image1Hi, my name is Erika and I am the owner and designer of Sweet Lavender Designs. I went to school for early childhood and elementary education. I loved learning so much that I continued on and received my Master’s in that field.¬†Working with kids is such a blessing. The pay is terrible, but knowing you made a difference in a child’s life is so rewarding.

After graduating, I had every intention of being a teacher for the rest of my life (my husband was really looking forward to guaranteed health insurance). Did a few years of substituting for local school districts and then I found my niche. Early childhood is where it’s at! Those are the best years of a child’s life! From birth through 5 years of age, those kids are absorbing so much knowledge. They’re learning and growing, and every milestone in their life deserves to be celebrated!!

What brought about the decision to create these milestone designs? For the past few years I have done a few designs for my husband’s business. Through youtube videos and just playing around, I taught myself how to use Photoshop. I’m confident enough to say that some of those first few designs were not great. But as the years went on, I continued to learn and my eye for design sharpened.

Why the name Sweet Lavender? Well, my mom loves lavender. She grows it every year in her garden. I just bought her a container of lavender a few weeks ago. I had a delicious lavender sangria at a winery not too long ago as well. The word lavender just kept following me around this past month. And as I sat here creating this business, I kept coming back to that word. It’s a relaxing herb, and that’s the feeling I want people to have when they’re letting me create these wonderful designs for their child’s special day. And well the word “sweet” is a perfect adjective for both lavender and children. So Sweet Lavender it is!