How did you decide on your shop name?
Truthfully, it came to me in the middle of the night around 4 am, and I am not one of those people that wakes up and jots down their dreams and thoughts, but I did that particular time. I had envisioned the logo to a certain extent, but it really blossomed into something I really love after I contacted Etsy sellerZen Design Studio with my concept and she brought it to life, I think pictures can sometimes speak a thousand words .
When did you start crafting? What is your favourite creative outlet?
I’d have to say it all started in early childhood with my obsession with coloring books, which extended beyond the coloring books and I remember getting in big trouble for coloring on my bedroom walls, my love of art just blossomed into many things after that. I have dabbled in many crafts, scrapbooking, painting, floral design, photography and others, but the one that really stuck was sewing, so I’d have to say that sewing is my favorite creative outlet, whether it is making a bag or a dress, I love the creative puzzle process of putting things together, and I am fascinated with the concept of turning a plain flat piece of fabric into something with shape, function and beauty. I have taught myself how to draft patterns and that has been a real catalyst in designing for me. I have a whole library of patternmaking books and sewing books, I am collecting them just like I am collecting sewing machines .
What made you decide to recycle and when did you start?
I would say it is a combination of a few things. I have 7 kids (a Brady Bunch type of family) I have 3 kids from a previous marriage and my husband has 4. We can go through a whole bunch of paper towels and ziploc bags. It was making me cringe at the mere fact that these things are only used once and then thrown out. As far as the produce bags, I was inspired to make those from one of those Discovery/National Geographic type shows that was about how plastic waste was killing our sea life and taking over our oceans. I just knew there had to be a better way and began experimenting with fabrics and techniques, but at the time it was mainly for personal use, I really didn’t start thinking about selling them until I began to realize other people wanted them too and I couldn’t get out of the store without a few offers to buy them and/or people telling me “you should sell those!” I do love that I am making things that really make a difference. As corny as it sounds, I like to think that the bags I sell may save some fish from suffocation, leave less plastic ‘waste’ on our planet for future generations and make our world a more beautiful place for them, less trees cut down for paper napkins, etc. One person can spare using hundreds of plastic bags over the course of a lifetime with a set of reusable produce bags, and save a tree from being cut down for paper napkins and other disposable paper items.
What or who inspires you?
I think inspiration can come from anything or anyone, I like the beauty of nature, rainbows, for example! Things people say, the way my dog wags her tail, the clouds moving across the sky, my favorite fuzzy blanket! Inspiration can just come from anywhere, but we have to be receptive to it.
Where do you craft? What does your space look like?
I craft in a spare room/office that I share with my 13 year old son. The family computer is behind me and he is often there playing Call of Duty or other interactive games, he keeps me company sometimes. I have a long table with 4 machines on it (sewing machine, coverstitch machine and 2 overlock/sergers, I also have a spare sewing machine upstairs) my sewing area gets cluttered quickly, I have to make myself clean it on Tuesdays and Saturdays or else it would be a total disaster and a few months ago I built shelves in the closet to help store things, but I still need more room! I think when my kids all go to college, I am going to convert their bedrooms into one big sewing studio! I just haven’t told my husband about it yet! That is quite a big ‘honey do’ list.
What is the item in your shop you enjoyed making the most and why?
I really love making the produce bags, I enjoy trying new colors and mixing colors together, it truly is a labor of love for me!
NOW FOR THE GIVE AWAY!!
Kara is giving one lucky winner a set of 7 reusable produce bags, in their favorite color!! Dual layered nylon netting, easy-care, OVERLOCKED seams for the strongest finish, overlocked seams do NOT fray or loosen with time, soft and fluid like plastic, featherweight, not the stiff stuff...slight stretch. These bags are a perfect way to go green and say bye BYE to the wasteful plastic bags that are piling up and cluttering our environment.
Here are the Rules to enter the Give Away.
Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each Entry!
* MANDATORY For the first entry - Go to: Love for Earth
Pick your favorite item and come back here with the link. PLUS
Tell Kara and I one thing you do or could do to reduce plastic and paper.
(you must do both in the same comment or your entry will not count)
* 1 extra entry - blog about the give away, and leave a link.
* 1 extra entry - grab my button on the sidebar and add it to your blog, let me know
* 1 extra entry - twitter about this contest with a link, let me know where
You can twitter this:
@audreyscrafts Win a set of 7 Reusable Produce Bags from Love for Earth:
* 1 extra entry for every time you do this - twitter about your favorite item in the shop, leave me a link
*1 extra entry for each of my other give aways you enter - just comment telling me which one you entered.
* 5 extra entries - purchase something from the shop - leave me a comment telling me what you purchased and a link to the invoice.
The draw will take place on: Sept 5 at 6 am!!
Good Luck Everyone!!
Audrey's Country Crafts is in no way responsible for the mailing of the prize. After the name is drawn I will contact that person. They have 3 days to respond before another name will be picked! The name and address will be forwarded to Kara.
Thank-you for entering!!
THIS GIVE AWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!