MEET THE MAKER :: JEN PERRINE OF BELLA BLOOM KIDS
How did you get into making handmade items?
My sensitive, creative little, Bella, entered my world 5 years ago. I believe when we birth our children part of who they are gets deposited in the deepest parts of our mama selves. A few short months after she was born, I bought a sewing machine and began teaching myself to sew. Creativity is something I always avoided, but as I began to sew and create, I felt a part of myself coming alive. I’ve spent the last 5 years exploring different creative avenues, all aimed at a childhood market.
What inspired you to start bellabloomkids?
Bellabloom was inspired and named after my girl, Bella and how her birth inspired my creativity to bloom. She continues to push me to be a better maker and a better mama. I first put my product out there at a craft show in 2013, a huge personal leap for me. My products were sewn goods and Montessori toys for littles. Through a winding creative journey over the past 3 years, my product and brand has morphed towards a décor line aimed at the littles market.
Tell me about yourself! Any hobbies?
Do maker mamas with 3 littles have time for hobbies? Haha! Seriously though, time is coveted during this season with young ones (Bella-5, Willow-2, & Wren-3 months). When I’m not loving on my girls or creating product, I love one-on-one times with my husband and friends over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. I obtained my masters in counseling before I had kiddos, and I simply enjoy investing in relationships and hearing others’ stories. I also love working on creative projects for my girls or our home. Currently, I am working on my first hand stitched quilt for my Wren.
What is your day to day life like?
I wish I could lay out a routine for you; but in all honesty, with my third little girl still being a newborn, every day is so different! I can say it always starts with a homemade latte and a few minutes with my husband before he heads to work. Much of my time is just normal mama life. A few days a week, Bella goes to school and right now my two youngest generally nap at the same time so this is when I try to create product, take photos, or work on the business. I am so thankful my husband works from home which gives me the needed flexibility to make this creative venture a reality.
What is the hardest part about running a small handmade business?
Truly, I am just now putting more energy behind this business, and the challenge is always balance. Trying to give attention and love to 3 littles, grow in my relationship with my husband, put semi-healthy food on the table, keep our house relatively clean, and run this business is overwhelming some days. I began this business to grow personally in creativity and give myself an outlet outside of motherhood. I desire to provide customers with excellent product and service. However, I never want this business’ growth to come at the expense of my family. Luckily, so many customers in the littles market are mamas too, so they get it and often extend so much grace to maker mamas like myself.
What aspect of your work are you most proud of and why?
I am most proud of simply taking the leap to put my creative work out there. As I’ve said before, creativity hasn’t always been natural or present in my life. At times, I still feel like an imposter in this maker world. Creating continues to push me out of my comfort zone. I am proud of continuing to press forward and choose to pursue growth in this difficult season of being a young mama.
What are some of your favorite things to do with your children? Do they get involved with your handmade process ever?
With my Bella, I love to read and watch her constantly immerse herself in little worlds she creates. With Willow, I love to engage with her goofy, spunky personality and watch her discover new things. With Wren, I am soaking up all of the snuggles and those little smiles while nursing as she will likely be our last. Nothing beats watching the bond between our girls grow and change. Bella loves to help out with my business. Sometimes she will tag product or help me string garlands. She will give color suggestions or encourage me when she thinks something is “beautiful”. She is the type that could one day be making right alongside me. The other girls I am just trying to keep them from swallowing beads or getting into my paints-ha!
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