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The past, the present and the future.

I knew when I was 8 years old that I wanted to be a designer. I would make bookmarks out of the leftover signage scraps that my mom would bring home from the local grocery store that she worked at. I would laminate them, color them while mixing crayons and markers on top of one another. I even at one point typed a business plan on this made for kids typewriter to open up a strictly custom designed handmade bookmark store.

Fifteen years later when I walked across the stage at my college graduation with my design degree; I thought I'd be some big shot in advertising and be a known highly paid designer. I walked into my first job out of college; it was a good job, salary, benefits. All the things a recent college graduate looks for and I freaken hated it. I hated it so much. I ended up quitting on my year anniversary and never looked back. I had no plan when I quit. No other job to go to. I didn't even know about etsy at that time to even think about starting a shop. I did know that I wanted to make cards and invites I just didn't know how to "get out there". I also never thought I could make a living doing it. If I never would've of quit my highly paid job and taken this random part time job just to get some money in my bank account I would've never had a conversation with a co-worker who told me about etsy.

After telling my then boyfriend now husband about how etsy works I took all those ideas that where building up as I daydreamed at my awful job and put them on paper. I didn't have alot. I had a couple witty things to say, a fondness for typography and contrasting colors. I snapped some sample photos of what I had and I launched littleladycompany in my hot sweaty apartment in August of 2008.

To be honest it hasn't been a smooth road and there have been a lot of times where I've just wanted to throw in the towel and go back to a full time job. There has been a lot of penny pinching, idea jotting, design mess up's and a hell of a lot of work. I work on my shop everyday. Literally everyday, not all day everyday, but everyday. It's either new ideas, orders to process, staying up to date with accounting stuff, making sure things are re-newed, answering emails but I wouldn't change it. How many people get to live their dream? How many people get to wake up and work on their own ideas? How many people actually love what they do? I do and I am thankful everyday for the folks that find my shop on etsy so that I stay inspired to keep on going.
Vanessa
owner
A lot of people ask how I came up with the name littleladycompany; it's easy. I tell them I design how I dress. Always ironed, always put together, always colorful and most importantly always lady like.