Sorry for the hiatus from the Professional Spotlight Series. I have been swamped and between being on vacation and trying to get on top of my workload, while still making time for my family, something had to give. It feels good to be back in the swing of things and I am happy to bring the series back today with a wonderful business that is owned by a fantastic mom! I met Kristin back in 2009 when I started my business and she was one of my first clients. We have since stayed in touch, even with her moving across the country. I have followed her business and even connected her with my good friend Jessica of Jessica Neumann Photography. I can honestly say you will get top notch products and service from Kristin! Please take some time to check out her site and get to know her a bit…you won’t be disappointed!
Welcome Kristin Lunderville of Little Munchkin Pie!
Oh…and the baby featured in this post is baby Harper…one of my 5 newborns from last week. My only girl that week and sweeter than ever! See below for pictures
Little Munchkin Pie
How do you know Kati of BSP Studios?
I met Kati in 2009 through a mutual friend who had told me about her fabulous photographer friend who was starting her own business. It was our first photoshoot as a family and it was wonderful!
How long have you been in business?
I opened my etsy shop in May 2010
What is special about your business or how do you stand out?
I take a lot of pride in my work. Everything is completely handmade and I always try to add a touch of whimsy or take on a new spin instead of blending in.
What type of business do you run?
I make handmade hair clips, headbands and tutus for girls and grown-ups too!
What is your favorite thing about your job?
I love nothing more to see a customer wearing a LMP accessory! It makes me so happy.
How did you come about doing what you are doing? How did you decide to make the first step and create a business out of your passion?
When my daughter was 10 months old I was looking for a hair clip for her to wear to a wedding. I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for and ended up with a pretty, but quite flimsy and expensive clip that was lost within a week. It was then that I thought, hey, I can do this! A few months later I purchased my first supplies. I was introduced to etsy, opened a shop and never looked back.
What was the BEST decision that you have made for your business?
To really focus in on the types of creations I love to make and the materials I love versus trying to go into too many directions.
What is your best form of marketing to your customers?
Facebook has been great, but the best marketing I have has been though word of mouth and from people seeing my items in a customer’s hair.
Are you married? Do you have any children?
My husband and I have been married for 7 years and we have tw children. My daughter Riley is almost 4 and is the inspiration behind LMP. My son Liam is 2, and I am pretty sure he is jealous of all of the cute accessories his big sister gets to wear!
How do you find balance in life/family/work? When you get stressed out, what is your favorite outlet?
I have set times that I take care of my work, normally at night when the children are sleeping or I will cut out a block of time for orders during the day. My husband is incredibly supportive and fortunately we balance everything pretty well!
What are three things that you couldn’t live without as a business woman?
My driod, hot glue gun and a giant cup of coffee
What is one thing that totally surprised you about starting a business?
That the thought of it is a lot scarier then taking the leap
What is one mistake you have made or lesson you have learned from running your own business?
To focus and to know my limits
And finally, what 3 pieces of advice would you give someone starting out in business, or someone just trying to balance their business/ family lives better?
To have a sense of humor, set boundaries, especially if you have children so that they don’t get lost in the shuffle and let the creative juices flow!
Here are a couple other designs that I have yet to use on clients, but plan to very soon!
And just for kicks…here is Kristin and her family at our shoot…2 YEARS AGO!! Can’t believe how fast time flies!