Welcome to my new feature series where I will be interviewing bloggers, creatives, designers and influential women! I hope you will follow along and be just as inspired and motivated as I am by such amazing women.
To kick things off I am interviewing the wonderful Sarah Foyster who is the designer and creator behind Sunnybrook Homemade. Sarah is a mother of three beautiful children (they really are SO gorgeous) who loves to sew and create beautiful things.
I recently designed the logo for Sunnybrook Homemade and I was so happy to help out a new and emerging brand! The products Sarah makes are so beautiful and trendy that I thought she was the perfect candidate to work with and launch my new interview feature series!
Tell me a bit about Sunnybrook, what products do you sell and what products do you plan to sell in the future?
Currently we have organic knit infinity scarves that can be worn as a single or double loop, they are perfect for those cold days. The scarves are wide enough so you can also use them to cover up when breastfeeding. I have three little kids and always felt self conscious when breastfeeding in public so these are perfect to use for this while still looking fashionable. We also have 100% cotton cushion covers with some trendy prints.
For the future, I’m currently working on some crash mats, they are kind of like bean bags. My kids are testing them out at the moment, they literally are using them as a landing mat while jumping off the couch and beds and landing on them.
I also love wearing very light and thin scarves in summer to dress up a plain top so I’m on the lookout for some fabric for them. I’m loving all the pastel colours at the moment so I’m playing around with some combinations that I’m hoping will work out, so keep an eye out!
Where do you find inspiration for your beautiful products?
I love looking online for inspiration and my favorite source would be Instagram. Magazines are great too, Real Living and Inside Out are my favourites.
How did you come up with the brand name Sunnybrook Homemade?
The name has come from a special place for me, about five years ago we brought my grandparents home just out of town that they lived in for nearly fifty years and they called it Sunnybrook. Pop also had a harness racing horse called Sunnybrook too. We plan on living here for a very long time so I thought that it was a nice name to use as I grew up playing here and now my kids will be growing up here too.
The material of these scarves is so amazing! Can you tell me a little more about it?
They are made from a really soft organic knit, I source it from overseas so it is a little bit more expensive to buy the fabric but I think it’s really worth it. I love scarves and found it hard to find nice ones that still looked pretty and trendy and not just plain and boring.
When I had my last baby ten months ago, I first brought this fabric then and trimmed the edges and used them as baby wraps and as a pram blanket. When I had them on him, I used to get so many comments from everyone because of the prints and that they looked nice and soft too. I still use them now as they can be used for almost anything.
Being a mum of three kids how do you find the time to create your products with such detail?
It can be very tricky as my husband and I have our own plumbing business and I look after the book-work. If the kids are busy playing and my baby is asleep I’ll always try and sneak in some sewing time. Night times are always great too as there are no distractions and I can have a sneaky glass of wine at the same time.
Any advice for other women who are looking at launching an Etsy Store?
I have always wanted to do something like this for a long time and never had the confidence to do it, so I thought I’d give it a go and see what happens. The support from family and friends has been great, so give it a go and you never know unless you try!
I have friends that have done similar things and they have said it can be really hard at the start but to make sure you stick at it and it will happen. In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.