My name is Misty Warden. I am from Guernsey County, having grown up on a dairy farm with lots of Holsteins and aunts and one uncle. I work part time at an elementary school as an Educational Aide with a boy with Autism. I have a beautiful daughter, Amanda, who has just entered college. My husband, Steve and I have been married six years this October. He has a son in the Air Force, a son just entered college also and a daughter in eighth grade.
Through my life I have been taught the love of cooking, canning, family and making people smile. My business began purely by accident. Last June, I was to go to a farmers market with a friend and she told me to ‘bring along some of your jars’! Well, that conversation brought forth my business one week later, Joyful Jars! And here I am.
I knew from the very beginning I didn’t want to make the same jam as many others do, I wanted to have my own niche. I have as fun as possible with all of this. As I am cooking the recipe, I try to find the name for it. I admit some are pretty tame, Red Raspberry with Vanilla but others are wackier such as Friki Tiki Colada! I create different flavors (Bloody Mary Jelly for example) that are unique and can be used in so many more ways than spreading on a piece of toast. I have produced over 70 flavors since last year. Some I still make and some were a one-time batch. Several are my very own recipes and if I do find one in a cookbook or online, I tweak it a bit to make it my own. I pride myself in providing quality products that are labeled reduced or low
sugar. I am a one woman business. I am creator of jams, labels; delivery
person; bookkeeper; prep cook; dishwasher…what have I left out!? LOL in another words, I am not good at delegating and don’t have the time
or budget to find outside help. I am in ten different shops now and I do farmers markets, custom orders and soon the craft shows and bazaars
will begin. It is amazing to me how this has grown. God brought this to me for a reason and I will follow his path until He tells me not to. It has been extremely stressful, extremely rewarding and exciting. It has introduced me to many new people, places and I am soaking in as much knowledge from everyone as I can.
Sometimes I wonder why I can’t be a baker where I might be able
to produce 40 cookies or brownies from one batch, instead of five to seven 8
ounce jars that can take close to two hours to produce and that doesn’t include the prep time! But I am glad to have been given this talent
because it has brought me to all of you. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.
My name is Danielle Cole, I study Human Nutrition and work at a popular retail store, as well as make awesome jewelry! I adore cats, Alice in Wonderland, and anything out of the ordinary!
I make predominately bracelets, pins, and necklaces. All my pieces are
inspired by something out of the ordinary. I enjoy food, so I made a whole line of food jewelry. I love Alice in Wonderland and have made countless pins,
bracelets, necklaces and rings inspired by that. I also love things that move so many of my items are interactive (such as my envelope rings and hourglass necklaces). If I wanted any one person to know something about my jewelry, it's that all my pieces tell a story, and the story only continues when you wear it!
I'm from Coal Grove, Ohio originally! I started Curious Compositions in 2011 with a friend, and as she has moved on to other things, I have remained.
I had already been making jewelry, and I really love my friend's artwork, so I wanted to combine our efforts, and BAM, Curious Compositions was born!
I started making jewelry in 2009 as a hobby to make a little pocket money. I started small, pendants and chains, and worked up to learning to string. My process now days is finding inspiration and unique parts to make the best quality jewelry for my customer!
My name is Matt Overholt, I am 32 years old and reside in beautiful Zanesfield Ohio (about an hour northwest of Columbus). Last spring I decided to take the summer off of work and try to figure out my next move in life. Back in high school I took some printing and graphic arts classes and always had that in my back pocket as an interest but never pursued it. So given my current search for something new I decided to take it back up. Initially I bought a start up kit for a couple hundred bucks and went to work. Starting with some simple designs featuring my newly branded name: 7THIRTY8 Apparel. The name is simple, it's just my favorite number.
After selling a few shirts here and there to my friends it was my wife that came up with the idea of a shirt that said "I got 99 problems but a beard ain't one". This was my big seller! I have sold and shipped this shirt all over the world via Etsy.com. It was also this shirt that drew the attention of Nate and Andrea from Simply Vague.
About a month ago I took all the money I had saved from my sales and bought a "real press". This has been the best thing I could have done. I now draw inspiration from pretty much everything I see and have gotten way more creative since starting out just over a year ago. Themes of Ohio have really taken over and a couple of my favorites are...
Although this is still just a hobby and not "what pays the bills" I work hard at it and take great pride in it. Eventually I would love to make a living exclusively from designing and printing my own shirts.
My name's Nicholas Dekker, and breakfast is my favorite meal. I'm a lecturer in the Department of Theatre at Ohio State, and on the side I track down breakfast all over Columbus and anywhere I travel. In 2007 I started my blog BreakfastWithNick.com as a way to capture the places me and my family have visited. In addition to my
blog, I’ve written about food and restaurants for Columbus Crave,
(614) Magazine, PC World Magazine, and guest blogs like Experience Columbus, Daily Crave, and Drink Up Columbus.
I sell my book, Breakfast With Nick:
Columbus, the complete guide to breakfast, brunch, coffee, and
donuts in and around Columbus. It was produced by myself, my wife Beth, and our photographer/designer Robin Oatts of Genre Creative. The book was entirely produced in Columbus: written, photographed, designed, funded, and printed locally (by Old Trail Printing). It was published in November of 2011.
I'm originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan (which is a fine breakfasting town), but I've lived in Columbus for eleven years.
I began blogging in 2007, mainly as a hobby to document great breakfast places we had visited. After a couple years, I built up a following in
Columbus, and in 2010 I began writing for local magazines (first (614)
Magazine and now Crave Columbus). That same year I was featured in a PBS
documentary called Breakfast Special.
As the blogging grew from a hobby, I found that I love championing small businesses. The best breakfast places are the locally owned ones, the hole-in-the-wall spots, the mom-and-pop diners, and I love being able to support
them any way possible. I especially enjoy helping readers discover a new place that they had never thought to try. I wrote the book because I realized that people needed a go-to guidebook to find locally-owned restaurants.
I've always been a writer - I studied English and communications in college - but I had never done any food writing before the blog. So I learned as I've gone along. But generally I love telling the story of a restaurant: when it was
opened, why the owners started it, what type of food they serve, and what's
unique about it.
My name is Melissa Prozy (Cerasi). I am originally from Cleveland, (Go Browns!), but now my Husband and I reside in Galena with our 2 little girls. I am a stay at home mom, my first princess Gabriella is now 3 and my newest princess Adrianna arrived this August. When I had my first daughter, I was always looking for the cutest little outfits, bows, and tutus to dress her in. The price tags started to add up, and being that I didn't have an income contributing to her wardrobe and accessories my husband started to pump the brakes on my spending. Well, I am a stubborn Italian who doesn't like to be told no, I knew I had to think of a way to dress my daughter for a better price. When I was younger, my mother taught me how to sew, and I furthered my education in school through home economics classes. So, when it was time for my daughters 2nd birthday, and I was on the hunt for the cutest birthday outfit for her, I decided to make it instead. It came out adorable, and everyone asked the question, "Where did you find that?" That's when the thought popped in my head that I could make a great hobby out of this! TuBows officially started business in December of 2011.
I make lots of baby items including Tutus, Bows, Headbands, Hats, Embroidered items: Tee shirts, Onesies, Baby Bloomers, Hats, Baby Boxers, Bibs, Blankets. Embellishments. Specialty Birthday Outfits. Specialty Holiday outfits. Fluffy Flops. Barefoot Beauties, Bow Boards. AND MORE!!! I enjoy and welcome custom orders, I love to create with my customers to make their prince or princess a one of a kind special outfit
I’m Tracey Hlucky, owner of Redesign on a Dime. I was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, and currently reside in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. I graduated from The University of Akron with a degree in Biology and Chemistry and I’m an adjunct instructor for a local college teaching Anatomy & Physiology.
That’s not what you expected from someone who owns a creative business?
Well, we all need a creative outlet…whether it’s playing an instrument, rocking out to your favorite band, or admiring the work of your favorite artist. Redesign on a Dime is that creative outlet for me. Or, as I often say, my “hobby on steroids”!
I started my business a few years ago as a self-trained interior decorator. I never considered myself an “artist”, but I’ve always had a unique eye for color and I loved experimenting with different fabrics and wall finishes (Venetian plaster, faux finishes, etc.). My transition into making home accessories came from my own experience as a renter. When you rent a house or apartment, you can’t just tear out a wall, change out light fixtures or repaint a wall any color you’d like (Well, you COULD…but I’m assuming your landlord would kick you out pretty quickly!). Instead, you do your best to make your rental a home by adding unique accessories. Fun pops of color in your pillows, unique wall décor and art, or a fabulous piece of furniture (that you and your friends carried up 13 flights of stairs!).
My creative process is very meticulous and time consuming. I spend most
of my time off from my full-time job shopping for fabric and paint or hunting for vintage frames that I can make pretty again.
I’ve got a TON of ideas in my head for projects that I’d love to try out, but
for now, I’m trying to focus primarily on my jewelry organizers and magnetic boards. What I love about what I make is that not only do they add style to your space, but all my pieces are also functional. So, you’re not just hanging
something pretty on the wall, it also has a purpose!
My home accessories are currently featured in several retail stores in Ohio
and I frequently participate in art/craft shows all over the state. I have a Facebook page to promote my business and an ETSY shop where I sell my crafty goodness all over the country. I’m hoping to eventually have my own store front, but for now…all my lovelies are made in my very own living room and are looking forward to their new life in YOUR home!
My name is Amy Clark and I am the creator and owner of Bernie Bean
Boutique. I am a photographer, artist, and all around crafty girl. I own Amy
Clark Studios in the Short North and have started Bernie Bean Boutique as an
extension of the business because I just love being crafty and staying busy!
The items in my shop are constantly changing. I make what I would love for myself. If I wouldn't wear it, use, it, want it... I don't make it. I like to make the majority of my items from up-cylced materials. I love the idea of old throw away items being re-invented into something new and fun! Items
range from leather cuffs made from old belts to weekend bags made from old
tshirts to bleached and dyed denim shorts, reversible headwraps, earrings,
scarves, etc. I am constantly creating and adding new things as I get bored with the older stuff.
I am originally from Indiana but have lived in Pickerington with my husband and two sons for the last 10 years. I think it is official... I am now a buckeye! I LOVE living in Ohio and am proud to support all that is Ohio.
I have been making props for my photography business and items for my own closet for years. It wasn't until this year that at the urging of friends and family I decided to add Bernie Bean to my list of things to keep me busy. I started posting things on Instagram (amykayclark) and on our facebook page (facebook.com/berniebeanboutique) and was amazed at the positive response. I also have a store envy and etsy shop but the majority of sales come from Instagram and Facebook. I am so excited to now be a part of Simply Vague as well!
I have always loved crafting and creating. My grandma, Bernice (who's nickname was Bean...get the nod to her in the business name?) taught me how to sew when I was little. I loved sitting with her to watch her create clothes for us granddaughters from a pile of fabric. Together, we designed and made my prom dress in high school! She was always crocheting or sewing something and I loved that. Now as an adult, I have found that I don't know how to just sit and relax. I am always doing something! My house is full of piles of projects I am working on. I make it a point to keep my photography business running during business hours so that I can spend time with my husband and my children while they are still young. My oldest son has autism so that always adds to the adventure. I decided that I could make items for my shop once the children are in bed while hanging out with my husband at the same time. I love that I am able to keep myself busy doing what I love while still spending time with my family.
I typically come up with new ideas and products by wandering around thrift stores, garage sales, and resale shops. I touch everything. I pick up the most random things and think about how I can transform it. Family members are constantly giving me things and saying, "Here...maybe YOU can do something with this!". I love the challenge of figuring out how to make something old new again.
I am Lydia Gibson, owner of Eva Jenae Naturals, LLC. I am a wife, proud mother of two, and an Air Force veteran. My education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of West Florida and a Master of Arts in Management from Wayland Baptist University. I grew up in
eastern North Carolina and have lived in the Dayton area for two years.
The journey to Eva Jenae Naturals began in 2006 soon after my daughter Eva was born. She was diagnosed with eczema at an early age and I did not comprehend why the prescriptions and store bought products were not working for her. After a bit of research, I realized the prescriptions and even the products we were using that were labeled “all natural” contained chemicals, perfumes, and other ingredients that further irritated her skin.
There was an absence of soothing and moisturizing ingredients that would
nourish and protect her delicate skin. Fed up with the alternatives, I began to experiment with simple ingredients that have been used for centuries in healing and skincare. Little Eva’s skin responded so well to the creations that I began sharing them with friends and family who loved them just as much as I did! The encouragement from them inspired the birth of Eva Jenae Naturals!
I made the transition from a hobby to a business in September 2011 when I found myself unemployed after my husband’s military transfer to Ohio. I’ve
known I wanted to be an entrepreneur since I was in the 7th grade and felt the time was right to go ahead and dive in. I am fortunate to have my husband and kids as excited about this new venture as I am!
What sets Eva Jenae Naturals apart is that ALL NATURAL really does mean ALL NATURAL! Our products are simple, yet effective. No synthetic fragrances, parabens, petroleum or fillers are ever used and we never test products on animals. The raw ingredients and materials we use are purchased only from responsible suppliers and are all natural and/or organic. Each product is handmade in small batches in a sterile environment to ensure
freshness. We are passionate about our business and our mission to create
high quality, all natural bath and body products t suitable for all skin types. It is our commitment to continually strive to bring you the most beneficial products and provide exceptional customer service. The ultimate goal for our business is to use it as a platform to promote entrepreneurship, self-confidence, and community involvement among youth.
Owner- Eva Jenae Naturals, LLC
Phone: (937) 203-8296
Hello! I'm Jessica. Wife to my high school sweetheart, Brooks, Mommy to my 3 little ones, a hopeless romantic, lover of Jesus & a BIG dreamer. I am a coffee addict, vintage lover, small town girl, forever in search of the perfect book, pair of jeans, lip gloss & caramel latte!
I LOVE re purposing old junk & that follows me into my business. I hand stamp vintage silverware & create unique, meaningful jewelry.
Everything in my shop can be personalized, creating something meaningful for my customers is one of my favorite things. I am inspired by music & weddings. I am always listening to music when I create & browse wedding websites constantly. I think it is the romantic aspects of both that inspire me so much!
I am from Sugarcreek, Ohio and started my business in 2010. I know it sounds cliche, but I have always loved creating. All my life I have loved making things. I have always wanted to own my own creative business, that
dream had different forms over the years, but I always knew I wanted to do
SOMETHING creative, on my own. A few years ago when I discovered hand stamping, I muttered my famous "I can do that" line and asked for some stamps for Christmas. What started out as a hobby, quickly became something more and now, being able to say that I turned my hobby into a successful business, is truly a dream come true.
I am completely self taught, I am very much a do it yourself
kind of person. I started with one set of stamps and some jewelry blanks
and old silverware I found at an antique mall & grew from there. I know own
about 15 sets of stamps and about 30 different design stamps & have taught
myself many new techniques over the years. It is such a rewarding process to
learn something on your own & really go for it.
My name is Elisa Kennemer and I am the owner of Elisalou Designs. I
am not the best at describing myself but let's see….I went to the University of
Texas in Austin and majored in Art and Photography. I met my husband
there. We named our first kid Austin after the cool city where we met. He's a pretty cool kid so it all made sense.
We now have 4 kids. The rest weren't named after cities but they are
still pretty cool. Well most of the time. We have one in every school-
high school, middle school, elementary school, and preschool. Yes we are a
little bit crazy.
We also have three dogs. I love dogs. I really thought I wanted
to be a vet. But I had kids instead. Not that you can't do both, but
you know well I just didn't.
I have lived all over the US, most recently a year down in Chapel Hill,
North Carolina and hands down- Worthington, Ohio is the best place to raise
kids. I'm not kidding. It really is. And I'm a beach girl. I've lived in California, and I still think Ohio rocks. So there you go.
I started a blog a while back and then took it public a few years later. One of the best things I have ever done. I love looking back on the bits and pieces of our life. Well sorta, sometimes I look back and it makes me cry. A good cry. I think.
When I am alone working in the studio I play music really loud. I will probably be deaf when I am older. But I am thinking it will be worth it. Foo Fighters are the best band ever. And best played loud. My boys play guitar. I wish I could play the guitar. But there are only so many hours in the day.
I started my company after I had my 3rd son, who just turned 10 (gasp).
I made a cool messenger bag to use as a diaper bag and everywhere I went
people asked where I got it. I had previously owned a jewelry business in
Texas so it was fun to go down a different path. Things took off quicker
than I anticipated but we rolled with it, hired help, and learned how to run the
business and keep the family as the top priority. Did I mention I have 4
kids? Yeah I probably did. 4. FOUR. That's a lot.
They are loud, and needy, even the oldest. Oh and they have lots of friends…. Our house can be crazy.
I would not change a thing.