Growing up I loved flowers (still do), and I still remember all the varieties of flowers I used to see during my summers at home and when I worked on Mackinac Island. I’m also inspired by the books I read, as I said I love Jane Austen and I also enjoy fairytales and folklore from around the world, so a lot of that inspires me as well.
I'm a country girl from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, who now lives in a more urban area of Florida.
I often drive my husband a little nuts with either when I over work myself or mainly when I get on one of my "creative highs" where I find some completely new technique that I just have to try right now! But he doesn't mind too much, because he knows that the more I work, the more he gets to sit on the couch with the dog and play video games.
I did conquer a fear of deep water/swimming. When I first came to florida I stayed with my mother-in-law and her apartement complex had a pool. I had never learned to swim, and always got panic attacks whenever I got in water went any higher than my waist. This is because when I was a toddler I nearly drowned. But with a lot of work (and a lot of time clinging to the wall of the pool) I finally learned to love to swim!
I absolutely LOVE books! Especially the classics, and anything with a good love story. My favorite author of course is Jane Austen. I adore Pride & Prejudice, also Northhanger Abbey as well as Persuasion.
What got you started crafting?
She loved crafts as well as oil painting. My fondest memories are of when I was really little, I used to sit quietly for hours watching her paint. She also used to knit, crochet and sew.
She unfortunately passed away about eight years ago now, but I like to think that she would have been really excited and proud to see what all I have learned to make now!
What is your source of inspiration?
Growing up I loved flowers (still do), and I still remember all the varieties of flowers I used to see during my summers at home and when I worked on Mackinac Island. I'm also inspired by the books I read, as I said I love Jane Austen and I also enjoy fairytales and folklore from around the world, so a lot of that inspires me as well.
What have you made recently?
My most recent project that I will be adding online very soon, are my Hydrangea flowers, they are basically a much larger version of my "Tiffany" hair flowers in my shop already, plus instead of using organza like I did with those, I'm using various types of fabrics.
I begin by cutting each circle out of my chosen fabric by hand (I love using silk dupioni or brocades especially!), and then each "petal" is formed into shape and pinned. I then handstitch each petal to my base, and layer by layer I have a gorgeous flower!
With some I even inlay a little bit of lace to add that extra touch of feminine elegance, as well as a little texture.
The colors and textures I choose, I feel are what give each of my pieces there own little flair. No two are ever exactly alike. And each one displays a little more of my personality which is varied, I have some that appear very vintage looking and lady-like, whereas others have this really wild and fun look!
My Hydrangea though for me looks like it belongs in one of Jane Austens novels. :)
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I mainly sell online through my Etsy shop. I'm in the middle of setting up my own online store though. I also hope to try out a few craft and wedding shows later this year.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Handmade pieces, quite simply, have a soul.
Whenever someone creates something a piece of their soul goes into it. You can't make something and not put a little of yourself into it.
And especially for me, making flowers for weddings (among other ocassions), knowing that I can be a part of someone else's special day, that they will remember all of their lives, really adds a joy to my work.