Thursday, February 17, 2011

Today's Featured Artist --- Mamaw's Creations

Today's featured artist is Marie  from Mamaw's Creations.

Tell us a little about you?
 I live in a small town North of Pittsburgh Pa. called Tarentum.   I got married at 17 and have been married for 41 years. We have three grown children. Carrie 41, Crissy 39, and Chad 33.
They have blessed us with 7 grandchildren. Carissa 13, and Cole 10, were the first two then we had Alexis 8, Zachary 8, and Sydney 8….Triplets! 4 days later, after they were born,  we had another grandchild Darian 8, We went from 2 grandchildren to 6  real fast! Our 7th grandchild is named Dominic 5. I babysat the triplets and Darian and Dominic all together and let me tell you at times it was challenging!

How long have you been in business?
 I opened my website in 2002.  I was making grubby candles and dolls for craft shows and I got the idea for opening a website. The best move I ever made.

How did you get started?
 I had no idea of how to go about making a website but saw a ad in the country marketplace (I miss that magazine) and went from there. I love having my online store and since I have been on the web, have met so many wonderful customers and friends.

What is involved in making your craft?
 I love to design my own dolls and there is always a piece of paper laying around that I doodle on! I have even been known to wake up at night and write an idea down so I don’t forget it in the morning. I have worked with a lot of mediums but sewing with fabric is my favorite.

What is your favorite thing to make?
Primitive Raggedy Dolls is my favorite! It must be the kid in me that loves it so much. Seeing each doll come to life with their own personality pleases me

Do you have set hours to work?
I work on something every day! I guess I am addicted to crafting. I have been known to be in my craft room late at night especially when I have craft shows coming up and need the inventory.

What are your future plans for your business?
My plans are to keep designing patterns and sewing and to keep advertising all of my sites. 

What does handcrafting mean to you?
Handcrafting means to me “Made from the Heart”
I love what I do and I love it when customers come back and tell me they can see I put a lot of love in what I have made.

Where do you sell your crafts at?
etsy --- 
I do craft shows all year round and I also own a beauty salon where I display my crafts.