I was watching a documentary the other day about a talented musician who said she was born with "a tune in her head." She didn't know what it was like to not have the tune there, it is part of who she is.
I would say I was born with a constant need to be creating, and a business idea in my head! As a child, I would illustrate and sell my own greeting cards to family and friends. I took every art class available in high school, and I went on to earn a B.FA. in Graphic Design. I was always dreaming about having my own creative business someday.
Like a lot of college graduates, my first priority was to take jobs where I could earn a liveable wage. And eat more than Ramen for dinner. So I went into web design, and I worked for a lot of really great companies. Though I enjoy web design and it's a great career choice, I would always find myself dreaming about business ideas. It's my "tune." It's always there!
Once I started having children in my late twenties, I decided to freelance from home and try out some of my biz ideas. I have been finding ways create products and sell them ever since. I have owned a brick-and-mortar paper arts store where I taught classes. I have designed and launched my own line of rubber art stamps. I sell print-on-demand artwork on Zazzle, and I continue to teach art classes to both children and adults.
I moved to Texas about six years ago, and as the saying goes, I wasn't born here but I got here as fast as I could! I fell in love with the beautiful desert landscapes, the amazing food, and the contagious pride that the Texans have in their state. I got the Texas pride bug too, decorating my home with anything Texas that I could find.
I realized there was a lot more room, maybe even a NEED, for creative Texas products. This was the lightbulb moment for my next business venture! I purchased a screen press and taught myself how to use it, and started printing my own Texas pillows and prints. One day while I was at a vendor show, a good friend of mine suggested I print on tea towels. It was brilliant idea, and my towels, as well as t-shirts, are my best sellers and focus of my business.
I initially named my biz Lone Star Lizzie as I was focusing on the great state of Texas. However, as I expanded into other themes, I decided to change my biz name to Spicewood & Rose which is a tribute to the town I live in just outside Austin. (The "rose" in Spicewood & Rose is a nod to the street I live on!)
I have been working hard on improving my craft, designing fun products, and growing Spicewood & Rose. You can find my products in several stores in various cities around Texas, and I hope to be in many more. I feel so very grateful to the kind and supportive friends, family members, customers, and store owners who have helped me in my business endeavor. I would not be where I am today without that support!