Episode 05 - Kay Casey with Kay at Home
Kay is a maker working with wood and resin and she is also the mom of a young teenager. She has been running her own business, Kay at Home, for two years now. Before that she had another small business that she owned and operated. Kay does amazing things with wood and resin, but the most important part of her life is her daughter, Madison, who is also a blossoming artist.
Here is a bit of an excerpt from Kay’s interview as originally posted in the Diary of a #Momprenuer Blog:
1. Please introduce your self
My name is Kay Casey and first and foremost a Mom of a wonderful 13-year-old daughter, soon to be 14. For all of you who have heard that teens can be pretty scary, I’m actually really blessed, because she is a great kid. Knock on wood, which I have plenty of! She’s a wonderful, wonderful girl. So first and foremost that is my number one job, being Madison’s Mom. Then following that, I am a maker and artisan and own my own company which is Kay at Home.
2. How Long have you been a maker and how did you get started?
I started in October of 2016, so I’m quite new at it actually. Prior to October of 2016, I’d been running a different small business that I’d started just a year before that in the fall of 2015. I was volunteering at my daughter’s school to do a garden make over and redesign the school’s outdoor spaces. And with that I was fortunate that my work was widely noticed within my community. So people began to ask the school administrators, “Who’s doing your landscaping”, and they would say that’s a student’s Mom volunteering to redo the gardens. And from that I affectionately became known as garden mom. I created a small business under that name. So, during spring of 2016 to late fall of 2016 I was able to redesign several gardens and properties in my community. And then it was fall of 2016 and Canadian winter was about to hit, and Lord knows you can’t landscape here in the winter. So, in mid-October I went to the barnboard store in Hamilton, and that was my very first time ever going into any such store. I bought my very first piece of black walnut and I made a sign for my sister. I was hooked, so by February of 2017 I changed my name from Garden Mom to Kay at Home.