Today we’d like to introduce you to Sumarah Dadabhoy.
Hi Sumarah, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Arts & Crafts has always been a passion of mine. Throughout High School and College – as I studied Social Ecology & Biology, I would use my spare time to decompress from all the stress by hand-making gifts and painting. I would look at items in a store and wouldn’t be able to find exactly what I liked so I would work on creating my own version. Family and friends were always so supportive and would ask to have things made, so I’d wait for the moments I would be able to make something. From personalized sweatshirts for birthday parties, home decor pieces, scrapbooks to picture frames, I loved that crafting had endless possibilities. If you could think of it, it could be made.
Fast forward a few years, when I had my sons I found myself creating custom items for their birthdays, room decor and school projects. Many would ask where I bought the items from and with the push from my husband, I created Stars&DreamsCo to showcase what I created and open the possibility of making things outside of my circle.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
With all new endeavors, you’re always faced with challenges. And this was no different. I am still an at home mom, so time management and flexibility is a constant work in progress. I work on my orders in between the kid’s school, keeping them entertained, making meals, family time, etc. I always say there aren’t enough hours in a day! As any crafter would tell you, creative blocks are inevitable. So to constantly create items that are unique, I’m always experimenting on ideas and brainstorming with my sisters and sister-in-law (they are the best!). So it’s challenging to keep up with the changing trends and designs to create a demand. With that being said, with the encouragement, support and constant push from my family, it really helps ease the challenges I am faced with today.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am the creator maker and owner behind Stars&DreamsCo Creating this company has been a dream of mine. What I do is create handmade, detailed, and custom stationary, signage, paper crafts, gifts, and home decor items that aren’t found in my preferred style elsewhere. At Stars&Dreams Co items are all made to order so I work with the client to design and create a one of a kind item that is unique to them and their need. I put my personal spin on each piece I make which cannot be easily replicated so you end up with a product uniquely made that adds a custom touch to your home and/or events.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
Some of my favorite childhood memories were being able to save my allowance to buy specialty paper, paints, and pens… All things colors and crafts has been something I’ve loved even as a little girl. My craft supplies are a little out of control now but a girl can never have enough!
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