Archive of ‘WorkSpace Features’ category

Work Space Feature: Bride in Bloom

What is your name?

Bride in Bloom Weddings

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 8.24.05 PM

What is your shop URL?

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrideinBloomWeddings

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 8.24.15 PM

Where are you located?

Brooks, Alberta, Canada

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 8.24.24 PM

How many years have you been in business, or have been a designer/artisian?

I have been a certified floral designer for the past 10 yrs. However flowers & designing have been passion for me as long as I can remember. I began my journey by working as a in a small town flower shop & through the years I was drawn to weddings and soon discovered this to be my specialty, so now I design for weddings only. With the ever growing trend for destination weddings as well as brides desiring a silk wedding bouquet as a memorable keepsake, I was encouraged to open my Etsy store in 2010 and share my bouquets and accessories with brides everywhere.

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 8.28.26 PM

Describe your workspace and/or tools or machinery you use.

I design with high quality silk & real touch flowers, as well as design for fresh flower weddings that are locally based. The tools I use are floral tape, design knives, floral clippers, scissors, pliers & floral glue.

I recently moved into a new workspace. It is 632 sq foot, absolutely wonderful for production. I now have a design table, a shipping area, ready to ship section and an office space all in one large room. Previously I was using several rooms in the basement of my home. I had outgrown the workspace so this adjustment that has greatly helped my growing business.

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 8.28.36 PM

What inspires you or compels you to stay creative?

I love going to floral design shows to see what is new & innovative for the upcoming wedding season. Especially the hands on seminars, these are wonderful for learning what’s current in floral design. I always come away with fresh design ideas & new techniques from experienced designers. The European design shows are always fun & inspiring to take in.

Another wonderful inspiration is from my brides. They bring their ideas to me, flower, color & design choices based on their vision & dream. I love that, custom work is always exciting & unique to the bride.

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 8.28.46 PM

Tell us about your most recent project

I am most recently working on a bouquet design for a bride with the handle treatment incorporating material from her grandmother’s dress. I love this idea, a bouquet uniquely designed for her with a very special meaning as she carries it down the aisle, she will have a touching reminder of her grandmother in her hand.

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 8.30.39 PM

What is your typical day like from the time you wake up until you go to bed?

 The first part of my day begins with answering e-mails & setting up custom orders. I start my work day around 8am. It usually takes 2 hours to answer messages, then I print orders that have come in overnight. After a few coffees I start my design process, it is usually it is 10:00 or 11 before I start working on my orders. I try to start packaging & printing shipping labels by 3:00 to have the parcels ready for the post office by 5pm. When I return I usually check emails once again & then work at getting things ready for the next day. I wrap up by 6:00 to head home.

I love designing & I’m so very privileged to do what I love each day. All the hard work is so rewarding to see the happy brides, I love it when they share photos & count it as a privilege to be chosen as the florist. To have had a small part in making their day special brings me great joy!

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 8.30.31 PM

I started as a floral designer working with fresh and silk flowers in a small town flower shop. Through the years I was drawn to weddings and soon discovered this to be my specialty, so now I design for weddings only. With the ever growing trend for destination weddings as well as brides desiring a silk wedding bouquet as a memorable keepsake, I was encouraged to open my Etsy store and share my bouquets and accessories with brides everywhere.

I am so privileged to do what I love each day!

For more about Bride in Bloom:

Shop: http://www.BrideinBloomWeddings.etsy.com
Web: http://brideinbloomweddings.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brideinbloom
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/brideinbloom/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/brideinbloom
Blog: http://brideinbloom.indiemade.com/blog

Work Space Feature: ANGEE W.

What is your name?
Angee and Vincci

Angee creating in one of our design brainstorm session.

Angee creating in one of our design brainstorm session.

What is your shop URL?

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ANGEEW

Angee hand sewing and hand beading Alencon lace and freshwater pearls onto a clutch bag

Angee hand sewing and hand beading Alencon lace and freshwater pearls onto a clutch bag

Where are you located?

Toronto

ANGEEW-V1-1024

Vincci sewing up a sample on our trusty 1970s Singer 288 sewing machine

How many years have you been in business, or have been a designer/artisian?

6 years

BlackLace_1800

Angee cutting lace for a black lace clutch

Describe your workspace and/or tools or machinery you use.

Six years ago, we started our handmade clutch bag business on our trusty 1970s Singer sewing machine and since then moved onto a second hand industrial Brother sewing machine, an Elna for our more delicate works and a brother embroidery machine for our personalization and customization work.

The tools we use for our clutches also include several pairs of good tailer’s scissors, tailor’s chalk, pins and rulers (precision is a must for the impeccable construction of clutches — crooked clutches drive us nuts!)

ElnaMachine-1800

Our Elna for our more delicate work with laces and tulle

What inspires you or compels you to stay creative?

Staying creative is hard especially that we are just two people working on the clutches, shipping and packing in addition to customer service. But once every season, we indulge in 1-2 weeks of material searching and market research to see how we can have our design complement the current bridal trends.

We also use our spare time during low wedding season to explore outside the box of traditional wedding materials to bring innovation into our work.

PinsandChalks-1800

Trusty metal plate of pins and chalk place on top of our sewing machine, plate is secured with a piece of magnetic.

Tell us about your most recent project

Our most recent project included personalized minaudière or hard clutches. They are a pleasure to make and we are surprise by ourselves who we haven’t started this earlier. They will soon be available in December 2014.

Also, on the side, we are researching on new innovative materials that blends in technology and electronics in bridal accessories. We can’t tell much yet as we are still in the prototyping stage. But we know we are in the right direction and we’ll be launching something quite unique in Spring 2015. So, do stay in touch by liking our Facebook page, Instagram, twitter, and Pinterest.

tools-1024

A spread of our tool box and other stuff.

What is your typical day like from the time you wake up until you go to bed?

Since we are two living in two cities. Angee, who is in Toronto, would start her typical day at 8 am in the morning and she’d start crafting photos onto the lining and preparing the shipping labels and packing clutches that we are ready for the post office. Lunch is at noon. The afternoon are mostly dedicated to making photo lined or customized clutches as well as checking out the fabric stores on Queen Street West Toronto for supplies that she’d need. Angee’s work day usually ends at 5-ish when she’d start preparing for dinner while spending some time with her niece’s one year old.

Vincci, who lives in Hong Kong, would start her day at 8 am with dropping her daughter to a playgroup, where she’d spend about 2 hours taking care of Etsy convos in the waiting room of the pre-school. She’d usually have lunch with her little one before heading out with her laptop to a coffee shop or to a local library for her marketing and promotion duties. Sometimes, when the little one naps, she’d spread swatches of fabric and laces out on the dining table and start designing within the 1.5 hour time frame of her toddlers naps! The afternoons usually is a mix of her toddler designing with her or her crashing onto bed at 7 pm after a long day of meetings out with clients. She is very thankful that she has a fully supporting husband who also works at his own time. But life is a big happy juggle.

Any other pertinent info you would like to add?

Want to know about sales, new lines, & special offers from ANGEE W.? Subscribe to for their email newsletter, which comes out 3-4 times a year (no spam, promised)

WorkSpace Features: Lacey Claire Designs

Lacey the creator of Lacey Claire Designs based out of Cleveland, Ohio has been designing and making wedding card boxes for 3 years.

view of cutting table, fabric and ribbon shelf

view of cutting table, fabric and ribbon shelf

Describe your workspace and/or tools or machinery you use.

I’m lucky in that my workspace is huge.  My husband and I bought a larger historic home last year where the third floor was originally a ballroom.  The previous owners put in a kitchen and refinished the entire third floor which is now dedicated solely to my business.  I have a room to make and produce my items, a supply storage room, and a room for shipping (as shipping can take up a ton of space).  My main work area is where I spend all of my time – I have a table for sewing, a large table for cutting all the fabric and organizing orders, shelves of fabric, flowers, and a huge custom made shelf of ribbon.

Custom made ribbon shelf

Custom made ribbon shelf

What inspires you or compels you to stay creative?

I try to stay on top of the bridal trends by following designers and planners on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook, however, my biggest inspiration is my brides!  Often, many come to me with an element of their dress or decor that they want incorporated into their wedding card box, and it inspires me to create a new piece.  I’m grateful for all of their ideas.

Flowers, flowers and more flowers

Flowers, flowers and more flowers

Tell us about your most recent project

I had a customer who bought their card box, program box, guest book, ring pillow and flower girl basket from me, and after she received all the items, she came back to see if I could help carry the look of my items into other decor she was looking at.  She asked for my help in decorating three escort card trays.  These trays were huge – about 3 feet by 2 feet.  It was a time consuming project but worth her positive reaction.

Screen Shot 2013-04-17 at 12.43.56 PM

Working on the final touches on todays orders

What is your typical day like from the time you wake up until you go to bed?

I usually wake up around 7-7:30 am but get ‘caught up’ on my email in bed until 8am on my I-Phone.  At 8, I get up, feed my two cats, Lucy and Elle, then I grab one, two or three cups of coffee.  My husband is wonderful in that he makes the best coffee in the world and makes it every day.  From 8-10, I am usually responding to all the emails I reviewed earlier that day, relisting sold items or adding new items to my Etsy shop.

From 10-4, I work exclusively on making products and answering emergency emails in between.  I have to work hard at not responding to emails at times just so I can get work done.  From 4-5, I become frantic as it’s shipping time and it always takes me longer than what I think it will.  I usually have to rush to have it all finished by 5:00 and in time for FedEx to pick up.  All of my friends and family know not to bother me during this timeframe as I am usually stressed out.

After FedEx picks up my packages, I usually work for about 2-3 more hours either responding to emails, scheduling/confirming orders, or making items.  At about 8:00, I have dinner and spend time with my husband and cats.

It’s pretty chaotic most days, but I am working hard at trying to achieve a work/life balance and hope to be there soon.

Screen Shot 2013-04-17 at 12.44.09 PM

Shipping time!

To learn more about Lacey Claire Designs:

website coming soon:  http://www.laceyclairedesigns.com

etsy:  http://www.laceyclairedesigns.etsy.com

facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/laceyclairedesigns

twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/laceyclairedsgn

pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/laceyclairedsgn

1 2 3