Bringing you some bright + cheery eye candy on your average Monday morning, I am delighted to introduce today's Meet the Maker: Kelly Hanson Handmade. Kelly is a Minneapolis-based crafter and avid thrifter, queen of pretty felt flowers and glorious, girly accessories.Before I launch into our inspiring interview, allow me to mention that Kelly is giving away the turquoise fascinator below to one very lucky reader! This hand stitched brooch is made of 100% wool blend felt and features a charming little vintage button. Am thinking this would either be the perfect touch to your Easter dress or would make one very hip Mother's Day gift. You decide. For the scoop on how to win, read on my friend...Q:A
Meet Kelly Hanson:
How did you begin crafting?
I started knitting about five years ago and just learned how to sew last year. I began sewing skirts then quickly moved into women’s accessories experimenting and crafting with different fabrics and buttons. I really enjoy working with felt. And I love, love, love to thrift shop, so that’s where I like to find a lot of my unique, vintage buttons.
Describe your perfect day.
If I wasn't crafting felt flowers, I would start my day with a nice long run on the Mississippi River Road, then do some boutique and thrift store shopping, then end my day cooking a delicious meal with my husband in the evening. We both enjoy cooking!
What inspires you most?
I am really impressed and inspired by other local artists. I’m amazed at the number of local artists in Minneapolis & the quality of their work. Minneapolis has a really great handmade movement.
What was your biggest craft-tastrophe?
This would have to be participating in my very first craft show last fall. Not only did I not know what to expect, but quickly realized after the show started that it was not the right craft show for me. My products did not fit in well with the others. Unfortunately, I sold well below my expectations. On the upside, though, I met some great people and learned a lot!
What advice do you have for other crafters or small business owners?
Don’t be afraid to try new things. I continually try to evolve my product line. It’s fun to craft new items and post them on Etsy to see what the response will be. I am now experimenting with hair clips, headbands and linen fabrics for the summer. Another piece of advice… to never, ever, ever give up. Focus on creating a quality product and good things will happen.
And last but certainly not least, where can we find more of your work?
Here's how you can get in on the giveaway goodness and win the turquoise brooch above:
1. Leave a comment describing your quintessential spring accessory and where you'll wear it.
2. Post a link to this giveaway post &/or Kelly's shop on your Twitter, FB, or own blog. Drop me a line to show where you've spread the word!
3. Do both and double up your odds!
Comment lines are open until Wednesday 3/17 at 11:59 CST. The lucky winner will be randomly selected + announced first thing Thursday morn. Hoping you're on your way to a more cheerful Monday. :)