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Friday, November 14, 2008

Welcome to my blog - This is my story!

Hello everyone and welcome to my new blog!

I'm creating this to document my journey as a struggling crafter/artist trying to make it with this crazy economy! We'll see how things go!

I've been making things for as long as I remember. My Grandma still tells the story of the "quilt" I made my brother for his 10th birthday (I was 5)...I sewed together the fabric from my mom's rag box - including the furry toilet seat cover! My brother...being the nice guy that he is, was really nice and told me he just loved it!

I never really stopped making things...I was always saving things and creating random things. Luckily, my parents were very supportive of me. When I was in middle school I cut out all the cool ads from teen magazines and created this crazy collage that coverd my cieling...it drove my mom nuts but she still let me do it :) I had an art teacher in middle school that told my parents at teacher conferences to buy me any supplies I asked for because I would use them...my parents listened. If it weren't for them I would never be making the things I am making today!

I went to college in 2000 for civil engineering. Unfortunately, it was difficult to mix art classes into my curriculum and still graduate in a reasonable time frame. I managed to take one drawing class and a pottery class...but that was about it.

When I met my husband's family I instantly knew that I would get along well with my mother-in-law. She was a crafter too! I found out that she used to teach crafting classes and was an amazing quilter. After I had been dating my husband for a year they let me display my jewelry in their apple store. It was a huge success and has continued to grow for the last five years.

Also, about eight months into my relationship with my husband I decided that I wanted to learn the real way to quilt. We went to my in-laws every Tuesday night for months and I would work on my first 'real' quilting project (I didn't own my own sewing machine at the time) and we would get a free, delicious dinner. I fell in love with quilting and have been making them ever since.

I can go on and on about all the different things I do, but I need to get busy working on things. I'll tell more of my stories later! I hope you enjoy my blog!

To see some examples of my stuff check out my website: http://www.kimscraftyapple.etsy.com/

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