Vicki O’Dell is The Creative Goddess – I was lucky enough to be born under a creative star and with an ounce (or two) of entrepreneurial spirit.
I got my first taste of business in high school. I did the usual baby sitting, but I also did “elder” sitting and would spend time sitting with older folks while their caregivers had some time off. Many of the elderly ladies I sat with were happy to teach me embroidery, quilting and cross stitch as well as home keeping and home canning.
I’ve run businesses ever since, some creative and some not. The first time I remember really earning money with my creativity was doing some consignment needlework pieces and from there I started doing craft shows. At the time I had three small boys, went to school full-time, and owned a day care center so I had my hands pretty full. When the boys went to bed at night I created things either as gifts for family and friends or for a craft show.
After several very difficult years in my personal life, where I wasn’t creative very often, I got back into creative work. I became certified as a floral designer and ran my own wedding floral business while at the same time working as a self taught interior designer and working on shows on HGTV and the DIY network as well as PBS. These days I work for major craft manufacturers designing, writing, presenting, teaching and consulting. You’ll often find me in my basement studio creating, either for manufacturers or to sell, with my Miniature Schnauzer for company.
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