Sassy Nana Designs
Tell us about your business.Sassy Nana Designs is a small family business established in 2012. My Husband and I make a wonderful assortment of handcrafted products out of wood and vinyl. I love making handmade products and supporting the handmade community. It has been a great opportunity to share what I love to do best, design and create new things. I started making blocks and signs for my own home and for gifts for friends, family and neighbors. Then I decided it was time to do craft fairs and open a shop on Etsy and everything just took off from that point. My husband cuts and sands the wood and I paint and take care of the sayings and art work. We work out of our home for now, but hope to move into a small warehouse space as soon as we can. I am getting ready to start my own website and hope in the next year to be doing the business full-time. Running a handmade business or any business is not easy, but it is very rewarding and we have learned a lot in the process.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.We work out of a home based office / Craft Room and the garage. I love my space and have several inspirational things around me to keep everything running smoothly.
What inspires you?The internet, nature, beauty and people around me. I carry a notebook pad with me and when I have a thought for a new piece I write it down. The possibilities are endless every wedding, birthday party or event gets my imagination going.
What makes your business stand out?Personalized products are what make my business stand out. If you can not find what you are looking for in my shop, I will custom make it. I also think that good customer service is a must. Most businesses rely on repeat business and referrals so your customer service must always be at it's best.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?Follow your dreams and don't give up. It is a lot of hard work and late nights, but stick with it. Ask a lot of questions and do a lot of research, it will pay off in the end. You never know how close you are to success, so keep working at it.
What does American Made mean to you?American made to me is something you create with your own hands and made here in the USA.
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