1. Please tell us about the items in your Etsy shop. What do you make? How did you learn your craft? What is involved in your creative process?
My Etsy shop has hand-made clothing and gifts for children. I started sewing with my grandma as a small child (my first creation was a Barbie doll skirt) and until I had children most of my crafting time was spent quilting. After my girls were born I moved into sewing clothing and toys for them. My shop offers mainly clothing, but I also have some keepsake gifts, toys, and even cards that pop up from time to time. The creative process for my designs is pretty straight-forward. I keep a sketchbook with me at all times and draw up whatever comes to mind. I also frequent fabric stores in person and online to try to find unusual mixes of fabrics that you don't see every day. 99% of my work is done after 8pm when my girls go to bed. It's the only time I can think, let alone get any work done.
2. Tell us two (or more) other interesting things about you.
I recently tried to complete my first triathlon, but an untimely thunderstorm cancelled the swim portion. So, I've had to sign up for another race in September so I can say I have actually finished one.
I'm very outdoorsy. My husband and I love to hike, canoe, kayak, fish etc.
3. What inspires your creations?
MY GIRLS! Everything that I make is designed originally for one of my children or to give to one of their friends. You can usually tell what colors are the favorites in our house by what new items I'm listing, because my oldest helps me pick out fabric. You can also tell what creatures/animals/designs are fascinating us, and what is lacking in our closets. You also see a lot of sister sets that coordinate, but don't match...that's just our thing:)
4. What is your biggest challenge related to your Etsy shop?
I only have girls, so it is a struggle for me to come up with unique creations for boys that are cute, but still a little rugged...I'm working on it though:)
5. What is your favorite item in your shop (currently for sale or previously sold)? Why is it your favorite?
I think the fall coyote tee in my shop is probably my favorite. I love it because my oldest daughter, "Belle," currently has a bit of a coyote obsession. She's typically only interested in princesses, so I am really enjoying this new fascination. I designed the t-shirt for her, at her request. She even selected the fabrics, so right now...it's my fave. But ask me again next week and I'll probably have a different answer:)
6. If you had a gift certificate to Etsy for any one item you wanted, what would you buy?
I almost never buy or make anything for myself, so if I could pick any item I would love to have this skirt! It makes me giggle just to think about owning it.
7. What crafting skill(s) do you wish you had or hope to learn someday?
I'm working on my photography skills. I've had a lot of experience with landscape and take some pretty decent shots of the natural world, but right now I'm working on capturing life in motion...it's NOT easy, but I'm having a lot of fun.
8. Where else can we find out more about you and/or your creations?
I have a blog that I update with the latest creations from our house. It's part sewing, part kid-crafting, part inspirations for new projects.
I also have a Facebook page for the Etsy shop.