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Art & Life with Ashlee Wiedmaier

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashlee Wiedmaier.

Ashlee, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I started out making people gifts and making home decor. I always just thought it was a hobby and would laugh people off when they would tell me that I should sell my work, but one day I decided to just go for it, That is when I came up with the idea of starting Something You Wood Love. I didn’t really put much into it at first, still making for friends and family mostly, with the occasional sale to a stranger (yes I do a happy dance for each one). After my son was born, I struggled with needing something that was my own, and that was when I really put myself all into my business. I started really marketing and expanded from just making wood signs, to also customizing tumblers. Now I am a full-time mom and a full-time small business owner, and although I have never been so tired, I’ve also never felt so complete.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I design and create wood signs and customize tumblers. I started with the wood signs because I always thought they made great gifts and loved adding a little touch of myself to another person home. Recently, I started customizing tumblers because I could never find a great quality cup, that also had a cute design, so I just figured I’d make my own. Almost all of the work that I do is customizable, and a lot of it is actually completely custom requests. My favorite thing is when people come to me with an idea, and I get to turn it into a piece of art that they can keep forever.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities, and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
I think it is important to not just say “oh that’s too expensive, I can’t do that” or “I don’t have the time” as an excuse not to be an artist if that is what you want to do. You can always use coupons, find sales, or miss out on a little bit of extra sleep in order to do something that you are really passionate about. I also think that it is important to remember that just because something is more expensive, doesn’t mean that it is better. Especially when running a business and being an artist, you have to pinch pennies and prioritize what you really need and what you just want.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
The direct link to my shop is www.etsy.com/shop/somethingyouwoodlove.

You can also search SomethingYouWoodLove on www.etsy.com. People can also support me and get in contact with me about custom orders by following @somethingyouwoodlove on Instagram.

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