I have been wanting to feature one artist, artisan, or crafter per month for about a year and a half now. And, I finally put together interview questions and am excited to start that feature here in July.
This month’s interview is with Kristin from All that Scrap. Kristin and I go way back. And, when I say way back, I mean way back. As in, I’ve never known a life that doesn’t include her in it — she’s one of my older sisters.
Tell Us a Little About Yourself
Really? This should be an easy question, but I have restarted the answer a hundred times now!
I think first and foremost I love Jesus! God has been so good to me over the years, and really, all I have He provided and blessed me with. I am the mom to two amazing son’s who make life interesting to say the least! My oldest just graduated and will be off to college this year, while my youngest will be going into the 4th grade. They are both funny and quirky individuals who are constantly putting a smile on my face.
I am married to a big gnarly biker guy, who is actually a cuddly teddy bear in disguise. We will celebrate 10 years of marriage this year and things could not be more wonderful. I have said many times over this year, “”People who get the 7 year itch, just don’t know what they are missing!”" This has been by far, the best year yet.
Tell Us About Your Art
My art is funky, I think. Sometimes a bit too funky for the small town I live in, but thankfully the World Wide Web is more accepting. I have yet to find that one big selling item yet, but I keep doing art that I enjoy.
I try to work with a lot of household items, if possible. Not only to save money, but our environment as well. If challenged, I will use just about anything on a project. Sometimes you just never know when the inspiration will strike, so it is handy to have extra things laying around.
I don’t have a signature item, but I do love working with paper, so most of the items I create or upcycle/repurpose contain pattern paper and Mod Podge in some way. (Most of my jeans are Mod Podge stained, so I call them my MP jeans ~ I desperately need a new blue jeans wardrobe!)
What is your favorite piece that you’ve created?
I found some cute inexpensive shadow boxes some time ago and stocked up on Thanksgiving night with my sisters at Michaels. (It was like an episode of Extreme Couponing, as we saved a TON with all our coupons and store sales.)
I had some old vintage photos laying around which I knew I wanted to do something with, so the shadow boxes were a perfect medium for those photos. Since I LOVE quotes and inspirational sayings, I mixed it all together to make a slew of these shadow box creations. While they have not been popular in my Etsy shop, I do love them more than anything else I have created lately.
These are two of my favorite shadow boxes:
I think I love them so much because they remind me of a time that was much more simple than what most of us experience each day.
If someone gave you $100 to spend on something for your art, what would you buy?
This is a hard question. Most likely you would find me at the thrift shops trying to find something to repurpose, but my real addiction is ribbon, pattern paper, Prima Flowers and anything BLING!
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What advice would you give to an aspiring artist or small business owner?
One tip would be: Do what you love!
My grandmother always told me that if you find something you love to do, then you will never “work” a day in your life.
Where do you find your artistic inspiration?
I find inspiration in everything. I am always looking at what is around me to figure out if it can be made into something else. Sometimes I will find something, only to have it sit in the basement or garage for months or years, but eventually it calls to me when the time is right.
Put your iPod or MP3 player on shuffle. What are the first five songs that come up?
“Cats in the Cradle” by Ugly Kid Joe
“Simple Man” by Shinedown
“You are Worthy of my Praise” by Charlie Hall
“Dead & Bloated” by Stone Temple Pilots
“Mother Mother” by Tracy Bonham
Besides your Etsy shop, where can people find you online?
I do have a blog, though I have neglected it horribly over the last few months with so much going on. Isn’t it funny how we let life kind of carry us away sometimes?
Would you be willing to give a little discount to the readers here at Many Little Blessings?
25% off in my Etsy shop with coupon code: HOTSUMMERSAVINGS
Thanks for your time with us, Kristin, and for helping me to launch The Artist Corner feature here at Many Little Blessings!
If you are an artist or crafter and would like to be featured one month, please feel free to fill out my artist interview form. Filling it out does not guarantee that you will be featured.