1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started in the biz of handmade.
Once upon a time, my husband was transferred to Arizona (three years this past June). I had lived in Texas my entire life and missed my family and friends terribly. I love staying in touch with people, so I wrote letters. My sweet Denton, Texas friend, Aimee, encouraged me to make my own cards. Pretty soon, I had run out of people to write, but I had a stash of what I thought were super cute cards.
I got brave and started a blog and opened an etsy store for the cards. Since then, my etsy shop has transformed into a place to sell vintage golden books (one of my favorite collectibles) and prints from photographs I’ve taken.
2. Where do you draw inspiration from?
Someone once told me to be sure I never drew inspiration from my own genre. If you are a musician, don’t draw from other musicians. If you are a photographer, don’t draw from other photographers. This will make you more likely to come up with an original idea without copying.
I draw my inspiration from Nature. The beautiful Creation of my God. When I walk away from the technology and go on walks, I am met with the simple details of beauty.
3. Can you describe your blog and/or shop in 6 words or less?
The Songs of my life… my Psalms.
4. What does a typical workday look like? -this includes family/life ;)
I am out the door by 7am and home by 5:15pm, working in corporate America. Our nights are filled with homework, dinner, laundry, backpack unpacking, backpack repacking, showers, wet towels on the floor and singing songs at bedtime. After the kids are in bed, I pull out my computer and edit photos and schedule photo sessions for clients.
5. If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Right now, I would head to Houston, Texas. My grandmother is very sick and I would just want to sit with her. She is the most amazing woman. I am just ready to hug her at Thanksgiving! So ready.
6. What is your favorite dessert?
Oh goodness. A wonderful iced chai tea latte and a big slice of chocolate cake. Anything chocolate would really be fine with me. You know, hershey kisses. A handful of m&ms. perfection.
I recently got to meet Kate in person (finally) at Blog Sugar this weekend. She is a doll! Her beauty and kindness constantly emanated from her all night! Thank you Kate for your presence in our lives :)