We had the good fortune of connecting with Christy Ibarra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christy, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think risk is exposing yourself to something new and taking that leap of faith to actually start or at least give it a try. I’ve always told myself I wanted to have my own business but never really knew what it would be, other than something I could pour my heart into. I’ve always had a love for crafting and went ahead and jumped on the opportunity to make it a business and hoping that other’s would appreciate and love the products I made as much as I enjoyed not only the finished product but making it as well. We also took a huge leap of faith when we decided to become an official vendor for Kappa Delta Chi, Sorority Inc. Being a proud member of the sorority, I take great pride in providing service for other sisters. With products that hopefully they will enjoy and perhaps even pass down to their future little ones, if they intend to continue the journey.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m what you’d call a crafter. I can do items from paper flowers to shirts, diy decorations an other things in between. What set’s me apart from other crafters is that my specialty is doormats. I do custom coir doormats which can be personalized with different designs, colors or phrases on the mat. Of all the items I do, doormats are my favorite because the doormat can show off you personality, tell your guests a small message (like this mat I have that says “welcome pero no much rato” which means welcome, but not for long) or just a fun conversation starter. I enjoy going out to different farmer’s markets or pop up events and seeing people read the different doormats. Majority of the feedback is always positive, some make people laugh and at times the attendees even give you an idea of something else that they would like it to say. We’ve been able to make it as far as we have thanks to not only sharing on social media and word of mouth but also by attending these events and talking to the people in those areas in which we’ve visited throughout this journey, I’ve learned more than I could possibly explain here, but one big takeaway is that each area is different. What works for one event in one city won’t necessarily work in the next. So one must learn to be able to consistently change and take feedback whether is positive or negative and then grow from it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Depending on the time of the year and what events are happening in the area. For sure on the weekend we’d check out one of the local Farmers Markets, my go to are either the Grand Prairie Farmer’s Market or the Dallas Farmer’s Market. Then perhaps catch a little brunch at either Old Monk or Ozona and catch up on what’s changed since the last visit. If it’s sport season (which there’s usually something throughout the whole year) maybe catch a game either a Rangers/Cowboys game and then spend time at Texas Live after or catch a Stars/Mavs game and then enjoy the night life at either Deep Ellum or Greenville. Living within the DFW area there is so much that we can do, plus there’s usually other events going on.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost, my business wouldn’t be where it is today if it weren’t for everyone that has been supportive throughout this small business journey. From likes, shares and follows on social media, to words of encouragement and pick-me-ups when things got hard, or just sending images that helped for inspiration or future items, I thank you. Also, a major shoutout to my two rocks. Who not only invested time but also their energy to help get Sunflare Creations off the ground and rolling.
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