Small Business Spotlight + GIVEAWAY: Two Socks Designs

Man, it’s been a while since I did a Small Business Spotlight. Why I haven’t done this particular company before, I have no idea, because I’ve been getting stuff from them since 2014. For shame. But I’m here to correct my oversight now, and just in time for the madness that is the holiday season!

Two Socks Designs Logo

Two Socks Designs is a semi-local company to me that basically does just about anything and everything custom and/or cute. Shirts, saddle pads, hats, patches, any kind of embroidery, banners, decals… you name it, they do it. I first came across them at a small horse show, where I bought my ever popular (and still 100% accurate) “World’s Okayest Rider” shirt.

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The following year, Two Socks did the awesome custom unicorn design (which they came up with!) on our team saddle pads for AEC’s, coordinating the unicorns to our individual colors. This year Two Socks made all the banners and polo shirts for the Willow Tree sBs inspection. Everything I’ve ever seen that has come from them has been fabulous, and very well done.

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So, without further ado, let’s get to know a little bit more about Two Socks, in their own words!

When did you start Two Socks Designs and where did the idea for the business come from?

I come from a family of entrepreneurs, so I knew for a long time that I always wanted to have my own business as I was pretty miserable in the corporate world working for other people.  By chance, back in 2011, I happened to wash my half chaps (who washes half chaps?!) with all of my saddle pads, which naturally turned them all blue.  I ordered new ones, took them to a chain embroidery place to be monogrammed, and was shocked that they charged me like 25 bucks to embroider a name.  There were so few font options and colors to choose from and was all just so…boring.  And just not “me”.  It was right then that I decided that the world needed fun saddle pads and I was going to make that happen.  I had no idea how to sew, or what an embroidery machine even looked like, but before I knew it, Two Socks Designs came to be.

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How many employees do you have?

Up until earlier this year, it has been only me, with my husband making the occasional trip to the Post Office.  Artwork creation, social media, email correspondence, order fulfillment, shipping/receiving, accounting and maintenance are some of the many jobs you learn to balance as a small, one-person business owner.  I am fortunate in that my business has steadily grown over the years, so when my mom retired earlier this year, my parents made the decision to relocate from Oklahoma to San Antonio, TX, and now my mom helps me with getting orders cleaned up and ready to ship.  She is still very leery of running the machines, though.

What is your background in horses?

I started riding hunter/jumpers back in Oklahoma in the late 90s, and like the rest of us crazy equestrians, it’s been pretty much where all of my money goes ever since!  I just began leasing Metro, a giant 18.1 hh TB, that I plan on competing in TIP/Take 2 classes next year, and I also have my long-time partner, Casino (for whom Two Socks Designs is named) that is being leased out to a lovely dressage rider.  Most of your readers know Michelle from Willow Tree Warmbloods by now; I also have one of Michelle’s 2015 babies, Jag “Carrera R”, that will be started under saddle next year.  He has two adopted pony friends, Spradley and Turbo, that keep him company.  Wow, that sounds like a whole lot of horses when I put it on paper…Have I mentioned that my husband is a really nice and understanding person?

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my newest and most favorite sticker

Any interesting notes on your business or products that you would like people to know?

Although Two Socks Designs is best known for embroidery, I also offer screen printing and vinyl decal and banner printing.  I don’t have any minimum order requirements on embroidery or printing, so if you just need one of something, I can help.

Also, If you are looking for a cool and unique equestrian-themed gift this year, please take a look at the Two Socks Etsy Shop, www.etsy.com/shop/twosocksdesigns.  More items will be added to the shop in the very near future and everything in the shop can be customized.

Finally, to see more of what I do, please visit my website, www.twosocksdesigns.com, or check Two Socks out on social media, www.facebook.com/twosocksdesigns or on Instagram, @twosocksdesigns.

P.S. – A huge thanks to Amanda for the chance to tell her blog readers about what I love to do.   Reading your blog is always an enjoyable part of my day and I’m always waiting to hear what will happen next in the Henny and Presto sagas!

Now to the extra fun part – the giveaway! Like the above saddle pad? You could win it!

There are 3 different ways to enter, feel free to just choose one or stack the odds in your favor and do all 3.

1) like Two Socks Designs on facebook

2) follow Two Socks Designs on Instagram

3) leave a blog post comment here and tell us what your favorite Two Socks Designs product is (I highly recommend perusing the Etsy store on the gallery on their website!).

YOU MUST CLICK THIS LINK TO OFFICIALLY LOG YOUR ENTRIES

The giveaway will stay open for one week, then I’ll announce the winner on 11/6. And if you want to place Christmas orders from Two Socks (which I highly recommend, their stuff makes for fantastic gifts), now is the time to start thinking about it! They can make just about any idea come to life, but they do get quite busy in the holiday season so it’s best to order early.

52 thoughts on “Small Business Spotlight + GIVEAWAY: Two Socks Designs

  1. Thanks for introducing a new company to this Pennsylvania girl!

    Obviously, World’s Okayest Rider is the best shirt ever, closely followed by Adult Ammy AF. Though, I cannot ignore the Dressage Queen hat with the Dairy Queen-esque logo. I love dressage (don’t hate me please) and I love ice cream. Match made in heaven!

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  2. Ooooh…I’m gonna do some shopping! Love these designs. I’m torn between the “over the moon…almost” saddle pad and the “mare-ish” t shirt. Sounds like I should just add both to my shopping cart!

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  3. Oh man, thank you for ANOTHER Christmas gift idea! I want to think up something creative. I mean, I NEED that “Okayest Rider” shirt, because if that isn’t me, nothing is! And that they’ll do orders as small as one? AMAZING!!! I need shirts for my horses, and my sport, time to get creative!!! Thanks!!!

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  4. I have never seen this etsy store, so thank you for sharing! She is totally going to get all my money haha. I think my favorite is the Adult Ammy AF sticker and that will be in my first order for sure!!

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  5. I love love love the “oh but, my darling, what if you fly” saddlepad because that is easily my favorite quote!

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  6. I’ve never heard of this company before but I am so impressed with how detailed the embroidery is! I love all of the custom embroidered saddle pads, but really really love the “mareish” shirt, because it is so accurate…

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  7. I really enjoyed a lot of the times on their sites, from the saucy saddle pad embroidery to monograms. I really enjoyed the family crest pad! So neat, wouldn’t of thought of doing it before, but now I’m certainly considering getting one!

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  8. There are so many awesome designs i’m struggling to pick my favorite!!! I really enjoyed the huntsman on his horse with the hound standing beside him though … and the fox one… and the, well all of them 🙂

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  9. My favorite products were the ones she did for my barn buddies last year for Xmas! She was so easy to work with and recommended a baby pad for my hunter princess friend, which started a trend with that friend – now she ALWAYS uses baby pads. It would have never crossed either of our minds! She also did a custom pad for the Archman, which was cute and took me out of my comfort zone.

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  10. Oh, I so need a custom pad! I guess I know who to contact – I’m bringing home a new horse this weekend with a Marvel superhero name…I hear a nice new saddle pad calling us!

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  11. Wow, she has such great designs! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such intricate embroidery on equestrian supplies — usually it’s all single color, basic outline type of stuff. I love supporting fellow small businesses, so I’m following her and bookmarking her Etsy, too! I think my favorite design on her Etsy has to be the “Mare-ish” one… I need that on a hat… and maybe a coffee mug, too. 😀

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  12. It’s hard to pick a favorite, everything is awesome! But I LOVE that saddle pad with the minion riding the unicorn. Cutest!
    Thanks for sharing this. I’m slowly but surely figuring out a barn logo and I definitely want stuff embroidered eventually. Now I know where to go!

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  13. How cool are her designs?! I love the Adult Ammy AF sticker – would love that on a shirt, hat, saddle pad, polos, etc… 😁 The Adult Amateur On Board saddled pad is fabulous too.

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  14. can’t pick just one but the saddle pad with the minion may have grabbed my 🙂 I did click to follow her on Instagram too. Thanks for letting me know about this business (along with all the others you have thrown at me) 🙂

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  15. How do you pick one favorite?! I love the “Adult Amateur On Board” saddle pad… a subtle but fair warning to others in the ring! haha… also love the patterns on the horse stickers, and the helmet hair hat. Such cute stuff, glad to know about this company now!

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  16. I love the “Adult Ammy AF” sticker, and I think it’ll be making a permanent home on my trailer along side my beloved “the only bush I trust is my own” sticker I picked out of a discount bin in Joshua Tree.

    The fox is gorgeous, and I am very impressed with the embroidery detail offered on the various farm logos

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  17. Thanks, Amanda and 2 Socks!

    Close call on my favorite products: I ❤ the "World's Okayest Rider" tee and the "I want to believe" saddlepad

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  18. All of those saddle pads are stunning – the fancy English monogram logo is my favorite, along with the “Mareish” t-shirt. A lot of other people seem to like that one too, so there you go – female equestrians have our bitchy side, for sure! Just makes us more fabulous. 😉 Thanks for the contest!

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