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Today I had the opportunity to sit down with Shari from Hopelessly Hooked to talk about her little corner of the photography prop industry. Shari lives in Minden, Nevada with her husband and her 5 gorgeous children, ages ranging from 2 all the way to 15. Shari and her family moved out to Minden last year from Southern California, where she was born and raised, for her husbands job. Hopelessly Hooked focuses mostly on crocheted items, but Shari enjoys other crafts as well such as sewing, making headbands and knitting. She’s also quite the accomplished cake decorator!
MWL: When did you start Hopelessly Hooked?
Shari: I have crocheted since I was 9 and last November after my youngest, Addisyn, was in the hospital, I wanted to make a blanket to donate to Project Linus, so I made that as well as a hat for her. The wives of my husbands colleagues encouraged me to sell my creations. My friend Porsche was really a huge driving force behind it. I opened my business in December 2012 and started taking orders.
Shari: Mostly hats and blankets.
MWL: And what do you make now mostly?
Shari: Still mostly hats, but I also make diaper bags, crocheted stuffed animals, scarves, boots and also different photo props mostly for newborn photography. Basically, if I get a request for something, I will make it.
MWL: What is your favorite thing to create?
Shari: My favorite items are ones I have never made before. I LOVE custom orders. I get bored easily and I love a challenge. I like learning how to make something new and mastering that new skill. I love it when a customer contacts me and asks “Can you make me this?”
MWL: What’s the most interesting custom order you’ve ever had?
Shari: The most interesting item I have ever made wasn’t crocheted, but a custom cake. The customer requested a cake with Godzilla chasing a wiener dog who was wearing a cheerleader uniform. Oh and an alien autopsy cake, that one was AWESOME!! As far as crochet, I’d have to say my shark slippers and a goombah hat.
MWL: When you’re not working on custom orders, what inspires you to create something new?
Shari: Boredom. I have to be creating something. I love learning new skills. Everything from photography to spinning fibers. If I’m not actively creating new things, whether it’s cakes, learning to sew, photography and editing or anything else, I literally can not sleep at night, my brain just sits there and dreams up what I can make next.
MWL: If you could give any piece of advice, about life or owning a small business or crafting etc, what would it be?
Shari: Be willing to be flexible, learn new things and don’t be afraid to try something new. But don’t over do it, make sure to always make time for friends, family and relaxation.
Shari is not only the owner and creator at Hopelessly Hooked, but she is also my main assistant here at Made with Love, Props & More. Take a moment to check out her amazing creations and send her some love!