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Daily Inspiration: Meet Cortney Goodman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cortney Goodman. 

Hi Cortney, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My cats actually got me into macrame, funnily enough. They were starting to eat my plants, my spider plant in particular. Which thankfully is nontoxic, but they were still killing my plants. So, I went looking for solutions to my plant problems and stumbled upon macrame plant hangers. I found a tutorial on some basic knots and started making plant hangers for myself and soon my friends and family. My friends and significant other encouraged me to branch out and start making wall hangings and quickly convinced me to start Curious Creations Macrame. 

I started doing pop-up markets around the Dayton area about a year ago. I now have my creations in Flour Box Gift Shop in Xenia and have a regular spot at 2nd Street Market in downtown Dayton. I still do pop-up markets around the Dayton and surrounding areas. Please check out my social media to see where I will be next. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I started Curious Creations Macrame during the pandemic, so there have been some challenges. Mostly with materials and finding places to set up my markets. Thankfully that hasn’t been much of an issue recently. 

Curious Creations Macrame has been busier than ever this year. I have many pop-up markets scheduled (please see my social media for dates) and am very pleased to announce I’ll be participating in Arts in the Alley in Grove City, September 16th-18th. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I make macrame creations of all kinds, from earrings to coasters to large wall-hangings and everything in between. I take commission orders so my work is very versatile. I’ve recently partnered with a local woman (Red Windmill Shop) to make my own designs for wooden earrings and of course add some macrame flare to them. 

My favorite design and most popular is a large wall-hanging named after my cat, Katrina. Although my new best sellers are the cutest daisy keychains. 

When I’m not tying knots, I’m usually at work. I work full-time at a local hospital as an X-ray tech in mammography/interventional radiology. I thoroughly enjoy helping people. Whether that’s healthcare-wise or simply decorating their home. I would love to make your macrame dreams come true. Please email me for your custom order needs. 

I find macrame to be very therapeutic; it’s almost like moving meditation. Macrame has taught me a lot of patience; I’m so grateful to have discovered the world of fiber art. 

We’d love to hear about what you think about risk-taking?
Starting a business, in general, feels like taking a risk. You’re putting all your hard work, time, effort, love, tears into something and showing it to the world. Sometimes it doesn’t work out, but sometimes it does. And it’s so glorious when it does. 

I personally feel like people should take risks, try. What’s the worst that could happen? They say no? You fail? So what? Try again and again. And again. Life is about learning and growing. 

I’m so glad I took the risk and started Curious Creations Macrame. I’m forever grateful to the amazing people who helped me get to this point, friends new and old. I appreciate you.
Be sure to check out Curious Creations Macrame on social media to see where the next market will be. Don’t forget to stop by and say hey, and bring your dog or cat.

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2 Comments

  1. Julie Clark

    August 4, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    I love your story and I love your creations!!! So happy to have you as a friend!

  2. Julie Clark

    August 4, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    I love hearing your story. Your creations are amazing and I’m so happy to have you as a friend.

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