This weeks episode is all about the lovely Lisa from The Paper Party Company. I came across Lisa when I was starting out on Fantastic Crafty Fox, her personalized party decorations & home decor are all handmade. Her pretty pastel feed drew me in straight away – as well as her love for flamingos! Even though I have never met Lisa, my Insta friend was a great support to me and was top of the list in who I wanted to interview for this series. So, let’s begin…
Hello! So, can you tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m Lisa, in my (mid) thirties and mum to Teddy who’s 3 and Violet who’s five months. I live in Surrey with my husband, children and two ridiculously large, fluffy cats Oscar and Albie. I love the sunshine, cooking, TV (specifically crime dramas and murder mysteries) and interiors. I hate lateness, tequila, and a lack of manners.
What got you into what you do now?
When my son turned one I wanted to throw a big matchy-matchy circus themed birthday party for him and really struggled to find what I wanted in the UK so decided to make my own decorations. I then started to sell them on Etsy and it went from there. I was able to give up my job as a primary school teacher and focus on it full-time (or as full-time as I can around my two children)!
What do you love most about what you do?
I love knowing that something I have made has featured in someones special day. I make a lot of decorations for first birthdays, christenings, hen parties and engagements and I love knowing that it has helped, in some way, to make the event that bit more special. I also love being able to work from home and put a wash on and get a cuppa whenever I want!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Most of my inspiration comes from my customers. I get a lot of requests for custom orders which I love! It’s so nice to do something a bit different that I probably wouldn’t have thought of. I also use Instagram a lot, I have another account and a thing for interiors and I like to get ideas from how people style their homes and their special occasions.
How do you balance full-time Mum and creative/side project work?
It’s not easy! Teddy goes to preschool or to his nanny’s a few days a week so I only have Violet to worry about. I try to do most of my work when she naps but as she is a tiny diva, this may not always happen! I do a lot of work in the evenings when the kids are in bed and just get it done here and there. Because I enjoy it, I’m often desperate to ‘get to work’ and tend to work late into the evening and although I’m tired, its nice to feel that way about your job.
How do you switch off and re-charge?
I’m not very good at switching off! I try to take the weekend days off and we tend to go out as a family to parks, attractions or out for lunch. I also enjoy cooking and just pottering around the house. Not particularly glamorous or exciting but its the little things that I enjoy the most!
What advice would you give to anyone starting out?
Find your niche and give it a go because if you don’t try, you’ll always wonder. Have a bit of faith in yourself and just go for it, whats the worst that can happen?! Oh, and make friends with other creatives. It’s always nice to know someone else in a similar boat to you.
What has been the best advise someone has given to you?
Don’t worry about what others think!
Tell us a fun fact about yourself?
Grease is my absolute favourite film of all time and I know the lyrics to every single song and most of the dance routines! I even used to have a collection of wigs to reenact the sleepover scene at Frenchie’s house!
What is your why?
My children. Being able to be at home and work around them is the perfect scenario for me. I want to be able to pick them up from school but still feel that I’m doing something for me and something that I enjoy.
Thank you for your lovely words and vision of you in a wig acting out Grease. (Grease is the word) You can find The Paper Party Company Etsy shop and social links below:
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