How did you first get into painting?
How has the process evolved over the past 10 years?
When we started off painting them, the prints were already on the plates. As we began to get more orders, we switched to a type of tissue paper to transfer the prints and then I do remember when we switched over to the transfer paper. We started with maybe 10 a month, we would get them here or there. And now I’m up to 25 – 30 plates a week.
What choices do parents have when it comes to customizing their plate?
They get to choose between 3 designs – a solid rim, a striped rim or a polka dot rim. and then we have probably 12- 15 different colors they can choose from. If they pick solid, they pick one – if they pick stripe or polka dot they can pick two different colors.
What do you think about while you paint?
Honestly, when I am painting them, the easiest thing is to not think about what I am painting. Because if I do, it does get kind of emotionally difficult to handle. So, in the process of painting, I’m thinking colors and lines and stripes. It’s usually when I put the names on that I start to think about the family and the baby. I just think about how difficult it must be for those families to name a child and then not get to live the life they expected with that child. So, that’s probably the hardest part – putting the names on. So, honestly the easiest thing for me to do is kind of detach and think about other things.
How many plates do you think you have painted over the last 10 years?
I have not even considered that calculation. It’s probably been close to 1000 – 800 or something like that. I could probably do the math but it would take a minute.
Why do you enjoy painting for Mamie’s?
I just love this company. I love working for Mamie’s Poppy Plates. It’s just such a peaceful environment. As a believer, it’s wonderful to work for fellow believers and amongst fellow believers. I think it provides a comfortable and humble community to be around. So, I am really grateful to be a part of it.