WHERE ARE YOU: Dallas, TX
COMPANY NAME: One Good Bumblebee
CRAFT TOOL YOU CAN NOT LIVE WITHOUT: So many things! But I’d say my most precious tool is my Rotatrim paper trimmer.
FINISH THE SENTENCE: When I am not running One Good Bumblebee I am making art for the fun of it.
I saw from your adorable childhood pictures that you have a life long love of all things crafty. When and why did you decide to take this passion to the next level and start selling your goodies?
Although art has always been in my blood, I never really aspired to have a career in art. I always wanted to be a teacher. But while working towards my degree in education, I realized that teaching really wasn’t for me. So then I fell in love with creative writing and poetry and somewhere between sending off applications to writing schools and receiving the acceptances, I switched gears yet again and returned to visual art, which I’m pretty sure is what I’ve really loved all along. I feel at home when I’m making things with my hands. I just knew I couldn’t do anything else with my life. Selling the things I design and create just came naturally to me. My father is a professional photographer so I knew it was possible to make a living selling art.
I am very drawn to the idea of cutting up unrelated pieces of paper or images and gluing them together to make something new. I am a collage artist at heart. I literally have urges to cut and glue. I’m a paper addict. And the older the paper or the more history a piece of paper has, the more I love it. I like to work with things that have a mystery about them, like most old papers and ephemera do.
I see that you are an avid blogger. Does the One Good Bumblebee blog have a certain theme or is just whatever floats your boat that day from ice skaters of the 70’s to artists obsessed with detail in their work? What came first your e-commerce website or the blog?
Sometimes I wish I had a very specific blog on one tiny topic but it’s almost impossible for me to do that. I love so many different things and I have so many interests, so my blog can be a bit random, but in the end it’s really just a perfect representation of me and the things I love. I try not to censor myself or be “professional” but to just be me and say whatever I feel like saying. I’m a believer in going with your gut and being as true to yourself as you can, and I think that’s why my blog is so full of different types of posts and ideas. It grows and changes as I grow and change. My blog came before One Good Bumblebee. The One Good Bumblebee blog is not a business blog. I try to remember that it came first and it’s about me, not necessarily about the store One Good Bumblebee. It’s a way of showing the real person behind the business.
According to your website these are you top sellers:
Could you pretty please tell us a couple of sentences about each and perhaps your theory on why they are your best sellers.
Pile of Paper: I love paper and I’m so excited to know that other people like it as much as I do. The piles of paper are literally piles of old papers and ephemera that I assemble together in special little ways. I try to make each pile look like a piece of art, or to at least be visually overwhelming, and in turn inspire someone to make something from the papers and pieces inside. These are probably a best seller because It’s pretty obvious I love making them. I think my passion shows through and people appreciate that.
Mini Pile of Paper: These are smaller versions of the original Piles of Paper. They are just as fun but more affordable and quick. I like the idea of a customer being able to buy themselves a little something that makes them happy just for the fun of it. The Mini Pile of Paper, I think, serves that purpose. They’re a surprise because you never know what you’re gonna get, and there’s so much fun in that, I think.
Kill Time Workbook: I also sell other people’s products and it’s always a gamble! You never know what people will like, what will sell well, what won’t, but I love the Kill Time Workbook. It’s for people who like to draw and mindlessly doodle. A lot of my customers are creative and this fits them perfectly.
Dog Pencil Sharpener: I think these are a best seller because they’re adorable, functional, and affordable. It goes back to the idea of getting something small and fun in the mail even if you don’t have lots of money to spend. And who doesn’t need a pencil sharpener?
Jar of Whimsies: These are jars filled with vintage whatnots. Each one is different. I like the idea of selling a surprise and thats exactly what these are. You don’t know what you’re gonna get but you know its gonna be good. That’s thrilling and fun!
What is the crafty scene like in Big D? I am from North Texas (McKinney) and between One Good Bumblebee, The Dallas Craft Mafia and The Make Studio it seems like things have really gotten crafty since I left.
I wish I knew! I’m so busy working that I hardly ever have time to get out of the house and find out what’s going on. I’m working on that.