Meet Laura Stad from Ladybug Headbands
What inspired you to begin a shop featuring your own designs?
I’ve always been crafty but did not consider building a business doing it until recently. After we found out we were having a girl, I was so excited to get things for her! When I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted, I started to design things for myself. Friends started asking for items for their babies too and that's how my business started! My husband and his family are huge sports fanatics and I realized the sports headband market on Etsy was small and the perfect way to stand out and be unique!
How long have you been practicing your art/craft?
What training have you had or are you self-taught?
What is your favorite material to craft with?
Ribbons, flowers, and bows!
What has been the hardest aspect of creating a hobby into a business?
It's very fun and exciting to make new things for my daughter. I’ve also been starting to make shirts for my twin boys-they request a type of t-shirt and I can just whip it up! The hardest part as a business is balancing family time and business time. There just isn’t enough time in the day sometimes!
Any advice for other Etsy sellers?
Definitely finding the right market. There’s so much room for creativity on Etsy and people love unique, handmade items!
What do you enjoy doing in your off time?
I’m a wife to a wonderful husband, and have three beautiful children! I have twin boys and a little girl. My favorite time in the world is spending time with my family and I love to travel, run, and relax with a cup of coffee.
Describe a typical day in your life…
My typical day is different every day! I work part time as a pediatric oncology/bone marrow transplant nurse. My days off are filled with my children-play dates, preschool, cooking, and running a household. I am very proud to say I have mastered getting all three to nap at the same time! This is my best Etsy time! If I can’t get it all done, I work on my headbands after bedtime. Otherwise, I get to spend a little quality time with my husband.
Where can we find your products online?
At my Etsy shop: Ladybug Headbands