In the January issue of Bustle & Sew Magazine we were delighted to feature an interview with Celeste Johnson from Lemon Made Shop. Celeste lives in Austin, TX with her husband and children. She is an elementary teacher turned embroidery artist whose current project is stitching unique designs for all 50 of the United States.
We asked Celeste how she got started. She told us;
“I have always enjoyed crafty hobbies like painting, making jewelry, crochet, drawing, making holiday and party decorations, but I picked up embroidery by chance and loved it from the first stitch. A friend saw a finished piece and asked if she could buy it and she later encouraged me to start selling my work. I opened my Etsy shop June of 2017, a month after my second child was born. It was a busy time! However, I needed to earn an income after putting on hold my career as an elementary teacher and this was a very fulfilling outlet for my creativity.”
We also asked Celeste if she had any advice for anyone wanting to start their own business. Her advice was really positive;
“Look for something you can enjoy creating that isn’t already being done. Don’t try to be other the same as what is already out there on Etsy or Pinterest. There is room for what you are uniquely and authentically bringing to the table. I also suggest seeking a mentor or two or more. Someone who will partner with you to be your soundboard, support, and cheerleader!”
Read the full interview in the January issue of Bustle & Sew Magazine