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My name is Kylie Simonton. I am 29 years old. I am a wife and a mother to two boys. We live in beautiful Southern Maryland with our retired and rescued racing greyhound. I am a United States Air Force Veteran and former police officer.
One thing I often get asked at craft fairs and vendor shows is, “How did you learn how to do all of this?” While I still think some people remain in disbelief, here is my story:
My mother-in-law taught me how to sew quilts in the spring of 2013 and I have been sewing ever since. From quilting I branched off to making bags and wallets. Sewing was initially a hobby to pass the time while my husband was away for work. As friends on social media took notice of my “I totally made this” posts, I began to receive a ton of messages asking, “Hey, can you make me [this].” As a way to express my creativity, I obliged. Then, in the fall of 2014 I signed up for my first craft fair.
I did exceedingly well as a novice seamstress and knowing nothing about how to become successful as a craft show vendor. Regardless, my name slowly began to trickle out into my community by word of mouth. My products proved to be conversation starters for customers that previously purchased from me. They needed to know how to contact me in a professional capacity, thus arose the need for a name – a really crafty name.
I am the world’s worst at naming anything. I can’t even name a goldfish (how I managed to name two tiny human beings, I’ll never know). Whenever I was preparing for yet another craft fair, my son made the comment, “Mom, you’re just a lean, mean sewing machine!” Suddenly, the heavens opened and the angels sang. That was it! The name stuck. That’s right. My then six year-old son named my business.
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