As we mentioned a few days ago, Austin Handmade is throwing a party tonight in honor of Austin Fashion Week. They will be debuting - among other things - a fab new DIY room, which from what I gather is like the arts and crafts room at school, but for grown-ups. Rad, right? Catherine Jones and James Butler, founders of Austin Handmade, were kind enough to drop by Austin Eavesdropper to give us the scoop on this crafty operation.
Catherine, give us a day in the life of a professional craft-preneur like yourself.
My day at the store always starts with a coffee from next door (Once Over Coffeebar). This is really the only consistent part of my existence as a business owner. I have trained myself to be really open to what the day brings. There are days that I have back-to-back meetings (some scheduled, others not). Issues with events arise and need to be quickly resolved. Some days I am able to catch up on dusting, sweeping, organizing, building, rearranging. There are also back end things that I help Jason with. I will go over designs, proofread ads, and brainstorm with him. Then there are the numbers. I think I speak for Jason as well when I say that we rarely are not thinking about the business. Our date nights turn into business meetings, as much as we try to avoid it. We do schedule time with friends. I do yoga on my one day off, and I have a rule that I don't discuss business on that day. And when we hang with Jason's daughter we try not to talk about the business. We are usually too busy playing Hanna Montana or backyard baseball, in that case. Otherwise, it is Austin Handmade in my brain all day long.
The new location is much more of how we wanted to represent the work in the store. The space itself has a gallery feel but is also cozy which makes it comfortable enough to hang out and look over the art-design books we carry or to utilize the DIY room we are putting together.