Thursday, April 16, 2009

Feature Friday - Get Noticed

Hello! It's Feature Friday once again! This week we will get to know Natalie and Jessa from GetNoticed Designs (aren't they the cutest?!).
Banner and product pictures link to their shop/products.

Tell us a little about yourself.

We are two close sisters/best friends who share a love of jewelry-making. There is a 2.5 year age difference between us but you would never know it. People often ask us if we are twins. We grew up in a suburb of Milwaukee, WI and we both still live in WI. Natalie lives in West Allis, and Jessa lives in Sturgeon Bay.

We’ve been making jewelry since we were young. It started with our mom taking us to garage sales to search for old jewelry to take apart and make new. We still love searching for vintage jewelry to mix with modern beads, metal and wire. Our pieces are unique. We have very different designs from each other which help make our shop appeal to many people. Each piece is designed as something we would wear ourselves. It’s trendy, yet classic, and dressy…you will GetNoticed!

What is your first memory of being crafty/artsy?

Our first memories of being crafty are going through our dad’s workshop and picking through the wood scraps left from his projects. We would put the pieces together, sand them and make gifts for our elementary school teachers. Both of our parents encouraged us to be creative and gave us the opportunity to do so.

Where do you get inspiration for your jewelry?

Creativity is in our blood. We grew up in a home where sawdust and craft paints were a common and comforting aroma. Our dad would plan and execute the woodwork while our mom sat at the kitchen table, diligently painting every detail on their prized and respected crafted creations until dawn. It was their ambition and drive imprinted on us early on that have inspired us to think analytically and make one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Tell us a little about your workspace.

Both of our workspaces are similar. They involve the couch, a table and a big mess when we get everything out. Hopefully some day we will be able to have a room dedicated just to jewelry-making.

Other than Etsy, where can we find your products?

Our products can be found in a Milwaukee boutique called SweetKicks. They can also be found at bridal shows in the Milwaukee area.

What is your best marketing advice?

Word of mouth is the best marketing. We started by telling all of our friends about our shop, and asked them to spread the word on to their friends. This initial word of mouth marketing really helped us out. We keep our customers, friends and family up to date by sending out one page newsletters that feature some of our latest designs. We also have a group on Facebook that has grown a lot and is a good way for us to get messages out about new products and updates on promotions.

Is there anything else you would like the readers to know?

We offer free shipping on all of our items in the continental United States. The cost of shipping is so small, that we decided that our customers shouldn’t have to pay for it. We also donate $1 of every item sold to the American Cancer Society in memory of our mother and other loved ones lost.

Custom orders are always encouraged and accepted, so if you see something you like but want a different color, or combined designs, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your wishes.

It is our mission to offer one-of-a-kind jewelry at reasonable prices while raising money for a good cause. We promise you will GetNoticed!

While preparing this feature, I browsed Natalie and Jessa's shop for quite a while. I loved looking at all of their creations. They are definitely hip and trendy pieces . . . I was instantly hooked and didn't leave the shop until I had purchased this for myself!

What are you waiting for?! You must run, not walk, over to their shop and pick out a little piece (or two) so you yourself can Get Noticed!
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Anonymous said...

This jewelry is so trendy and cool! You can't go wrong with the reasonable prices and free shipping!!

Robin Thomas: A Nest With a View said...

Great stuff. How much fun would it be to craft with your sister? Nice feature!

Natalie said...

Thank you so much for featuring us on your blog! Your ring will be going out in the mail today:)