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  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Cynthia Saito of Wrapadoo

    CatalogV1_WrapadooIt started while trying to wrap and dry her young daughter's hair. After too many unsuccessful nightly routines and plenty of conversations other mothers about their haircare experiences, Cynthia Saito noticed there were a lot of hair products on the market that dried your hair but that's it. She didn't see a product looking out for moisture balance or, most importantly, maintaining healthy hair. So she created one that not only solved a problem she faced with her daughter but herself and all women with long hair.

    Hear how Cynthia designed her hair wrap, Wrapadoo, and built her business, why American manufacturing was so difficult but so important in bringing it to life, and how The Grommet helped volumize her company.


    Like what you hear? Listen to the rest of the Meet the Maker Podcast series here then rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes

  • Meet the Maker: Kami Darnell of Simple Sarongs

    In our Meet the Maker series, you hear from our Makers on their journeys as entrepreneurs and how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better. Today, we're catching up with Kami Darnell, the Maker behind Simple Sarongs. Necessity being the mother of invention, it makes sense that a mom came up with Simple Sarongs. Kami got the idea while playing with her children at the pool. She wanted something to throw on over her wet swimsuit that wouldn’t cling, fall off, or add bulk to her beach bag—or her body.

    Simple Sarong Maker

    Tell us more about your design inspiration.

    My design inspiration has really evolved over the past few years, but I think my first strategy was designing to coordinate with as many swimsuit colors as possible.  And since nearly everyone owns a black swimsuit, I wanted an element of black in all the designs.  With my first collection I could only afford to mass produce three designs, thus they were very colorful!  That really stuck, but now I watch fashion trends, and pick the designs that will hopefully appeal to women of all ages.  For example, last year I also saw a lots of crochet lace (in both swim and daywear) and so creating my Boho Chic Lace sarongs was a result of that.  It also was a way for me to do a “neutral” and still be a fun design.

    Any trends on the horizon that might influence new designs? 

    I’m really excited about pom poms this year! Tropical will always be in the mix, so I like to watch trends in designs there, as well as other global influences like Indian wood block printing and Moroccan tile prints.  I’m also thinking about doing an artistic take on the American flag since so many summer beach vacations happen around national holidays.

    Simple Sarong patterns

    How do you get around creative blocks?

    I use Pinterest and Google Images to search thousands of designs in the direction I’m going.  And I keep updating my Pinterest pages with inspirations all year long so I always have loads to pull from. Continue Reading

  • 10 Products MacGyver Wishes He Had

    Whether defusing a missile with tweezers or scaling a cliff with shoelaces, MacGyver makes do with what’s available to him. But if he had these dozen Grommets at his disposal, he could’ve saved himself some serious time and stress.

    Wazoo Survival Bracelet (starting at $37) is a 23-piece survival kit woven into a bracelet—equipped with everything from a paracord and liquid-filled compass to a firestarter buckle and fishing line. This wrist accessory perfect for following a group of fugitives through the wilderness or, you know, just camping.


    Sure, constructing a trap to catch your enemies out of nothing but stray branches and a pointy rock is impressive, but it’d be much easier with Klecker Knives (starting at $10.95). Equipped with an axe blade, hammerhead, and knife, it doesn’t even need a handle to hold the blade. One of those stray branches will do.

    Instead of halting an electrical current with chewed bubble gum (gross), MacGyver could’ve used self-setting rubber Sugru ($22). It’s waterproof and adheres to metal, glass, fabric, and most plastics. It’s tailor made for patching a hole in a glass tube filled with poison antidote or stabilizing a frayed phone charger. Continue Reading

  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Maya & Greg Liberman of Shape + Store

    CatalogV1_Shape+StoreMaya Liberman always wanted to run her own business. One day while making cookies with her kids, she thought it would be great to have a container to hold cookie dough and avoid the mess that occurred every time she made them. The idea took hold of her. She enlisted the help of her husband Greg and his experience in sales and marketing to flesh out a business and, more importantly, further products, like the Burger Master.

    Hear how Maya and Greg built the business of Shape + Store, find new uses for the product every day, continue to overcome challenges in finding retail placement, and persevere through doubt to create a tool that can help any kitchen, including their own.



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  • Straight from the Maker Trenches: Most Surprising Part Of Starting A Business

    In our Meet the Maker series, you hear from our Makers on their journeys as entrepreneurs. If you've ever wondered what it's really like to start a company, you're in luck–our Makers are happy to share an inside look. Most of our Makers were everyday folks with a great idea—that became a business. Get a peek into the world of eight entrepreneurs about the challenges, rewards, and always-unpredictable path of building a company. We're constantly inspired by the business innovations and achievements of our Makers and thought you'd also enjoy hearing their honest answers.

    We couldn't pass up the opportunity to reach out to a few of them and get their answers to our burning question:

    What's the most surprising part of starting a business?

    Click each image or business name to learn more about them.

    How To Start A Company - Clear My Head

    "Everything! I didn't understand at first what building a brand was, I just wanted to sell some jars of some great stuff that really helped me and my clients. However, once I 'got' it, I was amazed at how detail oriented you must be on everything. It's exciting and overwhelming at the same time."  –Brenda Stansfield of Clear My Head 

    Maker Walton Wood Farm - How To Start A Company

    "I thought I would run out of ideas, but they just keep coming."  –Leslie Scott of Walton Wood Farm

    Modern Fuel - How To Start A Company

    "That the possibilities are endless. No matter what you are making you have no idea of the scale and opportunities it will bring along until you are in the thick of it." –Andrew Sanderson of Modern Fuel Continue Reading

  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Jules & Joanne of The Grommet

    jules joanneThis week is the National Week of Making, a celebration of innovation, creation, and the entrepreneurial spirit. It is also the two-year anniversary of the inaugural National Maker Faire at the White House where The Grommet co-founders, Jules Pieri and Joanne Domeniconi, unveiled The Grommet Wholesale.

    On this special episode, Jules and Joanne discuss what prompted the start of The Grommet, the struggles and triumphs of building the business, the power of an engaged community, their experience at the National Maker Faire, and the future of the Maker Movement.



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  • 9 Gifts That Keep Kids Busy While Traveling

    Traveling with kids can be an adventure. It also can be challenging. Whether you're planning a day-trip, road-trip, cruise, or cross-country flight, these nine gifts will help keep them busy (which means a better traveling experience for all).

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    iZel Smartphone and Tablet Stand

    This handy stand is a simple but smart design. Like an easel for your smartphone or tablet, it holds devices securely in either portrait or landscape position. Perfect for watching while videos on-the-go. ($24.95) Shop Now

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    Numerical Tile Game

    Möbi is a fun, fast-paced tile game that helps kids (and grown-ups) learn and apply basic math skills. Packs away in an adorable blue whale bag, and it’s ready to play on any flat surface. ($19.95) Shop Now

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  • Meet the Maker: Leslie Scott of Walton Wood Farm

    In our Meet the Maker series, you hear from our Makers on their journeys as entrepreneurs and how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better. Today, we're catching up with Leslie Scott, the Maker behind Walton Wood Farm. Walton Wood Farm uses a “farm forward” approach with their natural bath and body products. Leslie is a Coast Guard veteran and wilderness hiker, and packs her outdoor experiences and unique perspective into their goods. 

    Meet the Maker WAlton Wood Farm

    What did you want to be when you grew up?
    A writer and a pilot. My father told me I would never be either. I had major learning disabilities and there were no resources for me back then. That didn't stop me. I've won two International film festivals for my screenplays, and write all of the copy for my labels and website. At the age of 47, I got my pilot's license and fly a 1947 Piper Cub on floats. I was 49 when I started Walton Wood Farm with a dream of saving our historic barn–200 years from now, I won't be here, but it will. That's powerful. I have this incredible gratitude that I was able to fulfill all of my lifelong dreams. Never give up. It's never too late.

    Where do you find inspiration when coming up with new scents?
    I think about the person. What does their personality evoke? Are they hearty, but vulnerable, too? Gentle with a secret edginess? How does that translate to the natural world? Lily of the Valley, sandalwood, cardamom, black pepper and sweet orange? That's where it all starts. People and nature–there's a parallel (believe it or not).

    Meet the Maker of Walton Wood Farm

    What other things do you love to make?
    Tea, with herbs from my garden. Or an original dinner concoction in a crock-pot. I love serving great food to the people I care about. Nothing says, "I love you" like a long-simmering stew made with a stout beer.

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    How do you get around creative blocks?
    I walk the farm. Any weather is fine with me. Rain or sleet–I bundle up. Nature is one big show and there are no re-runs.

    What has surprised you most about starting a business?
    I thought I would run out of ideas, but they keep coming. I think when you open a faucet, stuff trickles out. Then the pump is primed and it just gushes through. Continue Reading

  • Gifts Made by Maker Dads

    With Father’s Day around the corner, we thought we’d showcase a few dedicated dads who run their own businesses—selling products they make themselves. 

    Meet the Maker Fat Toad Farm

    Maker:Steve Reid
    Business: Fat Toad Farm
    Fat Toad Farm is a family-run goat dairy in Brookfield, Vermont. It was started as a raise-your-own-food effort, but when the herd grew from 2 to 12 to 25 and started producing much more milk than one family could drink, Fat Toad Farm became a certified goat dairy and began making out of this world caramel sauces. Today the family—Steve Reid, Judith Irving, Calley Hastings, and Josey Hastings—fills various roles on the farm and in the production room. Learn More

    Meet the Maker Fish Aye Trading

    Maker: John Doherty
    Business: Fish Aye Trading
    If Dad's a fisherman, he'll appericate these prints. Centuries ago, people used painted fish rubbings to document different species. John’s prints document his Cape Cod catch, preserving details such as the patterns of fish scales. His prints also celebrate his love of the ocean and marine life. He paints the body of a saltwater fish with water-based paints, then places fabric on top and gently rubs it to make a print.  Learn More
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  • 9 Unique Gifts For Grandpa

    gifts for grandpa

    Want to thank your father or grandfather for the role he plays in your family's life?  Resist purchasing that "World's Best Grandpa" coffee mug–this year, wrap up something unique and unexpected.

    Let us help you make him feel extra special with a thoughtful Father's Day gift. We know that finding gifts for Grandpa can be challenging–but don't worry, we've done all of the hard work for you. Here are nine of our favorite gift ideas that are sure to make Grandpa smile.

    Gifts for Grandpa - Patent Prints

    Patent Prints
    Technical Drawings

    These high-quality prints are of original patent drawings for a myriad of inventions. From the everyday things we use at home, to specialized items relied on by professionals or hobbyists, these prints add a bit of history and personalization to a home or office.  With twelve patent designs to choose from, you're bound to find one Grandpa will appreciate. ($19.95) Shop Now

    Gifts for grandpa - golf markers

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    Personalized Golf Ball Marker

    With this gift, Grandpa can make his golf ball uniquely his. This stainless steel stencil lets you easily add an initial to standard golf balls, making them easier to identify while adding some personality. Choose a picture or even a monogrammed initial. ($29.95) Shop Now Continue Reading

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