Tell us how you started your business / creative venture?
At the time this all began, I was in what I thought to be a healthy and fulfilling relationship that allowed me to spread my wings and try things that I had always wanted the opportunity to get my hands on. It allowed me a creative space and the tools to learn with. I tried my hand at gardening and even found myself building the planters for my plants to go in… Which led me to work with more woodworking tools, and that’s what really framed the initial business idea. I wanted to build frames, and fill them with tiny little worlds, made from the nature around us.
How long have you been doing your creative work?
I started about 4 years ago.
What made you choose this journey?
I actually always wanted to be a musician. Completely skipped the art electives in school to follow music. But this is my zen. It helps me to feel connected with the nature around me while also creating something beautiful that I can share with the world. It’s very peaceful and I love it.
What kind of struggles did you face in your journey?
Immediately after opening up my Etsy shop, the relationship that helped me build it fell through. I was then left trying to maintain the business, while also finding a new place to live completely on my own. I lost most of the materials and workspace that I had initially had upon opening the business, I had no money for new materials, and this caused me to have to change some of the focus of my original plans for the business. The original plans for the business involved a lot more woodworking, shelves for crystals, and the like… Which I was now left unable to make. Now I had to refocus my company, learn to work with the supplies that I had on hand, and eventually, I even had to rebrand.
What is one advice you can give to creatives struggling right now?
Just keep pushing. If it’s something that you love doing, then you’re already successful. You don’t have to make millions of dollars off of it to be successful at it, you just have to be happy with yourself and your life around it.
How can people learn more about you and your business?
What are some resources that have helped you succeed?
YouTube. You can find a tutorial for anything lol. Even when you’re self teaching yourself.
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