Last month I began this new series and I couldn’t be more excited about it! I’m loving getting to know each of these shop owners. And it’s such a special thing to then be able to share their stories and creations with you!
Today’s guest is Hannah Moore. She and I connected on Instagram over our shared struggle of Lyme and an all-too-similar ache for motherhood. Beyond her strong spirit in her fight against Lyme and other illnesses, the amount of creativity and beauty she’s put into her shop will impress anyone!
Before I introduce her I just have to show you the items that Hannah sent my way to try out. YOU GUYS. This scarf!! That wristlet! I wore the scarf for the first time on our recent trip to the coast and I’m in love.
Now for the BEST part of this post:
Get to know Hannah
A few of Hannah’s faves:
Favorite Motto: “If you’re going through hell, just keep going.”
Favorite Food: I lucked out and married a man who loves grilling, so I have gotten quite attached to his phenomenal steaks on the grill. Cheesy potato casserole to go with, and I’m a happy lady.
Favorite TV to Watch: I’m not ashamed to admit that I watch a LOT of tv, with most of my true favorites being reality shows. Human behavior has always fascinated me. However, I’d choose a football game (specifically my GB Packers) over any show, any day!
Where are you from?
I was born and raised near Milwaukee, WI. I lived in Minneapolis for a few years around college, but came back to Wisconsin. I moved up “north” to Oshkosh when I got married, and have grown content with a slightly slower pace of life, and the lack of traffic!
Can you tell me about your family?
My family and husband are my world. We are a tight group with a tremendous amount of love for each other. I’m the oldest, with a young sister and then brother. We all work hard on bettering ourselves, supporting each other, having a lot of laughs, and enjoying the little things together.
When were you first diagnosed with your chronic illness? What effects has your illness had on your life?
I’ve had a weak immune system since I was young. I became a restaurant manager at 23 and saw a desirable future in front of me for the first time in my life. Things were going really great and I was getting awesome opportunities and feedback.
Then I started going downhill in the health department. I pushed for another year, but finally couldn’t even get out of bed. I had to give up my job in early 2010 and lost most of myself in the process.
I saw some improvements as I began with a holistic doctor, but became drastically worse on my honeymoon in 2012. In early 2014, after getting laughed out of many offices, I found a doctor that knew to look for chronic Lyme. He ordered tests and started my early treatment.
Three years later, I’ve switched doctors and treatments several times, but I am so thankful to have fantastic help now. I will likely be done with treatment in a few months, and almost all of my symptoms are gone.
It’s been brutal to lose my personality, ability to be active, annoying friends when needing to cancel plans, and missing lots of fun events, to name a few. The most painful aspect has been having to put my deep desire for motherhood on hold. I’ve always felt that is my one real purpose in life, but I’ve been too terrified to pass on the Lyme. My husband has been the most patient man, my rock and my happy place. I will never take that for granted!
What inspired you to open TrendyStop? How did you decide on what products you wanted to create?
I was living in Maryland with my husband for his job, and I was barely functional and bored. I’d grown up sewing, thanks to my professional seamstress Grandma and experienced Mom. I knew I remembered the basics and wanted to make a few infinity scarves for myself, so I ordered up a miniature machine.
I threw up a few photos on Facebook and was surprised at the response. I’ve wanted to have my own business since I was pretty young, so I combined the two concepts and put my heart into making it a success. I have a lot of awesome supporters who helped me take off, and a couple ladies who mentored me along the way.
As the seasons change, I try to come up with other items that will sell in the warmer weather, but I always focus on keeping my items fashionable and leaning towards the practical side. Customer service, creativity and working with my hands have always been where I thrive, so I absolutely love that this business combines all of those and more! Having this purpose the last few years has gotten me through the many hard days, and it always puts a smile on my face to see a positive review.
How do you manage running a shop while fighting illness? Do you have others who help you?
My orders and business averages out to a part time job, so it ends up being pretty flexible for me to be able to work on tasks when I have better hours and/or days. Once I started though, I found that working with my hands always makes me feel better, so it’s been healing.
My husband assists me at craft fairs and hangs out in my work loft if I need to do projects into the night, but I mostly work alone. I’m very particular about my items, so that’s probably best.
What advice or encouragement would you give to someone who is thinking about opening their first shop?
I would tell that person to make sure they really love what they want to sell, because you spend many hours focusing on those items, and you’ll have to put a lot of love and time into it. Because of the many sellers on Etsy, it can be tricky to rise above the competition. So I recommend participating in team games that can boost views & favorites.
Try to focus on a product that is unique and will make you stand out. Talking with a successful shop owner will help you avoid early pitfalls and having other social media accounts is very helpful too. Don’t forget about signing up through a friend, so both of you get the free listings bonus!
Is there anything else you want to add or share about you and your shops?
Everything I make and sell in the shop is out of fabric or yarn. I use a regular sewing machine instead of a serger, with a focus on infinity scarves – lots of plaids, knits a silky. I sell tons of kids scarves, and then supplement with wristlets and lanyards, headwraps, arm knitted scarves, pacifier clips, and button earrings.
I’m so thankful for the bonds and friendships I’ve gained through having an Etsy shop. It’s been healing, encouraging and brought joy to my life. Kami, thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to hang out on your beautiful blog!
Exclusive offer for Living Grace readers!
Hannah has graciously extended a limited-time offer to you lovely readers in her shop! Her handmade scarves are perfect to add to your fall style. 😉
Simply visit TrendyStop on Etsy and use code BLOGLOVE15 when you checkout to receive 15% off your TOTAL PURCHASE! Offer good through October 15, 2016.
Be sure to find Hannah’s shop and social media and say “hi!”