Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Why Do I Craft?
Here's a little about me:
I have aways been interested in arts and crafts, even when I was a little kid. At 7, I taught myself the basics of sewing and made my own doll clothes out of fabric scraps. I also entertained myself by crocheting, making paper dolls, drawing, weaving friendship bracelets and sculpting miniature objects out of clay. I was fascinated that all of these things could be made with my own two hands. At 12, I received my first sewing machine for Christmas. Although it did not get very much use for several years. I was still hand-sewing doll clothes and attempting a quilt (which I never actually finished). By this time, my friendship bracelets became more intricate with carefully chosen colors. Throughout my teens, I took pictures of my friends and family and made scrapbooks. I got faster at crocheting, and my stitches got better, too. It wasn't until I was 17 and took a sewing class in high school that I rediscovered my sewing machine. I dusted it off, and got ready to work miracles. The sewing class taught me some important basics: zippers, hems, reading patterns, and choosing fabric. Still, with my busy schedule, I did not have much time to sew.
I'm going to San Diego State University now, majoring in Psychology, preparing for a secure and "normal" career. I was really not looking forward to 9-to-5, sitting at a desk, going to grad school to get anywhere. Working a shitty part-time job, I had an epiphany--I need to do something creative. Or else I'll go crazy... I decided I'd go to fashion school, but since I was already half way done with my B.A., I decided to finish that first.
About 8 months ago, I got really sick and spent time in the hospital. After that, money was tight and I was living off of school loans. I needed something to make a little extra money, so I decided to do something I was good at and started making stuff and selling it on eBay. eBay sucked. My partner mentioned Etsy, and I began doing research. I was excited but unsure if my stuff would sell. I'm still an amateur on Etsy, but I'm determined to make some sales so I can have extra money for college and more crafts! Eventually, I plan to make a career out of fashion. I'd like to become a costume designer for movies or theater, and that's what I'm beginning to move towards in my creations.
Work, Ashley, work! I like to procrastinate...that's why I don't have a lot of stuff in my Etsy shop right now. However, I have business cards right now!--which I am really proud of. Since the Internet can feel so impersonal, I'm blogging so that my customers can get to know me a little better.