Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Meet the Maker: Caitlin of C Is For Crafty

 We'd like to introduce you to one of our newest Handmade in Kansas City member; Caitlin from C is for Crafty.



1.  Hi Caitlin!  Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hello!! My name is Caitlin Cunningham! I have lived in KC my whole life and currently live in Lee's Summit with my soon to be husband and our 5 year old son. Crafting has always been my passion! I grew up watching my Grandma sew and learned how to do it on my own at the age of 12. Along with sewing, I love to paint, scrapbook, re-do old furniture and pretty much put a DIY twist on anything I do!

2.  Can you tell us a little about your business & what you make?
C is for Crafty is in the beginning stages of growing into my dream business. I have many goals and ideas in mind that I can't wait to put together! As of now, I currently do all kinds of events and craft shows to showcase my work. Cosmetic/accessory zipper bags, wristlets, zipper pouches, tote bags, velcro cord keepers, glasses holders, pillows, coaster sets and magnets are some of the items I create. My ultimate goal is to have a store front that offers craft supplies, parties, classes and open space for crafters to come create any project they desire!

3.  How long have you been in business and what prompted you to become a small business owner?
I have been in business for a little over a year now. Just simply being my own boss and challenging myself in that way, is what prompted me to become a business owner. I am a HUGE believer in doing what you love and taking risks to reach your goals!

4.  What (or who) inspires you creatively?
I am a Pinterest addict through and though, so that is where I get most of my inspiration from!!

5.  Where do you work?
As of now, I set up my work space on my kitchen table!! It's definitely not my ideal space, but until we purchase a bigger home, it's all I've got and I'm learning to make the best of it!



6.  What is your favorite thing to create?
Right now I'm obsessed with making tote bags!! They've been a huge hit the past couple months and I've loved watching the reactions of my customers as I deliver their bag to them!!



7.  Do you ever do shows where we can come out and meet you? 
I do shows around the area all the time!! Be sure to follow my Facebook page to stay up to date with when and where I'll be, I'd love to meet you in person!!



8.  Where can we find your creations online or in stores? 
You can find my items in Boutique VII in Harrisonville, MO and The Porch Swing in Greenwood, MO! Although it's still a work in progress, you can also check out my Etsy shop.   Again, check out my Facebook to stay tuned with any new store locations!

9.  How did you come to join our merry band of artisans at Handmade in Kansas City?
I found out about Handmade in KC while doing some research about local KC makers. I stumbled upon the website and couldn't pass up the opportunity! One thing that I love about this group is the variety of products all the members have to offer. There's so much talent here and it's so inspiring to see each individuals work!

Thank you to Caitlin for letting us get to know her a little better.  If you would like to learn more about C is for Crafty follow Caitlin's adventures on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

This blog was created by Carolyn Adams from Hang Ups Jewelry Designs.

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