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Daily Inspiration: Meet Ella Lum

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ella Lum.

Hi Ella, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’ve always been fascinated with customized cups, decor, and gifts. I loved looking at all the creative designs and meaningful gifts small businesses would sell on Etsy and Instagram. During quarantine, I purchased a machine that allowed me to create all different kinds of customized items. I started my Ella’s Enchantments (@ellas.enchantments) Instagram account as a way to show my progress in making small custom orders like decorated wine glasses, Starbucks cups, keychains, stickers, and more. My friends and family were very supportive and were the ones that provided me with these orders to practice. One day, a friend of mine gave me the amazing idea of engraving acrylic plates that could fit in LED lamp bases. Ever since then, I invested in all the necessary tools to make that vision come alive. It took me a while to get a good system going and perfecting people’s images and vision of what they want, but it is such an amazing feeling to see my customers happy with their meaningful gifts. TikTok has actually been such a vital part of Ella’s Enchantments’ success. I’ve had a few TikTok videos go viral which has heavily boosted sales. I never expected my poorly-transitioned TikToks to get so much attention. The continuous support I receive through TikTok inspires me everyday to think of new creative designs and ideas to put up on my shop.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It definitely has not been a smooth road. I became unemployed due to the pandemic which has resulted in some tough financial situations. Investing in my small business hasn’t always been an easy decision, especially prior to my viral videos or during dry times. I’ve also had to learn to be better at time management. I recently graduated nursing school in December 2020, but prior to graduating, I had to manage adjusting to distance learning, in-person clinical shifts, and making sure my customers got their orders as soon as possible. My days would consist of waking up early for lectures, doing homework during the day, and staying up late at night drawing and/or making orders. It wasn’t always easy, but I learned a lot about my priorities, time management skills, and limits.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Ella’s Enchantments is all about fully customized gifts. I customize frames, wineglasses, Starbucks cups, stickers, iron-ons, and more. My small business became known for my Customized Acrylic LED Lamps. These custom gifts come in two designs: a Spotify design or a personal image. The Spotify design is the most popular because customers are able to get their favorite song on an acrylic piece. Aside from customizing the song, they’re able to add a personal image as the song’s album cover which creates such a meaningful decoration. The other option available is a personal image. This design allows customers to transform their favorite memories onto an acrylic piece and they have the option to add a text or sweet message as well. Aside from these acrylic LED lamps, I also specialize in creating custom cartoon stickers. I turn my customers’ picture of choice into a cartoon sticker that is water-resistant and able to get put on any flat surface. I take lots of pride in creating each custom order with love and care to make the most meaningful gifts for my customers.

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
I just recently graduated from nursing school! I am a proud alumni of Long Beach State University – GO BEACH! Nursing has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I am awaiting to take my NCLEX exam to get my license and can’t wait to be one step closer to becoming a pediatrics nurse.

Pricing:

  • Custom Acrylic LED Lamp $35-40
  • Custom Cartoon Sticker $15

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Ella Lum

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