By Madeline Trait
Tell us about your business."By Madeline Trait" is the what emerged from my passion for good design, crafty spirit and a can do attitude. I have always been the happiest when I am working with flowers, sketching, conceptualizing new ideas and making all those ideas in my head come to life. So, I decided to follow my passion and in 2009 decided to open my own design studio. Since 2009 my focus and goals have evolved into what it is today with my new product line of cake toppers and jewelry. By entering the Martha Stewart American Made contest, I hope to take my business to the next level so that I can connect with fans of my work and focus on it full time.
What makes your business stand out?I handle all my products with great care from design to finish. They are all mini art pieces that bring my unique vision to my customers special life celebrations.
What's the best business advice you've received?I have had a lot of great advice given to me and I continue to learn but one that stands out is to network and not be afraid to take a leap. Get to know your customers, your fellow artisans and build a supportive business community around you.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
Vote for your favorite American makers.
Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
Join us for our annual event in New York City.