Episode 22 - Kristen & Lindsey Archer of Arch'd on Working with Family, Creating Products in Batches & Assembly Lines, & Having Day Jobs That Help Your Creativity Thrive for Your Creative Career

Episode 22 - Kristen & Lindsey Archer of Arch'd on Working with Family,  Creating Products in Batches & Assembly Lines,  & Having Day Jobs That Help Your Creativity Thrive for Your Creative Career

Dorothy loved having this opportunity to sit down with two wonderfully creative Memphis women, the Archer sisters, Kristen & Lindsey Archer.  Arch'd takes the sisters creativity and transfers it directly to the wood, via Kristen’s photography and Lindsey’s graphic design.  They fill us in on their assembly line process, working in batches, how they working with family, and how they like doing things that are creative outside of businesses.

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Episode 12 - Mary Claire White of Falling Into Place on Opening a Retail Store, Visioning What You Want for Your Business, Branding a Candle Line, and Etsy Wholesale

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Dorothy chats with Mary Claire White of Falling Into Place in Memphis, TN.  She’s been making candles since she was in the womb (no really...her mom started making candles while she was pregnant with Mary Claire!)  She shares how Etsy Open Call launched her wholesale candle business and how she successfully opened the Falling Into Place gift shop on Broad Avenue, making it profitable after year one.  Mary Claire discusses how she says and writes down what she wants to happen for the Universe to hear her dreams.  They talk about how she doesn’t let anything sit, which contributes to her success.  

“You always want to have that feeling of everything is just falling into place.  But everything doesn’t just fall into place! It falls into place or it appears to fall into place because you’ve worked your butt off.”  - Mary Claire White

 

See more of Falling Into Place:

http://www.fallingintoplace.net/

https://www.facebook.com/fallingintoplaceshop

https://www.instagram.com/fallingintoplaceshop/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/FIPcandles

https://www.etsy.com/shop/FIPdisplays

 

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On Today’s Show:

 

(6:00) Cooper Young Festival (Memphis, TN) & Germantown Festival (Germantown, TN)

(7:00) Double Decker (Oxford, MS) & Franklin Main Street Festival (Franklin, TN)

(10:00) On teaching elementary school

(17:00) Memshop

(17:00) Putting what you want out into the Universe in language and writing

(18:00) On planning and budgeting when opening a shop

(20:00) On researching for the shop in California

(24:00) City & State

(24:00) On designing the shop

(26:00) Elyse Wigen of Prim Society

(27:00) Small retailers need makers as employees

(30:00) Redesigning the candle line

(31:00) Indie Holiday Market

(32:00) Etsy Open Call & Etsy Wholesale

(38:00) On hiring employees for the shop and their roles within the shop

(42:00) Renegade Craft Fair

(43:00) On the importance of photography for makers

(44:00) Annabella Charles Photography

(46:00) On how to attend a show states away and shipping via freight

(46:30) Falling Into Place Displays at craft shows

(48:00) How the shop got its name

(51:00) The Falling Into Place candle line

(52:30) Lionheart collaboration zodiac card/candle line

(59:00) On not letting anything sit

(1:00:00) Making a map for Broad Avenue

(1:04:00) Falling Into Place Workshops

Episode 4 - Kat Gordon of Muddy’s Bake Shop on Building Community in Your Business & More

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Today on Positively Creative Dorothy chats with Kat Gordon, owner of Muddy’s Bake Shop in Memphis, Tennessee.  She takes us behind the scenes of the 50+ employee, tri-location bakery business from Mud Lab, the test kitchen club which has a lengthy application process for creating a new recipe for the bakery to the Muddy’s volunteer community outreach program for her employees.  Book clubs, employee retreats, art market, custom kitchen…what does Muddy’s not do?!  

“I feel like this is the secret of visioning and why visioning works is that once you are open about what it is you want, people want to help you.” -Kat Gordon, on working to fulfill the Muddy’s team's 2020 vision of launching a pie in the sky!

“My business is my medium.” -Kat Gordon

“We get so caught up in the grass is always greener, but it’s easy to just not totally appreciate the challenges for the gift that they are.” -Kat Gordon

 

See more of Muddy’s:

www.muddysbakeshop.com

www.instagram.com/muddysbakeshop

Follow along and join the Positively Creative Community:

www.positivelycreative.net

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On Today’s Show:

(4:00) How Muddy’s became a company, even without a grand opening

(11:30) Muddy’s community service program

(17:30) Memphis Indie Spring Market

(19:00) Muddy’s Book Club

(21:00) Ego is the Enemy

(22:00) Kitchen Tours

(26:00) Muddy’s retreat

(28:00) Kat’s new teaching workshops

(35:00) Muddy’s Test Kitchen

(46:00) Custom Kitchen / Johnny’s Christening Cake

(47:00) On auditing product prices

(49:00) Her thoughts on the business’ growth

(56:00) The hiring process

(1:00:00) Mail Order Muddy’s

(1:06:00) Artist & Fabulous mother-in-law Nancy Cheairs

(1:07:00) Flicker Street Studio

(1:08:00) Jeni’s Ice Cream

(1:14:00) Host a Front Porch Party!

Episode 1 - Welcome to the Positively Creative Podcast with Dorothy Collier of Dorothy Art

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The Positively Creative Podcast was created by Dorothy Collier, artist of Dorothy Art, for creative entrepreneurs.  When Dorothy started having a positive outlook on every aspect of her life, including her art career, the creativity and opportunities started overflowing!  Join her as she chats with other small business owners, discussing how the ins and outs of how to run a creative business and how they make it in their respective fields.

Meet Dorothy Collier, the artist behind Dorothy Art.  She is so excited to be creating this podcast, featuring and celebrating makers and small businesses in the creative community.  She lives and creates her mixed media oil paintings on vintage book pages in Memphis, TN.  When Dorothy started having a positive outlook on every aspect of her life, including her Dorothy Art career, the creativity and opportunities started overflowing!

Dorothy at the easel, adding some oil paint after she first covers the canvas with vintage book pages or sheet music.  

Dorothy at the easel, adding some oil paint after she first covers the canvas with vintage book pages or sheet music.  

Dorothy as Featured Artist at Bingham and Broad during the Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk 2017

Dorothy as Featured Artist at Bingham and Broad during the Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk 2017