We had the good fortune of connecting with Anette Hyldgaard Rasmussen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Anette, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Back in summer 2017 I got my first grandson Villads. I made a lot of baby stuff for him like e.g. a baby nest, diaper bag and a lot of clothes. Friends and family really liked my stuff as it is not like anything else you can buy in the stores.. In the fall my husband and I moved to Houston Texas because of my husbands work. It was a big cultural change for me. I am used to have a fulltime job as an accountant in Denmark where I’m born and raised. When we were settled in Houston I began sewing baby clothes and went out on markets to sell my creations. It started as a hobby. I got really good feedback from my customers and I therefore considered to make it a business. I had to find out how to establish a business in the US and ensure that I did it right. I just wanted to set up a small business as I didn’t want it to be bigger than what I can handle myself.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It is important to me that my stuff is homemade by me. I decided to make something different that people can not buy in the stores in the US and I therefore mainly use fabrics from Denmark. In that way I am unique and stand out compared to other companies selling baby stuff. To me it is still a hobby as I don’t have to earn a lot. I spend a lot of time sewing which I really enjoy. That people like my stuff and want to buy it is just as bonus to me. It keeps me busy and I meet a lot of nice people when I am on market.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them downtown Houston. Show them National science museum, take a walk in the parks around the zoo and through the Japanese garden. We would eat at Trulucks. Visit Galveston for a day, take a long walk or maybe rent a bicycle. and enjoy a brunch at the sunflower Bakery & Cafe. Visit Brazos state park. Visit NASA visitor center. Have a lovely dinner at Pappacitos Cantina and Pappas seafood House. I will also show them Kemah boardwalk.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I will first of all send a big thanks to my lovely husband, that always has helped and supported me. I will also send a big thanks to my family and friends. My son helped me a lot with my website and my daughter is always quick with a photo of my two lovely grandkids wearing my creations. Also a big thanks to all my customers and especially for all the feed back through pictures of your lovely kids in my creations. It makes me really happy and warm my heart.

Website: a-hyldgaard.com

Instagram: instragram.com/handmade_by_a.hyldgaard

Facebook: facebook.com/hyldgaard.anette

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