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Meet the Maker: Little Ditty

We get to hang out this month with Diane from Little Ditty hailing from Minnesota!  Diane has some of the best snarkiest phrases you’ll ever be able to put on your walls and we seriously love working with her in both our Fargo and Sioux Falls shops!  CHECK OUT OUR LIVE FACEBOOK VIDEO IN DIANE’S STUDIO, TOO!!

Tell us a bit about yourself:

Hey, I’m Diane!  I’m originally from Waubun, MN but currently live in lakes country in Detroit Lakes, MN. I work very part-time at the DLCC here in town. Where I watch people’s kiddos as they workout and get to bring my twin toddlers with to help wear off their never ending energy. So total win-win! Hobbies get harder to have after having kids, but as time allows I do love to work on our fixer upper home, repurpose items and make very long hunny do lists.

Describe your handmade business:

For the past year I’ve been mostly focusing on making small gift size signs with snarky and witty sayings on them. I repurpose old wood and create fun pieces out of it.

What is one of your most favorite items you have made?

When I first started my “Little Ditty” I repurposed furniture and made custom furniture pieces. With being a SAHM those pieces ended up being too time consuming. I really miss doing that part of my business but being able to make these small signs that make me laugh daily is definitely rewarding. Most of them are little sneak peeks into my life, especially the parenting and coffee ones.

What is your snarkiest saying you’ve used so far?

I always get the best laughs out of people from my, “Don’t be sad, laundry. Nobody’s doing me either.” sign. Oh and, “BOOTYCALL: a shout from the bathroom letting you know it’s time to go wipe someone’s butt.”

What are your most essential tools?

My silhouette cameo, computer, vinyl, hand sander, miter saw, pandora, wine, snacks  and lots of coffee.

How has your business evolved over the years since beginning?

Oh goodness, if only you all saw me when I first announced I was starting my own business. I had no clue where I was going to begin what I was going to do. Everything slowly kind of all fell into place. It started mostly as a hobby and turned into a business. Fast forward three years later, I now sell at six retail spaces (and counting), set up at local events, license designs, do custom orders and have an Etsy shop. Life is good.

What is a word that best describes you?

Awkward. Ha. But really, most of the time I am. I beat to my own drum and roll with it. As one of my signs says, “My life is just a series of awkward and humiliating moments separated by snacks.” My life in a nut shell.


What advice would you have given yourself 5 years ago?

Good question, hmmm. Travel more. I wish I would have taken more time prior to kids to explore the world. Newest life goal is to go someplace new at least once a year.

Any super random tidbit about you?!

I like to surprise people and do spontaneous things, even if they seem crazy to me at the time. Like skydiving. Which probably should be well thought out especially if you get motion sickness…lesson learned.


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