The Little Dinosaur: Mug Cookies because they are the perfect size to curb my cravings & keep me from eating allllllllll the cookies. I'm basically Cookie Monster.
CS: What's your favourite vacation spot? Why?
LD: Hard to say. Italy was easily my favorite place I've ever been but my husband and I like to get away to the mountains near Asheville, NC. It's a quite getaway in a quaint town but close enough to Asheville where we can visit the Biltmore and the busy city.
CS: Tell us a bit about yourself and your family.
LD: I'm a Pennsylvania transplant living in Charleston, SC. I met my husband the first day I started at Apple here and 10 years later we're married with two kiddos and a bunch of furry babies. We prefer a quieter life and enjoy kayaking and family time.
CS: Describe your creative style.
LD: I tend to be a bit on the minimalist side. Natural textures, neutrals, clean lines are super dreamy to me.
CS: How did you get into crafting?
LD: I've always been a maker. From elementary school I would use modeling clay and make sculptures. I have a B.F.A with a focus in sculpture and an M.A focused in interior architecture and design.
CS: What was the first thing you ever made?
LD: I'm not quite sure the first thing I've ever made but I do know some of my proudest projects I made in the beginning were for book reports in the 3rd grade (ha! that's right the 3rd grade). I made Wilbur from Charlotte's Web out of modeling clay & still have it today.
CS: What project/product are you most proud of?
LD: I'm most proud of The Little Dinosaur. It was suppose to be just a side hustle but once I really started to understand the industry & what is involved in making children's items I started to shift and turn it into the real deal!
CS: What does your current work space look like?
LD: It's actually pretty clean. Space is limited so everything needs to have a home or it is overwhelming. However when I'm elbows deep in making my items the whole house becomes my work space and it's a bit chaotic.
CS: What does your dream work space look like?
LD: So much practical storage! I love order and organized spaces *drooling* A huge work table center to the space perfect for spreading out for all parts of my creative process. It would second as a place to gather and collaborate.
CS: How do you balance work and home life?
LD: Strict schedules and boundaries! Naps and bedtimes are priorities and I work around them. I limit the amount of activities that will drain me and make sure to communicate with my husband when I need to recharge.
CS: Where do you see your business going in the next five years?
LD: I hope to see my business showing up in local stores and growing an online following of other mamas who might need to be reminded that the woman she was before becoming a parent is still there!
CS: What advice would you give to someone looking to start their own small business?
LD: Dig deep. Ask yourself why, then ask yourself why again. Keep asking why until you feel it so deep inside you that it resonates from the inside out. Then, go for it!
CS: What do you love most about Chomp?
LD: I love the community! It's comforting to know you're not alone in the struggle of owning a children's goods shop. I love hearing others' stories and sharing my own experiences, especially when it comes to safety testing. Which is the next thing I love, having a caring supplier who makes sure their products are safe and ready to go for their makers!
CS: What would you like to see Chomp carry in the future?
LD: More clasp options, something higher end but still safe.
Thank you so much, Katie, for taking the time to allow us to learn about the personality behind The Little Dinosaur! Don't forget to check out Katie's shop and social media to see the beautiful pieces she creates!