Every Day is the Best Day, aka Hashtag Maker Monday

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Still Life with HectorToday is Maker Monday (ok, every Monday is Maker Monday), and also Day 1 of the Indie Business Network 30-day blog challenge, so what perfect timing to talk about my history of loving to make stuff, and how I came to make natural skin care products full time.

 

I've been a maker since I was a child.

I used to hand-sew custom Barbie clothes, and I learned to knit and crochet at a young age (only to forget, and later learn again). I loved, and still love, anything crafty. Drawing, cross-stitching, macrame. Although I was too young for actual baking, I created a mud-pie bakery called Cakeland in my backyard. I wanted to try making anything and everything I could. 

90's Skirts

In my late single-digits to early teens, I was all about the friendship bracelet craze. I still remember all the stitches as if my hands had memories. In my later teens, sewing and beading became my favorite. I recently discovered these two patchwork skirts while cleaning out a closet. I made them when I was 19! 

I've always known I wanted to make things for a living, though it took me a long time to figure out exactly what

In my late teens, I made and sold patchwork hats and peyote stitched beaded wraps for dreads to a shop in Boston. In my early 20s I sold my handmade jewelry on the streets of Galway, Ireland. I worked as a barista for 10 years, enjoying the gratification of making creative coffee drinks. And, in the middle of that 10-year span, in my mid 20s, I started making Wunder Budder.

For several years I was distracted by traditional college and working, only making Wunder Budder part time. I didn't have the confidence I needed to make it a full-time business, but making skincare and aromatherapy blends was what I would turn to in times of high stress (which was pretty much constant as a full-time science-major adult student). Eventually, I realized that if making something was relieving my stress, I should be making that thing full time!

So, long story extremely short, I turned my favorite hobby into a full-time job. 

It's not always easy, but it is always gratifying to make things, especially when people love what I make. The best days are when I get repeat customers, or a note from someone who had to tell me how much they loved a Wunder Budder they just used or how it made a difference in their life. 

But really, every day I get to make something is the best day.

What are some things you like to make?

XoXo,

Lisa



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Lisa Dolloff
Lisa Dolloff

October 19, 2015

I didn’t want anyone to get confused <3. Thanks for stopping by!

Donna Maria Coles Johnson
Donna Maria Coles Johnson

October 19, 2015

Love this, Lisa! Thanks for sharing a bit of your story. My favorite part of this post is that you put an arrow over your head so we would know that you are not the other “person” in that picture. :) I’m so excited t be able to get to know you better through your blog. Thanks for participating in the 30-Day Blog Your Brand Challenge!

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