Announcement Created with hands and heart!
Created with hands and heart!
I was made to be creative!
“In The Beginning” of G.P. Originals
Mother of three young children, daycare , doctor appointments, back to school night, play dates, sibling rivalry, breakfast, lunch, dinner, working a 40 hour job, you get it. Pulling my hair out and always juggling something, the makings of crazy women me. Stop the insanity!, come up with a solution to working and motherhood. How to do both well? A question I often asked myself.
What is my passion, what do I know how to do?
The answer was easy for me , “Art”. For as long as I can remember making things was something inside of me, whether dirt and water for making mud pies or wood shavings from my fathers work bench, any materials around me could be turned into something unique, pretty, or abstract. Using my hands was a way of showing what my mind was thinking. Yes, creating is a part of me that has always been there, but using it to make a lifestyle change and build a business was a real challenge.
As a young girl I enjoyed playing with dolls and doll houses. One day I asked the man at the store, what kind of clay is used to make the tiny food that is in doll houses? He told me is was called “ Fimo” clay, a clay you bake in your oven. I was able to track a source down and order a small amount to start experimenting with. I knew right away this unique modeling material would be my muse to start a home based business.
My first designs were southwest inspired jewelry, earrings, pins, and necklaces of little Indian ladies wrapped in colorful swirled blankets. Chili pepper and cactus bolo ties soon followed. But how to sell these items? Should I do craft shows, fairs, or take them directly to a store?
If staying home with the kids was going to be a priority , going out to sell my work at craft shows every weekend wasn’t going to work. I needed to get my work into stores, and have them sell it, remember the internet wasn’t invented yet. So I filled an old shoebox with the items I made and took it the local mall and went store to store asking if anyone wanted to buy my work.
The big break came when a local store owner named Ann, said she would put the pieces in the store to see if she could sell them. Well, one week later she called and told me she had sold out and needed more. This arrangement work out very nicely for my first year in business. Than one day Ann asked me why I didn’t do the wholesale show at the local Merchandise Mart? I didn’t know of these kinds of shows ,were buyers come to supply their stores. But not knowing the biz turned out to be the the start of 25 plus years in the business of making and designing polymer clay figurines that are sold all over the United States. I still have the shoebox, it keeps me humble.
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Owner, Designer G.P. Originals
I started G.P. Originals in 1987,to stay home with my three small children. I now have three grand children and still enjoy creating everyday!
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