Tell us about yourself…I am a married mother of four children. In addition to crocheting, I work full-time. My Grandma Rooker taught me to crochet when I was a young girl. Grandma Rooker specialized in baby sweater sets, booties and bonnets. Back in the day, L.S. Ayers in Indianapolis sold Grandma's Baby Sets. Anytime someone was expecting a baby, Grandma would make something special for that baby. I still have the sweater set she made for my first child.
How and when did your business get started? About six years ago, my husband became unemployed. As a stay-at-home mother of four, I wondered what I could do to contribute to the family. So I started making hats. People enjoyed my hats so much I started setting up at art shows and festivals. My children and I have enjoyed watching this little business grow. I hope you enjoy my creations and will find a passion of your own to see you through hard times and beyond.
What is your favorite product in your shop? Tell us how you came up with it. I love making the Katniss Cowl/Wrap and the buttoned cowl.
Where do you find your inspiration and creativity? I love to "catch" crochet/knit items in TV shows and movies. Many shows like Downton Abbey and Outlander and the Hunger Games movie have made crochet accessories popular once again. And it's always fun recreating a new character from the kid's movies into hats for the young and old alike.
What are your favorite things about being a vendor in a handmade market? I love meeting new people, especially those that have an appreciation for all things handmade.
Give us 5 fun facts about you and/or your business 1. I do custom orders. In fact, I prefer custom orders because I can make exactly what the customer wants in the color they choose. Many customers email me a picture from Pintrest asking if I can make it. 2. Only a small portion of what I make is on my website. It is impossible for me to put everything on the site with all the color choices available. 3. I really do make everything you see at my booth. Occasionally, I will have a piece that I have repurposed or repaired, but I always make that indication.
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