Charming Maps - Laurie Rullison
What sparks your creativity most?
Custom orders allow me to search for maps that would fit the customer’s location request as well as looking for the most eye-pleasing option. No one wants a piece of jewelry with a GPS style map! The map search is definitely a fun part of the creativity process.
Another favorite part of the creative process, is finding inspirational quotes that also seem map, adventure or travel related, and incorporating these into new pieces.What's the best thing about running your own business? The worst?
The best part of running your own business is the flexibility to work on your own schedule and location. The worst part I would have to say is the financial tracking side. I do not have a business degree, and was never that great at math. Bookkeeping and taxes are not my thing!Share a funny story about your business.
My business is about making map jewelry, but sometimes I get requests to make a piece that does not have a map. The most random request I received was from a lady who wanted me to put a picture of her baby sonogram into a keychain, that she would be giving to her husband as a surprise. Now that’s creative!What kind of music do you listen to while you create?
Amazon Prime stations through Alexa are the best invention! I’m always listening to something different. Although it’s usually something pop or upbeat.How has your business most helped you and/or your family grow?
My daughters love to come ‘help’ me with making jewelry and always want to make something for themselves or their friends. I love that they see being creative and artistic is important and can be profitable as well.Of all the products you create, which is your very favorite? Which is a customer favorite?
My favorite products are the items with inspirational sayings overlaid on a map. Some new sayings I have created are “Find Your True North” and “Let Your Heart Be Your Compass”. But my customer favorites are always the compass image necklaces. I always sell out of these!What are you looking forward to about the Market?
I’m looking forward to showing my products to the crowds at the Arapahoe County Fair.