Etsy Blog Party:: Second Star Designs


Who:: Caryn Stockwell @ Second Star Designs She also operates Neverland Patterns and an Artfire shop.
Business Established:: Second Star Designs began in February 2008 as a means to an income after the closure of the company for which I worked. With the success of my first fashion show, Second Star Designs became my passion and the drive to see its fruition into a success.
What she does:: Using a variety of colors and textures, each item is carefully hand-crafted with attention to quality and detail; creating collections that are timeless and without a specific season. How she finds balance:: Wow. I ask that myself at least once a week. I am a mother to 3 children aged 7, 6 and 5 - two of whom are in school. I work a full time job. I attend art school 3/4 time in pursuit of a bachelor's degree. And I own two businesses: one that is primarily dotcom and the other one which is dotcom half the time and participating in fairs/shows/festivals the other half of the time. And I have a significant other who appreciates the time we are able to share with each other.

What I have found is that if you are passionate about your business and are building it in the event that your safety net disappears, everything else has a way of fitting in around it. My days start at 6 a.m. and go until 11 or 12 at night. I get up, go to work, come home, spend a few hours with the kids [homework, playing, reading, etc] before bedtime at 9, spend a couple hours on either homework or building inventory, then bed - only to do it all over the next day. Weekends not spent at shows are used for family time or building inventory. Two nights a week, there is no homework, so I share that evening time with my SO. And, I am blessed with an affordable babysitter for Friday nights - this allows uninterrupted time to get important stuff done.
Her best advice:: Always make sure to reward yourself [or your family] in some small fashion for the sacrifices that are made - even it's something as average as a bubble bath at 10 p.m. with nothing but you and the bubbles. Having a limited income and investing every spare dime into the growth of the business, I often overlook treating myself to such things as new clothes, shoes, etc. After a successful show last week, I treated myself to the clearance rack at a local department store. You cannot imagine what level of happiness a $7 sweater can bring!!!


Also remember that familial support goes both ways. I am fortunate that my SO supports my passion unconditionally. He is there for the triumphs and the defeats. Involving your immediate family allows them to be a part of your dream and helps them to feel as if they matter during those times when the bulk of your concentration is elsewhere.
Get it now:: 20% discount off of entire purchase from our Artfire store. Enter MOM2010 at checkout to receive discount. Good thru 5/09/2010.
What they are giving away:: Candy-Tuft Tutu in winner's choice of 2 colors. Available in two sizes: small [nb-2T], large [3-6]. Amazing for photos, dress up, or pretend play.

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20 comments:

Nicole Mealing said...

I love the piggytoes! I don't have Girls =( but would sure gift these! sooo cute!
I also love the customized tins!
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Courtney :) said...

The tin ful of love is cute.

I love Tutus also!!

ParkerandSophiasMom said...

Just love your stuff!!! But my fav has to be: Boutique Hot Pink and Black Candy-Tuft Tutu I would need it in a small though. I have baby girl I just have to get a picture of this one. It would be perfect for her once a month Pro Photos! Crossing my fingers!!!!!

lace said...

I love the cotton wash clothes. Those are wonderful.

Marci said...

I love the Dancing in the Rain, 4T A-Line Umbrella Print Dress - perfect for wandering in the garden, picking daisies.
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cindy said...

the yo yo headbands!!!

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Holley V said...

The Piggie Toe flip flops are ADORABLE! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Leilani said...

Wow - I don't know how you do it all but you have obviously found a good balance! Bravo! And I echo the advice about getting your family involved...I have a really supportive spouse which helps immensely!!

My girls are 10 months and 2 so I take comfort in the fact your children are close in age too..I am most drawn to the "little legs" in your Etsy shop - I can never have enough of those esp. since I am an EC practicing mom so they make potty time easier than pants! I'm sure my girls would look fab in one of your tutus as well! :)

Wishing you much passion, happiness & success,

Leilani of heavenlyflower.com

Goodies for Mom said...

Love the Piggie Toes in Moda Fabric

Sarah Lynne said...

I love the ribbon flower hairclips!!!

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