One of the best parts about what I do is connecting with people at craft shows, getting to see the person who will be using the purse that I made, and the connection that creates.
I love listening the WTF Marc Maron podcast where he interviews fellow comedians.
Have travelled as far East as Tajikistan and Istanbul, and HIGHLY recommend these destinations, particularly Istanbul.
After living for nearly three years in wine country, have developed an uncanny ability polish off a bottle of red wine
Currently I am reading "And the Heart Says Whatever" by Emily Gould
What got you started crafting?
well, probably projects that my mother put together when I was a tiny-tot, because I really have loved the craft medium for as far back as I can remember. I took a crafts class in high school where we learned how to make paper, jewelry boxes, and marbled paper too. After high school I took a quilting class and seemed to latch onto the fiber arts. The purses and accessories that I make now have a quilted 'feel' to them in that I work with many small pieces of colored fabric.
What is your source of inspiration?
Other artists inspire me, I love to go to art shows and see everything that people make, from paintings to greeting cards to t-shirts. An atmosphere of fun and creativity I think is what inspires me. But this isn't my only source of inspiration; I also love to 'purse' watch in public places, and to get inspiration and ideas from what other women are carrying
What have you made recently?
Just this morning I made three 'Lizzy' coin purses/ card holders (they are named after my sister). As with all of my products, these coin purses are one of a kind and handmade from recycled materials. They feature a fun and purely decorative ruffle at the base.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I've been selling these purses at the Beaverton Art Court for the past two summers, which runs on Saturdays from May through November. Additionally, I have my purses for sale in several shops throughout the Portland and Beaverton area, and also have an etsy and Big Cartel online shops.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
oh, I think that handmade items are more personal, they come from the heart. One of the best parts about what I do is connecting with people at craft shows, getting to see the person who will be using the purse that I made, and the connection that creates.