A.I am a wife and mother of two college age daughters and now live in the Denver, Colorado area after growing up in Wisconsin and spending my early years in San Diego. My grandmother taught me to crochet at about 8 years old...scarves, afghans, pillows all bring back fond memories. I started stamped cross stitching shortly after (nearly 40 years ago) and always find cross stitching to be my favorite and most relaxing...perhaps because I'm a huge sports fan (basketball and football) it allows me to watch an event AND feel productive. Tatting, quilting, quilling, knitting, tole painting, needle felting and woodworking are some of my more interesting crafts and hobbies...and ones that round out a craft fair booth nicely. With my youngest heading off to her freshman year of college a year ago, I decided to take on the challenge of an online selling venue and that's what brought me to etsy. I owned my own desktop publishing business, taught typing to elementary school students, and have been active in the schools and community here in Denver.
Q. What or Who inspires you?
A. Cross stitching remains my number one passion; patterns, fibers and materials are so beautiful and adaptable! The things that inspire me and catch my attention are those things that have an element of nature to them...whether it be the subject matter (a pattern of a bird for example) or the materials (twigs for the nest). I thoroughly enjoy altering, modifying and putting my own twist on pieces and while all the felt pieces in my shop are created in my mind, drawn out, and finished, I haven't quite mastered designing a cross stitch piece in this manner. That remains a goal and the direction I would like to take this endeavor. Bent Creek, Little House Needleworks, Trilogy and Twisted Threads are a few of my favorite designers.
Q. When you're not doing things for your shop can we find you around the internet?
A. Even with my background in computers, I haven't yet stepped up to the twitter/facebook/blog era. I think a part of me doesn't find my life "interesting" enough for people to want to follow along though I am beginning to understand the value of each as a business tool and have thus been trying to educate myself.
Q. What tool could you not live without?
A. As far as the tool I couldn't live with... well it sounds rather ridiculous, but it would have to be my little Olfa hand rotary cutter. Clean lines (and speedy) it has made the most difference!