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Conversations with the Inspiring Rita Mireles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rita Mireles.

Rita, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I make these cute, colorful signs I call “Shine Signs”. The story behind a Shine Sign is it is a direct representation of you. It’s what people know about you. It’s part of your story.

When my grandmother died years ago, she had this saying everyone in the neighborhood knew her for which was, “I love you more, a lot”. She loved everyone and her saying was a great representation of that. I knew that her quote was deserving of its own sign. It was how she shined.

That was how “Your Shine Sign” was born.

These are small (or big) blocks of wood that are painted with YOU in mind. I want it to move you, speak to you, speak about you, etc. I love to make signs personalized to the individual even if it has a taco or pelican on it! 🙂 It’s what makes you, YOU!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I currently have a full-time job and work on my signs on the side. I have to say that, while I’d love to say that Your Shine Sign takes up half of my time, it doesn’t. I also volunteer once a week at a boy’s home in Irving Texas where I live, called La Buena Vida. It’s for a home for homeless boys in Irving. I also attend my church’s woman’s group once a week as well.

Add to that I’m married and a mom of two daughters. So to say, I have a lot on my plate can sometimes be an understatement. But I do what I can when I can, and my heart has been fulfilled because of it.

I think one of the biggest struggles I face is the time I actually dedicate to Your Shine Sign. While I juggle so many things, it’s hard to remember that what I put in is what I get out of it. I think my advice to anyone starting out is just that. If you spend 30% of your week on your business, expect to 30% out of it. By that I mean, I may be doing great on Instagram one week, with daily posts, more likes, etc. but my Etsy page will be left untouched or my Facebook status won’t move. If I want to see more, I need to schedule a time to do more.

What should we know about Your Shine Sign? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The other day, I was at one of our pop-ups with other vendors (friends) and met this girl. She was new to our group and had a small booth set up. She asked if I could make a sign with her logo and I said yes so we talked about what she was looking for. I started to go over examples of sizes and showed her one I made for one booth, then we went to another booth who signs I made and so on. We laughed because I made over half of the booth vendors signs in that one pop up.

I’ve mentioned I LOVE to make a sign custom to you but that also extends to furniture. My sister-in-law, Vickie from The Sweet Hive, has a dresser I painted for her that is a great addition to her booth. It’s painted to go with her logo/theme while serving as an eye-catching piece to help draw in the crowd.

I also have a toy chest I painted to match a logo, for a girl who sews dolls. She also needed something for her booth and the toy chest fit the theme. You can see a time lapse video of me painting it on my website under the “Everything Else” tab.

Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
Yes! When I was little, I was the “ARTISTIC/CREATIVE” one.

I remember my third-grade teacher used to tell me how good I was. I was probably the shyest kid in our class so I never spoke up or did anything to draw attention to myself.

I remember one time we had an art fair that the whole school would be judged on. The school ranged from kinder to 8th grade. The day all entries were to be judged she called me in before recess and asked where my entry was. I told her I didn’t have one. She sat me down and said rather than go to recess, she wanted me to draw something so I could enter then I could go play afterward. I didn’t have any idea of what to draw so she said just make something up and she’d enter it before the deadline. She also told me I was too good not to enter. So, I did.

I drew a swamp, with a frog, lily pads and cattails I ended up winning first place in that category beating the whole school – including 8th graders

Pricing:

  • Baby blocks – $7
  • Hanging signs – $25
  • Large stand-alone signs – $50-$75

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1 Comment

  1. Yolanda garcia

    August 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Wow, Rita my girl. This made my heart glow ever so bright. I loved your swamp story. I was so proud, it brought tears to my eyes. You are my Shine Sign.

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