This week's Feature is Angela of Inspired By Mollie.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a stay at home/ work at home mommy to my beautiful one year old
daughter. We reside in Pittsburgh, PA. I recently graduated college with
a bachelors degree in music (vocal performance).
Tell us about your shop. What do you sell?
My shop is a collection of things ranging from bows, to tutus, to
crocheted baby items, all of which were inspired by my daughter- hence
the name of my shop Inspired By Mollie.
When did you start creating? Why?
I have always been a creative person, from the time I was in daisy girl
scouts doing different crafts and activities with my mother. I picked up
crocheting in the fourth grade and immediately fell in love. It was so
relaxing to me! I could sit and crochet for hours upon hours. In the
eighth grade, I finished my first "real" project- a purple blanket with
white seashell borders.
When I got pregnant and found out it was a girl,
I was so excited! I wanted to buy her fun little girl things such as
headbands, bows, pretty little blankets, and little shoes. They had the
cutest things for little girls! Then I noticed the prices of things!
That's when I realized I could use my creative side to make her the
things I wanted to buy. It was cost efficient, gave me something to do
while I was too big to do anything else, and she had unique items.
What goals do you have for your shop? Is it a hobby, major source of income, or somewhere in between?
I would really love to see my shop take off! It is not a major source of
income yet, but I hope one day it will be. It is something I enjoy
doing, and I always wanted to do something for a living that I enjoyed,
How do you balance your business with your family?
I have a really great support system. If I get overwhelmed with things, I
have a wonderful mother who is right there to help me out. Also, naps
and early bedtimes work miracles when you are busy!
Finding time for myself!
What has been the most rewarding?
Seeing my creations come to life! Since I have a little girl, I get to
make her things similar or the same as the items in my shop.
Do you have any tips for other moms with a small/home business?
Enjoy what you are doing! It makes things a lot easier and you do a better job when you enjoy your work!