Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I had learned to sew as a kid, but never really got into it until I had my daughter in 2013. I thought it would be a great way to connect with her if I could make her cool clothes, so my husband bought me a couple of beginner sewing classes to see if I could do it. And with my daughter as the wind of inspiration in my sails, my quality, output, and desire to learn and make all the things evolved into a global business and industry thought-leader in sewing and crafting.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
Last winter, my YouTube channel was hijacked and hacked for a month and a half and I wasn’t sure if I was going to ever get it back. And my channel is more than a channel to me and my community. The number of folks who’ve told me that my channel has helped them get out of depression or get out of bed or bring them joy on a bad day has made it clear that it’s more than just a place to learn DIY stuff. After a couple of attempts with customer service, they initially came back telling me that nothing was wrong with my account despite it being nowhere to be found. But I’m tenacious and I didn’t back up my content and I didn’t want to let my community down. So we all banded together and used social media campaigns and word-of-mouth sharing to reach finally reach further into YouTube support, where my channel was found and returned with only a few bumps and bruises to iron out. And out of all of this, it’s the outpouring of love and support and the galvanizing together to say we can do this that makes this one of my most cherished memories of my life.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
My mission is to spread joy and positivity through sewing and fabric play. For me, I’m all about the process and making sure that I’m actually enjoying making what I’m making. One thing that helps me do that is that I strive for 95% perfection in anything I do. To me, it’s that last 5% that has the chance to steal your joy in anything you do, so I just eliminate it right from the jump-off. So to anyone trying to thrive in the sewing & crafting space, I’d say to let go of the need to be perfect. Not only will it bring joy to you in the process, but folks are more attracted to authenticity than perfection so “if you build it, they will come.”
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
One of the main people who helped me turn Mister Domestic into a global brand and business is Pat Bravo. She’s become both a great friend and mentor and she was one of the very first people in the industry to both see something and take a chance in me. She’s the creative director and owner of Art Gallery Fabrics and very early on, she asked me to be their global brand ambassador. From there, she mentored me with business decisions and guidance and took a chance on me as a fabric designer, which helped elevate my brand. I’m now in the process of designing my 8th fabric collection and working on my first book of many and I definitely feel like the sky is the limit. None of this would have been achievable without Pat and I’m forever grateful for her guidance and her friendship.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
With the collective awakening of many regarding racial injustice in America, I immediately knew that I needed to use my voice and platform to enact positive change. One of the first things that I did was host a Fundraiser for Anti-Racism, where makers from all across the world could donate handmade items for others to bid on during a 5-day period. In the end, we raised over $151,949.23 from the items alone, with many people who won the items, donated well over their winning bids.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
I could pull from any Brene Brown quote really. But one of my main quotes from her that resonates daily with me is: “You either walk inside your story and own it, or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.” I have worked hard, like super hard, to shed my layers and learn to both live my truth proudly and love myself. But boy is there a lot of folks who want to tell you who you should be and want to make you feel like you have to justify your success and accomplishments. So instead of getting lost in any of that, I just do me and I own it, which gives others permission to do the same.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
I’m easy to find on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube & Pinterest. Just search “Mister Domestic” and I’ll pop up.