Meet Stacy Blazina, the Maker behind 8 O’Clock Linen Co! Stacy offers handmade textile goods for you and your home using natural fibres and neutral colours.
How do you take your coffee (or tea!)?
Love black coffee, really hot and strong!
What’s your favourite scent?
Earthy scents like patchouli, eucalyptus, and frankincense are my faves.
What inspires you to create?
Curiosity and wanting to learn more. Exploring different textiles, sewing techniques, and challenging myself to make something that I love, that’s useful, and that I can share with others.
How did you get started as a Maker?
I’ve always been drawn to creating, whether that was crafting or sewing or DIY!
Being a wife and a mom to a little one as well as having a full time day job outside the home, I needed something more rewarding than watching TV and doing laundry in the evening once my son was in bed. And so, after he was tucked in I went to my craft room and started to create. That’s how 8 o’clock crafts (now 8 o’clock linen co) was born – crafting while the kid’s asleep!
What has your most exciting experience as a Maker been so far?
Hearing feedback from customers. Chatting with customers that love our products, have gifted our products to others, and those that come back again and again. Reviews and feedback keep Makers going. Knowing we are connecting with others and providing a product they love is just the best feeling.
What are some of the challenges you’ve overcome with your business?
You can find challenge in every part of running a small business. Being a sole proprietor means I get to do it all – sourcing supplies, creating the product, packaging, shipping, social media, customer service, website design… you name it.
What is one piece of advice would you give to new makers?
My advice if you want to turn your passion into a business is to do research. Is there a market for what you make or will you be putting time and energy into something there isn’t a strong enough market for? Be realistic. Being passionate about creating and having fun doing so is one thing. Turning that into a viable business is another.
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