Shop Around the Corner | These Small Hours

Shop Around the Corner is a twice-monthly series where I share a variety of fan-tas-tic small business owners that I think you’d really dig. It’s very important to me to share the love with fellow small business folks – the welcoming community of entrepreneurs I’ve met is quite strong, and there is so much incredible talent out there!  I look forward to introducing you to great photographers, designers, shop owners…the list goes on and on!

 

When I began this series, I didn’t realize how many fun folks I’ve met over the years are running their own businesses. It’s amazing! I love getting to show off businesses that I’ve just found, as well as those run by friends.

I met Lacy in our freshman biology lab at Tennessee Tech – who knew we’d both be working in the creative field (and not in a scientific one – joke!) all these years later? I’ve enjoyed watching her business grow, and I think her idea of making scrapbooking simple is SO smart…and very, very cute!

 

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Tell us about your business!

These Small Hours seeks to provide interesting, useful and straightforward mini-scrapbook kits so my customers can easily and simply create their very own treasure-trove of memories.

These Small Hours was named after a line from Rob Thomas’ song, “Little Wonders,” a favorite (still!) song of mine that I listened to over and over when I was pregnant with my first daughter.

“Our lives are made in these small hours, these little wonders, these twists & turns of fate. Time falls away, but these small hours, these little wonders still remain.”

When I became a parent, I realized how much of my life was made up of precious, small hours that were so beautiful, but fleeting. I wanted to capture every small detail of our simple life. I began making small-scale scrapbooks – commonly called “mini albums” or “minibooks” in the scrapbook world – to fill up all those meaningful little details of our life. And I loved it!

 

What made you decide to open your shop?

I opened These Small Hours in 2011 when I realized I kept making more empty minibooks than I could ever possibly fill. After I had made & given away many, many minibook kits to friends & family (eek!), I opened a shop on Etsy to sell the rest. I love this simple form of memory-keeping, and I wanted to share it with others! I really believe anyone who has the desire can make a completed minibook without feeling bogged down with how to use embellishments. With my shop, I’ve sought to provide a simple, ready-to-fill minibook so that all you have to do is add your precious photos + words and embellish to your liking.

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Where do you find inspiration?

Patterned papers—they’re the base of the minibooks! If I stumble on some paper I love, I instantly see it as a minibook. I also find inspiration from children’s books (with three girls 5 & under, we read a lot of books!!), photography, and decorating blogs.

 

Favorite item that you sell?

I love to make & sell (& fill!) minibooks with the chunky book covers. So fun to go back and look through the chunky little books!

 

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Any advice for those just starting out?

Stay true to yourself. Seek to provide a product that you can be proud of & that you would purchase yourself. Be honest. Seek to have integrity in all things. Realize you are more than your product; if it flops or doesn’t sell, your intrinsic value and worth as a person doesn’t change.

 

Three words to describe you/your life.

Giggly (I have three daughters!), full, and simple.

 

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Story or moment in business that was memorable/impactful?

When I sold the five minibooks I originally listed. I had only ever given minibooks as gifts, so when my shop sold those first five I made—it was thrilling! I still grin like a fool whenever I sell a minibook. The excitement hasn’t worn off. : )

 

Favorite tv show: My husband Rust & I have loved Lost, The Office, and we are now enjoying Bones and White Collar.

 

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Favorite ice cream flavor: Chocolate!

 

Favorite vacation spot: My husband & I love to getaway to cabin in the mountains in the fall.

 

Favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon: At home, with Rust & our girls – we love to take walks, grill, work on house projects, have friends over, & just be together. We watch a lot of mini dance performances in our living room, too. : )

 

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Favorite part of running your business: I love that the shop is a “get to” and not a “have to” kind of business, and that it is an overflow of a hobby I am passionate about. I am thankful I have time now to give to the shop (and memory-keeping), but my husband and daughters will always come first.

 

Thank you so much, Lacy! Be sure to check out her sweet scrapbooks in her Etsy shop here!