Hobby turned Obsession turned Business Idea
It started with cabin fever.
I decided to spend some time being a stay-at-home mom to my two kids, Riley and Darby. Being a little on the restless side, sitting at home day-in and day-out waiting for the kids to get out of school began to drive me batty. My hubby, David, suggested I pick up a hobby. In retrospect, he probably regrets that suggestion!
So I headed to my friend’s local craft shop where I begged her to teach me how to turn the colorful beads into beautiful, jeweled creations. $10,000 on a credit card later (yes, might be a smidge obsessive/compulsive), my house ran rampant with stones, pearls, and findings. The aforementioned accountant-of-a-husband insisted that I “get rid of some of these $*%!@ beads.”
Thus, Smart Parts Crafts was born.
The shop started in the garage. The orders grew. The inventory blossomed. Beads were all over the house! Before long, we overflowed the garage.
So, in 2012 Smart Parts Crafts moved to a sweet little warehouse in Colleyville, TX, with pretty colorful walls, a ton of creative energy, a rockin’ teaching studio, and a lot of laughter that probably annoys the neighbors.
Then a curious thing happened -- April 2018 we again ran out of space for the burgeoning supply of the latest and greatest crafty doo-dads. So we bought a 50-year-old Hallmark warehouse in Hurst TX and hauled all our bright shiny things here. Keep your eyes peeled for some exciting changes coming with this new location!
And this is where the magic happens, where orders ship daily to crafters around the world.
JESSICA is the sweetheart who will take good care of you before, during and after your purchase! She's an excellent communicator and problem-solver and has the truest servant's heart.
ERIN makes all your packages pretty, bubble-wraps the heck out of them, and flirts a little with the postman.
VICKI is our resident graphic designer, laser specialist, and the one that keeps new designs coming. She has a long list of crafty techniques she rocks at.
JILL is the hub who keeps the place humming! Her infectious happiness keeps us all in line and boosts the cheery energy in the whole building!
DAVID keeps the company out of IRS trouble and still firmly believes that “less inventory is better.” Everyone else disagrees, so he’s not invited to play very often!
KIM is constantly on top of the newest trends in fashion, often before they are even a 'thing'. If you like being an early adopter of the latest trends and newest fashionable crafting supplies, you have her to thank!
ANGIE is our Inventory Countress Extraordinaire (yes, that’s her official title).
To us, “staff” is a dirty word. We prefer to be called a family.
Teri Dodson, CGL (crazy gemstone lady!)
Smart Parts Crafts