Today we’d like to introduce you to Candace Perry.
Candace, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have always had a passion for creating new and fun things. From making blankets, sewing pillows to wreath making.
My real creative spark started when I had my first little boy. I wanted his first birthday party to be perfect! I started with the theme, sock monkeys, and began making all of his decorations. Two weeks later, I finished making his banner by hand. Yes, it took me two weeks to make one banner for the mantle. (I’m a little bit of a perfectionist). I continued to make the rest of the party decor and it came together perfectly. After that, my husband surprised me with a machine to help speed up the process. Watching my sons face light up when he saw everything decorated on his birthday was the best feeling. I knew I had found my passion. I started by making things for friends and family. After that, C2 Creations by Candace was born. I now get to help other people make the good times look great and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Has it been a smooth road?
I originally started an Etsy shop in 2014. My oldest son was 1 and I was pregnant with my second. I quickly realized I did not have the time to invest in it, so I put it on hold. In August 2016, the time was right.
Being a stay at home mom to two very busy boys and running a business is hard work. I am the nurse, chef, cleaner, entertainer, and CEO of the household all on top of running a business. Notice that I put nurse first because, well, two boys. It has not been an easy road, but I enjoy a challenge.
My advice to you is don’t wait for opportunity, create it. Be authentic and do what YOU love. It is going to be difficult and there are going to be bumps along the way. Learn from those bumps and keep on going.
We’d love to hear more about C2 Creations by Candace.
C2 Creations by Candace is about “Making good times look GREAT.” I love to celebrate life because every moment in life is worth celebrating. I make party decor for birthdays, weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, etc.
I pay attention to every detail all the way down to the packaging. I really love the little touches that make everything come together. Everything in my shop can be customized for your party or big celebration.
So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
Some of the strongest and most powerful people I know are women. I feel that women have this superpower to dig deep and overcome challenges. I know that every obstacle in my life has driven me to be a stronger woman. We can empathize and understand our customers on a more personal level. I am all about women supporting each other to help tackle challenges both personally and professionally.
- Website: C2creationsbycandace.etsy.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/c2creationsbycandace
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/c2creationsbycandace
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