Welcome to our first ongoing series, Monthly Meet a Maker (MMAM). Every month, I'll be interviewing a fellow maker that has caught my eye (whether because of their style, their product, or their creativity) and sharing a little bit about them with you. Bonus, I'll try to include a giveaway by each maker for every month.
Our first MMAM is Jessica from That Crafty Little Fox. I have been on the hunt for a llama/alpaca print project bag for a while (Emperor's New Groove, and also the obivous love of fiber animals), but always came home without. Through a @fibreshare post, I caught a glimpse of Jessica's work, saw the Llama Party Project Bag, and had to have it.
A dream to work with, Jessica allowed me to choose the features of my project bag, while maintaining a quality handmade product with extreme attention to detail and pride for her work.
My medium project bag is the perfect size and convenient to have on the go. With darling llama print and a waxed canvas bottom, I have already been showing off my bag and taking it everywhere. Leather handle, pockets inside - this bag is amazing. My favorite part (besides the LLAMAS), is the drawstring closure. I have a zillion totes, but hate that I can't close them. This drawstring is secure - fast to open, and fast to close - perfect for those on the run from Yzma.
MONTHLY MEET THE MAKER
Now it's time to Meet the Maker. Take it away, Jessica!
Tell us about yourself and your business.
Hi I'm Jessica! I'm an obsessed knitter and professional yarn hoarder living in the great state of Washington. If I were to choose two words to describe my project bags they would be sturdy and fun. My family loves traveling, camping and everything else that comes with having young kids and I take my knitting everywhere. All the bags I had were too pretty to drag around and the sturdy ones were too boring so I took the things I liked from my project bag stash and came up with my Like a Boss project bags about 6 months ago. My bags feature waxed canvas bottoms and fun fabrics for the outside and inside, drawstring closure and a leather handle.
What do you love most about your product?
It's gotta be the waxed canvas bottom. It's sturdy, and I love the way it looks when it gets wrinkled and worn.
What is the hardest part of having your own business/selling handmade?
So far it's been just believing in myself and my bags. I love them but I really want everyone else to love them too. Taking the initial dive into opening an etsy store was a little scary but after my first sell out those feelings went away. Now I can't wait to get bags into my shop.
What other makers inspire you?
I am inspired by Indie yarn dyers for sure. I love yarn but I super love hand dyed yarn the most. Some of color combos I've seen lately are pretty awe inspiring. I especially love the yarn/project bag pairings I've seen lately, it's fun to see talented people come together and sell their beautiful work together.
What advice do you have for a handmade business just starting out?
Have confidence and take the leap!
How can we find you?
Tell us about the giveaway item.
I had the pleasure of working with Makenzie a few months ago and created her a wonderful custom bag. One just like hers is up for grabs in the giveaway. Lovely milk chocolate waved canvas bottom with a fun llama print in soft and sturdy duck cloth for the top. Inside has two pockets, a wonderful drawstring top and a veg tan leather handle. This is a great sized bag for medium sized projects.
ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED - WINNER HAS BEEN CONTACTED
Enter the #giveaway below for your chance to win a Llama Party bag just like mine! Can't wait? Jessica has a 10% OFF coupon until 1/31/17 so you don't have to! Use COUPON CODE: llamaparty10 at That Crafty Little Fox.
Giveaway ends Thursday 1/20/17 at 12:00 AM MST. This giveaway is open internationally. The winner will be contacted on Friday. Winner has 24 hours to send mailing address, otherwise a new random winner will be chosen.
Do you have a favorite project bag? Do you prefer totes, drawstrings, or zippers? Tell me about them in the comments below.
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