4/18/12

Passion to Profit...

As you might know, for the past 6 years I have been crafting hair accessories of some kind. When Afton was born in New Orleans, I started making her bows and clips. My sweet friends and 'friends-of-friends' have always been supportive customers. And over the years, my hobby turned into a bit of a business. A few local boutiques, my blog and now my Etsy shop sell my creations.
Crafty Texas Girls at a craft show- you can read about it here.
 But over the past year, an idea kept popping into my head. The idea of trying to turn my 'hobby that pays for itself' into an actual business. After lots of nudges, encouragement (you know who you are!!) and just plain hard work-- I recently launched my accessory line, "Samantha Conner Designs" in a showroom at the Dallas Market.

 I have had a great response to my new line and now "Samantha Conner Designs" hair accessories are appearing in boutiques around the country.


I have a wonderful sales rep and some fabulous sewers who are helping me keep up with demand. It has been scary and exciting all at the same time.


 I have to admit, I felt somewhat apprehensive about shouting the news from the rooftops. I mean what if I... gulp... failed???? But then I have decided that part of the charm of this blog is honesty. So here I am, "shouting from the top of my blog" :) I have launched my accessory line "Samantha Conner Designs"!

Afton took this photo of me in my craft room :)
 I know there will be ups and downs. But the risk is worth the reward. Orders have been coming in and shipping out. So far, so good! When I hot-glued my first clip on my first bow, I never imagined that my hobby would ever turn into a real business. So no matter what happens, I can say that have seen a dream turn into reality.  And I can't even imagine where this journey will lead me in the future. Thank you to everyone who has helped me find my way. Big hugs to you all!




In other exciting news...

 Please hop over to the newest edition of "Bird's Party" magazine. Bird's Party is an amazing, free online party magazine. The publication features the cutest, most creative ideas for celebrating life in style. I was so honored to be involved with this project!  "Samantha Conner Designs" created 2 exclusive designs for the Fourth of July party. The entire magazine is fabulous- but be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the "SCD accessories" in the Patriotic party on pages 22-31:) A big thank you to Bird's Party, Creative Juice, and all the talented women who contributed!

Fourth of July Styles are now available for pre-order. Click here to get yours and find out about FREE shipping!
Do you have a hobby that you want to turn into a business? Have you seen a dream become a reality? Do tell--I would love to hear your story!

13 comments:

  1. The very best luck to you on your new venture!

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  2. LOve your hair bling and the magazine feature! Congratulations!!!

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  3. Wow ...you should be so proud of yourself. How amazing to turn a hobby into a real business! I love your designs - makes me wish my 3 girls were little again. Missi

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  4. Such great news! You have beautiful creations. Congrats on all of your success!!!!

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  5. You go GIRL!! I'm very proud of you and wish you much success!! Sounds like you are on the right track with a rep and a booth at Market, woo hoo!!

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  6. Fantastic Samantha - I'm so excited for you and super proud!
    Awesomness xxxx Nat

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  7. That's so great! Following dreams is so important...good for you!
    Blessings, Lorraine

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  8. Thank you for all the encouragement my friends! Your kind words mean so much to me.
    :) Samantha

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  9. Cute,cute stuff Samantha! You'll do well. Dallas market is an awesome start!
    ♥Linsey

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  10. Congrats!! So glad you followed your dream and made things happen! Be very proud~Angie

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  11. I have much respect for crafty people that are doin' their THANG :)

    (Coming over from the Cowgirl Up linky party!)

    Serena
    Thrift Diving
    www.ThriftDiving.com

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment! I love to hear from you and will do my best to answer questions and comments by 'replying via email'.
:) Samantha

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