I am on a journey – living life – with an ever changing landscape!
When I was working for a living, my craft was installing ceramic tile and marble. I worked for companies that did commercial work such as hotels, resorts, shopping malls, and hospitals. I worked as an installer for many years and eventually worked my way into an office job with the title Project Manager. I didn’t have much time for hobbies back then but since I retired I have found many hobbies to keep myself productive and creative. I also enjoy cooking and making drinks; I make home-brewed fermented beverages, and culture fermented veggies.
I love to do all sort of fiber arts, especially to weave textiles, knit, and crochet; I also enjoy sewing but that seems more like work due to the storefront and local customers. I took a basket weaving class last year and I definitely want to do more basket weaving! Actually I love doing most all types of handcrafts! I also like to garden in containers and in raised beds. I like making garden yard art. I also make glass pieces using copper foil and solder. I enjoy drawing and painting, I tried air brush years ago and I still have my equipment but that is one craft I can’t say I care much for but if I got it out and tried again I might like it. I love all hand crafting of all sorts, and especially of traditional skills that are becoming a lost art! For me, it is intrinsic for a feeling of well being to make things with my hands. I believe it is vital to our civilization that we keep the traditions of handcrafting in our everyday lives. I am a sustainable living advocate, preservationist of all things homestead, old ways, and handmade, but I do enjoy the modern world, and I believe both worlds can meld into a wonderful coexistence using modern technology to enhance our knowledge and make labor intensive chores faster and more pleasant. Our traditional handcrafts can be enjoyed as a hobby now instead of a household drudgery that it may have been for some in years gone by. A handmade rug, made from all those discarded t-shirts can be enjoyable to make as well as be useful as a bathmat in the shower area or at the mudroom door. A shopping tote made from discarded feed bags can make wonderful durable easy to clean carryalls on market day. A hand knit or crochet pair of socks, slippers, hat, or maybe a lap throw, is a unique and priceless gift to make and to receive. I love all Handcrafting and think of myself as an Artisan and Craftsman. I love giving a new life to items that have outlived their usefulness as their original purpose, such as the broom and mop handles that are now my Backstrap and Inkle Looms.
My online store is back from holiday, I reopened it a couple weeks ago. I was not on holiday, but I do hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season! I am excited to announce that I have plans to open a new online store in addition to the ones I already have. My tutorial shops didn’t close for the holidays because they are both self serve and all the tutorials are electronic instant downloads. As you may know, I opened the Up-Cycle store in 2011 in the Etsy Marketplace. I will continue making the same items I’ve been making for that storefront. The NEW storefront will have totes but the totes in that storefront will be predominantly made from new fabric, and many will be designed for the fiber artist, including the knitter, crocheter, weaver, spinner, felter, and dyer. I may use some fabric that had a previous life, such as a jean pocket sewn on to a tote for a cute tote pocket. I may also use T-shirts with graphics to make a unique applique to go on a tote. I may make bed comforters from T-shirt graphics that my customers send to me to make a custom comforter or other item for them. I have an opportunity to open in a new online marketplace, Fibercrafty Marketplace. Fibercrafty Marketplace is specifically for fiber artists.
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