Today we’d like to introduce you to Lydia Gonzalez.
Hi Lydia, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I grew up in Michigan. Many of my childhood days were spent with my grandmother. She has taught me the basics in hand sewing, cross stitch, and quilting. All starting at the age of five.
I learned how to make crochet chains from a babysitter when I was eight years old. She was one of the oldest daughters of a dairy farmer. My cousin and I helped on the farm, too.
Fast forward to 2011, I became pregnant with my first son. That’s when I learned how to really crochet to make his first blanket.
Now I’m a married stay-at-home mom. Who loves to crochet, sew, embroider, cook, bake, restore furniture, fix stuff, garden, sculpt clay, woodworking, wreath making, draw, and paint.
With all of these skills, I couldn’t help but put them to good use and create fun things for my home, family, and friends.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I’m still just getting started! The struggle now is remembering to take the pictures before, during, and after each project. This high-tech era is all about seeing the process content.
Also, I have a hard time putting myself out there. I’m not outgoing. Being this way makes me feel like even starting a conversation about a paid item is rude.
All of this means I have little to no budget, but I’m not worried yet. I keep within my household’s spending and just started branding in March of 2022. That’s my first big step into the spotlight completed.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in crochet and hand sewing. I absolutely love Tunisian crochet! It uses a longer crochet hook to keep multiple loops on it, like in knitting. Then with hand sewing, I love making small quilting designs.
I would say I’m known for my crochet shawls. I love using cotton lace weight yarn to make triangular shawls.
I am most proud of my memorial amigurumi. Crocheted stuffed dolls. They are completely free to the person receiving them. I make them for those who have lost someone.
What’s different about me is I do mostly custom orders. I don’t have a stockpile of garments, amigurumi, blankets, or other products. Which, of course, leads to fewer sales. But I love what I create even more and don’t get burned out.
If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
I work one-on-one with my customers to make sure the product they’re receiving is perfect for them. Even going as far as hand sketching and coloring a rough draft of what they want with the materials I have on hand or know I can get for them.
- $5 – two coasters
- $20 – one 16 the square throw pillow cover
- $40 – children’s sweater/jacket
- $90 – Cotton lace shawl
- Instagram: @chillzdapenguin
- Facebook: @chillzCrafting