Today, I’m introducing Alycia Mealy, the free-spirited blogger at Wildflower and creator at Wildflower Dream Catchers. I really love Alycia’s work , especially how she uniquely incorporates her love of nature into each piece: branches, pine cones, feathers, dried flowers. Both of my girls literally gasped when I pulled this one from the box–“it’s so beautiful!” I completely agree. Alycia, please tell us more about you.
How did Wildflower begin? My small business is called Wildflower Dream Catchers. It began as a craft I was making for my home about a year ago. I was going to feature it on my blog as a DIY but I liked how it turned out so much that I decided I would make it into a giveaway instead. Long story short, Lindsey Marlor from Pillow Thought ended up winning the giveaway and asked if I had a shop she could link to when showing the dream catcher on her blog . So then I decided to open up my own etsy shop and my business just hasn’t stopped growing since then. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to work and stay at home with my son!
Who/ What most inspires your work? Recently I have been very inspired by nature and using natural items in the home, such as sticks, pinecones, dried flowers etc. Some of the amazing ladies who have inspired my new line of nature dream catchers are Jodi Mockabee, Beth Kirby from Local Milk, Hannah Ferrara from Another Feather and Kinfolk Magazine to name a few.
How do you balance work and home life? Do you have a tip to share? When I first started out I began taking a lot of custom orders to specifically match whatever room they wanted they’re dream catcher for, well the custom orders became really hard to keep up with.. being that I work alone and I am a stay at home mom to a toddler. So I recently have had to come up with just a few designs that my customers really seem to like and just stick with making those. This helps save a lot of time! I think its very important to evaluate your priorities from time to time and make sure you’re not letting work overtake your life which can be very easy to do when working from home. My son is at an age where he needs constant attention all day long so that means I mostly have to work late hours at night while he sleeps or during nap time, the most important thing to me is that he has my attention during the day !
When your not working what might you be doing? Blogging , taking photos, visiting friends or spending time with my son.
Alycia’s favorite things: My floppy black hat from target //I would have to say my favorite place I ever traveled to was the Bahamas mostly because I had really good company! My entire family + aunts, cousins, grandparents etc all took a family vacation together there so the trip was filled with lots of good company and laughs ! Oh and relaxing on the beach all day and drinking strawberry daiquiris wasn’t too bad either. // Chicken and Avocado Soup // This is a bit embarrassing but any book from Sarah Dessen. I started reading her books when I was a teenager and even though her books are geared toward young adults I still love her writing to this day! // my Bible
Thank you for sharing your work with us, Alycia.
All images by Cloistered Away. Nature Dream Catcher c/o Wildflower Dream Catchers.