There are so many people out there in the world that are extremely talented. I mean, we all know the common ice-breaker question- do you have any hidden talents? Well, with the flux of social media in today's society, those hidden talents are slowly becoming revealed. Specifically, the amazingly creative work of Maddie Minor.
Maddie is a long time friend of mine who I have always seen as a creative soul. I'm talking way back to the middle school days when it was popular to write "notes" for your friends. Over the past couple years, she began sharing some of her art on her personal social accounts, specifically Instagram. Her work was a hit with her friends and followers, and the requests for personalized pieces began rolling in. While Maddie loved giving her art as birthday and holiday gifts or just out of the goodness of her heart, people began offering to pay for her work. And a business idea was sparked.
Instagram, and social media in general, is such a unique and dynamic platform because you can use it for a variety of purposes. While you can use it for its intended purpose of expressing yourself and your life through photos, you can also use it as a foundation to start a business. That's exactly what Maddie did. This past year, Willows & Palms was born.
Maddie now uses this Instagram account as a sort of homepage for her new brand. She has her contact information in the bio, showcases her pieces via posts, and includes purchase details in the captions. I love keeping up with her accounts to see what new products she releases and to be inspired by her work in general. While her business may just run out of Instagram for now, I can only imagine where it will take her in the future. She even already has her products on Etsy and Society 6!
Apart from being beautifully made and designed, Maddie's products also have a greater purpose as she views art as a way to express her faith and sing praises to our Maker. She also encourages self love and inspires other to feel beautiful and loved with each purchase. I have loved watching this project grow, and I can't wait to get my hands on some Willow & Palms goodies of my own.