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Hidden Gems: Meet Ashley Burnside of Creative Creations by Ashley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Burnside.

Hi Ashley, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’ve always had a creative spirit, but the true inspiration behind my business came from my kids. It started with my oldest daughter Madison. I wanted to give her an over-the-top birthday party.

I didn’t have much money at the time, so I use whatever resources available. I would save up money, and go to Dollar Tree, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, etc. to buy the supplies needed. I would piece material together to make beautiful centerpieces.

After I saw success with decorations, I ventured into treat making and custom apparel. At the time, I was only setting up parties for my kids. Seeing the excitement that my kids expressed at the parties is what made me want to share it with the world.

I wanted everyone to experience that same excitement. So in 2019, I decided to step out on faith and start Creative Creations by Ashley.

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 hasn’t always been a smooth road, there were days when I doubted my abilities. There were days when I didn’t have any orders or bookings. No orders meant no money.

Some of the struggles were just making ends meet and finding a balance with family life. Making sure that I’m not only providing great customer service and products to my client; but also being an attentive, loving, and supportive mother and wife.

It was many days I felt I wasn’t good enough, but one thing I can say is I never lost my passion.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Creative Creations by Ashley?
We specialize in custom treats, party favors, apparel, and treat table setup. A few of the items we offer are Candy apples, chocolate-covered strawberries, pineapples, custom chip bags, candy bars, custom t-shirts, balloon arrangements, and treat table setup.

We are most known for our custom candy apples and t-shirts. What sets us apart from others, is that we genuinely love what we do and whom we do it for! Each item is made with love and care. I’m most proud of our treat-making classes.

I’ll have the opportunity to teach Adults and young girls how to make delicious treats and start their own businesses. We are gearing up for the return of our summer treat-making classes! We are delighted to spread the joy of creativity and fun amongst our fellow Memphians!

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
When I think of childhood memories, I think of being in the kitchen with my mom.

My sisters and I would argue over who gets to lick the spoon and who gets the bowl when she bakes cakes. I think of me pulling out my little Easy-Bake oven so I can do what my mom did.

I can remember literally showing her every dance routine I knew and having dance performances until the cakes were ready. I’m so thankful that my parents gave me a chance to explore my creativity.

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  • Instagram: @Creativecreations901
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Image Credits
Angela King, Larita Hines, and Demi Watts

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