1. When did you learn to sew? Was it something you taught yourself or do you come from a family of sewing enthusiasts?
Well ever since elementary I was inspired by fashion shows and catalogues I'd see, I even drew up my own catalogues too. But creativity definitely runs in the family. Both my grandpas were artists (one a carpenter, the other painter/model builder) and my grandma could knit up anything, then my mother can draw, crochet AND do jewellery so it's definitely in my blood. At the age of 15 I made my own lap quilt at church. Then one day I got married and my husband decided to take sewing machine shopping! Since then I've been teaching myself to sew more detailed items ever since.
2. What was the craziest experience you've had with your sewing machine? I find I'm in a total love hate relationship with mine so I have to ask!
Whew, where to begin right? Um probably the time when I got my first machine and I was in the middle of stitching up a thick item. Then out of nowhere the pressure foot just falls off the machine completely and I almost stitch over my own finger! Fortunately we brought the machine back and all is well with my new machine.
3. What do you find influences your designs?
Nature a lot of the time and the vintage eras. I love being outside and seeing the beauty of the world around me so most of my bags have nature themes or a twist of retro in the shape of blossoms, trees, leaves or even animals. I really love retro mixed with modern, it pretty much describes my whole style.
4. How did you get started and how did you know you "found" your place in the craft world?
Well after I received my new sewing machine I got busy making pillows, table runners and other house hold items for around the house. My mother-in-law would come over and love what she saw and wanted me to make her things like pillows. Then I made some sleep masks, Christmas stockings, aprons, etc and I would send pictures to my mother who lives in Canada. She also loved what she saw and wanted to purchase items from me for peoples Christmas presents. I was like, wow does it really look that good to sell? Lol, nothing like family support. From there I did my first craft show and then found good Ol' Etsy.
5. Do you get lost in a fabric store for hours?
If only my husband would let me! But I usually go into a craft store with not really a specific fabric or item in mind to buy. I like to see and feel the variety and find the one fabric that stands out from the crowd. I look for unique and bold prints usually.
6. Where can people find your stylish bags and crafty like goodness?