Tell us about your business.Nouveau-Tique began with the simple idea of upcycling jewelry and supplies like vintage brooches, tapestry fabric, beads and jewelry discovered in antique/resale/thrift shops and at estate sales. I love mixing the old with the new, and the idea of taking items that were once treasured but now are unwanted or broken and creating new pieces out of them really appeals to me. My business has grown from that idea, now with brand new pieces as well as vintage, and a wide selection of jeweled wire trees. I design custom wedding cake toppers, table centerpieces, bridal jewelry and hair vines, birthstone jewelry and sculptures, dining, home and office decor.
What makes your business stand out?I have created one of a kind birthstone trees for mothers and grandmothers, trees for baby showers, business card holders for first jobs and special events, very special trees for terminally ill family members, and many wedding cake toppers and centerpieces. Each piece is created with much love and care and shaped until it is perfect, and each tree seems to take on its own unique shape as I create it, making each one special and truly unique. I feel so honored to be able to touch other peoples' lives with my art - to give someone their perfect cake topper or centerpieces, a one of a kind piece of art or jewelry to treasure, perhaps bring a small bit of peace or happiness amidst some sorrow, or discover the joy of receiving such an unexpected and special gift. I have so many beautiful messages that I have received from my customers and I treasure them all. I love what I do.
What's the best business advice you've received?Believe in yourself.
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