When she’s not playing with her two year old son, Ethan, Playa Vista mom, Emily Winfield, is playing with paints to create the most colorful, inspired and fun hand painted growth charts that add a wonderful element of whimsy and fantasy to any baby nursery or kids room.
An added bonus: the charts are customized to reflect the design of the room or the current fascination of the child.
And even better: Until February 14, 2010, aerochug.com readers can get up to 20% off the price of one hand painted growth chart (a $150-$200 value). Emily can be contacted through Facebook at 1 Two Grown On or by email at [email protected] The new company website (www.1TwoGrowOn.com) is coming soon.
Emily recently shared some of her thoughts on being a mom and an entrepreneur (i.e. a mompreneur) with aerochug.com.
Examiner: Tell me something unique/interesting about yourself.
Emily: I spent a good portion of my childhood focused on my growth. I was so tiny that I never placed on the growth percentile charts! So it’s appropriate, I think, that I have a business that is all about height measurement. I am also very creative: playing piano very seriously, acting and singing for my entire life. Creating and painting the growth charts fulfills the creative side of me.
Examiner: What is your business all about?
Emily: I create hand-painted, custom growth charts on planks of wood that measure up to 6 feet. The charts can be purchased as is, customized with a name plate or custom designed for everything from color choice to a personal design based on room theme or any other idea.
Examiner: Where in LA can one purchase your growth charts?
Emily: They can be ordered directly by emailing me at [email protected] or via Facebook. They can also be purchased at Papillon Children’s Boutique at the Waterside, Marina Del Rey.
Examiner: Tell me a bit about your creative process. What inspires your designs?
Emily: A room theme or like of a child or parent usually inspires my designs. I like to know something about the child or parent that will be receiving the growth chart, so I will usually ask some questions of the client and then sketch out a few designs for myself. One client really liked skull and crossbones and rock and roll themed stuff for her child to be, but had just moved into a home that had a nursery with an ocean theme already completed. So I created a pirate themed growth chart for her little boy, that was able to incorporate some of the themes she liked and still fit in with the room she was working on.
Examiner: What is your favorite design so far and why do you like it?
Emily: Probably my pirate themed chart because my 2 year old absolutely adores pirates, but I am also incredibly proud of my fairyland chart!
Examiner: Why did you start your business?
Emily: When I was pregnant I received a growth chart as a shower gift and thought it was a really creative gift idea. A year or so later I was throwing a baby shower for a friend of mine and wanted to give her a hand made gift, bur knew that many others were knitting her blankets, so I thought I would try making a growth chart. At the shower people absolutely loved it and I was asked by at least 10 people where I bought it. When I told them I made it, their response was that I should really sell them, so I just kept creating!
Examiner: What thoughts would you like to share with other parents about balancing your family and your business?
Emily: Of course, it is difficult for anyone to balance work and family, but try to find something that you can do on your own time schedule. I tend to paint during naps and after my son is asleep for the night, but I also have an incredible support system. I am lucky to have an amazingly supportive and helpful husband (he’s folding the laundry as answer these questions) and I am blessed to have my parents living around the corner, so that really helps!
Examiner: What advice do you have for other parents who want to start their own business?
Emily: Find something that you really love, feel there is a market for and that you can create the time for, outside of all of your other commitments.
Examiner: What do you do for fun with you family?
Emily: I love to take walks or hikes with my family and to go to the park and just run around with them. Or just sitting at the dinner table with them. My husband and I literally laugh every night at the things that come out of my son’s mouth! We love doing anything and everything with my son!! I love reading to him, talking with him and playing with anything from blocks to puzzles to games.
All images provided by 1 Two Grow On.
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