Beyond Crafting: Creating Your Most Inspired Life.

Meet Your Maker

May 29, 2020 Holli Mostella Season 1 Episode 1
Beyond Crafting: Creating Your Most Inspired Life.
Meet Your Maker
Show Notes Transcript

You guys knows me as Holli Mostella, content creator. With this platform, i want to show you what it’s like behind the craft room doors. To bring in people that inspire me, and to have a place where my voice can be heard.

Thank for joining for my first official episode of Beyond Crafting. Where I hope to encourage you in and outside of the craft room.. or if you are like me for many years, at the kitchen table.

In this episode I want to reveal more of myself. So we can get to know each other before we get started on this amazing adventure. 

So, while we go through this journey together, here’s a few things to know about me: I am a mama to two beautiful daughters. Yes, it’s hard, yes, it’s almost impossible to get things done, but that’s for another episode. I am a huge advocate for mental health, and many other things that stigma surrounds. I am a lover of all things crafty. I make glitter and artistic tumblers, I love metal stamping like with Impressart, I love hand lettering images for my patrons, and I am a Product Expert for Cricut.

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A special thank you to my Angel Patrons:

+Peachy Olive Glitters: http://peachyoliveglitters.com

+Backfist Customs Glitter: http://backfistcustomsglitter.com

+My Glitter Addiction: http://www.MyGlitterAddiction.com

+Ann Dixon

+Amy Sullivan: http://www.facebook.com/glitterismyjam

+Molly Carroll

+Wanderlust Glitter: http://www.wanderdustglitters.com 

+Ashley Marie: https://www.facebook.com/groups/417239642278873

+Ciarla Jenisse: http://instagram.com/laracis.designs

+Mayra Elena: https://www.instagram.com/craftingbymayra

+Raven Noelle: https://instagram.com/lightningandskycreations

See you next time. <3 


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Hello and thank for joining for my first official episode of Beyond Crafting. Where I hope to encourage you in and outside of the craft room.. or if you are like me for many years, at the kitchen table.

You guys knows me as Holli mostella, content creator. With this platform, i want to show you what it’s like behind the craft room doors. To bring in people that inspire me, and to have a place where my voice can be heard. 

In this episode I want to reveal more of myself. So we can get to know each other before we get started on this amazing adventure. 


I grew up crafting. I loved making everything by hand, and I’m going to be honest, most of my projects came from supplies laying around the house. I felt such a sense of accomplishment when I could take things that I planned to toss, or shoved away in drawers, and create something meaningful. 


I started out with my roots in embroidery. I went to nursing school and on the weekends, would make small sells to have enough for gas money and food, back and forth to school. In my last semester of nursing school, I failed by a tenth of a point. When I could have been taking my boards to be a registered nurse, I fell into a depression. But, days later came my saving grace. I had been married for 3 years, and had a dream that God handed me a pink blanket, and told me to trust His plan. I held the bundle that God had given me in my trembling arms, he told me her name was Harlow. The next morning, I took a pregnancy test, and guess what.. two pink lines. And what would I name her? I think you already have an idea. 


Time went on, and I suffered major PPD. And I’m not talking about depression that would be better on some days than others, truly dark depression that changed me. I divorced when my baby was just 6 months old, and started a new life. It was time to find myself. 


Just a short while later, I found Matt. Matt gave me another beautiful baby girl we named Mayer, and the PPD i had with Harlow was only a preview of something darker to come. 


“You’re going to kill yourself.” That thought tormented my mind for months. There was no way out. It was too dark. I had a family that was incredibly supportive, beautiful baby girls, but the depression took me down a dark path that felt alone and hopeless. 


I went into liver failure while pregnant Mayer. I was on bed rest for 7 months, with several debilitating problems. After she was born, the hormones took over, and I lost my identity. Matt was working around the clock to support us, and we lived not just paycheck to paycheck, but solely off credit cards. We had no idea how we would get out of the debt we were in, but one day I knew it was time to step up and help. He had been the anchor for our family for so long, and I could see he was beginning to struggle, too. Our family was falling apart. 


With our last credit card, I maxed it out buying a Cricut Maker. I had had every machine since 2006, but sold them here and there to make ends meet. I knew I had to make this work, our family needed me. 


I had less than $50 in the bank that I had borrowed from my mother. I got bare minimum supplies, and started advertising on my public Facebook page. My body was still not recovered enough to go back to work outside of the house, so selling from home was my only choice. It was a challenge, but I was ready to tackle it head on. 


I started noticing that as I crafted, the depression began to slip away. I had a purpose again. I had an identity. I was contributing to my household. Small amounts? Yeah! But contributing, still. 


While in crafting groups on Facebook, I noticed there was not a good fit for me. I wanted to be more hands on, provide more education. Create a kind, safe environment, so I started my own group, Cricut Craft Life. I loved sharing my tips and tricks, which inspired me to start a YouTube channel. I shot videos on my kitchen table with my phone and a lamp without a shade, for lighting. Not the best set up, but hey, it was a start! 


Experience helped me grow. Helping people helped me grow. Providing education and watching people thrive from the tools that I gave them helped me grow. And in return, the group began to flourish. It had over 100k members in the first year, and now, going on 3 years later, has almost 250k members. 


Because the group was so large, I had a desire for a more intimate setting, and to share my images that I hand lettered, so I started a Patreon account. There, members get access to all my files, lives crafts with me, huge discounts, and most importantly, it has become a sisterhood. My Patreon family is truly that, family. 


While CCL grew, The CEO of Cricut reached out to me.. which is something that is still so surreal. I became a product Expert for Cricut, a title I hold so dear to my heart. 


My Instagram grew, where I would share little tidbits of encouragement with my posts. But I still felt like I had so much more to say, so much more of myself to give. I knew that starting a podcast was pulling me for a reason. 




So, while we go through this journey together, here’s a few things to know about me: I am a mama to two beautiful daughters. Yes, it’s hard, yes, it’s almost impossible to get things done, but that’s for another episode. I am a huge advocate for mental health, and many other things that stigma surrounds. I am a lover of all things crafty. I make glitter and artistic tumblers, I love metal stamping like with Impressart, I love hand lettering images for my patrons, and I am a Product Expert for Cricut.