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Who's This Entrepreneur? One in an Occasional Series

June 29th, 2008 at 09:41 am

What could be better than a satisfying hobby that creates income? The members of the California Crafters Club on Etsy (CCCOE) sink time into handcrafting and offering products for sale. Each of us has a webstore, small business experience and delightful creativity.

We are a diverse and inspiring group of artists and entrepreneurs - please meet one of them!

Ocean Avenue Silks
Ocean Avenue Silks is a woman owned business, producing exquisite small luxuries on a budget wallet. You don’t have to go to Paris (like I did years ago) to choose an original hand dyed silk scarf. So save gas, relax and browse from your own town.

SILK SCARF IN SOFT PLUM


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http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11550514


PRETTY CHEAP JEWELRY: Tell me about your product.
OCEAN AVENUE SILKS: My company specializes in making hand painted silk scarves. Each scarf is painted one at a time and has its own unique characteristics.

It is a 3 step process to dye a scarf:

*Stretch the silk tightly on a frame.

*Painting. I use non-toxic DuPont dyes from France, a sponge brush, lots of water, and coarse kosher salt. The salt is actually what creates the patterning on the scarf.

*Steam set the dyes, which usually takes several hours.

My supplies come from Dharmatrading.com and their website has a wealth of information on fabric painting.

PRETTY CHEAP JEWELRY: How did you learn your craft.
OCEAN AVENUE SILKS: I stumbled into silk painting after a series of artistic jobs in the apparel field. Silk painting became a wonderful way to express my love of color. I love the process of painting on silk, how the colors combine so beautifully, the richness of the fabric.

I like to “go with the flow” and see what happens naturally with each scarf. A great philosophy for life too!

BANDANA SILK SCARF IN CHAMPAGNE

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http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9490099


PRETTY CHEAP JEWELRY: Would you tell others to start a homebased business.
OCEAN AVENUE SILKS: Creating and selling my scarves has been so rewarding that I would definitely encourage others to start a homebased business! With a caveat! Be realistic. It takes a lot of hard work to start a business, and may take a while to make a profit.

PRETTY CHEAP JEWELRY: Will Ocean Avenue Silks be the same in 5 years, 10 years.
OCEAN AVENUE SILKS: I am still in the early stages of having my own business, and there is so much for me to learn! A long term future goal is to have Ocean Avenue Silks be my main source of income but remain a home based business with one employee (me!).

Regardless of the year, customers should always feel that the scarf they are wearing was made just for them.

ROSE FLORAL SILK SCARF

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http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10020950


PRETTY CHEAP JEWELRY: Leave us with something to remember you by.
OCEAN AVENUE SILKS: Claude Monet rang true in this simple quote:
“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.”

BURNT ORANGE SILK SCARF

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http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12473196


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And last but not least! "In honor of being the first featured member of CCCOE, I would like to offer Saving Advicer’s 10% off and free shipping on the purchase of any silk scarf! Put “Pretty Cheap Jewelry” in notes to seller at check-out and wait for a revised invoice."

BLUES AND YELLOWS SILK BANDANA

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http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10292438


SAPPHIRE SILK CHIFFON SCARF

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http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12463286

6 Responses to “Who's This Entrepreneur? One in an Occasional Series”

  1. Tresijas Says:

    Fantastic! Her products are absolute one of a kind stunners! I enjoyed reading this soo much Smile

  2. SandySimone Says:

    I agree! Her work is absolutely gorgeous!

  3. heronmoon Says:

    Thank you for this nice interview. OceanAvenueSilks is one of my favorite Etsy shops and I am plotting buying several of these stunningly beautiful scarves, just for me! I can hardly wait! Hugs to you both.

  4. julee Says:

    OceanAvenueSilks is run by a lady who is as classy as her scarfs! This was fun to read!
    xoxo
    jul

  5. lavemesoapco Says:

    This is wonderful! I love her scarves!!!!

  6. oceanavesilks Says:

    Thank you so much for doing this feature of me! And thank you all for the wonderful compliments!

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