*Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.I was born in Southern New Jersey, but have lived in South Africa, Uruguay, Brazil and now Tennessee. I've always loved using my hands and want to try everything-which makes it hard to narrow down my shop to one specific type of craft. I think my mother recognized this in me and taught me everything she knew how to do starting at a young age.
*How did you decide on your shop name? Why did you start your business?I chose my shop name mainly because I have two sisters and I am the youngest. As we grow older, we have started calling each other big sister, middle sister and little sister. To my oldest sister I am the littlest sister!
My shop has been a long time adventure I wanted to try, but have always had an excuse to put it off. I finally made the decision to go for it and do what I really enjoy in the hopes that someone will enjoy it too.
*What are 5 things you want people to think when they see your product?When people visit my shop I want them to see:
happy, imaginative, nostalgic, sweet, and cozy items
-something they can picture in their own home.
*What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you justcan’t pass up?
My supply addiction is just about anything and everything! Lately what takes the lead are yarn and fabric. I can't pass up a good vintage item that has definitely upcycling possibilities!
*What do you do when you’re not being an artist? What activities do you enjoy?Besides working on items for my shop, I enjoy taking care of my family-my husband, cat and dog-all of whom have been on this great journey with me for years. I love to bake and cook, make jams and pickles, and enjoy the area around me-the Great Smoky Mountains.
* Is this your first craft adventure or have you tried other crafts? What would you like to try?This shop is my first serious craft adventure. Years ago I entered a few craft shows with hand painted things, but didn't really have the time to devote to it. My favorites of what I have tried so far are sewing, quilting, crochet, cross stitch, painting and refinishing furniture.
The next two crafts that are on my list are basket making and weaving. I have a deep appreciation for traditional crafts and want to learn them all-even if I just try it once and decide not to do it again!
*What keeps you motivated?My motivation is all around me-in nature, history, people's faces. My imagination tends to run wild....
*If you could give a piece of advice to a new shop - what would it be?My advice for a new shop-be patient and flexible. Pay attention to what people are drawn to in your shop and go for it!
*Are there other places on the net we can find you?I am not very high-tech, in fact extremely low-tech! I do have fun with Pinterest. I think it's a great way to see what people are interesting in. I am there with this link pinterest.com/littlestsister