What is it about crafting that makes us so happy and keeps us so energized? I’m an accountant by trade, and I love my job. I love the constant interactions with others, and I love that I’m always problem solving – say it with me, “I love a challenge.” My job is a lot more creative than people might think it could be, but it doesn’t give me the full fix of creative energy I need each day. At the end of the day, my creative juices pour out in the form of cards and paper projects (most have been stewing the back of my mind all day at work).
My boss, Laura Wiese, is in the same boat. While she’s [obvious alert!] also an accountant by trade, Laura gets her creative fix with fabrics. Laura has great style and can afford a full closet of designer clothes, but she makes most of her wardrobe. A couple of weeks ago, Laura purchased a very expensive embroidery machine with digital design features. This thing does everything! From her descriptions of this new toy, she loads up some thread, positions the fabric in the loom and the machine does the work – kind of like an Easy Bake Oven for adults.
While Laura was playing around with the machine, she’d come into the office with new projects every day – coasters, pouches, embroidered paper projects. When I first saw her projects, my first reaction was to say, “You should TOTALLY sell these!” I’ve probably said that to her five or six times. Shame on me! As a fellow crafter who also loves to create and design (and who has very little desire to mass produce for sale), I should know better! Laura just wants to play with fabric and create lovely things. I get it! Instead of encouraging her to make things for sale, I just ordered some Summer Smooches fabric from the catalog and delivered it to her – I want to inspire her creativity, right? 🙂 She played around with the graphics in her embroidery machine and came up with these:
Large and small pouch:
How incredible are these!? Did you notice all the tulips? These are a part of Mary Fish’s brand, so off to Arizona these pouches went. Last week was a great week for me — not only did Mary ask me to be the guest speaker on our Pals webcast on Thursday night, but I was also her guest stamper on Sunday. She has given me a lot of great experience, and a lot of great exposure. I was glad to have these gifts for her as a thank you for her support and time. Check out Mary’s blog (as if you didn’t find me because of hers). 🙂
In summary: crafting is great, my boss is cool, Mary deserves nice things.
Accessories: Summer Smooches Fabric
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