Retro Grandma is Turning Old Books Covers Into Purses and more

Retro Grandma is Turning Old Books Covers Into Purses and more

 

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Tell Us About Your Shop and Yourself..

Handmade objects always have a story. They have a real character and charm over mass-produced items. I’ve been crafting for years and love every minute of it – it’s my relaxation time – just put on a few tunes and away I go! Some of the crafting I’ve done in the past involves sewing, ceramics, crocheting, knitting, plastic canvas…..and now I love to make unique items out of books and records. I opened up my shop here on Etsy in 2007 and have sold my items to customers all over the world – which is exciting. My most exciting buyer was a movie star!!!!! My shop name tells you I’m a Grandma that loves retro. I love all my family! They mean the world to me 🙂 I have 3 wonderful children and 6 adorable grandchildren. 

When did you first get into crafts, and have you always been into recycled/upcycled crafts?

 I’ve been into crafts since I was very young. My mom was a tremendous crafter herself and she passed this talent down to me.

What is the story and inspiration behind your work? What do you do when you get a creative block, how do you get inspired again?   

I love creating something unique that you will never find in any stores and each and every item of mine is unique.

When I have people all over the world purchase and use my items it gives me a good feeling inside and that’s what I think of whenever I get a creative block.

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When did you first get into crafting and art?  Do you typically work with the same mediums?

I started off sewing and crocheting. I made most of my children’s clothes and decorated my home with handmade curtains, bedspreads, tablecloths and so much more I can’t even mention!!!  I’ve done ceramics, plastic canvas, needlework….you name it – I did it!

What project are you most proud of ever making?    

My book purses are what I am the most proud of. It’s so cool to watch heads turn when I walk downtown with one of these.  Most of my items are sure to spark conversations!

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What do you like to do for fun when your not making art? What is the one things people would be shocked to know about you?

 I also have a full time day job at a school as an Administrative Assistant – it is 29 years this year since I started!  I love spending time with my family – especially my 6 grandchildren!  I also love being with my friends and listening to music.   I also enjoy hunting for treasures at thrift shops and garage sales.  Most of my home decor is from the 70’s – I love that era – A Blast from the Past!!!

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Why do you think the Eco-Friendly, Recycled, Upcycled Movment is so important? What is your one best tip for a small change anyone can make in their life to be kinder to the environment?

Handmade items have a real character and charm over mass-produced items.  We should all recycle and reduce waste.  This would make a better world for all of us.

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