Meet Melissa Hancock: Chalk Couture Designer

Meet Melissa Hancock: Chalk Couture Designer

Melissa Hancock describes herself as a goofy, fun loving boy mom who is starting something amazing.  Her boys have quite an age gap, one’s in High School and the other’s a toddler.

While looking for fun crafts to do with her little man at home she stumbled upon Chalk Couture and fell in love with everything it has to offer. 

Melissa is so excited her Chalk Couture venture will give her a purpose beyond the fun of laundry and dishes.

Read more in our exclusive interview with this inspiring Stay-at-Home Mom.

Lauren:           What is the name and nature of your business? The name is Chalk Couture, right?

Melissa:          The company is Chalk Couture and I’m an Independent Designer with them.  My website through them is Love is Blonde.  www.ChalkCouture.com/LoveIsBlonde

Melissa Hancock is a Stay-at-Home Mom who started out with Chalk Couture making the most delightful, yet easy Christmas Crafts with her 3-year-old son. Now she's starting to build a tribe of Chalk Couture Designers. Read more in our featured interview. PS. Don't miss Melissa's GIVEAWAY at the end of the post. #ChalkCoutureDesigner #EasyChristmasCraftswithKids #EasyCraftswithKids #FeaturedMompreneur

It’s a Do-it-Yourself home decor and crafting company which is helping people like myself, who don’t have a crafting bone in their body, make all these wonderful decorations for the house.  And it’s totally become my obsession now.

You can do it on glass, on chalkboards, decorative plates, shirts or on pillowcases or on that gentleman’s wheelchair that I showed you yesterday. You can put it on anything.

The chalk can be put on any surface and the design will stay there as long as you want.  But if you want to change it you would just get a wet towel or wet washcloth, wipe it off, wait for it to dry and you can do a new design.

With the ink, that’s if you want to do something more permanent, you would put that on your glass or canvas or decorative tray or whatever surface you want it to stay on and then you would just heat-set it with a blow dryer for 4 minutes and you would have that design perfect.

So there are all these crazy options, it’s not just surfaces they sell through the company you can use, you can put it on anything, And they are always coming out with new things.  It just makes it even more exciting.

We’re putting snowflakes on our front windows this morning, that’s our Chalk Couture project today.

Easy Christmas Crafts with Kids

Melissa Hancock is a Stay-at-Home Mom who started out with Chalk Couture making the most delightful, yet easy Christmas Crafts with her 3-year-old son. Now she's starting to build a tribe of Chalk Couture Designers. Read more in our featured interview. PS. Don't miss Melissa's GIVEAWAY at the end of the post. #ChalkCoutureDesigner #EasyChristmasCraftswithKids #EasyCraftswithKids #FeaturedMompreneur

Lauren:           And is it snowing there, are you in for a White Christmas?

Melissa:          No, I live in South Florida, I’ll never see snow again.  I’m from New York so I’, used to snow this time of year, but never again.

Lauren:           Who did you have in mind when you created your business?

Melissa:          I just started selling on Etsy. but I originally joined just for the discount because I was looking for something fun to do with my toddler because I’m a Stay-at-home Mom.  And I bought a kit that somebody else was selling online.

It was a sample Christmas ornament and it was so easy for him and I to do together.  So I looked into the company more and I decided I wanted to get into it because you can do it with your kids, you can do it your girlfriends, you know girl’s night in.  Like they have those painting and wine parties, you can create beautiful designs from Chalk Couture while having a glass of wine with all your friends.

Lauren:           That sounds like fun!

Melissa:          Yes, exactly.   And do-it-yourself people, this is for them too because it’s very hands-on.

And the best part of all is that the clean-up is like 5 minutes.  No matter what you’re making, the clean-up is…

  • You just peel the design off
  • Submerge it in water
  • Take a cloth, wipe the chalk off
  • Lay the transfer flat to dry
  • Once it’s dry, you put the backing back on
  • And you’re done!

It’s probably the easiest clean-up of any craft I’ve done with my toddler.

Lauren:           Because that is the most exhausting part of having a toddler, isn’t it?  You’re constantly, constantly cleaning up after them.

Melissa:          I’ll send you the picture of the ornament that he and I made together, and you won’t believe it. It’s just a little Christmas ornament but for a 3-year-old!

Melissa Hancock is a Stay-at-Home Mom who started out with Chalk Couture making the most delightful, yet easy Christmas Crafts with her 3-year-old son. Now she's starting to build a tribe of Chalk Couture Designers. Read more in our featured interview. PS. Don't miss Melissa's GIVEAWAY at the end of the post. #ChalkCoutureDesigner #EasyChristmasCraftswithKids #EasyCraftswithKids #FeaturedMompreneur

Lauren:           Is this your first business or entrepreneurial venture?

Melissa:          I have a Poshmark Closet which a lot of people run as a business.

It’s a website and app for selling new and used boutique clothing for men, women and children.  So, I have a Closet there, that was just a hobby, it’s not a business but a lot of people do have it as a full-blown business, that’s all they do.

But I think Chalk Couture is much more my style.

Lauren:           Is Chalk Couture only in America or is it in other countries?

Melissa:          It’s only in the US for now.

Lauren:           How did you get into the business?

Melissa:          I just wanted to look for fun things to do with my toddler and that’s how I found them. I sort of just stumbled upon it.

Lauren:           Can you remember how you stumbled upon it… where were you doing your research? 

Melissa:          I was just on Google looking at simple crafts to do with Toddlers and I came across this Etsy shop that had a sample ornament kit, so it came with a small round chalkboard ornament and a sample of paste and I chose an adventure design to do, “And so the adventure begins” which I thought was very cute.

And I got that a few days later and did it with him and immediately ordered another one, a Christmas one.

Lauren:           From the same person, the same Etsy Store?

Melissa:          From another Etsy store because she didn’t have Christmas ones at the time.

Lauren:           And then you decided to start getting them wholesale?

Melissa:          Yes, that’s when I read up on the company and I decided to sign up almost immediately.

Melissa Hancock is a Stay-at-Home Mom who started out with Chalk Couture making the most delightful, yet easy Christmas Crafts with her 3-year-old son. Now she's starting to build a tribe of Chalk Couture Designers. Read more in our featured interview. PS. Don't miss Melissa's GIVEAWAY at the end of the post. #ChalkCoutureDesigner #EasyChristmasCraftswithKids #EasyCraftswithKids #FeaturedMompreneurHow Does Chalk Couture Work?

Lauren:           When you sign up, do you sign up with the business you bought from, the Etsy store you bought from?  

How does it work – do you go through someone’s link or buy from someone personally?   

Is Chalk Couture an Affiliate Marketing company or do they use a Direct Selling model? 

Melissa:          When I started doing my research on the company, I found a blog of this woman, Sarah, who has been with the company basically since it started just over a year ago. She gave me all kinds of information on her blog and she called me personally to explain more in detail and so I signed up with her.  And she has been just a huge help in getting me going and me to make a plan for what I want to do.

It is sort of a multi-level marketing company but there are so many avenues with the company that they don’t force you to have other people join like most of those companies do.

  • You can join Chalk Couture just to get to the discounts and use it for crafting at home on your own, without making any kind of business.
  • Or you can join and buy the products from them at the discounted price and then sell it at retail price at craft fairs and through your website.
  • Or you can buy the stuff from them online and use other stuff from Michael’s Craft Store, backgrounds, glasses, whatever, make finished products and sell those to people at craft stores or art festivals. 
  • Or you can go the route of building your own team and have other ladies join you and then all selling together.

Lauren:           And if you do it that way, is this Direct Selling in the sense that all those ladies must be living in your area or is it a Network Marketing model, so anyone can join you anywhere in the country?

The Chalk Couture Community

Melissa:          You can join with anybody.   My Mentor is in North Carolina, I’m in South Florida.

And once you’re signed up with the company, they have a Facebook page for all the designers and it’s a really supportive community and so I think I want in on it.  It’s amazing.

There are a lot of ladies who have set up parties for Christmas, to do those make-and-takes I told you about, you know, the girls-night-in type of thing. And they would be out of one supply or another and all the ladies, if they have extra of what somebody was out of, they would immediately swoop in and save each other.

So, it’s not a competition, there’s no catfighting, everybody’s very much there for each other and they send each other pictures of their latest designs, what they’ve done, they share ideas with each other, it’s really, really supportive.

Lauren:           Awesome! So, have you gone that route as well? Have you started building a team?

Melissa:          I have not yet but I think I want to after seeing how they all stick together, like a big family.

Just before I signed up, they all went on a cruise together.  I think they took over this whole cruise ship and everyone had such a great time, they’re still talking about it.  They are making this very, very fun for themselves and so I think I want in on it.

Lauren:           It sounds great, it’s such a pity they’re not in other places in the world, I can think of so many people who would love it.

Melissa:          Hopefully next year they’ll expand.  But they are only about a year old, so they’ve made great strides already.

Lauren:           It’ll take a while to get to South Africa, we’re not exactly your logical next choice (laughing).

Melissa:          I will send a strongly-worded email for you.

Lauren:           It’s very exciting though, it sounds like a company that’s really going places. I’ve been hearing about Chalk Couture for a while, I’ve seen articles on Pinterest. And preparing for this interview, I clicked on a few of those pins and read the articles and watched the videos, so I had a better insight into what Chalk Couture is all about. And it looks amazing, it looks really fun.

Melissa:          And simple.  It’s almost impossible to screw it up. And if you don’t like what you made the first time, you wipe it off and start again.  I don’t like the way this colour looks on this design, I’m going to do it over.

Lauren:           Aah, that is so nice.  

Is there anything holding you back from achieving success?

Melissa:          The only thing I’m worried about it is that I won’t be able to express to people how easy it is, to somebody who has only made heard of it and never seen it.

As you said, the website doesn’t give you the full idea, it’s kind of hard to fully grasp just by looking at the website.

So I’m worried I won’t be able to articulate exactly how amazing the company is without doing an example for them.

Lauren:           And don’t you want to do a little video?

Melissa:          I am thinking of doing a video. I’m a little nervous about that, I’m very shy but I think I might do one in the next couple of weeks. I’m trying to get out of the box, out of my comfort zone, push myself.

Lauren:           Oh gooood… and then we can embed it into this post. 

And Voila!  A video presented itself.

And it contains a SPECIAL OFFER.

Okay, and we’re back to our interview… 

On Motherhood

What has been the number one highlight of Motherhood for you?

Melissa:          This time around it’s definitely being able to spend time with my son. When I had my first son, I was only 19 and I was working two jobs and I was a single Mom. And I didn’t get to spend much time with him at all because I was always working to support us.

So, this time, just being able to spend time with him and be the one who’s teaching him things daily and seeing how he’s changing all the time is just amazing because I didn’t get that with the first one.

After the first one, I said I was not doing it again but then my husband and I got married and he wanted a baby and I was like, “oh well, I guess we can try” and then it happened right away.

And he is so much better behaved than my first one.  I said if I would have had him first, I would have had 5 children.

Lauren:           Aw, you know why he’s better behaved. Because he’s got you there. 

Melissa:          Yes, I’d like to think that.

Lauren:           It is exactly that.  Have you ever heard of Hand in Hand Parenting? It’s amazing. It’s exactly that, the more you give to your child, the more energy you put into them, the more time you give them, the better behaved they are, because that’s all they need.

Melissa:         You know what, I believe it, because I taught him sign language before he could speak, so he wouldn’t get frustrated and have tantrums. And it was so much easier, when he could tell me what he wanted. When he was hungry, when he wanted milk, when he wanted a bath, instead of him throwing a fit because he couldn’t talk, like the first one did.  He just told me what he wanted, and it made life so much easier.

Lauren:          Aah, that’s amazing because I believe learning to speak (verbally) is really hard to do and children can understand things a lot earlier than they can talk.  So well done you.  I heard that it’s possible, but I never did it because my son spoke very early.

Melissa:          My husband thought it was ridiculous, he said, there’s no way you’re teaching a baby sign language.  You’re just making this up to make yourself feel like you’re doing something at home. And then when he saw him do it, he said, Oh, my God, he knows sign language.  I said, well, I’ve been telling you that.

My husband was working nights at the time, he didn’t see us much, we saw him very little during that 6-month period, so he was very impressed when he did get to see it.

Lauren:           What has been the greatest challenge for you to overcome as a Mother?

Melissa:          Oh, boy!  I would have to say, dealing with homework with my hormonal teenager. They either say they don’t have it or can’t do it and then you’re just searching for how to help them and you really don’t understand it.  And then they’re changing the Maths on us now, this common core Math. It’s just, you don’t know how to do it, I don’t know how to do it, we need to talk to your Teacher. 

That’s definitely been the worst part. He’s like, I need help, I’m like, Me too, kidLet’s call the School.

Lauren:           (Giggling) I’m so nervous of that. I’ve got my son doing Maths already, he’s only 5, but he’s doing a very different kind of Maths called Soroban Maths which is a Japanese method, where they learn with the Soroban, a type of Abacus.

Melissa:          Oh boy, that sounds like tons of fun.

Lauren:           Yes, I’m having so much fun with it because I really struggled with Maths in High School and I am learning a whole new way and I love it. I can’t wait to do the homework with him (laughing). I sound like such a nerd. 

Melissa:          We should do that, right over here.

Lauren:           It’s wonderful, it really is. I’m sure they do something similar in the US because I’ve heard it really makes a difference when the children do start Maths at School because they already understand the basics.

Melissa:          I’m starting Maths with my toddler but we’re using cheerio’s and M&M’s, not quite the same.

Lauren:           That’s also great. You’re such a wonderful Mom. Here’s the video that got me excited about A+ Students over here.

                        Has it been tricky balancing work and home life?

Melissa:          Well, since this is so new, not yet. But I think it will be once I get going because I’m going to try drag my husband into it, into helping me on his days off. But I think it will be fun.

Lauren:           So, you mean he’ll help with the kids, so you can do it or you actually want him to help in the business with you?

Melissa:          Oh no, he’s going to have to try do some of this with me, so he knows what I’m doing.

Lauren:           Awesome!

Melissa Hancock is a Stay-at-Home Mom who started out with Chalk Couture making the most delightful, yet easy Christmas Crafts with her 3-year-old son. Now she's starting to build a tribe of Chalk Couture Designers. Read more in our featured interview. PS. Don't miss Melissa's GIVEAWAY at the end of the post. #ChalkCoutureDesigner #EasyChristmasCraftswithKids #EasyCraftswithKids #FeaturedMompreneurEasy Crafts With Kids

Do you feel you have already created your best work?

Melissa:          No, no way. They make so many new products constantly.  I get a new transfer every month, just for the people who are designers with them.  So that’s like getting a Birthday present every month.

This month was the one about shoes and I am such a shoe fanatic. I was like, oh my God, I can’t wait to get this in the mail. So, they come up with new things every month and they send out new catalogues for us to look at and they always have new ideas, new surfaces and new colours of ink and chalk.  They do special edition and limited-edition colours so everything’s always changing, which is great.

Lauren:           Aah, that sounds amazing, I would love that too. 

                        So, what does it cost to be a Designer with Chalk Couture?

Is there a monthly cost for you to get your monthly treat?

Melissa:          So, when you sign up, it’s $99 to get your website and your Starter Kit, which comes with $240 worth of supplies from the company.

And then monthly, for them to keep up your website and send you your monthly transfer, it’s $19 a month.

Lauren:           Aah, not bad. Value for money.

Melissa:          Yes, really, it’s like getting it for free. Because you can have your friends and family or people you’re marketing to, go directly to your website and they can order whatever they want from your website and the company ships it directly to them.

Lauren:           Oh, awesome. I love that.

Melissa:          So, I think it’s worth $19 a month.

Lauren:           Yeah, I definitely do too.

What is your discount on the products?  

Melissa:          It’s 40% off everything on their site but when you first join you get a coupon for 50% off.

So, a lot of ladies when they join, they want a stockpile of stuff to get their business going.

So that first purchase, everything they buy is 50% off.

Lauren:           But still, 40% off is a really great discount.

Melissa:          Yes. And if you buy the transfers and pastes for 40% off and then you go to the Craft Fair, you can make a retail profit that way.

Or you can make your finished products and create your own pricing, depending on where you bought the surface you’re using.

So there are a lot of different ways to do it. There’s something for everybody.

Lauren:           Aw, I have such FOMO right now. I’ve got a lot of creative friends who would really love this. I wish we lived in the States sometimes, there are so many amazing things in the US.  

Do you have a message you would like the world to hear?

Melissa:          I don’t know. Maybe just because I was always so shy, I never came out of my shell and this year, I decided it was going to be my year.   I would get out of my box and I would tell other ladies who have social anxiety disorders to try and do the same.

I’ve been letting it hold me back for 35 years and this year, it stops.

Lauren:           Awesome! That sounds brave. And you just stopped it, cold turkey?

Melissa:          I just came to a point in my life where I felt, it’s ridiculous, I see everyone else having such a great life and I’ve let it hold me back for so long.

An example of how bad my social anxiety got, in High School, I would get French fries for lunch and then go hide in the bathroom and eat, just so people wouldn’t look at me. That’s how bad the anxiety’s always been.

Now I’m planning on, in the next maybe 6 months, doing a Craft Fair booth which is something the old me would never even think of without having an entire meltdown. You couldn’t drag me kicking and screaming to do something like that, even a year ago, but now, the new me is looking forward to it.

Lauren:           Aaaw, that is amazing!! 

And did you have to go through Therapy to get to this point or was it literally just a decision you made?

Melissa:          No, it’s just a choice I decided I needed to make.

Lauren:           Bravo!  That’s amazing. That is just a story worth sharing on its own.

Melissa:          Thank You.

Lauren:           Was there anything that prompted you to make this decision?

Melissa:          I just wanted the happy kind of life that everybody else my age has. Because everyone else my age does not have this anxiety problem.  You know, I’m only 35 and I just haven’t been living because of my anxiety.

You know, you go on Facebook and you see all your friends doing amazing things and going out just for dinner or drinks and I could never do anything like that because of my anxiety.

I’m making this year my year.

 

Melissa Hancock is a Stay-at-Home Mom who started out with Chalk Couture making the most delightful, yet easy Christmas Crafts with her 3-year-old son. Now she's starting to build a tribe of Chalk Couture Designers. Read more in our featured interview. PS. Don't miss Melissa's GIVEAWAY at the end of the post. #ChalkCoutureDesigner #EasyChristmasCraftswithKids #EasyCraftswithKids #FeaturedMompreneurLauren:           And when did you turn 35?  

Melissa:          In September.  It was when I started with this thought and then I found Chalk Couture and I said, this is it, this is how I’m going to do it.  This will force me to get out of my comfort zone and it will make me happy and it will be my own business and that’s something everybody has wanted to do, be successful on their own.

Lauren:           That is such a beautiful story. I’ll have to interview you again in a year’s time, when you’ve going on your Cruise with your mates at Chalk Couture. Because I think the camaraderie of women is amazing, when women get together and support each other, it’s one of the most beautiful things. 

Is there anything you know now, that you wish you knew when you first became a Mom?

Melissa:          Scheduling is everything. If my older son had had a schedule, life would have been so much easier.

But now, with my little guy we have somewhat of a schedule because my husband’s schedule does change. He’s a Police Sergeant so they change his schedule every few months. He’s on nights, he’s on days, we don’t see him but what schedule I can set, does make life a lot easier.

Lauren:           What have you gained by becoming an entrepreneur?

Melissa:          I’m just starting out, but I think I’m very excited to grow my own tribe of other Moms and do-it-yourselfers and crafting hobbyists. All the ladies seem to have a tribe, so I think I’m going to get my own tribe going for 2019.

Lauren:           What are your hopes for 2019?  Is that the same answer…?

Melissa:          Yes!  I want to get my own tribe of ladies and we’ll support each other and back each other up just like they do on the Designers Facebook page, that I’ve seen really around this Christmas time.  Really, they’ve made a huge impact on how I feel about the business.

Lauren:           So, is Sarah one of the leaders in the business? Do they have leaders in the business?

Melissa:          They don’t really have leaders, but Sarah has been with the company since almost the beginning and so she’s very high up in the company. She had her own Craft Studio starting out so that was a huge factor for her.  I don’t have a Craft Studio to start out, but she did, and she did the classes there and the make-and-takes and that’s part of how she got herself going. And now she’s doing amazing.

And she’s very supportive of all her Designers.  And I hope that next year, I will be as good as she is and help people the way she does next year.

Lauren:           What are your fears?  

Melissa:          That my shy personality may slow down my success. That’s still something I’m going to have to work on, but I know that I can do it. Nothing a glass of wine can’t fix.

Lauren:           (Laughing).  Dutch courage.

Which tools of the trade have been enormously helpful for you?

Melissa:          Definitely the transfers and all the designs.  I could never do anything crafty, I can’t even draw a stick figure and make it look nice.  So, to be able to make something beautiful with these. They’re like silkscreen transfers, it’s just so easy.  You can’t not make something pretty and that has been huge for me.

And all the different colour pastes.  I just got some pastes in the mail I was so excited about. One of the shades is called Kiwi. I can’t wait to use that.

Lauren:           Oh, and while we’re on that subject, what is your favourite colour? 

Melissa:          The Tiffany Blue, Teal, it’s Chalk Couture’s main colour, it’s their website colour.  It just happens to be my favourite colour anyway so that makes me love it even more.

Lauren:           That’s very clever of them, to make their signature colour your favourite colour.  And in fact, it’s the most common colour Moms have chosen for their infographics when I’ve done their interviews, so I’ve tried to change the colour slightly every time. And I read somewhere that, blue is the most popular colour.  

Melissa:          Well I guess Marketing knew what they were doing when they chose it.

Lauren:           Yes, blue is also very popular with brands because it signifies trust.

Are there any people who have been enormously helpful to you? Do you have any Mentors?

Melissa:          Sarah is my Mentor, she’s a military wife and she’s just amazing with helping with any question I have. It doesn’t matter when it is, I can message her, and she’ll get right back to me.

That first time I talked to her we were on the phone for over an hour, so she really cares about the people who are joining, not just getting people to join.

Lauren:           Are there any connections on Social Media who have helped you?

Melissa:          Not specific people but all the Designers on the Designers website who post ideas and who comment. They all bounce ideas off each other with questions and comments and checking on each other, you know, “Do you need anything for your party this weekend?”  They are all just such an inspiration, they really are.

Lauren:          Have you found any Designers who live nearby?

Melissa:          No, there’s only a handful of people in South Florida so hopefully I can change that because it is fun. We can go do our chalking and glasses of wine, girls-night-in and go from there.

Lauren:           So, it’s still very small then… of course, it’s only a year in, it’s still going to take time to grow. Which is lovely, you’re in on the ground floor of something amazing.

Melissa:          Yes, I’m really excited.

Lauren:           If there was anything I could help you with, what it would it be?

Melissa:          Just spreading the word about how amazing this is.

A lot of people don’t really think something like crafting or home decor could be a great business for your Stay-at-Home Mom or your College Student.  This is something that I think a lot of people will be interested in.

Lauren:           Yeah, I think this is the PERFECT business for a Stay-at-Home Mom. Stunning.

Melissa:          Even retired people, School Teachers who used to love crafting with their students and are now retired.

Lauren:           I totally agree with you, anyone who’s into crafting of any kind.  My Mom would love this, she’s very crafty. 

Melissa:          I’ve never been crafty, I think that’s part of the reason I’m so in love with it. But now…

Lauren:           So now you’re making your house all pretty with stuff that you’ve made. And not just you, you and your kids.

Melissa:          I know, we’re going to decorate the tree, probably tonight.  We’ve got it up and now we’re decorating. So we’ll be putting up our new chalkboard ornaments on the tree this year and every year from now on.

Lauren:           Wow, that is stunning. Now, is your older son into it? 

Melissa:          My older son hasn’t done it with me yet.  He’s seen me doing it with my younger son but he’s usually doing his homework at that time.  But he’ll probably create something to put on the tree this afternoon and I’ll let you know how he feels. I know he thinks it’s cool because he’s seen us do it and he knows that I’m less than artistic.

Lauren:           So he’s been impressed with what you’ve created. And is your hubby impressed?

Melissa:          He is and he’s very proud of me for doing this as a business and a hobby because he knows about my anxiety, obviously.  We’ve been together for 8 years so he knows I’m very shy and I tend to stay in my comfort zone. And he’s seen me, even just talking to you, doing this interview, this is far, far from the Melissa of last year, even 6 months ago.

When I gave him my business card, he was so impressed that I had gotten business cards and I was going forward with this.

Lauren:          I’m really proud of you too, so this is your first interview?   Yes.

But you know what, you come across as completely confident, you really don’t sound like you’re shy at all.  So you have already blown through that old you, it’s gone.

Melissa:          If you had met me in High School, you would be laughing right now.

For a debate class, I had to debate, and I was so terrified of standing in front of the class, I asked a friend, who is very tall, to stand in front of me so that I could debate without people staring at me.  And that’s how I got through this debate.  And my Teacher allowed it because they knew I was such a basket case.

Lauren:          I love that story!  That will really help people as well.

Melissa:         I got my Grade and I didn’t have a heart attack, so I was really happy they let me do that.

Lauren:           That is amazing. So you found ways around it but now you’ve decided you’re just going to let it go. That’s just amazing.

Melissa:          Breaking out of the shell.

Lauren:           Brave, brave girl. And you know what, you’re going to just love it so much.

Melissa:          Life is going to get so much easier.

Melissa Hancock is a Stay-at-Home Mom who started out with Chalk Couture making the most delightful, yet easy Christmas Crafts with her 3-year-old son. Now she's starting to build a tribe of Chalk Couture Designers. Read more in our featured interview. PS. Don't miss Melissa's GIVEAWAY at the end of the post. #ChalkCoutureDesigner #EasyChristmasCraftswithKids #EasyCraftswithKids #FeaturedMompreneurChalk Couture Giveaway

Lauren:           Who is your target market? If I were to give you a referral, who would I be looking for?

Melissa:         Hobbyists. 

Stay-at-Home-Moms. 

Crafters. 

Anyone who’s looking for something new. Everybody likes to try something new.

I’ve heard that previously doing crafts like this you had to have all kinds of machines, a cricut maker and all these different types of materials, to create the designs.  And you’d land up spending hundreds upon hundreds of Dollars just to get the stuff you need to make the designs.

And here you just buy the design – put it on the surface – put your paste on – peel it off – and you’re done.

Sarah is closing the studio she had with all those machines for doing all that because Chalk Couture has changed her life so much, she doesn’t need it anymore. She’s moving forward with Chalk Couture only.

Lauren:          Wonderful! It all just sounds so amazing, I just wish it were here too. Things take aaages to get to South Africa.

Melissa:         I will still try and send you a care package, even if you don’t get it for 6 months, it will be like a surprise in the mail.

Lauren:           Aw, that’s so sweet. Thank You.

So, at the moment your market is local unless you’re selling on Etsy?

Melissa:          Yes, Etsy ships anywhere.  But you can’t buy directly from Chalk Couture or join as a Designer unless you’re in the US.

Lauren:          And can they join directly on your website as well? Is there a link on your website to join as a Designer?

Melissa:          Yes, there is.

Lauren:           If just one Designer joins you after reading this post, it will be worth it for you, won’t it?  

Melissa:          I would do a happy dance in your honour.

Lauren:           (Laughing) But hopefully more than one joins you.

Melissa:         Yes, so let’s sweeten the deal. I’d like to offer your readers a GIVEAWAY.

Melissa:          I’d like to offer the first 3 ladies who join me, $50 of free products.

JOIN ME AT CHALK COUTURE HERE

Breaking News from Melissa: 27 February 2019

Chalk Couture is now offering a monthly subscription.

A new design and three paste samples delivered every month with a theme and for only $19.99 including shipping. That’s a great deal considering the size B transfers alone are $14.99 without paste samples or shipping.

And, we are expanding to Canada. Calling all Canadians…

Find Melissa Hancock on:

Chalk Couture Love is BlondeFacebook Love is BlondeInstagram Love is BlondeEtsy Love is BlondePoshmark Closet Her Royal Momness

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28 Replies to “Meet Melissa Hancock: Chalk Couture Designer”

  1. Danette

    This looks like a lot of fun, for both moms and kids!

    And it’s great to get to know Melissa herself, as well as about Chalk Couture, through the interview.

    I saved a link to Melissa’s website for reference. I was just talking to a friend a couple days ago who has six kids, the youngest being 2 years old and the oldest about 12 or 13. How old should a child be to do this type of craft?

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    • Lauren Kinghorn Post author

      Hi Danette, well, I think it best I leave that to Melissa to answer as she’s the expert.  I know her little one is 3 and I would think that’s probably the earliest age but hey, a 2-year-old should be able to have fun with it too. Thanks for caring and sharing. 

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    • Melissa H

      Hi Danette, thank you so much for reading the interview and saving my link! I think 3 is probably the youngest for a project that will look like its supposed to when they are done. lol. But, the older two would be able to make masterpieces in no time. My son just turned 3 in November. I will tell you that they will use more chalk paste than is needed because they are kids, and that’s what they do. However, you can just take your squeegee, wipe off the excess and put it back in the jar to use later. The jars last for a while, unless you’re me and chalking everything I can get my hands on for inspiration. I am putting a chalk design on my microwave today. It will stay there until I wash it off. Which with kids will probably be about 3 days, but it looks amazing from what I’ve seen others do! I have an Etsy shop with some items if you think she’d like to check it out for her littles. Thanks again for your comment! http://www.Etsy.com/shop/LoveIsBlondeCouture

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  2. Kabirat

    Hello Lauren,

    I love the fact that this is a new area to explore in home decor and it gives a job to the unemployed, the stay at home mum and those who are looking at New areas of business to add to their existing ones.

    What other products does the chalk couture have apart from the chalk?

    I also think the company websites should be adequately filled with detailed information on how to use the chalk. Melissa should try and make a video of that, she would be definitely paid for it if it were to be WA.

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    • Lauren Kinghorn Post author

      Great question! Chalk Couture offers The Chalkology paste, ink, transfers, surfaces (such as frames, bags, pillowcases) & accessories.
      You can find all Chalk Couture products here.  

      Aah, cool idea!  Not sure that we can add niche videos on Chalk Couture at Wealthy Affiliate through their Open Education Project. But if its allowed, you’re right,  it would be a great way to get paid for video training AND get exposure. 

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    • Melissa H

      Hi Kabirat, thanks for your comment. I am working up the courage to make a video! I have never done anything remotely close to this venture or any time of social media marketing, etc. I am learning as I go. But I will get there!

      Chalk Couture has Chalkology Paste which can be used for surfaces you’d like to be able to change up. That’s great for the magnetic chalkboards they offer because you can find the perfect spot in your home for the chalkboard and then change the design for holidays, parties, events or just when you want to make something else amazing.

      They also have Chalkology Ink which is for when you want to make your project permanent. The ink can also be used on the magnetic chalkboard surfaces and everything you can use paste for. But, with ink you can make pillowcases, designs on wine glasses or mugs, decorative plates, tee shirts, tote bags and pretty much anything else you can think of!

      With the ink you just have to heat it with a blow dryer for 4 minutes and voila! Permanent perfection.

      As far as surfaces Chalk Couture offers I’ve already mentioned canvas pillowcases but they also have cosmetic bags, lumbar pillowcases, banners, round and square boutique boards which aren’t magnetic, the magnetic framed boards, box frames and a board with a base.

      If you have any more questions I am happy to help, you can email me anytime.

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  3. Lady Esther

    Hi Melissa,

    Thank you for sharing this interview. Great information and you and your passion which you have turn into a successful business. It’s inspiring to read such true stories and at the same time give way to empower other women.  Find this website and reading the information for Chalk Couture Design is a great way to be inspired and motivated to start a business for like you say stay at home moms and other with similar situations.  I like that the investment part does not break your purse.  We all have a crafter inside of us and it’s a good venue to show our skills and passion.

    Learning a new skill for a business is a way to show our inter self.  Your interview here, along with your experience will certainly inspire other women, moms to reach for their passion, thank you for being shy. It certainly a positive trait in your life.  

    Thank you for sharing and I am saving your website in my favorite, hopefully soon I can join your team.

    Very best on your online business endeavors,

    LadyEsther 

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    • Lauren Kinghorn Post author

      A big Thank You for your beautiful, heartfelt message, Lady Esther.  

      Wonderful that you’re planning to join Melissa’s team!

      I love your idea of us all having a crafter inside of us. You just reminded me that, once upon a time, I was crafty.  As a child I used to luuuurve making things. Maybe that’s why Chalk Couture appeals to me so much.

      Oh yes, and also because I also find Chalk Couture’s pricing very affordable. I’m in total agreement there too.

      Wishing you all the best too,

      Lauren

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    • Melissa H

      Hi Esther, thanks for your comment. And thanks for the compliment, but I am not successful yet, I am just starting out.

      But, I know deep down that this is something for people of all ages and craft interests. I know this will be a successful business, because once people try it they will love it as much as I do. And its refreshing to find a company that has so many options for people and is so simple.

      Do you want to join just for the cute products and discounts? Chalk Couture is fine with that.

      Do you want to join and use your discount to buy supplies and make your own masterpieces to sell online and at craft fairs? They are fine with that.

      Do you want to have “make and take” parties with a bunch of ladies on a Friday night? They are fine with that too.

      And last, do you want to join and ‘meet’ other women who want to craft and make your own team of crafters who help and support each other? You can do that. But, you don’t have to, they don’t require you to have anyone join or keep up with anything crazy like some companies.

      I decided I do want to start a team because what’s better than us helping and supporting each other? I would love for you to join my team and we can make this year OUR year!

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  4. Vanna Denham

    I enjoyed this interview Lauren and Melissa.

    All of the project results you showed are really well done, they look professionally done.  My favorites are the ornaments. My daughter is a crafter and has a 4-1/2 year old who loves to help her with everything.   She is and will continue to be home schooled so this Chalk Couture sounds like something she and daughter would like. 

    I wish you all the best with your business and happy holidays! 

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    • Lauren Kinghorn Post author

      Hi Vanna, oh yes!  If your daughter is home schooling your Granddaughter, I’m sure they will both love Chalk Couture. One of my favourite aspects is how easy it is to clean up afterwards because most crafting falls into messy play which generally means I spend more time cleaning up afterwards than doing the crafting itself.  

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    • Melissa H

      Hi Vanna, thanks for reading my interview. I want to let you know all the projects you see here were done before I had any idea what I was getting into. It was so simple, even for my son.

      The gift box ornament he made was so fun. It was two pieces, so two layers. Of course, he used way too much paste but I just scraped off the excess and let it dry. Then we applied the second transfer so he could make the white bow.

      I think your daughter would get a kick out of making them. They also have other mini designs like flowers she could do. Be prepared, she will use too much paste, but you just squeegee it off and put it back in the jar to use later!

      And clean up is a breeze. You remove the transfer, put it in a little Tupperware of water and wipe off with a Clorox wipe or baby wipe, lay sticky side up and reapply backing when dry.

      Then save it for next time you want to use it! I think its amazing you homeschool. I may do that for Parker, we shall see!

      Please let me know if you have questions on anything. You can check out my Etsy shop for a little project for her to try out and see if she likes! http://www.etsy.com/shop/loveisblondecouture

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  5. Susan

    Lauren,

    What an interview I am ready to go get some of the Chalk Couture for myself, and I am terrible at making crafts, but this looks like something I could really do!  I love the clean up and doing it with kids would be so awesome I have little ones that come to stay with me and this could provide a whole afternoon of fun for them and me.  Melissa makes this look easy and the craft projects she has done so far that I saw on your site they are beautiful.  Thank you for taking the time to do this interview this is one amazing Mom.

    Susan

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    • Lauren Kinghorn Post author

      Hi Susan, 

      I feel exactly the same way.  Anything that makes crafting and especially the clean up after crafting easy, gets my vote.  My 5-year-old son loves making things but of course most of them fall apart quite quickly. These are things we could make together that we could keep for a lifetime (and would want to because they are so lovely). Now that’s special. Magic!  

      I can just picture you now enjoying that afternoon of crafting with the kids, making memories and objects of beauty and wonder.

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    • Melissa H

      Hi Susan, thanks for your comment and interest. And thank you for the compliment.

      When I made the pieces shown I had never done it before and had no idea what I was getting myself into. And now I wish I would have found Chalk Couture last year when they started out!

      But 2019 is going to be amazing now that I’ve found this craft for the not-so-crafty! You will be amazed what a little chalk can do!

      You can check out my Etsy if you want to try something small to get your feet wet and test it out with the littles! Let me know if you have any questions!

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  6. Louis Munro

    Hi Lauren 

    Bringing this post as an interview is really humanizing the business. Your article gives a very thorough perspective about Melissa, the person behind the business. I loved it. May I say you are a really good interviewer. 

    Putting the video in the post was another great idea as I was up to that point not exactly sure how the product works. I further like the fact that this is not a Multilevel Marketing business only and that there are other avenues to follow as well. 

    I think you have a very interesting niche and I am very please to learn that you are also from South Africa. 

    Do you think that our fellow Saffa’s are ready for the online world and do you agree with me that online education like you are presenting through your blogs can assist to overcome the challenges South Africa is facing with regards to education? 

    Anyway, great article keep it up. 

    Louis Munro

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    • Lauren Kinghorn Post author

      Hi Louis

      Aah, always wonderful to meet a fellow South African online, especially as most of my readership is in the States.  (US readership has grown from 60% to 80% in the last few months).  

      Really pleased to hear you enjoyed the post and the inclusion of the video.  Thanks for your compliments. 

      Regarding your question… hmm… that’s a tricky one to answer. I hope to make a difference in South Africa but you know the saying about “a prophet in his own land…”

      It’s encouraging to see more & more South Africans have access to the internet now (nearly 60%, according to this article on Eye Witness News).  

      We still have a long way to go to catch up to the Americans, according to Pew Research Center, 89% of the US are online

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  7. GVporras

    Thank you this exciting post I enjoy it my little girl love craft one of theirs Christmas gift wishes is craft items and I really enjoyed you interview with Melissa it was interesting find the she want to do something with her kid for fun I now she has a business about craft I will take a look to her website I may find something for my little girls 

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    • Lauren Kinghorn Post author

      Hi Gualdemar, wonderful! You’re so lucky, you live in California, I’m sure you’ll be able to get some Chalk Couture goodies in time for Christmas for your girls. Happy shopping.

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    • Melissa H

      Hi GV! There are mini floral transfers I think the girls would love that are simple and an easy way to try this out. You can check my Etsy for ideas! Thanks for reading my interview!

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  8. Tim Bennett

    Hello Lauren,

    I absolutely love the idea of you posting an interview.

    This so much more exciting to read than a normal post.

    It’s really easy to ‘hear’ the passion Melissa has  for not only having a business, but having something that she can do with her young son too.

    This is an excellent educational tool for him.

    Well done and I think the world needs more Laurens and Melissas!

    I have never heard of this before, but I will certainly click on a few of your links so I understand more about it.

    I’m really impressed with how you put this all together!

    Great job!

    Tim

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    • Melissa H

      Hi Tim, thanks for your comment and taking the time to read about my interview and business. Lauren did an amazing job and is great to work with.

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    • Lauren Kinghorn Post author

      Aw, Thanks so much for the compliments, Tim. 

      Glad you enjoyed Melissa’s interview and what she’s doing with Chalk Couture.

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  9. Kegan

    Fantastic interview and insight – she’s absolutely right too, everyone loves to try something new, especially us creative types. It’s high time we all made this year OUR year and take those steps we’ve been putting off, whether it’s anxiety like Melissa struggled with, or lack of motivation. Thanks for this!

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    • Melissa H

      Hi Kegan, thank you for reading about me and my new venture! I am really going to jump into 2019 head first and make this something amazing! The company just came out with a brand new project kit today and I think people will really love it. 😊

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  10. Jill du Preez

    What a fabulous interview, Lauren. Melissa sounds such a great person and I love that she is doing this with her son.
    If I lived in the States, I would join her tribe with the greatest of pleasure and soon have a Tribe of my own.
    So many people, who feel they are not competent as artists would love to do this. It sounds like great fun and I can imagine the fun evenings (wine included) or mornings (no wine) we could have.
    Am sure with the exposure Melissa will get with this interview, she will soon have her Tribe up and running and her confidence will be sky high.

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    • Lauren Kinghorn Post author

      Thanks so much Ma, and Thanks for mentioning Melissa in your latest post as well.
      And I agree wholeheartedly, I’d also join Melissa’s tribe in a heartbeat. I’m not naturally creative when it comes to decor (like you and most of my friends are)so I would love to start creating lovely items for around the house. And they would also make gorgeous presents!

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