Have you ever met one of those artists who’s work just reaches out and grabs you… we’ll, that’s Hailey. We were first introduced to Hailey when Cale purchased a handmade gift for me through her shop, Ozetta. He didn’t realize until later that he was ordering a cowl from someone right here in Oklahoma! We we’re so impressed with Hailey’s handywork we decided to order several of her pieces for gifts last Christmas. They were of course all hits and since then we’ve been Ozetta addicts.
Get ready to fall in love with Hailey and everything in her shop.
Q1) How did you get started knitting?
A1) I started crocheting when I was ten years old, but took a long break from it and picked up knitting. However, I have found that both are equally important in this industry. So, I do both. This art form appeals to me because you start with yarn and needles. That’s it. And with great care and process I begin to create something. It’s amazing what you can create with so little and make something so extraordinary. When I work on an order, I like to look at it as something entirely different than just an order. It means so much more to me than that. Each piece I create is full of meaning, love, and high attention to detail. According to my father-in-law I am building a piece. And I guess in reality, I really am.
Q2) Define what makes a great knitted piece?
A2) The definition of a great knitted piece depends on what you are trying to create. Each piece I envision I sketch, create a swatch, and then start on the bigger piece. When creating a specific look, it comes natural to me what stitch I should use. When the piece is finished I test all of them by wearing them out and about, I like to know how it will feel and if something is not perfect, I start over. It is a process of trial and error. My favorite material is a chunky super soft blend, this combination creates the most perfect scarf.
Q3) What is the inspiration behind your shop name?
A3) Ozetta is the middle name of my great grandmother. What’s surprising is the name was never really an issue; I always knew my shop was going to be Ozetta. My Memaw was the brightest person in any room. She had the best advice, was so very patient, and dropped subtle hints of what she knew you could become. She would always say “little Hailey, you can do anything”. I would sometimes stay for weeks with her in the summer months. We would wake up early to cook a huge breakfast for the two of us, watch movies, curl up in her handmade quilts while crocheting and talking talking talking. I think she always knew what I could become with my creative abilities. I wish she could see the skill that she alone taught me from just a chain stitch, has grown into something bigger than maybe even she imagined. Well, maybe she knew all along.
Q4) What advice do you have for others interested in starting their own handmade business?
A4) If you fail, try try again. Do not give up. Take perfect pictures, have a unique shop name, and keep your shop organized and up to date.
Q5) How do you balance a healthy home while running your own business?
Q5) During my busy season, sometimes managing all of the above can be difficult, especially with a two year old running about. The secret behind my business is I have a wonderful husband that completely supports what I do and helps in any way he can. He even does house work! I plan meals for every 2 weeks, and try to make easier meals during these months. Waking up at 5:00 a.m and going to bed around midnight is how I separate work time from family time, and I use naps to my fullest advantage. A truly wonderful thing about knitting and crocheting is I can take my work with me wherever I go.
Q6) What about living in small town, Oklahoma inspires your work or makes it better?
A6) Living in a small town has made me appreciate so much more in life. I grew up with family traditions, my parents instilled self-importance and taught me to draw strength from within myself to be my best person, and because of growing up in a small town-I think I found myself so much earlier. I knew what I wanted to be-not necessarily a title, but I knew I wanted to be extraordinary. The most important thing about living here, where I grew up, is that my family is here. Where my family is, it’s where I belong the most. Its home.
AND NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF!
Q7) What does a typical date night look like for you and your husband?
A7) A typical date night is not the most exciting thing. But it works for us. We like to go out to eat and watch a movie. We will stop by the book store to catch the newest releases, drive around in neighborhoods to get ideas for the next home we will be building, and of course always always always make yarn runs. Shop supply runs are typically every weekend with the little guy.
Q8) List three ways you keep creativity fresh in your day to day?
- Nature is a huge creativity outlet for me. There are doses of inspiration when you walk outside, all you have to do is open your eyes.
- My photography. I love taking pictures of anything, sometimes the most boring thing when taken can turn out to be the most amazing picture you have ever seen.
- Music. I love all kinds of music. When working on orders, this is what I do the most. (Too include holiday movies during Halloween and Christmas).
Q9) Who do you want to be like when you grow up?
A9) I want to have my great grandma’s unfailing love. My mom’s self worth. My dad’s patience. My sister’s passion to cook. My brother-in-law’s sense of humor. My husband’s attitude. I want to be the greatest person I can be.
Q10) You seem very close to your mom. What are some of the things she did for you growing up that have made you a better mom today?
A10) My mom had the absolute most patience with me. I was strong willed when I was little and when I set my mind to things, I achieved them in some way. She stayed at home with my sister and I all growing up and I think this ultimately molded the person I am today. And because of her, I want to do the same thing with my son. She made growing up fun, she taught me self-respect, and that family always comes first. Both of my parents taught me to follow through with my goals. When I want to do something, become something, I write it down just so I can cross it off of my list. For some reason crossing that thing off the list feels good, it takes you one step closer to the bigger goal the bigger prize.
Q11) When you are not busy taking pictures of your products, what types of photos do you like to take? What draws you to a certain subject matter over another?
A11) I love to take pictures of my little boy. He grows daily so this is very important to me. Also, I absolutely love taking pictures of nature. Nature evolves daily so I love to capture each moment. The beauty of change draws me to capture these images.
Q12) Describe your favorite fall outfit, why do you like it, and where do you get it?
A12) My favorite fall outfit consists of layers and layers. I love wrapping up in sweaters, wearing comfortable jeans, and boots. One reason why I love my shop so much is because the things I create consist of things I would wear in my most favorite seasons. Cowls, scarves, hats, gloves…these are all staples in the winter months for me. I mostly like to shop at Target and JCrew, I always have the best of luck at these two places. Although, all of my jeans come from American Eagle, they have the best options for short people! I use to think the more clothes I had my wardrobe was complete, but now it’s really about mixing and layering. Less is more.
Hailey, I know we don’t “really” know you but we want to! You are truly an inspiration in the way that you live your life and the creativity that comes out of you. Thanks for sharing a little bit of your heart and your lovely photos.
From the Farm
NOTE TO CALE: Meg would like you to consider the following boot warmers, giant scarf, and wrist warmers for potential holiday purchases (ohh, and this hat too!). Sincerely, Green Couch Design Management.
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