We had the good fortune of connecting with Tracy-Lyn Habig and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tracy-Lyn, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I started Rustics by TL very organically, in that I wasn’t really looking to start a business. I wanted to learn how to macrame for myself because I was really craving a creative outlet. It was a big change for me to go from being very career driven to choosing to be a stay-at-home mom. For many stay-at-home parents, you can begin to feel a little lost at first when you give up your career. My career had defined who I was my whole life. Now who was I? Did I go to college to do laundry and dishes all day? For some people, being a parent is enough. For me, I needed something more, something that was just for me. As I started to create things for my family, I had friends asking to buy things so it just made sense for me. I started off really slow and to be honest, I wasn’t very good. But it was filling me up in a way that I wasn’t getting before. So I practiced and practiced and just started. You should have seen my first display the first time I did an event. It was horrible. But I am a firm believer in just starting something and learning as you go and that is what I did.
Now my brand has expanded from just Rustics by TL, which focuses on fiber art, teaching workshops, custom pieces, and large installations to also owning Macrame by TL, which focuses on DIY kits so others can also learn how to macrame too! I come from an education background so teaching others made a lot of sense for me. My DIY macrame kits are geared for ages 6-adult. My rainbow macrame kits are a perfect craft to do with kids and it really allows kids to be creative and do things with their hands (and it gets them off the screen so its a win-win!).
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
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Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend visiting the Temecula area, it would be so easy to fill up a week full of adventures. We would obviously hit all the amazing wineries in the area, my favorite winery being Miramonte. We would for sure visit Old Town Temecula where they have really ramped up and are filled with delicious local restaurants. Being in Temecula is such a perfect location in that we are 1-2 hours from everything. Then we would probably head to Big Bear for a few days, head to Palm Springs for a couple days of relaxing in the desert and finish off the week at the beach in Carlsbad.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to thank my very supportive husband for recognizing my need and craving to do something that was for me and for always supporting my venture!