Lacey the creator of Lacey Claire Designs based out of Cleveland, Ohio has been designing and making wedding card boxes for 3 years.
Describe your workspace and/or tools or machinery you use.
I’m lucky in that my workspace is huge. My husband and I bought a larger historic home last year where the third floor was originally a ballroom. The previous owners put in a kitchen and refinished the entire third floor which is now dedicated solely to my business. I have a room to make and produce my items, a supply storage room, and a room for shipping (as shipping can take up a ton of space). My main work area is where I spend all of my time – I have a table for sewing, a large table for cutting all the fabric and organizing orders, shelves of fabric, flowers, and a huge custom made shelf of ribbon.
What inspires you or compels you to stay creative?
I try to stay on top of the bridal trends by following designers and planners on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook, however, my biggest inspiration is my brides! Often, many come to me with an element of their dress or decor that they want incorporated into their wedding card box, and it inspires me to create a new piece. I’m grateful for all of their ideas.
Tell us about your most recent project
I had a customer who bought their card box, program box, guest book, ring pillow and flower girl basket from me, and after she received all the items, she came back to see if I could help carry the look of my items into other decor she was looking at. She asked for my help in decorating three escort card trays. These trays were huge – about 3 feet by 2 feet. It was a time consuming project but worth her positive reaction.
What is your typical day like from the time you wake up until you go to bed?
I usually wake up around 7-7:30 am but get ‘caught up’ on my email in bed until 8am on my I-Phone. At 8, I get up, feed my two cats, Lucy and Elle, then I grab one, two or three cups of coffee. My husband is wonderful in that he makes the best coffee in the world and makes it every day. From 8-10, I am usually responding to all the emails I reviewed earlier that day, relisting sold items or adding new items to my Etsy shop.
From 10-4, I work exclusively on making products and answering emergency emails in between. I have to work hard at not responding to emails at times just so I can get work done. From 4-5, I become frantic as it’s shipping time and it always takes me longer than what I think it will. I usually have to rush to have it all finished by 5:00 and in time for FedEx to pick up. All of my friends and family know not to bother me during this timeframe as I am usually stressed out.
After FedEx picks up my packages, I usually work for about 2-3 more hours either responding to emails, scheduling/confirming orders, or making items. At about 8:00, I have dinner and spend time with my husband and cats.
It’s pretty chaotic most days, but I am working hard at trying to achieve a work/life balance and hope to be there soon.
To learn more about Lacey Claire Designs:
website coming soon: http://www.laceyclairedesigns.com