Vendor Spotlight – The Handmade Empire

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Anneka & Megan | The Handmade Empire

What is your business, and what do you make?
We are Anneka and Megan of The Handmade Empire and we make a little bit of everything! We have mugs, jewelry, Christmas ornaments and hand-knit goods with aspirations to add more!

How did you get started in this business?
We are best friends and have been crafting together for a few years, but we decided it was time to make it more than just a hobby. Both of us have a desire to own our own business and this is the natural first step.

Is this a full time job for you?
No. Megan works part-time in town and Anneka is a mom to Alexandra, 8 and Aurelia, 1. Our business gets scheduled in when we can. Burning the midnight oil is not unusual to either of us.

What is your first memory of making something?
Megan: When I was in grade one, I made a paper ornament for my mom. I still have it.
Anneka: I got a knitting kit for my 7th birthday. My Nana taught me to knit and my first projects were Barbie blankets.

What are your favorite and least favorite things about being craft fair vendor?
This is our first one ever. Good or bad, bring it on!

What is the biggest compliment you’ve ever received about your work?
We’ve gotten acknowledgment from friends that our items are good enough for sale.

What is one holiday tradition in your family?
Megan: Every year we would be gifted with at least one handmade ornament.
Anneka: The kids get to open one gift on Christmas Eve which is always new pyjamas. That and watching the Christmas specials on TV.

What was the last gift you gave someone?
Megan: a personalized mug for my roommate
Anneka: a personalized mug for my mom’s birthday

What song has been stuck in your head this week?

Megan: Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine
Anneka: How do I follow that? I feel like the other cast members from The Avengers answering after Tom Hiddleston. Okay, Taylor Swift’s “Style”.

If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Megan: Buy a house, go to Paris, put money towards the business.
Anneka: Finally buy a house! And travel! Paris is calling me!

Describe your workspace/studio in three words
Dining room table!