Have you ever wondered how it would be possible to stay at home, raise your beautiful children, do what you heart and soul desire to do, and still contribute to the household runnings?! Well my friends, Kelly Kiser has don’t just that! Kelly has developed a wonderful home-based business doing what she absolutely loves to do, crafting! Kiser Krafts produces a multitude of craft item geared mostly at children, but has a little something for the big kids too! Check her out here! We asked Kelly a few questions to learn more… Here’s what she had to say!
Tell us about your business…
“Kiser Krafts – making useful sock playful since 2012
HI! My name is Kelly, the owner of Kiser Krafts and the maker of all the products. Kiser Krafts is filled with handmade, eco-friendly, items for the young and old to play with or use. Socks are the center of my work. I love socks and the ‘tell’ me which animal they were meant to be. Penny Pets are sock animals ready and safe for children of all ages to play with. Each animal is stuffed with recycled fibers along with fiberfill to help keep useable items out of the landfills.”
What is your favorite product that you make?
“I love making Sock Lion Penny Pets. They are so fun and playful!”
How do you balance your family/personal life with the business?
“I write things down, make lists, and let the ‘kid card’ trump everything else when it is needed…and drink tons of coffee…coffee keeps everything flowing smoothly.”
When did you start your business and what made you decide to start it?
I started Kiser Krafts with the urging of a dear crafting buddy, who fell in love with my sock lion and sock bunny creations, back in November 2012. She really has been an encouragement to me to follow my crafting heart and crafting dreams. And my husband has been a constant encouragement to me and he refills my coffee mug often while I am working. I love that I can share my love of socks with others through selling my sock creations.
What is the goofiest thing you’ve ever done? (We want the details!)
“I am goofy everyday…I do anything from funny faces, dancing, wiggling, singing (on key & off) weird noises with my mouth & tongue to bring smiles to my kiddos faces. I have even tripped on nothing to see them smile or turn tears into cheers. I do anything to bring smiles even if my hubby laughs at me. I didn’t think that was goofy but according many others it is.”
If you could have a store anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
“I think it would be closer to where our whole family lives: Northern Illinois; Southern Wisconsin. So we could be closer to family and to share the sock love to those is cooler weather. They need to know socks are not just for warming your feet – but your child’s heart.”
Do you have any tips for folks who want to start their own business?
Plan. Think it out, write it down, and have patience. It takes time and loads of hard work. And never compare your beginning with another’s middle or end.
What is your favorite quote?
“Don’t stand so long looking at the closed door, you miss the open window.” – Margie Mae McCorkle (My late Grandmother)
How did you come up with the name for your business?
It is a play on the letter “K”. I mean really, I am Kelly Kiser who crafts. After talking with my husband, we came up with Kiser Krafts, giving me room to add any ‘craft’ I make.
Is there one product you use daily that you couldn’t live without?
Does coffee count?? I can’t live without my coffee but I really cannot live without my crochet hook and yarn. Crochet is not primary in my shop but it is primary to my everyday life. With Crochet, I remember important things: my husband and my children. I am blessed each day.
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