We had the good fortune of connecting with Chelsea Blumenshine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chelsea, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
Say a prayer and do it afraid. I remember the day I created a Facebook page, an Instagram account, and all social platforms that I thought would help me get Lumen started. I created the pages and they sat there for almost a year, unpublished. I told myself that I was waiting for the right time, waiting until I was ready, waiting until my life slowed down, and waiting until it no longer felt daunting. That day did not come! Fast forward almost a year and I was at home under “stay at home restrictions” due to Covid-19 and I decided I was just going to do it. Nothing in the world felt right and there was no more normal, so I decided to go for it. I opened up those apps and remember being worried about how people would react, what they would think of me when I shared my new business venture. I was afraid it wouldn’t work and I would be left embarrassed that my dream wasn’t going to happen. In that moment, I said a little prayer, whispered to myself “do it afraid” and I pushed publish. The fear doesn’t go away, but I find myself comforted by this phrase, because I know that I can still do it even if I am afraid. It helps me to move forward when something feels too big and encourages me to keep going when things get difficult.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Lumen Creative Studios first began as an after work hobby to take me away from the constant beeps of incoming emails and a bright computer screen. Soon enough it became more than just a distraction from hectic everyday life and blossomed into my little business that brings me a much needed escape from our hectic, busy world. It was important to me to create a business that had a mission tied to my values and what I want to spread in the world, joy. For me this is closely tied to a bible verse, Matthew 5:16, to be the light in the darkness. I joke that I have “always had a thing for lights and lanterns,” so landing on a lantern for my logo was the easy part. Deciding on a name was a bit more difficult. I wanted to pay homage to my last name while also representing who I am as a creator and that is where “Lumen” was born. While meaning “light” in Latin, “Lumen” is also taken from the middle of my last name: b-LUMEN-shine. Through my DIY projects and custom built pieces, I hope to bring a bit of light to those who need it most. I truly have a passion for building and creating projects that I hope brings joy to those around me. I often feel like I am so early on in my journey, that I can’t yet speak to lessons learned, but I would encourage others to go for it (even if it feels scary), take everything one step at a time, do it for you, and celebrate the little victories like they were the big victories. Your first sale is as important as your biggest sale.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is especially tough with Covid, but here are a few things I would love to do if my bestie was in town and things were “normal” A concert at Red Rocks Visit Horsetooth Reservoir, maybe have a picnic and just enjoy the scenery Visit Old Town Fort Collins. Maybe stop in to The Perennial Gardner (one of my favorite stores) and just browse around! Grab a bite to eat somewhere in downtown Fort Collins, maybe The Silver Grill, Beau Jo’s, Cooper Smiths, etc. and get some Walrus Ice Cream afterwards! I would give anything to go to a Rockies game.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would shoutout my family for always supporting this dream of mine. They have always been encouraging and supportive. My mom especially. She always sends me ideas and dreams up new projects or ventures that I could take on. My family and friends have not only encouraged me, but they support me. They show up to move the furniture, set-up for craft shows, take down and haul all the things. I have a wonderful group of friends that will go with me to find old furniture pieces to restore (and they always help me load/haul them). They show up to my shows and help spread the word, for this I am very grateful! I very much look up to a couple gals that I met during my first ever market. Shana Stoltz (Pineapple Market) and Suzanne Johnson (Humble Lily). Both have been so kind and encouraging of my journey, providing helpful tips and pointer, answering questions, and simply being a friend at markets that felt so big. They were there for me and helped me keep going!