Snowballs, gnomes, New Orleans-inspired cocktails or your child’s favorite cartoon character – whatever the occasion or preference, Ginger & A Baby can decorate your door for it.
Courtney Singletary, a Norco artist, wife and work-from-home mom of 4-year-old Mason and 2-year-old Chase, started creating burlap door hangers after she had her first son.
She’s the ginger, and Mason was the baby.
“I was working retail when I had Mason, and I kind of went down on hours so I could stay home with him more,” she said. “I wanted to be able to do something when I was home.”
After the burlap door hangers came a bevy of other handmade offerings, including sugar scrubs, mesh wreaths and bath bombs.
“I did sell stuff right away, but it really didn’t take off at first,” Courtney said. “I sold mostly to friends and family.”
But once she started creating wooden door hangers and yard stakes, the orders started pouring in.
“Little by little I start figuring out what I was best at and what I liked doing most,” she said. “And the last year or two I really got into the wooden door hangers and yard signs … my business really grew from there.”
Courtney said her products, which also include wine glasses, are completely customizable.
“I love doing things for weddings, birthdays and special events,” she said. “I’m very bad at sticking to one thing because I want to do it all … it’s the creative side of me I can’t contain.”
Creating has always been in Courtney’s wheelhouse.
“When I was young I was really into painting, drawing and sketching,” she said. “I even tested for talented art … I missed by one point and after that I kind of pulled away from it, but when I had extra time when staying home with Mason I start experimenting with it again.”
With her husband Ross as her “personal cutting machine,” Singletary said her every spare moment is spent creating the unique – and increasingly popular – products.
“Even through the pandemic I’ve been super busy … it’s a complete blessing,” she said. “I have a lot of customers who, even though things are being super delayed, say it’s worth waiting for.”
Delays have come from pandemic-induced supply chain issues, as well as the fact that Ross can only cut when he’s not at work.
“We stay extremely busy,” Courtney said. “But he’s always been super supportive … even when I thought it wasn’t going to go anywhere, he’s always been very encouraging.”
For now, Courtney said she is thrilled with how busy she has been and is excited for the future of Ginger & A Baby.
“I’m hoping my next step would be to invest in a machine to do the cutting for me … that way I can get more cut,” she said. “Right now I’m just I’m working out of a small shed.”
When she does expand, Courtney said she would love to host paint parties and maybe even sell blank hangers for people to paint themselves.
“I would definitely love to help explain the process to anyone who would love to do it themselves,” she said. “I’ve had someone message me who wanted to order something and I wasn’t able to rush it for them, so I went through the whole process with her … they came out fantastic.”
Ginger & A Baby products are sold via the business’ Facebook page. When she has extra time, Courtney said she creates pieces to stock at Maison Decor in Boutte.