Creative Family Series | Paloma’s Nest

by , posted on August 11th, 2014 in creative family series




Palomas Nest image by Chris_Perez

I love getting a glimpse into the lives of creatives—whether they’re classic makers, or anyone who feels passionate about celebrating creativity. In fact, I’ve discovered it’s something I need to keep me going; that act of discovery, hearing from others, sharing. So with that little lead in, we’re bringing back the Creative Family Series. (cue the confetti!)

Today we have Caroline Vásquez, part of the husband and wife team of Paloma’s Nest. I am a huge fan of their work and their mission to support other creatives and makers like themselves.

How do you define creativity?
I define creativity as an expression of anything that is heartfelt, coming from your soul. Creativity is unedited, unfiltered, pure and honest.

stamping studio image

Have you always considered yourself creative?
I feel that I have always been able to tap into my creative self from the time I was a young child. However, as I have gotten older, it has become more difficult to stop all of the self-editing and self-critiquing that happens during the creative process. I think once we are old enough to be aware of opinions and judgement, our natural creativity is forever changed.

“…as I have gotten older, it has become more difficult to stop all of the self-editing and self-critiquing that happens during the creative process.”

 

How do you nurture your creativity?
I try to respect the limits of my creativity. If I don’t “feel like” creating, I simply don’t. I don’t force it. I try to engage in projects and experiences that are not tied to Paloma’s Nest- not business related- so that there is no subconscious concern about creating a viable product. If I can mentally get into that space, I am much more free and open to my natural creativity.

sailboat

Did you grow up in a creative house? Tell us about it.
My mother was very creative in terms of her parenting style and the array of projects she offered to do with me as a child- lots of cooking, making art, creating in all forms. Early on, I was labeled as the “creative one” in my family. I think growing up with that label as part of my identity put some expectations on me, for better or worse- expectations that I would have a career that made use of my creativity.

“I think as parents, we need to respect children as individuals from a very young age-not consider them to be smaller versions of ourselves.”

 

How do you hope to nurture your kids’ creativity?
I make a conscious effort to not force our children’s creativity. I like to let them explore and try new things, and most importantly, I try to not edit the choices I present them with based on my own likes or dislikes. For example, even though I didn’t like piano lessons as a kid, I encourage our children to try it out. I think as parents, we need to respect children as individuals from a very young age-not consider them to be smaller versions of ourselves. Just because our children have creatives as parents doesn’t mean they will take that path, too.

crowns by Paloma's Nest

What are some of your favorite ways to spend time together as a family?
Our youngest is 2 1/2, so our two children are at very different stages in what they are able to do and what kinds of things they enjoy. That can make family time a challenge, sometimes. We love to walk and hike together, either in the woods or on the beach- we all can enjoy that in our own way, and we love the four changing seasons here in Connecticut. Currently we are drawing up plans together to build a tree house and play structure in our yard- we can’t wait to see it come to life!

modern neighborhood chair by paloma's nest

What drew you to designing for children?

Our work has always been about creating traditions and heirlooms for modern families; many of the traditions we celebrate in our family and our culture involve children and begin in childhood. When Jose and I had children of our own, we began the process, like every family does, of picking and choosing which traditions we would incorporate into our lives, and leaving out those that didn’t feel right to us.

“It brings us great joy to think that the items we produce at Paloma’s Nest will become a part of someone’s family for generations to come.”

 

One common thread to all of our family traditions is heirlooms—from Christmas ornaments that have been passed on from our childhood trees, to having our great grandfathers’ highchairs at our dining table for every holiday celebration. We hold on to these objects to pass on the story and an irreplaceable history. It brings us great joy to think that the items we produce at Paloma’s Nest will become a part of someone’s family for generations to come.

elephant chair by Paloma's Nest

I see that you’re a business mentor for other artists and creatives. What’s one of the biggest challenges they face?

I do offer mentoring and consulting services to artists and creatives of all kinds through my work at Handcrafted Consulting. In seeking to make a better living from their art or craft, a common challenge they all face is self-doubt. If you don’t believe in the product you are selling or the service you offer, you can’t expect anyone else to either! Confidence shows in the quality of your work, in your use of social media, and in how you interact with your clients.

“If you don’t believe in the product you are selling or the service you offer, you can’t expect anyone else to either!”

 

Part of what I do as a mentor is point out the positives when my consulting clients are too overwhelmed or fearful to see them on their own. Seeing opportunity in things can be difficult, and sometimes it takes a neutral set of eyes to help see what is right in front of you.

tiles by Paloma's Nest

What are you working on now?
With the holiday season right around the corner (yikes!), we are busy pulling together the final details of our 2014 Holiday Collection of limited edition ornaments and decorations. We are also in the process of building upon our children’s furniture collection- new chair and table designs, storage pieces, and other designs that meld function with timeless style are coming in 2015. We are excited for what is ahead!

personalized stocking by Paloma's Nest

And a special announcement: Now through August 17th order from Paloma’s Nest on Great.ly and receive free shipping! While you’re there, check out the Classic Play shop where you can find their crown, gorgeous giraffe chalkboard, stocking, and hand stamped bowl that reminds us to love one another.

Interested in sharing your thoughts on creativity or trying to live a more creative lifestyle? I’d love to have you chime in! Just send me a message. And no, you don’t have to be a blogger or have a shop to participate! Come on, it’ll be fun :)

Want a glimpse inside the lives of more creatives like you?
Whimsy & Spice’s and Sweet Fine Day’s Jenna Park
Small for Big’s Mari Richards
Television Writer Tracey Crooks
And I know she’s a big celeb and all (my one and only interaction with one) but she’s also super nice and open Honest Company’s and yeah, who are we kidding?, gorgeous film actress Jessica Alba


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2 Responses to “Creative Family Series | Paloma’s Nest”

  1. Deborah Says:

    August 12th, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Love to see this series again!

    xo

  2. susan // fleurishing Says:

    August 13th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Such an inspiring family…I love their work!


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