Every week we have been having a fun “10 questions” session with some of our contributors to the Indie Craft Sampler. Some serious, but mostly fun questions. Our fifth installment is with Rebecca from Thurston Post (to read our other 10 question interviews click here). Rebecca will be the last interview for our September contributors…tune in next week to start reading about our October bunch 🙂
About 9 years ago, I was introduced to my first Paper Source store and something happened when I walked in–I felt almost euphoric looking at all of the beautiful colors. I had always been creative but until then, I never thought I had a crafty bone in my body. All of these ideas for cards and projects began to form and first on my agenda was to design our wedding invitations. An obsession was born and I haven’t stopped making things ever since.
2. Is there a story behind the name “Thurston Post”?
Names have always been important to me and coming up with my business name was just as important as the names we chose for our children! Thurston is my middle name; when I was a kid I hated all of the Gilligan’s Island references, but as I got older, I began to love it; it’s uncommon (especially for a girl) and it’s a family name so it has meaning, which is what I wanted for my business, too. I started out making cards and have a passion for stationary which generally travels through the mail–or post. Then I began blogging and the term “post” is synonymous with that, as well. And so, Thurston Post came together.
3. Best advice another crafty/indie shop owner has given you? Do you have any advice for others?
Don’t compare yourself to others. I’ve heard it and read it from several sources and I firmly believe it’s true. Everyone is coming from a different place and everyone’s situation is different. It’s very difficult not to feel that twinge of jealousy when another shop owner has a major success–and I find that it usually happens on a day when my little shop seems stuck in a rut. (Here’s my bit of advice:) Instead of feeling deflated, I try to find something positive in a friend/competitor’s milestone and apply it to my own shop. It’s good to let the competition motivate you to grow your company. This business ebbs and flows and if you stick with it, believe in yourself and your product, and you don’t give up, success will find you, too. It may not happen by leaps and bounds, but it’s healthy to remember that baby steps are important, too.
4. How/where do you get ideas for new shop items?
I’m usually most inspired by color combinations. Color is so important because it’s attractive to the eye and when you’re attracted to something, you take an interest in it. Each one of my washi covered clothespin sets were created because of color combinations. I also love to look at beautiful things–especially paper or DIY kits. I like to see many different pieces laid out together, sometimes neatly, sometimes messy. So I’ve been trying to make more gift wrap and embellishment kits with the layout and colors in mind.
7. Nerdiest (is that a word?) thing you do in your free time?
I hang out with my husband! He’s a professional geek in the IT industry and he’s pretty obsessed with gadgets so, through him, I’ve become more of a nerd than I was before I met him.
10. Why should people visit your shop?