Anyone who remembers this old post knows how much I admire the work of Jen Ramos. Jen is the incredibly talented blogger, businesswoman, and artist behind Made by Girl, a lifestyle blog where she shares bits and pieces of her life in NYC. In addition to blogging, Jen runs two successful online stores: the Made by Girl shop, a curated collection of fashion and home objects, as well as Cocoa and Hearts, the site where she sells her AMAZING original paintings. I love the Made by Girl aesthetic-it’s feminine with the perfect amount of edge, just like Jen’s style. Jen’s blog was one of the first that I ever read, and my Cocoa and Hearts painting is the first original piece of artwork that I’ve ever owned (and remains my favorite, most show-stopping purchase to this day), so I’m very excited to have her on the blog!
Jen: I was inspired by the idea of running my own business. I had that dream for so long of one day owning my own business, but not until I put it into motion did I realize it was my passion.
Me: How do you manage to balance your time between running Made by Girl blog and shop, and Cocoa and Hearts?
Jen: Well, so far its been pretty easy because I only paint once a month. However I do take on commissions throughout the month as well for my Cocoa & Hearts clients. But because I don’t overdue it on paintings is the reason I can still run MBG properly I think.
Here’s a favorite Cocoa and Hearts painting of mine entitled City: