Friday Small Shop Series
Today we have Courtney from Sue Sue’s Bonnets. I have a serious love for bonnets like I want to make the girls wear them every single day. So when I stumbled onto Courtney’s shop I was crazy in love and begged her to be apart of this! Not only is she an amazing mama bPS guys…she’s giving away a $50 credit today on my Instagram!
Tell us a little about yourself and your shop.
My name is Courtney. I live in a small town in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. I have an amazing husband, two kids (Vincent and Evelyn also known as “Sue Sue”) and one on the way due in March. I stay home full time to be with my kids and also manage my small growing business, Sue Sue’s. I make bonnets, blankets, paci clips and am constantly drawing up new ideas.
What made you want to start your shop?
I loved seeing bonnets on kids. The style was so unique and timeless – I knew that’s what I wanted for my daughter. I didn’t want to buy just anything. But I couldn’t find patterns anywhere for what I had in mind.. so I created my own! My daughter wore them everywhere and soon people were asking for them. And the demand just kept growing!
What have been your biggest struggles so far in owning your own business?
I would say keeping a balance between my home and my business. It’s sometimes hard for me to shut off and focus on chores while kids are sleeping. So I’ve been disciplining myself by letting myself work when I get certain things done around the house.
What is your favorite product?
I love everything so much. I love my frilly gauze bonnets and blankets the most. It may sound selfish but I only make things I would enjoy or look for my own children. I like simple, practical and comfy items!
When you aren’t busy being a mom boss what do you like to do
Crafts with my kids, library time, donuts, tending to my succulent garden in the summer, loving my husband and hang out with family!?
Where do you draw your creativity from?
Mostly just what pops into my head, but if you ask my mom it’s from my grandma, Sue. I’ve always loved creating. When I was young I would stay up late making things. Taking art and photography classes in school and at the community college. I’ve never really had to try hard in that department. I just loved it. I’ve gone from ceramics to photography to drawing to jewelry making to watercolor to acrylics to sewing. I have bounced around to all of them multiple times and I think having more than one hobby keeps me from burning one out completely. It also runs in the family – I have some very talented and gifted family members!
How do you juggle mom life and your business?
Staying disciplined between business and home is something I’m still fine tuning! I’m still learning every day, but I’m trying to keep a healthy balance. My kids are always first and I try to work mostly when they are napping but there are times I have a lot to get done so I welcome them to be with me to play and “help” me with my orders. The more I involve them in my process the more special it is. They are amazing helpers!
What are some of YOUR favorite small shops?
Cotton and Copper Goods is my cousin’s shop and I love watching her small business grow. Macrame is so fascinating to me and her feed is always fun to look at. My other favorite is Sweet Little Soul Shop because if my daughter is not wearing a bonnet it is usually one of her bows! This shop is what got me addicted to sweet handmade bows.