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Life and Work with Sonya Jones

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sonya Jones.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always liked making crafts. As a little girl, I could spend hours coloring, painting, making key chains and jewelry, or anything else I could think of. This hobby followed me throughout my childhood and into adulthood and I nurtured it by learning skills like calligraphy and hand sewing.

In undergrad, I worked at the YMCA and I taught craft camps for children in the summer as well as the after school program. I was also a craft teacher for vacation bible school at my church a few summers. Whenever the opportunity would present itself for me to teach crafts or create and make something for someone, I would go for it.

I never thought this hobby had the potential to be a business until I planned my wedding. I am a DIYer at heart and I made a lot of things for my wedding myself. I made table numbers, menu cards, escort cards, candy buffet signs, card boxes, vases for centerpieces, as well as my bouquet for my bridal portraits. My family and friends noticed I had a talent for making handcrafted items and they started asking me to create and make things for their special events and this birthed Gifted and Crafted.

Has it been a smooth road?
The main struggle I faced when getting Gifted and Crafted started was time and confidence. Trying to balance out being a new wife, working full time, getting my Masters, becoming a new mom, and getting the company off the ground was hard. I always aim to improve my work and making hand made items from start to finish requires time and diligent effort. A lot of the items I make are hand lettering and calligraphy requires a lot of practice. During the beginning stages, I had a lot of important life events going on simultaneously and often felt overwhelmed. I had to readjust and take a new approach to building Gifted and Crafted. Baby steps are still progress, and I found that completing small obtainable daily tasks helped to set the foundation for achieving a big goal.

My advice to young women just starting their journey is to prioritize what you want and go for it. In the words of Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus, “Take chances! Make mistakes!” Be present in your journey and enjoy it all, the good and the bad. Seek advice and learn from others and be willing to pass on your knowledge to the next generation of young women who want to follow in your footsteps.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Gifted and Crafted – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Gifted and Crafted specializes in designing, creating, and crafting hand made items for life’s special moments. Our services/ products include: calligraphy, hand-lettering, event and home decor, hand crafted stationery, and more! I pride myself on being able to bring my clients’ visions to life by creating personalized designs to fit their needs. This can range from something as extravagant as a mirrored seating chart for a wedding or as simple as Thank You notes for a baby shower. I enjoy seeing the creativity from my clients and collaborating their ideas with my creativity to craft a unique completed project.

I am most proud of being able to produce authentic work that sparks happiness and joy. I believe in doing my best and I treat every project as if it’s my business card. Once I hand over a finished piece to a client, I don’t know who will see it, and because of this I want it to be perfect! I only get one chance to make a good impression. This is what sets Gifted and Crafted apart from others, we provide the type of service we would want to receive.

What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
Do it scared! Do not be paralyzed by fear! We are often afraid to take a leap and get out of our comfort zone. The narrative in our head makes us question ourselves and we want reassurance from something or someone that we are doing the right thing. Keep taking the next step no matter what! You can follow the safe path and still fail so don’t let the fear of failure keep you paralyzed and unhappy. Don’t compare someone else’s journey to your own. Trust your intuition, encourage yourself, be present, work hard, and when you give it your all, you have nothing to regret!

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Darby Doll Photography

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