Today we’d like to introduce you to Angelica Ramos.
Hi Angelica, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
Crafting has always been a huge passion for me. As a kid, I used to watch Project Runway a lot and would find myself sketching and immersing myself on how I can become a designer. I would draw sketches, and when a friend of mine let me borrow her sewing machine, I instantly fell in love. I bought patterns and would try and teach myself how to use a sewing machine. I then started creating funny, huggable pillows — like a burger, pizza, bacon, and even the Filipino Skyflakes — then moved onto creating garments for myself and my little sister. Later I would catch myself clicking on all these other videos that YouTube recommended me & fell in love with everything else the crafting world had to offer. In high school, I never had the money to buy decent presents for family and friends but always found the time to make something for them because art supplies were cheaper because I knew that if my gift came truly from the heart it wouldn’t matter at what cost. That’s merely what crafting was to me — a time where I fully put my heart and effort into a gift for a loved one. Fast forward to after earning my Bachelor’s, I finally got a grown-up job & with that came with grown-up money. I found myself spending more and more on crafting than ever. I took up bigger projects and has more time to create since I didn’t have to study anymore. I even volunteered myself to help design some packaging and PR packages for the company I previously worked for just to involve myself into anything new. Unfortunately, I was laid off during COVID and hit a huge self-awakening knowing I had car payments, rent, and a minor I was fully in charge of taking care of. I knew I had to step up, and with the huge push of encouragement from my friends and family, I started taking custom orders. I would be urged constantly to start a business because I was reminded that there was no harm in trying and pursuing something that I loved doing while still helping me financially. So, I signed up for my first pop-up market and instantly fell in love with Little Starry Things. The rest is history.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest obstacle I had to overcome was more of a battle within myself. Because I was struggling financially due to the impact of COVID, not only did I find myself forcing to do as many pop-ups as I could knowing I wouldn’t have time to restock, but I also was trying to take in as many custom orders as I could. It was starting to get tiresome, and I felt like I just couldn’t catch a break. Then, with the help and advice of a couple other small businesses, they told me to remind myself why I wanted to start Little Starry Things in the first place — to give back and just use it as my creative little outlet for happiness. So, I changed my perspective on Little Starry Things, and it began to take shape into what it is today.
Thanks – so, what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Little Starry Things specializes in all things handmade, adorable, cuddly crochet plushies. One of my favorite things about the brand is that I love that our products has a special play on words — most items are arranged by one of the four categories: Fresh Produce, Baked Goods, Adopt-a-Pet, and Plant Nursery. Each category normally has its own station when we set up for pop-up markets, but my favorite has to be Adopt-a-Pet, where each purchase comes with an adoption certificate because I get to find out later the names that the animals were given. Plushies range in not only a variety of sizes, from keychain-sized items to more huggable plushies but also the type of yarn I use, which will give different softness and density levels. In addition, I also design stickers and buttons that are mainly characters of my favorite plush characters, Disney films, anime and video game characters, or my pets.
I would say what sets Little Starry Things apart from others is that I truly try and connect with anyone who enters the booth, and these little moments really motivate me to continue to do and run this business. I’ve met so many people who I’ve had the privilege of knowing their back story and how my products connect with them — like gifting their significant other their favorite animal for their anniversary or customizing an animal that has past and being part of the grieving process or making a plush where a couple can see in their nursery in preparation for their big day. These special moments are ones that I cherish and feel so honored to be a part of as the owner of Little Starry Things.
Can you share something surprising about yourself?
At first, I didn’t think it was surprising, but the more I did pop-up events, I realized that not a lot of people know that Little Starry Things is almost completely all handmade, from crochet plushies to stickers to pins. I handmake each and every crochet plush that is displayed along with the stickers. Seeing it all come together the day of the market and displaying them in a certain way gives a huge feeling of accomplishment because it’s a lot of long, day-after-day work on crocheting. It’s truly rewarding, and all the hard work pays off seeing people come into the booth and squeal over the products.
- $10: most of our keychain-sized items that includes a keychain if wanted or can be the cutest desk buddy/companion.
- $25-30: mini/small crochet plushies that are cuddly and made from a super soft yarn (about 5-8 in.)
- $50-60: larger and more huggable items like the softest and largest bumblebee we offer. We also offer a super huggable soft bunny.
- $15: our popular and beloved hanging or potted plants that will never die on you!
- Website: littlestarrythings.bigcartel.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/littlestarrythings
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/littlestarrythings