Mom-Made Paper Art: An Interview With Royal Buffet

Meet Mollie Greene of Royal Buffet, a crafty mom from Greenville, South Carolina, who makes and sells paper art.

We've got a serious Etsy habit going on here at The Stir, but while we're drooling, moms like Mollie are finding time to make some seriously cute crafts. We track down one mom every week to give you a look at what it means to buy Mom-Made.


Tell us the story behind Royal Buffet:

My friend Annie and I started Royal Buffet just over two years ago. We were both interested in giving new life to old books and magazines, and we wanted to be making things, but it became increasingly difficult to get motivated for that after having children.

We thought that if we flung a few garlands and such into an Etsy shop, we might have a few takers and some projects to work on at night that didn't involve too much mess or noise. Annie is a painter and I'm a musician, but crafting things with paper is something we've both always done.

We were actually really surprised to have Royal Buffet just explode for us. About six months after we opened, due to how much time it started to take and the many late nights, Annie decided to be done with papery confections and left Royal Buffet for more painterly pursuits. There are no hard feelings and we still rummage around in thrift stores together, watch Lost as double dates, and swap delicious recipes, so no one should worry.

How many children do you have (names/ages)?

I've got three charming children. Henry is 7, Jude is 5, and Lola is 3. They're all very wonderful, of course, and are my favorite people for my husband and me to be around.

How much time do you spend crafting every week? How do you make the time to craft while being a parent?

It's really important to me to always be making something, to use my hands and my mind in that way, so I've always tried to squeeze in some time here and there for making things. That used to mean sewing, and it also includes some writing and a bit of photography. But until Royal Buffet, my motherly tasks took up so much energy that I didn't always push myself to make things.

Photo by Mollie Greene
I normally work each weeknight for three to four hours, and sometimes there's just so much to do that I work a few hours on the weekends. I find it nearly impossible to make anything when the kids are awake or around, so I work after bedtime and when my husband is home on the weekends to play with them.

I'm a bit of a hermit and really do like to be alone, so working by myself with music at night actually recharges my batteries. Sometimes (many times) this means that the house is a mess and that I don't have a brilliant social life, but I think everyone here is okay with that.
Do you have your own craft room or do you share space with your kids?

I recently moved out of a studio space I shared with my handsome photographer husband because we're turning that room into a bedroom for our daughter. The space I now share is with my children in an attached sun porch. The room doubles as a school room for our home school and is always a sunny jumble of paper mess, so my own little disasters fit right in.

What are your favorite craft blogs and/or shops?

My RSS feed is an insane mess of craft & design blogs, so it's very hard for me to pick. I always read Whip Up, The Crafty Crow, Paper Schmaper, and Tiny Happy. And of course I catch Design Sponge, Fine Little Day, and the ever wonderful Dos Family. My favorite shops, which I merely covet, are Enhabiten, Dear Golden Vintage, Conscious Clothing, and Mary's Granddaughter.


Rose and leaf cake topper; $40

Galloping garland; $15

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