1.Tell us a little about your craft, what is it and how did you get started in it?
Needlings started in 2007 when I made a little felt plush toy for a little special needs girl my mom, a nurse, takes care of. I have always loved making things but the first happy-making little handsewn face was the start of many more to come for me. I began making The Needlings plush and writing little stories for them to satisfy my writer's bug as well as other felt and sewing crafts such as pins, bags and pillows, which followed shortly after.
2.What inspires you or helps you create?
Thankfully, I find I rarely have blocks in terms of creating. I like to change things up a bit if I feel stuck but I'm generally inspired to make things on a daily basis. My plush's stories are often inspired by people in my life and lots of other silly things in general. I find the one thing I can't force myself to do is write. I have to let ideas come when they do; and if they don't, I just take a break by sewing up an Owl Mama, a bag or knitting some straps.
3.What do you love most about being a crafter/artist?
Be prepared for your work to consume you. You will get back what you put in to it if you want. And don't forget to give yourself some time off!
5.Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully, doing more of the same but on a larger scale!
Actually, I've never been good at this question. I've never been the life-plan sort...which may be why I now am a "toy-maker" of sorts.
I just want to be doing what I love with the people I love close by.