Well, we've had a couple changes in Team Leadership over the last month.
With a hearty "THANK YOU!" we say goodbye to Lois as our wonderful team captain, who will still, thankfully, be part of the team!
And welcome whole-heartedly Lynne from ClosetFull to the Team Leadership!
Read on to get to know Lynne a bit better.
Please introduce yourself. Who are you, and where do you live?
My name is Lynne and I live in southeastern New Hampshire. Thirty-eight miles to the east is the Atlantic Ocean, 45 miles to the south is Boston and if you go north you are higher and higher into ski country. The first slopes are walking distance from my home.
How would you describe your work / style?
My Etsy shop, ClosetFull, is mostly vintage. I have what i feel is a great treasure of items passed along to me from my Grandparents, Parents, and other family and friends. And, I love estate sales and auctions. All of my life, it has been hard for me to discard anything unless another person could use it. Re-purpose, recycle and re-use is what I have always done.
Who, or what, inspires you?
My family has inspired me - my Mother and many family members were quilters and I learned at their feet. My Dad worked with wood - building, re-finishing and re-upholstering furniture. Nature and color are my inspiration for my own quilts and fabric pieces.
What made you decide to start selling your work?
I can remember my loved ones without having all the material things and want to share them. You could call it part of my retirement plan.
At first, selling my quilts was very basic. I needed the money. When finances eased a bit, I learned that selling my fabric pieces was a way of giving them value and it made me feel very proud that others valued them, as well.
How were you introduced to Etsy?
My daughter-in-law and her twin sister have an Etsy shop, twigsandheather, and they encouraged me to open a shop.
Do you have a website or blog address?
I do have a blog and need to learn to use it to be more productive. Or, at least use it more often!
and I am on Facebook
How did you learn your craft? How long have you been creating?
My vintage collecting started young when I would go with my Dad to barn sales and junk shops.
My sewing/quilting started when I was four and playing under the family quilt frame. My grandmother decided if I was in the room, I better be up beside her at the frame so all the ladies would be careful what gossip they reported. My first stitches were very large!
Is there any other craft skill you would like to learn?
I would love to learn more about working with paper. Have ideas - need to learn techniques.
Anything exciting planned that you’d like to share?
Opening a second Etsy shop. Starting small and want to use it to remember my Mom and family.
It will be all handmade by me so the listings will be slow.
Some of my quilts have been featured in quilt and fiber art shows over the years.
Has your work won any prizes/competitions?
After one show, where I won a first prize, i was asked to do a one-woman show. Very small town but so much fun!
If I wasn’t doing this, I’d be………
Wow, that gives me pause! Not sure I would know what to do if I couldn't quilt, go to auctions and estate sales...
Write a book???????