Woman turns hobby into a side business

Published 10:21 pm Wednesday, November 8, 2017

HOLLANDALE — Amy (Ravenhorst) Wacholz has always been a busybody. The 32-year-old working mother of two said she has always had a creative side, as well. She found a way to balance the loves of her life by running her own crafting business last year.

“I’ve always been into crafts, as long as I can remember,” Wacholz said.

After posting some of her work on her own Facebook page, others expressed their interest in her crafts and The Wild Dandelion was born.

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Wacholz makes signs that range from table top size to wall hangings. She sells many of her own creations on The Wild Dandelion Facebook page, but most of her work is custom orders in which customers come to her with an idea for something specific in mind. In these instances, Wacholz likes as much direction as possible, or better yet, pictures.

“I’m a very visual person,” she said, noting her love of Pinterest.

Many of the requests she receives include projects with a customer’s family name or favorite Bible verse or quote.

At first she did many of the signs freehand, using a brush lettering style. More recently, Wacholz has moved toward doing more stenciling projects.

“It’s a side job for me,” Wacholz said.

Wacholz is a veterinary technical at Willows Pet Hospital in Austin during the day. Her own craft projects are something she indulges in after her children — Brinley, 4, and Kensley, 2 — go to bed.

“That’s kind of my getaway for a couple hours,” she said.

Wacholz does most of her work out of her own garage, so there is no store for customers to flock to. Those interested in seeing her work can visit her Facebook page or send their own personal requests to thewilddandelion2016@gmail.com or call 507-402-4340.