Today we are featuring a talented artisan: Christa Wadekamper of Makin’ It Mama. Christa was very kind to answer some questions for our readers. Here is our interview:
What’s the story behind your company?
I welcomed my son, Oliver, in August 2011. Living in Minnesota, I realized he was going to need some warm hats for the upcoming winter. After searching online I decided I could easily crochet him a hat, which would be more in line with our budget at the time. After I made him a few hats and posted photos on Facebook I started getting requests from friends and family to make hats for them. My sister Cassie encouraged me to start an Esty shop, so that is what I did! Since then I have expanded into more than just hats, I now offer wide variety of crocheted items, a few sewn items, and I have just started a second shop for patterns.
What inspires you?
My son, nephews, and niece inspire my children’s items. Without my nephew asking for a giraffe hat I would have never had my best selling hat!
My sister, the “fashionista” of the family helps inspire my adult line. She models most of my adult products so if I don’t think she will like it I don’t make it.
What is your favorite product to make?
My favorite thing to make is custom orders. Most of my items are made to order so I make the same thing over and over again. Custom orders allow me to let my creativity flow and do something a little different.
My other favorite product to make is baby booties, they are so delicate and cute! I love to think of the little baby feet they are going to be on.
In your opinion, what’s the best part of being an entrepreneur?
For me, the best part of being an entrepreneur is being able to be a work at home mom. My dream growing up was always to run some sort of business and be home for my children, I am happy to say I am now doing both.
If you were to start all over again, what would you do differently?
The only thing I would have done differently was write down my patterns! I can’t tell you how many times I made something and then have to duplicate it from memory because I was sure I would remember exactly how I did it!
Any advice for other entrepreneurs who are just starting?
Just know it takes a lot of time and effort. If you are starting a business online you will spend hours on the computer. Don’t think you can just make your website and the customers will come.
What’s next? Any plans for the future?
My future plans are to continue adding patterns to my new shop. I love what I make and would love for others to enjoy making them as much as I do.
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