Meet Our Vendor: Hemleva
Say hello again to Samantha, the maker behind Hemleva! Be sure to check out her booth this summer at our show, June 24th and 25th.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Samantha, and I design plant-inspired pins, as well as design and handmade brass mobiles, inspired by traditional Finnish mobiles called himmeli.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
Last year I debuted my very first plant-inspired enamel pin. I currently have 6 different designs, and am working on new designs as we speak. I am also working on making kits for my handmade brass mobiles!
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?
In April of 2017 I was featured in Frankie Magazine, Apartment Therapy, as well as Landhaus Living! My newest stockist is the iconic Liberty London. You can find my full line of enamel pins available in their shop in downtown London by Summer of 2017.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
I love getting to actually meet my customers, and to get to have the opportunity talk to them in person.
Is this a full-time business for you?
Yes it is! I am so grateful for that too. There is a saying in the maker/creative entrepreneur community that really resonates with me. “I would much rather work 16 hours a day for myself than work 8 hours a day for someone else.”
Who’s your biggest fan?
My husband Andy. He’s been by my side since day one. I credit my business to two things. 1. My tenacious work ethic and 2. His unwavering support.
What’s something you’ve learned through running your business in the past 12 months?
Try not to lose focus, and to trust your gut. When it comes to your business, remember that it’s yours. Don’t let someone else talk you into something that you’re not 100% on board with, regardless of how they may appear to be an expert in their field. And to remember that life is filled with nothing but life experiences. Even if things don’t go according to plan, learn from your mistakes and move on.
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