duncantracy1 on May 6, 2016
She's beautiful ! Thank you !!
Brooke Thompson on Apr 4, 2016
Thank you so much for the beautiful dreamcatchers. They were a hit with the momma to be!
Shary Gentry on Mar 9, 2016
Thank you for making an autism awareness dreamcatcher for me. I'm sure it will filter out my many bad dreams. I love it. Shary
Interview with Ms. Matisse's Blog
Here are a few excerpts from an interview recently with MissMatisse's Blog, and here is the link to the whole article:
Recently I sat down with Theresa Barbera (owner of Lonely Coyote Creations) to talk about her online accessories store. She was so open and willing to answer any and all of my interview questions! This has to be one of my favorite interviews to date and I urge every single one of you to check Lonely Coyote out! You can find the interview below-
Miss Matisse: Hello Theresa, first off thank you so much for sitting down with me for this interview! I am absolutely in LOVE with your accessories line! Would you mind telling me how long your company has been in business?
Theresa Barbera: Our business, Lonely Coyote opened on Etsy in June of 2011 with just 4 dreamcatchers! My sister and I slowly added more dreamcatchers to our inventory, but it was a slow process since we were our own worst critics. We soon started adding jewelry and began seeing a little business here and there…With really no marketing on our own. I am surprised we have reached as many customers as we have! I have a little extra time on my hands now that my daughters are in high school, and I want to see what we can do if we start really marketing ourselves. I would love to see Lonely Coyote Creations take it to next level.
Miss Matisse: Wow Theresa! That is amazing that you started with so little, but your business has become something so great with little to no marketing. What would you say has been your motivation to make you want to start your own business?
Theresa Barbera: I was recovering from knee surgery, and I had way too much time on my hands, and my sister said we should start a hobby. So I ordered supplies, and when they came in, dreamcatchers were hanging all over the house. After working in accounting for many years, this change was very different for me but also really relaxing! My sister also started working on hers when she came home from work and had time and was in need of a little stress relief. Someone told us about Etsy, and we opened up our little shop of dreamcatchers!
Miss Matisse: Your accessories are amazing! So, what would you say has set your store apart from others in the same field?
Theresa Barbera: I’d say, probably the same thing that sets all handmade shops apart, which is our personalities! We put a little of ourselves into everything we do. Lonely Coyote represents our version of our Sioux heritage and also contemporary mixed together. Everything in the shop is something that I would, and probably have at some point, will wear or hang in my home proudly. There are a few items around my house that have been completed but will not go on the shop, because I am not completely satisfied, and my sister is the same way.
Miss Matisse: How (or) where do you gain continual inspiration to create your own products?
Theresa Barbera: For me personally, I would have to say just interest in our history. Our grandmother was Lakota Sioux, and so that is a big inspiration for us. I love watching old movies, especially anything with Natalie Wood or Audrey Hepburn, and those ladies knew how to wear jewelry back then. No matter what I am watching I always look at jewelry, especially if it has a southwestern or native feel to it. My sister and I will call or text each other if we have an idea, and we can feed off of each other when we get together for creative sessions.
Miss Matisse: Have you had any formal design training in life, or do all of your designs come from you being self taught? Either way, they are amazing!
Theresa Barbera: We are self-taught. Making the dreamcatchers were natural for us, but jewelry making, took a lot of reading: books, magazines, watching videos. We were like two kids in a candy store once we started rolling. If we knew how much fun it was, we would have done this a long time ago! I am sure our mother would have loved that, she was always into crafting, but honestly, I didn't believe I had any talent. My sister and I still get a lot of our inspiration from her most of all.
Miss Matisse: When a person can teach their self I think that’s when their best ideas come out! Way cool that you and your sister are so close like you are, and you can brainstorm together. I’m sure your mother would be amazed at what you both have accomplished together. I look forward to seeing what else comes of your shop in the next year and beyond… I will definitely be bookmarking the link, and telling others I know about it. Thank you so much Theresa for your willingness to commit to this interview, and giving our readers the inside scoop on your shop. I wish you much success with your business!
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