From The Black Country (just outside Birmingham), we meet with Erica, wife and mother of three, and artist and founder of Tiny Wild Designs (used to be The Humble Canvas), the home of prints and small gifts all inspired by the Word of God.
Can I choose more than one? Chocolate closely followed by tiramisu! And a nice cup of tea to go with it.
In short, other than one set of grandparents, I am the only Christian in my family. After lots of failed relationships I was at a real low, however there was a Christian friend floating around on the edge of my social circle.
I was drawn to him and his strong faith. I began asking questions and realised the hole in my heart that I’d been trying to fill was God shaped! Only Jesus could fill my heart.
I gave my life to Jesus in the Christmas of 2004 at the age of 25. I was baptised on Easter Sunday in April 2007. The rest, as they say, is history.
Yes, definitely. Within my church I have run creative workshops for our ladies' groups and for Messy Church services. I also helped out briefly with the children’s ministry, something I expect to start up with again once my youngest is a little older.
I studied childcare at college, before starting a career as a primary school teaching assistant. Tiny Wild Designs was a dream that was finally born after having my third child.
I wanted something that would enable me to work from home and that would bring my faith and creative skills together. I have a deep desire to share the Word of God creatively, to bring Him glory from the skills He has blessed me with.
The verse from 1 Peter 4:10 ‘Each of you should use the gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace’ really bought this home to me and encouraged me to follow my dream.
So far, the challenge of launching a small business has been immense. A lot of prayer and patience has been required on my part and I am far from finished.
As I step out in faith, I am trusting God to continue to open doors and provide support where necessary. I work for His glory and pray others see Him through the work of Tiny Wild Designs.
Also, as the only person in Tiny Wild Designs I find it hard not having a colleague to bounce ideas off. My husband usually gets the job instead!
Time management is key to a successful work life balance. I’m still working on this!
My main goal is to run a sustainable business that encourages and empowers others to go deeper in their walk with God.
I am a people person; I love working face-to-face and hope to develop the workshop/outreach side of my new business venture as well.
Pinterest is an amazing place for inspiration but I also find other creatives on social media inspiring and encouraging. My love of nature means I have often enjoyed painting seascapes in my spare time.
As for Bible journaling, the Bible stories themselves give the perfect inspiration for designing printables.
My work space is the family home. I design on my iPad Pro using the app Procreate and I often sit somewhere comfortable for this, sometimes even in bed! Most other elements of work are done from the dining table in our family room!
I love using the app Procreate, it’s so forgiving and makes the design process really fun.
I also love dressing up customer orders with stickers and tape! Although, If I want to keep this up I may need to look at more eco-friendly options!
It would start with a cup of tea and some worship music, followed by a long walk on the beach, some creative Bible Journaling, lunch with friends, shopping for pretty things, an evening curled by an open fire with my family, popcorn and good movie. But that’s just one version of a perfect day!
If you want to catch up with Erica, you can find her on social media at:
Or to view her beautiful products, you can find her Cheerfully Given shop at: https://cheerfullygiven.com/shop/tinywilddesigns
Join us again next week for another Meet the Maker!