Last year I came across Beth’s shop and feed via other bloggers in the IG community, and I reached out to her to see if she’d like to work together. She was so pleasant to talk to, and is truly so sweet! Beth owns Handcrafted Affairs and she makes personalized hangers for special events or just for a beautiful touch for your living spaces.
I feature a lot of children’s clothing pieces so I thought a personalized hanger for B’s room would be a nice complement to my photos, and add a bit of whimsy to the decor. I knew immediately when I ordered the hanger that I wanted to use it for that stunning romper from All The Numbers//The Measure (read more about this shop here) that you can see in the photos.
Beth prepared me in advance for bending in transit, as the hanger is fragile, and she instructed me on how to fix it. Of course it was perfect out of the packaging, but as soon as we got it unwrapped B grabbed it and bent it out of shape! Woe is me. Thankfully it was okay, and I was able to fix it with Beth’s instructions. It’s definitely not meant for grabby toddlers! Once I got it away from her, I was able to look at it and appreciate the beauty of the piece – they are truly works of art.
Handcrafted Affairs also sells beautiful handmade sashes and hair accessories, and even leather accessories. Beth is incredibly talented, and you can really see the love and care she puts into each piece. If you have a special event coming up such as a wedding (you can get bride/groom hangers, and even bridesmaid hangers!), or if you’d like a nice piece to complement your nursery or bedroom, I highly recommend these gorgeous hangers, handmade by Beth. Get to know more about Beth and her shop below!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live in Las Vegas with my husband, daughter Maeve and our 3 doggies. We are a creative bunch – my husband is an amazing artist and my Etsy & Storenvy shops are my full time job.
Tell us a little bit about your shop – How did it come to be?
After I got engaged, I went a little DIY crazy and decided I wanted to do most of the wedding decor and accessories myself. I’ve always been very crafty and it was very important to me that our wedding fit our personalities and wasn’t “cookie cutter.” I made my sash and headpiece from the lace of my mother’s wedding dress and vintage pearl beads from my grandmother and created a hanger with my future last name to hang my wedding dress on. Friends and family insisted that other brides would love to have a “handcrafted” wedding, but might not have the time or inclination to do it, so they encouraged me to sell my creations, which is how my Etsy shop began! I love that I get to add a special touch to another bride’s special day and create a keepsake they will have forever. After I had my daughter, I started making children’s hangers as well because I wanted something adorable to hang her special occasion dresses on. I am so thankful that I am able to work from home and spend as much time as possible with my daughter.
Is there a meaning behind the name?
When I originally came up with the name Handcrafted Affairs, my sister and I had plans to incorporate wedding and party planning with handmade items, so the name fit. I’m actually in the process of a rebrand for my new line since it is focused more on children’s items – the formal name doesn’t seem to fit as well!
Which of your creations is your favourite?
I’m pretty in love with the “park parks” I have started making – convertible leather fanny packs for kiddos that clip right on to their belt loops so they can stash their goodies on the go! It also has a strap so it can be worn as a traditional purse.
What have you learned since you opened your business?
It’s so important to find your niche – and then keep innovating and growing to find new niches! Owning your own business can be all-consuming, but it is so rewarding. Making meaningful connections with other shop owners and your customers is also key. Collaboration is an amazing thing!
What is your biggest tip for someone interested in starting their own business?
Take it seriously and don’t think of it as a hobby. Even if you have a “day job” and the new business isn’t your main source of income, you should always operate as a professional and value your time. Don’t sell yourself short. Especially in the handmade business, I think far too many artisans charge too little. It’s not about the materials cost, it’s about the time and effort and artistry that goes into creating your goods. That being said, when you are first starting out, strategically giving away product (or offering discounts) can be a great way to build a fan base and reputation and get your items into the marketplace.
What does a day in your life look like?
My husband and I both work from home, but I have the morning with my daughter. I usually answer inquiries in the morning and check my social media, but I don’t get to work until naptime (sound familiar?!). We usually do activities in the afternoon as a family and then after the kiddo is in bed, I go back to work for a while. Boring and amazing at the same time. I’m so grateful to be able to work from home and spend so much time with my family.
Who inspires you?
My Dad taught me to always do what you love and the rest will come. Both of my parents always encouraged me and my siblings to do what made us happy and not worry about society’s view of success. My Dad figured out how to do what he loved and is a true entrepreneur – growing up, not having the pressure to have a “traditional” job was extremely liberating.