I love hearing what different people are interested in and the artist that I want to introduce you today is fascinating.
Jessi Munn is fascinating because she has so many interests and she has created a business that includes all of her passions.
I’m always trying to encourage others to find hobbies that feed your mind, body and spirit (see Three Hobbies You Need for a Beautiful Life) and Jessi has done just that.
Everyone takes a different path on this journey to find happiness so learn from Jessi and do whatever it takes to find your bliss, your peace, your joy.
Learn from Jessie of Sunshine Hideaway
What hobby are you good at?
I focus my business, Sunshine Hideaway, on caged stones, crochet and woven goods, and tarot and oracle readings (aka divination).
I really love them all!
How long have you been doing it and why did you start? What got you interested?
I have been reading tarot cards for 8 years, and I started learning in college to help my club get more money. I’ve always been interested in symbolism and tarot opened up a gateway to be able to help people through readings.
I learned to crochet when I was really young–my babysitter was crocheting squares for her church, and I thought it was cool, so she taught me. I’ve crocheted off and on since then, and I love it.
I took a trip to Romania in 2011, and one of the people we visited had a handmade loom and I was fascinated. They even let me work on it!! I was so grateful they took a chance with an American and allowed me to work on their artwork. It wasn’t until 2015 that I bought my own rigid heddle loom and started weaving for myself. Now I’ve graduated to making table runners and tapestries for chakra healers and the LGBT crowd! I’ve even made bracelets to sell at my local LGBT prom.
What are the benefits for you? What do you get out of it? Why is this your passion?
These are my passions for different reasons.
I love the art of divination because it allows me to connect to the universe and help others through healing. I’m also really good at finding inspiring programs, books, etc. online and often I find myself offering spiritual coaching or guidance to those who come to me to have their cards read. Sometimes the cards speak directly to me so that I know how to best help this person.
As far as caging stones goes, I love it because it is a meditative experience for me. I get to focus on it like a puzzle and solve it like a problem. I get satisfaction from accentuating the “good” parts of a stone when caging it. I love making art that helps others recognize the beauty all around us, because we live in a beautiful world, and I think everyone should experience the world as a good, beautiful, and supportive place.
My fiber arts (crochet and weaving) are repetitive and, thus, meditative, as well. I like coming up with new patterns and creating new things. I also like how variable weaving is and how changing the warp color can change the color of the whole piece.
How did you get good at it?
Taking lessons, learning, teaching myself, and being teachable.
Even those who don’t really know specifically about your craft will be able to give you ideas.
For example, I frequent the local yarn shop and take my weaving down there (I’ll soon start teaching beginning weaving classes there), and one of the owners suggested I make a handbag pattern.
I had never thought of it, but I was able to dream it up.
Those ladies have been so wonderful, helpful, and supportive, it’s just so great to be able to learn from them.
What advice would you give to beginners? What shortcuts or secrets can you share?
There are no shortcuts to a good craft.
If you want to make money doing your craft (and you want to make a living off of it), get a business coach, or go to business school.
Teach yourself. YouTube, Pinterest, and Facebook hobby groups are your friends.
As are your local hobby shops.
Big box stores don’t usually care too much about their customers, but little local shops care, and they want you to come back, so they’ll remember your name and your projects and ask how things are going every time you walk in their door.
Use them as a resource and service, not just as a place to get your raw materials.
Ask your customers what they want. Take suggestions. Take surveys of your customers…get to know them really well.
Are you a member of any local or national organization/club related to your hobby? If yes, please share the name and benefits of belonging.
No, but this is a good idea!
If you happen to make money from your interest, do you have a website, Etsy store, Facebook page, other social media, that you would like to share?
Yes, you can find me on Etsy, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Etsy shop: etsy.com/shop/sunshinehideaway
Any other information that you would like to share?
Good luck to any of those out there looking to expand their craft!
I’d like to extend an invitation to use a special coupon code HOBSESS16 for 15% off orders $15 or more. Pop over to get a reading or handmade gift for yourself or a loved one.
Coupon code good thru the end of the year!
Connect with Jessi
Be sure and visit Jessi’s website at Sunshine Hideaway to learn more about her and her collection.
And don’t forget to take advantage of the coupon HOBSESS16 for 15% off orders $15 or more through 2016.
There are so many unique and beautiful products in her shop so pop on over and take advantage of Jessi’s talents and generosity.
Be Like Jessi
Just as Jessi has turned her many passions into a profitable business, so can you.
There is absolutely nothing that can stop you from pursuing your passion – except you.
If you are interested in pursuing any of these interests as a hobby or even as a way to profit, check out our Jewelry Making or Crocheting hobby pages and get started learning. Then, you can become the expert.
What did you like most about Jessi’s story? Let us know in the comments below.
If you would like to share your hobby, go to Get Interviewed where you can sign up to be interviewed and answer the questions like the ones above. I am always on the lookout for experts to share their story.
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