What gave you the push to branch out and start Mud&Yarn?
I started Mud&Yarn after being diagnosed with metastatic melanoma and was unable to work as a massage therapist after several surgeries and going through treatment. I decided to take a wheelthrowing pottery class to find some form of therapy in art. After a meltdown and wanting to cry at the end of my first class, I managed to stick with it and quickly found some peace in creating! Once friends and family started requesting to purchase what I made, I figured I would try my hand at the Etsy World. I combined my love for crochet that my grandmother taught me in elementary school and Mud&Yarn was born! It has been a lot of fun creating pieces that people can use and wear every day. Whether it be a warm scarf to keep you warm in the freezing New England winter, or a mug to drink your morning tea out of, my hope is that every piece will be used and used hard.
What Boston-area maker(s) do you admire?
I connected with Katie of Soy Much Brighter through Instagram and we became fast friends! Her candles are insane (even my picky boyfriend agrees!) and she took a big leap quitting her full-time "normal" job to pursue candle making full time. It was a brave jump and she's thriving! I will also live vicariously through her as she road trips it across the US. I also admire my friend, Matt Wood (of Matt Wood Photography), who literally does it ALL. He works a full-time job, has an amazingly cute family, photographs weddings and family shoots around Boston, and still manages to create all kinds of goodies in his down time. There's not much that guy doesn't do! (Thanks for the amazing photos, Matt!)
Any advice for someone looking to start their own business?
Just do it! Jump right in and make it happen! Every one has to start somewhere and you can only go up from there. Some actual advice though: take good photos, get involved in social media (it's a MUST now!) and always push yourself to new and different levels.
What is something most people don't know about Mud&Yarn?
Hmmm... I try to be pretty open on my social media accounts because I feel it's good to relate to your audience and continue to remind them that you're just like them: trying to make it in this world and be happy doing it! Maybe one thing people don't know about me is that even though I was born and raised in the South Shore, I lived in California for almost 7 years and only moved back to Boston to get treatment at the best hospitals in the country (kicked cancer's ass by the way). If I was never diagnosed, who knows if I would have even got into this creative world. So glad it happened!
What are your plans for the future of Mud&Yarn?
Like most creatives, I dream of having my own studio one day. Preferably on the beach in Cape Cod with french doors opening to the ocean. A woman can dream big, right?