About Me

Jan 8, 2015

Hi!  My name is Katy and I like to make 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.

My Family.

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 beer pong…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.

Bennett is an amazing photographer: www.mckinleyphotos.com
But
first and foremost, he is a remarkable father.  His number one job
title is “Stay At Home Dad” and he rocks the crap out of it.  I’m kind
of the luckiest gal in the universe.

mckinley 168

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.

Quit Your Day Job.

In
August 2014, I left my full-time administrative position and became my
own boss.  Well, I was always my own boss with Handmade Escapade but now this was the only thing that would feed and clothe my family.  It was terrifying and liberating and I’m still trying to find
my footing on a daily basis.  But it was the best decision I’ve ever
made.

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.

My
business is a labor of love.  Everything I sell is 100% my own. I eat,
sleep and live Handmade Escapade and I hope that my passion comes
through with each piece I make.  I
work from a home-based studio, from which I design and print each and
every shirt myself.  No outside resources are used. I say handmade and I
mean it. 🙂

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Welcome to Wild+Wanderful!  I’m Katy.
Momma. Wife. West Virginian.
Designer. 
Dreamer. Coffee Consumer.
DIY-er. 
Craft Beer Enthusiast.
Purple Obsessor. Lover of Handmade.

MILDLY WILD. MOSTLY WANDERFUL.

LATEST FREEBIES

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quote :: FREE Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

Like many others, I've been struggling with the news of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  I'm stuck in a moment of wanting to mourn the death of such a vital, powerful female figure in US history....and also living in fear of what's to come with the...

We Can Sew It! :: FREE Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

It's no secret right now that there is a massive shortage of PPE in every hospital and care facility everywhere.  It's also well known that the CDC is now calling for everyday people to wear masks when they go into public -- to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in...

“Hey Baby” Yoda-Inspired Design :: FREE Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

I know, I know.  It seems like all I've been able to do lately is create Baby Yoda inspired items.  Do you really blame me?  He's just the cutest thing that's happened in the Star Wars universe....basically ever. Today is Valentine's Day and since our...

Yoda One for Me :: FREE Yoda-Inspired Zipper Pouch Pattern + Tutorial!

My name is Katy and I have a love for Star Wars that goes beyond what a person should have.  Like....I LOVE Star Wars.  Even the Prequels, people!!!  And whenever I'm like, "what should I make that would be cute and fun?" I almost always want to make something related...

Stranger Things “Squad Goals” :: FREE Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

We have a new Stranger Things OBSESSED fan in our household.  It's adorable how much Louis is taken with the Stranger Things stories.  After much debate as our parental team, we allowed him to watch the series with us.  Wether or not your child is old...

Hammer Time with CoordiKnit Nonsense Fabrics :: FREE Shark Cut File!

FREEBIE ALERT!  If you scroll to the bottom of this post, you'll find a link to the design that I printed on Louis' brand new tee.  And I will not apologize for getting "U Can't Touch This" in your head. CoordiKnit Nonsense Fabrics sent me this super cute...

RECENT POSTS

One Pattern, A Dozen Ways | A Recap of the Lumberjack Shirt

As I'm working on finishing up Louis' winter jacket for this year, I couldn't help but take a trip down memory lane of all of the jackets I've made him.  And they all happen to be from one single pattern: the Lumberjack Shirt by Patterns for Pirates. Seriously, sewing...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quote :: FREE Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

Like many others, I've been struggling with the news of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  I'm stuck in a moment of wanting to mourn the death of such a vital, powerful female figure in US history....and also living in fear of what's to come with the...

1st Day of 4th Grade

And just like that, someone allowed Louis to turn another year older, and start another year of school.  We have an official 4th grader in our house!  WHAT IS HAPPENING??? And although 2020 is the least typical year ever, I'm really excited to see what he does during...

X Marks the Spot with the XFactor Dress by P4P

I showed you my XFactor Crop (ala Peg Bundy style) late last week, but now it's time to bring out the sweeter side of sewing.  Because darn if I didn't feel just adorable in the dress version that I'd made for myself! The X Factor Crop & Dress is an adorable...