I’ve had the privilege to get to know Karen over the last few weeks, and I’m so excited to be able to introduce her to you all! She’s so sweet and kind! One look at her shop will have you head over heels in love with all of her items!
Karen is the owner of Daily Reprieve Crochet and she is a vendor here on Galilee Life!
I asked her some questions, and here’s what she had to say!
- Can you introduce yourself to us, and tell us a little about you? My name is Karen and I live in Michigan. I grew up and continue to live in Michigan. My parents were dairy farmers and my brother continues on the same farm that my great-grandfather started. I am happily married to Dean for 14 years and we have two children, ages 13 and almost 12. I have homeschooled my children from the beginning, until this past year when we sent our daughter to school. We continue to home educate our son. Before staying home with my children I was a respiratory therapist.
- What niche/craft/etc do you do? How long have you been doing it? My one craft that I have enjoyed for the past 42 years is crocheting! My Grandma taught me when I was only seven years old. I remember that she had me chain an entire ball of yarn for my first project. I often recommend my crochet students start the same way.
- What inspired you to become a small business owner? Well, I have gotten much more adventurous with crocheting the past five years or so! I love trying new yarns and patterns. My first and foremost reason for starting my shop is to support my “yarn habit”. I also love sharing my work with people who appreciate it. Nothing makes me happier than seeing someone wear something I made for them, or tell me how much they enjoy using it. If you are my friend or family member, you have probably gotten something crocheted for your birthday or a Christmas present at one time or another.
- If you look back to where you began when you started your business journey, what do you wish someone would have told you? Was there a secret you learned a long the way that you wish you new earlier? Or are you glad you learned the lesson when you did?
I love to do research, so when I get into something I will dive in and see how others are doing similar things.
- During your journey, have you had any failures, or wanted to give up? What made you keep trying?
I have had a couple of failures. I tried using Etsy. I ended up spending money to use the platform and no one ever bought anything. I felt like it was quite a bit of work to get everything listed, with no reward. I also once made a bunch of things and brought them to a craft sale. This was winter, so I made several hats. But the day of the craft sale, I became ill and couldn’t attend. My sister and my children covered for me, but I wasn’t able to have the interaction with potential customers. This venue was a place where many people would have known me and recognized me, so I always wonder if it would have gone better if I would have been there. Again, it was a great deal of work but I didn’t make enough money to cover the cost of my yarn supplies. A year or two I started following Vone Kevitz on her YouTube channel, and then on Facebook. Her enthusiasm for Galilee Life won me over. The support from the Galilee Life platform amazes me. I have never known anything like it! I love how they share my faith. I get genuine Christian encouragement every day just by following Neivis’ posts. She inspires me to keep going. Now with this triple feature and the opportunity to do a business review of my shop, I see new possibilities! I am learning all about marketing and using social media through the July challenge. It is something I can fit into my day and doesn’t feel like a burden.
- What unique perspective do you bring to your niche? I truly have a passion for crocheting. Crocheting is my daily reprieve. When I crochet something, I am thinking of the person who might wear it. I will pray for that person too. Prayer and love go into my work. I don’t want anyone to lose a button or have anything I make them unravel, so I am really careful about weaving in my ends and fastening buttons or motifs so that things won’t unravel. When I make something, I hope that someone will be able to enjoy it for many years. I think providing care instructions for each individual type of yarn and item is important.
- Do you do this full time? If not what else do you do? Do you have any other hobbies that you pursue outside of your business?
Crochet is my hobby and my obsession. If I am sitting down for something other than eating, you will find a crochet hook and some yarn in my hands. A few weeks ago my daughter had a friend over, and the friend noticed my yarn bag. My daughter told her, “My mom might forget to bring her purse somewhere, but she never forgets her yarn!” So funny, but true! I love to read, but lately I prefer audio books so I can crochet while listening. I play the piano and occasionally play the church organ. I love being outdoors to crochet or ride my bike. My husband and I dream of doing more traveling. I am always ready for a road trip! Every few weeks I love going to visit my parents and the farm, which is about 100 miles from our home.
- What is your favorite social media platform? I love Facebook. It is so cool to be able to keep up with people from the different places I have lived. In my younger years I lived in a few other states at various times; Virginia, Georgia and Louisiana. This was back when it was very expensive to make long distance calls and before Facebook was a thing. I love that I can catch up with people that I knew years ago through Facebook.
- What is one thing that you need to succeed in this business? Customers who want to buy my items! I think I may need to find more of a niche, but the conflict comes in that I love to try making new things instead of repeating patterns over and over, unless they are smaller items like hats or market bags. I truly love to make shawls. I would like to find out who loves to buy homemade crocheted shawls, and how to help them find my shop.
- What is your biggest accomplishment in your business so far? Perseverance!
- If you could tell your future self something, what would it be? God works out everything for your good and His glory.
- What is your most popular item that you sell? What has this taught you about yourself? This makes me laugh a little bit. We did the one craft sale I mentioned, but I also did one day at my local farmer’s market. What sold the most were my daughter’s homemade dish scrubbies! I just added some of those to my Galilee Life shop, incidentally.
- What advice can you give to anyone that is thinking about joining the Galilee Life family? If you would like unprecedented support and encouragement in starting an online shop, this is the place for you! Trust me that it is so much more personalized and supportive than Etsy. The leadership team at Galilee Life generally cares about all their vendors and they are willing to help with anything. All you have to do is ask.
- What made you become a vendor on Galilee Life? What stuck out to you? How long have you been a vendor? I was inspired by the things Vone said about it. I was so thankful that there weren’t listing fees. I thought that the terms were very reasonable. I have been listing items since around March of 2020.
- Lighting Round! Don’t think just answer:
- Beach or Snow? A cool beach! lol
- Books: paper or audio? audio…so I can crochet!
- Netflix or Cable? Netflix.
- Tea or coffee? Tea
- YouTube or Podcast? Either.
- Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
- Sweet or Salty? Sweet
- Favorite meal? Steak salad
- Favorite Book? Bible
*Favorite song? Our Great God with Todd Agnew and Rebecca St. James
- Favorite quote? “Do the next thing”
- Favorite Bible Verse? Passage- Psalm 34
- Anything else you’d like to share?? I also love to write. I have a blog, but it has been inactive lately. I plan to still add to it. A few years ago I started interviewing my dad, uncles and brother to write the history of my family’s dairy farm. I plan to finish that sometime in the near future.
We also got to chat, you can watch that here!
To shop Daily Reprieve Crochet, and to check out what she’s up to check out her links below!
Shop here: https://galilee-life.com/vendor/dailyreprieve/
We also reviewed her Water Lilies Scarf and show off a beautiful wall hanging she made! Check it out here: