Follow Friday: Templeton Silver

I love sharing incredible companies with you on our #FollowFriday posts. Today is no exception! In the interview below, we are talking to Nikki Wood of Templeton Silver! Her product is genius, and makes for a wonderful baby gift for any mom! Without further ado, I'll let Nikki tell you more below! Be sure to follow her on Instagram @TempletonSilver.

Templeton Silver
Owner: Nikki Wood
Products: Sterling silver pacifier clips

TDC: Tell us a little about how Templeton Silver got started, and the inspiration behind the idea.
TS:  I owned my own handmade beaded jewelry company for about ten years with my jewelry in boutiques all over the southeast. I had a childhood friend approach me about taking over their business. They made sterling and beaded pacifier clips that turn into a keepsake bracelet for mom after the baby outgrows the pacifier stage. She started the company when she was trying to find a cute pacifier clip that didn’t get dirty and "germy". They say that necessity is the mother of invention so they came up with the amazing concept of Templeton Silver’s unique clips as being:

1. A pacifier clips
2. That it also becomes a keepsake bracelet for mom after the baby outgrows the pacifier stage.  

The two owners (who were sisters) both had children and couldn’t give the business the time and energy it needed. I thought the idea was absolutely genius. There is a ton of competition with making jewelry and this opportunity came to me at the perfect time. I’ve always loved children and have always wanted to do something in the children’s industry. I ended up taking over the company about 3 years ago and basically revamped and expanded everything. They had a few different styles of clips (that were amazing and adorable) but I took my jewelry background and came up with different collections of clips and named them after all my best friend’s kid’s names.  It was a perfect fit for me. So, in 2013 I made Templeton Silver my own and it’s grown in leaps and bounds since!

TDC: I bet that was a huge undertaking!  What has been your favorite part about running the company for the past three years?
TS:  I absolutely love the fact that each day I learn something new and with each new day comes new opportunities. Every day I wake up and am excited about all the things that lie ahead and are waiting for me and my company. Whether it’s finding an amazing new boutique to be in, an awesome new mom who loves our products, or finding amazing people and shops on Instagram like Textured Design Co to collaborate with.  It’s really fun!

TDC: Templeton Silver is known for its sterling silver pacifier clips, and customers can choose from a number of beautiful beaded chains as well. What do you think sets your products apart from others out there?
TS:  Such a great question!  There are so many amazing and adorable pacifier clips out there. Templeton Silver pacifier clips are unique in that not only are they pacifier clips, but they turn into a keepsake bracelet for mom after the baby outgrows the pacifier stage (*patent pending) and they have 85% less bacteria than cloth or plastic pacifier clips bc silver is naturally antimicrobial. We try and have a different styles and color options so there is a perfect fit for each mommy and baby. All our clips are cpsc and cpscia tested which means we have had our clips tested in a child safety testing laboratory. We care about making sure your baby is safe!

TDC: All your products are available online. Can they also be purchase in any retail stores?
TS:  Yes! We are in over 200 high end baby boutiques

TDC: Is there anything you’d like to share with us about the future of Templeton Silver?
TS:  We are so excited about the future of Templeton Silver and what it holds.  We have a few ideas up our sleeve, so you’ll have to follow along in the new year and see what those are :)

TDC: All of Templeton Silver’s products are designed and handcrafted here in Charleston, SC.  What are some of your favorite things to do in Charleston? Any favorite spots in the Holy City?
TS:  I grew up in Charleston. I went to college at University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC and came right back to Charleston after I graduated. I swear I have a love affair with my home town. Love going to the beach, anything on the water, anything outside really (because there are no bad views in our amazing city). I’ve always loved just being downtown.  There’s something magical about our Holy City!

TDC: And finally, our favorite question… is there a Charleston restaurant you’re really loving right now?
TS:  Fig never ever gets old, does it!?  and Xiao Bao Biscuit is always a must.

Be sure to follow along with Nikki to see what she has in store for the future of Templeton Silver, and check out the image below for more details! 

Happy Friday everyone!
-Emily and Abby

Follow Friday: Hemming Birds Boutique

This week I was able to grab coffee with one of the founders of Hemming Birds Boutique.  I love when I get to meet other small business owners in town and we can just chat about the triumphs and trials of our businesses! Her one-year-old daughter, Ellie, came to coffee with us wearing her adorable made-by-mom Hemming Birds' bib. The sweet lady serving our coffee immediately commented on what an adorable and well-made baby bib Ellie was wearing. <<-- And that my friends is the truth! You have to check out these precious baby accessories! Keep reading to find out why the owners of Hemming Birds are so passionate about what they do! Happy #FollowFriday!

Hemming Birds

Owners: Yana & Jennifer Wieckowski
Products: Handcrafted Baby Essentials

TDC: In 2014, you two decided to leave your current jobs and start Hemming Birds Boutique. What lead to the decision to go into business together?
HBB: For me (Yana) the desire to leave my current job mostly involved having more quality time to spend with my family.  The decision to not pursue a “real” part-time job was to focus on Hemming Birds as much as possible.  Once we got the ball rolling, Jennifer left her full-time job for similar reasons – to spend more time with her family and also support the growing demands of HB.

TDC: I’m sure the jump into entrepreneurship was exhilarating and scary all at the same time. What has been the most exciting part of the process for you?
HBB: It was, indeed; and continues to be! The most exciting part is watching all of our hard work (blood, sweat, and tears. . .lol) pay off.  We aren’t in this to make a ton of money, we truly love building our business and designing products that new parents adore and love to use.

TDC: Your bibs and burp cloths are absolutely adorable! What would you say is unique about Hemming Birds Boutique products?
HBB: The quality of our products. We are both very particular about quality; both in the materials we use and in the craftsmanship of their construction.  Every detail of our designs are thought-out and meticulously tested.  We’ve been known to count stitches and bust out the ruler to measure distance of top-stitching to the edge of the product.  Some would call us perfectionists ☺  We are also very proud that everything is made locally.  Not only in the USA, but currently all in the Lowcountry.  

TDC: The shop carries two bib styles --The Ollie and the Charlie. What was the inspiration for the names and the styles?
HBB: You know, that is an interesting question.  We started with the Charlie bib, and after that decided to give all of our products human names.  Charlie and Ollie work for bibs, because they can be for either a girl or boy.  Previously, we also had the June and Jane little girl bags, which were named after our daughters (Elizabeth June and Hannah Jane).  

TDC: Customers can purchase your products online. Can they also purchase in any stores?
HBB: Yes they can!  Our bibs and burp cloths are carried in a few baby boutiques and gifts stores across the country.  You can find a list of them here.

TDC: Do you two have a current favorite fabric in the shop right now?
HBB: Ooh, that is a tough one.  I think we’ve both always been partial to the mermaids print. However, in the next few days we are launching a chicken bib, which we are both in love with.  It’s pretty darn cute!

TDC: Any hints on what is in store for Hemming Birds? Any new products or fabrics you can share with us?
HBB:  We have been slowly launching our “Essential Burp Cloth” over the last year.  Currently they are available in retail stores or in our shop as part of gift set, however soon they’ll be available in our shop as single items.  We have tentative plans to launch a completely new item, possibly as a small batch release for the holidays.  These days, though, we are so busy with our bibs that we don’t have too much time for designing new products.  

TDC: All Hemming Birds Boutique items are designed and handcrafted in Charleston, SC. What are some of your favorite family activities in Charleston?
HBB:  We both love taking our families to the beach.  Jennifer lives in Mt. Pleasant, so her family frequents Sullivan’s Island, while we generally head to Folly.  We have a pretty good collection of shark’s teeth that we love to add to.  We also love all of the local events, like the farmer’s markets and Second Sunday on King Street.  

TDC: Always have to ask...favorite Charleston restaurant right now?
HBB:  Another great question.  I think Jennifer is pretty particular to Vickery’s and Red Drum.  I’d say my current favorite is Edmund’s Oast.  Though, we ventured out of our studio to Home Team BBQ downtown a few days ago and both agreed that it was pretty epic.

Be sure to follow Hemming Birds on Instagram to stay up to date with their latest bib colors and patterns! Have a great weekend!

Best,
Emily Kirby

 

Follow Friday: My Little Bug Boutique

There is nothing cuter than a little baby girl with a precious bow in her hair! Am I right or am I right?! Today's #FollowFriday is a friend of mine who makes the sweetest hair bows for little girls! She sows and assembles all of them at her house here in Charleston, SC. I've already bought a few for my nieces because I think they are the perfect gift! Continue reading to find out more about My Little Bug Boutique.

My Little Bug Boutique

Owner: Avery Raley
Products: Hair Accessories, Bows

TDC: First of all, what inspired the name, My Little Bug Boutique?
MLBB: Like most funny nicknames, this one sort of just “happened”. I think when our daughter, Elliotte, was probably around a year old or so, I started calling her all sorts of variations of “bug”. Little bug, bug-a-boo, silly bug, etc. When I decided I wanted to open an Etsy shop, naming it after her just seemed appropriate. She’s the little bug behind the boutique!

TDC: Tell us a little about your background and what lead you to open up your shop!
MLBB: Ever since we found out we were having a little girl, I was giddy about being able to dress her up in ruffles and bows, even though I’m not super girly myself. It’s just so much fun! We were gifted a lot of bows when she was first born, but as she outgrew them I found myself missing having all the different colored bows to match each and every outfit (high priority, obviously). In an effort to save money, I decided to try and make her some bows myself. I found that as a stay at home mom, I actually really enjoyed the creative outlet of making the bows and how customizable they were. Fast forward about one year and a sewing machine later and I thought opening up my own shop might a great way to help contribute to my family financially while also doing something I enjoy!

Classic Spring Bows

Classic Spring Bows

TDC: Do you currently have a favorite item in the shop right now? 
MLBB: It changes weekly! I’d have to say currently I’m really loving the spring line of “classic” bows! I love the pastel colors and I think they’re also my favorite to put Elliotte in because they really stand out.

TDC: Your daughter is absolutely precious. She is coming up on 2 years! Do you have any tricks for keeping bows in her hair!?
MLBB: You are sweet! Well as I’m sure many other girl moms would say, keeping a bow in her hair isn’t necessarily an easy feat at this age. She’s extremely busy and she’s been known to rip her bow out and throw it on the floor, especially in the car. But I think two things specifically have been helpful in getting her to keep it on. 1) I’ve been putting bows on her since she was a newborn, so really I think she’s just used to it. She knows that if we’re going somewhere, no outfit is complete without a bow! Plus she truly loves to accessorize (hats, necklaces, you name it) so I think she enjoys that part of it too. 2) All of our clip bows in the shop have a rubber grip attached, specifically made to grip onto fine hair like many kids have and keep bows in place. That makes all the difference, especially for little ones! For the bands, the elastics we use are super soft and grow with the child so they won’t dig into their head or feel uncomfortable, making them much less likely to want to pull it off!

TDC: You also just made a very important announcement on your shop’s social media! Do tell!
MLBB: We did! …We are currently expecting our 2nd “little bug”! I am due in September and super excited to find out if we’ll have another bow wearing girl, or if we’ll need to be adding some boy bow ties to the shop!

TDC: What is one of the biggest life lessons you’ve learned since being a mom?
MLBB: Oh gosh. I could write a book on that question alone. I think I’d have to say that the biggest lesson that comes to mind is that nothing is concrete! Babies, toddlers, children.. they’re always changing! As soon as you think you’ve become a pro at something, they change. As soon as you think you’ve figured something out about your child, it changes – for better or for worse! It’s a lot of learning and adapting at every age and every baby is different. And as much as I’d like to, I can’t take credit for anything she’s good at, haha. Most of it is just her personality and the way the Lord made her! I think it’s really taught to me to hold an open hand as a mom. To know that I’m not in control of anything that I just have to trust the Lord with every little thing. It’s hard to do when you naturally want to do the best, safest, most beneficial thing for your child 24/7, but it’s also quite freeing. To know that the Lord, who’s much more capable than me, is actually in perfect control!  

TDC: You’ve lived in the Charleston, SC area for about 2 years now. Can you share some of your favorite family activities to do around town?
MLBB: Hmmm. You know really we just love to be outside, especially in Charleston! Elliotte (and of course the soon to be new baby) isn’t really old enough to do a lot of “structured” activities, so the best things for us right now are just being in wide open spaces where we can explore and Elliotte can run around. We love the beach, the parks, going downtown, that sort of thing. We also love the farmers market and similar free outdoor events where we can walk around (did I say for free?) and listen to music and grab something to eat. It’s stroller friendly and no one cares if your child is making a racket!

TDC: Last but definitely not least...what is your favorite Charleston area restaurant right now?
MLBB: How does anyone pick just one? I’m gonna cheat and give two answers (okay maybe three). For me personally I’m a huge fan of Mediterranean food. So I tend to go for places like Zoe’s Kitchen or Tazikis over and over again – I know those are chains but since not everywhere has those options, I’m gonna consider them Charleston perks! For the family, we really like Taco Boy downtown! It’s super affordable, has a really fun atmosphere and it’s kid friendly (aka loud)!

Be sure to follow Avery on Instagram as she continues to grow My Little Bug Boutique! So much excitement ahead for their family. And my personal favorite bow is the green glitter. Is it cool if I wear that one?! :)

Stay tuned for our next #FollowFriday in three weeks! Hint: All the tennis pros are wearing it!

Best,
Emily Kirby