Tuesday, January 22, 2013

ETST Behind the Business and a Giveaway: The Vintage Pearl

I'm out of town today but I'm excited to introduce a new sponsor, The Vintage Pearl, and a generous giveaway owner Erin Edwards is offering.  The Vintage Pearl offers meaningful hand-stamped jewelry and gifts, incorporating raw silver, leather, freshwater pearls and birthstone crystals in their creations.

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Learn more about this mama of four and her inspiration and drive in my Behind the Business interview with her.

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1.) How did your business get started? I started making jewelry as a creative outlet while staying home with our kids.  My sister-in-law and I were home raising children the same age and she began sewing and selling her designs on eBay and Etsy. I couldn't sew, so I started making jewelry to match her outfits. I taught myself how--first with beading and soldering charms and then hand-stamping, and I quickly fell in love with it. After about a year and a half on my own I started needing help, so friends started jumping in to help me answer e-mails, ship packages and eventually make the jewelry with me!

2.) Where/How do you get inspiration for your ideas? EVERYWHERE! A quote, my kids, a song, nature... inspiration is all around us and can hit at anytime--especially in church!

 3.) What is your favorite part about operating The Vintage Pearl? I have several--- I LOVE designing meaningful jewelry and keepsakes, and I LOVE getting to work with some of my closest friends everyday--we have a lot of fun! It's also incredibly rewarding receiving a note or e-mail from someone telling us how much the piece they have means to them. And I also love how much we are able to give when our business is successful; it makes the pressures and stress worth it knowing we are helping people in need!

 4.) Any tips on balancing personal life/business life? My word of the year was "balance" because this is hard for me. I love to work, I'm very motivated and self driven and sometimes I find it hard to turn off work mode and be the mom/wife that my family needs. Thankfully, my family enjoys many aspects of the business (my husband is actually most of the business brains behind it all) and the kids like hanging out at the studio.  They like to make jewelry too! I know looking back, though, I don't want to regret not spending more time with them, so I make efforts to take them out for bowling, movies, game nights, picnics at the park, the girls and I get our nails done together--fun things like that. We spend a lot of time together as a family, and I never miss their games (and our kids play lots of sports!) So, I guess my best tip would be no matter how busy you are, make a big effort to make quality time and memories with your family--after all, they are what's most important, and you'll never regret it!

I love learning more about the different ways women create, are inspired and accomplish the complex task of balancing work and family.  Check out The Vintage Pearl and their beautiful collection of meaningful gifts and keepsakes.

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From L to R: Chunky Message Ring, Vintage Peas in a Pod, Love My State NecklacePersonalized Silver Baby Spoons, Wrap Ring  

Erin is offering a giveaway of a $50 gift certificate to TWO commenters on this post (winner comments generated through random.org).

And since we're talking inspiration and businesses, here's a fun question: If you were given the funds to start and/or continue any business, what would that dream venture be? If you're already doing it, congrats and please share!

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The TenHaves said...

love the vintage pearl! and if i could start a dream venture, i would write a book.

Holly Haddad said...

Wow - those are great! I love the vintage handmade look! If I were given funds I'd quit my teaching job and become a full time photographer! After 5 years in the part time biz I'd love to make it my full time gig! Thanks!

Lauren Patton said...

I love The Vintage Pearl jewelry! If I were given the funds to start a business, I would like to use that money to start a summer camp for children with special needs.

jenniferrw said...

That's a tough one! Probably something that makes a mom's life easier!

Bonnie said...

I love her designs! My dream venture would be graphic design. I would love to make unique invitations and party favors.

Amy said...

Beautiful jewelry!!

If I could do anything, I'd quit my job and own a book store! A nice quiet mom and pop type of shop.

Becky said...

my latest business idea is a tea room for mom & daughters. fun!

Molly B said...

love the vintage pearl, really really want that bluebird necklace, and scheming and praying about a secret dream right now!

sealedwithmyhug said...

I would open a bakery. I bake and love it. It is something I just do for friends and family now that I am home with my kids but someday I would really like to get into a space, away from the kids and animals, and make cakes, breads, cookies, muffins and so on. I think it would be fantastic. :)

Cara Justus Photography said...

OMG! I love the peas in the pod! So cute! I've already started a part time photography business in addition to my "real" job but my dream venture would be going on as many mission trips as possible to share the love of Christ. :)

Carrie Chlebanowski said...

cute!! Love these fellow Okies and was so excited to get my adopted daughter one of their beautiful necklaces on her birthday! I think it's time for Mama to have something, too! ;)

Donna Martin said...

Love Love Love the jewelry! I would open a coffee shop! I have always wanted to do that!

Kathryn said...

I have been following the vintage pearl for a while and still have not bought anything! I LOVE her things! Absolutely precious! As for starting my own business, I don't have a creative bone in my body, I'd become a professional organizer - that I can do!!

Angella said...

Mine dream venture would have to do with food. Ethnic Polish food using recipes from my sweet Granny.

I love the pea pod jewelry. So simple and the message is clear.

mhutsell said...

Love the jewelry so much! Simplicity at its finest. Dream venture? Hmmm...I'd love to write a book!

Rizel said...

ohhh, amazing giveaway!!

Michele Patterson said...

My sister and I would start a gourmet luncheon catering business. Soups, salads, sandwiches, muffins, cookies... I would do anything if it meant working with my sister all day. :)

Bridget said...

I love the jewelry! I would launch a women's magazine if I could.

Marianne said...

Awesome giveaway! I would love to own a bed and breakfast. I enjoy cooking, but not enough to have the stress and long hours of owning a restaurant. This way I could share my cooking with small crowds.

milissa said...

I love your blog...if i could start any business, it would be a party planning business. i love planning and picking out every detail of an event. i have big ideas...my mom says i have a champagne brain on a beer budget...lol...i love the vintage pearl, so much talent!

Momma Bee said...

Beautiful jewelry! I am excited to start shopping around on her site. If I had the funds, I would further my photography. I do it here and there, but don't have the equipment I would love to have!

Katie said...

Love every piece of jewelry shown! If funds were not an issue I would love to open a photography business.

The girls said...

Such cute jewelry!

Kelley said...

If I could open any business it would be getting art to the masses so everyone could enjoy it adn create it

Heather said...

I have loved the Vintage Pearl for years! I really like the necklace that has a different charm for each name, because then it's easy to add someone on later!

Amber said...

Beautiful stuff! I have always wanted to start a flower shop. I have no business know-how but it sounds so nice to make people's day by delivering flowers.

Sara said...

Love the wrap ring!

I would try to launch my stationery shop on Etsy, Lovely Lion Shop, into a full-time gig!

Jen said...

Love these beautiful pieces!

I started my business with Initials, Inc. We specialize in personalized gift items, for home, for yourself or for others! We have something to fill a need for everyone, and lots of things to fill wants. :)

If you'd like to check it out, my website can be found at www.myinitials-inc.com/jenproano

The new catalog premieres February 1st, with bold patterns and bright colors perfect for Spring and Summer! :)

Christie said...

In love with the peas in a pod charm!

irishmaji said...

This is an awesome giveaway!! And if I could do anything it would be to train horses full time!

Brittney said...

I loooove the vintage pearl. I guess I would probably start a photography business, but I have never really wanted to be a business owner after watching my father and in-laws struggle through the years. Some years are great and others terrible. I prefer DH's steady job and I am currently a SAHM.

Kathy said...

I just started an etsy business selling crocheted (mostly) baby items. It's been just about a month, so we'll see how it goes. :)

Tracy said...

I love the Vintage Pearl! I would love to be able to get the necklace I've been eyeing! ;)

If I had the funds, I would open a bakery. I love baking and decorating cakes, cupcakes and cake pops. I also have a secret cheesecake recipe passed down from my husband's grandfather. Yum!

Marla, Special and Determined said...

I love the Vintage Pearl thank you for sharing. Being the mother of a special needs child, my husband & I want to start a non profit that will help families with special needs children with funding for their child's care or create a business with a monthly subscription service in mind since this seems like the hot thing out there right now.

Dee said...

I bought a necklace from Vintage Pearl because I think you may have talked about it years ago? I have been constantly referring friends there as it's my fave necklace of all time! A venture for me? some sort of shoe store...one can never have enough pairs

Dear Abbi said...

Mine would be a photography business. But that would probably be a long time from now. :)

joeltrista said...

Love the jewelry! I would love to open a children's consignment shop/place for Mommy's/kids to hang out!

Picture Parables said...

Absolutely LOVE The Vintage Pearl--have bought several pieces from her!

Jamie said...

I love the peas in the pod. If money were no object, I would love love to open a bookstore/coffee place. Omg, bliss.

Chante' said...

I'd start a dance studio! It has always been my dream!

Rose said...

Love the Vintage Pearl and I've been eyeing some things on there for months--it'd be great to win! If I had the funds to start something it would be an organization to help couples wanting to adopt with their funding. These are already in existence, but there's always the need for more help!

Jonelle Bell said...

I teach kindergarten and I would love to open my own children's book store.

Pam said...

I LOVE every piece of your collection...will def. be getting mother's day gifts from you. love.

Katie O. said...

I love all of her work. If I had the funds to start a new business I would open bakery with my two younger sisters. We are always happiest baking together in the kitchen and I know having a shop would be a blast for all of us!

Chris said...

I would love to do my own photography.
The Vintage Pearl items are so pretty!

J.Mo said...

I would love to either write a book, or open my own bakery!! One can dream, right? :)

Andrea Woodgate said...

If I were given funds I would open a fitness studio....in Panama. Or Costa Rica. Or anywhere warm with monkeys.

Erin said...

I love it all! Stories like these inspire me to pursue all my hidden dreams and succeed!

Carrie Cochran said...

I have two pieces of their jewels. I love it! I'd love to open a fabric store.

JB said...

i lost my vintage pearl necklace a few months ago and have been lusting after a replacement ever since. beautiful stuff.

Katie S said...

If I had funds I would start looking into patenting my ideas. :)

Julie said...

Very cool stuff! If I were to start a new business, it would be cooking or baking oriented. Maybe meals to go for busy moms.

Jladybug12 said...

I love the secret keeper necklace! If I could start my own venture, it would be a cake business.

The Korporaal Family said...

Always love her jewelry!! Amazing! My dream venture would be a photography business ... offering affordable rates so the less fortunate can still afford pictures!!
xo

The Sumulong 3 said...

Beautiful jewelry....love all the quotes on them.

I'm a history teacher (currently online) and love historic homes and architecture. My dream has been to open a B & B in a Victorian home in a fun historical city. I currently live near St. Paul, MN and love all of the Victorian homes on Grand Ave. It would take a lot of capital to do it, but that's why it's called a dream!

MichelleV said...

I would love to open up a wedding reception business with my sisters and mom. Complete with photography, floral, catering, and anything else that might be needed. I'd want it to kind of be a one stop shop sorta thing!

Teresa said...

I would love to open a kids clothing and/or toy store.

shirley fin said...

a bakery

abile27 at yahoo dot com

Valerie Leonard said...

If I could start my own business, it would probably be something to do with singing. Probably singing at weddings or funerals. :)

Deanna Murphy said...

My dream job would be a small business developer. I see so many people with great ideas fail when a little help with marketing, advertising, financial planning, and project management could go a LONG way.

Michelle Downs said...

love the pieces on their site. going to point out a few to hubby that I would like :)

Stephanie Slater said...

Love the state necklace!

mrs.t talking said...

If I had funds to start my own business I would open a store on esty and sell hand made things, for the home, office, kids etc. I would love to have the option to stay at home and craft!

Megan said...

I would start some type of creative business, but I'm not quite sure what type because I love so many creative things. Painting would surely be involved. And I would be near a beach. :)

Frontier Mom said...

My dream venture would be a little retail shop in my small town in Montana. And speaking of, I think I need one of those Love My State necklaces!

the mckinneys said...

I love jewelry that has meaning behind it and is beautiful at the same time!

The Stahl Family said...

I would start a party planning business. I hope I win.

Megan said...

I would start some type of creative business, but I'm not quite sure what type because I love so many creative things. Painting would surely be involved. And I would be near a beach. :)

Angela said...

I LOVE the VP! Beautiful stuff!
And if I were given the funds to start a business, I would finally kick off my photography business. Scared to take the leap just yet.

Tricia said...

My dream venture would be a pinata company. I love making unique paper mache pinata's for friends so it would be even better if it could be a business!

Lindsey said...

Love the Vintage Pearl! If I could start my own venture I would design and sell little boy clothes. There just isn't enough out there for them ;)

Kristin said...

Ohh I'm a big fan of the vintage pearl, love their stuff!
My dream venture would be quitting my job and becoming a doula, I'd love to support new moms through the entire process, from early pregnancy all the way through pregnancy and on to post-partum care. I love babies and bellies and taking care of new mamas!

aheartfeltbirth said...

Love this! And I would love to write a book as well.

I did just start my own doula business & am working towards becoming a CBE!

Jennifer said...

I LOVE the vintage pearl. I ordered a necklace a year ago with my 2 childrens names on it, and left it behind in a hotel in Orlando (I'm from Canada)...it was never seen again. My dream venture is to stay at home and raise my 2 babies and work as a travel agent - which I just started doing last month - It feels AMAZING !!

Vickie said...

I love the special pieces that Vintage Pearl creates. If I could pursue anything it would be to write a book or a new career in photography.

Jason & Cynthia said...

I love this collection! Thanks for sharing.

amypins said...

I would love to run a natural baby/mama store. With cloth diapers, all natural body products, info and classes on things like breast feeding, natural birth, home made baby food, etc.

Elizabeth Beads said...

I make lampwork glass beads by hand with a torch and a kiln. If I were given funds for the business, I'd hire someone to highgrade my website, handle marketing and/or hire an apprecnice for my studio. Imagine the heaven it would be to say, please make me a lemon yellow two inch barrel shaped base bead, then have it handed to me to do the detail work while the apprentice prepares the next base bead. :D

Erin said...

I own my own dental practice I would invest in that!

Kaitlin Sheran Benoit said...

I've been admiring your work forever! I finally had a baby and can't wait to get a necklace for you!!

Beth said...

Oh my goodnes, I LOVE The Vintage Pearl! I actually left their website open on my computer all weekend in hopes that my husband would be inspired to order a Valentine's Day present ;) And...my dream would be to run a creative art studio for children (similar to Casey Wiegand's "A Little Artsy").

Jane said...

I would love to start my own preschool...one that works on the skills kiddos need for Kindergarten in a hands on way, not worksheets.

I love the jewelry from The Vintage Pearl!!

Victoria Dittman said...

Your jewelry is beautiful. If I had the money to start any business it would be an adoption agency geared towards helping families who don't have the finances but why a child. I am adopted and I would love to help a child find a family and help a family afford the cost of adopting.

Jes Sica said...

Love love the vintage pearl! Dream venture...baking business.

wallygirl said...

I would like to write and illustrate children's books about veggies, fruits, gardening and making the world a better place.

Alicia said...

Your jewelry is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Lindsay said...

If I had the funds, I'd start a bakery - immediately! It's my pipe dream :)

LeiShell said...

Wow, she's talented. I know how hard it is to start a business while raising a family. I love the pea in the pod necklace, since I'm expecting, just reminds me of new life growing:) Such beautiful jewelry.

Caitlin said...

I'd love to help my mom get a dog boarding service going someday. She's such an animal lover and that way she'd be able to have a dozen temporary pets and not drive my dad crazy!

Kelsey Faith said...

love the jewelry, especially the state love neckless! I wish I was a better writer because the world of blogging and writing look so fun and inviting!

Caitlin said...

I'd love to help my mom get a dog boarding service going someday. She's such an animal lover and that way she'd be able to have a dozen temporary pets and not drive my dad crazy!

Mikaila said...

I LOVE The Vintage Pearl! I have been drooling over the peas in a pod necklace for awhile now.
If I could start any business it would have to do with crafting, possibly jewelry making or something to do with felt!
(I gotta be honest, every time I think of felt now I think of felt poop.)

Hilary said...

Ice cream shop/bookstore = perfection.

Heather L said...

I love vintage pearl! I've been wanting a tiny footprints charm, along with my son's name. Those little footprints remind me of his tiny, tiny feet...he was born at 28 weeks weighing 2lbs. If I could start my own business, it would be a supportive place for women who experienced a difficult or traumatic birth and would include therapies, support groups, creative outlets, and alternative healing therapies like reiki!

Cindy Wagner said...

Vintage Pearl rocks! I would love to start a doggy daycare/boarding business at my home. I have a horse barn and arena that are the perfect setup for it but just can't leave my job with benefits yet. Maybe someday....

Lauren Baker said...

The jewellery is beautiful! If I could do anything I'd probably want to be a professional book reviewer, or a craft services person on film sets!

Danielle Benoit said...

I love all of them! Wow, gorgeous! My dream is to be a stay-at-home mama and help my dad start his brick oven pizza business.

Ginny said...

I'm a music therapist and I would LOVE to be able to open a private practice. I had one 10 years ago and then went to grad school, got married, had babies, have a very good job, but I miss making music with people and helping them reach their goals.

Janet said...

Love, love! I'd someday love to start my own rock climbing gym!

caleigh.crow said...

Love the Vintage Pearl. I would totally go to school for PT or OT and open my own private practice. I would love nothing more than to work with kiddos like my own! ( plus or area is really lacking with OT and PT practices!) Much love!

Dream Big said...

I began my Thirty One business 3 years ago and it has definitely helped our family in so many ways!There are so many things I would love to do....but its one day at a time. Love the handstamped jewelry!!!!! My oldest Daughter has that beautiful extra chromosome and Her 'logo' we use is Dream Big...

Heather (Live.Love.Laugh.) said...

I would love to win. Such great products.

Babs said...

I'm a grandmother, now retired and widowed after caring for my spouse and my mother during their final years of life. Now I care for my grandchildren. I have forgotten how to cook and bake, and I'm not very artsy, but as a retired stockbroker, I'd love to offer financial classes to curious people; other widows, high school kids, retirees.

WhitB said...

Loving everything she makes! It's all beautiful!

Chot said...

I would love to start up something in photography. Not sure what, but offering something different or special. I love this jewelry. I can think of several sentimental things I want right off the bat.

Crystal said...

The peas in a pod! I die!

If I had the money, I'd train and show Quarter Horses. Did as a kid, not so much as an adult with 3 littles of my own. I can't believe what my parents paid for! Wow.

The Burke Family said...

Love the Vintage Pearl :) I am beginning my dream career of being an RN- I graduated and take my boards next week!! I work at a children's hospital currently and hope to get an RN position soon. If I was given extra funds I would love to open a scrapbook store :)

Ashley said...

Love the bird necklace. I would choose to be an artist, jewelry, fiber, something of that nature.

Kim Welch said...

Everything is so beautiful! It's hard to decide what I like best.

Maria said...

I love vintage pearl! Such fun pieces! I would love to open a rug hooking shop!

Kendra Bubert said...

So Cute! I would love to have my own photography business and put the money into educating myself more on the subject.

theshooz said...

Love this! I've always wanted to own a bakery or bookstore, or combination of both. I have been inspired lately to try an etsy shop. Can't wait to see what the future holds!

Vanessa Miller said...

I love hand stamped jewelry and these are beautiful! I'd like to think I'd do something crafty but I'm not really all that good at stuff like that. I have always designed my own invitations for events so maybe something to do with that!

Andrea said...

I would love to have an art studio for children. I feel like the value art and creativity has taken a backseat in our schools and society, and I would love to give children a place to imagine and create.

Courtneyseniff said...

Your pieces are lovely! If I could do anything, it would be to open up a rescue for all animals and have my daughter grow up taking care of animals and learning how wonderful it feels to help out the less fortunate!

Anna said...

Oh, love love love the peas in a pod necklace!

Daria said...

Love the vintage peas in a pod. Beautiful work!

Leslie Nixon said...

Love these designs. My dream business would be a community dance studio.

shellycoulter said...

I love the Vintage Pearl! Love my I Heart Faces necklace i got at the conference and would love something representing my family! She is so talented!! My dream would be to continue running Kelly Coulter Photography with my best friend Sandra...but we would have a bright and happy studio that would allow us to shoot year around in the cold wintery months in Wyoming! :) It would have woods floor and bright lots of white and huge bright canvases of our clients on the walls. and lots of fun props to play with kiddos with. Ah...I love dreaming.

Amanda said...

My dream venture would be to own a bakery, mostly cookiess and cupcakes! =)

Sandy said...

if i could had the funds, i think i'd try a peanut-free, nut-free bakery that also offered other allergen-free goodies (like egg-free donuts and dairy-free cake). i have kids with food allergies, and many of our kids' friends have them, too. it would be great to take my love of baking and be able to share it so that kids don't always have to feel left out of some of things most people take for granted, like trips to a bakery!

Stephanie Harrigan said...

Love, love, love!

lissa lee said...

such beautiful pieces that are both special and unique.

Megan said...

I love the vintage pearl!

I would start a photography business. I hope to start one when all my girls are older.

Sarah Baker said...

I have one of her necklaces already! I would love another one. So precious :)

Cheryl said...

Loving the peas in a pod! I would open homes for medically fragile children with special needs. By far the best job I've ever had was working in one.

Robin said...

If I had the money I would definately start a crafting business of some kind. I love to craft! :)

rhonda said...

I love the vintage pearl. I need a necklace that says "transform" for my one little word.

YeamieWaffles said...

Sounds like a great company to me Kelle, I love these pieces!

Ashley said...

I would be your one stop shop for all things baked, sewn, and jeweled! I would make cute clothes and items and jewelry to accessorize and bake you a few lovely sweet and savory things to go along with it!

Kacy said...

I would love to own a restaurant/bar.

The Book Sylph said...

I would open a bakery. I love to make my daughter's birthday cakes but once a year just isn't enough...or a used book store. I would love to spend all day in the company of books.

Catrina said...

A book store with a coffee shop/ice cream parlor attached (with an abundance of sorbets!). Or, someday my mama and I are going to have a yarn or a fabric shop (or both!) where everything is organized by color, regardless of anything else. :)

shanda said...

Sweet! A mama's ring will be my first choice if I win. Thanks for the opportunity.

Ashley Eiman said...

If I could start a business, I would do interior design for single moms. It would ideally be free of charge or only a small fee, and I'd use only what they already own and what I find at thrift/antique stores.

DanBin said...

How awesome! I want that mother's ring!

Holly said...

The jewelry is absolutely beautiful! If I had the money, I would open up a cupcake shop with my girlfriends!

DanBin said...

How awesome! I want that mother's ring!

Lola said...

Great giveaway! Love the vintage pearl!!!! I will love to win.

Kristi Kruithoff said...

Cute. If I could start a business and money was not an issue, I would start a mentoring center for teens. Somewhere where teens would be loved, valued, and accepted. Somewhere we're they could belong and have an adult that would love them no matter what.

Amy F. said...

I love the state necklace!

sam said...

I would start a business doing professional organizing working primarily with moms and families.

I also would love to own a secondhand gift shop. Go to auctions, find stuff, and then help people envision how it could be repurposed to fit their needs - buying new is not always needed. I would also incorporate handmade items made my local artisans (especially moms who make things so they can stay home with their kiddos) to the shop.

Lots of ideas...not much money to follow through.

stillframe said...

Such a beautiful collection!! Love love love!! I am an aspiring photographer, and someday when the timing/finances are right, I will dive head first into the amazing world of photography. Hopefully my passion inspires my babies to follow their dreams and maybe puts them through college.

Michelle said...

Love this jewelry! Possibly a tutoring business for me.

Karen said...

It's hard to decide on one business. I like making jewelry and I like painting. I guess my dream job would be to get paid for reading... Though I suppose some actual review work would have to be involved :)

Colette said...

I checked out the Vintage Pearl! All of the jewelry is amazing! SO meaningful!

I am currently living my dream venture. I am a SAHM and just opened up Wonderstruck Weddings & Wreaths (an Etsy shop) in November 2011. I love having a creative outlet and the chance to interact with so many wonderful people! It makes my heart sing!

To read more about Wonderstruck Weddings & Wreaths or to check out my shop, please visit:
www.WeddingsAndWreaths.etsy.com

I am currently giving away a “Thirty-One Gifts Littles Carry-All Caddy”. Stop by my Facebook Page to enter the giveaway! I would love to see you!

www.facebook.com/WonderstruckWeddingsAndWreaths

Michelle said...

There jewelry is gorgeous!

Kell said...

Love! I would quit my job as a teacher, stay home with my kids, and do something crafty.

McCameys said...

What beautiful jewelry! I would start up a buisness I created but never did that is all packed up in a box. It is a buisness that helps families find good care for their children since that is my passion.

Bessiebarr said...

would love to win a chance for a PA necklace! I miss my home state!

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Kristen said...

Huge fan of the vintage pearl! If I could do anything, I would love to start a photography and custom invitation business!

Erin said...

Love her pieces. If I could start up a business, I would start a stained glass company with my Step-mom aka bonus-mom. She does beautiful work.

amber said...

I love the pearls...would definitely get something with the kids initials

Hallie and Bryn said...

Love the jewelry! If I were to get some funds to start a business, I would love to start a children's party planning business. I love planning my daughters parties!

melissa said...

I love the Vintage Pearl. Bought the Texas state necklace for my daughter for Christmas. It was her favorite gift!

Jenny said...

love the vintage pearl!

if i had the funds, i would love to own a bakery. just me and cupcakes all day long :)

Fab40 said...

I would love to have my own photography business when we move to the beach (where we are planning on retiring). I'd also like to be paid to scrapbook. :p

Susan said...

I love the Vintage Pearl! My oldest child and I have often discussed starting up a specialty food shop with a small, reservations only, bistro. He would do the cooking, I would do the baking. Some day...

CHill said...

If I could start my dream venture it would be a combination of a photography/memory business. I'd love to help people document their memories for the generations to come through the use of storytelling, audio/video, and photography.

Strong Clan said...

I love the vintage pearl! And my venture would be to open my own school where children came to learn life lessons, have hands on experiences and gain values of life without have to worry about standardized testing. My dream!

David and Courtney said...

GORGEOUS jewelry - thanks for the giveaway! my secret dream is to make money with my camera.

Shannon Griggs said...

Love the vintage pearl!! I would love to be a full-time photographer, and travel the world with my hubby and kids taking amazing photos! Love you, Kelle!!

Life with Kaishon said...

I would like to start a charity for children and teenagers in low income households. I would like them to have the same opportunities our children in the suburbs have. The same dance classes, sports activities and fun outings. It hurts me to see all the things they miss.

Thank you for this nice giveaway.

tanya said...

I love the vintage pearl! I would start a clothing line for overweight little girls. It is almost to find cute age appropriate clothes for my 10 year old just because she is a little heavy. That would be a dream come true.

mommieof4munchkins said...

My dream is to own a knitting/sewing store where I can have classes, women can reserve a room for GNO and I can employ my family/friends as well. It's been a dream for a long time.

Sara said...

What beautiful jewelry! If I had funds to start a dream business I would do something that would keep my husband and I working together...maybe a travel blog :).

Strong Clan said...

I love the vintage pearl! And my venture would be to open my own school where children came to learn life lessons, have hands on experiences and gain values of life without have to worry about standardized testing. My dream!

Mommy said...

I would love to earn a living planning childrens' parties and events.

abi said...

thanks for the chance! I started a non-profit to help families who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss. It's hard work but I am grateful to be able to do it.

Lindsey said...

Love all this jewelry. So beautiful and meaningful. If I could have one dream to live out, it would be owning my own coffee shop. A place with great tasting pastries and a toddler and big kid play area. I've worked in the coffee industry for 9 years and love it, but I would love to fill a need for mamas and do something I love at the same time. Lattes and a safe place for kiddos to play, what's not to love about that?

annaford02 said...

I would start my own home/office organization business!

I discovered your blog about a month ago (via Shutterbean) and have loved it ever since!

Carol said...

Ooh! I love The Vintage Pearl!! I have a wish list a mile long with my hubby :) My husband started home brewing about 3 years ago and his hobby has turned into a passion and we would love to open up our own little tap room in our town.

Pretty Little Sweet Pea and Pea Pod said...

I LOVE The Vintage Pearl! I have been wanting a birthstone necklace for what seems like forever! Such beautiful and unique pieces.

Christina said...

My dream business...a used bookstore. I can't think of anything better than to be surrounded by books and the people who love them all day.

Elizabeth said...

I have had the image of a shop in my head for such a long time...a place to shop, gather, and go to art/craft classes all rolled into one. It is all laid out in my mind so when that dream money comes in I am ready!

The Vintage Pearl has long been a favorite in my family...we all wear matching necklaces in memory of my mom. Thank you TVP!

xoxo

Candice Lynn said...

I would continue and grow my photography business. I work full time and do photography as a side job but I would love to have the funds to grow that business.

Dawn from CA said...

LOVE that wrap ring!! If I could do anything, I'd find a way to
travel the world and get paid for it! I am a teacher, and have thought about applying to teach English in another country once my kids are grown. Thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown said...

Hmmm...my creative side would love to start a cake shop....my other side would love to be an independent court investigator (which would need some $ to get started!)

amber said...

I love the vintage pearl. If I could, I'd also design and sell my own jewelry line ! So inspiring.

Lisa K. said...

I love the Vintage Pearl!! I would love to open an etsy shop and sell crocheted animal hats for babies and children.

Michelle said...

Ooh... I'm definitely saving this for future gifts! :o)

Dream business is to start a performing arts & fitness studio with my best friend. It almost happened before babies entered the picture... maybe it will happen when the babies are in school.

nicole gabrielle said...

Oh, I LOVE the rings and the state necklaces... I need a way to show my love for RI & OR!!

I would give my left arm to become a professional photographer. I dabble in it, but I don't have the money to do what I *want* to do wtih it. As creative as I am, I need better equipment (I drool over lenses like it's my job) to get a move on!

BecBec78 said...

I love these sweet little creations! I'm always in awe of people with this kind of talent. Thanks for sharing!

Renee said...

I love, LOVE The Vintage Pearl!! If given the funds, I'd love to start some sort of postpartum/lactation support business...that's where my heart is at!

Ashley Atkinson said...

This shop is exactly what I'm looking for, for my sisters 30th birthday! Love the simple and elegant design.

Claire said...

I would love to get my own photography ad DVD business up and running and successful!

Sky said...

My dream venture would be a goat farm!

Laura said...

What an amazing giveaway! Thanks to you both! My hobby and passion is photography, so I would love to pursue that.

hollycombs said...

Such beautiful jewelry!

I already have a dream job working in humanitarian aid, but if I could start my own business, I would love to run a used bookstore, complete with a lazy "bookstore cat" to keep me company and a writing studio where I could pen my own manuscript..

Kerri said...

love everything she has...but my favorites are necklaces with your child's initial and the pearl. if i could start my own dream business, it would be photography!

Tonya said...

I dream of opening my own children's book store one day!! :)

firegirl said...

Cute jewelry! I would like to start a fire safety education business that includes fun classes for all ages of kids and their families/safety camps/juvenile fire setter education/and birthday parties (complete with a real fire truck) I do fire safety education on my job now but hope to do this when I retire...the real fire truck is what will cost $$$ but maybe someday : )
Michelle

mamaoftwo said...

My own photography business.

jblack said...

Love the little blue bird!

Kristen Marie said...

A pro photography business with classic and beautiful photos with reasonable prices!

chambanachik said...

My dream is to get my journalism degree someday. And I've always wanted something from The Vintage Pearl!

orangy_kaley said...

I LOVE Vintage Pearl!! I am dreaming about eventually helping start an organization to help AIDS orphans in Kenya! It is very close to my heart!

Laura said...

I love vintage pearl! I have a necklace from there that I wear everyday with my daughters name and birth stone on it.
If I could start a business it'd have to be a photography business. The extra funds would come in handy so I didn't have to work so much at my other job and could focus on photography more.

Abbey said...

What a fun giveaway! Thank you! Personally, my dream has always been to run a bookstore and live above it. If I was actually pursuing a business, though, I'm not sure what I would start!

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