For me, buying and selling handmade is an effort to support crafters and artists like me that felt a calling to create. Art is incredibly important to me. I know that each handmade item I buy has helped to support – however little – an artist.
1 - I have my 3yr old golden retriever pup trained to sleep on my feet while I work.. otherwise I have constantly cold toes!
2 - I grew up in South Jersey .. working in candy shops on the boardwalk in the summertime.
3 - I am a HUGE ny giants football fan.
4 - I could eat pizza every day for the rest of my life.
What got you started crafting?
I started making my reusable greeting cards as sort of a funny idea. My grandmother (God bless her) loves to reuse and "repurpose" things. Last year, I received my Christmas gifts in the mail (on Jan 20th) and they were wrapped in "Zoloft" tissue paper. How she liberated it from her doctor's office, I am not sure. So, I invented the reusable cards as a little hint- so that she would have new-looking cards to send everyone that were still, technically, reused. When I got thinking about how earth-friendly and fun they could be to exchange, I was excited about all the possibilities they had!
What is your source of inspiration?
I would have to say the seasons, for sure. I am not a huge fan of winter, but the colors and symbols of the seasons are irresistible to me.
What have you made recently?
Lets see. Well, I recently started making hand drawn cards with words. I went to school to be a writer, so I have a little affair with words. To make them, I sketch out words about a million times until I find one that I love. Then I photograph the sketch and scan it into a graphic design program. Sprinkle on a little fairy dust. I cut them out of two differently colored cards and take out the teeny tiny letters and I carefully embed each letter into the other card. I reinforce the card with cardstock, add a little reusable magic to the inside and a brand new index card and voila!
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I opened up my shop on Etsy just about two months ago .. I guess that makes me "up and coming" :) I started selling at craft shows back home in NJ for Mayfest and Oktoberfest over the past few years and had so much fun meeting and marketing that I hope to continue to do that here in Arizona as well.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
For me, buying and selling handmade is an effort to support crafters and artists like me that felt a calling to create. Art is incredibly important to me. I know that each handmade item I buy has helped to support - however little - an artist. It is an investment of sorts, and I know that in return they have stocked that item up with the love and passion they have for their craft. That is why I sell and that is why I buy and encourage others to buy handmade. It is my way of living the lyrics: "The greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return."