Today’s featured Designing Mom Dawbis (Dawn) of Lovelypaper possesses one of my favorite traits of a mom entrepreneur: she taught herself virtually everything about her beautiful paper art and business. Like all of us, she is taking her role as a new mom one step at a time as well with dreams of being able to share all of this with her daughter in the future. Read on about her day in a life…
What is a typical day in your life?
My daughter is still very young and finding new things to do is a bit of a challenge. Aside from the daily feedings, diaper changes, playtime and naps, I try to do something a little differently every day. On a good day, we might visit the park and chase birds, stop by for a Mommy and Me class or go to a potluck lunch with other mamas and their babies. On a not-so-good day we get stuck indoors due to the weather and start driving each other insane. Sofia is such an active baby and loves to move around; I find myself hovering and chasing her throughout the house. We’re not the happiest duo when we’ve got nothing to do, but no matter how the day passes our afternoons are always lovely. Soon after my husband returns home from work the three of us wind down together by taking our daily stroll downtown for coffee, people watching and conversation.
What is your background? Have you always been creative?
I have been creative for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I was well into my twenties that I started to believe in my work. Everything I know how to do I have taught myself. When I was in college I constantly doubted myself and never believed that I could make a decent living with an art degree, so instead I pursued an education in environmental science. While I don’t regret my decision, being a stay-at-home mom has me thinking about what it would be like to work from home doing what I love most – being creative. I’m undecided, but I know that having a daughter was the best thing that could have happened to me. I picture us being creative together and I look forward to the days when I can teach her all the neat things that can be done with paper.
What inspires you to create your paper cut characters?
I never plan my work in advance so it’s difficult to say what inspires me to create. I like things to happen naturally while I work. While I was pregnant, I had this urge to create a character with an apron (probably because I was nesting) and two months later I had created three mischievous children in a huge messy kitchen with a very angry father. I have no clue how or where the idea came from and I wish I could explain what the piece means exactly, but I can’t. I guess I tend to draw inspiration from life and my relationships and whatever happens, happens.
How does your daughter inspire you creatively?
I never believed in miracles until my daughter was born. Now everyday when she wakes up, I hear her singing in the next room. I’m fortunate to be a morning person, but I can never imagine there will come a day when I will grow tired of hearing her beautiful voice. Each day she reminds me of how precious life is and how lucky I am to have another day to be with the ones that I love. With all of this hope and desire to be a better person, I am constantly thinking of ways I can help make her upbringing warm and special. This Halloween I have decided to go out on a limb and make her owl costume from scratch – we’ll see how that goes!
How do you make time for yourself? How do you recharge your creative batteries?
I am definitely not one of those super moms who can juggle ten things at once and still have time for herself, but somehow I manage. I have found that by keeping things simple, whatever it may be, I am able to squeeze in a little “me time” during Sofia’s naps. Sometimes I pick up an old project, but most of the time I just sit down and watch an episode of my favorite TV show. I know that sounds counter-productive, but anytime that I am able to relax my batteries are recharging. And it doesn’t matter what I do with my time, I am always thinking of my next project.