Tell us about your business.My passion was always in cake decoration /sugar art. I started to watch food shows, read books and watched DVDs. I decided to give it a try and make my creations. I sent a picture of my work to a well-known cake artist & she gave me the confidence I needed & I started creating more and more, & started selling on Etsy.com. My shoes were a huge success selling worldwide. The process for making sugar shoes is taking fondant/gum-paste and making a modeling paste which can be cut and shaped. I always create a sketch of the final vision. Then roll out to make the heel and sole. Some brides might want to replicate the lace on their wedding dress. I see my business evolving into more hand classes. Also an online classes where people would able to download the class. I also see myself creating cutters and molds to embellish my shoes. The moment I decided to start my business was after my cancer treatment . After that I felt to need focus on something other than the cancer.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.I work at home and I have my own space. I also have my tools, airbrush, fondant sheeter, ect.
What inspires you?The big shoe designers inspired to me to created sugar shoes. I get inspirations from fashion shows and nature, too. Another thing I really like the rococo styles .
What makes your business stand out?What I do is very unique. Each shoe that I make, I try to execute the final piece perfectly. With perfection, brings recognition. When businesses see my work, they want to publish it on their sites, which makes me very proud. I'm always looking for new inspiration to create more and more unique designs.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?I would tell them to create unique designs and strive for perfection. Practice makes perfect. When you have a dream you need to fight for that dream.
What does American Made mean to you?It's made by Americans, designed by Americans, supplied by Americans suppliers. The money is earned and stays within America. That's very important to me.
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