Home is where the boutique is

. February 1, 2013.

For Erin Wooden-Nagy, the business plan started not with a pen and paper, but a needle and thread. She posted a photo of a quilt she created on Facebook and, overwhelmed by the positive response (and orders), she decided to start a boutique that would cater to fans of her handmade aesthetic. She set up her shop, Handmade Home, within the children's clothing boutique Kiya Papaya in downtown Findlay, inviting nearly 25 crafters to sell their items as well, and began her journey as a business owner in June. "It's been fun, it's been overwhelming, but it's very rewarding — I'm definitely enjoying it," Wooden-Nagy says. She sells everything from 'primitive' home accessories (the new, modern version of frontier-style decor) to jewelry, scarves and candles, for $1 to $50, with the requirement that everything be made by hand. "It's very important that it's handmade. I appreciate knowing where it came from, knowing who's benefitting from my purchase," Wooden-Nagy says. "I just like that somebody put the time and effort into it because they enjoy making it." Handmade Home, 404 S. Main St. Open Tuesday thru Friday, 10am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-4pm. 419-306-7973. www.facebook.com/handmadehomeshop.