Meet Andrea, the string art maker behind Southern Stringin’.
How did you start Southern Stringin’?
I started making string art just as a hobby at first, I saw it on Pinterest a few years ago and knew that I could do that myself, so I made a huge “home sweet home” sign for my house! After some of my friends saw that, they wanted me to make them a sign for their kids or for themselves. I decided one day last October that I would turn it into a little business and try to sell my signs at a store in Paris (Just Simply Southern). My string art did really well there and I had a great response…from there it grew to what it is today! I sell my signs at five different stores around Central Kentucky and one store in Louisville! The response I get from people at Market 301 is definitely overwhelming; I love the support from local people and it’s certainly grown into something bigger then I thought it would ever be!
Is Southern Stringin’ a full-time gig for you?
Southern Stringin’ is just a part-time gig for me. I work full-time for the Social Security Administration as a Claims Specialist. My “stringin” gig is what I do as a stress reliever from my real job!
What are your short-term goals for your brand?
My short-term goals for my string art have already been exceeded (and then some!) My goal when I started this in October was to be a vendor at the Market 301 and out of pure luck I was able to pop in for the December event when another vendor was unable to be there. The exposure that Mindy gives us from being vendors at Market 301 has been what has grown my business to what it is today and I am truly grateful for that!
What’s your favorite thing about Kentucky?
My favorite thing about Kentucky is the way us Kentuckians show true pride from where we are from and for our state. I don’t know of any other state that has as much pride as ours does. Kentuckians are the most supportive people I’ve ever met, we are the most friendly, caring, and giving people and I love that I can say that I’m from here! As different as we all can be, it seems like Kentuckians can always find something in common to talk about!
Where are you from in Kentucky?
I’m from Paris, KY originally and I still live there today! I lived in Lexington when I was going to school at the University of Kentucky but quickly went back to my small town shortly after I graduated in 2007. I’m not married and don’t have kids (that’s how I have time to do all this string art!) I do have an 8-year old chocolate lab who has my heart and a 16-month old nephew who provides me and my family with endless entertainment!
Do share! What are your Lexington favorites:
Restaurant: Since I live in Paris, I don’t come to Lexington often to try out all the local food places but I certainly have a long list of places I can’t wait to try! My favorite restaurant is Windy Corner…the food is SO good and the scenery is even better plus it’s just a stones throw away from Bourbon County!
Bar: I don’t go out to bars much these days, but hands down my favorite bar in Lexington would have to be the Chevy Chase Inn…my uncle was the manager there for years (he recently retired but still bar tends a few days a week). It’s the place I had my first legal drink when I turned 21 and it was by far the strongest LIT I have ever had! It’s a great “hole in the wall” place with lots of character! If you ever get a chance, stop in a say hi to “Redeye.”
Late night grub: Well since I don’t get out to the bars in Lexington much, my favorite late night grub would have to be Sonic in Paris because it’s the only thing open past 11pm down there!
Sweets/treats: My favorite sweets/treats place is Cold Stone ice cream! I’m not big on sweets but it’s hard not to stop in there and get some cake batter ice cream with sprinkles on top!
Lunch spot: I work in Hamburg so my favorite lunch spot over here is the Shanghai Bistro, it’s a tiny little Chinese spot but they’re food is the best!
Outdoor place: My favorite outdoor place is definitely Stoner Creek in Paris, I’ve got a kayak and there’s not much better than getting out there on the water and seeing all the historic horse farms from a different perspective. It’s certainly peaceful to say the least!