My shop is still so new. And I’m really excited about getting my name out there, letting my felted things speak for themselves. I have so many more ideas I am ready to put into design and start selling. Over time, I’ll be able to add new things. I’m sure the list will never end!
1. I have a black pug named Lucy.
2. The house I live in is over 200 years old.
3. My favorite color is olive green.
4. I have Synaesthesia. :)
What got you started crafting?
Seeing that I can't paint, draw, sketch, knit, sew or crochet like most artists can, it took me a while to find my place as a craftress. I possess the creativity, determination, people skills and the eye for beauty and simplicity that has allowed me to find an art that both comforts me and brings joy to others. My desire to learn needle felting began with discovering no craft store in America sells the necessary tools and materials so I had to broaden my search online. I immersed myself in tutorials, articles and experimentation before finally settling into the style that the sweet, simplistic animals and other handmade creations have that I make today. I adore them and no matter what I design, there is always someone who can appreciate something small, soft and simply cute.
What is your source of inspiration?
Who doesn't love cute things? I have always loved cute things. So naturally, my little needle felted animals look nothing like their actual selves out in the wild. They are a much more simplistic and sweetened version of the inspiration. They can become anything you want them to be. Decorations on mantles or shelves, thoughtful gifts for family and friends, children's toys and cake toppers. They can also hang from rear view mirrors, nursery mobiles and your Christmas tree!
What have you made recently?
I recently created a line of four Halloween themed woolies. A ghost, a black cat, a mummy and a vampire bat. It got me so excited about the upcoming holidays where I could feature themed woolies in my shop. I love seeing my creations become gifts people enjoy giving to one another.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
My Etsy shop is my primary source of sales at the moment. I owe so much to Etsy and their exquisite philosophy of what it means to be a seller. The founders of Etsy understand that eye catching photos, quality handmade and vintage products and kind and considerate people make a wonderful marketplace for some amazing experiences to be had.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
I believe that in taking the time to hand make something gives the item sentimental value that it never could acquire coming from a department store shelf. And gifting someone a handmade item non-verbally says that you consider the friendship or relationship to be more special than others. In today's mass marketing world of factories, warehouses and mass production shops, handmade products are a lost art. The seller-buyer relationship is nonexistent and you lose such an important element of a purchasing experience. There are so many advantages to buying locally and handmade from the personal guarantees, the friendships and the genuine quality of products. I believe it keeping small businesses alive and appreciating the hard work of individuals who desire to make it on their own.