We had the good fortune of connecting with Carlie Hatley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Carlie, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
There was no real thought process, it happened pretty organically. During the COVID lockdowns, I saw an opportunity to try new skills at home. Like many others, I tried making my own sourdough and a myriad of other hobbies. It was during that period I fell in love with creating macrame art. My mom and grandmother were my biggest cheerleaders and encouraged me to keep going. I began posting my work on social media, and other people started asking me to create custom macrame pieces. Prior to macrame, I never saw myself as an artist, so I was very flattered that people liked my work.

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Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a mom to a one-year old, a full-time first grade teacher in a competitive school district, and a student in graduate school. When my baby is asleep for the night, I spend my evenings fulfilling macrame orders and studying to become an educational diagnostician. I find joy in hard work and crossing items off my to-do list. I could compare my busy schedule to a waltz: timing is everything and I’m constantly thinking several steps ahead. I have learned that my morning routine sets the tone for the remainder of my day, so I always make my bed when I wake up. This sounds silly, but the simple act of making my bed helps me stay motivated and I tell myself, “Alright, the bed is made, what else can I accomplish today?”
When I create macrame art, I try to create something I would cherish in my own home. Because I put love into every work of art, I have the tendency to take it personally when my work goes unappreciated. For this reason, selling my macrame art has taught me a very important lesson: I cannot please everyone and not everyone has the same taste and aesthetics as I do. Rejection does not equate to failure, and I remind myself that macrame started out as a hobby, not to impress other people.

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If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Anyone that knows me knows I love yoga, reading, shopping, and Sephora. My ideal day in DFW would probably start with a hot yoga class at Soul Sweat followed by brunch and shopping for new books. I’m a big fan of Seven Mile Cafe and Snooze for brunch. If I want to do something family-friendly, I enjoy taking my son to the local library, the Fort Worth Zoo, and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. If I could have dinner anywhere, I’d choose Goat & Vine or Grimaldi’s. So good!

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Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank my mom, grandmother, and husband for being my support system. The love and encouragement I receive from them have kept me inspired and motivated. I would also like to thank everyone who has purchased my macrame art. It is such a compliment to know that you have deemed my work beautiful enough to exist in your homes. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Instagram: @wildwildcrafts or @wildwildweststarringwillsmith

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carlie.rosenthal/

Other: https://www.facebook.com/wildwildcrafts/

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