Let’s start from the day I became a ‘Maker’.

 

I’ve been wanting to share my handmade story since before The Maker’s Hub even opened. It just never seemed to make it to the top of the priority list. Well, what better time than now to be inspired to share?
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If we’re going to get into it, we need to dial back to the summer of 2014.
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I was planning my son’s first birthday party and searching Etsy and Pinterest for his birthday theme décor. As with sooo many maker stories, I just couldn’t find what I was looking for. I needed a HBD banner like it was the only thing I ever wanted. I knew my Mom had a Cricut (pronounced like the insect). It was the old school machine, with the cartridges and key pads. Raise your hand in the comments if you owned one too!!

 


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I borrowed her machine for the font cuts, bought Bristol board from the dollar store for pennants and used some old jute from my craft box. As soon as I started, I was hooked. I loved getting lost in the creative process. As a new mom, I loved having a project that was just for me. Something I could get lost in for a little while each day. I was sending little sneak peeks to my mom and bestie to show off what I had made. It lit me up. I couldn’t wait each evening to jump back in.
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Fast forward to the party. I went all out. Like for real. I’m a little embarrassed looking back. Go big or go home they say, and I certainly went big. The theme was Prince and Princesses (I know, sooo original!). I made banners and flags, horses out of water noodles and a castle gate from a fridge box. The day was a whirlwind and my décor skills got noticed. All the mommies were asking if I could do some for them.

 


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After the party was over, I couldn’t help but feel sad at the thought of packing up and giving my Mom back her Cricut. I was also sad about returning back to work full-time. I loved my job, but I couldn’t bare the thought of missing so much precious time with my son. As I got ready for my first day back to work, bawling (I was a legit mess), I decided I could run a party décor business on the side and make enough money to drop to part-time at the bank.
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And that was it. The moment things got real. The beginning of my maker life. August 4, 2014. Now to figure out a name and brand…

 

~ Cheryl