It's December 7th...how has this month gotten away from me already?! It's time to announce our December 2020 Local Artisan Vendor!
This month we are featuring a wonderful young lady that makes modern, aesthetically pleasing items for babies & women. We chose to feature her company (Made + Modern) in DART Boutique this month because her items would make great Christmas gifts!
All of her creations are on display for the month of December in our local vendor section in our retail store. You'll find nursing necklaces, pacifier clips, teething toys, car seat toys, lanyards, necklaces, bracelets, & keychains.
Meet Morgan Messersmith--who grew up right here in Tea, SD. Morgan recently graduated from SDSU with a degree in Interior Design. She now lives & works in Sioux Falls as an architectural designer. I asked Morgan a few questions to get to know her better.
1. How did you get started with your business?
I took a chance in the middle of Covid, before I started my full-time job. I acquired someone else's inventory and they mentored me and helped me learn how to make these items. It took a lot of practice with the patterns and getting the knots correct before I was ready to sell. I love crafting and working with kids and this gives me the opportunity to do both!
2. How long have you been making your items?
I started Made + Modern in June of this year, so only for a few months.
3. What inspires you to create?
I have always been design-driven. I love creating unique products for others to enjoy. I think making people happy is a big factor in why I enjoy creating!
4. What is your favorite aspect of making your items?
I love that each item is different and I enjoy seeing reactions when people receive their custom made items.
5. What else should our readers know about you, your business, or your products?
If I'm not crafting or working, I'm playing with my dog and hanging out with family.
All of my products are handmade with silicone beads and natural wood. Silicone beads are FDA approved, durable, soft on gums, heat resistant, and perfect for the freezer! They also make great sensory tools and help babies focus while nursing. All necklaces are made with breakaway clasps and silicone beads which make them safe for moms and babies.
Also, this Saturday (December 12th), Morgan will be at our Holiday Open House for a Meet & Greet time from 1:00-2:30 pm. Swing by the store to meet her, learn about her products, support her small business, and get some Christmas shopping done!
Shop locally at DART Boutique - 615 E. Brian St., Tea, SD.