I've been working on my little handmade shop for about 7 months now. It's been pretty slow going with working full time, having a one year old (how did she get this old already!), maintaining a home, and trying to stay sane while doing it all. Most of my work is done in the early morning, late at night, or during nap time. But it's always something I've dreamed of doing and I'm determined to make it happen. And at least I'm having fun making pretty things while trying!
It wasn't until after my daughter was born that I discovered this amazing online community of successful woman that are making their handmade shops and dreams become a reality. They have truly been an inspiration in this process. Creating and making things has always been my passion in life. Growing up I never liked sports and I hated any sort of extra-curricular activity unless it involved art in some form. As a kid, my mom was always sewing like crazy and worked in a fabric shop at night. She had the patience to teach me how to sew and I haven't looked back since. It was always my dream to go to art school, but I never thought I measured up. So I chose the safe option that would lead me to a decent paying job.
So needless to say, having my own shop has fulfilled my little heart to the brim. I can't tell you how happy it makes me knowing that my little creations are being gifted, used, and adored by others out there in the world. Every time someone purchases one of my items, I still shriek with excitement. Just knowing that something I've made with my very own hands is being shipped off to your door makes me one of the happiest people around. So thank YOU for your support.
Currently I'm working on adding some new pouches to the shop. Functional with a pop of color and great for organizing your everyday essentials on the go! I recently made myself a patchwork chambray pouch for our upcoming vacation and I'm obsessed! I'm known for losing everything in my black hole of a purse, so these are absolutely necessary on a daily basis.
My other passion in life is the environment. So making my products eco-friendly and reducing a little waste in the world has always been crucial. Cut back on all those plastic coffee cups and paper mug sleeves by using some of our reusable ones! A perfect combo for your summer iced treat. Although I'm not currently offering the glass tumblers online yet (still figuring out the best shipping options), they are HUGE farmers market favorites. We've even had people run back to our table at closing time to scoop up some more! But plenty of mug sleeves are listed over in the shop now.
Reusable produce bags and tote bags are a great way to limit the amount of plastic you are throwing into a landfill. Just think of all those lovely green bags you are picking up every time you buy produce. And do you really need one more plastic shopping bag? I know I certainly don't!
I'm always dreaming up new ideas for products and color combinations, so stay tuned for whats to come. And thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for all your wonderful support.
Until next time!
Alyssa/Amaia Papaya Shop