Like Jessica (there’s still time to order some of her yummy-smelling Scentsy!), Christy is part of my family because one of my male relatives had the sense to marry up. (Love you, Brian!) Brian is my cousin, and the two of us had the best time growing up. I’m so glad he married someone awesome and they made such cute babies together.
Christy is crazy-talented. She’s got this eye for fashion, and then she can take what’s in her mind and ACTUALLY CREATE IT WITH HER HANDS.
Uh-MAY-zing. Let’s meet her!!
Me: Christy!! Tell us about yourself!
Christy: I remember being asked this exact question in my first interview for an internship when I was in college. I had no idea how to answer it then, and 16 years later, I still am not sure how to answer it. So, let’s see…My name is Christy. I grew up in California – lived there for 18 full years. I then decided that college would be a great time to move across the country, so I ended up at Trinity International University in Chicago. I quickly met my amazing husband and we not-so-quickly got married (5 years of dating and being engaged).
We enjoyed living in the Chicago area for several years and then moved to the Indianapolis suburbs 6 years ago. I got pregnant with our first child, Emmett, who was born in October 2007. His little brother, Preston, came along in September of 2009 and little sister, Ella Grace, made her debut in August of 2011.
To characterize myself quickly…I’m a follower of Jesus Christ, wife to an amazing husband, mom to three wild kiddos, passionate about natural childbirth and breastfeeding and just beginning my journey into homeschooling.
Me: When/why did you start making your headbands?
Christy: I just started making headbands in April of this year! I bought Ella Grace a couple of gorgeous headbands for Christmas and kept drooling over new designs all Spring. I wanted so badly to buy her some more but just couldn’t justify the expense at the time. I have an entrepreneurial spirit, I love fashion, design and working with textiles so I quickly realized I should be making and selling headbands, not buying them.
Me: I love the name of your business: Noelle Grace Designs. How did you come up with it?
Christy: Noelle is my middle name and Ella Grace’s middle name. Grace is obviously part of her name. I wanted girls of ALL ages to wear my creations so I gave it part of my name and part of hers. (Click here to see pics of some hot mamas wearing Christy’s designs–including Beaded Crosses Jen.) Plus, that domain name was available and some others that I may have liked better were not.
Me: How much time is involved, and how do you make it work with 3 little ones at home?
Christy: I have no idea how much time is involved. Really. I’m sure some weeks I spend 20 hours and others I spend 10. I could probably spend 80 and that still wouldn’t be enough. Having a business of your own isn’t just about making something. If you’re selling online, it’s taking pictures, editing them, creating listings, marketing yourself, coming up with new ideas, sourcing materials, customer service…
I make it work because I have an amazing husband who regularly helps out with the kids so I can work on my business. Other than that, I spend their nap time working and most evenings after they’re in bed are spent in my craft room or on the computer.
Me: Any words of inspiration for other mamas of little ones?
Christy: Having your own business isn’t easy, whether you have little ones at home or not. Even if it’s from home and you love what you’re doing. That said, if you have a great product or service the key is marketing and customer service. If you want to succeed you have to market yourself better and provide better customer service than most others out there. If you don’t, you’re going to get lost in a sea of people who are doing the same thing you’re doing.
Me: Anything else up your sleeve in the days/weeks ahead (other products, new styles, etc)?
Christy: YES! I think there will always be something new up my sleeve. I’m currently working on a line of products to complement my headbands. In the next month or so you’re going to see flower embellished lace petti rompers and tutus that will be perfect for parties and/or photos. In the next couple of weeks you’ll see some more Fall/Halloween headbands and soon to follow will be Christmas headbands!
(That last little cutie is Brian & Christy’s Ella Grace Noelle herself.)
Thank you soooo much, Christy!! Your stuff is just amazing, and I’m so proud of you!
Today Christy is giving away a $25 gift card to Noelle Grace Designs + FREE shipping!!
AND a 15% discount on any purchase!! Just enter the code MARLA15 (my 2nd discount code ever!) at checkout!
Holy cow awesome!! So, just click on the Rafflecopter thingy below, do what it says, then come back and claim your points! Good luck!