The Side Hustle: Nanny puts her best foot forward to make personalized shoes
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A nanny with a love of crafting stepped forward with a side hustle for those who love shoes.
For Dawn Chaplain, of Ocean Isle Beach, her side gig started with a request from a family member.
“My niece, when she was turning 30, she knew I loved to craft and she asked me if I would make a pair of Little Mermaid heels for her thirtieth birthday," she said. "So began Heavenly Heels.”
Chaplain spent the past 30 years working as a nanny. However, she always had a creative side.
She sells custom-made shoes at her Etsy shop and customers find out about her designs on Facebook or by word of mouth.
She makes them in a room in her house and ships them all over the country.
She finds the feedback she gets from clients to be very flattering.
“I love it and I get tons of compliments," she said.
Her most popular design is for weddings; Some brides wear her white, romantic heels, but Chaplain said most prefer to wear her Batman design on their big day.
The shoes cost anywhere from $40 to $75.
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