Midwest Nest Handmade has officially been in existence for over a year. Can you even believe it!? I share a tiny bit about me on both the Shop site, as well as on this blog – but thought it would be a great opportunity to share some more obscure things about who I am and why I’m here. If you make it to the end, I’ll even treat you to some “how it started” versus “how it’s going” comparisons. Let’s just say I’ve come a LONG way.
So, hey. I’m Jessica aka Jessi aka Jess aka Ducky. Ducky is a nickname I was given my freshman year of high school courtesy of my dad. It’s something reserved only for my immediate family, though! Short story is my dad said that when I walked onto the football field at halftime with the pom squad, the way I walked made me look like I was waddling like a duck. It’s now called the “Ducky Strut” and it tends to come out when I’m stressed and trying to move quickly from point A to point B.
I’m a divorced, single mama to two amazing boys: Edison “Eddie” and Emmett. While my marriage didn’t work out, I am incredibly fortunate to have a co-parent that is engaged and very collaborative. Our relationship is better now than it ever was.
I was born in Arizona, but was raised in a small town in south central Wisconsin. In my adult life, I lived in Colorado and Tennessee before landing in southeastern Wisconsin for the long haul. I prefer winter to summer and snow to rain – so I’d say Wisconsin is where I’m meant to be. Pre-babies I traveled a ton and have been fortunate to visit a laundry list of countries. I’ve been to 5 of the 7 continents (Antartica and Australia are the two missing). Despite the travel I did as a child and young adult, I’ve grown to be a homebody. I much prefer to be home with my kiddos, crocheting on the couch.
I’ve been crocheting for over 25 years! It’s my first love. I’ve picked it up and put it down through the years, but beginning about 7 or 8 years ago I got more “serious” about it and started to challenge myself to do more. I learned to knit about 5 years ago. I started making jewelry in middle school – my mom got into making crystal beaded jewelry and I enjoyed that for a period of time before I put it aside when I went to college. I found clay as a medium in November 2019 and the pandemic that came early 2020 led me to where we are today!
I’ve invested a lot of time and money into learning from amazing mentors in both the clay and fiber communities. And as such, you can see significant growth – particularly with clay. It was just recently that I feel like I may have found my niche combining texture and alcohol inks. Those pieces will be launching soon!
Now it’s time to enjoy some of my “where I started” to “how it’s going” photos. Please know that I have always been very proud of the work that I do. That said, looking back, some are a little cringey – but at the time, I was so proud. Most importantly, if you ever have a problem with the integrity of a piece, please reach out so we can work together to identify a solution!
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