Meet Capri Wisniewski from Craftinista Girl...
I’m Capri and I’m the ‘girl’ behind Craftinista Girl. Crafts have long been a BIG part of my life. I’m fairly certain that the ‘gene’ was passed along to me through my Grandma and my Mom (both of which are incredibly talented ladies). Growing up I spent a lot of time making all sorts of different things with the two of them. Additionally, my grandmother is the master of new-uses. I definitely inherited her repurposeful spirit and try to use that in each and every item I create. So technically, I've been doing this all my life!
Like a lot of other creatives, my business started in an unknowing-kind-of-way. Just after I had finished my graduate degree, one of my closest friends found out she would be having a baby girl. In true-Capri-fashion, I made her a gift for the shower; a baby outfit from an old tshirt that we loved in high school. Making my own pattern, figuring out how to piece it together, and the overall end result got me hooked! In addition, I wasn’t having much success finding a “real-job” so I started selling on Etsy to make a little extra cash on the side.
Making, marketing, and selling my handmade items has turned out to be the perfect way for me to use my business degree in a way that makes me feel more fulfilled than I could have ever imagined. Over the summer I decided to quit everything and focus on taking my handmade business to the next level. I love the Midwest, and Columbus being the mother-of-all-creative-
goodness seemed like the perfect place to pursue this journey. I've been selling on Etsy for three years, and just started doing shows in person at the beginning of 2015. All in all, I'm pretty new to the craft scene, but I'm loving every moment!
The great thing about my 'craft' is that I thoroughly enjoy every part of the process. I would say it all begins with thrifting. Some of the shirts I use do come from family, friends, and sometimes my own wardrobe, but a lot of them come from the thrift store. To me, it's like a treasure hunt! Once I get my hands on the best shirts I dissect them into many different pieces. The primary products that some from the shirts are baby outfits and scarves. There are almost always leftovers, and I make a number of different bi-products from these pieces. You wouldn't believe all of the different things that can come from a single t-shirt! Since I have a bit of craft-A.D.D. it's nice that I can work on a variety of projects from that one shirt.
In five years, I would love my business to be sustainable enough to fully support me so that I can focus on some other business ideas I have. No matter what, making is in my bones and I will always continue to do it whether it is full-time, part-time, or just for fun. I am very excited to participate in my first Avant Garde Craft Show on at St. Agatha Church, hope to see you there!
Meet Shauna Burton from Scented Essentials...
My name is Shauna Burton and I am from Youngstown, Ohio. I'm a title clerk at a local dealership by day, candle maker by night! I have been making my own products for a few years now. I just recently started to sell my candles about four months ago. I have been selling my lip balm for over a year.
How I got started.. All of my products started out as a DIY projects for myself. I wanted to know how to make my own products so I truly know all of the ingredients and to make sure they are safe with no harsh chemicals. Candles, Lip Balm & Room Spray may be the only items I make and sell now, but I am always working on others. Inspired by my own needs or what others have suggested.
There's is something about making your own products that is very rewarding. Knowing that I made a quality product that not only I myself love and use, but others love as well. That I must say is the best feeling.
How I discovered my talent.. After giving my products as gifts to friends and family and hearing their responses, I soon started ScentedEssentials. It's a job I love to do!
My creative process... I really put the customer first. Whatever the case may be, whichever season we are in, the customer comes first. I take all comments, suggestions, seasonal trends, etc. and make sure I have exactly what the consumer wants to see and have.
In five years it will be 2020. I would love to see myself doing this full time. To have my own boutique selling all of my products and also featuring other makers products as well would be amazing. Hard work pays off.
Every single product I sell is all natural and made with high quality ingredients. No additives, no preservatives, no harsh chemicals. I strive to make only quality products at affordable prices with a handmade personal touch.
Meet Robbie Hay from Creative Arts Center...
Suzanne “Robbie” Hay lives in Columbus, Ohio and has owned and operated, with the help of her family, a full service entertainment agency since 1994. She stays busy facepainting at birthday parties, corporate events and festivals. Hubby, David, turns into Santa Claus at Christmas time. Jason, her older son is a caricature artist, and also is the artist for her book cover, ”Facepainting for Fun and Profit”. Younger son, Aaron, or Dizzy Doc is a nationally known balloon artist.
Robbie, a former public school teacher, has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Ohio State University and continues to teach in the field of face and body painting. She has received awards and placed in face and body painting competitions in Florida, in Seeboden, Austria, and in New Mexico.
Robbie is a facepainting instructor in her hometown and teaches at various facepainting conventions around the country. Robbie also authored a facepainting board game called “Gazebo”.
She has recently created a line of pen and ink drawings.
Meet Amanda Lovell from Center Street Candles...
I'm a "sidepreneur" who balances a successful career in corporate HR with a growing, and very FUN, candle business! I learned candle making from my Mom about 15 years ago, and it's been a hobby since then.
What inspires me to create? - I've always been obsessed with aromas, so I decided to channel that energy into a fabulous product. I could be inspired by a meal, a book, or the outdoors (to name a few)
How I describe my creative process? - Impulsive! I think of fragrance possibilities at the strangest times, and then go through as much R&D as I need to perfect the fragrance blend.
My five year goal - I'd love to own my own boutique specializing in hand made goods for the home.