Today we are honored to introduce you to Christie and Jens from Thistle & Poppy.
Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.
Thistle & Poppy was founded by me and my husband Jens. We started out just making custom picture frames in our garage for my photography clients. I have worked in the photography field for many years and after venturing out on my own as a portrait photographer, I recognized the demand for custom frames. The companies that I was working with either didn’t have the styles I was looking for, the prices were way too high or they just took too long to be delivered. I knew I could solve all of these problems easily and set out to begin my own framing venture, that would cater my clients with truly custom pieces to suit their home decor and compliment their photos.
Snap Point Picture Frames were born shortly after Thistle & Poppy. We pretty much just stumbled upon the idea and it has snowballed into the huge wonderful patented product! After spending a grueling holiday season in the wood shop making tons of frames and ornaments, Jens and I were simply discussing ways to make our process more efficient. We were evaluating each aspect of creating the frames, what took the longest, what cost the most, what was necessary and what wasn’t, etc. We were trying to find ways to maintain the huge variety of frame styles I wanted to offer while he was insistent on making the business profitable We ended up stumbling upon a revolutionary solution sitting on our workbench, magnets! We had been in the process of designing a very cool interactive led wall decor display and had tiny magnets leftover. The light bulb switched on for both of us and within minutes we had our first snap point prototype! A picture frame that would allow you to simply place your photo on the base, snap the trim style of our choice on top and voilà! Framing in seconds! This was the perfect solution for so many people but especially for people like me, a photographer who is completely guilty of drawers full of unframed prints!
So the Snap Point idea was born from the idea that you could simply and easily frame your photos without all the hassle of backing, framer’s points, glass, etc. Then the complete interchangeability was added. As an artist I am known for being pretty decisive, and as a woman I totally change my mind all the time. So it just made sense to have each of the trim styles we were already offering become interchangeable pieces for our frames. This making the design options endless! Users can easily change the entire look of your frame. For example, we are in the process of turning our blue nursery into a pink one! Which means the frame bases can stay the same and they only need new trim styles in new coordinating pink hues! So in reality these frames can grow with your family and change with your taste!
We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?
I am not ashamed to admit it, I am living the dream! I get to do what I am passionate about every single day all while raising my kiddo. It of course can be super difficult sometimes, but it is worth every second! I get up in the morning and I am excited to get to work, which kind of doesn’t make it work, right?!
Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?
I find inspiration all around me. I studied as a photographer so I get a lot of inspiration from lighting and shadows. More recently I find inspiration from my son, he has such a vibrant and creative personality that he is constantly sparking new ideas in me.
On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?
Well I live in Florida, the land of sunshine! Those lazy rainy days are few and far between for us and they are my favorite days because of that! I take those days sit back and enjoy my little family, snuggle up on the couch with my babes and watch movies.
What are you most grateful for?
I am most grateful for my wonderful family. All of them! my parents, siblings, my wonderful husband, my gorgeous son and my soon to be daughter. Each person has had a major impact in my life, the person I have become, and they are the driving factor behind my success. love them dearly <3
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