Monday, March 17, 2014

Shout out to Tiffany Parent of Finding the Puddles

Join me in saying hello to Tiffany, a fellow of the Etsy Maine Team!  We are quite the busy group, aren't we??  :)  Tiffany also runs the Maine Made backed storefront of Finding the Puddles.  If you're in the area of Cornish, Maine, you should DEFINITELY check it out!  (Not to mention, I have some cute little goodies in her shop!  hehe)
Name:  Tiffany Parent 

Business Name(s):  Finding the Puddles

Date Business Was Opened/Created:  Oct 2012

Types of Items/Services Offered:  We make and sell needle felted creations from wool, wet felted items, and wooden buttons.  Although we are always coming up with new creations.

Why did you decide to open/start your own business?
I found the art of needle felting and wanted to create more and more.  My two children and my husband make items as well.  My husband cuts the buttons and my children love art.  We decided as a family to open the shop and sell our felted items, art, and our wooden items.

What is your inspiration?  
 I am inspired by nature and children

What is your favorite item/service you currently offer in your business?
My favorite item in my shop is the children's nature bags.  I love them because that is what started Finding the Puddles! I made them for the kids in our home school group.  I bought a small bag of wool roving and a felting needle to put their initials on the bags.  That began my felting I make my own roving and felt whenever I can.  I also LOVE that I can provide a place for other artists and crafters in Maine to sell their creations.  I have met some amazing people!
What advice do you have for someone looking to start/open their own business?
I may not have the typical advice.  I say anyone can start a business.  You don't need lots of money, or an in depth business plan.  I think sometimes that is scary to people and they over think it...I didn't think about this at all at first, and I didn't have much money.  I say go for it, you will make mistakes along the way.  As long as you love it and are learning; than you will enjoy it.  We are not going to get rich with our business, but we are having fun and doing what we like.

Where can people find your goodies?
Our storefront, Finding the Puddles, is located at 43 Main Street in historic Cornish Village, Maine.  We also have an online presence on Etsy and Facebook.


Favorite Color(s)Blue and Ecru

Favorite Food(s): Cheesecake, Lobster, and Pears

Favorite Vacation Spot:  I would love to own a small cottage alone the Maine coast as a family vacation spot.

Favorite BookI read too many books to have a favorite!

Favorite MovieI cannot sit long enough to watch a full movie, I always have other things to do.

 THANK YOU Tiffany for sharing with us!  How fun that a simple project can ignite such a passion in any of us???  So happy that you have been able to find yours AND that you can share it with your family!  I think that is one of the best parts!!  That, and of course you being so kind as to keep some of my ceramic buttons taking up some display space..hehe  :-D

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