Developing a love for the arts and hard work started early for Madison Gutshall. In high school, she got involved in art classes and began painting in addition to other clubs, sports teams and part-time jobs.
The first handmade items she sold were painted wine bottles that began as a class project but exploded into much more. She painted designs on bottles, adding lights and other things to make them beautiful and unique for each customer. After wine bottles were wooden flags, crafted and painted for each customer’s unique desires.
Today, Gutshall keeps herself busy by working a full-time job. But on the side, she uses her knack for art and design to create custom signs and decor for her dedicated clients. Many of her customers have been following her work since she was painting wine bottles and have bought her other creations along the way.
Gutshall’s new endeavor has exploded on Facebook and in the local community. She has created a new name for her business, Knob Hill Co. The business is named after the property Gutshall and her boyfriend recently bought on which to build a home. The page has over 600 followers, and Gutshall plans to launch a website soon on which followers can browse her supply of custom creations.
Being able to execute a business while also working a full-time job is not easy. But Gutshall manages to do it well, and is excited to see her side job growing larger. When she got back into crafting after about a two-year break, she did not expect it to blow up as much as it did.
“I think my favorite part of this is knowing my hard work is hanging in someone’s home. It really makes me feel good knowing that people like my art enough to want to hang it up and display it in their houses,” Gutshall said.