Why carry around an ordinary handbag when you can carry a Daisy Bag?
I've always loved sewing-in high school I made my own clothes. When my girlfriends started having babies, they all got baby quilts. Sewing has always been a part of my life. In 2004, I was on the search for an affordable bag featuring a photo of my first "baby"-a black Labrador retriever named Daisey. I found one -- for $200. Rather than fork over that much cash, I decided to just make one myself. I took it to work and everyone loved it. Timing was perfect--it happened to be right before Mother's Day. Handbags with pictures of children, grandchildren, pets, and loved ones were the perfect gift idea. Several orders where placed and Daisy Bags was launched. I left my retail management job that fall to create and design full time. During the past seven years, Daisy Bags has evolved into a multiline handbag and accessory company for the whole family.
Each design and bag is still made by me in my Elk Grove Village, IL home studio. I sell here on my website, have an Etsy shop and spend my weekends May-December selling at 20-30 art shows a year. I also take full advantage of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) to connect with customers.
Daisy bags has allowed me to do what I love for a career at home, all while raising a 11-year-old daughter, 9-year-old son and of course a 13-year-old Daisey.