February 3, 2012
Q&A w/ BUTTERFLY SPARKS [aka VANESSA]
NAME : Vanessa Warren
BUSINESS : Butterfly Sparks
LOCATION : Dallas, Texas
What three adjectives would you use to best describe your personality?
I asked my husband … it felt strange for me to think of the answers. Driven, Creative & Honest [ok, he said blunt ... so I tweaked it a bit - HAHA!]
What jump started BUTTERFLY SPARKS?
After my son was born, I had a deep desire to stay home with him. At the time, I was working at a record company doing marketing full-time in Nashville, TN. Loved my job but wanted more … for myself & for my son. I’ve always had a heart to create & the chance to create for others is a dream come true! Butterfly Sparks started out being blog & card designs. As time went on, I began to incorporate my marketing knowledge of ten years into my business & knew I had to make a choice & figure out what my primary focus for Butterfly Sparks was going to be. It was then that my love for what I do really came alive.
Butterfly Sparks [Designs] primary focus is to service entrepreneurs by creating brand identities for their businesses. I absolutely LOVE connecting with photographers who are passionate about what they do. Putting to use my marketing background to help one identify what encompasses their brand makes me a very happy person. I really do consider it a privilege that people would chose me to dream up a brand for something that is very personal to them. I love every bit of the process … walking away w/ new friendships at the end of the experience is truly what I love the most.
I’m a mom … I relate to all the mompreneurs [yes, I just typed that] who work their booties off every single day to keep their household running. Once every needs been met in the house, then to sit at their desk & get to work on what their passionate about … high five to all of them! That’s AWESOME. I want each one of those women to succeed BIG & if I can help them along the way, well, that’s an honor.
Butterfly Sparks [Creative] came about as an effort to remove myself from the computer & allow my love for interior design & all things fashionable to be used in a creative way. I love photography & dreaming up a storyboard of what to shoot, so naturally, I just fell in love with prop styling. There’s just such a freedom when you step away from the digital world & just let your mind run wild & make those crazy dreams come to life in a photograph. LOVE it.
I’ve had the privilege to not only work w/ the fabulous Kelli Trontel, but also with Shannon Sewell, Millie Holloman & David Bean … all are amazing!
Why the move to Dallas, TX from Nashville, TN?
Being that my husband & I are from the AWESOME state of TEXAS [yes, I'm one of those that's annoyingly PROUD to be from TEXAS], we had reached a point in our lives where we wanted to be near our family again. Especially for our son. So, to keep a long amazing story short, I quit my job [yes!], my husband took a job in Dallas & I now am PRIVILEGED and BLESSED to be working from home. And work includes Butterfly Sparks + our 3 year old son. Being a SAHM is hard work & then to add an additional job to the list of duties is near impossible but I absolutely LOVE what I do … & I know a lot of you feel the same way!
What inspires you? How do you find that inspiration?
EVERYTHING. My brain never turns off. I am inspired by art, fashion, other creatives in my life & my family. I find inspiration EVERYWHERE … while I’m shopping, flipping through magazines, perusing fashion blog sites, people watching, taking a stroll outside, watching Nick Jr. … it’s endless, really.
How has being a mom impacted your VISION and CREATIVITY?
Honestly, I can not recall what type of vision & creativity I had before I was a mother. My whole world has been impacted for the better.
Who is your favorite red head? There is only one correct answer to this question … KELLI!!!
What is your favorite blog site you gain inspiration from?
Only one? Impossible. A couple … Creature Comforts & Decor8. I know Pinterest is not a blog, but let’s be honest, it’s my favorite!
Favorite drink from Starbucks?
When in season, Creme Brulee.
How do you spend your free time?
With my family. There are moments every day that I stare at my son or my husband & try to burn those adorable facial expressions/funny laughs/comments in my memory. I don’t want to forget one single thing. I love just them.
Other than styling & design, what else are you really good at?
People watching. Spreading jelly on toast. Driving my son everywhere. Sitting incorrectly. Not shutting down. Being there for people that need me.
Where did you meet your husband?
In a barn. No, really.
So, ten years from now … what does life look like?
My heart will be more full & so will our home.