Hobbypreneur: Carol DeLater
Blog: Beads and Birds
My entry into the world of Hobbypreneur started early. Though I am 58 now, I sold my first hand made item when I was in 8th grade. I found the instructions of how to make yarn pom poms and tie them onto a formed coat hanger. The end result was a poodle dog. I showed them around and several people wanted a matching pair. Back then, people used to put cute things on the board between the back seat and back window. I charged $3 per dog. My sister took a pair to work and I had enough orders to keep me busy for a long time. I got the bug. That was just the start of selling yarn octopus, purses and anything else I could come up with over the years.
Sometime in the 80s a bead shop opened on Mishawaka Ave, in South Bend Indiana. That is where I had my first stringing lesson and also discovered clay beads. I studied clay creations, found friendly plastic and hooked up with other "crafters". I entered juried craft shows and did quite well for several years.
After tiring of anticipating what the next fad will be, I now create for myself, gifts and donations for fund raising. My biggest thrill is creating a OOAK gift for someone special and have their friends drool over it knowing they will never have one like it. I think I have an evil streak....muahaaaaaaaw!
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