Stefanie Graves of Ocean Beach, California loves Hawaii and she loves to sew. After the birth of her daughter, this former Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute biologist decided to take a leap and stay at home to pursue her craft business dream, hand-sewn paddle boarding and home products made from colorful Hawaiian-print fabrics.
According to Graves, her business is thriving and “timing is right.” She’s grateful to her local friends and the expanding interest from people situated throughout the United States, including Texas and South Dakota. However, a lot of her orders come from California and her home base of San Diego.
What are her most popular items, Grave’s says it’s the stand up paddle (SUP) covers and garment bags—popular with hula dancers. She is also finding a great interest in repurpose/recycle items, fabric that has a rich heritage in California and Hawaiian history.
Graves, who started sewing these treasures after a trip to Oahu more than ten years ago, also dances hula, is in an outrigger canoe club and is a competitive paddle boarder. She began sewing as a young girl and grew up in La Mesa, Calif.
Aloha Designs products can be found online at www.AlohaDesigns.net.