Friday, May 20, 2011

Featured Etsy Seller ~ Thoughtful Gems

I'm SO excited to show you this shop today!!! Thoughtful Gems is one of my absolute FAVORITE Etsy shops! Everything is so beautiful, creative, and unique. One of my favorite things that they make are the plantable gift tags. They actually have wildflower seeds imbedded in them! It turns a tag into part of the gift!
Plantable Seed Paper Gift Tags

Here is my interview with Loretta of Thoughtful Gems:

First, tell us a little bit about who you are and what your shop is all about.
I’m a mompreneur who enjoys living a frugal organic lifestyle. My shops are an extension of me and reflect my passion for natural, organic, eco-friendly products. The beauty of this business is that I get to work with my best friend, my business partner AKA my husband.

How did you get started in your Etsy business?
My educational background is Electrical Engineering so I am sort of a techie, but I have enjoyed creating since I was a child. As a little girl, I sewed my doll’s clothing on my own sewing machine. When I left Corporate America, I already had a side business which allowed me to create and sell handmade items.

When we decided to expand the business to include online selling, I set up our own website. Then we further expanded by opening shops on Etsy.

Do you have another job besides your shop?
No, I devote my time to the shops and custom orders that I receive.

What is the inspiration behind the beautiful and unique items that you offer?
Our family enjoys a natural lifestyle. My desire is to provide an eco-friendly option for the everyday items that everyone enjoys. Whether it is organic cotton pads for cleaning your face or hemp yarn for knitting that special gift, our desire is to meet that eco-friendly need.

What is your favorite thing in your shop?
My favorite item in my shop is the Organic Cotton Face Scrubbies in a Basket.

After viewing the price of organic cotton pads in a natural store, I was determined to provide an alternative that was organic, reusable and eco-friendly.

Where else can we find you? 
You can find us at our website, where we will soon be adding a blog. We also have a second shop on Etsy, that features natural, organic, eco-friendly yarn, plantable paper and craft supplies. On Zibbet,, you will find a full selection of eco-friendly goodies. You can also find us on Twitter > and Facebook >

What is your favorite part of your business?
I enjoy hearing from customers when they either tell me how they will use the products or how much they enjoy what they received from me.

Anything else interesting we might like to know?
We are a Christian family that believes in treating others in the way that we would want to be treated. That extends into our business. We treat our customers with respect and provide quality products.

Handmade Ivory Flower Gift Tie Ons

Head on over and check out all the other awesome things in Thoughtful Gems, and Thoughtful Gems Crafts, because there's a lot more than I can show you in one post. And if you decide to order something (which I highly recommend!) let them know you heard about them from me! =)