Tipsy Turtle Studio

Basic Information

Business Name: Tipsy Turtle Studio
Established: 2014

Questions answered by: Melissa, Owner

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About Them

Can you please fully explain your business or product line?

I work with polymer clay & resin to create one-of-a-kind ornaments, needle minders, magnets, animal figurines, cake toppers, mini-aquariums, jewellery, and keychains.

With the Winnipeg local maker community continuing to grow, what is the most important thing you’d like potential customers of your company to know?

I strive for something completely different! I like to create items that are totally unique that you won’t see, or find, anywhere else. I also love custom orders as they challenge me to think beyond my own imagination!

What inspired you to start your business?

Tipsy Turtle wasn’t actually planned, it just kind of evolved! I honestly had no idea that I had any sort of talent for sculpting until I began making custom cakes for friends and family. I got more and more creative with the themes, adding all kinds of figures made from fondant. 

While I loved decorating the cakes, I did not enjoy all the stress that came with baking, torting, stacking, frosting, and timing! While gathering ideas on fondant sculpting online, I stumbled upon the mention of polymer clay. I was so excited by the idea that I could make cake decorations without having to make the actual cake, that I jumped right in! From there, I expanded into all of the products that I offer today.

What was the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome?

I think it’s fairly safe to say that the pandemic had a negative effect on every small business, in one way or another. For me, it was a supply issue. Professional quality polymer clay is all manufactured overseas. When the pandemic hit, like millions of other products, the manufacturing of clay ground to a halt. You could still order online from overseas, but a small package of clay that would normally cost $4 would now cost you $30, with additional shipping fees. 

I was very lucky in that I had quite a decent stock of clay, and this was about the time I began making needle minders, which require a lot of detailed work, but not a lot of polymer clay. If it wasn’t for the miraculous timing of this discovery, I would most likely have had to shut down during this time.

What has been your biggest success as a maker?

Discovering needle minders! I had an existing client, who had ordered some cake toppers from me in the past, ask me if I thought I could make her a dragon needle minder. I had no idea what a needle minder was but after doing some research, I learned that they are a very strong neodymium magnet that attaches to your cross stitch project to hold your needle(s) while you’re switching floss/thread colours. 

I took on the project and had an amazing response when I posted photos online. It really expanded my knowledge and creativity with polymer clay when I began learning different ways to design intricate patterns for the dragon’s wings. 

They have been a great success for me as they are very different from anything else you’ll see in Manitoba or even online and I love to create them!

Do you have any advice that you would pass on to someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?

Do it because you love doing it. Don’t go into it with the intention “I want to start a business; what could I make/sell?” Find something you absolutely love to do and then determine how to turn that into a business.

Please share any upcoming events as well as the best place(s) for people to purchase your product!

The easiest way to purchase, or request a quote for a custom order, is to contact me directly through my Instagram or Facebook page! Every item that I have in stock can be viewed in the story highlights of my Instagram.

Pamela Roz

Pamela Roz has spent the last 15 years as a radio broadcaster including in classic rock, adult contemporary, top 40, nostalgia, and country formats. While honing the craft of radio, Pamela has grown her own publicity business, Pamela Roz PR. Since 2011, she has helped Manitoba-based artists/bands, theatre companies, events, organizations, and charities gain media coverage as well as enhance their online presence and grow their public followings (both on and offline). Under “other skills/passions”, you will find voiceover, journalism, interviewing, event planning, and event hosting. Pamela also continues to build her skills in journalism (which she majored in through Red River College's Creative Communications program), as well as social media, voiceover, interviewing, event planning, event hosting and radio tracking.

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