LADIES!!! Have you got your ticket to Monarch Workshop yet? Tomorrow is the last day to grab one! I am SO excited! I always have an amazing time bonding with fellow creative lady bosses, AND I’m leading one of the breakout sessions this time. We’ll be talking natural beauty and making sugar scrubs, wooo!
Not sure what Monarch is all about? It’s a two-day heart-centered workshop that promotes positive thinking, self-reflection, and all around good vibes, with a focus on creativity, wellness, and entrepreneurship.
This is my third Monarch Workshop, and they just keep getting better. There’s always yoga, crafting, delicious food, inspiring speakers, and plenty of rad women.
It’s time for another edition of Local Love, my interview series with Connecticut entrepreneurs! Today, I’m chatting with Jessica Serra Huizenga, the Confetti Queen / Expert Confetti Mixologist behind The Confetti Bar. This might be the most colorful post yet. Ready to party?
I first picked up a bag of Jessica’s confetti at Hartford Prints and did a double-take. We have a confetti company in Connecticut?! I was amazed. Then I found out The Confetti Bar was just one person. And she’s made custom confetti mixes for kate spade new york, KEDS, the Girl Scouts, and Twitter. And she was one town away from me. I had to meet her! So of course I Instagram stalked her for a while, then finally emailed her, and had her over for my holiday crafternoon, and hung out with her at Monarch Workshop, and used her studio for hundreds of outfit photos, and brought her homegrown kale, so I’m pretty sure that means we’re friends now. :) AND we have a really awesome event planned for November. Details at the bottom of this post! ;)
Sami: What got you started in confetti-making? Jessica: I literally woke up one day and told my husband I wanted to start a confetti shop. I used to collect and sort metallic confetti/sequins from the craft store, but when it came to actually using confetti, I found there was a real shortage of really cool, colorful, unique mixes. SO I started making my own, and voila! The Confetti Bar was born :)
Welcome to the second Local Love post, where I interview my favorite Connecticut creators. Missed out on the first one? Go back and read my interview with Brittany Morgan, the sassy hand lettering latté and confetti addict behind Glitter & Bold.
Every entrepreneur has a fellow entrepreneur (or a few) they aspire to be — someone who’s a little further along the path, who you look to for advice during those (frequent) moments of self-doubt. While I admire all of my fellow boss babes, Cinder + Salt‘s Rachel DeCavage is kind of my Fairy Bossmother. (She’s going to hate that.) Rachel and I met at a craft fair in 2011 and became fast friends, working together on lots of collaborations along the way.
Rachel is confident and fearless when it comes to her business, Cinder + Salt (previously sugarplumUSA), her line of low-impact clothing, accessories, and housewares. You might’ve seen me wearing her Dreamcatcher Tank or remember my post about her #LikeABoss Collection. Her hand-drawn designs are uniquely hers, and each t-shirt, sweater, and necktie is screen printed by hand in her East Hartford studio. Cinder + Salt is inspired by the residue of a weekend well spent; the scent of campfire on your clothes and the taste of salt water on your skin.
Sami: When did you start making? Rachel: I’ve always been someone who makes things… I get it from my grandma, I suppose, who taught my sisters and I how to hook rugs when we were like 3 years old. I was using a thread and needle before I knew how to write. Spending my life working with fibers, in many different formats, and growing up alongside my dad’s commercial printing business seems to have very neatly defined my career path.
2. Boss Babe Glitter Party Banner by The Bannerie. Once my new office is ready, this will be strung up over my desk to serve as a constant reminder that I’m a badass boss babe (’cause sometimes solopreneuring is hard and I need a reminder).
3. Florabunda Large Agenda by ban.do. The biggest, most awesome agenda I’ve ever seen, Florabunda is filled with inspirational doodles, stickers, and even a secret code. It goes with me everywhere. The large (spiral-bound) agenda is sold out already, but you can still grab the smaller ones!
4. Crossbody Bag by Bicycles & Buttons. Kristina Allen of Bicycles & Buttons customized this crossbody bag for me with extra pockets for all of my tech + pens + sunglasses + other weird stuff I carry with me. The lining is pink with silver polka dots and is perfect in every way.
5. Epic Blog by Regina Anaejionu. The mother of all blog planners, Epic Blog has calendars, goal-setting (and measuring) worksheets, a place to record blog expenses and revenue, and more. If you’re a serious blogger, you should get this now.
If you’re looking for some entrepreneurial inspiration/advice to kick your butt into gear and get shit done, listen to Being Boss. It’s a weekly podcast by Emily Thompson, Founder of Indie Shopography, and Kathleen Shannon, Co-Founder of Braid Creative. They are hilarious and sassy and give practical advice to creative entrepreneurs who know they want to start their own business, but aren’t sure how. Or already have their own business but are struggling with time management, designing a website, or being a parent. I have been listening obsessively. I am even saving up to join them in NOLA.
The above quote comes from Episode 6 – Staying Motivated and Happy. I’m trying to make this a mantra. When I notice my mind wandering or I just feel bored or listless, I try to do something creative to get my juices flowing again. Even if it’s just listening to a song I love or jotting down a few ideas for my next blog post. We’ve got to nourish our creativity.
I love this quote so much, I even hand-lettered it. Brittany of Glitter & Bold would be so proud!