I first learned of creative publishing company Little Fruit Tree when I met creators Stuart and Kate Macklin at last month’s Queen Bee Market in San Diego, California. Their beautiful booth was full of both soft unique pillows and beautiful children’s books. I briefly spoke with Kate, co-founder and creative mind behind the brand, who explained that their stories are meant to inspire the next generation of children to dream, explore and create. In addition, their fun and quirky handmade pillows are each inspired by the characters from these inspirational stories. Right then, I knew there was something unique about this small business and I wanted to know more.
Fast forward two weeks, Stuart and Kate welcomed me into their new home (of just 3 weeks!) which also doubled as their studio space. We sat around their kitchen island. Kate arranged flowers while Stuart made coffee. They talked to me about the benefits and struggles of owning a small business and what that looked like day to day.
But what really stood out during our conversation was a common theme that kept appearing. “We want to build community. We would love to someday hire a team of local people that need that extra boost” said Kate. You see, this company is not just about designing and creating gorgeous pillows and goods to go along with their children’s stories. They are so much more.
“Work for a passion, not just a paycheck” said Kate. “And it’s tied into freedom” added Stuart. “Being creative…we have the freedom to create beautiful things and bless people.” Isn’t that what it’s all about?
We walked upstairs so I could take a look at their studio. It was simple yet stunning. It was bright, clean and smelled sweet. A perfect space for creativity and inspiration. I then got a sneak peak of their next children’s book that is sure to inspire generations to come with it’s message.
Thank you Stuart and Kate for what you are doing. I can’t wait to see where you will go with your inspiring movement.