Saturday, February 28, 2009

Getting to know you - Kelly of Handmade at Home

Hooray for Saturdays! And hooray for getting to know another crafty lady! I'll spare you my yapping on, and just say this, Kelly seems like one heck of a nice lady. Like she would be the perfect companion on an afternoon of crafting and chatting with a cup of tea in your hand (if you drink tea, that is, I don't, but you get the idea!). Thank you, Kelly!

Your name
Kelly :: blog ::

Where in the world are you?
I live in a small village, near Haslemere, on the west Sussex /Surrey border

Briefly describe yourself and what you make
I’m a 31 year old, wife & mum to little O (6 months) & big G (3 ½). I try to find as much time to knit, crochet, sew, quilt, and felt, whilst looking after the family. I generally have a love of making things & like to try out new methods.

Who or what inspires you?
My children are probably my biggest inspiration, but I also use books, many other crafty blogs & the Internet. I often find it’s when I’m up late at night feeding little O that an idea will come to me & then I find it hard to get back to sleep!

When / how did you learn?
I learnt to knit at a very young age, as my Ma had a wool shop at that time & it was something she had always done, I also then learnt to crochet. I have learnt to sew myself (& I still need more practice) I used to use my grandmas old hand turned singer machine, & have very much learnt as I went along. Since having my first baby I have grown more interested in other forms of craft & so have brought (far too many) books & taught myself.

Why do you 'bother' to make things by hand?
I love being able to create something myself, from the planning through to the finished project. I get great pleasure from the whole making process. I also love giving handmade gifts & feel it shows real thought has gone into something. It’s something that my husband would probably say was an addiction & I guess there is something in that.

What is your craft ”philosophy”?
Do it for the love of it, it’s something to be enjoyed.

Fondest craft-related memory?
One of my first knitting projects as a child was a jumper for my snoopy teddy & I can still remember feeling so proud when I had completed it.

Have you always made 'stuff'?
On & off yes, I hope I will be able to continue to do so

Can you reveal a little about your creative process?
I work in quite a haphazard way & normally have many projects on the go at once, As well as other ideas in my head. I do try to jot down ideas as they come to me, so I can work on them more when I have the time.

How do you deal with crafty mistakes?
I try & learn from them without getting too frustrated; they normally hide about in the bottom of drawers or a bag somewhere.

Favourite book(s) or craftbook(s)?
So many, but I guess I would say the Crafter’s companion, as it opened up a whole new world to me.

Do you have a designated craft space? What does it mean to you?
I have a small corner of a spare room to store most of my bits, but this isn’t really big enough. If I want to sew it’s at the kitchen table, which does get in the way a lot. This is probably why I knit more, as that’s more portable.

Do you use a sketchbook or journal?
I have loads of note books dotted about all over the place, which get filled with various ’to make’ lists, ideas, drawings, websites to look at, books to buy etc. I should really get things in more order.

Why is crafting good for you?
Because it makes me a happier person.

What impact (if any) has the internet had on your craft?
It has opened up a whole world of like-minded people to me. I would never have imagined there are so many people sharing a love of craft.

Do you make art or craft? Is there a difference?
I would say craft but not sure I could explain why. I wouldn’t describe myself as an artist.

If you could make any project without limits to cost, materials or even skill, what would it be?
I would love to learn how to make clothes for the children, & myself but for that I would need more time & unfortunately that’s something I can’t buy right now.

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