MENOMINEE — Within the last six months, Stefanie McClelland has opened up shop at 1004 17th Ave. She said her store, McCraftie Creations, started off about three years ago but most of her business was done online.

Before opening her shop, McClelland was a full-time nurse; but, she said after a surgery went wrong three years ago she wasn’t able to stay in her job.

“I’ve always been kind of crafty,” she said, “so I was doing this out of my house, but within the last six months I’ve moved into this shop.”

This has been working pretty well for her so far, since her and her family’s home is right behind the shop. “It’s convenient because I’m able to walk to work, and if other crafters need things like vinyl (after hours) I can go over and open the shop since we own the house,” she said.

“I do a little bit of everything,” McClelland said, “Most of the stuff in my shop I make by hand, besides a few things. I was considering doing signature homestyles, which is kind of like the old home interiors, but it didn’t take off for me. I do custom vinyl shirts, custom sublimation and screen printing.”

McClelland started by making paper flowers, which she does still make and sell for people to use as displays and accent pieces. Customizing shirts is one of her favorite things to do, but since she does a bit of everything, she’s had people reach out to her for things other than customizing attire.

“People will message me and ask ‘Hey, can you make this?’ Most of the time I tell them I’ll try, but if it doesn’t work it doesn’t work, but I’ll try it. That’s how I started doing so many different things, because I never knew I was so good ad numerous things,” she said.

She said she adds vinyl to just about everything she does, and has also started doing a lot of pieces using epoxy. “A lot of people don’t know a lot about epoxy because it’s just starting to become popular. I have tumblers that are all customized using epoxy,” she said.

McClelland explained that epoxy requires two parts mixed together evenly, and it comes out as a clear substance. Once the design is finished, the epoxy is applied, which protects the design from damage. “After I design them, I put them on a turner for six to eight hours,” she said. She has a wide variety of designs she’s used on her tumblers, including using grass from the lawn as a medium.

Most of McClelland’s customers are used to messaging her online, so she said there haven’t been many people coming in and out of her shop. “I’m in the process of getting a sign out in front besides the little one I have right now,” she said.

Some of the designs she gets on her tumblers are made with a technique called hydro dipping. She explained that to do it, she takes a bucket and fills it with water, then she sprays spray paint into it and dips the piece into it. “I do that with a lot of my tumblers just to get that cool effect.”

McClelland said that she’ll still accept messages from people who want to ask her to make things, but she also encourages people to come to the store in person.