Mom and Minion
Tell us about your business.Mom and Minion is my business I began in the summer of 2012. I absolutely love Halloween and I always make my kids costumes. I was planning our costumes like always and I thought "I wish I could do this for a living." And then I thought, "why not?" So here I am! I make fanciful pieces that are full of magick. My kids usually inspire my work. But you will find pieces for boys, girls, and adults in my shop. Each year I add new pieces to my collection. My brain is literally whirling with exciting design ideas!
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.All the pieces at Mom and Minion are created right at my dining room table! My family is large by todays standards. My husband and I have 4 children together, 2 boys and 2 girls. We have heritage breed sheep, pigs, and poultry. And the kids and I equally enjoy our fluffy bunnies and kittens. Having a small farm means lots of chores but it's also great for my photography. The kids often model my designs with the animals! Very cute! Or we just use the garden and woods as natures backdrop.
What inspires you?Fairytales, magick, and nature inspire me. I think you'll see those themes recurring in my designs year after year. After all, who couldn't use a little more magick in their life?
What makes your business stand out?My business stands out because it's me. It's just me. I make each and every design, by hand, one at a time. No fancy equipment. No employees. No financial backing. It's just me and my dreams, standing back up every time I fall. Preservering.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?I'm aspiring! Someone lend me some advice! Seriously, you never fail until you give up on yourself. So just keep going.
What does American Made mean to you?American made means, made through perseverance. I think if you fail over and over and over, but keep trying, keep changing your angle and evolving to get a little bit closer to your dream, that's it! That's the essence of America. The land where all things are possible and anyone can make it! American made is personal. I made this, for you, with my own hands. Pretty powerful stuff.
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