We'd like to introduce you to Kelly Georgette Phelps, creator of Kelly Georgette!
Location: Nashville, TN
the awesomeness: yo yo brooches & crocheted electronics cozy
* 5 random facts about you!
1. I cover EVERYTHING in hot sauce!
2. I adore Lucille Ball.
3. I collect buttons and salt and pepper shakers.
4. I recently won 1st place in a quilting contest.
5. I own over 25 pairs of scissors.
*Can you tell us a little about your background and what compelled you to start a craft business?
I've been making things my whole life. My grandfather George was a carpenter and my grandmother Violet was a crafter/seamstress who decorated cakes for a living...so working and creating with your hands was passed on to me from my family. My grandmother Violet taught me to crochet when I was very young and I've been doing it ever since. I started crocheting ipod cases roughly 5 years ago. My friends loved them and they inspired to start selling. On July 4th 2009, I launched my etsy shop, kellygeorgette.etsy.com.
*Where does your inspiration come from?
Basically anyone who makes anything with their hands....and their workspaces. I love looking at other designers studios and seeing where they create. It makes me want to go to my studio area and get to work.
*2 favorite websites?
It's so hard to pick just two! I have over 100 craft-related blogs/sites that I try to check everyday. I'd have to say my favorites are http://www.designspongeonline.com/ and http://blog.craftzine.com/
*What’s next for your company?
I hope to expand my variety of goods. I am working on a line of baby quilts and also some crocheted jewelry to be sold in my etsy shop. One day, I hope to open my own little shop here in Nashville. Estela and The Felt Bird are such an inspiration and proof that it IS possible!
*Any tips or advice for anyone starting their own craft business?
DON'T DELAY! I tossed around the idea for years before finally taking the initiative to just do it. Other crafters/designers are great sources of advice for any questions you may have. And take pride in each and every item you create! After all, it's your little baby going out into the world to adorn someone's life and make it brighter.
Also, create a blog! Its a great way for people to follow along with your projects/inspirations/hobbies/etc.
If I can be of help to anyone out there contemplating the idea of starting their own business don't hesitate to contact me!..: email@example.com....and kellygeorgette.blogspot.com
You can find Kelly's yo yo brooches & cozies at The Felt Bird and kellygeorgette.etsy.com
Also look for her scarfettes at The Felt Bird next month!