The fifth featured artist in this ongoing series is Jessica of MeAndMomsCrafts... I met Jessica in the same thread as the previous artist... Second Chance BNS. Jessica sells a wide range of wonderful items in her Etsy shop from dish towels to pot holders and Christmas ornaments...
Start off by telling us about yourself...
I'm Jessica, the me of meandmomscrafts. I am married to the most wonderful man on the planet for nearly 12 years now but we've been together for nearly 15 years! It was definitely love at first sight! He is extremely supportive of my crafting and is always willing to help me with it whether it be loading and unloading all of my things for craft shows to giving me his opinion on my newest creation. Together we have two beautiful children. A five year old little girl who is very interested in crafting with mommy and a little 5 month old baby boy whose creative talent has not been seen quite yet but give him time!
When did you start doing your craft and how did
you get into it?
I've always loved to create. Art class was one of my favorites in school. I think I was probably in my early 20's when my mother taught me to crochet. She had always crocheted while I was growing up. Her grandma had taught her. I someday hope to teach my daughter as well. One time when we asked her what she would do when she was 10 her answer to us was, "Crochet." I have also learned other crafty traits just by experimenting on my own and am always willing/wanting to learn even more!
Where do you get the ideas for your creations?
Some of them my mother and I come up with together. Some we think of on our own. Some are ideas given to us from buyers at craft shows we have participated in. We are always trying to think of new things to create!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Why?
In 10 years I hope to still be home creating but it will depend on what life throws us. I may be back to work full time since my children will be in school by then. If back to work then I definitely hope to still create in my spare time. As my grandpa would say, "Only time will tell." Now if myself or someone willing to share with me wins the lottery then I will just be crafting, crafting, crafting! Oh, and shopping, shopping, shopping!
If you could start over with your business is there anything you would do differently?
Besides maybe starting to sell my creations sooner I think I am happy with the way everything turned out. It all works well for me at this point in my life. Why change a good thing? I enjoy what I do. My mother enjoys it as well. We both love the idea of people out there using what we have made!
Do you work at your art/craft full time or do you have
No, I don't work or craft full time. I create in my spare time. Being a wife and mother come first and foremost in my life! My husband and my children are my world!
Who do you admire (artist or otherwise)? Why?
I think I would have to say it would probably be my grandpa. My grandma's mother used to quilt all the time and when she past away none of the women in the family wanted to pick up quilting so he did in order to keep it in the family. He still uses quilting pieces that she had cut when she was alive. I have boxes full of them too that I someday hope to turn into quilts for my family.
What tips would you have for someone that is just
I've heard of so many shops wondering why they have no sales right away and asking what are they doing wrong. Don't get discouraged if it seems to take off slow. Have confidence in yourself and your work! Things don't happen overnight but you can accomplish whatever you put your mind to. Rome wasn't built in a day you know!
Be sure to check out her Etsy shop...