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We are Are excited to feature Aleena, a Fantastic Mom and the founder of the local shop – Three Corners artisan. We were first attracted to her beautiful pieces of art when we saw them at a local market. We immediately started following her on Instagram. Seeing her pieces pop up in shops around our small town made her more of a local hero. In one of her instagram posts she mentioned being a mother and that was the final piece of the puzzle. We had no choice but to meet this amazing women and ask if she would like to be a part of our Mothers Day Feature. What an honor to now let you in on a little inside feature of what life as Aleena Webber is like.
Please tell us a little bit about your family and how long you have had your business up and running?
“I am the momma to three boys 6,4 and 2 and the wife to one very patient, supportive husband. My husband is the reason I started Three Corners Artisan. He thought I should have a hobby, that was a year and a half ago.”
What was the inspiration behind starting your own business?
“I was on my third maternity leave and felt a little lost. Before I had my boys, I had a successful career in retail management. The draw to stay home with my boys was too strong to stay away the 10-12 hour days. My husband said I should start “throwing” again, so I did. The rest is history.”
What is your favorite part about running your own at home business?
“Oh, that I am in complete control haha! The restraints of retail had always frustrated me. Having to ask someone higher up if this is how they wanted this or that handled. How sales and customer service should be handled. It was always people that were higher up making decisions but it was me looking at the faces of the customer, hearing their stories and wanting to do more. I’m so happy starting at the very beginning of my business. I purchase the supplies, I create the pieces, I photograph (sometimes) the pieces, advertising, shipping everything! The best part is knowing and remembering the customers. The first person who bought my first piece. The first market that accepted my application. It’s so personal, and the best part of having my own business.”
When do you find time to work? Do you have a Nanny, childcare, or house cleaner? How do you balance it all? Spill the beans!
“I have SO much help! I say I’m the only artisan, and I am when it comes to the creating but I have so much help in other aspects of my business. My parents, in laws and the very best of friends help watch my kiddies and help in my studio. I love them and it means so much to have these people in my lives so I can do what I love.”
What was the greatest advice you have received since becoming a parent or since starting your own business?
“The best advice I have received as a parent is that even though you feel like you are in the thickest and deepest, the next day will come. An adventure awaits and it gets better.”
What has been your greatest hurdle when it comes to running your own business and raising your family?
“Separating my family time and my business time. It’s so hard to schedule work days and not give attention to my family. Or give my 100% to my family without thinking or doing something with work.”
How do you balance work and family time? Are you someone who keeps to a schedule or do you just slot time in when you can find it?
“I schedule time on a weekly basis only because things constantly come up. I have a firing schedule for my kiln which makes it a bit easier. Then when I receive orders I can give a more accurate turn around time.”
How do you balance your other relationships in your life (such as friends, parents, partner?)
“There are many hours my friends and hubs have hung out in my studio just to spend time with me. I’m not sure if that’s balance or not?”
What advice would you give someone just starting out?
“Be the truest to yourself and try your very hardest to not compare yourself to others.”
What did you want to be when you were younger?
What was the greatest Mother’s Day/or birthday gift you have ever received?
“My now husband but boyfriend at the time gave me guitar lessons, so I would believe that I could still learn new things.”
What would your dream Mother’s Day look like?
“My family in Tofino. Just the five of us.”
Thank you so much Aleena for taking the time to pop by and letting us get to know you a bit more. You can find Aleena at the Bloom Market in Fort Langley this mothers day weekend. Pop and in and check out her creations for yourself.
Do not forget to enter our give away on Instagram. Aleena will be giving away a Porcelain gold encrusted pendant to one blessed mama. Draw will be on Mothers day. For entry details go to Instagram and look for Aleenas feature post.
Join us tomorrow for our next featured Momprenuer. You wont regret it!
-Jessica and Carla