Waah. I don’t know what happened. This was supposed to post this morning. Sorry guys! And sorry Meredith, I wanted to make sure everyone got a chance to meet sweet, little you!
K: Where did you come up with your business name?
M: Sublimare is Latin for sublime. I’d seen a couple of different definitions of sublime that I really love:
- to elevate or exalt especially in dignity or honor
- to convert (something inferior) into something of higher worth
The work I do doesn’t use trendy techniques or funky materials. I like to think of it as simply transforming every-day things into something special. Whether it’s for a gift or something for one’s own home, I want them to be reminders of the special times and people in life.
K: Which items do you enjoy making the most?
M: I’ve started to do more prints lately, and I really love designing those. My day job is graphic designer, so I really enjoy making the prints and personalizing them for customers. Especially the new baby prints and adoption prints. Just something about babies and adoption stories that makes those prints extra special.
K: What are the greatest struggles with owning your own business?
M: Pretty much everything right now! I’m just getting started, so I’m doing a lot of stumbling and learning at the moment. But if I had to pick one thing, it’s learning how to market myself. That’s tough.
K: How/Where did you learn how to sew/craft/create/design?
M: I’ve always had a bit of a creative side, though it’s taken on various forms over the years: scrapbooking, teaching elementary school, crafty gifts for friends, graphic design…and most recently, trying to turn my husband’s former bachelor pad into something resembling a home.
K: What inspires your designs?
M: I’m not sure this is necessarily what inspires my designs, but I am definitely not your typical creative in that I am super detail-oriented and like things orderly. Sometimes I wish I could design in the ‘messy creative’ style where there’s so much going on but it’s still so beautiful. But I just can’t. So I guess most times order and simplicity define my style.
K: What is your favorite part about selling/making handmade items?
M: I think just seeing the result at the end of the process. I like tangible finished products. And knowing I had a part in hopefully making someone’s day a little brighter, even if just a bit.
And my little game of THIS / THAT:
- COFFEE / TEA: Neither! I somehow made it through school twice without developing a taste for coffee, and somehow grew up in the south without liking tea! I’m more of a Mountain Dew and Dr. Pepper kind of gal.
- GOLD / SILVER: Usually silver. It’s not quite as harsh on my super fair complexion.
- BIG CITY / SMALL TOWN: Ideally, somewhere in the middle. I like to be close enough to a big city to be able to go if I want, but would rather have the slower pace of a small town.
- BOOK / MOVIE: Both. But if I’m planning on reading the book, I have to read it BEFORE I see the movie. My poor husband had to wait FOREVER for us to see the last Harry Potter movie because I still wasn’t finished with the book.
- DVD / BIG SCREEN: Lately, I prefer a DVD at home. Maybe I’m getting old, but my long legs are uncomfortable at the theater, and I always get up with my knees hurting at the end!
- JEWELRY / GADGETS: Jewelry! Gadgets are taking over my house. (Read: my tech-geek husband’s collection of computers…and phones…and computer parts…and phone parts…
- FLATS / HEELS: I love that I seem to walk a little taller when I’m in heels, but usually end up throwing on flats for the comfort and flexibility. Never know when you’re going to have to scale a tall building or something.
- VINTAGE / NEW: I really love a mix of the two. I love the character of vintage but the freshness of new.
And remember to hop on over and check out the HANDMADE FOR THE HOLIDAYS gift guide and visit all of the other featured vendors this holiday season. Support handmade, indie businesses this year!
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