Meet Kelly, our Saturday Artisan! She is the artist behind Kiser Krafts. She loves socks and she makes them into fun stuffed toys. They are just too cute! Let's get to know her, shall we?
Tell us a bit about yourself and what arts/ crafts that you make?
Hi, my name is Kelly, a wife and mother of two little monsters, and I am
addicted to socks. I am so addicted that I can hear them speak. Okay,
not really but I turn cute socks into EPIC cute stuffed toys. I have
been crafting my whole life, even amnesia(huge story bout that), could
not remove it from me. I sew, crochet, paint, knit, and generally craft.
I love creating fun things for those around me.
What is the story behind your shop name?
My shop name came to be due to my name, Kelly Kiser. I have 'K' in both
first and last and I love to craft. So, we just changed the spelling of
'craft' to suit my name. Kiser Krafts. While, I married into the name,
the 'Kiser' does 'kraft' and loves every minute of it! ☺
Who is your target market?
Parents...children...people of all ages...eco-minded people...children.
Which part of creation process that you enjoy the most?
The end result...hee hee. I think my favorite is adding the details to
an item and watching the personality show. I love adding the face onto
Penny's Pets. It makes them more real.
What is the key to success?
What is your best seller?
Penny's Pet bunny
How does your day go in general?
I have two toddlers...how does it go? Fast, flurries of diaper
explosions, sock parts flying, crayon fights, Popsicle stick art,
sticker fingered kisses, hair pulling, and more love then one women
could ever ask for.
How do you balance your personal and work life?
I don't. I'll be honest. I am still figuring this one out. The main
thing is the kids are clothed and fed and happy...the rest can sort
What inspires you?
My children are always my main inspiration. Their giggles and laughter
make the long nights worth it, that I can drink extra coffee.
What does handmade mean to you?
That is a hard question to honest. Every one has a different line they
draw. For me, homemade is handmade, and it gets redefined often as my
own crafty community grows.
Any advice for others running their on-line shop?
Do not compare your beginning to someone else's middle or end, it will
only discourage you. Make sure that what you are doing you love. If not,
when it gets hard, you are more likely to give up. Doing what you love
will push you through the tough spots. And remember, complaining
generally does not solve the problem but work and attitude does.