Today we’d like to introduce you to Wendy Ivelisse Rosario.
Wendy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Well I’m a crafter at heart. Born in Puerto Rico, raised between Puerto Rico and New York. I grew up in a family where the women were all seamstresses. So it became 2nd nature to me. When my teenage years came along I saw one of my aunts with needle and thread creating a beautiful doily. It amazed me at that moment how a simple thread can create such beautiful art. She taught me not only to work the needle but to read crochet patterns and words as well as latch hook. That woke in me a passion to learn more crafts. I learned from embroidery, cake decorating, etching, etc. Which was a plus being a single mother.
My barefoot sandals was something I started a few years ago. I started doing them to have something pretty yet lightweight to wear for belly dancing. I designed my first pair and that took me back to my first true love in crafting… crochet.
I was once told that they didn’t get the concept of it. To which I responded just like you wear necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc. is jewelry for your feet. Beautiful for a bride-to-be that’s having a beach wedding, even their bridesmaids can join in the fun.
It never crossed my mind I would receive such positive feedback and so many orders. What started, as one might say a hobby, has taken off in such a way that I’ve expanded my creativity to other crochet areas such as jewelry, beachwear, and clothes for both women and children.
Has it been a smooth road?
The road is rough. I’ll be honest the creativity part was and is the easy part for me. I’m learning everyday how to go about the business side of it in this stage of the game with internet playing such a huge role. More the promotional side of it all. There are so many online applications where you can share your work as well as your website.
Constantly socializing, meet and greets. However doing shows, setting up a table to display my work talking face to face with people is fun for me. I think everyone struggles in the beginning to get your name, reputation, and constant flow of clients. You take the good, take the bad and learn. I sometimes feel. Well now all the time I feel, since it has taken off, that there is not enough hours in the day for me to do what needs to be done. That’s when you realize why an assistant should come in handy right about now. Lol!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Wendy I. Boutique – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I mostly specialize in crochet barefoot sandals is what I’m known for. I found that it wasn’t only for dancing but for about any occasion. They can be worn outdoors, pool, beach, even with shoes.
Because they are mostly cotton, they are very lightweight on the feet, you don’t have to take them off to go in the water, and while sun tanning or just walking around it will not make you feel as if your skin is burning like other materials do when they get hot. It will even give you a pretty suntanned design.
I also make barefoot sandals sets for little girls for everyday or photo prop.
I started doing different designs, adding beautiful charms, beads, pearls, and so on. But always with the concept of keeping them lightweight. I try to also keep it simple yet beautiful. Which I think sets me apart from others. For the women especially I don’t want your feet to “scream” at people but for people to see them and say how sensual your feet look with them on.
This however is only the beginning and I am forever grateful that at this stage in my life, having raised my children I can now pursue a dream that was dormant in me for quite some time. It just shows don’t ever give up on that dream. Do what you love, what you’re passionate about. It might take some longer than others but never give up. Also for ever grateful to my aunt Milly Figueroa who always was willing to teach. I know she is watching from above proudly.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I like that is “summer” all year round. The beautiful beaches, I love nature and the outdoors and I find Miami to be a great spot for that. And let’s face it is an awesome place to be for what I do. I like the different cultures, foods, and traditions. There is always something going on in Miami from Calle 8, to Seafood Festival, to Rodeo in Homestead etc. There are even small hidden treasures such as Cauley Square, wineries, etc. You could never say “I’m bored I have nothing to do” in Miami.
What I’m disliking which has been in the past few year the minimizing of agriculture to build more homes and businesses. I miss going thru homestead and seeing the fields all over the area.
- Adult Barefoot Sandals range from $8-$30 Pair
- Children Barefoot Sandals from $3-$8 Pair
- Address: 24901 SW 130 Avenue Suite 305
- Website: http://wendyiboutique.storenvy.com
- Phone: 3057887956
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