Oct. 06--TRAVERSE CITY -- Janice Johnson and her friends were brainstorming craft ideas when she came across a clock made from a plate. Making Time was born.
Since the inspiration hit Johnson in 2008, she has grown Making Time from a hobby into a successful online Etsy shop. She makes clocks from plates, saw blades and old vinyl records in her home in Traverse City. She recently began making desk accessories from old tin cans.
Johnson has always loved to craft, but the plates were the first items she has sold.
"It started slow by doing a few craft shows, and after I started selling on Etsy in 2009 it has grown every year," Johnson said.
Her most successful year was 2014. Business almost doubled from 2013. This year, business has grown 30 or 35 percent, she said.
Johnson has no plans to open her own store. But she is open to expanding her crafting business to whatever new ideas catch her eye.
"You put a new idea in front of me and I immediately want to do it," she said. "It's a good thing because it's creative and I love it but also a bad thing because it gets me going in so many different directions that I have to pull it back in."
Johnson finds inspiration for new clock designs everywhere. Her favorite trolling grounds include garage and estate sales. She looks for vintage plates and interesting embellishments. She also walks through her scenic neighborhood, where she finds unique stones.
She draws some recent inspiration from her own original clock designs.
"I love looking back at some of the stuff that I first did when I wasn't selling clocks and had more time to be creative with them."
But her favorite part about Making Time isn't actually making the clocks. It's having a finished product that her clients love.
"Some artists enjoy the creative process but I enjoy the end where I'm selling my product and somebody likes what I've made and wants to display it in their house," she said.
Each clock takes anywhere from a few days to a week to complete. Johnson sells each one for $30 to $75, depending on custom features ordered by each customer.
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