One of my favorite parts of these Etsy interviews is finding out about the person behind the craft. I love hearing what inspires others and how they came to discover their talents.
Jeanie, from FifthJ Creations, is a woman after my own appliqued heart. She has some beautiful appliques done on various home items such as towels, washcloths, even a Kitchen Aid cover! Her items truly have a homey feel, and are so personal to your tastes. Visiting her shop evoked images of a beautiful and peaceful farmhouse, with a fresh cherry pie cooling on the window sill….
“I got started crafting when I was a child but when i was in my early twenties, my sisters, my mom and I all started setting up at local craft shows. We were a force to be reckoned with and had a great time. Mom also had an antique store and would put our items in her shop as well. I got heavily involved in basset hound rescue for years and let just abut everything else in my life take a backseat and have recently decided to start sewing and crafting again. I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I started up again.
|Chicken and Eggs Kitchen Towel|
My Mom was my teacher. She was always up for trying something new and was an accomplished seamstress, quilter, crocheter, etc. She always encouraged all of us to turn off the TV and do something productive. Since we lived in the middle of nowhere and most often got one channel, it wasn’t that hard to turn the TV off and follow her advice. 🙂 In addition to raising 5 children (I’m the Fifth J) she kept a huge garden, worked as a school & fraternity cook and still found time to crochet and quilt. I am blessed to have had her for a Mother, she was the best.
My favorite thing about my crafting is the excitement that comes when a new project takes root in my head and I finally put it on paper and then attempt to reproduce my idea on fabric. It’s the most satisfying feeling when it all comes together. Of course, those projects that didn’t go so well, aren’t thrown away, they are pulled back apart and recycled into something else. I try not to waste anything.
My free time is spent, sewing, gardening (flowers & vegetables) and spending time with my basset hounds, which is the most relaxing part of my day. Normally, when I sew, I spend more time stepping over sleeping hounds and telling them to “MOVE” than I do actually sewing. My items are created in a loving home full of fun, good things to eat and a very good sense of humor.”