17 June 2016
Designer Spotlight: Paige from Forests of Wildflowers
visit storeHey there! My name is Paige and I create Bridal Hairpieces for Forests of Wildflowers.
I live in the Southern Highlands, NSW with my wonderful husband and my crazy Labrador puppy.
By day I work as a project manager in building; it can be trying at times but I love my day job and have learned so many skills that help me run Forests of Wildflowers after hours. So far it has been a really positive, supportive experience and I look forward to building my after hours business into a full time day job. When I am not working or beading, I love to relax with a book and a nice glass of wine.
I got married in June 2015 to my best friend. During the lead up to our wedding I had very specific ideas of the head piece I wanted but after a lengthy search I couldn't find it and ended up purchasing a beautiful handmade piece that was way over my budget.
Fast forward to October 2015, my husband and I discussed trying for a baby. I was filled with excitement and joy and then blind panic asking myself if we can afford to live on one income.
After googling the phrase "things to make and sell online" I came across a beading tutorial and said the cursed words we have all said at one point or another "That doesn't look so hard, I could do that". I'm not going to tell you how that turned out but it rhymes with "pismal pailure".
Never one to shy away from a challenge, I tried again, but this time I used no instructions. That attempt created The Isabelle comb and became my first sale. I knew straight away, baby or not, this was something I wanted to pursue.
When my husband and I were building our house, I had already picked the spare room way down the end of the house as my lady cave and named it “The Room of Wine and Reading”. My beading took over that room before I knew it so now it’s named “The Garden of Beaden”. In addition to all my beads and tools, it’s full of pictures, books and music, add in the comfy lounge and it is pretty well my favourite place.
My pieces are heavily influenced by nature. Most times I have a very clear vision of what I want to create and it becomes a case of finding a very specific bead or working out how to put it all together to achieve the vision. The hardest part is waking up in the middle of the night with an idea or solution and having to wait until morning to work on it. If I ever get a creative block I like to experiment and let a piece build itself as I go along.
I also follow a lot of bridal accounts on Instagram and Pinterest. I love seeing the dresses and hairstyles; it definitely inspires me to see what styles and colours are in demand.
Selling handmade gives me the opportunity to listen to what my customers want, to get excited with them and to work together to create their dream piece. It’s such a rewarding feeling knowing someone wants to wear something you created on one of the most important days of their life.
Starting an online business in an industry that is highly over saturated such as the wedding industry can seem daunting and futile. One day, it felt a little too daunting for me and I was seriously considering giving up, and I physically walked into a sign that said “Be courageous, do the right thing” and it’s been my motto ever since.
To me doing the right thing means ensuring that my products are designed with integrity, created with quality and sold with honesty. All I needed was the courage. Made It provided a platform for me to be courageous and I look forward to selling for many years to come.
Visit Paige’s Store to find a beautiful hand-beaded hairpiece or have one custom-designed just for your special day: ForestsofWildflowers