Today we’d like to introduce you to Shannon Ho.
Hi Shannon, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
My family and friends truly encouraged me to be creative since I was little. I loved stationery, art, and pretty lettering essentially all of my life. In 2014, my now husband bought me a calligraphy workshop as a Christmas gift. I used calligraphy and art as a creative outlet from my 9-5 job, which slowly turned into a small business of working on wedding paper goods.
I started peach & paperie in 2017 and have since then expanded my business to include watercolor homes, custom stationery, and a line of greeting cards and other fun paper goods. In August 2021, I joined Sip & Script to start teaching modern calligraphy workshops in the D.C./Northern Virginia/Maryland area.
I decided to quit my full-time job to pursue peach & paperie and teaching in September 2021 and haven’t looked back since.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Small business life is full of adventures, and I’m so grateful for the chance to pursue something I’m passionate about.
There are definitely challenges though. Being a team of one means having to do everything yourself, from marketing to teaching to designing. The to-do lists can feel never-ending at times, which makes it hard to “log off” or not think about work at all hours of the day.
I’m still trying to learn this balance and remind myself that rest is a must!
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a stationery designer, calligraphy instructor, and lover of all things paper!
I teach modern calligraphy workshops with Sip & Script, which introduces beginners to the world of pointed pen and ink. It allows people to learn the basics of calligraphy in a fun, casual setting. I love being able to inspire others to find joy in their creativity. With peach & paperie, I design paper goods for my shop, such as greeting cards, stickers, and notepads, as well as for weddings and custom projects.
I’m known for my whimsical illustrations and punny cards! Seeing people smile or laugh when they pick up my paper goods is the best feeling in the world and makes me so happy to be doing what I’m doing.
Looking back, I’m most proud of how much I was able to accomplish in 1 year of going full-time. I’ve taught over 70 workshops, launched an online shop, attended over 15 makers markets, and am selling products in 5 retail shops.
Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
Starting in middle school through the end of high school, my best friends and I spent our summers hand-making greeting cards for the graduating seniors in our youth group.
We spent so many sleepless nights with our colorful paper, x-acto knives, glue sticks, and ribbons. I think we made over 200 cards! This experience really helped me understand at a young age how special it is to create and give.
- Website: www.peachandpaperie.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/peachandpaperie
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/peachandpaperie
- Other: https://sipandscript.com/organizer/shannon-ho/