I am a serial entrepreneur with three small start-ups under my belt (well, one of them is not a startup anymore as we’ve been in business for over five years). My first venture is my ongoing education consulting firm. The second is an electronic word game – similar to Scrabble, that you play on your computer or phone, only it has some unique rules, and the third is MakerBoulder, we produce events and activities that connect people to hands-on learning.
What do you make?
In addition to making businesses, I am a “try-anything-once” crafter – I’ve done a lot of scrapbooking, needlework, sewing, and photography, and I dabble in duct tape, gardening and a few other random crafts. I also love to cook.
How did you get started making and why?
I don’t have a choice, really. I can’t sit idle. Even in front of the TV. My mind needs to be creating something, so I keep trying new things. Some stick for a while, and some are abandoned (even before they are finished sometimes).
What’s the most amazing, unusual (craziest) thing anyone has ever done with or told you about what you make?
I wear this silly duct tape apron to a lot of events. It’s been photographed over two dozen times, and once a mother and daughter made me stand there while they talked about their own – before I could leave, they had each designed their own projects, and made a plan to get together to make their own. It actually made me feel really great – to see them creating in action, and to see how excited they were to try to make one on their own. That’s what this is all about – get your hands dirty, try things out, iterate, etc.
What is your advice to people looking to do what you do or make what you make?
Just do it. The first one won’t be perfect. The next one will be better. No matter what, you’ll feel great about making something.
What is your favorite part about the maker movement?
The look in someone’s eyes when they discover something new, or when they accomplish something for the first time. “I did it!”
Where do you see your making going in the next 3 to 5 years?
I hope it is just like it is today. That I get to try lots of new things, dabble in a few favorites, and with any luck, work with others to help them try things, too.
What do you wish you could make but don’t know how to (yet)?
Well, I’ve always wished I could make great music – but I can’t sing, and I can’t seem to learn to read music, so that’s a struggle. Aside from music, I’d love to learn to work with metals – silversmith, or even heavy metals – welding. So cool.
Bonus question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?
Meryl Streep. Sandra Bullock. The CEO of Tech Stars. My Mom.