1. Tell me a bit about your background and how long you have been an artist/crafter.
I grew up in the country in Florida in the late seventies when cable TV wasn’t the norm. Back then kids played outside a lot more and used their imaginations on a daily basis. We didn’t always have the latest things and there weren’t the glut of products like there are today. So I learned to be make things that I wanted like a posh studio apartment for my pet rock out of an old cigar box completely kitted out in DIY furniture. Now I’ve got a day job but I still love to spend a lot of my free time making things.
2. Where do you find your inspiration?
Oh gosh! That is such a hard question. Honestly, I don’t know! I will say that I started making a lot of plush creatures about a year ago from outgrown clothing. There was a pile sitting in a corner waiting to be donated to the thrift shop so I went over to investigate. I fished around and found some fun looking fabric and the rest is history.
3. Do you sell your work, or is it purely for pleasure?
Yes, I do sell my work but only very recently. I opened Fluffy Flowers in March of this year because I simply had too many plush creatures. I discovered that there are only so many that I could give away as gifts and to charity. So I decided I’d take a risk and opened an Etsy shop. I truly love it and have met some of the most talented women with their own shops.
4. If someone was looking to take up this craft should they have any related experience before they start?
The wonderful thing about any craft is that when you start out you might know next to nothing about it. But the secret is to keep on trying, using a slightly different technique each time until you find something that works.
5. What would be your top 5 tips for a beginner?
It takes a lot of time to create something from beginning to end. With so much time invested I always make sure that I like what I’m doing. If it’s not fun and I don’t find myself smiling then I’ll abandon the project and move on to something else. That being said, don’t give up too quickly. It may just be a matter of doing something just a little bit different to make the craft project turn out brilliantly.
6. What would be your top 5 items of essential equipment?
- Your own space
- Ziplock bags
- Access to old clothing (family, friends, thrift)
- Seam ripper (a woman’s best friend)
7. Can you recommend a technique or ‘tips’ book ideal for a beginner?
There are several great softie books on the market right now and several due out later this year. But I always recommend that folks begin at the library. From the library you can drag home as many books as you can carry and delve into them to your heart’s content. That way you can try out several different crafts to see which ones you’ll truly enjoy.
Thank you Felicia for this insight to your wonderfully cute work!