My mother taught me how to be thrifty at a young age. Now, I love to blend vintage materials with modern chic designs. I get inspiration from my time living in Malawi, the hills of Tennessee, and the many cities I’ve visited.
Bethany R Robbins
>I struggle with small changes but love taking leaps of faith.
>When I was a little girl, I was in a country music video.
>I have two other jobs - I'm a mother of two boys (18 mos & 3.5 yrs) and I'm a doula.
>I volunteer for a non-profit organization that teaches refugee and immigrant women in the St. Louis area how to sew and make jewelry.
What got you started crafting?
Growing up, my mom made clothes for our bodies and quilts for our beds. I like to think I got my craftiness from her.
As well, I usually want what I can't afford. So....I make it :) Really though, it comes from my desire to have something or to complete a look. Being resourceful is challenging and fun. I guess I needed a cheap hobby.
What is your source of inspiration?
My mother taught me how to be thrifty at a young age. Now, I love to blend vintage materials with modern chic designs. I get inspiration from my time living in Malawi, the hills of Tennessee, and the many cities I've visited.
What have you made recently?
I recently took apart a black lace shirt my sister didn't want and turned it into several pairs of earrings. I used black chain and pieces of the black lace to create tiers of lace. They are very anthro. Can't wait to list them in my shop!
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I mostly sell on Etsy but also sell at my local farmer's market during the summer.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Why not? Before Target and Macy's, people used to make everything with their hands. The art of being skilled with your hands is fading away. The more we support buying handmade, the more we encourage others to sit down and make something.