I’m happy to add Kayla Hess to “in the spotlight”, our newest addition to Ladybug Wreaths! I have worked with Kayla for quite some time. She is a member of “Best of Nancy”, and “Etsy Intensives”. She is also a member of my Ladybug Wreaths Leadership Team. I’m sure as you read Kayla’s story, you’ll find how very special this lady is… just as I have!
Kayla is an expert at designing Deco Mesh wreaths and, as a matter of fact, has filmed her very first instructional, how-to video showing how to make her beautiful wreaths. I am thrilled to welcome Kayla to Ladybug Wreaths! I know you’ll enjoy her heart-warming story… ~Nancy~
One thing that is a little unique about me is that I was born with a high frequency hearing loss. My brother, sister, and I were all born with one even though our parents and extended family have normal hearing. I wear hearing aids, and with them on, I can hear pretty well. I read lips, and as long as I have my hearing aids on and can see the person’s lips, I can usually understand what the person is saying.
The statistics said that my siblings and I would not have above a 4th-grade reading level. My parents did not care what the statistics said, they wanted us to succeed. I believe we did!
All three of us love the Lord Jesus and are married with kids or kids on the way. We also all have college degrees. I graduated with a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from Angelo State University, and I also got to fulfill my dream of playing college basketball for two years, one of those being at West Texas A&M where I got my bachelor’s degree. I know that without my faith in Jesus, and without my parents, I would not be where I am today.
Kayla & Terrell with Colby on the left, CJ on the right, and Caitlyn in Kayla’s arms.
I started making my first wreaths about 3 years ago. Growing up, I used to crochet, sew little clothes for my Barbie dolls, and do needlepoint. Recently, I have been making needlepoint Christmas stockings for my husband and each of our kiddos. So I have always enjoyed making craft items.
Around November 2012, I decided that it would be fun to make a Christmas grapevine wreath for our home. Once I did that, I made more as gifts for my extended family for Christmas. Then one day when I was out shopping, I saw some deco mesh material, which can be used to make wreaths. I watched some tutorials online and bought an e-book about how to make wreaths. I made my first deco mesh wreath and was hooked. I loved it!! I started learning how to make them from some of the best in this business, one of them being Nancy, of course. 🙂
Now, I enjoy learning new ways to put the wreaths together and coming up with my own style. I love working with burlap poly mesh, which is a faux burlap mesh that can get wet, unlike real burlap. I also love adding a lot of beautiful ribbon to each special wreath.
I love working with florals and adding them to deco mesh or grapevine wreaths. I opened my Etsy shop in May of 2013 but did not really do anything with it until September 2013. I have been slowly adding more and more wreaths to my shop ever since!
I have added my first video tutorial to my shop, “How to Make a Burlap Mesh Wreath.” You can use this video to learn how to make the exact wreath that I show you or if you have made wreaths before, you will learn lots of my tips and tricks that I like to use when making my wreaths. 🙂 One of the most rewarding parts of this business is talking to and getting to know my customers. I have made so many new friends from running this part-time business. I am so thankful to the Lord for the ability and opportunity to be able to make these wreaths.