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meet our makers – Raenita- thats so addie – wallowa wonders- 2nd edition

Raenita Maker of That’s So Addie; Founder of Wallowa Wonders In part of celebrating the upcoming, one year anniversary of Gypsy Spoonful we bring you our “Meet Our Makers” blog thread. Our 2nd edition is about one of the founding makers of Gypsy Spoonful and That’s So Addie. Who is Raenita? I asked Raenita of … read more

Raenita

Maker of That’s So Addie; Founder of Wallowa Wonders

In part of celebrating the upcoming, one year anniversary of Gypsy Spoonful we bring you our “Meet Our Makers” blog thread.

Our 2nd edition is about one of the founding makers of Gypsy Spoonful and That’s So Addie.

Raenita Deal maker of That’s So Addie, founder of Wallowa       Wonders and founding member of Gypsy Spoonful

Who is Raenita?

I asked Raenita of That’s so Addie, to tell me a little bit about herself, and although she is humble, this is what she had to say. 🙂

I am a born & raised Wallowa, Oregon girl. My grandparents on both sides grew up here and my parents did too. I am a generational local that loves where I live and am so blessed that I get to be here. I love to go out in the woods picking mushrooms and huckleberries or just driving around to see all the wildlife. I love to garden and prep/can food for winter. I love to hike in the mountains (even though I am seriously out of shape and need to work on that a little more)

I have an amazing man in my life, Jack, who supports my business 110% and is my biggest cheerleader. He is the one who finds the positives in everything when I am starting to doubt myself. I have 3 awesome kids too. My son, Logan, is almost 28 and married to his high school sweetheart, Dominique. They have 2 adorable kids, Jake & Emma, who are the cutest grandkids around and my favorite tiny munchkins. Luckily, they live here too so I can see them whenever I want. Yay me! My daughter, Danaleigh, is 26 and lives in a little town about half an hour away. She was recently diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure so she is on dialysis and we are in process to get her on the kidney transplant list (hopefully by this summer) And my youngest daughter, Adalyn (where I got my business name) is 13—EEK! She is brilliant beyond her years and has big dreams of becoming an architect. We were homeschooling her for the last 3 years but she just started back to school this term (for a break from her parents, I think).

The beautiful mountain side of Wallowa, Oregon. Where Raenita was born and raised.

Raenita tells the story behind That’s So Addie!

I asked Raenita where her inspiration to create came from?

Adalyn, my youngest daughter, was my inspiration (That’s So Addie). When she was born, I had this opportunity to actually be a stay at home mom. I embraced it and just enjoyed it. I wanted to dress her up as uniquely as possible and ran across some boutique clothing on eBay. At that moment, I knew that was the direction I wanted to go. I bought a cheap sewing machine and went for it. I had sewn a little bit before but mostly I just waded through and self-taught myself until I had mastered it.

Raenita sure is showing us that she was meant to create; just as she does!

The beginning of That’s So Addie…

I started That’s So Addie, officially, in 2005. I got my first sale on eBay later that year. I feel awful for the person who bought my first thing. I’m sure it was not very well made and I am so embarrassed at my quality back then. Thankfully, I ran across some amazing women who were all learning or teaching as they went and I definitely improved my workmanship by leaps & bounds that next year.

 

 

Just 1 of many of Raenita’s beautiful and whimsical creations for Shop here

We asked, What makes your items different from the rest? Raenita’s response is heart warming.

As much as I like to think I am unique in what I do, I know there are many designers out there who can easily do what I do. I strive to do what I love. If I don’t love it, I won’t do it. I guess that is what makes me unique. I’m not in it for the almighty dollar. I am doing it because I love my job!

Raenita’s skills and knowledge are an asset!

I started out working in our family business when I was 9 years old. My parents built a little burger joint, drive in from the ground up and we all worked there. I was waiting on customers and making milkshakes before I knew how to do long division…lol. I put in my time there all through high school and worked there for many years as an adult too. I also had a few bartending gigs. I ran a daycare for a little while (not a fan of that, I decided). I worked as a caregiver in an assisted living home. I was a CNA in a nursing home. Finally, I was a stay at home mom until I started That’s So Addie

Raenita says her biggest accomplishment is her children. She has worked really hard to raise them to have strong wor ethic and to not let life get them down. She thinks she has done a pretty good job at that! All I know is if they follow by example, they will be very successful and reach the stars!

Model Addison, show casing an adorable “That’s So Addie” dress Find the Review here (will link when approved)  Photography by: B.Weaver

Raenita as a child

I am always curious where all our maker’s passion and inspiration derives from. So I dig even deeper into their past. I always ask what is their fondest childhood memory? You will want to keep reading to know all about this sweet story!

I have so many. We grew up in such a fun place and time. I would say one of my favorites would be when my uncle caught some baby chipmunks in his logging boot out in the woods and brought them home for us as pets. We got to keep them in our “playhouse” and they only bit us a few times before they hibernated for the winter and didn’t wake up. (oops…we were bad chipmunk parents in the winter….lol)

Lastly, we asked Raenita what advice she would give to future makers. Her response makes TOTAL sense!

Love what you do. It truly shows in your work. Do not let desperation rule you. Stay the course with a positive attitude and back up plans. It is hard to watch brand new sellers expect sales straight out of the gate. I would say if you can stick it out 3-5 years, you will know if you can do it or not.

Meet Our Makers – Heather aka Goose- Gypsy Spoonful – Goosie Girl

Heather aka Goose Maker of Goosie Girl, Creator of Gypsy Spoonful In part of celebrating the upcoming, one year anniversary of Gypsy Spoonful we bring you our “Meet Our Makers” blog thread. I feel the best maker to kick off with is Heather (aka Goose) the founder and creator of Gypsy Spoonful. Who is Heather? … read more

Heather aka Goose

Maker of Goosie Girl, Creator of Gypsy Spoonful

In part of celebrating the upcoming, one year anniversary of Gypsy Spoonful we bring you our “Meet Our Makers” blog thread. I feel the best maker to kick off with is Heather (aka Goose) the founder and creator of Gypsy Spoonful.

Heather maker of Gypsy Spoonful, an inspiration to entrepreneurs every where!

Who is Heather?

I asked Heather to tell me a little bit about herself, and although she is VERY passionate about business, I managed to get this bit of information out of her.  🙂

When I’m not working (which is never ha ha) I love to spend time with my sweet man (soul mate, love of my life) and my kiddos. My oldest is on the autism spectrum (Kayla 22). Then there is Matthew (18), a senior in high school and an amazing athlete and lastly, Jack, who is in 7th grade and a comedian. I also have 3 dogs (animal lover) and I love to garden, and do home improvement/decorating projects. I love life and love to laugh and have fun, I’m a free spirit that would just die if I had to work a regular 9-5 job ever again in my life. A cubicle would be a death sentence for me, if I’m not creating, I am not happy.

Heather decorated her home coffee bar with some sweet handmade decor listed in one of the shops on Gypsy Spoonful. 😉

 

Heather tells the story behind Gypsy Spoonful

I asked Heather where the inspiration to create Gypsy Spoonful came from? Even though we were holding the interview in the board room of all instant messaging, lol, I could tell her fingers lit up with excitement!

I’ve established myself over the years by designing original boutique accessories and photo props~ it all started with one bow for a cheer team wayyy back when my kids were little and it took off…

I started with a shop on eBay and migrated to Etsy,  before people even knew what Etsy was… then went to my own site, and my friends who were still designing started telling me they were looking for a new, completely handmade place… so I went to work and created a brand new site. We have really big plans for it, but there are two hard and fast rules… nothing mass produced, and nothing imported… like supplies or knock-offs masquerading as handmade products.

The beginning…

We began selling on a blog in 2016, and it grew like wildfire, we soon outgrew the blog postings, and everyone said they wanted more… a dedicated marketplace where each person could have a shop, and set things up the way they wanted to for their businesses. About 10 months later, after trial and error and baptism by fire, I had built the Gypsy Spoonful website.

New beginnings…

We launched, April 30, 2017, and there’s been no stopping us ever since. We had a vision, and the “founding members” who started on the blog with us believe in it and helped it grow, and we’ve been growing every single day. In the last 11 months, we’ve grown to 127 shops with 8 pending.

There are no monthly shop fees. There are also no listing or renewal fees. Listings run forever, although we encourage people to re-list items to keep things fresh. If a product does not sell, you don’t pay a dime. If it sells, there is a small fee of 3.5% (the same as Etsy) plus the normal PayPal fees of course. We also have instant download for patterns, ebooks, embroidery files (that you create).

Our sales started rolling in the first week we were open! We have such a GREAT core of members. We believe in community over competition, and people before profits.

Gypsy Spoonful – The New Home of Handmade

Heather’s skills and knowledge are an asset!

I have been in business for 14 years, and before I was doing this, I was in advertising and marketing so I am very active networking, marketing and promoting the site, both through paid and non-paid means. We want our members to grow their business and reach new markets, so we teach/mentor and support them by doing little “boot camps” on social media marketing, helping them with SEO (search engine optimization), and teaching them tricks/tips/advice we’ve learned over the years~ I have 2 wonderful admins and between the 3 of us, collectively, we have 30+ years of online selling experience with handmade products.

Gypsy Spoonful is, indeed, a dedicated marketplace where each maker can have a shop, set things up the way they want to, and where you feel like family!

Who was Heather before Gypsy Spoonful?

I was a maker before GS, just like all of my friends~ I was creating and selling handmade photo props, boutique accessories and writing pdf patterns/ebooks. My business is GoosieGirl.com , and I have been blogging on my blog there for ten years. In my past life, I was in advertising and public relations as well as law enforcement.

Heather’s handmade shop on Gypsy Spoonful; Goosie Girl.

Unicorn Headband created by Heather – Goosie Girl (click photo to purchase)

Heather’s accomplishments

I asked Heather what she felt her biggest accomplishments are. Her responce is what made me an official Heather Goose fan!

I am a published author and small business expert cited in many online publications and magazines. I’ve also designed for several a-list celebrity clients and their children over the years. I tell you this, not to toot my own horn but because I want you to know this has been my life… it’s not a hobby, a side gig or some flash in the pan idea I have had. I love handmade and everything it encompasses. My passion is empowering other women to be successful and help them achieve their dreams and goals. I have a passion for empowering other women who own small businesses.

Heather as a child

I was curious where all Heather’s passion and inspiration derives from. So I dug even deeper into her past. I asked her what is her fondest childhood memory? You will want to keep reading to know all about this sweet story!

I loved playing dress up and having tea parties with my Grandpa. (I lived with my grandparents growing up). My Grandpa would come home from work on the train every night. When he got home, he would play tea party with me. I’d dress him up, put his hair in rollers, and serve him pretend tea while my grandma was making dinner. Fond memories. I was also very close with my cousins.

Goosie Girl Click photo to support Heather as Goosie Girl