Today I’m introducing another sponsor, Hannah Singer, the creator behind Wifey Singer and writer at Happy Days. You may remember Hannah’s necklace and earrings from last week’s style post (also pictured below). I really love her vintage-inspired pieces and the way she infuses color into all of her work (and life, I imagine). Hannah, please tell us more about yourself.
Tell us more about Wifey Singer. How did you begin your shop? My little adventure in jewelry happened almost accidentally! My shop opened in an effort to help pay for airfare. In the spring of 2012, some girlfriends and I plotted a trip to Lake Placid. I was determined to find a way to make it there! It wasn’t in our family budget at all. With encouragement from friends and a desire to just figure it out, i made a few pairs of earrings. Before then, I’d never made jewelry in my life, and certainly have much yet to learn. I prayed that I could sell every pair that I had made that month of May, just over twenty pair, I think. Well, God really rocked my socks and I sold everything, and ordered more supplies! Over 1,500 Etsy sales and dozens of special orders later, here i am. In awe of how my little goal of covering part of a plane ticket has turned into extra provision for my family, increased missions support, and more girlfriend trips! truly a testament to ephesians 3, exceedingly, abundantly above my imagination!
Who/what most inspires your work? I’m most inspired by simplicity and color. As far as accessories go, minimal is my favorite. I love creating with interesting color palettes that offer a punch of happy when paired with my everyday jeans and plain tops
How do you balance work and home life? My business sort of crept up on me, and sometimes I felt anxiety about my shop. Early on I decided to let it go and give it to the Lord. My family and home come first. Sometimes that means extending my shipping schedule; sometimes it means having less in-stock items. We have a tiny downtown apartment, and I have no workspace or even a desk. When I work, I unpack all my supplies and settle in on a side table or countertop. This can be frustrating since I have to pack everything up again until another free hour presents itself. To avoid frustration or stress, I pray a lot about my little shop and family, and make sure to get out of the house even one hour a week–no agenda, nothing but really being free from “all the things” for a bit. This helps me stay grounded
Do you have a tip to share? A few tips from what works for me:
I only list for sale what I have already made.
I try to remember that I am not a huge company or discount store. I am one person–a wife and mama first–and I plan/make/stock/list/package/care for my customers/market/everything on my own.
I try to value my timed while still making my items affordable for my amazing customers!
When you’re not working, what might you be doing? When I’m not working on my shop, I’m probably squishing Playdoh or reading with my five year old, laughing at a text from my sister or girlfriend, snuggled up with my man and Netflix, or pretending to clean.
Hannah’s favorite things:
coffee (+ reading the Psalms) // Gap Curvy jeans // Asheville, NC (also Chicago, Disneyland, Williamsburg, +Florida beaches) // gluten-free chicken + dumplings // The Giver, Lois Lowry (and All Things Good, Thomas Watson)
Right now, you can receive 10% off of Hannah’s entire shop by entering BLOG10 at checkout. Thank you so much for sharing, Hannah!
Images by Cloistered Away. Earrings and necklace c/o Wifey Singer.