Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Business + Motherhood: London & Granger

Today continues the Business + Motherhood series. We hope to encourage and inspire other business mamas giving a glimpse inside our work days and spaces.
Meet Felie of London & Granger.
I’m Felie (pronounced Fel­ee), the owner and maker behind London and Granger. I make one-of-a-kind zipper pouches and mixed­media hoop art. My daughter London will be 4 in October. She’s a very active little girl who loves putting stickers on everything (including me), going boulder climbing, and playing restaurant owner. Menu items often include chicken adobo (a Filipino dish I make often in our house), soft bread, and chocolate coffee with a little bit of orange.
1. How long have you been running your business? I started sewing to stay busy while London napped, my husband encouraged me try selling my makes online and in January 2013 I opened my business.
2. What does a typical work day look like for you? During the day I try and go out on an adventure with London—story time at the library, the park, downtown, or just running errands like grocery shopping. When we’re home, I sneak in moments of work between “quiet time” and times London’s playing in her room by herself. But most of the time I don’t get to sew until after London has gone to bed, when I can really focus my attention on my business.
3. What goals do you have for your business? Is this a hobby that you enjoy that earns income OR do you have big dreams and want to see this business grow? One of my biggest goals is to be able to provide a steady enough income from the business, so that I can leave my part time job. While I haven’t yet reached that goal, I look forward to the day that I can.
4. What's one of your struggles with balancing business and motherhood? One of my biggest struggles is making sure I’m dedicating time to my daughter, and making sure I’m not constantly glued to an electronic device or always sewing. So being sure to put the phone or laptop down during the day is important. I also don’t want her to think that “mommy is always in the craft room sewing,” so during the day I don’t do a lot of work on the sewing machine.
5. What is your response to "How does she do it?" I’d probably laugh because “how does she do it?” wouldn’t be possible without the support of my husband. He’s so supportive and there for me that I’m able to “do it” with his help and encouragement.
6. Do you have any tips for other business mamas or mamas who are considering opening a shop? One of the biggest tips I have is to, Stay true to yourself and remember not to compare yourself to others, because we’re all at different stages of the journey.
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