Meet Michelle from Pippi’s Treasures!
Hey Michelle! Tell us about your kiddos.
I have 1 daughter, Penelope. She just turned 4 in September.
Tell us a bit about your business.
How long have you been in business?
About 3 years.
Why did you start your business? What inspired you or pushed you to decide to go into business for yourself?
I started sewing clothes for my little girl when I saw cute stuff being sold and thought, hmmm, that doesn’t look too hard to make! Years ago, my parents got me a sewing machine for Christmas, so I dug that out along with lots of unfinished sewing projects and went to a class that a friend of mine was giving. After the class, I purchased some fabric and patterns, and have been addicted to buying fabric and patterns ever since! After sewing for about a year, I decided to get an embroidery machine. For practice, I would make things for my friends kids/babies and that is what sparked opening my own business. It has been slow going since within the past 3 years, we have moved twice, once from Arkansas to the Nashville area into a rental house and then again once we found a house to buy. Luckily I have some great customers from Arkansas that have still ordered from me since the move, and now that things are somewhat settled here in Nashville, I can focus on getting more customers and expand on the handmade baby and little girl clothes part of my business.
What would you say is the hardest part of being a mom and business owner?
Luckily, I only have one child, so until recently, I would work while she napped. Now that she is no longer napping, it has become more challenging. I guess you can say she’s a bit of a clingy child and therefore not good at being by herself to play. We are working on that part!
What would you say is the BEST part of being a mom and business owner?
If I never had my little girl, then I would have never left my corporate job to stay home with her and I would have never had the inspiration to even attempt to make cute stuff for her. Since I am my own boss, I can control the amount of work I do and not sacrifice too much of the time that I get to spend with my daughter. I wish all parents could be their own boss and I’m incredibly grateful to have a husband that helped pushed me to do this and is my biggest supporter.
Any tips for mom trying to become a momboss?
Plan on things taking longer than they should, be willing to say no, and find a little me time during the day, which all moms and dads should do.
How do you relax or wind down after a long day/week?
What is your favorite thing to do in Nashville with your kids?
One thing that I absolutely love about Nashville so far is the Farmer’s Market downtown. I enjoy getting fresh veggies and depending on what day we go, my daughter enjoys the freshly made mini-donuts. Another great thing about Nashville is the library system and enjoy going to the different branches for the various events they have.
Where is your favorite place to eat in Nashville?
We have a long list of places that we need to go eat at that we’ve heard so much about but the ones that we have been to and really like are The Red Bicycle, Puckett’s, The Biscuit House and Noshville. So far The Red Bicycle and Frothy Monkey have the best coffee & we wish the Frothy Monkey would open a location up in the Goodlettsville/Hendersonville area!
Where can we find you?
Thanks, Michelle! We can’t wait to check out your amazing work! Make sure to follow along on her social media pages:
A note from Michelle and a discount for our readers:
What I do is custom for each customer and therefore takes time to produce along with my job of being a mom. Depending on the order, it can take between 2-3 weeks to complete. Sometimes it will be quicker and sometimes it may be longer. Before placing an order with me, feel free to contact me directly at [email protected] if there is a certain timeframe you are needing something for. Thanks!
Use code NASHMOM15 for a discount at Pippi’s Treasures!