We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikki Lynch and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nikki, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
For years I’ve been trying to find my perfect niche. With a background in art, I tested the waters with many craft and hobbies to find what I would love. I found that many crafts I chose, although were fun, we’re just not what I could turn into a full time business. I had watched a high school friend Macey with Sweet Pine Designs grow a business creating amazing pieces of art out of wood. I was raised around tools so I thought why not create art with tools? Let’s try it! I was gifted my first Scrollsaw which changed my world and it was only the beginning. Being open only a year as The Cozy Grain Sign Co. I had never imagined all of the orders and work I’ve already been exposed to.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
One thing I love about making signs is that they are unique and more often than not, one of a kind. They aren’t anywhere near simple, the process is precise and tedious allowing each one to become perfectly imperfect. There is something warming about having a handcrafted 3D sign made 100% out of wood with all of the detail, time and work that gets put into them.

Although I’ve only been open for business for a year, I’ve learned so much already and keep learning more each and everyday. Has the process been easy? Absolutely not! There have been so many times I’ve thought to myself “what am I even doing?’’ When I take a step back and look at my work, I remind myself that all the trials and errors are mistakes that are important to make in order to learn and grow. I intentionally take on challenges that make me nervous to push myself in order to prove to myself that I’ve got what it takes to be a talented and successful maker.

Everything is Perfectly imperfect which is what I always love to say. Not only is this directed towards me, but my work as well. It’s okay to show yourself grace in situations as I have done so many times already. Life brings you challenges which allows you a chance to learn and flourish. If you have a passion and excitement about something, don’t let anything hold you back from achieving those goals and dreams.

A motto I live by is She believed she could, so she did.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There is so much to do in Northern Colorado. If there is one exciting day to choose, I would say taking a cooler with firehouse subs up the canyon to site see, fish, and relax by the poudre river. We love our mountains, lakes and rivers. Hiking is always a beautiful and fun activity to do as well. When it comes to the city life, old town is always a must for walking around and shopping. The breweries are always a fun time accompanied by some amazing restaurants. We have both on every corner so choosing a restaurant can be a little difficult but whatever you decide, you can’t go wrong!

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 not be here today without the support of my husband Matt and my parents Robin and Rich. They have stood behind me every step of the way in this process. Macey with Sweet Pine Designs helped open my eyes to the Maker world. The Maker community is amazing and I’ve made so many friends I will be forever grateful for.

Instagram: @thecozygrain

Facebook: The Cozy Grain Sign Co.

Other: Thecozygrain@gmail.com

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