Saturday, August 11, 2007


Thistle Craft Designs is an Etsy shop full of bright beautiful light catching color . This is a portion of her interview : What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it? The earliest vivid crafting memory I have is my Mom teaching us how to crochet – I was no older than 6 at the time. All I could manage at the time was a chain stitch, but I was really good at it! My Mom taught us a lot of crafts, for which I am eternally grateful!
Why do you create? Why not? It is simply a part of who I am. To not create is to deny a part of myself.
What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from? Everything & Everywhere! I love looking through magazines and catalogues (just ask my poor mailman!). Nature provides a lot of inspiration also. Oh, and flea markets, estate sales, thrift shops, and the like – I love going to them with my Mom and seeing what things could be, rather than what they used to be! Any tips on selling handmade stuff? Be patient and persistent, have faith in yourself and your products, and don’t undersell yourself just to make a sale. And stay in touch with your market – no matter how much you like making something, if your market doesn’t want it, it isn’t going to sell! But, this does not mean to go against your values/morals – you must remain true to yourself because if you don’t like what you’re making, no one else will either! [You may visit her shop by clicking on the title to this article .]


Laura said...

That is beautiful! And your post is very well written!

Judy Mackey said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, Joyce! Your blog is wonderful.