Here on the Meet the Maker series we hope to introduce you to the local artists and creators of the York Region. For episode 17, I want to invite you to meet Ashley from Stelly Handmade!

Tell us about yourself plus one interesting fact.

I am a stay at home mom running my shop. I used to work with kids before I started making clothes for them! I have always loved the minimalist look and of course Monochrome!

How would you describe your shop style.

My shop style is modern monochrome apparel. I love black and white and like to add in some colour Pops here and there! My clothing is trendy but still provides all the comfort for little ones! I have the cutest Customers!
What were some of the challenges you encountered when started your shop?
I struggled at first with finding my own identity as a shop. I know what I like but in the beginning I tried to make a lot of different things hoping to appeal to everyone. I have since learned that staying true to myself is key. There’s nothing better then seeing your hard work come together in all the pictures sent to me or I’ve even run into customers out and about!  I have more confidence in my products now that I have a focus.


What advice would you give new shops on Etsy?

Make what you love and never give up. There will always be times when it gets tough being a small business owner but it almost always turns itself around. Usually just when I start to wonder if it’s all worth it, I get a comment or email with encouraging words of support and I remember why I keep doing what I love. I really do love designing and making all these cool hip clothes!
I love your printed tops and rompers! Where do you draw your inspiration from for the quirky wording?

Thank you! I really love the minimalist look when I buy clothing for my own children. So it inspired me to design my Own simple designs! I spend a lot of time with my nephew who’s first words were “Uh oh” . It was cute and simple. My different French designs come from my son who attends French immersion and gave me the idea. Simple and modern. Some of my most loyal customers inspire me too!

What upcoming markets can our followers find you at?

Stellyhandmade will be at the Baby time Show at the metro convention centre Nov 11-13 and also the etsy made in Canada Xmas market!


Trail hike or lake swim?


Trail hike all the way!

You can find Stelly Handmade at the Etsy York Region Country Christmas event November 26th at Elgin West Community Centre. Click here for more details.

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