Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m Candace Todd and with my husband Dylan, we are the team behind Sparkle Power. We currently reside in our hometown of sunny Las Vegas, Nevada. We started our little shop about four years ago as a side project to make a little extra money while Dylan finished school for graphic design. I do the sewing and the cooking while Dylan does the designing and takes the garbage out. We’re simple folk; we like things that are awesome and just want to share them with the world at large.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
My day job is taking care of our two daughters. I really love to go thrifting (some of my finds end up in our shop), and I also enjoy spending time in the kitchen, trying out new recipes. Dylan works full time as a graphic designer for a local firm, but loves being at home with his girls and can often be found reading comics, making mixtapes, and just generally rocking out. We both have a healthy sense of humor and enjoy each others’ company immensely.
What first made you want to become an artist?
I never feel completely balanced unless I’m using my hands to create stuff. Sewing came later in life for me, but it’s been a hobby that I have yet to tire of. As a boy, Dylan was always drawing and still doodles whenever there is paper and pen in front of him. We knew a creative career like graphic design would scratch that artistic itch, so it only made sense for him to pursue a fine arts degree when it came time to pick a major in college. The rest, as they say, is history.
Please describe your creative process.
Most of the making is done at night, once our daughters go to bed. We usually watch TV or a movie and I’ll cut fabric and sew at the dining room table. Dylan designs posters as ideas come to him and he often wields the pinking shears to help me trim seams. We both keep sketch journals handy to jot down any ideas that come to us. We only wish that we had more hours in the day to work on it all!
I have a love for vintage fabrics and vintage bed linens in particular. I search local thrift stores for them and just can’t get enough of the thrill of finding something great. Re-purposed fabrics, like bed sheets, make up about 80% of the fabrics that I use in my products. They give my goods great character and it’s eco-friendly!
What handmade possession do you most cherish?
Dylan made me lots of really great mixtapes when we were dating. He even made illustrated covers for each one. They will always be special to me, serving as a reminder of the early days of our relationship for both my eyes and ears.
Dylan is really protective of the Super Ted stuffed bear that his mom made for him when he was a little boy. He gets really uptight when our girls ask to play with it.
What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
List products as often as you can. Also, don’t get discouraged when sales are down. Use that time to work on more products instead of sitting around worrying.
What are your favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?
I absolutely love the Activity Feed and the You Might Like section. Etsy is really improving and I just love where it’s going!
In ten years, where would you like to be?
It’s really hard to think that far out! Hopefully we’ll still have a business of our own, whether it’s a design firm for Dylan or a handmade business for the both of us. Ultimately we just want lots of time to be together and everybody to be healthy and happy.