Working on these oversized Christmas ornaments. This is the first one and I think it turned out great. I knit it, I felt it, and I stuff it. You know you want one for your tree! Just convo me through Etsy to place a custom order.
I grew up making things using saws and hammers with my dad, while my mom was introducing me to many different crafts. Then I went to architecture school and spent the better part of ten years drawing and making models. Now I own a home and often feel like the lady in the Lowe’s commercial who is empowered by her home remodeling project. By now, I know how to use every tool from a table saw and a nail gun to paint brushes and knitting needles. Now that my daughter is three, the time is near for her to learn the ways of the do-it-yourselfer, too - something I am very much looking forward to teaching her. Over the years, I have developed a deep interest in sustainability which comes out through my work in architecture and furniture design.
After several years of being crafty, I get the most excited when I work with reused materials. This love of making things out of “junk” is where Wastenot Workshop began. Creating items that are beautiful and functional out of materials destined for the landfill has given me the opportunity to satisfy two of my passions at once – making things with my own hands and lightening my footprint on the earth. This is not to say that all the materials I use are salvaged, as I have found it too limiting and impractical to do things this way. However, I do operate under the long-used idiom “waste not, want not” – a philosophy that seems to have been lost in our hyper-consumer age. I like using discarded materials, used or new, that just happen to come my way. When new materials are required, I take great care to use them efficiently, saving every scrap possible. I am always amazed at the level of creativity and uniqueness that comes out of asking myself one simple question – “what the heck can I do with this?” Of course, it is no less important to make things that are durable and reusable - equipping us with the ability to waste less.
As a side note, I also enjoy photography and am trying to upload more of my photos to share. Check 'em out!!