I'm a misplaced Brit...and Brat..I live in Alaska with my hubby and we are lucky to have one of our children live up here too, so I have grandchildren to spoil on a regular basis! We came up here in 1987 when my hubby was still USAF. He retired here and then he went to work for the State of Alaska. He is now retired, so we waddle along together all day! My Dad was in the Royal Navy and we traveled to various parts of Great Britain and Malta before he left the service.
*What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
I was around 7 years old and it was an apron. It was a school project and we were told to bring in some material to make it. It was supposed to be a surprise so I didn't tell my parents about it and a few months later, when my Dad went to put on his summer PJ’s, my parents discovered where I had got the material; I had cut off one of his PJ bottom's legs!! My parents thought the material had looked familiar! Hahaha!!
*What inspires you and where do your ideas come from?
Nature! I also have a small row of artwork hanging from a ceiling beam in my craft room from friends; these give me inspiration. Other ideas come from groups I’m involved with or surfing the web. I never copy anything...my mind just wanders off from what I’ve see and then I get creative for myself!
*What are your favorite materials?
Anything paper related! I also love to sew!~
*What have been the most valuable lessons learned from other artists on Etsy?
Never to give up!*
It's a so much more personal ..and usually unique!
*What features/services would you most like to see on Etsy?
An easier way around the forums!
I am an avid 'farmer' on Facebook, but I also love to do real gardening. I email friends, enjoy my grandchildren and I like to go camping in the motor home!
*Read any good books lately?
I love Margaret George and am eagerly awaiting a new book from her. I am an avid reader of historical fiction; the ones that really get into the history of the period but with some romance...especially fond of the Tudor period!
*In ten years I'd like to be?
Healthy, wealthy and wise!! Wise would be good!!
*How did you come up with your Etsy Shop Name?
I mostly work with paper related products and kept thinking 'hmm, “paper art plus, paper art plus”, when I was trying to think of a name. It sounded great and I thought that's it...it'll do!
*What is the connection between being a Crafter and being a Brat?
Crafting can easily travel with you...and it's a great way to make new friends...perfect for military families on the move!
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