Hi! My name is Katy and I like to make things. All the things.
MAKING: IT’S IN MY BLOOD.
Growing up, I was surrounded by Makers. My father is an engineer, builder-of-all-things, tech-enthusiast and photographer. My mother is a baker, quilter, crafter and all-around creative genius. It was impossible to do anything but become a mixture of those two.
QUIT YOUR DAY JOB.
In August 2014, I left my full-time administrative position and became my own boss, running an online handmade business. It was terrifying and liberating and one of the best decisions I ever made.
Fast forward a couple of years, and I agreed to go back full time to run the back office of an architectural + engineering firm my father-in-law had established four decades ago.
In August 2022, I felt like it was time for my permanent re-entry into the self employed life. The AEC firm was thriving and it was time to spread my wings again. Still a scary step (even the second time around) but there are zero regrets.
Bennett and I met while we were both college students at West Virginia University. We fell for each other over a game or two of beerpong..the most college way to fall for someone. He fell in love with my loud, over-the-top ways. I fell in love with his sweet and hippie vibes.
We married in a family home in June of 2009, were pregnant six months later and welcomed our sweet little Louis in August of 2010. Along with our two fur-children pups, we live a semi-chaotic but incredibly fulfilling life as a trio in Wheeling, WV.
After being the primary caregiver and proud stay-at-home dad to our little one for the first 10 years of his life, Bennett went back to school and is now an ::incredible:: elementary school teacher, sharing his love of learning with a whole new generation of kiddos!
WEST VIRGINIA + ME = LOVE.
I grew up in Hersey, Michigan…which is he teeniest, tiniest town in the northern part of the state. While the Mitten still holds a very special place in my heart, I never quite had the love affair with Michigan like I do with the Mountain State.
There is this remarkable sense of state pride that I’ve never experienced anywhere else. West Virginians love West Virginia. It’s that simple. Once you’ve been here and become a part of it, it never leaves you. I was a Mountaineer the second I set foot on this beautiful land and I’m darn proud of it.
I giant puffy heart West Virginia. I just hope she loves me back.
THINGS I LOVE.
1. Anything and everything handmade. 2. The color purple. 3. West Virginia. 4. Caffeine. Lots of caffeine. 5. Outrageous laughter. 6. Delicious craft beers. 7. Dancing (while embarrassing my boys.) 8. Dream chasing. 9. Making lists and never completing them. 10.