Welcome to Illumination Custom Designs! My name is Anna, the owner and designer, and I’m glad you’re here in our corner of the internet. I'm inspired by my positivity evident in our kiddos (Isla & Henry), husband (Walker), dog (Macallan), extended family, and you!
Our woodshop, currently stationed in our basement, is where our signs first take shape. With the help of my husband, Walker, I've learned a bit about woodworking and am thankful he pushes me to put pride and passion into each piece we make. We are excited at the chance to create, inspire, and be inspired by you.
Here’s a little bit more about me and our family business:
Fun Fact #1:
We are named Illumination Custom Designs after Ephesians 1:18 which says: "I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling—that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that he finds in us, his holy ones!" To me, I find there to be so much substance behind the word “illuminate.” I’ve found that when I stretch myself to let God's light shine on what’s truly going on in my mind and heart, I’m able to work wholeheartedly in the inspiration God has provided.
Fun Fact #2:
I quit a perfectly good job as an office manager at a dental office near our home to come do this full-time. I will say, there’s nothing more exhilarating (and terrifying) then telling your husband you think God’s urging you to stop making a steady income with benefits. With the potential of working more hours while limiting my income, his first thoughts weren’t, “That’s a great idea, Anna!” But with some more prayer and a lot of discussion, we came to the conclusion that it’s what I’m meant to try in this season of my life. I’m pretty sure I’ll never regret spending as much time as I can with our kids while they’re little. I cherish every hand-hold and smile I get in public now because I know babies don’t keep. Soon they won’t get excited at the thought of eating popcorn and watching Cake Wars on the couch with their mom. So, working outside the home is taking a backseat for the time being while we see where God takes this business.
Fun Fact #3:
We have a boy (Henry) and a girl (Isla) 13 months apart! What's the difference again between this and twins? But seriously, it’s been a blast to hang with and learn from our 3 and 4-year-old kiddos. God is using them to help me learn that “having my ducks in a row” looks different in each season of life.
Fun Fact #4:
When we first began, sign making was a fun hobby that allowed me to see just how far my imagination could go. I’ve always had a flair for the creative but used to express it through music. Though I don’t participate in any organized musical ensembles today, I will say, I do know all the words to each of the Frozen songs…I’m a big deal…it’s fine! To read more about how we got started see the "How It All Started" blogpost.