We had the good fortune of connecting with Michelle Wiederhold and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michelle, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I was a stay at home mom that waitressed on the weekends. I decided one day that I really wanted to be able to work from home so I could always be with my kids. I’ve always love being creative and decided to take up hand stamping.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When I first started hand stamping, it was hard. I wouldn’t say patience is my my strongest attribute but determination is. I struggled finding my brand identity in the beginning. When I first started out, I was making necklaces and jewelry exclusively and my heart just was not in it. I found that bringing my snarky side to the business has felt so right. I also pride myself on thinking outside the box and pushing the envelope.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We actually have lots of family that has visited us throughout the years, so I definitely have my favorite spots. Hiking camelback has always been a favorite. Restaurants like The Vig, Durants and Dick’s Hideaway have always been our go to places.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband for always being a support and cheerleader in all I set out to do. I also have an amazing network of local maker friends that support and motivate me daily.
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