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Maker’s Talk with Munga Vision

One of my favorite parts about creating House Fenway is connecting with other artists, learning about their craft and their artistic process.  This week I’m sharing an interview I did with one of my maker friends, Kristen, owner of Munga Vision. She is a wonderfully talented artist, mother and boss babe!

Tell us what Munga Vision is and how it started?

The current vision of Munga Vision actually began a little less than 2 years ago. Before that, I was using my website as a portfolio page for contract work as a webmaster and designer for small businesses. I did stationery on the side just for fun, but it was slowly evolving with requests and I really fell in love with the more artistic things I was producing. When our 2nd child was about 6 months old I realized I was spread too thin trying to get the art stuff that I wanted to do in, kids and family life, and all my contract work. While I miss the steady paycheck of contracts over retail, I am happier than ever with the decision to change my work life and make a go at that crazy dream. Luckily my hub’s is super supportive and thought to scale back with contract obligations was a good idea to see how it pans out too. I’m sure most adults can relate at some point in time to the balancing act of life and feeling a constant time strain with things you don’t particularly enjoy doing. Thus, I phased out my corporate gigs over a couple months and let the art take center stage.

What is the meaning behind the name Munga Vision?

Munga is actually my family nickname for me. In college, I had to come up with a website name and fictitious company for one of my classes. I went with that name and in the end, just stuck. I think I was married a couple years before my mother in law realized it was a nickname when she heard my dad calling me that!

 

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What is your favorite part of the creative process and why?

Coming up with the ideas is so much fun to me. Over the past two years, I have tried to streamline my brain and channel those ideas into a series to release to make the marketing and projects more cohesive. I do love, in the end, seeing it come together, but honestly, I often get impatient during the ACTUAL PROCESS. I am always 10 steps at a time kind of personality and so it’s hard for me to slow it down and enjoy the ride of each design. I really try to get myself to focus on one project series at a time now rather than starting a dozen different things at once and taking a year to finish them all. The first collection I focused on to help my branding was The Spring in Country poster line and since then I continue to release things in series. The truth though, sometimes I still end up with a dozen different things going, custom orders, and will still piece in one-off projects to sell too.

You have a vast array of product. Which product do you enjoy making the most?

Currently, it’s been painting. I don’t actually do it as often as I’d like because it’s easier to work on the computer in short increments of time and projects, but I love layering and piecing stuff together. Even when I used to do things in the dark room it was always fun to crop and blur and angle stuff to me. Painting is one of those things too that you don’t have to be really good at it to me to create something you love. A lot of time incredible painters are clearly talented, but it’s not something I’d ever hang on my walls. Then you get a kid who throws around some of their favorite colors with no rules and you get this piece of sunshine that just makes you happy. I think painting is one of the only mediums where that happens too. I definitely am not the greatest painter, but I balance that with my digital expertise and usually bring it into the digital world after to tweak and add text and make something that while not technically unique in the brush strokes is something totally different that will maybe strike someone as the perfect piece for their home. 

 

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You have your own online shop. Do you find you enjoy it more than your original shop on the Etsy platform?

Urgh, it’s tough. I actually still really love Etsy and you can find my stuff on there, but that’s because I get more random traffic still from Etsy. I am trying really hard to bring up that dreaded “SEO” for my site this year and am seeing improvements, but I don’t see myself ever fully leaving Etsy and all the great clients I meet through there.  Etsy is really special as a platform because it’s very intentional with the people who use it to shop small and handmade. That’s really a quality that is easily lost in all the options today. I do love working my own site though because of the flexibility. If you visit my site you don’t drift off to 100 other cool and similar products like you do on Etsy and I can state my message and be more streamlined too. Eventually, the goal is to significantly bring more traffic to my own website www.mungavision.com and I dedicate most of my time to focusing on that development. Loading new products is sort of an afterthought now and I tend to keep more of the stationery and stuff that sells well on it from previous years rather than adding everything that’s new.

Do you do Munga Vision as a full-time job?

Munga Vision is officially my full-time gig now though I wouldn’t say I am making a living of it yet as I have found costs of a small business are high and am working to find that better balance to consider myself successful at running a small business. I was much more successful when I was still doing contracts as my company then only retail!  I am very fortunate that my husband has great benefits though so we have health care through him. It really is hard not to compare yourself to other small shops and where you’d like to be, but I try to remind myself of all that I’ve grown in less than 2 years time and hope that by the time our youngest is of school age I am far enough along to warrant keeping the gig as my full-time position!

How often do you do markets and shows? And do you enjoy doing them?

Love doing shows and hate doing shows. Does that make any sense?! They are a TON of work even if not a big one and often you don’t make any money. It’s really hard to predict. However, there is no better way to put yourself out there, get feedback on new products, potentially make a great income for the day and get new customers. I started doing shows with a giveaway by collecting email addresses and now that is usually a good goal for me. Even if I don’t sell much that day I may still collect 100 new emails sometimes at a small fair and potentially make a lifetime customer down the line. With young kids at home and them always being on the weekend though I tend to only do a handful a year. I also live in NC and have had to decline some big summer shows because my products get ruined in the heat with the packaging melting. I am looking for some great additional fairs though to add in the fall or any INDOOR summer fairs if people reading know of any for the summer months in the Raleigh area.

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What is your favorite art medium and why?

Probably my favorite art medium is one that I can’t/don’t do ever…watercolor! It’s soooo versatile and pretty on your walls to your invitations, but I am too impatient. With acrylic or oils or digitally I love that I can layer and if I mess up try again without completely throwing out the whole piece, but with watercolor, it’s like you mess up and have to trash it. I just don’t have the patience for it and admire all the artists in my life who produce beautiful pieces. I do play with watercolors in the digital world either on the iPad now or more often altering stock images I like to piece together into something brewing in my mind. I think of it as collage art when I use stock and taking something from a bank that exists, but cutting it and putting it together with other elements to get something new. 

Where do you see Munga Vision in 3-5 years?

I don’t have million dollar dreams for Munga Vision but hopefully realistic. I’d like to make a decent salary AFTER COSTS to warrant continue working for myself and the fun and flexibility it allows me. Right now with young kids and the schedules that go along with it that aspect buys me time to lay the foundation. I hope over the next 3 years to grow my online sales and store presence and find that magic formula that at the end of the year I am making an average graphic designer salary that I would make working for someone else. For me personally, I don’t want to grow so big that I need full-time employees or have to give up the design aspect. I love creating and enjoy the hours I get to spend in doing so and really just want to get to that point where I can do so comfortably and plan a little for retirement and reality.  I just read #GIRLBOSS and it was interesting to hear her talk about how she recently stepped down from CEO because she had to give up so much of the other aspects of why she started Nasty Girl in the first place. It reminded me that while chasing dreams, it’s important to remember who’s dream I am running toward and nobody ever looks quite the same.

What is one important lesson you have learned while owning your own business that you could pass onto other makers?

Take time to do it right when you know it needs to be done, but don’t overthink taking the leap if you don’t know yet. Learning as you go is an amazing way to learn how to do something right. Things are always changing, especially in retail, and often you never quite know anything until you go for it. I am not telling you to be lazy in implementation and ignore things to rush and put something out there, but I just mean don’t get caught up in your head over thinking it to perfection. Perfection is subjective in this world and maybe it’s learning the hard way, but I think just doing it is how you learn it right. I am sure I’ve looked like an idiot plenty of times in this business, but each time I hopefully get a little better. 

 

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Business location: Tennessee 

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Munga Vision
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My name is Kristen (though my family usually calls me Munga) and this is my little shop —the sum of my creative energy. Munga Vision offers a wide array of products from artwork and stationary to apparel and home décor.
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O’ Sweet Goodness

Business location: Idaho & Ohio

We’re Katie and Emily; two sisters who love to create items to help you celebrate birthdays, holidays, showers, and a fun family dinner. We make all the paper flowers in our shop by hand and with the inspiration of our families, we design decor that helps make memories. As you can tell from our photos, flowers are our favorite! We love to make them and we love to use them on all the items we create!  Thanks for checking out our shop…your support means the world to us!  Merry Christmas from our families to yours!
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Poppiejanes
Business location: New York

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Business location: Wisconsin

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Business location: Minnesota

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Riverside Candle Studio
Business location: Iowa

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Rock River Stitches
Business location: Illinois

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Rusty Maple Cottage
Business location: Ohio

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Say It In Burlap
Business location: Pennsylvania

Hi, I’m Allison! I design and create burlap banners, burlap prints and burlap garland for any occasion including weddings, holidays, birthday parties, gift giving and etc. If you don’t see exactly what you need in my shop, please contact me and we can work on a custom order just for you.
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Shade Tree Naturals
Business location: Wisconsin

Shade Tree Naturals is all about living a simple, natural life! Providing body and home products that promote a healthy, natural lifestyle.

In our body products we utilize only natural ingredients, the finest oils and butters and additives straight from nature. All products are made in small, quality controlled batches to ensure you get the freshest product available. Our first choice, and priority, is to recycle and reuse when possible in all of our packaging and material use. Providing products that promote a sustainable future for us, our children and the many that come after.
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Shining Salt Designs
Business location: Minnesota

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St. Sorlin Street
Business location: Kansas

Creating minimalist and repurposed decor for my own home has always been my favorite pastime. And I’m excited to be at a point in my life where I can spend more time creating and sharing my work with others!
My main love is creating wreaths, bouquets and other home decor pieces with sola wood flowers. Sola flowers are made from a light, soft, paper-like wood that comes from tapioca plants. These flowers don’t wilt and they don’t require water.
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Sweet Cards
Business location: New Jersey

Hello Everyone!  My name is Sarah, I am a wife, who enjoy all-things rustic, handmade and diy. Everything you see in my shop has been created and designed by me. I take pride in everything I make and want it to be perfect just for your home or gift.

My creativity came from my amazing Grandma, who could do anything she set her mind too. Sadly it wasn’t till after college when I had more time to grow my creativity to where it is today. I am so thankful for this opportunity. My hope is you enjoy coming to my shop to look for new pieces for you home or a gift.

www.etsy.com/shop/SweetCardsShop


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Texas Mama Designs
Business location: Oregon

Merry Christmas Ugly Sweater design, available on short-sleeve, long-sleeve, sweatshirt, and baseball tees for adults, plus onesies and tees for babies and kids!
TexasMamaDesigns.etsy.com

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Use promo code HOUSEFENWAY for free shipping on domestic US orders.


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The Content Crown
Business location: Arizona

Handmade wares from reclaimed vintage finds and repurposed goods.
www.etsy.com/shop/TheContentCrown

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Use promo code HOUSEFENWAY18 for 10% off your orders through December 12, 2018.


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The Crooked Cottage
Business location: Oregon

Hello! My name is Katina and I’m the dreamer & maker that stocks The Crooked Cottage. My little boutique specializes in beautiful, unique and thoughtfully handcrafted products, made straight from my heart.
www.crooked-cottage.com


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The Gold Pinecone
Business location: New Jersey

Hello friends! I am Victoria and I’m a wife to my high school sweetheart, mother to two young kiddos, Jesus follower and book lover! When I’m not creating new signs I’m probably trying to read in peace or on Pinterest pinning to my “Books” board.
I started making signs 5 years ago and now my husband has joined my team and does all the scary cutting and sanding. Trusting in the Lord to take this business wherever His will allows. {Proverbs 3:5}
thegoldpinecone.etsy.com


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The Mack Ranch
Business location: Georgia

We are a husband and wife team that creates hand painted signs and home decor out of reclaimed/repurposed wood.  We have our own designs that we offer and we welcome all custom orders too!
www.etsy.com/shop/theMACKranch

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Use promo code JINGLEBELLS for 20% off your order now through Nov 30, 2018.


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The Mountain Bluebird Co
Business location: Washington

Hello, I’m Alysha, owner of The Mountain Bluebird Co. I enjoy all aspects of creating handcrafted home decor. Most times you’ll find me in my work room designing new items for the shop, working on custom designs for y’all, or toying with decor around the house. I have a strong passion for all things home decor and love having the chance to create one-of-a-kind pieces for your own home. It means everything to me that something I’ve put my heart and soul into has the opportunity to grace your precious space. Thank you for taking the time to read about me and browse my shop. Your support is everything to me.
TheMtnBluebirdCo.Etsy.com

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Use promo code GIFTGUIDE2018 for 10% off your order.


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Trail Jenny Handmade Soaps
Business location: Florida

I make handmade soaps inspired by the outdoors! Being outdoors is a passion of mine. I love trail running, hiking, camping, and finding new adventures in my everyday life. I started creating handmade soaps and body products that were inspired by my love of the outdoors. I love creating products that use natural ingredients and essential oils that remind me of a fresh forest breeze.

My handmade soaps and body products not only smell divine and remind me of my latest adventure, they take great care of my skin too. The natural ingredients I use to create my products treat my skin well.

All my soaps and products are made in small batches to ensure they are always fresh. The soaps are made using the cold process method and allowed to cure for at least 4 weeks to process.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TrailJenny

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Use promo code HOUSEFENWAY for 10% off your order now through 12/24/18.


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Trieste Prusso Designs
Business location: Utah

“I have been creating things with my hands for as long as I can remember. I have found an incredible medium of sculpting clay, carving it and then using a complicated aging process.

I love the details that come out of the aging process. A little bit like life, we need to have dark times to help us show all of our beauty.

As an artist I try to stay away from trends. I think trends make people feel uncomfortable. Trends are always changing. It is impossible to keep up all the time if you are a consumer and artist. As an artist. I create pieces that I hope make people feel comfortable and at home, at the same time creating something unique.”
Triesteprusso.etsy.com 


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Vintage Soul Home Decor
Business location: Wisconsin

An online shop located in Wisconsin, Vintage Soul Home Decor sells a curated collection of farmhouse decor and antique reproductions including custom shelving, home decor, furniture, apparel, a large assortment of handmade wood signs.
www.vintagesoulhomedecor.com

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Use promo code GIFTGUIDE15 for 15% off your order.


Wick + Fiber
Business location: Arizona

Hello!  My name is Caroline, weaver and candle maker at Wick + Fiber.  I make handwoven wall hangings, banners and coasters.  I also make yummy hand poured soy candles.  My fragrances change each season, but I also carry year round fragrances.  Check out my Etsy shop for current inventory.  I also love to make custom weaving pieces, so if there is something you would like in custom size or colors, please don’t hesitate to send a message.
www.wickandfiber.etsy.com

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Use promo code INSTABUDDY for 20% off your order.


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Wildflowers & Dixie
Business location: Georgia

Hi, my name is Bethany! My husband and I are the faces behind Wildflowers & Dixie. Together we’re blessed to share the same passion for DIY-ing and creating, and are so happy to be able to share our handmade creations with you!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/wildflowersanddixie

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Use promo code GIFTGUIDE15 for 15% off your order. Expires 01/31/19.


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Winney House Market
Business location: New York

Hand-painted wood signs and custom-made Christmas ornaments make the perfect gift and treasured memory. Contact Hannah to place your order:
facebook.com/winneyhousemarket and instagram.com/winneyhousemarket

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Mention the Gift Guide when placing an order with me for $5 off your purchase.


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Words That Stick Decals
Business location: New York

Words That Stick Decals is a one-girl shop, that specializes in vinyl & wall decor that is meaningful to you. I tend to live life passionately which spills over into a love for words and how they can create real change. Whether you’re throwing a party, redecorating your home or wanting to cozy up your space, there’s something in my shop to help you create the space you have in mind!
www.etsy.com/shop/wordsthatstickdecals

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Use promo code HOUSEFENWAY10 for 10% off your purchase.

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Maker’s Monday: Wildflower Parade

It’s Maker’s Monday! I hope you have enjoyed the blog series so far. It has been an amazing journey, meeting wonderful makers, sharing their passion and craft and highlighting their small businesses. I’ll be taking a holiday break from the series and will be picking back up after the New Year. Next week Monday is the launch of House Fenway’s 2nd Annual Holiday Small Maker’s Gift Guide. A guide highlighting 60+ makers, offering tons of promotions, and gift ideas for the holidays. I hope you check it out!

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Meet Wildflower Parade

This week’s maker is a busy lady with a wonderful talent. Meet Alicia from Wildflower Parade , a SAHM of four amazing kiddos with a knack for sewing. Alicia started the business with the motivation of reducing the use of “throw-away items” such as napkins, paper towel and grocery bags. This motivation was not only a step to become more eco-friendly but a smarter way to save money on dispensable products.

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Wildflower Parade offers an array of products and styles to help you become more eco-friendly without compromising style! Check out Alicia’s Etsy shop for the full selection of product: Wildflower Parade

IMG_1855Check out some of the other House Fenway Maker’s Monday Shops:

James + McLain

Say In In Burlap

Dandelion Wishes Candle Co.

Curious Timbers

Gam Gam Handcrafted

The Vintage Nest

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Maker’s Monday: James + McLain

October has flown by and we are already at our last Monday of the month. Boy, does time sure fly! I can’t help but get the itch to start changing up decor in the house to transition with the seasons. Down come the jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and spider webs for a much cozier, homespun atmosphere. No, I’m not going full-blown Christmas (that would be crazy!), but hints of evergreen, wood and other natural elements to slowly transition to a full-on Christmas wonderland. This Maker’s Monday featured shop has just the decor to get me there, James + McLain.

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James + McLain specializes in hand-painted wood signs and decor with a pleasing neutral palette and extremely high-quality. Their wood signs are the perfect addition to any gallery wall, fireplace mantel or coffee bar.

Here is a glimpse at some of James + McLain’s beautiful work:

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James + McLain, located in the heart of Texas, offers custom sign orders — perfect for a wedding gift, housewarming gift or to welcome a new little one to the family.

Special promo

Enjoy an exclusive promo for James + McLain and check out these amazing wood signs. This week enjoy 10% off your purchase with promo code HAPPYFALL at checkout. Happy shopping!

IMG_1855Check out some of the other House Fenway Maker’s Monday Shops:

Dandelion Wishes Candle Co.

Curious Timbers

Gam Gam Handcrafted

The Vintage Nest

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Maker’s Monday: Say It In Burlap

Say It In Burlap

The leaves are changing, the air is crisp and it’s Maker’s Monday! It’s hard to believe October is almost over and we will be soon switching gears for Christmas. Wait, WHAT! OMG….Where has the time gone? I’m not ready. Well, I guess with wonderful makers like this week’s Maker’s Monday feature, you can ease your way into each season with style.

Meet Say It In Burlap, owned by Allison Bressler from Pennsylvania. A busy mom of 3 and a wonderful creative talent who crafts in burlap. Her beautiful seasonal banners and prints add the perfect rustic touch to your home.

Here is a small selection of some of Say It In Burlap‘s products:

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Special promo

Enjoy an exclusive promo and stock up for the holidays. This week enjoy 15% off your purchase at Say It In Burlap with promo code FENWAY15 at checkout.

IMG_1855Check out some of the other House Fenway Maker’s Monday Shops:

Dandelion Wishes Candle Co.

Curious Timbers

Gam Gam Handcrafted

The Vintage Nest