Jamie gives us a glimpse into her life as a creative entrepreneur and running a business while being a busy mommy. Thanks for sharing today, Jamie!
Tell us a little about yourself and your shop.
Okay, to start it all out, I'm originally a city girl. I lived in the suburbs of Chicago my whole life. Then I met my husband, and he grew up in the country. To put a long, crazy story short, I ended up here in the country in Bethany, Illinois. It was a huge change for me. The biggest question I had was "what do you do down here?" Well nine years later, I'm still here and love it. This September will be 8 years of marriage for us. Like most marriages we have our ups and downs, but I couldn't see my life without him. He is truly my best friend.
Why did you decide to open an Etsy Shop?
Back in March 2014, I opened my Etsy shop. I've always been a huge crafter. I love making things and turning something that’s nothing into a piece of art. You name it; I probably can or will do it, except for sewing. Goodness! For the life of me, I will never get that right. I give tons of credit to those who can.
Did motherhood play a role in starting your own business?
The story behind my shop is pretty amazing. For a few years, my husband and I tried very hard to conceive a child. It was not a fun road that's for sure. You name it, we went through it. After our IVF failed, we decided that we wanted to adopt a child. If you know the adoption process, that is also a long hard process.
My husband and I are believers so, we went through the Baptist Children's Home in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. We decided to go through them because they are based off of God, and they are amazing to work with. We were on the adoption list for about a year and a half until we got the call on our precious little baby girl. We got the call on a Monday and Friday we came home with her.
It was truly a huge blessing to us, but on the other hand, we had not a single thing for a baby. By the time the weekend was over, we ended up with everything we could think of for this little girl. To see God work right before you is amazing. Our families, friends, church family, people we didn't know donated things to us and bought us stuff. Her nursery was complete all in this time frame. We didn't even have to get food for our little Brooke until 2 months later. The whole thing was a blessing.
Our daughter Brooke is a huge impact on why I opened my shop. I wanted to start making her cute hair bows and whatever else I could make for her. I wanted and still want to give her all I can. This is why I named my shop Blessed with Accents; because of Brooke and how much of a blessing she is to us. I also want to do for other little girls. Share in my joy. Granted my shop has really expanded out now to much more now than just hair bows. It's everything that brings joy to myself and my family, and we love it!
What is the best and worst part of owning a business?
I think the best part of having my business is the joy I have in making my items. As a creative person, if I didn't make one thing a day it would throw my whole day off. Also the best part is shipping my orders out and knowing that the customer will love what they see when they open the package. Also the everyday reminder of why I am doing this brings so much happiness.
The hardest part, boy, with no doubt is managing my time. I'm one of those people where I have to be there for everyone. There have been many nights spent answering questions. I still have a hard time trying to get my home life and work life balanced. I'm a stay home mom, and I need to make sure I'm doing right for my daughter. So, we have changed some things to make sure that I can do both.
As a creative person, what is the one thing you can't live without?
I always have to have some sort of bead and jute twine on hand.
Any advice for someone who wants to start a creative business?The biggest advice I can give to someone who is opening a business is to make sure that you can balance out your work and home life. Take the time to figure that out before you open. Set hours for your business, especially if you’re a stay at home mom. This is something that I am in the process of doing. Live your life. It's the only one you have, and you need to have fun also.
Be sure to check out all the great hair accessories and crafts Jamie has to offer at Blessed with Accents. Let her know, I sent you!