What mistakes or setbacks have you had, and how did you learn from them?
When I first started, I tried to figure out what other people liked and what would sell.
I had some great ideas, but they weren’t things I cared for or would buy myself.
I felt like I had to make money, or it wouldn’t be worth it to do markets and sell my crafts.
Or that if I didn’t make money somehow, I would be failing. Luckily, I am married to an amazing man who helped me realize that I could make things to make things and that I should love what I do.
I changed the motives behind why I make what I make, and that changed everything. I genuinely love the things I create and have so much fun designing and creating.
Where did your creative spark begin, and can you trace your path to where you are today?
I grew up in a home where there was never a shortage of crafting supplies. I honestly don’t remember a time when I was wasn’t thinking about making something or trying to learn a new technique or craft.
My medium is ALWAYS changing.
My path to where I am now is littered with failures and successes, and there have been so many turns, but my constant companion is the desire to make something new each day.
What do you create, and what makes it so unique?
This is an interesting question because I just make what I feel like making.
I am a mother to 2 girls, and they inspire much of what I create.
Currently, I have a healthy supply of modern stuffed animals as well as some kid aprons.
I also use recycled paper bags to create origami stars that I crocheted together to create simple garlands.
In the last couple of months, I have switched gears from sewing to knitting and crochet so, I may have a few scarves and shawls to display.
Do you keep creative journals or sketchbooks?
Absolutely! I always keep a small sketchbook in my purse just in case.
Not all of the pages are filled with images, though. I often write out my process or schedules down or notes about my ideas.
What do you love most about being a handmade artisan?
So many things! I love that it gives me an excuse to buy pretty materials and yarns. I also really enjoy meeting other makers and learning about their processes.
In general, the whole process is just plain fun!
How did you choose the name for your business?
I credit my mom for my creative side and, when I was little, she used to call me Kitty Rae. As I’ve grown, that nick name has been shortened to Kit, which is how I came to Kit’s Crafts.