Thursday, February 23, 2012

Miss Independent- Bride Blu

Happy Thursday everyone! I've got the cutest little Etsy shop on today's Miss Independent!
Meet Cat, also known as BrideBlu! You can follow her on her blog and find neat DIY's as well as fashion posts. Then you can head over and check out what her store has to offer!
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Cat's store features charming handmade and vintage jewelry. Don't you just love it?

1. What made you decide to start your own business? 
I have always had a creative side and an absolute passion for thrifting & antiquing.  BrideBlu gives me a venue to release both of these passions in a productive way.

2. What was your biggest risk or fear about starting a business?
Putting myself out there.  Everything in my shop is either made by hand or hand selected by me (my vintage pieces).  When someone purchases something from my shop and I package up the order, I still get a bit anxious.  What if my customer doesn't like it?  Thankfully, I have the most fantastic customers and I am so grateful and humbled each and every time someone is drawn to my work enough to click purchase.

3. How did you know what you wanted to do?
The idea of "being my own boss" has always been a dream of mine.  Having an Esty shop allowed me to "test the waters" on a part time basis while still being a responsible "day job" attendee (but boy, oh boy ... not a day goes by without a brief dream of leaving that day job behind and turning all my focus onto BrideBlu!)

4. What support system do you have for your business to help you stay motivated?
My husband is my biggest cheerleader.  He is always there with an encouraging word.  It can get a little overwhelming as I work full time and, in my spare time, run BrideBlu (both the shop and the blog).  In those dark hours, hubby is always there with an "I'm so proud of you" or a "You are amazing", which instantly lifts my mood.

5. What is your biggest challenge about running your own business?
Time management.  I love making jewelry and blogging but I also work full-time and am a "family-girl".  It can be a struggle to keep all the balls in the air, so to speak.  At the end of the day, I want to make sure that my time is weighed toward the most important thing in my life ... my family.

6. What is the best advice you have for someone wanting to start a business?
Be true to yourself and your brand.  It can be hard as there are A LOT of other jewelry designers out there but I really try to stay true to the vision I have for BrideBlu and not stray into designs that don't fit the core essences of BrideBlu's vintage, sweet, and simple-elegance style.

Thanks to Cat over at BrideBlu! Isn't she sweet?
Also, if you hurry, be sure to check out her giveaway over at Scathingly Brilliant!


Kyla said...

Great feature Jess! I love Cat's shop, and follow her blog :) I agree though, time management is definitely key! I think I'm still working on that one.

A BRIT GREEK said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful and talented blogger! Such pretty pieces... It's great that she went all out and set up her own business, although of course balancing everything can be difficult too.
p.s am having extreme difficulty commenting here... it crashed the first tiome round and i had to reboot!

amy b.s. said...

her stuff is too cute!

Cat said...

Jess ... you rock my world girlfriend :) Thanks for the BrideBlu love, hun! xxCat

Nicole Rene said...

Those are such adorable necklaces!! :)