I’m an crafting mother of two with a full time job, so this is something that I do after kids (and often husband) have gone to sleep – and during nap times.
1. I've never been very good at waiting for someone else to do something - especially when I know I could probably figure it out on my own. On my birthday list this year is a cordless drill and a pair of work gloves. My husband is going to have to learn to keep up!
2. I'm semi-obsessed with finding the perfect chai recipe
3. My favorite thing to watch on TV right now is Modern Family, and Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. Past that it's not really worth my time - except for the occasional episode of Curious George that I watch with my son.
What got you started crafting?
Growing up, my mom was quite crafty-crochet and sewing, are what I remember most. She actually taught me to crochet when I was about 9 years old - right before a long plane trip; I made the longest scarf ever.
What is your source of inspiration?
Some of my inspiration comes from vintage designs. I like taking vintage styles and turning them into something more modern - like my granny square purse charms.
I also love things that give the simple things in life a little pop of fun and color; something unexpected.
What have you made recently?
Right now I'm working on my Recycled T-Shirt accessories. All of mine feature a hand-crocheted band. The Recycled T line is one of my my favorite spring/summer features of my shop.
Sometimes I make the recycled t strands myself but there are also some great sellers on etsy who do nothing but make yarn out of t-shirts. It's such a great resource when I'm looking for a specific color that I haven't been able to find.
The pattern in the crocheted band varies from piece to piece and, although I typically add a band in a similar color but I sometimes I like to spice things up with a contrasting color - it all depends on my mood.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I sell my crafts through etsy and to family, friends and co-workers through word of mouth. My mom and sister are my best marketers; they take their coffee cup sweaters with them everywhere, wear my earrings, and give me great feedback on prototypes. Most of my non-etsy orders have been from their co-workers.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Handmade is great. When something is handmade there's a story, an intention behind each piece.