the arabella bouquet tote set

Bouquets of fresh flowers have arrived in the shop. After being influenced by the beauty of fresh floral arrangements, there was no hesitation in designing around the gorgeous inspirations that nature gives us. It would be heavenly to carry around a fresh, vibrant bouquet everyday and so the Arabella Tote Set was born. The tote fabric shows a lovely cluster of embroidered flowers and is surrounded by a rich toffee whipper weave faux leather.

The tote is accompanied by a makeup pouch, mini wallet, two clip on tassels, and a keychain tassel.

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Wallets, Wallets, Wallets!

Every time I type that or say it in my head I think of, “Closets, Closets, Closets.” from the TV show Modern Family. Love that show!

If you follow me on FB or Insta you’ve seen little tidbits of behind the scenes since I began working on the new wallet design. I didn’t think I would ever make a wallet. It never appealed to me until I saw the construction of the Roper wallet. No bulky seams! This wallet has a minimalist structure but holds all the essentials. Cash, coins, cards, and cell phone. AND I’ve included a detachable wrist strap. (thanks Lindsay)

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Stay tuned for more on these lovelies!

And if you are not already signed up for email notifications…get on it!

sustainably chic – reviews the black & blush pouch

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 1.10.42 PMOk, so I’m not sure when exactly it happened, but I’ve changed. Perhaps it is this whole maturity and aging thing, but I find myself thinking more about eating healthy, being healthy, and whenever possible, shopping for products that are eco-friendly and sustainable. Although I still have issues with resisting donuts, and I haven’t started hugging trees yet, (but hey, why not?) I am more aware of living better and respecting the earth we’ve been given.

That has translated to working with people who share some of those same passions. People like, Natalie, of Sustainably Chic. Natalie recently reviewed my Black & Blush wristlet pouch on her website. You can check it out here.

 

girl crush! – Sue Bryce

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So a month ago or so, my friend (fellow small biz owner of Caroline Randall Made) Caroline shared a video with me. A mutual friend had asked our opinions on what to do when a customer says that something is too expensive. Which turned into a discussion on value and thus the video share of Don’t Push Clients Away.

I had zero expectations when I watched the video. I had never heard of Sue Bryce, and had never seen her work. But the video was under ten minutes long so I thought, meh…why not watch it?

Whoa. Within minutes of pressing play I was hooked. This woman spoke my business language. My life language! I ended up binge watching Sue Bryce videos until past midnight that night. The second video, Confronting Fear, changed my life.

Sue is a wonderful human being. I’d love to have coffee with her someday. And oh gosh, to be photographed by her would be phenomenal!

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I encourage you to click on the links to her videos!

**UPDATE**
You must watch this!

Certainty & Confidence

the pouch in Black & gold

I’m one of those that puts way too much in my bag. It gets darn heavy and sometimes if I am just making a quick trip somewhere, I just want my phone, my ID and my money. I end up with bulky pockets of keys, wallet, and cellphone.

This guy right here, he does it for me.

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Simple, slim and SUPER efficient. It fits up to an iPhone 6 plus. So although compact, it will fit most cellphones. There is an inside zipper pocket so you can secure your cash, change, xanex. AND don’t worry about those keys, just snap them right on to the wristlet and you are hands-free.

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Slip this pouch in your purse and it is ready when you are.

See ya on the flip!
Amber

shop update

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 3.10.32 PMYep, so that happened. I was helping to hang some fall decorations and I fell off a step ladder and broke my foot.

My sewing foot.

It is unreal how that little broken bone has altered my life! I did have to have surgery to have it fixed and that all went well. (thanks Dr. Bentley and the amazing nurses at Scripps Encinitas!) So now I have about 6 weeks of recovery to look forward to.

And of course it does mean some changes for my shop. I have decided not to take any more custom orders through the end of the year, and everything available in the shop for purchase now, is ready to ship.

I do hope to be able to get a few more things in the shop before the holidays, so keep an eye out for those email announcements. They will most likely be items that are one-of-a-kind, so I wouldn’t recommend waiting, if you see something you like.

Some of you that follow my posts on Facebook and Instagram already knew about my foot, and have sent the kindest notes! Thank you bunches.

~Amber

 

Nejesa Handwovens – from Collaboration to Relationship

I still remember that first email communication. I was sitting in my Dad’s chair at my mom’s house and my phone beeped with a new email. It was Nichol from Nejesa Handwovens, with an offer to send some of her hand woven fabrics for me to use in making handbags. I was cautious because just a few days prior, I had been approached about making a bag with fabrics that didn’t fit my own standards in style or quality.

I responded to Nichol’s email asking her to send photos of her fabrics and that I would get back with her. What followed was an email of photographs showing beautiful fabrics. I was enamored immediately with the textures, the patterns, and the colors. The quality was obvious and I wasted zero time replying to the email with a whole-hearted, “YES!”

When I received that first package of fabrics from Nichol, I fell head over heels in love. I think my mind may have exploded with ideas for designs and style. A sure sign for me that the fabric I was holding was going to be a love affair to remember.

I believe, Cosmic Storm, was the first fabric I designed with. The bag was sensational and a huge hit with customers. Even though it was a one-of-a-kind, I received emails and messages asking to be put on a waiting list for anything with Nejesa Handwovens fabric.

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Next I designed with, Golden Promises. This beauty was another success and the waiting list continued to grow.

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I also began to receive messages from mama’s who owned pieces of Nichol’s work, requesting that I design a bag with their fabrics. Let me tell you, when someone is asking to send you a part of a fabric that once wrapped their little one safely to themselves, it is an honor.

Getting to know Nichol through emails, phone conversations, and the love of her customers, has been sweet. She’s a hardworking mama, with an incredible gift for weaving. Her fabrics literally make me feel my heartbeat speed up. When I receive fabric from her in the mail, I lay it out on my table and stare. Running my hands over the weave and reminding myself not to drool on the fabric. The quality is unmistakable. She sets the standard.

An added gift has been the fun, laughter, and sharing I have experienced working with her customers on custom orders. Each time it is such an honor to be trusted with Nichol’s handwoven fabric.

A few of the designs using Nejesa Handwovens are below.

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Selfies & Besties & Free Bags!

How about two FREE bags? One for you, one for your bestie!

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Here’s the deets: 

1.) Grab your bestie.

2.) Take a crazy photo or video.

3.) Post it on Instagram with the hashtag #daylinskyeselfie and tag me @daylinskye.

4.) Get your friends, random strangers, weird family members, to click vote for your entry by clicking like on your photo! You have until August 9th at midnight to get those “likes” so get creative!

5.) On Monday, August 10th, I announce the winning entry and you and your bestie will get to go free bag shopping!

Regular Print Disclaimer:
Instagram is in no way affiliated with this crazy fun and you and your bestie MUST be at least 18 years old to play.
Keep your entry clean and family friendly!
The bag selection is your choice of any available, in-stock bags.
Free Shipping in the US. International entries must pay additional shipping charges.
As the boss and owner of Daylin Skye Designs, I reserve the right to choose the winning entry based on my businesses best interest.

 

Figgie Shoes – Meet Deb!

I discovered Deborah Thomson, aka Figgie Shoes, when a photo of hers went viral on the photo sharing site Reddit. I immediately asked The Google for more information about her and have been a fan ever since. When I talk about beautiful artistry and work, her name is the first to come up.

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Unfortunately, between her incredibly busy schedule and that she resides in Canada, I haven’t met this lovely soul face to face. However, it doesn’t take long to know she’s a gem. Without further ado… meet Deb.

Why did you decide to start your own business?

 Figgie [shoes] was the third business I’ve started. I was homeschooled, and as a requirement for our high school graduation, my dad told my siblings and me that we had to start a business and operate it long enough to learn what it takes to survive independently. I guess his entrepreneurial spirit was passed on to me, considering I’ve stuck with it ever since!

When you first decided to start your own business, how did you define what your business would be?

My first Figgie company, Figgie Photography, was primarily a wedding photography business. A few years into that, I was asked by another local photographer if I could paint her shoes for her wedding. I’ve been an artist since I was old enough to hold a crayon and have designed clothes since I was 6 years old, but coming back around to fashion and art so many years later was an unexpected part of God’s mysterious plan! After painting the first pair of bridal shoes, and after having worked in the wedding industry as a photographer for several years, it was a good and natural fit to specialize in bridal designs. I love painting designs to represent other occasions and styles though, and always love being asked to do something a little out of the norm! Handbags, cufflinks, Christmas ornaments, you name it!

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What was the best piece of business advice you were given when you were starting off?

“Don’t quit your day job.” By that, I mean that starting my [photography] business was done slowly. I worked a full time job and saved as much as I could. My savings are what funded my photography gear initially, and I continued to work that job until my own business was making at least twice what I was able to earn with my maxed-out hours during the day.

Also, “learn to take breaks,” but I’m still learning that one. 😉 

What was the most difficult part of starting your business?

Saying no to people and learning to not take things personally. I’m still learning both! You invest so much of yourself into your craft, that when a client is unhappy, it’s incredibly hard not to feel it personally. Learning to say no has been a difficult but VERY necessary part of being a business owner. I hate to say no, and as a result, I would end up being overcommitted and overwhelmed, resulting in all kinds of messes that bring about unhappy clients! They go hand in hand, and I still struggle with both to this day. (Hiring an assistant has helped with that tremendously!)

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Can you name the biggest lesson you’ve learned in running a business?

Being a person of integrity always, ALWAYS pays off. Learn to brush things off. Rise above. Treat people the way you would want to be treated. Resist the urge to be defensive. Your character will speak for itself.

Can you name a moment of failure in your business experiences?

Failure is a part of personal growth and business in general. The hard—but necessary—part is learning how to work your way out of that low because failure is not a description of myself (or yourself) as a person but the result of an attempt at progress. Learn from your mistakes and move on! 

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What has been the biggest sacrifice you’ve made in starting your business?

Sleep! On a more serious note, the family reunions at Christmas that I’ve had to miss due to too many pre-Christmas deadlines and the friendships I’ve lost or that have become strained. In an effort to please everyone, sometimes that can have the most devastating affects on your own attitude and cause irreparable damage to relationships. 

Can you name your greatest success in your business experiences?

On a personal level, meeting my husband-to-be, Iven. ☺ We were first introduced several years ago when I was first starting out as a photographer and I took photos of his band. Years later, his bandmate asked me to photograph his wedding, and Iven was his best man. I can’t really say that was a success as much as just my favourite story and biggest blessing that came from being a business owner.

 On a business level, that’s hard to say. Featuring three collections at New York Fashion Week and painting a pair of shoes for the wife of Canada’s Prime Minister have been highlights, but I don’t feel as “successful” about those as when I hear back from a bride that her shoes were her most cherished part of her wedding outfit. The personal connections and impact my art has had in telling a couple’s love story is far more meaningful. ☺

What business books/resources (if any) would you recommend to someone starting a creative business of their own?

 Honestly, I’m not a big reader! I have a list of books I want to read at some point, but most of what I’ve learned has been from talking with people and asking a lot of questions, then learning by trial and error. I read blog articles from time to time on marketing and business, but couldn’t even tell you what blogs they were found on. I’m a people person! 😉

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In your opinion, what are the top three things someone should consider before starting their own business?

I have four, and in no particular order…

1. What’s your end goal? If it’s to have more free time, talk to someone who owns a business in the same field already and think long and hard before diving in. Owning a business generally means you rarely, if EVER, get time off. There can be pros that outweigh the cons, however, depending on what your business is.

 2. How badly do you want it? You can bet no matter what kind of business it is, it is going to be HARD WORK. Most things in life worth having are. But you better know going in that that’s what you want.

3. What makes your business/service unique? Your success or lack thereof will have a LOT to do with how badly your customer base wants or needs what you have to offer. If you offer the same thing as 1,000 other people, you’ll be left having to compete and compromise in ways that may not make it worth it.

4. Is it all about the money? If it is, consider finding something else. Even something you love to do now will become the thing you hate the most if it’s all about the dollar signs.

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Find more Figgie love here: www.figgieshoes.com