This week we are meeting Sarah, from SarahCoffeyDesigns. She specializes in home décor and enjoys upcycling items to create one of a kind creations!
Tell us a little about yourself and how your shop came into being:
I have always been creative. My mother is a painter and seamstress and taught me everything she knows. When my kids were born I made all their clothes until they were 5. I had so many compliments I started selling to friends and it grew from there. As they were born I got into scrapbooking as well. I quickly realized people love the look but don't have the time to scrapbook, so I decided to seek my completed albums all you have to do is add your pictures. As I got requests my business was born. I used to sell on Ebay and as other sites grew, I moved the business to Etsy.
I have always sold at craft shows. It started at small church shows and grew to 20+ shows a year.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by my family and friends all the time. So much of what I do was a request from a friend. The sheet music wreaths was a request and now it is a huge part of my business.
What are your hobbies besides creating?
Besides creating I love photography. I have taken a few classes and plan to take more. I also like to paint furniture. I love to take something that looks like it should be tossed and rehabilitating it with paint.
What is your favorite item that you've created?
My favorite item I created is a tough one. I have a bunch, but I would have to say my youngest daughter's Life Book. It is like a baby book for adopted children. It took weeks to create but we look at it and enjoy it all the time. I used to teach classes on how to create them.
Favorite other small businesses are Studio123 in Raleigh, NC. They are interior designers and furniture painters. So amazing. I also love a place inCary, NC clued the Cary Creative Center. They are a re-use-it place with tons and tons of recycled things. I love walking through there and getting ideas. I love KnB's Marketplace in Fuquay-Varina. I have a booth there and seek my items as well as found up cycled vintage treasures.
Links where we can find you:
You can find me at www.etsy.com/shop/sarahcoffeydesigns and at www.facebook/com/sarahcoffeydesigns
Please stop by her shop and tell her I sent you! Thank you Sarah, for letting us get to know you!