While I started Wonderland Organics to have products that will beautify your skin, it’s also great to find jewelry that won’t make you itchy (I find some pieces from cheap stores like Forever 21 make me break out constantly). On my hunt, I discovered Tiny Hands on Etsy, which is a marketplace for handmade items.
Who doesn’t love cute and unique jewelry? I fell in love with this adorable rose macaron necklace, and subsequently bought it on the spot. The chain broke, but the owner, Mei Pak, was sweet enough to ship me a new one instantly. I’ve admired all of her food jewelry items (and her savvy business skills) ever since.
Today, I’m happy to bring to you an interview with Tiny Hands, which sells food-inspired jewelry, made of polymer clay. Check out Mei’s creations on the right– don’t they make you want to gobble them up? The awesome part is that they’re all scented, so you will always smell delicious. And for those of you who are allergic to scents, you have the option of choosing unscented versions for 15% less!
Mei: Tiny Hands is my baby! I started my company in 2006 when I was still in school. My mom and I had taken a basic jewelry making class together which sparked my interest. At the time I was on LiveJournal a lot and found a girl that was selling these cute animal charms she made from polymer clay. She really inspired me to explore polymer clay and what started as a hobby business soon turned into a full time career in 2011. The food jewelry idea is not my own, but who knows who started anything these days? I just loved tiny food as a child and I guess that never left my spirit. I am such a foodie too, so the business idea just stuck!
Ally: That’s inspiring! No one can resist a good cupcake, least of us here at Wonderland Organics. What were you doing before starting your own company?
Mei: I often debate if I got lucky or if I missed out on this. I went straight into working for myself from the get go. A part of me is envious of corporate 9-5 jobs that provide stability and security. Maybe one day I’ll take up a part time job at a bakery for fun to see what it’s like working for someone else for a change!
Ally: There’s definitely the co-worker aspect, which can make or break your day. Let us know if you check out bakeries as a fun part-time! What inspires you when you craft?
Mei: My customers feed me with the best ideas! I also get great inspiration from looking at food pictures on Pinterest.
Mei: I would love to make a line of scented flower jewelry! I’m also working with my husband on a new app called Craftivity. It’s a tool to help creative people reach more goals and be more productive!
Ally: That sounds amazing! Sign us up when you’re ready to launch. Where can people find your amazing pieces?
Mei: You can shop my jewelry at http://tinyhandsonline.com 🙂
Ally: Very cute site. I’m sure the readers want to know: do you have any specials or sales?
Mei: I do a weekly sale on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/tinyhandsjewelry every Wednesday at 7pm central time. I feature about five items and include one extra special piece. The items sell out in a few hours, so join the party early! Also, I sell internationally.
Ally: Especially the popcorn charm today: we can’t resist butter popcorn. Where have your products been featured, media-wise?
Mei: My jewelry has been featured on InTouch, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Earnshaw’s, Incredible Things, Glamour, Hello Giggles, Cool Mom Picks and was even worn by Amy Poehler in the TV show Parks and Recreation! I’m so grateful to be supported by so many people.
Ally: We’re so envious! Congratulations Mei, it’s great to see small businesses succeed. On that note, what advice do you have for entrepreneurs?
Mei: Do more of what works. Don’t give up easily but know when to say no. If you’re unsure of what to focus on, pick just one thing and work at it for the next few months. Only move on to the next thing when you feel confident you’ve mastered the first.
Ally: It’s good advice. Sometimes people keep pursuing an idea even when they’re throwing money away. And last but not least, what’s your favorite part of the Wonderland Organics blog?
Mei: I love how much great information and tips you share in such short blog posts! I have terrible attention span but you make it so easy to read your blog.
Thanks so much to Mei on taking time out of her busy day to talk to us! We love supporting women entrepreneurs, especially those who have succeeded in a terrific idea. Have any of you embarked on a solo entrepreneur journey?
|Mei Pak||:||Entrepreneur, Designer|