Who hasn’t been to a direct sales party like Pampered Chef, Paparazzi or Posh? It’s fun seeing the new products, but the most fun is usually the time you spend with your friends or the new people you meet. Most of them now are done on line so you don’t have the social aspect. Seventh & Lark brings people together, but with a different twist. Their company is about DIY craft parties. They bring all the supplies including step by step instructions and you invite the friends. Everyone walks away with a finished craft and lots of fun during the process.
Earlier this month we were excited to share some of their kits on KOBI’s Idaho Living show. Now we’d like to share more about the three women who formed Seventh & Lark.
How long have you been a crafter?
Jacque – All my life!
Rachel – All my Life!
Stacey - Since I was a kid….and don’t ask how long ago that was, lol!
How did you get started?
Jacque - In preschool…I especially liked finger painting, lol. But seriously, I started making my own clothes in Junior High and High School. Then, I made clothes for my children when they were born. As new things became popular, I would try them. I’ve tried them all!!! I really enjoy crocheting.
Rachel - I always showed interest in crafts and would beg my mom to take me to the craft store so I could get “projects”. She gave me so many opportunities to learn skills in so many areas.
Stacey - My mom and grandma recruited me, hehehe.
What was your first project?
Rachel - In elementary school I loved doing cross stitch, latch hook kits, friendship bracelets, and painting. I remember the first time I used a hot glue gun in Girl Scouts, at age 8. I’m pretty sure there was no turning back after that!
Stacey - The first project I really remember was a red cape for one of my dolls.
What is your favorite type of project now?
Jacque - Any Seventh & Lark kit
Rachel - I love creating a variety of crafts. Picking one would be like picking your favorite child! I tend to do a lot of painted signs, create hand stamped jewelry, wreaths, and anything with glitter!
Stacey - I love to make wreaths….it is a beautiful way to welcome people to your home!
Do you listen to music while you craft?
Jacque - Of course! Anything happy.
Rachel - If so, which genre? With 4 kids, I don’t get much of an opinion on what I want to listen to
Stacey - I have a 4-year-old, so we listen to a lot of kid’s music…. great beats and fun lyrics!
What part of crafting is the most intimidating?
Jacque - Trying to come up with a design from scratch is intimidating for most people.
Rachel - Fear of failure – I’m a “bit” of a perfectionist and feel defeated when it isn’t completely perfect.
Stacey - I think people are intimidated about all of it….no one wants to do it “wrong”. That is why I started Seventh & Lark; to help people get past the intimidation and feel successful with crafting. You get all the color coordinated materials and someone to teach you every step of the way!!!
Do you pre-plan your projects or do you get inspired as you go?
Jacque - I pre-plan. I could never wing it with a basket of supplies that someone handed me and said “go make something with this”.
Rachel - I brainstorm, look for inspiration around me, and then I usually end up with a visual goal in my head. Sometimes things just pop into my head and I know exactly what I need to make it. I also love to just go to the craft store and find something that inspires me to create something new.
Stacey - A little of both. I choose a concept and typically have something in mind that I am designing towards. As I work on it, I may change some of the materials and colors as I go along.
Do you clean your craft table after every project?
Jacque - Yes, I don’t like clutter or leaving things out.
Rachel - No way. I often have several craft projects in different stages of completion throughout my craft room.
Stacey - LOL, I am a disaster in the making. I leave a wake of messy craft materials on every table and counter I touch. My husband doesn’t understand why it can’t all stay in my craft room or at the Seventh & Lark warehouse. What can I say? I leave a little glitter wherever I go!!!
Have you ever sold your projects? If so, where can we find your work?
Jacque - -When I was about 10 years old, I had a weaving loom. I made pot holders and sold them door to door. I don’t think anyone turned me down!
Rachel - Yes! I started by selling to my friends and family and opened my first Etsy shop in 2012. I also use to sell on Zulily. When we began Seventh & Lark I chose to shift my focus and put my original crafting business on hold.
Stacey - I actually got started selling my projects because friends would see something I had made and would ask me to make them one. Pretty soon, we had 50 wreaths in our Kitchen and Family Room at Christmas time. My husband said my little side business was “out of control” and that we just couldn’t live with Christmas Wreaths everywhere. So, I decided to start teaching my friends to make their own crafts. That was the beginning of how I developed Seventh & Lark. Now you can buy our craft kits and attend our parties anywhere!!!
If you were given the chance to pick 3 products in any craft store where money was no object, what 3 things would you choose?
Jacque - I have no idea…. too many choices! I guess I would buy three Seventh & Lark kits so that it would all be selected for me.
Rachel - Hands down, the silhouette cameo. I couldn’t live without it! (I may own 3…) I also couldn’t live without my hot glue gun. And glitter…what would a craft be without glitter?!
Stacey - LOL, I already own the whole store!!! A Silhouette Cameo, a Brother embroidery machine, and a Serger…these are all great machines.
What are do you do outside of crafting? Other hobbies/interests/accomplishments?
Jacque - I like to spend time with my grandchildren and watch them in their activities. It is fun for me to see them having fun! I enjoy volunteering at my church….my husband and I regularly teach Sunday school to two year olds. I also enjoy planning and going on vacations
Rachel -I’m a mom of 4 – a 10-year-old boy, 6-year-old boy, and 3-year-old twin girls. They are my biggest accomplishment in life. I also enjoy cooking and baking, even though I’m not very good at it!
Stacey – I used to enjoy traveling and have been to over 20 countries…. now my kiddo, husband, and business is about all I have time for! I left a career as a corporate Quality Assurance Manager to become a stay at home mom…only we don’t stay home much, lol. We enjoy riding our bikes, swimming, hiking, and taking nice walks around the lakes in our community. We love to visit the beach, the zoo, the aquarium, and the butterfly pavilion. Since I am a boy mama, I am becoming an expert on Legos, monster trucks, and the Paw Patrol!
Favorite Topic: (Vacations, Children/Baby, Disney, etc.) My kids and grandkids. They are my world!!!
Favorite Adhesive: ModPodge
Favorite Craft Brand: Seventh & Lark, of course!
Favorite Accessory: I love my bird nest necklace….it has a pearl for each of my children.
Favorite way to shop: (Online, In-store, Bazaars, Expos, etc.) In stores. I prefer a stand-alone store that isn’t too big…. malls and big stores feel overwhelming.
Favorite Craft Blogger: I’m not really a computer person, so I don’t have a favorite.
Favorite Topic: (Vacations, Children/Baby, Disney, etc.) Home & Family
Favorite Adhesive: Hot Glue!
Favorite Craft Brand: I think I would have to pick silhouette…because it makes all my dreams come true!
Favorite Accessory: Vinyl. I love using it because it can be used in so many different applications.
Favorite way to shop: (Online, In-store, Bazaars, Expos, etc.) I’m like Dr. Seuss “I will shop here. I will shop there. I will shop anywhere”
Favorite Craft Blogger: I am slightly obsessed with shanty-2-chic.com. I love their style, the easy to follow instructions. They inspire me to not be fearful of power tools and show me that “girls can do it too”
Favorite Topic: (Vacations, Children/Baby, Disney, etc.) My son Laith, lol. I do like to talk about other countries and cultures, places worth visiting or activities worth doing in those places.
Favorite Adhesive: ModPodge
Favorite Craft Brand: Seventh & Lark
Favorite Accessory: A Diamond tennis bracelet that my parents bought me when I graduated from college.
Favorite way to shop: (Online, In-store, Bazaars, Expos, etc.) All of the above! It totally depends on my mood. I love sales though…I am a total sucker for 50% off!!!
Favorite Craft Blogger: I really enjoy http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com/ for a lot of great things to do with my son.
Are you ready to have your first Seventh & Lark party? Here are some links to help you pick up your first kit.
Idaho Craft Association