I’d rather support another individual pursuing their passion, doing what they love in their home, than some businessman in a suit.
I can't get enough of black licorice, which is an awesome treat to love because everybody else hates it--more for me!
It only took about 23 years for me to get up the courage to try a super-short pixie cut, and it's probably the best decision I've ever made (sorry, husband, you're a close second).
My mom tried to teach me to sew for years and years, and it was only after she had given up on me that I picked it up on my own and fell in love. I'm not a very good student.
If I weren't crafting, I'd be writing children's and young adult books--I majored in English at BYU and really miss all the creative writing.
What got you started crafting?
I've always enjoyed making things, but it was really watching my creative friends here in Iowa that got me started--they would sew dresses for their daughters, bake beautiful meals, refurbish old furniture, make their own home decor--I wanted to be able to do those things, too! So I bought myself a sewing machine, cleaned out the library's craft section, and taught myself to sew, quilt, knit, and crochet. And being stuck with a student budget has its perks--I have no choice but to make myself knockoff versions of all the things we certainly can't afford to buy right now. Seeing gorgeous things I can't afford really gets the creative juices flowing!
What is your source of inspiration?
Geez, what isn't? Gorgeous fabric, luscious colors, soft yarn, beautiful photos, magazine covers, a walk through the mall . . . I get ideas from anything and everything!
What have you made recently?
I've been making so many little crochet bear hats lately for newborns and babies and I just love them. I don't know what it is about babies in animal ears, but it makes me swoon. My son is very obliging and happy to model most of my work for me, and this is one of the few items in my shop that isn't girly!
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I have a shop on etsy where I sell my crochet and fabric items for women and kids, and I also sell at the Bungalow Boutique in Heber City, Utah--an adorable little year-round craft shop full of fun handmade products.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
I love giving someone a gift that has time and love and meaning behind it, and I love receiving things that I know have a story. I'd rather support another individual pursuing their passion, doing what they love in their home, than some businessman in a suit.