I’ve wanted to share this Etsy Shop that I’ve used for gifts and for my own kids over the last couple of year. The shop is Holly Slay Handmade and she specializes in handmade tea sets, but there are a ton of other options she can personalize – birthday plates, ornaments, holiday decor and more! I have loved everything she’s done so much that I reached out to her and she has offered to give away a personalized “Santa’s Cookies Plate” to one lucky Mom! Head to @hydeparkmoms to enter! I love finding women who are able to do what they love and quit their job to be home more. Read more about Holly and her Etsy buisness below.
How did you get Started?
I’ve always loved painting and worked in a paint your own pottery store in college. After college, I settled in a quaint small town in Mississippi, purchased a kiln and painted ceramics as a hobby for several years. I took a break from painting to marry, have two daughters, and work outside the home.When my daughters were toddlers, I stumbled across a local supplier who created bisque tea sets and tea cups out of vintage ceramic molds.
What Types of products do you make?
The sweet tea cups and tea sets were the inspiration for an Alice in Wonderland tea party for my older daughter’s birthday. Each party guest received their very own personalized tea cup and saucer set to use at the party and take home as their favor — all carefully painted and fired in my kiln.
Around that time, Etsy was just beginning as a marketplace for handcrafters and artists to sell their pieces. I thought it would be fun to list a few tea sets.
How has this Etsy shop made a Difference on your life?
As sales increased, I was able to quit my job and work from home full time. My shop has now expanded to include several style tea sets, birthday plates, mugs, teacher gifts and ornaments, as well as custom orders. I’ve shipped tea sets all over the world and my sets have been featured in several magazines.