Ideas to inspire
by Richard Rowlands | 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Becky Stoeber started her handmade jewelry business, TheClumsyPuppy, quite by accident. Money was tight, and she was looking for a way to use her creative talents to make handmade items. But she had no idea where to start.
After researching online, she discovered sellers offering a wide range of jewelry findings and charms through marketplaces like Etsy. "Ideas just started popping in my head so I ordered some supplies and I was hooked," says Becky.
TheClumsyPuppy offers a range of one-of-a-kind items for pet lovers including custom-made charm bracelets, charm necklaces, and even personalized dog tags. And Becky is proud to say that the majority of her supplies are still sourced from small business sellers.
Becky's aim with her handmade business has always been to create items that are as unique as they are stylish. "When I first started out I did plenty of research and I didn't find anyone who made jewelry like mine," she explains.
Feedback from happy customers is a huge source of motivation for Becky. "I still get such a kick out of checking my email and seeing orders in my inbox. It's a little surreal to me and I think, 'Wow. I made this and someone wants to buy it!'" she says.
Becky's inspiration for her designs can come from anywhere –and it's sometimes found in the most unexpected of places. "My Heartbeat Bracelet came from a bumper sticker I saw. But anywhere I see animals or animal lovers I'm inspired," says Becky.
When she was asked what excites you about offering your products on Art of the Pet? Becky answered,“The one thing that excited me is that it's for pets only. When you find a niche that you like when you sell on places like Etsy or eBay you have to assume that people will find you who are looking for the type of stuff you make. With Art of the Pet, I know that the people who come there are specifically looking for pet items which tells me my chances of selling will be a whole lot better!”
In her downtime away from the business, Becky likes to hang out with herfifteen-year-old Dachshund, Bitsy and her six-year-old rescue Yorkie, Paco. Look out for more fabulous designs from Becky in future –she has no plans to slow down anytime soon!