I’m Oksana and my obsession is paper flowers.
As the owner and founder of FancyBloom, I wear many different hats. I’m a paper artist, designer, photographer, blogger, teacher and product maker, but to summarize, I would say that I am just a creator.
Being a perfectionist to the core (yes, this thing I have isn’t always a curse ;-)), I believe that the small details DO MATTER and make a big difference. So I love to scrupulously design new flowers, templates, tutorials and techniques, and this is what makes me happy.
My biggest hope is that along with me and my creations, you will be inspired in your own craft journey, and my mission is to help others by sharing my best experience and knowledge in paper flower making.
I am a Siberian girl (Siberia is a large part of Russia. And no, this is not the extreme North))), this is the central-eastern part of Russia, where all 4 seasons are fully present.) who, at the age of 21, came to America with my two best friends and big dreams. I didn’t speak English and had no connections here, so the first couple of years were really tough.
Oh, I also forgot to mention that I was a fresh graduate of an economic University with a degree in accounting. But during five years of education, unfortunately, I realized that accounting is definitely not what I want to do in my life. So, I didn’t work a day in my specialty.
It’s always been my desperate desire in life to get paid for my creativity and have freedom from corporate jobs. So I tried and experimented a lot and at the end of 2016 I started my tiny business under the name FancyBloom.
But it wasn’t a smooth path to confidence in what I do and myself
Each time I started a new project, deep inside, I was second-guessing and scared to fail, because I struggled to be heard and understood. I remember those painful conversations with family and close friends, trying to convince them that my creative ideas are worth trying and eventually I can make money on it.
Can you relate?
If yes, I want to cheer you up!
The world needs creative people so no matter how much you feel like, please know that you’re a major contributor to this planet as much as everyone else.
If you have that passion inside, let go of negative beliefs and don’t let anyone stop you from being the wonderful, creative person You are.