When we first reached out to Debbie of September Skye, we really didn't know what to expect. We had this idea to feature local business women and glean from their wisdom, but honestly didn't think EVERY SINGLE LADY we contacted would want to play along with our little dream. Not only that but they were just as excited as we were! So! The Streets of Gold proudly presents our very first #BossLady!
As Debbie very graciously welcomed us into her beautiful home (this lady has s.t.y.l.e.) we immediately noticed her bubbly personality and go get 'em attitude! She really loves what she does and oozes confidence and encouragement at every turn. Her bags reflect her love of floral prints, leather, fringe, and beautiful vibrant colors. You can go shopping online here! Debbie will also be one of the fabulous vendors taking part in the WC Fashion Show in Lynden on the 22nd of this month! With the 60's and 70's back in style, we thought we would suggest a more fashion forward look (the brainchild of our talented fashion photographer Molly Joy Photography) for her hair and makeup, and she was SO game!
Introducing debbie of
My handmade bag business began about 5 years ago shortly after my 2nd daughter was born. I have always had a love for purses and functional bags so when I picked up sewing again as an adult, it was no surprise that would be the first thing I'd try to master. I sew all kinds of bags from little girl purses to diaper bags and overnight bags for women.
There are a LOT of handmade bag businesses out there, I'm not the first and won't be the last! But I do feel unique in that I'm constantly trying new things, using trending fabric and prints and staying relative to what the trend is for that specific season.
What is a hardship or challenge you have had to overcome and how did you handle that?
I wouldn't say I've hit one large hardship yet, but a lot of little ones. Always making sure my product is long-lasting is a challenge since it's not made in a commercial factory overseas. I have to really dissect each item, each seam, (sometimes each stitch) and taking the time to do that can be a time challenge for me. I am a task master and like to keep going but I know it saves me time in the long-run!
How do you balance being a #bosslady
with having a family/life?
Some days I feel like I don't do it very well... I think that's every working-at-home-mom's struggle! I try to follow the same school schedule as my kids and take time off when their home. During my busy seasons, I work after they go to bed so that I can still do dinners, soccer games and homework.
We could not imagine a better #BossLady to kick of this section of the blog. What a beautiful woman, inside and out. AND talented with a business brain! Thank you Debbie for freezing your cute little booty off to get these beautiful photos, and thank you to our photographer Molly for the styling inspiration and pure skills behind the camera!
Elizabeth & Erika