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strong and stylish handmade artisan camera straps

Etsy has been a platform for me to build a business using my artisan sewing skills. This is my studio space in our home.
Part of the funds generated through my handmade business have gone toward schooling as an artist and illustrator.
Building a business here has given me the opportunity to help contribute to our income while we raise our boys.
I'm so grateful to be able to say that I'm doing what I love for a living.
While my handmade business is still growing here, I'm also building a portfolio and becoming a working artist.

artisan skills, business know-how, creativity, and hard work

Etsy has been a platform for me to build a business using my artisan sewing skills. I'm not sure my mom could have ever foreseen how far those sewing lessons she arranged when I was twelve years old would take me.

When I first had the idea to start a business in 2010, I just had ideas and sewing skills. Building my business skills through books, online workshops and resources, and making tweaks and adjustments has allowed me to not only build a solid base, but create a sustainable business that fulfilling to me as a creative person, too!

Part of the funds generated through my handmade business have gone toward schooling as an artist and illustrator. Building a business here has given me the opportunity to help contribute to our income while we raise our boys. While my handmade business is still growing here, I'm also building a portfolio and becoming a working artist. I'm so grateful to be able to say that I'm doing what I love for a living.

As a business owner, my products are inspired by what I love - fashion, photography, art, and nature coupled with a strong emphasis on practicality. I want them to be beautiful, functional, and inspiring.

Whenever possible, my supplies are sourced from small businesses, or other etsy sellers and artists, because it's important to me to support other small business owners. As my shop is growing, I'm using that growth as an opportunity to find other women who would like to earn income from home, and will be contracting some of that sewing work to them when things get extra busy. I currently have a virtual assistant, Amy, who helps out with listings, blog posts, social media, and graphics work.
Leah Farquharson
owner
Amy Kingford
assistant

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