Hey guys! While I’m in Indiana visiting my sister and her family, I thought I’d introduce you to a sweet gal who makes adorable goodies. You know how I love my artisan buddies.
(Pssst: Stick around until the end! Shazia is offering up a discount for Wild & Wanderful readers!)
K: Where did you come up with the name of your business?
S: Seraya Sunshine came from my firstborn. Her name is Seraya. I started making appliqued onesies when I was pregnant with her as a way to make something just for her. I ended up enjoying the whole process of creating something with my hands. I ended up opening a shop 9 months after she was born and since she was my inspiration behind it all, I decided on Seraya Sunshine, because she is truly my ray of sunshine.
K: Which items do you enjoy making the most?
S: My shop consists mainly of hand appliqued items, specifically onesies/shirts. I have recently started appliqueing tote bags as well. I have made jewelry in the past with fabric and have also made tutus. But my passion lies in creating the hand appliqued onesies.
K: What are your greatest struggles with owning your own business?
S: Finding the time to balance everything. I am now the mother of 2 little girls. Seraya who is 4 and Nya who is 18 months old. I also work part time nights as a respiratory therapist. Balancing work, my business, family and my home is the hardest part of owning my own business. Everything is hand sewn and takes some time so I find myself working late at night when the girls are sleeping.
K: What are your greatest achievements so far?
S: Hands down, my marriage and my girls!
K: How/where did you learn how to sew/craft/create/design?
S:I have always enjoyed crafting from an early age. I remember making Christmas ornaments and baby decorations with felt when I was in junior high school. I showed them around and started getting orders. My aunt would also take them into work and get orders for me that way. I have always been interested in some type of artistic hobbies. I have done pottery, oil painting, and I have dabbled in making jewelry. But working with fabrics seems to be the one thing that I have stuck to.
K: What inspires your designs?
S: Children obviously. And I always love when I get custom requests from people. I love listening to someone’s thoughts and requests and then creating something unique for them.
K: What is your favorite part about selling/making handmade items?
S: My favorite part is just the positive feedback that I get from my customers. And then when I get a returning customer, I feel really good because it is a great feeling to be a part of a child’s special day, whether it is their birthday,first Christmas,first day of school or welcoming their new sibling into the world.
K: Name one thing in your craft room you couldn’t live without.
S: My fabric!
And of course, a small game of THIS or THAT.
COFFEE / TEA: I used to love my sweet tea. I never cared for coffee. Then I had my daughter and was still working night shift and started to drink coffee to stay awake. Then I had my second daughter, and my coffee consumption increased. I ended up buying myself a mini Keurig and now I am a full blown coffee drinker. I love my coffee!
GOLD / SILVER: I love silver!
BIG CITY / SMALL TOWN: I used to live in the city, always had. I never thought I would ever live in the country…and then I met my husband. We live on 3.5 acres and although we have neighbors, you can’t see them. We are still close enough to town that I wouldn’t consider myself completely in the country but I do know that I can never go back to living next door to someone. I love the quiet and so do my girls. They love getting outside and being as loud as they want and I don’t have to worry about them bothering anyone!
BOOK / MOVIE: I prefer books over movies but have not had the time for neither since my girls have been born. One day, I will hopefully get back to reading regularly!
DVD / BIG SCREEN: I would rather be in the comforts of my own home!
JEWELRY / GADGETS: I love my wedding ring. I occasionally wear other jewelry but not a lot. The only gadget I really can’t live without is my camera….and my iPhone!
You can find Shazia and all of her amazing handmade goods:
She’s also such a sweetheart and is offering up a 15% discount to W&W readers (good through Wednesday January 22nd). Just use the code “ JAN15 “ during checkout.