It’s thrilling and ever inspiring to meet and chat with creative artisans, and today’s artist is one of my absolute favorites. My dear friend Brynne of Thatch and Thistle popped over to share some of her creative and business insights with us! But that’s not all — she’s also gifting a lucky someone with a $50 credit towards her shop. It’s perfect timing for a little holiday shopping!
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi! I’m Brynne, the creative mind behind Thatch & Thistle Supply Co. What makes me who I am is very simple. I believe in kindness and love toward all people and in loving yourself. From that foundation comes a sense of strength and respect for others which adds beauty to this world, something it always needs. I have a wonderful husband and two adorable pugs that make up my family. We’re a bit quirky but we make a great team. If you remember one thing about me, know that pugs are my first loves in this life. ;)
What inspired you to start Thatch and Thistle and where did the name originate from?
I have had an entrepreneurial spirit for as long as I can remember. The games I played as a child were variations of shopkeeper and my Christmas presents were office supplies! :) My shop was created out of a desire to have creative control over my job and the freedom to work from home. I always knew I would land somewhere on my own but how exciting it has been to create my brand from the ground up. My shop name came out of a love of nature and uniting everything I love in one place.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
Working from home isn’t as glamorous as it may sound. Most of the time, I’m working in my pajamas. ;) My mornings are committed to packing up orders and my afternoons are spent answering emails, doing product photography and sorting and packaging inventory. My husband and I laugh about how I’ve never worked so hard in my life until I started working from home. I’m never off work and sometimes you’ll even find me checking things off my list at midnight. I get going when the energy strikes!
What’s the most rewarding aspect of your line of work?
I feel incredibly privileged to have the job that I do. There are so many things I love about my job! I’ve met the most incredible people and developed beautiful friendships through connections made from being a shop owner. I’m also a gatherer by nature so it’s really exciting to build collections of packaging supplies and share them with people who enjoy them as much as I do. Most of all, I treasure knowing that my work fulfills me. I’m just overjoyed to be able to say that I have my dream job.
As such an inspiring & creative entrepreneur, do you have any advice for those of us who hope to someday own their own business?
The most important part of owning a business is truly loving what you do. It will carry you through any of the challenges that will inevitably arise. I made several attempts at working for myself before Thatch & Thistle including photography and needle felting but I’ve really found my home with gift wrapping supplies. Running a shop can consume your time and mental energy, especially if you’re a one-person operation like me. In my experience, the more of yourself you pour into your business, the more fulfilling and successful it will be.
With the holidays coming up, do you have any favorite items that you can’t wait to use to package gifts?
Oh goodness! I am constantly bringing new products to the shop and every one of them is a favorite at one point. I’ve got hundreds of new styles of novelty twine coming in the next few weeks! I just recently added t-shirt twine and I’m so in love. :) My gold stickers are always a winner with sealing envelopes and wrapping packages. And if you’re just looking to wrap up something small or package party favors, you can’t go wrong with patterned paper bags!
So many thanks to Brynne for stopping by and sharing her insight with us! She is so full of heart and drive, and she has inspired me in so many ways over the years. I couldn’t be happier to have her over!
Thatch & Thistle was one of the first Etsy stores I fell in love with, and it is still a regular stop for me. My craft drawers are brimming with all of the black, gold and white packaging supplies I can get my hands on. And now, you too, can have all the lovely Thatch & Thistle supplies your heart desires!
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