K: Anything beach/tropical. I love the ocean, sun, and seafood!
CS: Tell us a bit about yourself and your family
K: I’m a creative mompreneur in upstate NY. My husband and I lived in NYC for 12 years before we decided to move and have a baby boy. Our son, Parker, was born with a condition that required two head surgeries this past year. He’s recovering well and I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for all of us!
CS: Describe your creative style
K: I’m an organized creator. I can’t create in chaos! I need a tidy workspace and plan to do my best creating, but once I start I can’t stop!
CS: How did you get into crafting?
K: I’ve always loved DIY projects and been artistic. My mom taught me how to sew, knit, and crochet when I was very young, maybe 8 or 9.
CS: What was the first thing you ever made?
K: My mom and I used to make clothes for my American Girl dolls together...that’s one of my earliest memories of creating.
CS: What project/product are you most proud of?
K: I am proud of my original textile prints...I’ve never been a super confident illustrator, but I love how my first collection came out!
CS: What does your current work space look like?
K: It’s very white, with a lot of fabric on the table!
CS: What does your dream work space look like?
K: Not cluttered and minimalist...and very organized.
CS: How do you balance work and home life?
K: It’s hard because they blend so much! I work from home full time while my son is at daycare, and often spend nights after he’s asleep working too. So there are always little tasks around the house nagging at me, but I try to set clear scheduled times to work on “house” tasks, and “work” tasks, and when my son is home, I put the phone and work aside, and I’m just with him. (And my husband).
CS: Where do you see your business going in the next five years?
K: I hope to grow my wholesale business and show at more local handmade markets. I want to be in retailers around the country!
CS: What advice would you give to someone looking to start their own small business?
K: I would say you have to be passionate about it, and be willing to do whatever it takes. It requires a lot of sacrifices, and has more challenges than rewards in the beginning, so you have to be able to persevere to make it work. It’s not for the faint of heart!
CS: What do you love most about Chomp?
K: I love your selection, prices, customer service, and convenience! (Basically everything, lol)
CS: What would you like to see Chomp carry in the future?
K: I’ve been seeing some silicone teethers that go directly on a teething ring, like a bunny. I’d love to make something like that!
Thank you so much, Katie, for taking the time to allow us to learn about the personality behind Chelsea & Marbles! Don't forget to check out Katie's shop and social media to see the beautiful pieces she creates!