Meet the Makers: Hannah Ibanez of Louise’s Cards and Crafts

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Meet the Makers, News | No Comments

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What do you make?
I create headbands for babies, ladies and for mommies as well. Also, non-sew Tutus for little girls. For weddings and special occasions, together with my husband Fred, we create invitations and customized giveaways.

Meet Hannah, the woman behind Louise's Cards and Crafts (and her super supportive husband).

Meet Hannah, the woman behind Louise’s Cards and Crafts (and her super supportive husband).

How did you get into it?
I have always been into the customization of my things. I took it seriously during our wedding preparation from which we recreate some of our wedding essentials like candles, signature books, etc. Then, we have our first baby named Louise and on her first birthday, we customized the loot bags, party hats and some decorations. It was so much fun! Then months later, I realized there are so many cute baby accessories for Louise that I can’t easily buy here in Cebu. So there, I decided to start creating them and I just discovered another skill. Orders coming in and it just happened; we have Louise’s Cards and Crafts.

Hannah makes these cute little tutu dresses!

Hannah makes these cute little tutu dresses!

Are you a full-time crafter? If not, what is your day job?
No, I am a part-time crafter; I do my projects at night and during weekends. I worked in an IT company.

What motivates you in pursuing this business?
Happy clients, creating new projects and testing our limits, these are our motivations. As a couple, it’s also quite enjoyable to be a team in specific hobby. Of course there is the financial benefit from which all our extra income goes to our daughter’s savings account.

Hannah also makes custom invitations.

Hannah also makes custom invitations.

What are some of the challenges of maintaining a craft business?
Two things, time and the limited supplies. And as days passed by, we experience new challenges and learn from each of them.

What’s a new skill–craft or business–that you’d like to learn?
Machine Sewing. I recently bought our sewing machine and will definitely find time to learn this skill. I keep imagining new dress designs for my daughter but I know I still have lots of steps to learn.

This ribbon set is just too cute!

This ribbon set is just too cute!

What’s your most recent craft business milestone?
That would be finishing the 100 pcs. of invitations in just 2 weeks. This may be easy for some but being a crafter with a day job, I guess this is such an achievement in terms of time management.

What craft business advice can you share with other aspiring entrepreneurs?
Be a fan of yourself. Always love what you do.

Just adorable!  :-)

Just adorable! 🙂

Um, if you were a craft tool, what would you be? And why?
Glue gun. I get burnt from it sometimes but I just love sticking my projects using this tool.

What can we expect to see from you guys at the upcoming Maker’s Market?
Very cute headbands for your little princesses. Our tutus are samples only but you can always contact us for customization.

Another pretty set in purple.

Another pretty set in purple.

Where else can we find your work?
Currently, you can see all our products in our Facebook and Instagram profiles
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouiseCardsandCrafts
Instagram: http://instagram.com/louise_cardsncrafts

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