~ my (Hawaiian) name means "calm and peaceful waters"
~ my name magically describes my state of mind
~ If I see a playground with swings, I will most often stop and swing
~ A song once inspired me to quit a job
What got you started crafting?
Crafting became a full-time endeavor when I realized that traditional jobs were not fulfilling my creativity and passion.
What is your source of inspiration?
I am most inspired by the things that bring peace into my life: the ocean, close personal relationships, and music.
What have you made recently?
My latest creation is a "knapsack trail bag" that has a vintage, rustic, bohemian feel to it. It is my new favorite thing! I was inspired by a military bag that belonged to my grandfather - utilitarian, lots of pockets, just the right size. I think of bags that I love and how I can improve them. It is this process of what I design that I enjoy most. As always, I drew the pattern, made a mock-up, tweaked the pattern, and voila!
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I sell online, in local boutiques, craft shows, word of mouth, and custom orders.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
I have always loved the personal touch of handmade products - the attention to detail, the craftsmanship, originality. For me, it is mostly about sharing passion with others and making a connection through something that I create.