Rachel Walker Youngblade

I'm a maker, writer and communications strategist living in Oakland, CA. Moonwalker Things is my creative outlet and a place to share my personal passions and what I've learned on my journey to small business ownership. What you'll find here: some making, a little bit of musing, and a lot of pictures. 



Handmade clay and fiber necklaces, earrings, incense holders and plant hangers inspired by space, plant life and natural patterns.



Year One, In the Books

People tend to have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day. Some love the chance for romance, some hate the commercialism. For me, it’s taken on a new meaning. As of Valentine’s Day 2018, I will have been in business for one whole year.

I’ve got to say, I’m generally good with math, but this date really snuck up on me. I only registered the significance recently and then had a little teary moment thinking of all that’s happened in the last year.

Going from late-night creative explorations squeezed in between work and normal life to opening my Etsy shop and making more than 50 sales is a big leap for someone who hadn’t thought of owning her own small business until late 2016.

While Moonwalker Things is still in the early phases of growth, I have so much hope for what it could be and what good it can bring into my life. I’m grateful beyond words for the opportunity to explore my creative interests, and I’m proud of myself for taking the first shaky steps before I felt truly ready (because that moment never comes).

“Thank you” does not do the feeling justice, but I’ll say it anyway. To all of the friends who have supported my work and fellow artists who have encouraged me and given priceless advice -- you are the absolute best. Especially Krys at Chan + Krys for selling my jewelry on consignment alongside their chic sustainable fashion at some of the biggest craft shows in the area. You made me feel like a real artist before I had the courage to say it myself.

Maybe this all sounds a little sappy, but I’m in a sappy mood. Indulge me.

I’m not sure exactly where this creative adventure will end up, but I like the road I’m traveling. Here’s to more knotting, dyeing, cutting, sewing, painting, and playing with clay this year.