Ashley's Craft Closet
Tell us about your business.Even though I'm a fifth generation sewer, I started by making hooded towels and baby items as gifts for my neighbors and family on holidays and birthdays. They suggested that I start my own business, so a tent and a few tables later here I am. I visit local craft fairs and farmers markers and I started and Etsy shop to reach out to my long distance customers who might want to buy my things as well.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.I work in my bonus room in our house upstairs. All I have is a reclaimed table I sanded and stained and made into my sewing table, a sewing machine I got as a gift for Christmas, a few cubbies I keep my fabric organized in and some shelves. Its' not much but it gets me by!
What inspires you?I get really inspired and excited when I see amazing fabrics and odds and end crafting items. My mind just blossoms with ideas on how many ways I can use it! So naturally I'm always at the fabric store or craft store looking for my next project.
What makes your business stand out?My business stands out because I make unique everyday things from the heart with my own personal twist to them. I believe simple things made by hand are better treasured than those made by machine.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?The advice I would give to an aspiring creative entrepreneur is keep up your hard work and your passion! never stop learning new things and always think on your toes!
What does American Made mean to you?From what I've seen from todays society, the term, "American Made," has fallen to the way side. We let machines and assembly lines make our products instead of taking it upon ourselves to put hard work and love into the things we make. It makes my heart happy to make each order custom made and unique so that my customers have a treausured piece to keep forever. I believe strongly in passing those values onto my kids and hopefully they pass those values onto their kids one day so that the term, " American Made," doesn't die with the passing of time.
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WINNERS ANNOUNCEDOct. 17, 2014
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AMERICAN MADE MEETUPNov. 7, 2014
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AMERICAN MADE SUMMITNov. 8, 2014
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RENEGADE CRAFT FAIRNov. 15 - 16, 2014
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