Last year, Alex Anchor –- a stay-at-home mother of two little boys -- decided to make handmade gifts for the holidays. The signs she made turned out well and she very much enjoyed making them, so she opened up a little shop. Her shop expanded to include her creations of decorative name blocks, wooden picture frames, vinyl decals and growth rulers.
She works regularly for 4 – 5 hours after her boys are in bed. Although the most difficult part of the process is the designig, she’s mostly inspired by her customers. She loves it when they approach her with an idea that they can design together. Her favourite items happen to also be the most popular ones: family name signs. At the time of the interview for this blog she was working on 9 family name signs, 7 growth rules, and 2 baby stat signs.
She has received a lot of great feedback, but the best has been from returning customers. 1 customer has ordered 10 items from her over the past 6 months. To her, that’s the best feedback one can receive.
Alex loves using her creative side and sells most of her work through her Facebook page as well as her Etsy store. All of work work is made in Millbrook, Ontario. Meet Alex at 30 Craft Market on November 28, 10:30 – 5 and November 29, 10:30 – 4 pm!
For 4 years, Alicia Moore has been making friendship bracelets and wire jewellery. She creates many different patterns with a wide range of colours. She first started making jewellery in arts and craft class in high school. She tries to make something every day, having the most fun making friendship bracelets.
The most difficult part for her is starting a bracelet and not mixing up the strings. She works on many different projects at a time, and although her jewellery making hasn’t changed much over time, she’s gotten better at it. Her most memorable customer response was when a girl bought a pair of her earrings then later sent her a message saying she wore them to her prom and everyone loved them.
Alicia likes that her work appeals to everyone. Her friendship braclets appeal to kids while her wire jewellery appeals to adults. She makes her jewellery while watching TV or during long car rides. Her best sellers are tree of life pendants and friendship braclets. Her personally favourite piece is a wire=wrapped stone tree pendant.
When not making jewellery, Alicia works as a manager at a Subway restaurant and educates herself via online courses.
You can buy her work at various craft shows and through Facebook.
Meet Alicia at 30 Craft Market on Nov 28 and 29 of this year!
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