One of my go to people for anything pretty and cute is the always adorable Elizabeth Smillie of The path less traveled! She is one seriously talented mama who makes the most beautiful products on Etsy. I recently had the pleasure to chat with her and wanted all of you to get to know her as well. Enjoy!!!
Q. How did you come up with the name the path less traveled?
A. The name “the Path Less Traveled” comes from the Robert Frost poem (of course), which I have always loved. Years ago I started a personal blog with that title to journal a bit and share whatever struck me at the moment. The idea of being on the “path less traveled” seems like such a perfect metaphor to me of walking with God – as Christians we are truly walking the less traveled way – especially the last line “And that has made the difference”. Because, really, that is the only difference between my life and that of any other creative woman in the world. So when I needed a shop name, my husband said “well, why not just use your blog name? It would fit pretty well!” And it has!
Q. Tell us about the path less traveled and what you offer?
A. The shop’s tag line is ” a little shop filled with unique party and wedding decorations, custom keepsakes and a few sweet vintage pieces” – and that pretty much sums it up!
I’ve got a variety (that is always increasing!) of party/wedding decorations, from cupcake toppers to garlands to statement pieces. I also make silhouettes and offer some of my vintage finds. I also do quite a few custom orders, and seldom turn down a request, so if you don’t see something you’re looking for, feel free to ask!
Q. Where does this sweet business reside and do you ship world wide?
A. Indianapolis, Indiana and yes, I ship anywhere!
Q. What sets you apart from other designers?
A. I make sure that I love each item in my shop – when you scroll though it, you really get a sense of “me” and what I enjoy – so, while I I offer things that are in line with current trends, I make sure that they are also all in line with the timeless look that I love.
And I really do care about my customers. : ) I hope it comes across in each interaction!
Q. What do you heart most about the design process?
A. That there is no limit to what you can do (other than yourself)!
Q. What are some new and exciting stationary trends you’re seeing for weddings?
A. I love how some brides are using organic and natural elements, such as actual trees, in their decor. That couples are embracing more “rustic” cakes (there’s still a ton of fondant, but the casual, home-made look is making an appearance!). Brides are loving lace! And color … oooo, almost wish I could re-do my own wedding!
Q. Do you have any tips for our love birds when considering wedding stationary and decor?
A. After getting all of your ideas, filling your Pinterest boards and thumbing through magazines and catalogs, take a step back and let all the ideas steep. Think about what you really love and then toss the rest (even if you always thought you’d like to have a long train on your dress, that might not be “you” anymore). You will never regret going with what you really love and getting the best version of it that you can! Oh, and do your absolute best not to go into debt for your wedding (not very romantic I know, but really, one of my top tips!)