Please start by telling us a little about yourself and your studio.
I am a lover of crafts. I love making as well as receiving them from family and friend. I was raised in a crafting family. My dad is an artist, who over the years I have seen him progress into a wonderful artist from using charcoal to oils to water colors. My mom has done many crafts, weaving, spinning, macramé, knitting, crochet, drawing, quilling, embossing, and there maybe more that I cannot remember. My grandmother on my father side is also a crafter. I have seen her knit, sew, crochet, and cross-stitch. You can say that crafting is in my blood. Not only do I make Soy Candles, but I do other crafts, such as Cross-stitch, sew, crochet, quilling, and make earrings, the most important craft I love to do is draw. Since I had lost my job I have been teaching myself to find new crafts to do. I am in the process of working with polymer clay.
Manly my studio is to sell Soy Candles. I have other items that I have done over the years and they have been just sitting in rubber tubs. I decided to list them.
If there’s one thing that defines you, what is it?I will go out of my way to make people happy.
What role does your family play in your art?
My Children are grown and flew the nest. All three live in different parts of the country. So, you can say that they do not play a role in my art. On the other hand… My boyfriend of ten years, has been trying to get me to draw more often than I have been. He is giving me a soft push to finish some of my art work. He is supportive of me when it comes to making my candles.
Where do you live and what is it like?
I live about ten miles outside of North Judson, IN. It is very quite and beautiful especially when the seasons change. I am not a native of Indiana. I was born and raised in Northern California. When I got out of the military a friend ask me to visit her in Indiana before going back to California. I fell in love with Indian and stayed.
Where did you learn your medium?
I learned to make candles from a friend that I use to work with. It first started by giving my candles to friends and family. My other crafts where learned on my own.
What are your goals with your ArtFire studio?To give my customers a high quality product at a low price.
How did you come to selling online?
A couple of friends said that I should sell my candles on line. I have been selling my candles on different sites and with no success, until I came to ArtFire.
How did you come to find a home on ArtFire?
I was selling on another sites for over the years with no sells at all (Madeditmyself.com). I just happened to go to their forums and some of the people said that they found a better place. I took a look and REALLY loved what I have seen.
What is the best piece of advice you can give other artists?
Be true to your heart and be patient. Fill your heart with love and put that love into your craft. Love concurs all!
Why do you think that buying and selling handmade products benefits society?
Giving our society a choice to have high quality products that was handmade, instead of manufactured. Manufactured items have a tendency to fall apart, where as handmade items will last longer and made with love from the artists. To me, that is most important.