Sarah of SO handmade
Tell us a little bit about yourself and the inspiration for your shop
I started SO handmade when my children were toddlers to make toys for them to use out and about. I wanted to create an alternative to using electronic devices to keep our little ones entertained so I designed and developed products for them to use on the go and in tight spaces. My products are aimed to inspire their creativity, imagination, and help them appreciate the world around them.
I am inspired by my own kids and their imaginations as they are constantly coming up with new stories and games while playing with their own playmats. I also get a lot of inspiration from my customers who give me great ideas for future products to inspire their little ones.
How did you get started on your craft?
After being a textile designer in London I moved to upstate NY with my husband. After having my son I wanted to continue using my creativity to make things for him and also having an outlet away from just being a Mom. I saw a need for portable and hard wearing toys as he always wanted to bring his toy cars and trains everywhere we went. That's how it all got started!
What do you love most about your craft?
I love the flexibility of being here for my kids and setting my own hours and schedule. My favorite part of the process is developing new products- from a small sketch to making prototypes and then doing the final design. I love finding the perfect button and lining fabrics to complement them too.
Where are you located and how can we find more of your collection?