guy, etc. The 'cube' was my life. 12 hour work days, 5-6 days a week, with no time for me or for what my Heart yearned for. And then something clicked one day (literally while I was sitting in the cube!) and I set out to find a different truth. That is when I met my teacher who consistently continues to point to the greater and limitless possibilities for all of us. I hope that by walking my walk which is committed, no Devoted, to my own Awakening, that people can see that is possible to LIVE our dream life, not just dream it anymore.

Can you describe some of your creative process?

Creating any of my products takes lots of time and space. Because I grow many of the herbs that go into my products, the creative process begins with the start of the seed in spring--literally! All summer long I tend to the plants caring and nurturing for them. After harvest in the fall, the herbs are then processed in their respective ways, often being steeped in organic oils for another two months for use as the base in my salves and balms. When it is time, the madness in the kitchen begins and the herbs are brewed, blended, and loved into their final creation as oils, salves, balm, or teas! But most importantly I would like to share that  I follow no recipes in my brewing process. I've learned with lots of support to follow my intuition, no matter what. I trust through feel how much of this and how much of that to include in each batch of whatever I brew. Which also means my products are ever changing and that to me just makes sense. How does that old saying go, 'the only thing constant in life is change'...

What is your most prized handmade possession?

A few years ago a dear friend gave to me a beautiful basket he made with his own hands with so much skill and love. It is this basket that has accompanied me on many harvests--and many farmers markets!

If you could give one piece of advice to a new etsy seller, what would it be?

Do what you Love--no matter what! And remember, it's a process.

What are some of the ways you promote yourself and your business?

Thankfully I have the gift of gab. I love to talk and connect with people so I sell at local farmers markets when they are in season as well as online.

Hey, so let's stay connected, find me on Facebook or Twitter and let's chat!

www.spirithorseherbals.com

www.facebook.com/spirithorseherbals

www.twitter.com/spirithorseherb

What are the three websites you couldn’t live without?

www.noaa.org ::watching the weather is SO essential to farming as well as when you care for 13 equines in the mountains of Colorado!

www.accuweather.com :: because NOAA isn't always accurate!

www.pandora.com I L.O.V.E. music!

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

WHOA! I will be 42~ I'll probably still be sitting on my porch (with lots of dog, cat, and horse hair all over me!) looking out at the mountains feeling pretty darn Blessed for living here. Maybe I will have some cute little children running around me, too!

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

Healing Hands. Since I was a tiny tot I've always wanted to have hands that could spontaneously heal people and animals.

Thank you soooooooooooo much Kristie!!! It's so great to have an opportunity to get to know the two hands who create such amazing natural products!  I hope that everyone has a chance to stop by Kristies shop and check out

Spirit Horse Herbals

If you would like to be considered for my weekly feature, please send me an email or convo– I’d love to hear from you!!!!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!! 

-April

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Featured Handmade Artist- Bebdesigns

Featured Handmade Artist bebdesigns

Hello! Thanks for stopping by today! I am excited to introduce you to a fellow Chicagoan, Bonnie, from bebdesigns! I love her versatile handcrafted beaded jewelry--it fits many different styles from classic to vintage inspired to modern and her bright, beautiful product photography!

Love, love, love this necklace!

Check out some of her other pieces:

Featured Handmade Artist- bebdesigns

Hi Bonnie!! Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Bonnie Bulger. I have lived in the Chicago suburbs all of my life. I am a jewelry designer and a stay at home mom to 2 girls.

What is the first craft project you remember making?

I remember making potholders on a little loom. I recently saw these kits at a craft store. There were all different colors of loops and you would pull them through with a hook.

Where does your inspiration come from?

I have many different inspirations but one of the biggest is probably color. I love working experimenting with different color combinations and am always looking at color. Vintage fashion also inspires me. I love the styles from the 40's and early 50's. I love the elegance, glamor and femininity.

Can you please describe some of your creative process?

I don't have a set creative process but I usually start by playing around with different colors and textures and start laying things out.

What is your most prized handmade possession?

I have to say my most prized handmade possessions are little things my daughters have made me.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new etsy seller, what would it be?

There are so many different facets to Esty but I would have to say your pictures are really important! You really need to take good pictures that really show your product. It takes a lot of trial and error but you can always keep improving them.

Featured Handmade Artist bebdesigns

What are some of the ways you promote your work?

I have a website www.bebdesigns.com

Etsy shop www.bebdesigns.etsy.com

Facebook page www.facebook.com/bebdesigns

and I am currently starting a blog beb-designs.blogspot.com/

What are the three three websites you couldn't live without?

Etsy (I love the time machine), Craftcult and The Weather Channel.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In 10 years my girls will be grown and I will continue with my business and see where things go. I would like to expand my jewelry into more boutiques or maybe even have a shop of my own.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

I think being able to get things done with the snap of my fingers. I like things really organized and everything would always be in it's perfect place.

Thanks so much Bonnie for giving us this wonderful opportunity to get to know the artist behind the beautiful creations of Bebdesigns! Its been a pleasure!

Please be sure to check out the rest of Bonnie's gorgeous jewelry!

http://www.bebdesigns.etsy.com

If you would like to be considered for my weekly features, please send me an email or convo– I’d love to hear from you!!!!

Hope you have a fantastic day!

-April

www.creativeapples.etsy.com

NEW! www.aprilbernphoto.etsy.com