Angel- The Spice Suite | Makers Series

Today’s featured maker is definitely one of the folks that inspired the start of this project for me. She was the very first maker I photographed (she was a few months pregnant with her baby spice girl at the time of our shoot :) and is one of the most consistently inspiring women I know!

Meet Angel Gregario of the Spice Suite!

I first learned of Angel and the Spice Suite in 2016 when I randomly came across her instagram (thanks IG algorithm!) and fell in love with everything she posted- and I do mean everything. From the spice mixes she shared, to the meals she prepared… everything looked SO good! Not only that, but I could tell that she had such a dope vibe and a warm personality. So when I finally made my way to the Spice Suite, it was so great to connect with the woman behind it all and experience the interactive spice bar for myself. Long story short-her spices MAKE me enjoy cooking!

Since then, it has been a joy to work with Angel and see so many new people learn of her awesomeness! In addition to traveling the world for unique spices and creating amazing new blends, her space functions as an incubator for other black owned businesses to host daily pop-ups- the core group of these are affectionately known as the SpiceGirls (one of which was featured during this series- Maya :)

Angel has been featured on Martha Stewart, Essence, XO Necole, and countless other media outlets, with regular appearances on local DC news stations.

Angel is an absolutely brilliant maker who loves what she does and that joy is infectious! It is an honor to include her in this series.

Note: Although this feature gives you a peek into her process, if you’re interested in learning more about Angel’s story, check out her interview with previously featured Nicaila on the SideHustlePro podcast (linked at the end of this post).


Your spice blends are so delicious and unique! What guides your decision-making when it comes to what products you will offer?

Food is fashion. I don’t believe in rules or restrictions when it comes to what I wear or eat. That motto permeates my life. I like to experiment and bring my customers flavors they may not ever imagine mixed with some classic staples. There are some favs you can’t get away from but there’s sooo much fun to be had in the new.

Walk us through the creation process. What does it look like from idea to final product for one of your spice or sauce blends?

This question is a little different for me. I don’t sit and write out spice recipes beforehand. I don’t research or read, I don’t have rules. I encourage my guests to engage in the same way. I largely draw on my motto “food is fashion” and play around. When traveling the world for blends, I go first with what looks interesting and fun, then smell, and then taste.

What is the most fulfilling aspect of owning The Spice Suite?

The freedom of owning my time and being able to show my children the world- literally. Traveling the world with them for spices while making a stop at the pyramids in Egypt. Like- I could never have thought this would be my life!

I first found you via social media a few years ago, and since then, thousands more have as well! As your business and social media following continue to grow, how do you balance your time and manage this tool?

I respect and acknowledge feedback from my social media followers, but I also have very clear boundaries and I make them clear. I’m very transparent with them about what I will/won’t do. While my business is growing, I still make decisions in the best interest of the business and my peace. We recently decided to close on Tuesdays because it’s slow. Folks didn’t love that idea but it makes sense. I also don’t have a traditional online shop. That drives my followers out of state crazy. I have a SpiceBox that we release each month though and folks can access a variety of products. So I basically try to reconcile their concerns while not compromising my time in a way that would jeopardize my business and freedom. I’m here to be free, not bound by opinion.

As a small business owner, sometimes motivation can ebb and flow. What slows you down and how do you overcome it?

I’m rarely slowed down. I try to create my own flow, I don’t yield to expectations of others. That keeps me up for the most part.

What's been your favorite entrepreneurial highlight so far?

Being able to provide space for so many other creatives to pop up. To date, we’ve hosted about 300 small black owned businesses. And of course my SpiceGirls. There’s no me without them.

What's the most important thing you've learned so far about yourself as a maker?

I’m more creative than I thought lol. I never considered myself creative.


I hope you enjoyed learning getting to know a little more about Angel! If this is your first introduction to the Spice Suite, you are in for a treat when you check out the links below :)

Keep up with Angel online: Visit her website: https://www.thespicesuite.com, and follow her on instagram and facebook- she’s @thespicesuite everywhere. Additionally, check out her previous interviews on the SideHustlePro and hey, girl. podcasts.


Now for a few housekeeping announcements: This is the end of the Makers Series (for now :)

For the past 3 months, I have enjoyed featuring some of the amazing black & brown women makers in my network. Over the next few weeks however, I have some exciting things I will be sharing with you so I am pressing pause on this series, and it will return in the fall.

If you missed any of the previous features, no worries- you can check them all out here (or by clicking the ‘MAKERS’ tab up there on the menu bar). I have some great folks lined up for the return of the Makers Series, so stay tuned! And if you’ve been loving the photos that accompany these features and want a makers photo session for yourself, check out the details here.

Thanks for rocking with me and showing love to this passion project of mine 🖤

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Meshia- IncREDible Designs | Makers Series

Happy Makers Monday and welcome to *adjusts glasses * July 15th!

This hot summer has been moving right along and we’re already halfway through July! A graphic tee or tank is perfect in this weather and I couldn’t think of a more perfect time to introduce you to another talented, focused maker- Meshia ‘Red’ Easley of The IncREDible Designs!

I learned of Red and IncREDible Designs through my dear friend Naseera at the Creative Saints Loft. The loft was still in it’s early stages when we talked about it, and I’m so happy to see how they brought this amazing space to life!

As a graphic tee lover, I was very interested in learning more about the process and I thought it would be cool to share it with you guys!

There are some great gems here not only about the process of screen printing, but about life and entrepreneurship as well. I’ll continue to keep my love for graphic tees on the consumer side, but if you’re thinking about making that leap into screen printing I hope this can be a starting point for you 💙

Please enjoy getting to know Meshia and her IncREDible Designs!


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With your background as a basketball coach, how did the shift to screen printing apparel take place?

As a coach/athletic director of a charter high school in Chicago, I was having a difficult time finding quality screen printing options for my teams’ uniforms. At the time, I was doing the graphic designs for all of the team uniforms and fan gear (thanks to my advertising + art classes in college) and found myself getting more curious about the screen printing aspect of it.

Walk us through the creation process. What does it look like from idea to final product for one of your apparel designs?

I receive and edit the vector files that clients send me using Adobe Illustrator, then print the design out on a transparency film. I then choose the appropriate sized mesh screen, (they vary by thread cross counts), coat it with a photo sensitive emulsion, and let it dry overnight.

Once the job is sent to production, the transparency film is then taped on the screen and UV light is burned in an exposure unit. The film is removed after the image is burned onto the screen and taken to a wash out booth. A pressure washer is used to blow out the emulsion where the design on the transparency film was placed. Once the image is fully visible, the screen is placed on a drying rack for a few hours.

Once dry, the screen is loaded onto the screen press and aligned with additional screens if it is a multiple color job. The alignment process consists of putting plastisol (or water based ink) on the screen and using a squeegee to push the paint back and forth over the design. This process can take anywhere from 10 mins (1 color) to an hour (6 colors). After a test print is successfully run, production begins!

During production, layers of ink are printed onto the garment and placed under a flash dryer to gel the ink onto the shirt one color at a time. The final step is to take the fully printed shirt off of the loaded pallet and into a 340-375 degree conveyor dryer to cure the ink onto the garment. Once removed from the dryer, the apparel is folded and boxed.

What is the soundtrack to IncREDible Designs (what's playing in the background when you're creating)?

Like a real 80's baby, give me some early 90's music. I LOVE to jam to Mary J's Pandora radio when I first sit down to start the artwork process, BUT once I'm ready to load the screen printing machine and get in my zone, “Alexa-- play Lil' Wayne.” I'll take any of his albums!

As a small business owner, sometimes motivation can ebb and flow. What slows you down and how do you overcome it?

For me screen printing is not only my livelihood but also my passion and being an entrepreneur is the only way I can see me living my life. I honestly can’t think of a time when I’ve lost motivation and I hope that never changes. The freedom to choose how I spend each hour of my day and to be able to pursue something that holds so much of my interest keeps me going 24/7. I think about my future and how I want to live my life with my family and that gives me all the push I need.

What's the most fulfilling aspect of owning your own creative business?

I have NEVER been a morning person so sleeping until 9:30 every day has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of owning my own creative business lol. I set how my work day goes. If I feel like going for a bike ride in the middle of my day, I do. Nothing trumps that feeling.

How does your sports background compliment your creative work?

The two are very similar actually. As a point guard most of my career, my job was to prove to my teammates that they could trust me to create the big plays on the court because the ball was in my hands 90% of the time. It's the same in this industry… I ultimately have to establish a rapport of trust with my clients to create the best product in order to come out with the WIN and keep them happy.

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What's been your favorite entrepreneurial highlight so far?

Hands down my favorite entrepreneurial highlight has been making all of the shirts for the "Native DC" photoshoot that went viral. Seeing my work in magazines and on websites was a feeling I can't describe. Just being a part of such a monumental movement means everything to me. Another highlight was during a happy hour event in DC a few months ago when 6 or 7 people in the restaurant walked past me with shirts on that I had screen printed lol. I was all smiles that evening.

What's the most important thing you've learned so far about yourself as a maker?

That I'm ambitious and love to take risks.  I've had to stretch my capabilities and take on orders that I knew were above my shop's abilities BUT I've learned from those instances and was able to see my business grow from it. I've also learned that the love and support from my family and friends since day 1 really makes me who and what I am.  They are without a doubt the reason why my vision came to fruition and has continued to blossom. I've had the opportunity to collaborate with other creatives all around the country and that keeps me going. My partner Naseera, has been the real MVP behind the scenes of the social media platform. She and I are the co-owners of Creative Saints Loft but she has taken on the role of handling the marketing content for IncREDible Designs and it has opened so many doors that I didn't think were possible. 


I hope you enjoyed learning getting to know Meshia and learning more about the screen printing process!

Keep up with Meshia online: Visit her website: https://theincredibledesigns.com/, and follow her on facebook and instagram. For more information about the Creative Saints Loft, you can visit https://www.creativesaintsloft.com/, follow on facebook, instagram, (and buy some merch here).

Miss the first 5 makers features? Check them out here!

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Stay tuned for the next Makers Monday feature on July 29!

Hadiya- Black Pepper Paperie | Makers Series

Happy Makers Monday and welcome to July!

It’s been 2 months since the start of the Makers Series and we have been rolling! Today I am thrilled to introduce you to an amazingly talented maker that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for the past 8 years- Hadiya Williams of Black Pepper Paperie!

After meeting at an event in 2011, Hadiya and I worked together several times over the years- photographing her best friend’s wedding, working together on a styled shoot, photographing various creative projects, and most recently, we were both contributors to our friend Andrea’s book, We Inspire Me! That was a cool full circle moment because it was at Andrea’s event where we first met in 2011!

Hadiya is legit one of the most talented people I know. I am always inspired by how she effortlessly brings art to life using many different mediums, with a consistent eye for beautiful bold design. Keeping up with her work over the years has made me so happy!

I’m very thankful that she was able to share a moment of her time so that we could learn a bit more about her creative process 🖤

I hope you enjoy getting to know Hadiya!


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With your background in graphic design and art direction, how did the shift to clayware take place?

When I was in design school, I was always inspired by handwork- letterpress, woodwork, printmaking, etc. There was something extra special about tactile design/craft work. Like it hits on all senses as opposed to modern day graphic design which is heavily computer-based. I realize now, that it was inevitable that I would end up working with my hands, but I would have guessed it would be some form of printmaking.

After going to the American Craft Council Show in 2015, I developed a deeper appreciation for the art of handmade ceramics. I started collecting pieces whenever I came across something interesting. In Feb 2017, I took a 2-hour wheel-throwing workshop with a friend for fun. I had no goal outside of having fun and trying out a new craft. Afterward, I wanted to continue learning but in the comfort of my home since it was winter. I discovered polymer clay and youtube and started creating and sharing.

The whole process was pretty organic and unexpected. I took a couple of ceramic classes and now I primarily work with ceramic clay. I currently own a small kiln and I’m also a community artist at District Clay Center.

You have a beautifully intuitive method of creating, how do you ensure that your environment is conducive to creativity?

Thank you. I pride myself on leaning heavily on my intuition to create. I feel like some of my best work comes from just getting in there and making. My biggest MUST for my environment is lots of light. Anywhere that I live or work has to have a lot of natural light. I need that connection to natural light source, whether its sunlight, daylight, or moonlight. Outside of that, a clean surface is always helpful. I can be a bit messy so when I clear my surface, it tends to inspire me to create.

Walk us through the creation process. What does it look like from idea to final product for one of your clayware pieces?

I typically create a lot of pieces at once. Break out a piece of the clay, wedge it and roll out a slap to cut. Then I get my cookie cutters and start cutting out shapes. I just go for it until I have a variety of shapes for earrings, neck pieces, combs, etc. Smooth out the rough edges, let them dry out completely. Bisque fire, then glaze and fire again. The glazing is fun and stressful at times. I tend to like surprising myself with the end result for some pieces. Then once they are out of the kiln, I add the painted elements and spray with ceramic varnish.

This process is relative but for the most part it’s a pretty standard process for my jewelry. I like to let each individual piece “dictate” the design. I just intuitively start painting designs on them. Sometimes, I let them be. There have been times where I sketch out my designs and shapes but for the most part I am working on the fly.

You have a piece that's being really difficult and not turning out as you'd hoped... How do you reset?

The reset can be a shift in my expectation of the end result. Even if I sketch something first, I am open to what the organic process allows. Being able to embrace the mistakes makes it easier to be flexible and to improvise. If time allows, sometimes it’s just best to start over.

What's the most fulfilling aspect of owning your own creative business?

Being able to create pieces that bring others joy.

As a creative, sometimes motivation can ebb and flow. What slows you down and how do you overcome it?

I tend to procrastinate when I let the details overwhelm me. That definitely slows me down. Even though I know better, I still try to keep things in my head. When I actually take the time to write things out, whether it’s a schedule, a to-do list, etc., it frees up some serious mental space. It always gives a clearer perspective which reduces the anxiety.

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What's been your favorite entrepreneurial highlight so far?

Getting the LLC for my business. When I received my documents, it reminded me that I was building something bigger than I’d imagined.

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What's the most important thing you've learned so far about yourself as a maker?

I have learned that I prefer not to create the same piece twice. I love the idea of each piece being one-of-kind. I find myself trying to combat that in the effort to make my business more scalable and to follow advice from others but I realize that the joy is in seeing the array of designs and knowing that each piece is it’s own work of art.


That was dope, right? I’m so happy you guys were able to learn a little more about my friend, Hadiya! Let me know what you thought of her feature!

Now, the only thing missing is some Black Pepper Paperie in your life :)

Keep up with Hadiya online: Visit her websites: https://www.blackpepperpaperie.com/ and https://www.hadiyawilliams.com/, and give her a follow on instagram @blackpepperpaperieco and @hadiyawilliams, on facebook, and on twitter.

In DC, NY, or NOLA? Pick up some of her handmade goods in person: https://www.blackpepperpaperie.com/shoplocal

Miss the first 4 makers features? Check them out here!

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Stay tuned for the next Makers Monday feature on July 15!

Nicaila - Side Hustle Pro | Makers Series

Over the past few weeks, you’ve learned more about the creative processes behind soap making, upholstering, and candle making! While today’s featured maker doesn’t create a physical product, what she does create has impacted many fellow creative entrepreneurs-

I would like to introduce you to Nicaila Matthews Okome of the Side Hustle Pro podcast!

A few years ago I came across the Side Hustle Pro podcast and I loved it! I really enjoyed hearing the stories of other Black women entrepreneurs- how they started, what hurdles they encountered along the way, and how they became successful. So of course I wanted to know more about the woman behind the podcast!

This window into their process wouldn’t have been possible without the foresight of Nicaila and her process. I was interested in learning more about her and what motivated her side hustle! There is something for everyone in her insightful answers and I’m so glad we could make time to put this together for you!


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How did the shift from digital marketing to full-time podcasting take place? 

It started very gradually, with me tipping my toe into the waters of entrepreneurship. The first six months after I launched my podcast, I focused solely on consistency (releasing an episode each and every Wednesday and promoting that episode across all of my social media platforms). I leaned on my digital marketing background to build the Side Hustle Pro brand across social media and connect to my listeners outside of the podcast. I started to test out monetization and explore turning my podcast into a business at the six-month mark. That meant forming an LLC, opening a business bank account, launching my first paid product. Then, I started to put my plan together. The first step was SAVING to cover my living expenses for several months. Then I spent the next year working that plan: learning, growing, refining my revenue streams and deciding on a realistic date to go full-time. I set a quit date of September 2017. I had to push it back a bit, but in December 2017 I made the shift to full-time podcasting.

What ignited your passion for black women entrepreneurs? 

I can't think of a particular moment that ignited that passion. I am that girl following random people on Instagram just because I think you're fly and liking all your photos. I have always been drawn to badass black women who are not afraid to walk in their purpose. So talking to black women entrepreneurs who were able to start out as side hustlers and then grow their hustle into their own business inspired me during a time when I felt rejected and lost. Talking to them reminded me that there is unlimited magic inside of me, and I don't have to wait on anyone else to give me permission to unleash that. 

Walk us through your creative process. What does it look like from idea to finished podcast episode? 

Well, it starts with moments where I'm just able to sit in a coffee shop and do one of my favorite activities (stalk dope black women on the internet, LOL). I sit down and scroll through my episode management sheet, taking a broader look at the upcoming episodes and themes. I look for gaps or redundancy and keep note of what I think is missing (as far as industries I haven't covered or perspectives/lessons I want the show to teach). Then I move on to researching Black women entrepreneurs, scouring the latest news stories, the top business and entrepreneurship websites, etc. I have an endless list of names that I'm "researching." Once someone moves from "researching" to the desired guest, my assistant reaches out and we begin the booking and reminder process. When it's episode day, I clear my calendar. I want to devote all my time to get into the right mental zone to be completely engrossed in my guest's stories. I've learned from experience that when I have too much on my to-do list my mind is scattered and it's not fair to the guest, nor is the conversation as fruitful as it can be. Once we're done recording, I send all files to my producer and he handles the editing and mixing. Once it's ready, I schedule and on release day it's time to promo! Most importantly, I batch these processes. So I only record on Mondays and Tuesdays (because of the mental focus it requires of me and since I actually need to do other things the rest of the week—like coach my Podcast Moguls students!).

What is the most fulfilling aspect of running Side Hustle Pro? 

The most fulfilling aspect is knowing the show is having such a positive impact on so many people's lives. Knowing that people are starting side hustles, upgrading their businesses, learning new strategies and resources, and learning about black women entrepreneurs they may not have heard of, means everything to me. Just today, a listener came up to me in the street to tell me how much she loves the show and how she started her side hustle shortly after she discovered the podcast. How amazing is that?!

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As an entrepreneur, sometimes motivation can ebb and flow. What slows you down and how do you overcome it? 

What slows me down is when my energy is off. Energy is real and I do everything in my power to protect it. To overcome it, first I really took inventory of my working style this year (and I no longer compare it to anyone else's). Then, I started doing these 90-day sprints (I call it my Goal Getter Action Plan) and it helps me to set ridiculously small goals so I get things done and push past feelings of overwhelm and mental blocks. I know I need off days to let my creative juices flow. So I remind myself that if I knock out all my action items by a certain day, I get to take Friday and Saturday off. All of this has been extremely helpful in keeping me moving forward.

What's been your favorite entrepreneurial highlight so far? 

My favorite entrepreneur highlight was in summer 2018 when I was able to take an impromptu trip to join my sister and her husband, kids, and our parents at Disney World. When they were booking their tickets, I wasn't sure what my schedule would be like at the time so I thought I would have to pass on the trip. But then a week before I realized I had nothing pressing and could clear my schedule and book a last minute ticket and join them. Getting to spend those priceless moments with the fam was everything to me. Entrepreneurship allowed me that flexibility and freedom to get up and go and for that, I am forever grateful.

What's the most important thing you've learned so far about yourself as a maker?

That I can do it! I can do this crazy thing called entrepreneurship! I've learned that I can trust myself to find my way no matter what occurs. I've had so many moments in the past where I was lost and confused, and I look back at it all like, that had to happen for me to be here today. So why wouldn't I trust that things will continue to work out? Through all the ebbs and flows, every mistake is here to teach me something. So I can breathe, and focus on living and enjoying this life, rather than waiting for some ultimate moment of success to exhale. Most importantly, I know God's got my back.


Dopeness all around. Let me know what you thought of Nicaila’s feature! It was a pleasure getting to know more about her and the process behind bringing this amazing podcast to life.

Keep up with Nicaila online: Listen to SIde Hustle Pro on Apple Podcast or Stitcher. Visit her websites: https://www.sidehustlepro.co, http://www.podcastmoguls.com/ and give her a follow on instagram, facebook, and twitter- she’s @sidehustlepro everywhere. Also check out the coloring app she created with her husband- Color Noir!

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Amina- Handmade Habitat | Makers Series

Life has been handing me back to back curveballs for the past few weeks and today, I needed a moment.

Honestly I debated posting Makers Monday today given how trying the last 24 hours have been, but decided to go ahead with it because this week’s feature is actually quite fitting when you’re overwhelmed (as many of us likely are) for a way to sneak in a few moments of calm and wellness into your day.

Today, I am honored to introduce you to another magnificent maker- Amina Ahmad of Handmade Habitat.

While working with an artist at the Off The Beaten Track Warehouse last year, I was drawn to Amina (ah-min-uh)’s beautiful and airy studio. Shortly afterward, I followed her on the gram and fell in love with her brand! Amina's holistic approach to wellness really resonated with me, and the beautiful aesthetic of her feed completely sold me.

The more I explored and followed Amina’s work, the more I knew that she would be a phenomenal maker to work with. I love seeing things that genuinely make me feel good just by looking at them and Amina's eco-friendly, handmade products are even better than they look!

I’m very grateful that Amina and I could connect offline to not only show you a portion of her process, but to further explore the importance of serenity and nature in her brand. These are some things all makers can benefit from, but I especially love the way it shows up for Amina 💚


You have a very eco-conscious business, how do you connect with nature personally?

I love nature. I grew up in a pretty rural part of Maryland and I think that has fostered a connection to nature and the changing of the seasons for me. I often joke that my parents collected trees. Growing up, we had a big yard with a dozen different trees from magnolias to dogwoods to weeping cherry trees, and the same with plants. In the spring and summer there was always something in bloom and we would spend a lot of time outside in our yard. The house my mom grew up in had a backyard filled with mint that my late grandmother planted which smelt magical every time you stepped outside into it. Everyone in my family always has mint around to keep that connection to her and that house. Now I love observing nature, the change throughout the year, and I try to spend some time with it every day. It’s very calming and grounding for me, always feels familiar, and one of my favorite parts of the day is when my dog and I take a long walk to check on all our favorite neighborhood flowers and trees. 

Walk us through your creation process. What does it look like from idea to final product for one of your candle collections? 

I like to start out with a mood that I'm trying to create when we embark on a new candle collection. Candles are such personal products that are completely connected to mood and aura, so I like to start with the feeling I want the candle to evoke. Then we test scent combinations, exploring new areas we haven't gone to with our current scents, and then we look for containers and start designing labels that also reflect those sentiments. It's a long process with lots of tiny decisions, but in the end, we wind up with a new look, a new scent, that is not just good smelling, but that helps our customers achieve a deeper sense of rest, inspiration, and calm.

What is the soundtrack to Handmade Habitat (what's playing in the background when you're creating)? 

I love mellow music and light vibes. I listen to a lot of Jamila Woods, Raveena, Men I Trust, and new indie music like that. I can get really excited by music - it feels like it comes into my body and energizes me, sometimes too much lol, so sometimes it exhausts me to work with music on all day. That's when I switch to NPR and podcasts. 

What is the most fulfilling aspect of owning Handmade Habitat? 

It has been amazing to see an idea come to reality from a product perspective and a dream perspective. I never thought running a business that pays the bills and me a salary would be possible, and it makes me so happy that I have been able to live this life. Sometimes I get really caught up in the day to day but it’s also always so rewarding when someone tells you how much they love what you make. 

As a small business owner, sometimes motivation can ebb and flow. What slows you down and how do you overcome it? 

I’m a chronic avoider of email. I get a million emails about a million different things and it takes so much concentrated energy to get through it. At this point in my career though I’ve adopted the philosophy that I don’t owe everyone a response. My time has become the most valuable thing that I have now and I’m always working on trying to spend it most efficiently, and I’m still not able to do everything I want to accomplish. 

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What's been your favorite entrepreneurial highlight so far? 

It’s hard to pick one! I’ve been making and selling things for nearly nine years now and there have been so many good moments. I was so excited when I got into my first store- the old DC Trohv (RIP), and when I got into my first Crafty Bastards which made me feel like i had finally earned so much credibility. But the small moments have been great too- someone telling you a story about how our geranium rose reminded them of a loved one that passed away, and all the great people I’ve met and that have come into my life through this business. DC’s maker community is so loving and supportive and that might just be the best thing.

What's the most important thing you've learned so far about yourself as a maker?

I’ve learned that I really enjoy the work. The business has become my whole life and I honestly love it. It’s been hard to find separation from work time and personal time because I can always be working but that’s because I really love it all so much. 

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Soo so good. Didn’t that just make you FEEL good? Thank you Amina for being apart of the Makers Series and sharing your insights and creative process with us!

Keep up with Amina online: Visit her website: https://handmadehabitat.co/ and give her a follow on instagram, pinterest, and twitter- she’s @handmadehabitat everywhere! Also, keep an eye out for when she has open studio hours because visiting her studio is a real treat!

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Let me know what you thought of Amina’s feature and stay tuned for our next Makers Monday feature on June 17!