Want to buy “a bunch” of buttons?? Today’s crafter offers volume pricing for those who wish to buy in bulk.
Why does she do it?? I love being able to help someone take their idea and bring it into fruition! Heck, she even does custom orders at no extra cost!
I shop and make Christmas gifts all year round; three weeks after Christmas I start shopping/creating.
I have an obsession with large mirrors. One time somebody was throwing out a dresser with a HUGE mirror on it. My Brother and I stopped and asked if we could take the mirror, he said of course, and we unscrewed it off the dresser and barely fit it into the truck of my Mum's car.
I have seen every single episode of Star Trek Voyager.
When I find a new song I like, I play it over and over again for about a day till I move on to something else. It truly is a sickness.
What got you started crafting?
Ever since I was a kid I enjoyed drawing in fact I would spend hours just doodling. I definitely think that than inclination to draw and create things got me started with crafting.
I have what I like to call 'transitional inclinations' I don't stay doing one creative thing for a long time. I started out drawing, moved onward to painting within that field I switched around with what artistic style I was doing for instance: realism to abstraction.
And then I became more interested in hand-arts like knitting and crocheting.
I think everything that I 'take up' leads me to something else inadvertently. I am now in pinback button making mode which combines elements of hands on creation & visual design.
What is your source of inspiration?
I find inspiration all over the place! As an artist I am always looking around especially on the internet, I am a frequent on Deviantart.com where I find tons of inspiration. As well I have two medium sized bookshelves full of books on art, type, layout design, crocheting, knitting and photography.
Inspiration I think only gets you so far, you have to take what you see and do something new or current with it. I always have good ideas but sometimes they are not what is in. You really do have to be aware of what trends people are focusing on.
What have you made recently?
Recently I came up with an idea to have letter buttons. Each pinback button has a letter on it, and you can spell out words or names on to anything you can pin them too! I have a few different colours available at the moment, but anyone who has a different colour or typeface should contact me for a custom listing!
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
At the moment I sell 80% my items on Etsy. The rest of my items are usually sold to friends and at small events.
One of the most recent events was my local Canada Day Parade. We sold the Canadian Flag pins, and I made the mistake of not making a lot of them. Mid-way through walking down the street we had sold out so I had a family member rush home and get the button press & all parts and made them there on someone's lawn. Did I mention it was a hot day?
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
I should say something noble like it is good for the environment right?
My Mum is cheap or thrifty whatever you prefer, so my family frequents yard sales and shops at thrift stores instead of buying new not for environmental reasons just for the challenge of finding something for a cheap. Honestly it is a competition!
It wasn't until I started knitting and crocheting that I really became focused on the 'handmade' aspect of things and now I say to people if you have the option buy handmade a good chunk of the time the quality surpasses store bought.