Origami Owl Custom Jewelry is a social selling company that was founded by a 14-year-old girl. This young entrepreneur features darling lockets and adorable charms that come together to make a distinctive piece of jewelery that is customizable to fit anyone's lifestyle, hobbies, family, etc. There are also plates, dangles, and tags that can be added to the lockets or attached by themselves to a chain.
When I was visiting my family in San Diego in February, Kennedy had just started her new business, Touched by Charms, and I was able to experience her excitement and the beginning of her new partnership with her mom. Kennedy is too young legally to "own and run" a business, so mom, Trish, stepped up and they formed a Daughter and Mother Team, which is encouraged by Origami Owl.
I told Kennedy and Trish that I'd post information about their new company and put a link on my sidebar. I'm very proud of Kennedy and happy to share her story with you.
|Daughter: Kennedy Mom: Trish|
Here is what Kennedy and Trish have to say:
Hi, I'm Kennedy and I'm so happy you stopped by to visit! My mom, Trish, and I are a team, but I'm doing everything an 11-year-old can do to make our business a success. I'm in the 5th grade and a good student. I like swimming, and I'm taking lessons so I can join a swim team. I have lots of interests, but my favorite is creating things. Arts and crafts are super fun and I'm a pretty good artist for my age. I've started some small "kid" businesses selling the items I've created, like my hand-made bracelets, Rainbow Looms and multi-colored duct-tape purses. But I definitely think Origami Owl is the best!
I've graduated from kid businesses and feel like Origami Owl is my first Professional Business - my first real step on the road to a business career. My Aunt Kristy gave me my first Origami Owl necklace. It was the first time I'd seen one, and I loved it! It created a HUGE BUZZ in our house, and I went to the Origami Owl web page to see what else there was for sale. When I saw that I could sell them, I was really excited and since then my mom and I have been working together to create Touched by Charms. Waaaaay better than duct-tape purses, for sure!
Hi - Trish here. I thought I'd write a quick note, too. When Kennedy approached her dad and me about being a part of "Origami Owl," we thought it would be a fantastic way to teach her the value of hard work, giving back by donating a portion of her proceeds to charities, and achieving her goals. She's actually pretty good at those things already, but Origami Owl incorporated all three in a way that will enhance her current experiences.
The added bonus is spending quality time together doing something we're really enjoying. For now Kennedy is doing everything she can to run Touched by Charms, and I'm helping out with the "grown-up" things she hasn't learned to do yet. Little by little, Kennedy will take on more tasks until she is able to run the business on her own. Her dad and I are thrilled she wanted to sell these beautiful pieces, and we couldn't be prouder of her!
Below is the link to their Origami Owl page - check it out and feel free to make any purchases for yourself or for gifts. The prices aren't bad - I already have my locket and charms picked out! :)
Touched by Charms Kennedy and Trish Daughter/Mother Team
Here's how it works in five steps:
Here's what I want - Gold locket with crystals:
Palm Tree for obvious reasons:
Dog Paw for more obvious reasons:
The Infinity Charm just because I like it:
Crystal Cross, I'm not religious, but I have a deep faith (Trish actually gave me this one, it was one of my choices and she didn't know it):
It was in this little cloth bag:
And I'm thinking I need a little color, so I might get a heart with the red crystals if it will fit:
And maybe a couple of crystals with other colors - jeez, I can see why Kennedy and Trish have so many charms!
Here's how they can look when put together, most are necklaces, but two are bracelets - these are pretty simple, my kind of jewelry, but you can glam them up, too:
Here are more photos from their website:
Trish wears hers with a chunky chain and lots of charms and dangles and sometimes two or three chains and they look great on her. Kennedy and Trish have a collection of charms, chains, lockets, etc, and they share them. They can be changed easily by opening up the locket and changing charms and plates so you can have a different story to tell each time you wear them - very simple or super glam.
I thought this was such an ingenious idea, and to think a 14-year-old girl started the whole thing. Kennedy is giving a portion of her earnings to various charities. Trish is doing the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Cancer Walk in San Diego this year, she's already training for it, and Kennedy's first donation/gift is pledged to that charity. Kennedy has to save half of her income and can spend the rest, after her donations. What a great working/learning experience this is for a kid. :)
If you'd like any information about this jewelry, Trish's phone number and e-mail are on their Origami Owl site and I know she would love to talk with you.
Thanks for reading to the end - Kennedy is a very smart girl and I'd bet there are big things in her future. I love you, Kennedy, and I'm so proud of you!
On a final note: You might not be interested now, but I'll have a link on my right sidebar - soon to be added under my new page tab, "Shopping with Me and Katie." In the future if you need a quick gift, the classic ball chain for $10 with a $12 tag would be perfect for anyone: boy or girl, man or woman. And if you want something fancier, the options are almost endless.
From me and Katie, have a great Sunday everyone! :)
PS: Trish said if you'd like to save on shipping she'll place the order for you. You'd need to get the order information from the website and e-mail her, including your phone number. She'll call you to get your billing info. It'll be added to their next order and when she gets your items, she'll send it right out to you (or to any address you specify) Priority Mail. (I would start to place the order (but don't complete it) and when the shopping cart comes up with everything on it, do a copy/paste and paste the shopping cart in the e-mail. Then you don't have to type the info.) If you want to order directly through Kennedy and Trish, the e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PSS: If you are on Facebook, this is Kennedy's Touched by Charms Facebook Page link. Please "Like" her - they are trying to get 100 Likes. :)