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Introducing: With Nature in Mind

Owner: Kris Laszlo


Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Kris Laszlo and I live in the beautiful Hocking Hills near Rockbridge, Ohio. My Husband and moved to the area from Columbus 7 years ago and love living here.


How long have you been doing this for, and how did you get started?

I have been making soap since 1997. I purchased a soap making kit and made my first batch of soap for Christmas gifts for family and friends. I loved it so much, I decided to quit my job and start my own business. This allowed me a creative outlet that also combined my love for the outdoors and gardening.


What inspires you to create?

Providing safe and natural products for both customers and the environment inspire me to create.


How would you describe your creative process?

I research and read about ingredients or ideas I may have for a new product. 

Do you have a mission or message behind your work?

My aim is to provide affordable safe and clean products for those that care about what they put on their bodies, what is left behind that flows into our waterways and how it affects the environment. 


What is your favorite part about what you do?

Coming up for ingredients and formulas for each product, the creation of items. 


Learn more about With Nature in Mind here:

www.withnatureinmind.com 

Introducing: Hard Luck Designs

Owner: Jarod Baas


Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Jarod Baas and I own and operate Hard Luck Designs, a custom handcrafted leather goods company focusing on one-of-a-kind items.


How long have you been doing this for, and how did you get started?

It started out as a hobby many years ago but blossomed into a business by 2008. I had wanted to make a motorcycle seat for my Harley so I dove head first into the craft and fell in love with the process. The rest is history.


What inspires you to create?

I get inspiration from all sorts of things. I surround myself with art and I’m heavily engulfed in the Kustom Kulture lifestyle which mainly pertains to custom motorcycles, vintage automobiles and Lowbrow art.

How would you describe your creative process?

My creative process is always turned on. It’s part of the reason I don’t need an alarm clock to wake up in the morning. I come from a Photography and Graphic Design background so even though my craft is very hands on and the process in which I do it has been around for hundreds of years, my computer and graphic design background is what I think makes my leather goods stand out in a crowd.

Do you have a mission or message behind your work?

I certainly have no message behind my work but my mission is to always outdo myself, learn from every experience and make my best piece today.


What are some of your future goals for your business?

My goals for my business is to always keep it fresh and interesting. Loving what you do is the most important aspect of my business. Keeping the passion alive I feel is what translates into each piece.

What is your favorite part about what you do?

My favorite part of what I do is the finished product and the reaction from my customers. Seeing them scratch their heads and wonder how I did that is probably the most satisfying aspect of leathercraft.


Learn more about Hard-Luck Designs here:

Web: www.hard-luck-designs.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hardluckdesigns/

Instagram: @hardluckdesigns




Introducing: Green Magic Apothecary 

Owner: Jill Schroer 


Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a Certified Professional Midwife and Herbalist. I love hanging out with my husband and 3 kids on our farm, traveling, and seeing live music.


How long have you been doing this for, and how did you get started?

I have been a practicing clinical herbalist for 20+ years. I was trained at the California School of Herbal STudies in Forestville, CA.


What inspires you to create?

Nature inspires me. Simple, effective plant-based remedies for common health issues are growing right under our feet. Let's use them! True affordable "healthcare".


How would you describe your creative process?

Serendipity rules. What do I have available? What do families in my community need?


Do you have a mission or message behind your work?

"Plant medicine for the people".

Do you have a mission or message behind your work? 

"Plant medicine for the people". 


What are some of your future goals for your business?

We plan to host a series of herbal workshops on our farm.


Learn more about Green Magic Apothecary here:

https://www.facebook.com/greenmagicherbs/











Introducing: Designs to A-Door

Owner: Heather Winchell


Tell us a bit about yourself.

I married my high school sweetheart 20 years ago and we have 11-year-old twins. I love being a wife and mom but like so many other women my roles don’t stop there. I also work full time as a Bookkeeper. For as long as I can remember I have loved crafting. So, when life gets chaotic (most days), crafting is my therapy.


How long have you been doing this for, and how did you get started?

I have been creating wreaths for approximately four years. In April of this year I turned my love of wreath making into a business. I originally got started when I was searching for a wreath for my front door. Most wreaths I found were way overpriced or lacked the quality and fullness I was looking for, so I decided to create my own. Family, friends and co-workers started requesting that I make wreaths for them and from there Designs to A-Door was born.


What inspires you to create?

My inspiration comes from many different things. Sometimes it is as simple as perusing the craft store aisles and finding ribbon that I love or a sign that would look great on a wreath. Often, my inspiration comes from the customer that I am creating a wreath for. It could come from their love of rustic design, a sports team, wedding colors, etc.


How would you describe your creative process?

I always start with my inspiration piece and build from that. If my inspiration is a rustic sign I may pick a burlap or grapevine wreath as my base to coordinate with that particular style. From there, I pick ribbon in colors and patterns that compliment my inspiration piece. Finally, I accessorize and add texture as needed. It is all about having an eye for detail.

Do you have a mission or message behind your work?

I strive to create high quality, beautiful wreaths for every occasion. I believe the highest compliment is having repeat customers. If I design a beautiful wreath that my customer loves and they return to me for their next wreath then my mission is complete.


What are some of your future goals for your business?

To continue to build an online following to reach a wider customer base. I would also like to branch out and have my wreaths available in small home décor shops throughout the state of Ohio.


What is your favorite part about what you do?

I love seeing the design I had in my mind come to life.


Find out more about Designs to A-Door here:

www.facebook.com/designstoadoor

Introducing: J. Belle & Co. Handcrafts

Owner: Tatiana Libow


Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hello! I’m a stay at home mom to two beautiful little ones- Jacob, 3 and Isabelle, almost 2. My name is Tatiana, and I have been crafty and a DIY lover my entire life. Recently, I decided to take over my husband’s “man cave” (our basement) and start creating my projects. I started small—I wasn’t sure it would go anywhere, I just wanted to.


How long have you been doing this for, and how did you get started?

About four months ago, I decided to take over my husband’s “man cave” (our basement) and start creating my projects. I started small—I wasn’t sure it would go anywhere; I just wanted to have something fun to do (other than raising toddlers and being a wife, of course!). I started advertising my small creations on Facebook and orders started coming in. I started building wood projects. My dad is an incredible Wood Finisher, so I asked him for advice, tips and tricks and although he lives in South Florida, he patiently helped me build some confidence to actually advertise my art. If he was impressed, that was my cue to try to sell them. I started with a few pieces and attended PNHS vendor event—the response was amazing! I have been thankfully busy for about two months and I hope to continue growing as a small business.


What inspires you to create?

What I make are items I would love in my home. I am without a doubt Joanna Gaines’ number one fan- I love her décor style! Many of the wood signs I saw in the homes she designed and decorated were practically unattainable for me… I could never find something similar and if I did, they were not the quality I wanted or completely out of my price range. I decided to start creating them for myself. I blended what I loved about Joanna Gaines ‘ style and, of course, I always throw in unique creative touches in everything I create. I want to make pieces that are “in style” but exclusive to J.Belle!


How would you describe your creative process?

I usually start each piece the same way, unless the piece is a custom order. I go to Lowe’s or Home Depot and pick out a few pieces of wood. I go home and cut it… Usually random sizes. I normally don’t have a design in mind until I paint or stain the wood. Once the wood is painted, I start thinking of designs! If there is piece that my customers seem to love, I try to make different variations of that same design.

Do you have a mission or message behind your work?

Honestly, I feel the “message” behind my work is mostly for me. I would love to say something about my work positively affecting others, but in reality, I feel J.Belle & Co. has positively impacted me the most. I have worked since I was in high school, and I worked right until I had my first baby. I became a stay at home mom and I truly missed helping my husband financially. I am a college graduate, and many times I felt unsure of when I could go back to work and continue my career, but I am not ready to not be with my babies all day. I love that my business allows me to do what I love—create my pieces while being with my family. The message for me is to keep working hard, keep digging for creativity to be able to produce unique pieces to be able to stay with my kids as long as I can. 


What are some of your future goals for your business?

As any business owner starting off, I hope to continue to grow. I feel very blessed to have come as far as I have in such short time. I am very thankful for where J.Belle & Co. is now and I pray for steady growth and continued success. 


What is your favorite part about what you do?

I love, LOVE being able to create personalized pieces for homes! There is something to special to me about someone trusting me to create something they can decorate their home with. I especially love when I hand a piece over to its owner and they tell me how much they love it. As cliché as it is, the excitement and appreciation of my customers is my favorite part. 


Find out more about J. Belle Handcrafts & Co. here:

https://www.facebook.com/JBelleHandcrafts/




Introducing: Simple Times Mixers


Tell us a bit about yourself.

We are 100% all-natural crafted cocktail mixers. We use real ingredients as inspired by a time when that was the only option. No added flavors, vegan, gluten-free and locally made in Grandview.


How long have you been doing this for, and how did you get started?

We had our first production in September of this year, just 7 weeks ago. We started as a liquor company that had worked on handcrafted cocktails at our events for 2 years. We were always searching for an easier way to get real ingredients crafted into delicious cocktails and thus decided to create it ourselves to make it easier for everyone to enjoy the best cocktails.


What inspires you to create?

We pull a lot of inspiration from the culinary world. We look at flavor combinations and what boundaries we might be able to break down to bring it to the cocktail world. We pull a lot of experience from our background with Spirits to get creative with how we introduce new flavors, for example bringing in our cold brewed tea as we know at lacks dryness from hot steeping in order to balance better with the dryness of the alcohol.


How would you describe your creative process?

It’s a pretty social process. Visiting and meeting all the great people and their produce at local farmers markets to learn what they are working on and what people are asking for, as well as reading up on National publications on food and drinks. When it get down to fine tuning our recipes it involves a lot of tweaking and sampling with family and friends to ensure it is the very best before we call a recipe “final”.

Do you have a mission or message behind your work?

We strive to put the highest quality cocktail in the hands of all that desire it, no matter their mixology skill level.


What are some of your future goals for your business?

We hope to build enough of a following to be successful throughout the entire state of Ohio, with ambition for expanded production. I think this will allow us to integrate better with local farmers and producers to better the entire community.


What is your favorite part about what you do?

Hearing the stories of people sharing with their friends and knowing we played a part of their special gathering. 



Find More about Simple Times Mixers here:

www.SimpleTimesMixers.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simpletimesmixers/

Instagram: @SimpleTimesMixers




Introducing "The Scarvin' Artist"

Owner: Erin Smith-Glenn


Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a wife of a musician and a mother to three very funny children. I have always enjoyed being an artist and artisan, and not too many things entertain me more than getting my hands good and dirty. I hold an MFA from the University of Cincinnati and currently teach fine arts full time at Central State University.


How long have you been doing this for, and how did you get started?

I’ve been drawing and painting my entire life, earning my first scholarship for kid’s Saturday classes at CCAD when I was 9. I began fiber arts after my mother taught me to knit and crochet, and I decided (after seeing my pile of goods grow taller) that I should probably “start selling this stuff”.


What inspires you to create?

Mine and my children’s imaginations, which are very unique, big and colorful. I don’t always incorporate all three concepts at once, but I always employ at least one in my fiber art. My fine arts is largely inspired by my children and women, seeing as how I’ve known lots of wonderful women my entire life.


How would you describe your creative process?

I always start with a “gesture” or expressive sketch, while taking notes. This is what I do in my teaching studio or working studio, and it is the foundation to every successful project. From there, things take shape differently, but I always build from that foundation.


Do you have a mission or message behind your work?

TheScarvinArtist, my handmade business motto: “Made with love, so it fits like a glove”; and “Buy it, gift it…LOVE IT!”

My fine arts motto comes from Constantin Brancusi, master Romanian sculptor: “Work like a slave, command like a king, create like a god.”

What are some of your future goals for your business?

To work full time as TheScarvinArtist and branch throughout the state of Ohio in shops and boutiques (I’m currently not interested in my own storefront, but you never know what the future holds. Also, I recently visited New Orleans, and would love to do a group or solo show there.


What is your favorite part about what you do?

When someone loves my work just as much as I do. I typically won’t create and sell anything on my own that I don’t like first. I enjoy when people share in or enhance my own personal interests. 


Find more about The Scarvin' Artist Here:

Introducing "Electrified Arts"

Owner: Hunter Dossett


Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a senior in high-school, and I own Electrified Arts. 


How long have you been doing this for, and how did you get started?

I have been doing this since the business’ conception in fall of 2015. When browsing YouTube, I came across a video showcasing fractal burning (this is the name of the process I use to burn the lightning patterns into the wood). The fact that this was possible was mind-blowing to me. A few weeks after watching the video, I was able to acquire all of the equipment and supplies necessary in order to begin fractal burning. Seeing the electricity surge through the wood for the first time was exhilarating – I was hooked.


What inspires you to create?

The main inspiration for me is that people enjoy what I make and the story behind it. This encourages me so much that it makes doing work fun, even when it’s not. 


Do you have a mission or message behind your work?

My mission is to grow fractal burning into a popular, and safe, hobby. By building a wiki and a catalogue of videos explaining and demonstrating fractal burning; I hope to achieve this.


What are some of your future goals for your business?

I hope to continue my business through my firefighting career, acquire employees and a large building, and become a commercial woodworking and cabinet shop. But not just a regular shop, one that specializes in fractal burning and fractal burning demonstrations/education.


What is your favorite part about what you do?

I never get tired of seeing the electricity burn through the wood, it is just so mesmerizing.

 

Find more about Electrified Arts here:

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