Disclaimer: Seller Spotlights are hand selected by the ArtFire Staff and contacted personally. We ask sellers to tell us a bit more about themselves and their business through their own eyes.
My name is Sarah and I’m a proud Hoosier girl. I’ve been a maker for as long as I can remember, and I’m pretty sure I’d be lost without it. I find it relaxing and almost therapeutic to be able to make something with my hands. I’ve had my handmade business for a little over seven years now, and recently opened a small brick & mortar shop in Danville, IN.
I find it relaxing and almost therapeutic to be able to make something with my hands.
I started making full-time in college. I was laid off from my interior design job a few months before graduation, so instead of trying to find another job during an already hectic time, I put more time into my handmade business and I never looked back. I have a bachelor’s of science in design from Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, but shhh… I’ve never “officially” used it. I think I prefer it this way. ☺
I specialize in hand stamped metal jewelry but I offer just about everything in my shop. I love to recycle vintage pieces – jewelry or not, and make it into something new. I also dabble in scarfs, pillows, and other fabric items. I’m completely self-taught – if I see something I want to try, I usually dive in head first and work out the kinks as I go along.
I’m a one woman show, which at times is incredibly hard. I take care of the design of my items, the making, the photographing, the marketing and presentation, the shipping, the customer service, etc. I’m sure I’m forgetting about 40 other odd jobs I’m accountable for.
I’ve never worked harder in my life than I do at my handmade business, but I’ve never had a more rewarding job or felt such a purpose either. There is no better feeling than meeting a stranger and realizing they’re wearing a piece of jewelry I made. I love to get to hear why a person is ordering a custom piece, or even better, how much they love it after they’ve received it.
I’m completely self-taught – if I see something I want to try, I usually dive in head first and work out the kinks as I go along.
I’ve been very lucky to meet a lot of great people along the way, whether it’s been over the internet or at a local festival or show. I currently have my jewelry in 14 shops around the country, run my own ArtFire and Etsy shops, and now have my little brick & mortar shop. I’ve been featured in Indy South Magazine, quoted in Indianapolis Monthly, and featured on the front page of HC Magazine. I’m always looking for new retailers and opportunities. What’s a little more work? 😉
Speaking of which – this business stuff is time consuming! When I do have a free moment, I’m usually enjoying our small town with my sister. She re-vamps and repairs vintage clothing and sells them in my brick and mortar shop. She’s at the beginning of her handmade business story, and I’m happy to help her out anyway I can. I also enjoy hiking with my fiancé, Dirk, and our little dog Magnolia. When are we getting married? When I get a chance to plan it… haha!
I love being able to make something specific for someone, one of a kind is very near and dear to my heart.
I’ve had my handmade business for a little over 7 years now, and just recently opened a small brick & mortar shop in Danville, IN.
My best selling items are anything and everything that is customizable. I love being able to make something specific for someone, one of a kind is very near and dear to my heart. Nothing says “I’ve taken time and put thought into your gift” like a custom piece, and I’m honored that my customers trust me with this task.
What would I say to someone who just opened their own ArtFire shop? Way to go! You’ve taken the first step in your new “handmade” life!
What would I say to someone who just opened their own ArtFire shop? Way to go! You’ve taken the first step in your new “handmade” life! My biggest piece of advice – don’t give up. It’s easy to get caught up with other things going on in your life: family, friends, your day job, etc. Make time for it and you’ll be happy you did. The more time you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it.
If you’re passionate about what you’re doing it will show through your work, and your customers won’t only recognize it, they will appreciate it.Keep up with Sarah and Seize the Night Designs on Blogspot, Twitter or Facebook.