This week I asked Vicki Shead, the talented maker behind Curly Willow Collections, to join us for a fun little Q&A session. Vicki was sweet enough to spend a few minutes answering my silly (and serious) questions, and now I’m super excited to share this Maker Spotlight with you!
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite treat?
Watching the Housewives of NYC
What is your favorite non-shop related hobby?
What is your favorite organism?
Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what is it?
I can create a mean spreadsheet!
If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be and why?
Fruit bearing – so I can give back.
I’m an over 50 woman who LOVES being creative and spending time with people I adore my kids and hubby! I love sand between my toes, crisp air and a really good mojito!
What do you do or make?
Custom made handbags and home decor for your unique lifestyle since 2011.
What is your story?
Being an empty-nester allows you to fill your life with whatever you choose. As a mom, my creative side was not really being fulfilled, so when the kiddos when off to college and beyond, I started experimenting with different types of mediums to be creative and fill my time. After trying to do printed goods that I wasn’t that thrilled with, I taught myself how to sew and then found wool felt. After putting the two together, I found my creative outlet that I enjoy doing everyday.
Anyone that thinks outside the box.
What was your biggest obstacle to success and how did you overcome it?
I’m not really looking for “success” in the terms of making millions of goods each year. I just love being creative and my shop gives me the outlet I need that truly fulfills my soul and meet other creative souls and make a connection. I think we “get” each other!
What is the hardest part of running your business?
I used to be frustrated with getting my product out there for people to actually see it… but after taking an SEO for Etsy and finding Instagram, I’m really happy with the current state of my business.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and/or what advice would you give to a maker who is just starting out?
Be original and don’t compare yourself to others. The comparison thing is hard, we all do it. But, God made us all unique so be proud of what you can accomplish!
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