Monday, January 4, 2010

Spotlight On: Wendy @ All About Ribbon

Welcome to the second edition of "Spotlight On." Today, I had the honor of getting questions answered by a ribbon guru that I met nearly eighteen months ago when I first decided to give the hair bow "thing" a try. Wendy of All About Ribbon runs one of the best Yahoo groups and is a great ribbon enabler! I know that my bank account doesn't hold nearly enough as my eyes would like and my ribbon collection is far bigger than I will ever be able to use.

1. Tell us a little about yourself.....

I seem to be described as the hippy “Martha Stewart” a lot by friends and family. I would rather make gifts and decorations for our home than buy them. I have two toddlers and a wonderfully supportive husband that tolerates the constant crafting project explosions.


2. What made you decide to get into the crafting boutique business?

When we found out we were expecting our second miracle we also found out how much daycare was. They are only 18 months apart so the reaction was something like this, “Bam! Wowzers! Really?!? Oh, DEAR!” Someone was going to have to work at home which translated to Mommy was going to have to work at home. I started looking at low cost businesses that I could hit the ground running with. After all, I only had 8 months to find something, master it, and turn a profit that we could at least use for grocery and bill money! I found hair bows and ran with it. My initial investment was about $150 in supplies.

I quickly found myself immersed in ribbon and bows and luckily orders to go with it all! However, I kept getting custom orders from my clients that wanted ribbon that just wasn’t available. The requests included Horse, Ants for watermelon bows, and Guitars. It sounded so much simpler in my head than in reality to say, “I’ll just have it made!” Luckily I was born with a tenacious spirit, more stubbornness than it should be legal to have, and the inability to take no for an answer, so now I have a ribbon company. It’s a strangely wonderfully journey, but I still look around and wonder how on earth did I get here?



3. What do you sell?

I sell mostly custom printed ribbon and other supplies for crafters with a focus on hair bow makers. I still sell bows but my focus has shifted to local customers and custom orders. In the next year I plan to re-launch a lot of my hair accessories online again. Should be another great adventure!


4. Where do you sell, online and off?

www.allaboutribbon.com

www.allaboutribbon.etsy.com

And coming soon to Ebay (allaboutribbon)



5. How do you juggle selling your items and your personal life?

You know those free moments where you sit down and relax because everything is done and you watch your favorite TV show? We don’t have those! If I am sitting, I may be watching what’s on but 99% of the time there’s ribbon in my hand. With two small children, the ribbon and bow businesses, and the day to day grind there’s not much free time. Weekends we try to focus more on doing some fun things together. We make it a rule that we laugh together everyday. A lot of my friends are people I have met that are other bow makers and crafters. It’s lovely to say “grosgrain” and have someone know what you are talking about rather than the more common blank stare.


6. What is your favorite thing to create?

Hair bows, I still love experimenting with new ideas. There’s no limit. I really enjoy picking out the new ribbon designs as well, but that’s purely for selfish reasons. It’s a kick be making a bow and think that ribbon with (fill in the blank) would really just put the bow over the top… and know you can do it!


7. What are your long term goals for your creations?

I want to continue doing new and unique prints for ribbon that isn’t available currently. I love when I open all the shipment boxes and you see something and it’s YOURS! It’s amazing. We are also planning to launch some new products in the next 1-2 years that should be really exciting. I am already excited! For all the hair accessories I make I want them to have a “home” online. I love www.Etsy.com but I also want them to have their own website.



8. Any advice for someone just starting out in the creating community?

Find something you have a passion for. Throw yourself in headfirst and learn anything you can. Evaluate where you want to go with it. Is it a hobby or are you going to make a business out of it? Refocus, and find your niche! Do you want your business to just bring in extra pocket change, or are you looking to take over the world? You know, any answer to those questions is fine. Everyone has different goals and paths to get there. When I graduated high school I wouldn’t have been caught dead saying, “I want to be a WAHM and I am going to build a RIBBON EMPIRE!” but I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world!


Now, how would YOU like to win some ribbon? I thought so! Wendy has offered to give one lucky winner a $25 gift certificate to buy ANYTHING on her site!


SOOOOO, without further ado, here is what you have to do!


There are 4 ways to enter:
1. Go take a peak in her shop and/or website and come back here and let us know what your favorite item is!
2. Follow this blog and leave a message. If you are already a follower, just leave a message!
3. Sign up for the newsletter on her site! I signed up ASAP and she is always giving her newsletter followers a heads up on sale and special things!
4. Heart her shop and come back and let me know. In your comment, please let me know what your Etsy ID is!

Don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you if you are the winner. The winner will be drawn next Sunday, January 10th in the evening. I will contact the winner and you will have 48 hours to get in touch with Wendy! Of course, I will also post it to the blog too :)

Good luck! And may the Ribbon Force be with you. I think that you are going to need it.

102 comments:

QBTots said...

Great blog site Christie!! I didn't know you had a blog but I'm now a follower. Maybe I'll get some inspiration to finally learn how to do mine. LOL That was fun to learn a little bit about our favorite ribbon enabler Wendy. :-)
Heather G.

jcase66451 said...

Just signed up for "all about ribbon Newsleter" I love the new swirly ribbon.I also belong to Wendy's yahoo group...learn tons there.Hope to be the lucky winner.. Thanks :)

Sweet Baby K's Bowtique said...

I found Wendy's group through Mika and haven't looked back. Though I do love the swirls, I think the uniqueness lol is that a word?! is what keeps me coming back. The guitars, the tattoo, horses etc. It makes my creations that more special because of her designs!

Syd's Lil Shop said...

All About Ribbon is an awesome company....but that is to be expected from such a wonderful person. She is the owner but she is also a friend to all of her customers. She goes above and beyond to do what she can for everyone. We love ya Wendy....!!!@ Thanks, Shannon Margaret

queenlevey/sugarnspicebeautifulbows said...

Wendy lured me in over a year and a half ago and my ribbon collection has just kept growing!! Swirls!?! i am obsessed with her FABULOUS Swirls and can't get enough of them!! I LOVE Korking all of her Beautiful prints and creating something FANTASTIC from Wendy's gorgeous ribbons!!!

A Military Life said...

One of my fave ribbons from wendy is her tattoo ribbon. It's retro and hip! But then the swirls are classic and beautiful.

Donna said...

It was so nice to hear a little bit about Wendy. I found her yahoo group about a year ago and love it. My favorite designs have been her swirl ribbon and the great selection of colors.

Also following your blog Christie!

Donna Nealon
A Priceless Princess bows

Tori said...

It was nice to read more about Wendy. I am part of her yahoo group and often shop at her sites. :) She is definitely a great ribbon enabler and a talented lady for sure. I hadn't looked at her site in a few days (trying to not be tempted until we got through the Christmas bills), but am excited by the cotton beanie hats...may have to look into getting some of those for my store. :)

Tori Fenton
Two Princess Creations
tori484@hotmail.com

kidscottage said...
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kidscottage said...

Wow thank you Christy for letting us find out how our enabler got started.. lol I am so glad I found you girls.. all of you ARR girls have helped me grow in the last year! And some ribbon goddess has filled soooo many wants for ribbon its awesome.. wel I think so but DH has other opinions lol love ya ladies!

May
Kids Cottage Bowtique
Where every kid gets to be unique in boutique!

Tammy said...

Was fun to read about Wendy:). My favorite ribbon is the swirls.....

Thanks
Tammy M

A Crystal Garden said...

Nice Blog!

Let's see...
I am a Swirl lover!!
New follower to your blog,
Already subscribe to Wendy's newsletter,
AND already heart her on Etsy. :)

Pepper said...

I was so happy to learn more about Wendy. I ♥ ♥ ♥ all of the AAR Ribbon. I have learned so much from her Yahoo Group. Her ribbon is TDF. I believe that she "IS" really Martha Stewart.

Amanda said...

I heart the SWIRLS!!!!!


Amanda Doucet
www.cutziepatutzieshoppe.com
amanda.doucet@yahoo.com

Plain & Fancy Bowtique said...

I didn't realize how young AAR is. Loved the description of balancing time. That is how it is with me too. From all the other comments it sounds like Wendy needs to put a copyright on the swirl ribbon.

Lisa Ritter said...

Ribbon enabler...hmmm...that's a NICE way to put it!! lol I love, love, love AAR!!! The quality is amazing and you couldn't ask for someone better to work with. Wendy is so helpful and down to earth! I have NEVER found anything that I don't like! I also love how Wendy allows us to give her input on what WE REALLY want!! From the amazing swirls, to the rockin' tattoo print ribbon, to the sweet ballerina's! I also love that Wendy is so open about her life, her kids, even her car accident...being that we both have children with a disablity, it also is an encouragement that as mom's we can balance ANYTHING!! Thank you Wendy!!

daveshan1 said...

Christie you are doing a fabulous job with these spotlights :o) Love learning more about Wendy! My fave ribbons so far are the Autism puzzle hearts and the Tatoo ribbon. Special place in my heart for that autism ribbon (no pun intended LOL) and I just adore that tatoo ribbon, it totally ROCKS!! Wendy is one of my worst enablers but I love her :o) ~ Shannon O. ~

Kim Ruhland said...

I love the little spot light on fellow crafters. Wendy does such a wonderful job and is so eager to help and assist anyone with their problems and questions. She makes you feel like family thru her group. Since i have over 1/2 of teh AAR ribbons, it is hard to narrow down to a favorite:)

Kym said...

I loved the 5/8 Princess Pink with White Swirl Printed Grosgrain Ribbon 5 Yards, a really nice colour

Kym said...

I am a follower of this blog - Kym

Kym said...

I am signed up to the newsletter at busybbee05[at]yahoo[dot]com[dot]au

Kym said...

I have hearted her shop (busybbee05)

erin, maker of chimes said...

love the 3/8 Bookworm on white grosgrain Ribbon that I found on her website

Lilly said...

What a lovely shop!
The 7/8 Cupcake Cutie on Pink Grosgrain Ribbon is so cute!
Thanks a lot for the chance.
eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

Lilly said...

I hearted her shop (LillyT)
eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

Lynn said...

l follow your blog via google friend connect.

Lilly said...

I am a new follower.
eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

Perfect Blue Moon said...

Argh I want them all! but fav would have to be the turquoise white swirl printed grosgrain ribbon!

Anna
perfectbluemoon@gmail[dot]com

Alissa said...

I love those adorable Paris birds on the pink ribbon - very fun!

Camille said...

Ohh I really like the hot pink with black swirl ribbon :)

Camille said...

I also follow your blog!

suburban prep said...

So hard to pick just one item. I do really like the 7/8 Light Navy with Pink Swirl Printed Grosgrain Ribbon.
msgb245 at gmail dot com

KaHolly said...

3/8 Azalea with White Swirl Printed Grosgrain Ribbon is my favorite, but it was a difficult choice! Nice Etsy shop, lots of selections to choose from.

Katie said...

I love the 7/8 Cream with Black Swirl Printed Grosgrain Ribbon!

orangegirl779@hotmail.com

Julie said...

I now follow your blog as jelaws5 :)

aunteegem@yahoo.com

Julie said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37152177
like this ribbon red swirl grosgrain

aunteegem@yahoo.com

Julie said...

I hearted her shop

my Etsy id is : 321Gem

aunteegem@yahoo.com

RR said...

I like the 3/8 Turquoise with White Swirl Printed Grosgrain Ribbon 5 Yards. Great stuff!

lin3arossa said...

I like the ribbons with white swirls in purple and emeralf because the color are just so penetrant and I like the black swirls on pink because it has a gothic flair
ghainskom at yahoo dot com

lin3arossa said...

I'm a follower
ghainskom at yahoo dot com

lin3arossa said...

I heart the etsy shop (ghainskom). I really like it.
ghainskom at yahoo dot com

Mommies Three said...

I signed up for the newsletter! I LOVE the paris birds, they are SO cute!! Off to heart the shop now!!

lanky said...

I love the Brown horses on pink grosgrain ribbon from her website!

lankylegslass(at)hotmail(dot)com

lanky said...

I follow your blog.

lankylegslass(at)hotmail(dot)com

lanky said...

I signed up for the all about ribbon newsletter.

lankylegslass(at)hotmail(dot)com

Tazim said...

I really like: 3/8 Apple on Pink Grosgrain Ribbon 5 Yards from the store site!


tazimd@gmail.com

Stephanie said...

I like the purple with white swirl grosgrain ribbon!

stephanie.hartwick@gmail.com

T's Craft Corner said...

I am a blog follower through blogger. My username is T's Craft Corner/Trina Reed.

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T's Craft Corner said...

I really like the yellow with black swirl ribbon in her store!

kwlasvegas@gmail.com

Tim, Allyson, Emahry, and Jonathan said...

I like all of the swirl ribbons :)

a_heart4home[at]yahoo[dot]com

Tim, Allyson, Emahry, and Jonathan said...

"hearted" the shop as aHeart4Home

a_heart4home[at]yahoo[dot]com

Lulu said...

It would have to be the swirly ribbon I think.
spamtrap27@internode.on.net

Art Feed Online said...

The cream with black swirls!

artfeedonline@gmail.com

Deb - Two Cheeky Monkeys said...

Ooooh, I love the swirl printed grosgrain ribbons, especially this turquoise one:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34168189

Abby said...

3/8 Orange with Black Swirl Printed Grosgrain Ribbon 5 Yards is lovely./ So is Spring Moss! Love!

reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

jennifer57 said...

3/8 White Hearts on Electric Blue is one of my favorites :)

Rachel said...

the ribbon for a cause is awesome :)

rmaslow a@t yahoo d.ot com

mframe said...

I love the Shocking Pink with White Swirl ribbon. I just made dresses for my two girls and this would match the fabric perfectly!!
mframe00@yahoo.com

mframe said...

blog follower
mframe00@yahoo.com

Selene said...

Liking the Orange with Black Swirl Printed Grosgrain Ribbon!

shiki6210 at gmail dot com

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've never seen patterned grosgrain ribbon before. I have to pick the swirls. I love them all.

Beathag said...

I mostly liked Pink with Red Swirl Printed Grosgrain Ribbon

janil said...

I love * Cute Creaturesribbon!
cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

Trulyana said...

What a wonderful interview and good idea for a giveaway! I quite like the 3/8 Yellow with Black Swirl Printed Grosgrain Ribbon 5 Yards: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37152427 from all about ribbons shop.
That sure is a beauty. It's very funky, the yellow and the black!

Trulyana said...

I am now a follower of your blog, through this account and email. :)

jakiesmom said...

i love the baseball on blue ribbon...so girly for a bow...but not..i love it!

Buttons and Bows said...

7/8 Hot Pink with Black Swirl Printed Grosgrain Ribbon 5 Yards

My mother in law works with flower arrangements and this would be an awesome win for her.

I like your site.

Thanks for the gift card giveaway.

Buttons and Bows said...

I am following your blog on google friend.

rose said...

Love the black and white swirl ribbon. I would be able to use this one all kinds of things. ambrerose@aol.com

Aik said...

I love the 3/8 Flamingo Pink with White Swirl Printed Grosgrain Ribbon 5 Yards.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

I’m a follower.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

I hearted the shop. (bloomingblossom)

aikychien at yahoo dot com

JessaBailey said...

Love the spotlight on Wendy!!

JessaBailey said...

Ok I should have said in my previous post...

I AM HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE WITH ALL OF THE RIBBON AT AAR! THANKS WENDY!!!!!!

ALSO I hearted Wendys etsy shop my etsy id is BrazzleDazzle!

Fly By Nite Creations said...

Wendy is one of my favorite ribbon enablers!!!

Sherri said...

I am now a follower of your blog! Yay for Wendy going about and making her dreams come true.

The Lollipop Boutique said...

I Love Wendy's Ribbon...and of course The SWIRLS are my favorite....they are so pretty I just love looking at them.

Rachel C

momof2princesses said...

I favorite ribbon of Wendy's has always been the horse. Now I am in love with the Paris Birds. I don't think there is anything I Don't like on her site. She is truly a wonderful lady!
~Amanda
bmhk04@yahoo.com
my2princesses.etsy.com

Stephanie OReilly said...

I just signed up to be a follower! I am hoping to learn even more from all you wonderful ladies! I am also in wendy's yahoo group and LOVE LOVE LOVE the swirl ribbon!! I am crossing my fingers that I can win that $25, I want some more 1 1/2 inch swirl!! Thanks!!

burlap + blue said...

Love the Spring Moss with white Swirl ribbon! Thanks so much!

burlap + blue said...

I hearted her shop
burlapandblue

emmiesmom69 said...

Great blog!
Wendy has an awesome website. I have 2 favorites: swirls & horse prints. :) I already subscribe to the newsletter & have hearted her etsy store.

wintam said...

Wow! Star of David's ribbon? that's a hard one to find. I'd pick it as well as the Cow on White Grosgrain. It's hilarious!

Debbie said...

Those colored bottle caps are cool! Thanks for counting me in

Debbie said...

I am following this blog.

Debbie said...

I have added All About Ribbons to my favorites in Etsy.

Joanne J said...

I like the pretty 7/8 Pink with Red Swirl Printed Grosgrain Ribbon 5 Yards.

joanne.j at hotmail dot com

Joanne J said...

I'm a new follower.

joanne.j at hotmail dot com

Joanne J said...

I signed up for the newsletter :)

joanne.j at hotmail dot com

ks_angel_girl said...

I thought I better sneak in here real quick and say thank you everyone for taking the time to read my little interview. I am so glad you all can find lots of ribbon to love! I have that same problem! :) This has been a lovely experience!

Shana said...

I'm a follower of STitch N Love!

Shana said...

I've hearted her Etsy store (I did a LOOOONG time ago when I ordered swirl ribbon from her) and my store name is SillyBeanz :-)

International Giveaways said...

I hope I'm not too late to participate!

All the ribbons are so pretty but I like the color of the lemon lime with white swirls one best!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34148896

Ronit
internationalgiveaways[at]gmail[dot]com
http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

International Giveaways said...

I'm now following your blog! Also I posted about this giveaway in my site:

http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/01/25-gift-certficiate-to-all-about-ribbon.html

Ronit
internationalgiveaways[at]gmail[dot]com
http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

Shana said...

my favorites are STILL the swirl ribbons in ALL colors but I like her snowflake pattern and her fireworks pattern also! Very different from everything else out there.

Shana said...

Oh, and I just signed up for her newsletter!!!

Betsabè said...

I like /8 Shocking Pink with White Swirl Printed Grosgrain Ribbon 5 Yards.

ale84.vercelli@hotmail.it

Betsabè said...

i'm a follower.
ale84.vercelli@hotmail.it

Wehaf said...

I love the 5/8 Moss with White Swirl Printed Grosgrain Ribbon 5 Yards!

urchiken at gmail dot com

Salad For Breakfast said...

i absolutely love the 3/8 Shocking Pink with White Swirl Printed Grosgrain Ribbon 5 Yards

saladforbreakfast AT gmail DOT com

Salad For Breakfast said...

i hearted her shop! the etsy id is saladforbreakfast

saladforbreakfast AT gmail DOT com

wendy said...

I love the 1/2 inch Unbreakable Plastic Headbands.

luvwendy87 at hotmail dot com