Growing a Family Business
Most Makers start in the home, and like all family businesses, the children grow up around the business. When we started Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company, our children were very young, only one and three years old. It is very difficult to juggle raising a young family with building a creative business, but they are the reason why we work so hard.
We primarily sold our work at craft fairs and they were there with us in all sorts of weather.
Even on the worst days, they were there.
They had their own space (a fort under the sales table) and their own routine.
We created all of our art work in our small condo, and they always wanted to help.
(We failed at the cloth diapers, but the diaper sprayer came in handy washing screens.)
As our business took over our home, our work and life sometimes came into conflict, like the time when baby Willa got into the ink bottle.
Or when she fought back when we used her toy foam blocks as spacers to dry our screens, and she tore apart the stack to reclaim her toys.
But overall it is an amazing blessing to raise children in a creative family business.
We wonder what influence growing up in a creative business family will have on them.
As our business has grown, and we moved out of our little condo into one studio and the next, this has meant more opportunities to help.
More space to play in the studio...
And a better quality of life.