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Woman crochets her way to success | Made in SA

A new hobby leads to unexpected success and a second career for one local woman who calls her business Craft Tree by Terry.

SAN ANTONIO — For Terry Frey, most of her days are spent in her craft room.

"I've done a number of crafts. I started with basket weaving and then I went to stained glass, and pottery, and cross-stitch," Craft Tree by Terry, owner, Terry Frey said. "Then I went to crocheting and I don't know why, but I have enjoyed doing it."

For Fry, it's her time to relax. 

"It's a stress reliever to work with your hands," Frey said. 

It was about 25 years ago, in her retirement, Frey thought she might like to knit. This innovative grandmother turned to the internet for help.

"I taught myself how to crochet on YouTube basically, so I am self-taught doing it," Fry said. 

She uses a needle and yarn to create her critters.

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Craft Tree by Terry critters

"To me, it's almost like giving birth you know crafting them," Frey said. "I would give them to my granddaughters but they had so many that I decided that maybe I needed to expand a little."

Heading to market with her "stuffies" and realizing her "grands," as she affectionately refers to her grandchildren, weren't the only ones who loved them.

"It's nice seeing the little kids enjoying them and even the big kids actually," Frey said. 

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Craft Tree by Terry, octopus critter

At 74 years old and 10 years in business, Craft Tree by Terry, is now a regular at local markets and is even displayed at Handmade on Main in Boerne, Texas.

"It's been fun," Frey said. 

This modest grandmother has a message for anyone who thinks they may have missed their moment to start something new.

"If you love it, then do it. There's a lot of talent out there and I'm surprised I'm doing it," Frey said.