It was such a pleasure to get together with these awesome handmade Canadian shop owners. We got to spend the morning in the park chatting about ourselves and our businesses with a purpose to capture some great shots of our littles enjoying their beautifully crafted handmade items. Let me introduce you to these lovely ladies and their little shops.
I am so pleased to be able to share this lovely handmade business, From The Seeds, with you. After discovering them on Instagram, I was instantly blown away by the creativity behind Amber and her loving husband. Their inspiring, captivating, and unique creations had me wanting to learn more about how From the Seeds came to be.
Settled in British Columbia, Canada, Amber keeps busy with her two year old boy, two silly pugs and a chubby kitty. While on maternity leave, Amber created her first lovey bunny for her teething son, it was a hit. The feedback Amber received from family and friends was very impacting. With these kind and motivating words Amber was motivated to use her creative spirit and passion for sewing to start a business of her own.
Amber’s husband, Barry, became more involved in the business when one of her dear friends requested he make a toy camera. Barry is self taught in woodworking, however, Amber knew he had the skills to produce something wonderful. Barry carefully crafted the wooden camera and lens cap, while Amber sewed a strap, painted the wood, and coated it with a finishing oil, made from a combination of homemade beeswax and organic grape seed. The finished product was phenomenal, and without question, From The Seeds added another item to their inventory.
During nap times and after Amber’s little man goes to bed she is able to continue to work hard at making From The Seeds a successful small business. Each item in their inventory is hand crafted with so much love and care. Her top seller, the lovey bunnies, are so soft and cuddly and made from high quality linen and stuffed with organic cotton. With great attention to detail, Amber brings her lovey bunnies to life by embroidering on their loving faces.
Amber’s teething bunnies are also such a pleasure for her to make. Each teething bunny is made perfectly for tiny hands to grasp around the body and get a good grip. Originally the teething bunnies were specifically created for a local shop, although recently Amber has decided to list them online. Creating and completing each unique order brings so much joy to Amber.
Since starting out Amber has learnt a lot about what keeps her business successful. Consistency has been the key for her success. Amber has recognized that if she focuses too much attention on filling orders for her local shops her online shop has suffered. Her business strives when she is consistently posting new listings online, while balancing orders for local shops.
Amber also has found a lot of business success through Instagram. She feels that Instagram has been the kindest to her in terms of marketing. Amber said, “The ability to connect and interact with your customers and other small businesses is so fulfilling. There truly isn’t anything more rewarding then seeing snapshots of children snuggling and interacting with my little creations.”