Minky anyone?!?!?! The answer to that question is always, Yes!
We are super excited to have Kaitlyn of Hey Kait join with us at our 2019 Holiday Handmade Show! Learn more about her and her beautiful and varied products below.
Kaitlyn, please introduce yourself!
My name is Kaitlyn, and I’m the person behind Hey Kait Creative.
I love crafting with my whole heart, and I love helping people find their creative outlet. I am married to Justin, and we have a little boy named Benny.
My husband and I were born and raised in the Salt Lake valley and currently live in Bluffdale.
I pick Pepsi over Coke any day and have a major sweet tooth for anything chocolate or desserty.
Where did your creative spark begin, and can you trace your path to where you are today?
I had always liked crafting and remember falling in love with latch hooking and loom knitting when I was about 8.
I scrapbooked most of my life, starting in sixth grade and tried getting into photography and woodworking in high school.
During college, I started an Etsy shop to sell acrylic paintings, but as life got busier, my passion project got put to the side. I never stopped crafting, but when I had my baby, I finally felt like it was time to bring my passion project back to life.
I started Hey Kait Creative by lettering pieces for special events then moved into making minky blankets, and as of late, I host craft parties!
During my pit stops on the way to hosting craft parties, I was always surprised to hear people say they don’t know how to craft or they’re not creative, and I want to pull that nonsense out of you at my parties!
You are capable of more than you think, and I love seeing someone be proud of their work, even if it’s a silly holiday craft.
When you need musical inspiration, who do you turn the volume up for?
It’s always a toss-up between Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Justin Timberlake, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.
I’ve traveled far and wide for every single one of them, and they know how to touch my soul.
Is this a full-time business for you?
I wish! I currently work full time as a financial analyst for a software company (bleh) and would love nothing more than to quit and host craft parties full time!
What do you create, and what makes it so unique?
I make craft kits for people to complete at my parties.
All of my crafts can be *mostly* completed in one night, which is so satisfying!
No one likes having to go to 7 stores for a million supplies for a craft that could take 2 hours to finish but somehow sits on your table or in a closet for weeks (or months) at a time.
I get everything you need so you can finish your project in one sitting, and if you come to a party, all of your friends will tell you how good your project looks!
What do you love most about what you create?
I love the environment of my craft parties and the confidence that people can gain through crafting.
I also love the mental space crafting puts you in that can be hard to find right now.
How long have you been in business? What can you pinpoint as a turning point to your business?
I have been in business for a little under a year.
I participated in the Gardner Village farmers market and as it was ending, I realized I wasn’t headed in a direction that I was excited about.
I sat down with my husband one night and brainstormed what I actually wanted to do with my business.
Through our discussions, I found that I was missing the people aspect of crafting and came up with the idea of craft parties.
Ever since then, a fire has been lit inside of me and I’m bursting at the seems with excitement to work on all of my ideas.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
Connecting with people!
I know that you can go to any craft store and get a lot of the products I’m providing, but you’d be missing out on playing with me!
What’s something you’ve learned through running a handmade business in the past 12 months?
It’s not easy.
I was always naïve to think that “that’s easy, I can do that.”
I mean, I can do it, but it’s HARD and requires a lot of work.
I’ve also learned that success can be measured in A LOT of different ways and that your happiness can’t be based on your measure of success.
I’ve started analyzing my business through win’s and lesson’s lists and that has helped me make impactful business decisions that have ultimately improved my personal life as well.