Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle and Jason Peddicord.
Michelle and Jason, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In September of 2016, our family experienced a huge loss and our family was struggling to deal with the emotional turmoil that always comes from one of those moments in time where you question “how can this have happened?” As we all fell into ourselves each of us dealt with the tragedy in different ways.
For Michelle, it was at first yellow sticky notes with scripture and words of encouragement on almost every flat surface of the wall. I felt that everywhere I turned I needed constant reminder that it would be OK.
For Jason, it was burying himself in his work and then playing in his shop with whatever project needed completing. I wanted to not think. Wood has a warmth that made me feel at ease, and being alone with all the noise of the machines drowned out the noise in my head.
One day Michelle asked if I could make her a blank board, nothing fancy, just some pallet boards trimmed down and nailed together. I painted our first sign, “Let Your Faith Be Bigger Than Your Fears”. Making it left a feeling of satisfaction and pride in what I had created. So I asked Jason to make more and more as each sticky note was replaced with a lovely sign.
After months of living like this, I began to wonder if other people would like to create a sign with a message that made them feel inspired, laugh, or bring hope to their day. Thus the beginning of Meaningful Messages. Growing up, my family was not well off. We struggled to afford even food and rent, moving often from house to house each a little worse than the last. Keeping this in mind I decided that we should keep our cost per sign affordable for everyone.
To do this we decided to be a mobile company setting up wherever our host or hostess can find space. Homes, churches, restaurants, pubs, coffee shops wherever you decide we come to you. We bring everything required to create your own Meaningful Message.
At first, we had simple designs but we also wanted our customers to have the opportunity to create a unique design to them so we offer a variety of sizes and do not limit customers design choices. Now we have hundreds of designs on our Facebook page or website meaningful-messages.com and do on average 5 to 10 Make-and-Take workshops per month.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The early on struggles were the obvious ones. Setting up a business LLC., licensing the company with the state, learning how to present our business to the general public (still struggling with that), determining costs, reducing costs to become profitable.
Another struggle that came late in 2017 was a number of bookings. Finally, the business started to pick up so we had to figure out a way to be able to do multiple workshops in the same day at separate locations. After some trial and error, we were both able to do a workshop at the same time.
Also as business picked up it was hard for Jason with a full-time job to make the blanks. We do everything ourselves, from making the blanks, to a full design studio.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Meaningful Messages – what should we know?
We create beautiful rustic signs with your meaningful message. We offer 3-hour mobile Make&Take Workshops in the Houston area where you create your beautiful rustic sign for your home or as a gift. We specialize in Make&Take Workshop. Our workshops are great for family events, fundraisers, team building for companies or just groups of friends wanting to show their creative sides.
We are proud that we never limit design choices and keep our price affordable for everyone. What sets us apart is our ability to set up anywhere you can find space.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The qualities or characteristics that I feel are most important for our success is the ability to be flexible and patient. It is important to be able to see that everyone has a creative side. Our company helps people find that.
- 12×12 square sign -$20
- 10×14 rectangle-$20
- 16×16 square- $30
- 15×18 rectangle- $30
- 15×24 rectangle-$45
- 20×20 square- $45
- 20×24 rectangle- $50
- 16″ round- $30
- 24″ round- $45
- 24×25 staggered-$45
- Address: 28718 Havenport
- Website: meaningful-messages.com
- Phone: 832-462-5838
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: meaningfulmsgs
- Facebook: Meaningful Messages of Katy