Welcome to our Kiser Krafts Handmade Shop Story Feature! Shop Story by Pinecone Grove is a blog publication that connects you, our readers, to small businesses. Learn more about brands you love and discover others you may not have come across yet.
Today, Kelly Kiser – Owner at Kiser Krafts Handmade – tells her Shop Story.
How old is your business?
“Wow! I started 4 years ago – November 2012”
Share a Quote with Us
“I am not sure I am quote worthy but I live by something my Grams always said to me, ‘When the door closes, do not stand there wasting time looking at a shut door but look for the open window nearby.’ There is always possibilities, even when it seems impossible. Look for the open windows in life…they hold many wonderful things.”
“Kiser Krafts Handmade is a way for me to keep my creative mind going and to stay home to care for my small family. That is the most direct way to state it. The name of my shop came to be due to my love of the letter ‘K’ and my name, Kelly Kiser (such pretty Ks). My husband was the one who originally thought of Kiser Crafts but the ‘C’ did not really jive with me. The letter ‘K’ is way more fun to write. And the shop really began due to me expecting number two while staying home with number one. We needed a touch more funds coming in to cover the food cost of adding another mouth to feed. Kiser Krafts Handmade to the food rescue! Kiser Krafts Handmade is full of bright, colorful, one of kind creations that I have dreamed up and made myself. I love to use rescued and upcycled materials for all my creations to help keep our Earth cleaner. All my scraps get put to use in my hand-mixed polyfil blend (adding extra ‘clean’ fluff to each plush). The wonderful part of my shop is that everything is one of a kind and never created again. I use all rescued materials, so, I may not have those same materials again. When you see something in my shop you adore – Adopt it quick! As it will never be there again. The main thing to remember is I make creations that make me happy and I want to share that joy and happiness with all of my followers, buyers, and fans!”
“It is all me, myself, and I…no help…not from hubby or kiddos. I design, create, and hand make (not counting all the PR and social networking I try to accomplish) everything in my shop in my ‘free’ time (generally with a huge cup of coffee when the kids are sleeping late at night or during their rare ‘screen-time’). Where did I put my cup of coffee and super-women cape? 😉 “
“I love the handmade part of my shop. I love that each creation reflects my love of creating and my cheerful personality. Kiser Krafts Handmade is my little happy place on the internet. I love looking through my own shop and seeing my creations pop out in a photo. There are times where my shop helps me feel like I am adding some more beauty into the world of children of all ages.”
What future plans do you have for your small business?
“While goals are important for any small business, this year I truly only have one – to get to 50 sales though my shop (and I am not very far away). It was a goal I had last year and was not able to meet. But I know 2016 will beat it! 🙂 “
What product do you consider your “signature item”?
“While I would LOVE to claim my sock lion as Kiser Krafts Signature item…I do not think that is so. My shop is the only one that I know of to have a sock lion but my cute adorable sock bunnies are the big seller. I even changed my branding to reflect that trait. Each bunny is cute, fluffy, and perfectly sized for small hands. ♥ “
If I Could Turn Back Time…
“If I could turn back time…I think I would have research a lot more about marketing and book-keeping. I am great at creating but still have much to learn about marketing what I create and to be ‘on top of’ or consistent with my book-keeping. I am glad there is always room to continue to learn and grow.”
A Gift For You!
“I would LOVE to offer all you amazing Pinecone Grove fans an Exclusive coupon code: PineconeGroveROCKS for 40% off (making each creation priced at MY cost!)”
Connect with Kiser Krafts Handmade
Thank you Kelly for sharing your Shop Story with us. And thank you Readers joining us. Don’t forget to stop by the Kiser Krafts Handmade shop and use your exclusive 40% off Code: PineconeGroveROCKS