Tell me a bit about yourself!
My name is Lisa and I'm the girl behind Tri-Bec Creations. I'm located in Southeast Missouri right across the river from Illinois and just about an hour north of Kentucky and Arkansas. I'm mommy to two very special little boys and the wife to the most wonderful and supportive husband I could ever dream of, he's truly my best friend! We enjoy spending time together and our family trips to the beach.
What do you do when you have free time?
I'm not sure I know what free time is these days! I'm a full time stay at home mom to a 2 year old and 1 year old, so I don't even have days when they're away at school yet. I do my work when they sleep! :) We spend our days playing, reading books, and exploring the world. I do enjoy planning a good party and working in my flower beds when it's not too hot. I also love to bake anything and everything. In the past few years I've been working on my cake decorating skills and they're coming along... sort of! :) Mostly, I have lots of creative ideas bouncing around in my head so when I do get a moment of spare time, I get to work on one of those!
I'm up for just about anything! My husband and I do try to do the date night thing on a regular basis and enjoy the movies. We recently saw the Hangover 2 and I'm not afraid to admit how stupidly hilarious it was! Haha, fun! :) The last Harry Potter is due out soon and I'm pretty excited about that as well! The Green Lantern is also on our list this summer. Get ready to laugh. No, I'm not a 13 year old girl and yes, I adore Twilight! I can't wait until November!! :) As far as all time favorites, the list could go on and on!
When did you start up your business?
I got things up and running about a year ago. I've been a crocheter for years and years, but was busy being young, then getting married and starting a family. My boys were born 12 months and 9 days apart so I was very busy being pregnant for a few years! :) I enjoyed creating new things so much, I was inspired to start up Tri-Bec Creations!
Is there anything in particular that sticks out in your mind about starting up your business?
There is definitely a lot to running a business like mine! You always hear people say how they put blood, sweat, and tears into their businesses and how it's their baby. That's not far from the truth! You put so much time and energy into making something just how you want it that it does turn into your baby! You watch it grow and go through ups and downs, but you're there with it every step of the way. That's definitely one of the reasons it's so rewarding to have something that you made from scratch rather than just a job you go to every day working for someone else.
Time management. How do you do it? Is it a struggle? Recommendations?
Oh my... where to start? It's definitely a struggle! I adore my business, that's for sure! But... I have a family and a home that I adore even more. So, what to do? Well, I start with keeping the work to a minimum while my kids are awake. I do answer e-mails and keep up with facebook periodically during the day. I work when my kids go to sleep, but still have a hubby to attend to! So I tend to work while we keep a conversation and a few nights a week I totally take off to hang with him. There are even nights when he'll help me pack up orders or ask me questions about what I've been up to with business lately. He definitely takes an interest in what I'm doing and that helps so much. It seems to work pretty well so far!
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate. I can't believe that's even a question. Actually... good food in general. A great meal followed by a great dessert is just about a perfect evening!
If you had any advice for other women in business what would it be?
Just keep going and believe in yourself! You have to know that you are talented and that you are going to have good times and bad times in business. Some days you're going to put out something that everyone will love and you're going to feel great about it. Then you'll have days that you don't get quite the reaction you were looking for or maybe you spend $90 on yarn only to realize you're not crazy about it (oh yes she did!). I've just learned to keep my head high and as long as I'm proud of what I'm doing and I think it's my very best, I'm happy.
Thank you so much Lisa for taking the time to be on my blog! I LOVE your work!!