Handmade items always seem to have a story behind them. It makes the connection to them more meaningful from the get-go. Each item is going to be unique and one-of-a-kind.
I eat dark chocolate every day.
As a kid, my imaginary friends were tiny people that could hide in tea cups, use leaves as rafts, and create rooms in shoe boxes. I sometimes wonder if that has anything to do with the adoration for miniature items I have today.
I like bananas but hate the sounds that comes from eating them. I have a similar issue with pudding.
I am terrible with directions, as in, I would probably use GPS in my own apartment if I could.
What got you started crafting?
I don't remember a time when I wasn't crafting. Some of my first memories as a kid are of the "crafts" I was creating with random objects and ingredients I would find in the house. Sure, my parents probably recall them as "messes" but I knew... I knew it was art.
What is your source of inspiration?
Life. But to be more specific: nature, nostalgia, and romance.
What have you made recently?
As far as my shop, I recently created a mix and match teacup set for a customer. Custom orders like this excite me because I know I am creating a very unique piece for someone and I myself, am always curious to see how it will turn out. I think through the layout of the art, the colors, assess what the customer is asking for, and then- create!
Outside of my shop, I recently repainted a vintage style dresser I found at a thrift shop for $30. It is now a beautiful shade of mint green with mismatching drawer handles. It has that romantic, Victorian era vibe. I am kind of in love with it, actually.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I sell my art through Etsy, an online venue for artisans to sell their handmade work: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SwirlyGarden
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Handmade items always seem to have a story behind them. It makes the connection to them more meaningful from the get-go. Each item is going to be unique and one-of-a-kind. What I also love about shopping for handmade goods is that you can usually engage in a pretty good conversation with the seller and get your items customized just for you, making them even more valuable. Besides the products themselves, I like supporting artists and their craft. Helping people live a life doing what they love is just rewarding in itself.