Tell us about your business.I design, knit and finish every hat I sell. I love the design process, and my favorite moment is when a child's face lights up over the hat they have fallen in love with! I started in 1984 with a goal of being able to be home with my children. I never dreamed I would be doing this nearly 30 years later, but the business has grown as my family has grown. I love that I am in charge of my own destiny and can try and succeed (or fail) on my own.
What makes your business stand out?I do not have a store front in the sense that most businesses do. I travel from one art show to another, set up my store in a 10 X 10 foot space, sell for the length of the show, and then move on to the next show. I travel with a 28 foot Camper trailer that I live in while I am on the road. I have traveled from Maine to Florida, even to Wyoming. I love what I do, but realize that a lot of people simply cannot understand what I do and why I do it.
What's the best business advice you've received?Failure happens. Learn from it and move on.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
Vote for your favorite American makers.
Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
Join us for our annual event in New York City.