My mom, Sherri and I co-own and operate Sol Heritage, using a skill that was passed on from one generation to another. Sherri is a newly retired, creative genius. She has spent the better part of her life helping others and assisting however and whenever she can, whether it is for her career or a friend. She is a crochet mastermind, if you can dream it up; chances are she can crochet it. Sherri is also an avid reader. She enjoys cuddling up on the couch with her black lab, husband and a crochet project to enjoy a good movie.
I am her youngest child, Heather. I have a degree in Forensic Science and dream of opening a boutique with my mom one day, filled with delicious
crocheted scarves and cowls, toasty hats and mittens, fresh local coffee and
sweet treats. I am newly married and became a bonus mom (aka step mom) to an adorable and bright 9 year old boy. When I’m not working my 9-5, you can find me running a crochet club with my mom, crocheting in my favorite vintage chair, creating all natural bath and body products, partaking in fun activities with my husband and bonus son, reading, planning craft shows and attending leadership meetings with Etsy Team Columbus, watching just about any sport or playing in a co-ed soccer league with my husband. I am told I drink obscene amounts of coffee and really, I’m okay with that.
Sherri and I crochet. It is hard for me to narrow it down because we
experiment with so many different patterns and items but I’ll give it a whirl.
We make scarves, neckwarmers, cowls, mobius’ (a cowl with a twist), afghans, dishcloths, coffee cup cozies, hats, fingerless gloves, bags, clutch purses, headbands, ear warmers, earrings, bookmarks and more.
Our products tell a story. If you listen closely you can hear the stitches whisper. You can hear the faint memory of a crochet hook humming through the yarn, creating a calming song. You can hear the laughter of its creator. You can see the pride in every carefully planned stitch. You can feel the warmth of the creator’s love wrap around your neck like a hug from a familiar friend.
Our items are memories. They create memories. They are front and center and yet a subtle piece of the background. They keep you warm during the
blustery days of winter. They are with you at the bon fire where your eyes meet with that special someone. It is our item that you shyly pull your lips into to hide your smile. It is our item that you wear as you briskly walk down the sidewalk, window shopping at Christmas time. It is our item that holds the smell of the one you love after a long embrace. It is our item that you purchase for that special loved one in your life as a perfect gift. It is our item that is delicately woven into your routine each and every day. They are our memories and our legacy that you carry with you as you create your own.
Everything inspires me. Fashion, nature, architecture, colors, the list goes on. Often, I get inspired by my previous project, whether in texture so I use a different yarn, color or just a whole other spin off. But truly, my main source of inspiration is Sherri. She is so creative and talented. As I said above, she can crochet anything. Just last week I asked her how to crochet a certain stitch, it looked like broomstick lace but I could tell it wasn’t done the same way. Hours later she emailed me a photo with the caption “Like this?” It was perfect. Sherri inspires me to try the hard projects, to get out of my comfort
We opened our Etsy shop in January 2010 and started selling at craft
shows later that same year.
We are both from the Kissimmee, Florida area. When I was 10 years old, we
moved to Columbus and while I’ve lived in other states for college, I always come home.
Sherri has been crocheting for 53 years and I have been crocheting for
5 years. When I started bringing finished projects into work, my co-workers
would ask if we could make them one or ask if we could crochet a completely
different product. I had been urging Sherri for years to sell her crocheted
goods at craft shows but by this time I had been shopping on Etsy. It was an
So, we started with just yarn, crochet hooks and very little knowledge of owning a business. Together we have navigated the world of on-line selling,
craft/art shows, consignment and have discovered just how much hard work goes into owning a business. Our passion and love has driven us forward because we are creating so much more than a business. We are creating a life of crochet.
Sherri was taught to crochet by her grandmother when she was just 9
years old and then Sherri taught me to crochet when I was 23 years old. (I had a brief lesson when I was 16 years old but that didn’t go well. I needed a few years to learn some patience.)
Many times I have a project in mind so I sketch it in my idea book. From there I think about the season, yarn and the color(s) that would best fit that particular item. When I have everything decided, I brew a piping hot cup of
coffee or tea, settle into my vintage “crochet chair” and either watch a show or sporting event with my husband or pop in an old movie and get to
Sherri’s process is similar to mine. She graphs out her more intricate
patterns and then picks a yarn and color she feels is best for the project. She
then gets comfortable on her couch (which is often shared by her lab) and
watches movies with her husband or if she’s alone, she prefers Murder She Wrote and Poirot movies.
Inspiration for OHIO LOYAL TEES started when our alma mater (Kent State) had a team in the CWS. Pride flowed through not only fellow Kent Staters but all of Ohio! It made us realize what great sports fans everyone that lives in Ohio are! We are NOT fair weather fans! We LOVE our Ohio teams and will always stay LOYAL to them!
Be proud of your state. Be proud of your teams. Be LOYAL!
OHIO LOYAL TEES are super soft, unique t-shirts designed specifically for the loyal sports fans of Ohio!
Originally from Northeast Ohio but reside in Columbus… O-H…
We opened our online store August of 2012
Our mission is to share our passion for our sports teams with the loyal fans of
My name is Eric Mehl of Sawdust Industries. I am from Plain City,
Ohio. I am an Aquatics Director of a large water park by day and a furniture designer by night. I have always been interested in art, and my unique designs are my creative outlet. I originally started my business in 2011 when I needed a new desk for my office. After completing it, my family convinced me to start selling them online in my Etsy shop. From there, I have just been adding more and more ideas and designs to my portfolio.
I'm one of those rare male crafters, so of course my projects require me to use as many power tools as possible. My designs are a mixture of industrial and modern style. My main source of materials is black gas piping combined with reclaimed wood. I'll also take anything old and beat-up I can get my hands on to re-purpose into unique and functional items. My main business is drawn from custom orders for desks and bar stools.
My greatest inspiration is from working in my grandfather’s workshop as a child. He used to let me sit on a stool and work the drill press while we worked on craft projects for my grandmother. He slowly graduated me to the band saw when I was older. He always had an appreciation for good furniture. An older, sturdy, real wood piece of furniture. This has inspired me to start building solid pieces, made from real materials and shaped by hand.
I really enjoy the look of rustic pieces with a hint of modern thrown in. Hard lines and little flare can make a real statement in a room. I like things with character; a dent here and there, chipped paint, rust. These make a piece truly unique. So much better than buying prefab items from a big chain store.
My creative process usually consists of getting dirty in my workshop. I
start out with a general concept formed from a need I usually have for my
own uses. My first project came from a need to build a new desk for my home
office. I take that concept and just start messing around with different materials. If something doesn't work, I throw it in the corner to use later and
start over. Eventually I get what I picture in my head. No two items I make are ever exactly the same. The materials I use don't allow me to make exact copies. Sometimes the materials are a rare find, making that piece a one of a
As for me...I began my business 11 years ago in Dublin, Ohio. I loved glass beads, but didn't want to go the jewelry route. I wanted to create pieces that were user friendly but lovely! I began decorating serving pieces and gave them as gifts to all my friends - and it was a friend who actually suggested she host a party and I sell my wares. Hence, a business was born!
My pieces include pastry servers, casserole servers, spreaders, spoons, salad sets, olive spoons...the list is extensive. Some of my most popular pieces are the buckeye items - they are used at many a tailgate, but make great gifts, too.
Hello! I am Sarah Smith, owner, designer, screener and idea thinker-upper of
Milkweed Design. I draw and hand-screenprint children’s clothes. I strive to make items that are of the highest quality, handmade with love, and full of whimsy. Each new onesie or tee begins with play-on-words artwork, which I draw in pencil, generally at my kitchen table. I then burn my drawing into a screen and hand-screen each and every bib, onesie, tee and tote. I believe strongly in producing hand-made, high quality products, but also in leaving this planet a little better for the next generation, so I only use water-based, non-toxic inks, as well as primarily organic fabrics.
I have loved creating items by hand for as long as I can remember.
Growing up I was always making something. Thankfully, my parents had relatively loose standards for what was considered “good” and what materials around the house I could use! My love of screen-printing began one hot July. My mom had volunteered to screenprint vacation bible school t-shirts and said that I could help. We set up a screening station in our family’s old grocery store, which had closed years earlier. I was amazed at how the process worked. It seemed like magic, the way the ink moved through the screen and came out onto the shirts. I am not a neat creator, and the messiness of the ink was incredibly appealing! Years later, when I would first try my hand at screening shirts for my kids, I could still vividly remember the smell of the ink, the dusty wood floors and the clean lines of those first
Life often takes us in many directions, but mine has always had an undercurrent of art. Over time, that current has taken on many forms. Often it was in pencil drawings, sometimes in mosaics, but after a while it was with my hands as a manual Physical Therapist. I firmly believe that we can find inspiration and beauty in many places, whether it is nature, man-made structures, trash or the human body. For Milkweed Design I draw inspiration from everything in life, but mostly it is
my children. There’s nothing so inspiring as watching a two-year-old examine a bug with complete and total awe.
I began Milkweed Design in 2012. I had screened lots of things for my
children at that point and wanted to try my hand at selling some too. I felt, and still feel, that kids are just way too creative, crazy and fun to be wearing unimaginative clothes. So I try to make each design one that kids will like and adults will chuckle at.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. To find out more and see my
full product line, please visit my website at: www.milkweed-design.com and “like” Milkweed Design on Facebook
(www.facebook.com/MilkweedDesign) to keep up to date on new products.
Hi, I'm Liza Grandy designer and creator of Little Moose By Liza. I am 26 years old and am originally from upstate New York. I went to college at Spring Arbor University and graduated with a degree in Psychology. I met my husband, John, there and we got married and moved to Orrville, OH (home of
Smucker's). I decided to pursue a Master's degree in Clinical Counseling at Malone University and then a little guy named Noah came along and interrupted that track for the time being. My long time dream was to be a stay-at-home wife and mom and so I became one. I started working from home as a virtual transcriptionist for a psychologist in Texas. I continue to work for him and love being able to stay relevant with the psychology world and hope that I will return one day when my kid(s) are grown.
The story of Little Moose goes like this. My husband and I started
praying that we would find a way to make some more money. I believed that my calling was to be at home raising my son. I tried babysitting and contemplated getting a part-time job. Nothing worked out. Then about 11 months ago, I randomly learned how to sew a pillow from a dear lady in town! I immediately fell in love with sewing (and buying fabric), but I never dreamed I would have a business designing and making baby accessories. I started making gifts for Christmas and then baby showers. Several people suggested to me that I should start selling my items. I continued to teach myself how to sew new items, learning a lot from tutorials on YouTube and blogs. Another designer encouraged me to create my own original designs and look for ways to create items that no one else is creating. Out of that came my reversible portable crib sheets, the handle on my blanket (my husband’s idea, actually), the contrasting stripe on all my accessories and other ways to make age-old products become thicker, more durable, more practical and of course way cuter! Most of my original ideas came
from mistakes! The first time I made a changing pad cover for a baby shower I made it about 5 inches too short, oops! Thus the stripe was born, and now is one of my trademarks. One thing led to another and my prayer was answered, in April I started Little Moose By Liza LLC named for this little guy (who has been in the 97th percentile or above since the day he was born and lovingly called Moose by my brother)
In March I started a Facebook page and started selling by private custom orders and was surprised at how quickly things took off. I created my Etsy site in April but did not develop it until September. In June Simply Vague found me on Etsy and then the adventure really began! My husband also has an artsy side and built my display table for Simply Vague at Tuttle Crossing as well as designed all my graphics, fabric, tags, business cards, signs, etc. He even made me my own coffee cup (he sure does know the way to this mama’s heart!) I could not do any of this without him. He is my hero:
It has been a wild ride this year and I would not change a thing. I often feel
like I am living someone else’s life and cannot believe that I am living out my
My name is Misty Warden. I am from Guernsey County, having grown up on a dairy farm with lots of Holsteins and aunts and one uncle. I work part time at an elementary school as an Educational Aide with a boy with Autism. I have a beautiful daughter, Amanda, who has just entered college. My husband, Steve and I have been married six years this October. He has a son in the Air Force, a son just entered college also and a daughter in eighth grade.
Through my life I have been taught the love of cooking, canning, family and making people smile. My business began purely by accident. Last June, I was to go to a farmers market with a friend and she told me to ‘bring along some of your jars’! Well, that conversation brought forth my business one week later, Joyful Jars! And here I am.
I knew from the very beginning I didn’t want to make the same jam as many others do, I wanted to have my own niche. I have as fun as possible with all of this. As I am cooking the recipe, I try to find the name for it. I admit some are pretty tame, Red Raspberry with Vanilla but others are wackier such as Friki Tiki Colada! I create different flavors (Bloody Mary Jelly for example) that are unique and can be used in so many more ways than spreading on a piece of toast. I have produced over 70 flavors since last year. Some I still make and some were a one-time batch. Several are my very own recipes and if I do find one in a cookbook or online, I tweak it a bit to make it my own. I pride myself in providing quality products that are labeled reduced or low
sugar. I am a one woman business. I am creator of jams, labels; delivery
person; bookkeeper; prep cook; dishwasher…what have I left out!? LOL in another words, I am not good at delegating and don’t have the time
or budget to find outside help. I am in ten different shops now and I do farmers markets, custom orders and soon the craft shows and bazaars
will begin. It is amazing to me how this has grown. God brought this to me for a reason and I will follow his path until He tells me not to. It has been extremely stressful, extremely rewarding and exciting. It has introduced me to many new people, places and I am soaking in as much knowledge from everyone as I can.
Sometimes I wonder why I can’t be a baker where I might be able
to produce 40 cookies or brownies from one batch, instead of five to seven 8
ounce jars that can take close to two hours to produce and that doesn’t include the prep time! But I am glad to have been given this talent
because it has brought me to all of you. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.
My name is Danielle Cole, I study Human Nutrition and work at a popular retail store, as well as make awesome jewelry! I adore cats, Alice in Wonderland, and anything out of the ordinary!
I make predominately bracelets, pins, and necklaces. All my pieces are
inspired by something out of the ordinary. I enjoy food, so I made a whole line of food jewelry. I love Alice in Wonderland and have made countless pins,
bracelets, necklaces and rings inspired by that. I also love things that move so many of my items are interactive (such as my envelope rings and hourglass necklaces). If I wanted any one person to know something about my jewelry, it's that all my pieces tell a story, and the story only continues when you wear it!
I'm from Coal Grove, Ohio originally! I started Curious Compositions in 2011 with a friend, and as she has moved on to other things, I have remained.
I had already been making jewelry, and I really love my friend's artwork, so I wanted to combine our efforts, and BAM, Curious Compositions was born!
I started making jewelry in 2009 as a hobby to make a little pocket money. I started small, pendants and chains, and worked up to learning to string. My process now days is finding inspiration and unique parts to make the best quality jewelry for my customer!
My name is Matt Overholt, I am 32 years old and reside in beautiful Zanesfield Ohio (about an hour northwest of Columbus). Last spring I decided to take the summer off of work and try to figure out my next move in life. Back in high school I took some printing and graphic arts classes and always had that in my back pocket as an interest but never pursued it. So given my current search for something new I decided to take it back up. Initially I bought a start up kit for a couple hundred bucks and went to work. Starting with some simple designs featuring my newly branded name: 7THIRTY8 Apparel. The name is simple, it's just my favorite number.
After selling a few shirts here and there to my friends it was my wife that came up with the idea of a shirt that said "I got 99 problems but a beard ain't one". This was my big seller! I have sold and shipped this shirt all over the world via Etsy.com. It was also this shirt that drew the attention of Nate and Andrea from Simply Vague.
About a month ago I took all the money I had saved from my sales and bought a "real press". This has been the best thing I could have done. I now draw inspiration from pretty much everything I see and have gotten way more creative since starting out just over a year ago. Themes of Ohio have really taken over and a couple of my favorites are...
Although this is still just a hobby and not "what pays the bills" I work hard at it and take great pride in it. Eventually I would love to make a living exclusively from designing and printing my own shirts.
My name's Nicholas Dekker, and breakfast is my favorite meal. I'm a lecturer in the Department of Theatre at Ohio State, and on the side I track down breakfast all over Columbus and anywhere I travel. In 2007 I started my blog BreakfastWithNick.com as a way to capture the places me and my family have visited. In addition to my
blog, I’ve written about food and restaurants for Columbus Crave,
(614) Magazine, PC World Magazine, and guest blogs like Experience Columbus, Daily Crave, and Drink Up Columbus.
I sell my book, Breakfast With Nick:
Columbus, the complete guide to breakfast, brunch, coffee, and
donuts in and around Columbus. It was produced by myself, my wife Beth, and our photographer/designer Robin Oatts of Genre Creative. The book was entirely produced in Columbus: written, photographed, designed, funded, and printed locally (by Old Trail Printing). It was published in November of 2011.
I'm originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan (which is a fine breakfasting town), but I've lived in Columbus for eleven years.
I began blogging in 2007, mainly as a hobby to document great breakfast places we had visited. After a couple years, I built up a following in
Columbus, and in 2010 I began writing for local magazines (first (614)
Magazine and now Crave Columbus). That same year I was featured in a PBS
documentary called Breakfast Special.
As the blogging grew from a hobby, I found that I love championing small businesses. The best breakfast places are the locally owned ones, the hole-in-the-wall spots, the mom-and-pop diners, and I love being able to support
them any way possible. I especially enjoy helping readers discover a new place that they had never thought to try. I wrote the book because I realized that people needed a go-to guidebook to find locally-owned restaurants.
I've always been a writer - I studied English and communications in college - but I had never done any food writing before the blog. So I learned as I've gone along. But generally I love telling the story of a restaurant: when it was
opened, why the owners started it, what type of food they serve, and what's
unique about it.