Hey friends! Today I have a special treat for you all, as I'd like to introduce you to Haleigh from Sweet Sequels! She has been one of my favorite Etsy sellers for a long time, and I knew you all would love her art as well. Being an English major and a total book junkie myself, I love all of Sweet Sequels' designs. With bookmarks, coin purses, baby books, and plush dolls featuring literary greats, you can keep your favorite books and authors even closer to you than ever before. Not only are her pieces gorgeously handmade, they're great conversation pieces!
I asked Haleigh a few questions about her business and creative process, and she was so full of insight and wisdom. Enjoy her answers, and be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post. You won't want to miss it!
My name is Haleigh and I am owner and creator of Sweet Sequels on Etsy. I live in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains in North Central Wyoming with my math teacher husband and my precious five-month old, Abraham. I am a stay-at-home mom and a regular day for me and my boy is hanging out with our bunny Mose, reading, and painting pretty bookish things (this last one normally happens when the wee one is napping).
- When and why did you start your shop?
I started my shop in 2013 shortly after I graduated from college. My degree is in English, but I didn't want to be a teacher or an editor, and "professional reading" isn't a thing. Ever since I was a little girl art has been a passion of mine, so I decided to incorporate my love of books and my love of art into a business.
- What are your goals for your shop in the future?
I would love to eventually open a brick and mortar shop - part bookstore, part bookish accessories, and perhaps part café. This is a longterm goal though; as for shortterm goals I hope to continue to grow my business online. I recently launched my own website (sweetsequels.com) and started selling on Etsy Wholesale, so we'll see where that takes me!- What are your main sources of inspiration?
BOOKS! But I also love love love being in the serenity of nature, whether that means hiking or gardening or reading in the sunlight.
I love shopping on Etsy and supporting small business. Some of my favorite shops are Genevra Bell Illustration, Plum Wild Shop, and Mattson Made Shop.
- What has been the most challenging part of being a business owner?
My baby was born in November, right in the midst of the holiday gift buying rush. I didn't want to put my shop on vacation, so the first month or so of Abe's life is a blur of feeding, crafting, packaging, changing diapers, and sleeplessness! He was a good little motivator though - and luckily a good enough baby to let me do it all!
- Do you have any advice for anyone just starting out?
I didn't get my first sale for a few months after opening my shop, and I didn't start getting steady sales for probably a year. It takes time! Also, I would advise not to box yourself in to one type of product; experiment with your product line until you find your niche, and then go for it full force.
This is probably my least favorite question ever...I have so many! Books I could read over and over again include The Chronicles of Narnia, the Harry Potter series, and I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. My favorite classics are probably The Great Gatsby, Les Miserables, and Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. The best book I've read recently would be Matilda by Roald Dahl... I could keep going but I'll go ahead and stop there. ;)
- What Hogwarts house would you be in?
Ravenclaw, of course.
A peek inside the Sweet Sequels workspace!
- What are 3 material objects you can't live without?
Number one: I hate to say it, but I really couldn't survive without my computer. Number two: I don't know if my entire book collection (over a thousand books probably, but I haven't counted in a while) would count as just one, but I'm going to go ahead and say it anyway. Hmmm for my third one...my sewing machine.
- What would your ideal day be like?
My days are pretty ideal as they are, but one of my favorite days recently was while we were on vacation in Arizona and went on a hike through the cacti-ridden desert. It was beautiful and I could spend lots of days like that.
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Sweet Sequels Great Gatsby coin purse,
Bright Young Things - A Modern Guide to the Roaring Twenties,
and a Too Faced Lipstick of your choice!
Contest ends 07/01 and is open worldwide.