This week’s Woman Crush Wednesday is with Jacey Elleen Clayton, a full time Mom of three young girls (all under five years!) and she runs an Etsy shop with the help of her husband! She truly is a juggler at life. Through this interview, I met with Jacey to talk about her day to day and I have to tell you; she’s just one beautiful lady inside and out.
Even asking her how she handles all of this and she just says “she wings it.” She is so laid back and collected;without knowing it she taught me a lot about “rolling with the punches.”
So let’s jump right in here. What do you do for a living? I know you’re a crafty person like myself, but do you have a full time job on top of that?
My business is pretty full time and I”m also in school full time. I have three daughters under 5 years old so my husband and I both stay home. I work out of a home studio and he’s a bartender 2 days a week.
I’ve been in college for 2.5 years straight so far and started my business in April of 2016; it just recently got extremely busy so my husband has been slowly cutting back at his job so we can work from home fulfilling orders.
So what is your business?
I make funny/real life graphic t-shirts for men and women (adding kids in October), burlap wall banners, vinyl decals and totally handmade typography throw pillows on Etsy.
What inspired you to start?
My Grandmother in law gave me a sewing machine and I taught myself how to sew one night. pillows were the first thing I learned how to make. My Etsy shop, Comfy’s Corner was open within two months.
I just remember thinking there are so many cliche Mom and fitness quotes floating around on the internet and I felt like they didn’t really apply to me. I wanted something expressed my “real life” humor when it comes to real life issues everyone can relate too but not many people talk about openly
My first three pillows said “One more Episode,” “NOPE” and “Pants Optional.”
So what’s your day to day look like? Do you have a set schedule each day or do you just wing it?
I totally wing it. I spent a year worrying about not having my family on a schedule because I thought that’s what I was supposed to do. Then one day I just realized as long as the kids are fed and orders get mailed out, it’s a good day. If I get to shower, it’s even better.
What about your free time?
If I do get any free time between working, school and breastfeeding every two hours, I spend it helping my husband keep the house in a livable condition or making gifts for friends and family.
What’s the future look like for you? What would you love to see your business as in the future? Do you think you would change anything?
I’m hoping to stay consistently busy enough to lease space outside of my house in 2018. All I want from Comfy’s is enough financial support to maintain the opportunity to stay home with our girls. They’re only little for so long and we are beyond grateful to live the life we do. We built it around our girls and couldn’t be happier with how this business has turned out!
It’s been good practice for our next business endeavor, which would be my husband’s restaurant. We have been more focusing on my dream the past couple of years and collecting all the business ownership experience we can in hopes that it will help us in the future. There are multiple plans for our family.
What would you tell other women about starting their own businesses?
When I first started, all the experienced sellers to told me to stick to one product. They told me to not expand my brand until I was well established. They told me to not expect much from my shop for the first year. I thought that was absolute nonsense! You cna’t ever tell me what to do. I took it as a challenge to offer a wide array of products and ALL of them took off.
So basically, do not follow any typical rules! Do what feels right and if you are afraid someone won’t like your ideas, trust me: SOMEONE out there will.
What woman do you look up to the most?
There are three.
My Mom, of course. She has endured some trials no woman should have to and she came out just as strong willed and hard working as she’s ever been. My mother in law too, she’s a badass who has never stopped working hard for her kids. And my best friend Same. She has been my biggest cheerleader the last 14 years and I look up to her more than she knows. I wish to be half as focused and driven as she is someday.
Let’s end this, like normal, with your favorite inspirational quote!
“A head full of fears, has no space for dreams”