Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Talk to Me Tuesday!

This week I am featuring “The Wonderful World of Skylar’s Candy Clips.” I love these accessoriies. They are beautifully made, and I love the way they are displayed and photographed too!  Learn more about the creator, Sherryl on her blog, (where you can conveniently enter a RaspberryKidz giveaway going on now) and go shopping at her etsy shop.

What’s behind the name “Skylar’s Candy Clips?”
Skylar's Candy Clips was named after my oldest daughter Skylar. She was almost two years old when I started making hair accessories. She called her clips "candy clips" because she thought they looked like candy.

What origingally got you started in creating your accessories?
Skylar was constantly losing or breaking her hair clips. And I was tired of spending so much money on hair clips that broke all the time. I wanted to created unique and durable hair clips that can withstand a toddler. 

What did you do before this?
I was just a stay at home mom. I left my full time job as an account executive at a cosmetics company a few months before my wedding. My husband hated my travel schedule.

What inspires your designs?
Skylar LOVES flowers. Hence the logo. Also, if you notice, a lot of the pieces in my etsy shop have names. Those are the names of little girls who've inspired me to create that piece whether it's the color, shape, etc.

Do you have a favorite item in your shop? Do your daughters? And are they the same item?
My favorite pieces right now are my Happy Flower Headbands. They are currently my best seller. The flowers are both the same and different at the same time. They can be color customized to match a dress or just a specific color that the customer has in mind. I've had a lot of happy customers who've bought them. They've certainly lived up to their name. 

I see you take requests (Delaney Butterfly Hair Clip is adorable). What was your favorite request?
The Delaney Butterfly was created for one of my favorite customers. She is a regular repeat client. My favorite request for the Delaney butterfly was from a customer who wanted funky colors. I made the butterfly in turquoise blue, hot pink and lime green to match her daughter's birthday dress. That was fun.

What is your most productive time of day? 
After 8pm when the kids go to bed. Then I brew a pot of coffee, make a mug, and go to my craftroom to do some work. Even my husband is not allowed in there unless he is helping me.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?
I'd like for it to stay small. I would love more boutiques across the country—that is why my own website is being created. I'd love to have a couple of employees helping me though!

9. What’s one thing you can’t live without?
Besides coffee? My computer! My husband got me my own Mac for Skylar's Candy Clips and all my files and pictures are stored in there.

10. Anything else you want to share?
Skylar's Candy Clips wouldn't exist without the support of all my wonderful customers. If you want a little glimpse of the world behind the shop, visit my blog at www.skylarsclips.blogspot.com. I have met some very wonderful people through my blog and I just can't help but feel so very lucky.