Handmade Pretties' Profile
Handmade Pretties was started by me, Lara Newsom, in 2002 while I was attending grad school at Cal Arts. As you can imagine, my private school tuition left me a little strapped for cash, so when friends asked to buy the little felt flowers I was making for my nieces for Christmas, how could I say no. Eventually, I started selling to a few boutiques in Los Angeles, and began vending at Felt Club. In March of 2006, I opened my etsy shop. The morning after I uploaded my first items, one of my brooches was featured on the front page. I made my first sale soon after that. I was completely hooked.
My product line diversified after the birth of my first child (Sylvia) in 2004 to include children's clothing and toys.
Following the birth of Beatrice in 2007, my family relocated from Los Angeles to Urbandale, Iowa where I make creations in my "spare" time while…
- Born on February 3
- Joined March 5, 2006