We're excited to introduce you to another of our many makers! This is another in a series of Vendor Spotlights where we let those who will be sharing their wares shine a light on what it is they do. The following profile is Krystal from Live.Dream.Create and her response to a mini-questionnaire.
1). What's your name and what is it that you make?
My name is Krystal and I make handsewn felt plushies, toys, decorative items, and other fun stuff!
I just opened my own little shop (Live Dream Create Shop) in Hudson (next to Portage Glass and The Red Twig) where I offer my plushies and handmade awesomeness from about 15 other local Ohio artists and creators (and of course workshops and fun activities). I also help with Oddmall and Con on the Cob.
2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?
My Grandmothers and my Mom taught me how to sew buttons and things when I was little. I've always loved to make things, so I went to Kent State University and became an Art teacher - but then I decided to focus on making things full-time. In college I made jewelry, and in 2009 I started experimenting with adding felt pieces into my jewelry work for something different. That was when I started handsewing again, and I quickly discovered I would rather be sewing than working with wire. Through a lot of tutorials and even more trial-and-error, I learned a ton of sewing techniques and have just kept going since! Each custom order gives me a chance to figure out new patterns and turn 2d concept sketches or pictures into huggable fun.
3). What is your best seller?
I make a big campfire playset with the flames, rocks, and logs - and they are quite popular in my Etsy shop. (Livedreamcreate.com) Hedgehogs, donuts, lil bunnies, bacon buddies, and brightly colored piggies, are the most popular items at shows though.
4). How long have you been vending? Have you done the Mom & Pop Shoppe before?
I have been selling at shows, festivals, and conventions since 2010, and I have done a number of Crafty Marts (4 or 5 I think) over the past couple years.
5). The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?
Thank you Krystal for answering our questions! Since she answered this questionnaire, Krystal's business has continued to grow. Her shop is now located at 162 2nd St NW in Barberton, and you can always shop her creations online or follow her on Facebook!