We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Endicott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
I think to make a small business work, discipline is key. I have a very young kiddo around whom I balance my work, so I quickly learned to find times when I could fit work in: while pasta water is boiling, during afternoon quiet time, after bedtime – and I honor those commitments, whether I want to or not. On the flip side, a really important part of my creative process is to take a break every once in a while, and let the back burners of my brain come up with some new ideas while I rest.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Weird Birds was born after first year haze of becoming a Mom. I quickly realized that if I didn’t carve out time for my creative process and tend to it much in the way I was tending to my daughter, that I was going to wither away. It started as items for kids, small one of a kind dolls and stuffed animals. But over time Weird Birds has become the one woman design studio it is today that still features those items, but also illustrations, quilting, jewelry, and more. My work has always been about celebrating colorways, using reclaimed materials in different ways, and reveling in joy. It always makes my day when people tell me that my work makes them happy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love this question because I love Denver so much! Food – Bagels from Rosenberg’s, Pastries from Devil’s Food and Sugar Bakeshop, Lunch from Central Market, Happy Hours at Sushi-Rama and Cart-Driver. Dinner at Annette. Hiking at White Ranch Park and Centennial Cone. Bike ride from Wash Park to Cheesman to City Park. Walking around Rino to look at the murals. Shopping at Fancy Tiger Crafts, Pearl St Farmer’s Market For kids – Paco Sanchez Park, Curtis Park, and the zoo!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There is such an inspiring and varied community of makers in Denver. It’s been a strange, lonely year for all of us but I have felt so supported and encouraged the entire time.