Two years ago, Cedar Hills stay-at-home mom Annelise Brown agreed to help friends with a booth at a craft show. “I started making a few little pieces of jewelry, and I came up with this idea for interchangeable necklaces,” Annelise says. Soon Mialisia Jewelry was adorning women around the country at craft shows, later becoming a direct sales company. Each necklace can be customized into dozens of looks and styles.
Tanner Williams began making wooden rings in high school. Later, his sister asked him to make rings for her wood-themed anniversary. With the encouragement of another sister, Tanner opened an Etsy shop for rings he makes using the “bentwood method” — steaming thin strips of wood and bending into rounded shapes. He sands and shapes each by hand, then buffs repeatedly to make smooth and comfortable. “A lot of guys don’t like to wear metal bands because they are heavy or flashy,” he says. Tanner and his wife run their online business from their home in Provo.
Lather, Rinse, Repeat
Spanish Fork’s Katrina Kimball began mixing soaps when her children developed skin irritations from in-store brands, which often include detergents that strip the skin of naturally occurring moisture. She was soon handcrafting specialty soaps by the tub-load, experimenting with oil and fragrance combinations. Now she dishes up a wide array of visually appealing and pleasant-smelling soaps — but it doesn’t stop at the sniff. “I go for texture and how it leaves your skin,” says Katrina, who sells Sego Lily Soap at her Spanish Fork Main Street location as well as online.
Cowboys, Toddlers and Indians
Courtney Gray’s aunt had made and sold teepees years ago and recommended that Courtney try her hand at it. “I bought a sewing machine and got to work,” says Courtney who was looking for a way to earn extra money as a stay-at-home mom with an accountant husband. The teepees took off, and now the Grays are building TneesTpees full time in Pleasant Grove with children’s decor designed with hip fabrics and colors.
First comes love, then comes marriage…
Utah County’s reputation for being the wedding capital of the world needed a handbook for relationship success. “If couples want to build a happy and successful marriage, they will need skills,” says author Dr. Mark Ogletree in “Just Married.” Mark teaches at BYU and saw that couples get pulled away from each other by many factors. His book — which is available at Deseret Book and Seagull Book — provides tools to navigate the first years of marriage, including tips on communication and starting a family.