Today we’d like to introduce you to Regina Claudy.
Hi Regina, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
A Little About Me.
So, I’m a hobbyist, a crafter, a wanna-be artist. I’ve dabbled in stamping, scrapbooking, and blogging. I love to be creative (when my OCD lets me!) I’m also a full-time mom, wife, and Social Worker. I have no time; no time for me, my crafts, and my family, yet I make time for it all! I can’t imagine my life not being hectic, but what mom can!?
I got into crafting because I love to make things. I like pretty things, and I like displaying art. I like seeing people smile when they like something that I made! Initially, I started laser engraving for myself but didn’t have enough wall space for it all. So that’s when I extended my love to others!
This small business started as Home Grown at Gigi’s because it started in my Home, and my nickname is Gigi. As I grew, As I grew, I realized that the name no longer fit my market and thus entered…. Speaks of Comfort. Speaks of Comfort is a family affair. You’ll often find my littles crafting right along with me.” littles not little, as in little (kids).
I thrive on the support and loyalty of my community. I craft because I love it, and I love to show that off in all my work! I love creating custom orders and the challenge of creating something bigger and better every time!
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Being a small business owner is super tough! It’s more than just creating pretty things and selling them. It’s connecting with your customers, marketing yourself as an artist, making a name for yourself, and advertising. If you’re not a salesperson, marketing yourself and selling your items can be daunting and unfamiliar. I am a crafter because I love what I do, and while I think my items sell themselves, they need my help in the form of marketing and advertising. Social media has been a constant struggle for me. Consistency is key and often exhausting, thus taking a backseat in my business venture.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I make laser engraved home decor. First, I create a digital footprint of the item I want to design, and then I “print” it! I use a large industrial laser engraving machine to make beautiful art in natural wood. I specialize in custom orders. These are my favorite items to make! I appreciate the trust I receive when making custom items, and I love when my customer loves their final product! I love to work directly with my customer to create exactly what they’ve envisioned but needed a little extra help to bring to life. I am a one-woman show. I make unique items with lots of love! Every single item I make is different and made with love! The attention to detail while remaining true to being handmade is what I pride myself on in my small business! Customer service and communication are what set me apart from the others.
What characteristic of yours would you give the most credit if you had to?
Patience is a true virtue in any small business, especially when working on custom orders. Customers come in with a vague idea of what they want, and you, as the artist, must guide them to what they want. I use my knowledge, expertise, and experience to create the perfect item that was initially only a dream. Communication is also key because I always want to be in sync with my customers. I provide mock-ups, photos, and even videos to keep my customers up to date on each step of their project!
- Garden Stakes $4
- Keychains $7
- DIY Craft Kits starting at $7
- Signs starting at $20
- Gift Baskets starting at $45
- Website: https://linktr.ee/Speaksofcomfort
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/speaksofcomfort/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpeaksofComfort
- Other: Www.speaksofcomfort.Etsy.com