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?


Valerie said...

I love your bunny foo foo! Your work is wonderful, thanks for sharing your story

MayRae said...

Thanks for sharing your inspirations. Love the colors of that scarf! What a beautiful sunset that must be.

Nora said...

Great writings, very interesting to read...I send you my info Chris and you can write mine...I am so bad at writing...especially about myself and my work. Your items are so very nice. Thanks for sharing with us.

Red Berry Crochet said...

I just adore your little bunny foo foo and goon! So very cute! I also find that inspiration can be a "tricky thing", so when the mood strikes I draw out the ideas I have in my head. I can always look at them later when I'm less inspired. Thanks for sharing your story:)

Chris said...

Thank you!!