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CHRISTmas is a coming….

This weekend we had our first event of the holiday season with the Jingle Bell Market in Anderson, Texas at Anderson-Shiro Elementary School.  Unfortunately (profit wise) there was not a very large crowd.  However, I (personally) got a lot of Christmas shopping done, so it was worth it.  I really didn’t expect to make a large profit, but knowing that the vendor fee goes back to support the school and education, makes a former teacher’s heart happy.  Sister Tribe has my heart, but teaching will always be my first love.

Although it was a small event, the amount of talent in the vendors attending the event was amazing!  My goal this year is to purchase all my Christmas gifts from local businesses – that includes my children.  It’s nice to know that you are “giving” a gift to 2 people – the person receiving the gift and the person who sold the gift.  Although I didn’t get to stop by every booth, I was impressed with each one I was able to visit with and (lucky for you) I am going to share their talents in case you are looking for unique, local gifts as well!

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Sweet Home Sweets

A local young lady, who has grown up participating in the Grimes County Fair, attended & graduated from Texas A&M University, and who has established a recipe for success with her Sweet Home Sweets business located in Anderson, Texas.

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Analeigh Lamb, the owner and “Chief Everything Officer of Sweet Home Sweets, has a constantly growing menu of sweet creations made from scratch.  Currently she has a three categories of sweets – brownies and blondies, cakes and pies, and cookies and bars.  I purchased the Coco Loco Triple Chocolate Brownie, Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice Pumpkin Pie Blondie, and Bye-Bye Dollies Blondie.  My kids, husband, and I all gave her an A+ rating.  Absolutely delicious and look forward to ordering a few for our next family event!  Check out the Facebook page for updated information and local events or the website for the menu and ordering information!

The Fruitful Vines 

We had the pleasure of having a neighboring booth with The Fruitful Vines.  Candice Vines, the owner, and her 2 daughters were working the day of the event and I learned her daughters are just as talented as their mother.  One daughter created unique, customized notebooks and magnets, while the other daughter had a talent for sewing.  They grow and use herbs, from their garden, to make the organic products – including lip balms, salves, soaps, tea baths, and lotions.  I purchased one of each of these products, and you could literally smell the freshness.  I’m excited about using the healing salves!  After recently being diagnosed with auto-immune, I am trying to “convert” to full organic products since most of the research about the disease suggests using all organic  to help control the symptoms that come along with having different auto-immune diseases.  To order, visit her Etsy Shoor Facebook Page!

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Horseshoe Candle Works & Gifts

Local residents, Debbie Phillips and Kim Allen, create quality scented smell goods and beautiful, unique crafts!  They had an assortment to offer including air fresheners, candles, Christmas decor and crafts, handmade ornaments, keychains, and much more.  Almost any of the crafts can be personalized, which they do as well.  I purchased 2 beautiful wooden unicorn ornaments for my daughters, with their name on each, and a couple additional gift items.  To me, when you personalize a gift, it really shows you put time and effort into it, instead of a rushed, last minute buy.  😉  Check out their Facebook Page for local events they will be attending!

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Amber Moreland – Custom Sewing

I found out that I actually went to school with Amber’s husband, and worked at Navasota ISD with her mother-in-law and sister-in-law!  Amber has a talent for creating and sewing unique gifts.  I will definitely be purchasing one of her custom casserole carriers!  It was designed well, and very useful – yet convenient to store – unlike the bulky carriers that you have to make room for!  Although, I didn’t get to look as long as I would have liked to, I did notice that Amber makes custom handbags, pot-holders, and much more!

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Cara’s Creations

Cara Mooreland and JoAnna Mooreland, a mother and daughter team, are educators by day and skilled creators by night.  They offer many different types of home decor, as well as, seasonal gifts.  I purchased a specialized wine glass, a fabric Christmas tree, and a “Key for Santa”.  I am so excited for Christmas Eve, so my daughters can hang Santa’s key on the door.  As they are getting older, they are afraid Santa will pass them up since we do not have a fireplace.  What a clever idea!  Now, I can reassure the girls that Santa will have his own special key to deliver gifts on Christmas Eve!  Cara’s Creations attends local events in Grimes County and Navasota.  Visit their Facebook page for additional information.

By the way, I taught in Navasota with Cara and JoAnna.  They are both very dedicated, active teachers!  I can’t believe they can fit anything else into their busy schedules, but here they are – killing it!

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A Present from a Bird

Plantersville resident, Jennifer Penny, attended the Jingle Bell Market with her personalized gift boutique, A Present from a Bird.  She offered a variety of personalized shirts, hats, cups, mugs, kitchen decor, and much more!  In a neighboring booth, her mother-in-law and sister-in-law featured custom hand-sewn blankets and signs.  I purchase a small blankie for my daughter, which had different shapes and each shape was a different texture of material.  I can’t wait to give it to Audrey, and I am hoping it will replace her current blankie!

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There were many more vendors I did not get a chance to visit.  😦

Rust to Roses is located in Anderson, Texas and I hoping to get by soon to check out their unique shop!  My mother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend Jannel all highly recommend them, so I know they are great.  Luckily, they have a physical shop in Anderson, so I am hoping to get by there soon!  They offer a variety of items including custom handbags, women’s fashion, home decor, jewelry, and seasonal items.

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So, when you’re making your Christmas list, don’t forget the creative talent we have within our community!  Shop small, support local businesses – give 2 gifts in 1!  Happy (Pre) Holiday Season everyone, and don’t forgot the main reason for the season!

XOXO, Robyn, Chief Sister Triber

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We’d love for you to check us out as well!  We carry unique, quality made women’s and girls clothing in contemporary and curvy sizes.  Our focus is to provide quality, true to size clothing, at an affordable price, with the convenience of ordering online or local delivery options!

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When you support a SMALL BUSINESS…

Jannel and I had a wonderful vendor event at April Sound Country Club this Wednesday for the April Sound Ladies’ Association Holiday Market.  Not only is it fun to meet customers and “show off” our clothing, but it’s interesting to meet the other vendors as well.  I love hearing their stories, and it reminds you, when you support a SMALL BUSINESS you are supporting an actual PERSON and FAMILY.

My goal, this Christmas, is to purchase all my gifts from a local, small business.  It makes my heart warm and giddy knowing that I am supporting someone local and part of our community.  Part of my vision for forming “Sister Tribe” was to promote other small businesses in our area, especially women business owners.  Too often, I find women criticize one another.  Why?  We should be there to support one another.  Most of us know and understand the daily struggles a woman endures and all the stress that comes along with just simply being a woman.  So, why not help each other out?

I have created an interactive app for Sister Tribe that I am hoping will bring together a “tribe” of women.  Promoting “Sister Tribe Boutique” is only a small portion of the app.  I really want it to be a resource for connecting with women in our community, promoting local small businesses, offering recommendations for good reads, providing information about community events, and simply allowing women to connect with one another.  After all, WE understand and can relate!  The app is currently available on Google Play and iTunes App Store.  It is still a work in progress (ironic because so am I), but I hope you will take a look at the different functions I’m implementing and try them out!

One important feature I am implementing is a “Local Small Business Directory”.  I plan to utilize this when I start my Christmas shopping, so I can find unique, local gifts.  I met many awesome vendors, Wednesday, at the April Sound Holiday Market and will be including them as well.   If you own a small business, please send me your link, and I will be happy to add you as well.  No catch, no fees – just simply helping and promoting to “pay it forward”.

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Below, I will list a few of the awesome vendors I met.  Check out their social media or webpages!

Wreaths By Mary

The pictures simply do not do these beautiful wreaths justice!  The detail, creativity, and quality is simply amazing!  Mary is the owner, and has a store front, in addition to attending local events.  She will even be at the Nutcracker this year, so if you are attending – go check out the beautiful wreaths!

 

They even have a wreath that matches our Crazy Train Fall “Happy Harvest” shirt!

The Garden Lady – Texas

Not only is Vickie, the owner and talent behind “The Garden Lady – Texas”, she is also a hoot!  After a long day of standing on our feet and getting stuck in the pouring down rain, she had us rolling with her sense of humor and stories!  My girls and I LOVE her grape jam.  She makes MANY different flavors, in addition to pickles, relish, and other jellies.

 

Scentsy Consultant Kim Merdian

Kim had a large selection of fragrances (in stock), and products for your home, car, kids, etc!  Everything smelled amazing, and I loved the little stuffed animal buddies that can be clipped on a backpack.  Visit her site to see additional products and scents, or book a party with her!

 

Mary Kay Reps Gaylene Koehn and Cynthia Ponder

Gaylene and Cynthia gracefully shared a portion of their space at the April Sound Holiday Market.  Well, truthfully, we kind of invaded their space, but they were kind not to kick us out.  LOL 🙂  These women are knowledgeable about every Mary Kay product and skin care line.  They can host an in-home party, schedule a one on one consultation, or make recommendations based on your skin type and complexion!

 

Drawing by Stephanie “ARTiculating Memories into Masterpieces”

Pure TALENT!  Stephanie is an incredibly talented freelance, professional artist and custom framer.  She can create hand-drawn drawings and portraits of people, animals, architecture, and much more!  We met at the end of the show, as we were waiting out the storm, and they graciously helped us load the truck afterwards.  I learned that she is a former teacher as well!  Stephanie can be reached at 832-244-5511 or colorwheels2016@gmail.com

 

Wine Shop at Home, Loretta Jammal – Wine Consultant 

If you are interested in learning more about wines, or even a wine expert, Loretta is the person to call.  As a wine consultant, she organizes and hosts in-home tastings and offers wines that can not be found in stores.  Contact Loretta to host a tasting, and swirl, sip, and enjoy exclusive, award winning wines in the comfort of your own home!

 

 

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No, I Don’t Dropship

So, you’re doing this dropship thing now, too???  I’ve been receiving this question quite a bit, so I thought I would explain my set-up.  🙂

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First of all, NO I do not DROPSHIP.  Nothing against any individuals or businesses who prefer this method, it was just not something I felt comfortable with.  After researching the possibility of using this method of delivery, I decided it took the “personal touch” out of business practices.

I was raised in a small town, small community, with a lot of local business owners that have laid out a great example of how to operate a successful business.  My parents, aunts, uncles, grandmother, and great-grandmother all have or had successful small businesses.  The one common theme among the businesses – they care!  I’ve seen the devotion, time, effort, sweat, blood and tears that go into opening a business.  In fact, I’ve always said, I will never own my own business!  (Lesson 1 – NEVER say NEVER!)  It is the analysis of several business owners that helped me decide on how I want to operate a business.  So, what do I feel is important?  Communication, showing care and compassion, genuinely wanting to help others, going out of my way and expecting nothing in return, and personal thoughts with recommendations is what I determined were the most important aspects of MY business model and plan.  I just did not feel like I could incorporate these aspects into my business by using the dropship method.

Therefore, I have transformed a former gameroom into an office space and inventory management.  Using this method, I am able to personally inspect each and every item  I will sell for quality, and ensure it is a product that I want to represent my business.  Is it the easiest way?  No.  However, I value these aspects when deciding on a business I want to work with, so I felt it was important to incorporate these qualities into my own business plan.

I’m not sure how everyone else feels about it, but I will pay a little extra money to support someone who is LOCAL, TRUTHFUL, HONEST, and not obsessed with the profit margin.  We all need to make a living, but I feel like this can be accomplished with the end goal of helping someone.  I try to live my life by the philosophy “When you do good things for others, don’t expect good deeds to be returned.  Do it because you enjoy making someone’s day” (Rita Zahahra).  I do it because it makes me happy and fulfilled and truly believe in “good karma”.  Everything comes back to you in some form or fashion, so it’s important to maintain a good character and work ethic, because it’s the RIGHT thing to do.

So, have questions about my products?  Ask away!  I will be more than delighted to share my experience, reasoning for selections, and any other question you might have!

What do YOU feel like are the most important aspects to incorporate when starting a small business?  Feel free to share your thoughts on FacebookPrivate VIP GroupInstagram, or Pinterest !

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