We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachelle Fisher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachelle, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I am inspired by people who pursue, trust, and develop their unique gifts without allowing our world and society to define who they are or how they should be. As a woman, mom, wife, and entrepreneur there is so much pressure to fulfill each role in a particular way. I often get overwhelmed on how I should fulfill each of these roles rather than trusting and believing in myself and pursuing my own gifts, so I admire and look up to those who get rid of the “should”. I especially admire this quality in entrepreneurs and creators, because I understand the creative process. It’s not just a product you create. It is hundreds of ideas, the time invested, the adjustments to perfect, the joy it brings when others see the beauty just as you intended, and the heartbreak when it doesn’t. It is the handmade story of your heart.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have always loved creating – whether it was in art class, cutting collages out of magazines, or making cards for my family when I was a little girl. At the same time I love challenges – math and science were very easy for me in school. My creative and analytical mind have always made it difficult to find something I enjoyed without feeling like it was mundane. I started my profession in banking and then ended up in real estate and development. It was a good fit for me because it allowed flexibility within my schedule and it stays fairly interesting. But then, I became a wife, step mom, and then a mom to two amazing boys.
My life changed and my family became my new and favorite profession! I bought a nice sewing machine and started making all these amazing things for our house, my children, my husband, and then for friends too. It turned in to this obsession of mine because not only did I love sewing and creating, but each project was unique and challenging. I turned this love of creating in to an Etsy shop, Mabel and Margaret. The two names honor my Mom and Dad. Mabel is my paternal grandmothers first name and Margaret is my mother’s middle name. My grandmother blessed my Dad with gifts of creating (a carpenter and contractor) and my mom taught me how to sew.
My creations come from the heart. When I walk in to a room with beautiful surroundings, the room fills me and I want to create things that fill other people too. I want them to feel the beauty in that creation. That’s hard to do sometimes when you are making an apron, baby blanket, or accessories for someone’s house, but it is what Mabel and Margaret is all about.
I have also learned a lot of valuable lessons. There are many facets to running a small creative business, especially one using social media to promote your products. Creating a product is very different than providing a service (as I had in real estate), so finding a balance between staying true to my vision and gifts verses simply selling products has been challenging. I have also found that in this business it is essential to find freedom from perfectionism in order to succeed. Sometimes you just have to finish, post, share, use that picture, be yourself even if it’s not EXACTLY your perfect vision, otherwise you may never share your gifts with the world. This is something I remind myself of often and will probably be learning for a long time.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I just moved from Greeley to Windsor, Colorado and I feel so fortunate to live in the Northern Colorado. We have beautiful views, parks, and trails here. We are also an hour or two away from some of the most breath taking places I have ever visited. I would enjoy my time with my best friend right here in Northern Colorado for the first half of the trip enjoying the trails and parks in my back yard and surrounding areas. We would definitely do some shopping in downtown Windsor at the little gift shops and stores and visit some of my favorite restaurants: Nordy’s (a family favorite), Chimney Park (my husband and I’s favorite), The Hearth, and ice cream at Paciugo Gelato.
For the second part of the week, we would venture off to my favorite mountain town, Breckenridge. Breckenridge is filled with outdoor activities all year long, but late spring and the end of summer are my favorite times to visit. We would enjoy a nice bike ride, hike outdoors, shop at Mountain Goat Clothing Company (the best mountain clothing store), and also spend time eating and drinking at some of the best restaurants: Legend’s, Hearthstone, Empire Burger, and Soupz.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people that have supported me, encouraged me, pushed me, and loved me. First, my spiritual relationship with God has grown as I share the unique gifts he has given me. Secondly, my husband is my rock. He has always encouraged me to pursue whatever it is I want to pursue and reminds me everyday how much it means to him and those around me. Lastly, I wouldn’t have Mabel and Margaret if it weren’t for all my amazing customers (strangers, friends, and family) who purchase, encourage, and continually support my love of creating.