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Cre­at­ing as a cou­ple is a dream come true for Pix­iebell own­ers

Mollie Makes (US) - - CONTENTS - Words: Kim Lay­ton Fol­low Kim on Twit­ter @Every­thingEtsy

Hus­band and wife join forces in knit­ting

Christo­pher didn’t ex­pect his fu­ture to in­clude days spent knit­ting

Through my blog Every­thingEtsy.com, I’ve had the won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to get to know thou­sands of on­line sell­ers over the years and there are a few “dreams” that I hear about over and over again. The idea of two lov­ing part­ners both be­ing able to quit their jobs and work to­gether full time is one of the most fer­vently sought af­ter of them all.

Diane and Christo­pher Serviss of Pix­iebell ( www.pix­iebell.etsy.com) have suc­ceeded in this quest and they now work side-by-side mak­ing some of the most won­der­fully orig­i­nal hand­made knit hats to be found any­where. They per­son­ally hand­craft their prod­ucts and ship them world­wide from their home base in Florida.

Pix­iebell’s de­signs are so pop­u­lar that the shop has had over 20,000 sales since it opened in 2007 and its hats have been fea­tured in print, on the sil­ver screen, and on tele­vi­sion.

The son of a po­lice­man, and a con­struc­tion fore­man in a pre­vi­ous ca­reer, Christo­pher might not have ex­pected his fu­ture to in­clude days spent knit­ting. But when shop or­ders be­gan to over­whelm Diane af­ter the first cou­ple of years, he de­cided to go for it and hasn’t looked back. He loves the seren­ity and rhythm of knit­ting and is ob­vi­ously quite good at it!

Diane loves the work. In ad­di­tion to her great hap­pi­ness at be­ing able to work closely with her hus­band, she also has found that there is a de­signer in­side her that speaks through her knit­ting. She talks about it on her shop’s About page: “I have a voice that needs to be heard in the form of wo­ven bits of yarn and string.”

An in­spir­ing cou­ple sell­ing beau­ti­ful cre­ations on­line. Sto­ries like this are what I love about the on­go­ing and ex­cit­ing “maker move­ment.”

The Gnome Knit Hat (shown in green) is a cus­tomer fa­vorite.

Watch for Diane’s knit­ting book in stores soon!

“There is noth­ing bet­ter than get­ting to work with your best friend ev­ery sin­gle day.” – Diane Serviss

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