My last few days in New York City about five months before my little one was born-- The last few years in my life have been a whirlwind; an exciting, yet challenging one. Before I started the Sweet Potatoe, I coincidentally opened up a little vintage shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/visitcloud on Etsy exactly the day before my son Skye was born. I've sold on Etsy before and have always loved it and had an itch to sell and get back into the community of crafters and vintage lovers. My plans were to sell our collection of vintage decor and save up the money to buy some sewing materials and fabric. After a few months of settling in with being a first time mommy, I eventually stocked the vintage shop and started selling on Etsy again. While setting up a vintage Instagram profile, I slowly discovered the business side of Instagtam and sorta, okay...instantly became addicted. I started out using Instagram as a personal outlet, but started using IG for my vintage decor shop. I started taking photos of clothes I never or barely wore and started selling on IG. I loved making people happy and hearing their feedback. I met so many new and expecting moms who were in the same boat as me and it was fun interacting with all of them. I still interact with a lot of them today. I love seeing how far everyone has gone. It's so inspiring! Skye was only 6 months at the time, so of course this "side thing" was reserved during his naps and at night and it still is today! My partner in crime (the hubs) is my production partner and we use our sleepless nights of sewing, cutting patterns and illustrating as our bonding time. It's funny though, we get into work mode and the dynamic changes. Well..with the funds I made from my closet shop, I slowly started planning out The Sweet Potatoe and it took a lot more time to prep everything than I expected. It was perfect timing with our local summer Farmers Market which started last May. I went to the jury selection and I was so nervous, but it turned out really well in the end. I learned not to make fear take over my mind and goals. That became my main motivator to keep going. Every day is a learning process and I take each setback as a sign to keep moving forward. I love all the people I've met and appreciate all the support from my customers, family members and friends.