Thursday, May 8, 2014

Thursday Feature with SarahCoffeyDesigns

Good morning!  This week has flown by for me!  Hope it's been a kind week for everyone!  :)  So, I was super bummed on Tuesday when I went to create the handmade link up and saw that I would have to pay to create a new one.  So, I'm brainstorming for ways to make a new one.  Sorry everyone!  But, we can still support small businesses! 

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?
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!

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