Thursday, February 28, 2013

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT - Art for the Soul!

Well, it's time to announce the big plans I have.  I plan to announce them in  a big way AND ask for your help. So please, read on!

About 6 months ago, my cousin Trish and I were chatting about starting our own business.  We were talking away and somehow the conversation drifted into what is now our dream idea - starting an in-home paint your own pottery business.  We frequent a local paint-your-own-pottery studio and we love it.  The only problem we have is that sometimes we don't have the time to travel there to paint, then go back to pick up our finished work.  We talked and talked and our idea came to fruition- we want a business that allows customers to stay home and create - we want the projects to come to you.  After some more talking and some planning, our idea, Art for the Soul was born!

Here is our plan - to have in-home pottery parties.  We will have packages including bridal showers, kids birthday parties, girl's nights, and more!  The beauty of it is, we come to you, instruct, take the goods, fire them, then deliver them back.

We have big exciting plans for this and cannot wait to host our first in home party!

In order to do that, we need your help.

Startgarden is a Grand Rapids based fund that endorses two businesses per week and provides them with start-up grants.  The ideas are chosen based on public endorsement so we need YOUR help to get our idea off the ground.

Helping is simple - all you have to do is VOTE and share this with your friends on facebook.  Voting can only be done through facebook and it lasts until next Thursday.

To encourage you to vote we have some plans.  Our first plan is to annoy and badger our friends into voting for us.  So, be warned.  For the next 7 days you will be hearing from us!

We have some other ways to encourage voting and that is by giving away FREE STUFF!!!

We have these fabulous items up for grabs:

Owl mold from Blue Goat Studio:
This mold is made from FDA compliant food grade silicone and can be baked at temperatures up to 300Deg F. It can be used for all sorts of fun projects like jewelry making, candy making, cake decorating, gift soaps, candles, etc. Use with polymer clay, resin, chocolate, fondant, wax, and soap. Approximate dimensions of the molded piece are 1''W X 1.5''T. We do not have a website or facebook page up and running, could you have readers like our etsy page? The link to my store is


This custom frame insert from Hyde Park Home:
Here is the perfect gift that will not be re-gifted! First dance lyrics or wedding vows, are written by hand on a matte and when joined with a wedding photo,re-create the special memory.  This special gift idea can also be used for:

-Weddings (First dance, vows, bible verse)

-Baby showers (Lullaby's, bible verse)

-Prom photos w/boyfriend or friends (Dance lyrics)

-Memorials (Song of remembrance, favorite song, bible verse)
Winner will choose the sentiment to be written.

THREE nailpolish pendants from sarZjo:
And one of these super cool Michigan tshirts (navy blue, size based on winner's preference):

All you have to do to enter this giveaway is VOTE! Once you have voted, enter a comment here that you did so to be entered to win.  Want another entry?  SHARE that you voted on facebook and ask your friends to VOTE, then comment here.  Each comment will count as a seperate entry.  Want even more entries???  Visit etsy and favorite one of the shops above, then comment here that you did!

This giveaway is crazy awesome and you can win a ton of cool goods if you simply vote for our idea!!



  1. Endorsed and shared on Facebook! Best of luck ladies!

  2. Good luck! You guys can do this!!!!

  3. Best of Luck Girls! Love the idea. Shared it on my FB and about to head off to Etsy to do the same there. (i just love when i have a reason to get on that site!)

  4. Can't believe that you haven't already been a favorite on my Etsy account?!?!

  5. I voted. Good Luck.

  6. Endorsed your idea!!

  7. Posted/shared on facebook :)

  8. Favorites on Etsy - check!

  9. Soooooo excited for you! Posted on Facebook and voted....hope you win! :)

  10. Sounds like a great idea! Good luck!

  11. Voted and Shared! I hope you get the money because I think this is an awesome idea!

  12. So excited for you two! I voted!

  13. I voted! Definitely cheering you 2 gals on so I can be your first customer! :)

  14. I voted! I'm definitely cheering you 2 gals on so I can be your first customer!! :)

  15. Shared and endorsed! Good luck ladies! I'll be happy to have a party when you are ready!

  16. Endorsed and shared on FB! Good luck ladies!!!