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Meet Kelsey Holden

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelsey Holden.

Kelsey, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
It was 2018 and I was looking for a creative outlet and so I took an embroidery class at a maker space that used to exist in South Baltimore. I was hooked upon learning the machine and spent many evenings there for months to come starting up my Etsy business.

Eventually, the maker space closed, and I lost my space to embroider. Fast forward to 2020, it was during the pandemic that I realized I needed my creative outlet again to cope with the stress of the pandemic, and my wedding I had to postpone due to COVID-19.

It was like the stars aligned and the same machine I learned to embroidery on was for sale on the Facebook marketplace nearby. So, I bought the machine and began my real investment into my business.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It hasn’t been a smooth road. I’ve had to learn how to operate my embroidery machine and once I purchased my own I also had to learn how to fix errors that I encountered so I could continue to embroider a project.

I’ve relied heavily on Facebook groups for embroidery to ask other makers when I run into embroidery issues.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Good Dog Designs is a machine embroidery business based in Baltimore, MD specializing in punny designs, custom orders, and seasonal gifts since 2018. Inspired by the unbounded joy my dog has every day, I established this business to unleash my creative passion.

I’m known for my punny dog collar bandanas and my Baltimore Ravens baseball caps.

I’m most proud of putting myself out there and being fearless in producing a design and product that may not sell. There is nothing more satisfying than creating a design and customers loving it.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
Yes, invest in yourself. I also have learned that my creative outlet can be a coping mechanism for going through a difficult time because it requires you to focus on the project in front of you and does not allow you to let your mind wander.

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