CRAFTY HONEY

Handmade gift items.

Meet the Maker:

WHO ARE YOU, WHERE ARE YOU FROM, & WHAT DO YOU DO?
My name is Kelly aka Honey. I was born in Augusta and I’ve lived in Hephzibah expect for the five years we lived in Marietta. I craft full time but on the first Tuesday I conduct foreclosure auctions in Eastern Georgia.

DESCRIBE YOUR PROCESS.
I began sewing in 2014 after our grand daughter was born. In 2015 I purchased my single needle embroidery machine (Archie) to monogram and do some Applique’s for my granddaughter. Itching to do bigger projects, my husband encouraged me to purchase my multi needle embroidery machine (Edith). This completely changed my capabilities and I moved into creating key fobs and finger puppets and haven’t stopped discovering new items. It’s been a fun creative journey.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Many things inspire me, a change of season or a visit to a fabric store. I’ve also been inspired by some really talented designers and other embroiders. I’ve been blessed to attend two different sewing/embroidery trade show where meeting like minded people have also given me great inspiration.

FUN FACT ABOUT YOU.
My business name was inspired in part by Vince Dooley’s wife, Barbara. I saw her a women in business conference many years ago and she discussed that she wanted her grand children to call her Honey, not Grandma or Nana. It was an idea that I used when I was blessed with our first of three grand children. When I needed a business name it was a perfect fit. Also I have a twin brother and my oldest sister blessed us with a niece when we were less than two months old, so we often say we were raised as triplets.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT DOWNTOWN AUGUSTA.
I love seeing how Downtown Augusta has reinvented and revitalized itself. I know it has included the work and effort of many business owners and they have done an amazing job of keeping Augusta thriving.

WHY DO YOU LOVE TO DESIGN, CREATE + MAKE?
My favorite thing to do is paint, which I don’t sell but it relaxes me perfectly. I also really love for a customer to say “do you....”, and get the chance to do something I’ve never done before. I have sewn a prom dress in a day (to much pressure,lol), made covers for glasses for a young girl with eye issues, and sewn several specific outfits for first time birthdays. It’s always fun to help someone’s ideas come to life.

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD SHARE WITH OTHER ARTISTS + MAKERS?
Enjoy what you do. Some people will love what you do and others might not, don’t take it personally. Some people enjoy sweet treats and other enjoy savory, the world would be a boring place if we all liked the same things.