Tuesday, June 10, 2008
A Hello from CaperChris
Since this is my first post for the Etsy Hookers blog, I thought I'd introduce myself and my shop. I'm Christina, the owner of CaperChris Creations. I'm a stay-at-home Mom who loves to craft. I've tried just about anything I could get my hands on: knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, cross-stitch and, of course, crochet. My shop has, at this point in time, crocheted and sewn items. I might add other items, depending on what inspires me.
Inspiration. It's a tricky thing. You never know when the mood to create something different will strike and sometimes I wonder if it will ever strike again. I am most often inspired by nature and am lucky enough to live in a place famous for natural beauty: Nova Scotia, Canada (if you have no idea where that is, see my map :) ). My scarf, Sailor's Delight, has all the colours of a sunset over the Bras D'Or Lakes in summer. We have soak up as much of summer as we can around here, they aren't long. I have other ideas kicking around in my head based on things I've seen out walking or hiking. I just need more hours in a day to create.
My daughter is another source of inspiration. Children have such imaginations; you never know what's going to come out of their mouths. Bunny Foo-Foo and the Goon is based on a song my daughter sang around the house. I wondered what Bunny Foo-Foo would look like, so set out to create her.
I'm an obsessed reader. Other than crafting, my spare time is spent reading. Historical fiction and classic literature are my favorites. Sometimes a character inspires me to create an object and sometimes the object reminds me of a character. While making a choker, I thought, "I can see Anna Karenina wearing this" and so I named it for her.
I'm amazed at the talent on Etsy and can spend hours just poking around in other shops. A colour, a technique, etc, can spark my imagination. Just looking at other artists and admiring what they do helps me to create. I especially love prints and ephemera.
So, what inspires you?