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I’ve always felt compelled to do something creative as far back as I remember. My grandmother taught me how to do basic crochet when I was twelve, and at the same time I took up oil painting. In my early twenties, I began writing professionally and sold dozens of poems and prose to greeting card companies and a company that made framed art prints. I made a business out of macramé at a time when it was already ‘out of fashion,’ and did well enough selling wholesale to nurseries that I was able to open my own craft store and rent individual space to over sixty other crafters to showcase their work.

Over the next few years, I wrote several novels, children’s books and metaphysical books. I acquired contracts for seven of those books and eventually took back my rights to those books and published them myself with my own publishing company, as well as representing and publishing seventy other new authors…

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  • Joined April 25, 2009

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yarn, wood, rocks, paint, clay

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I’ve always felt compelled to do something creative as far back as I remember. My grandmother taught me how to do basic crochet when I was twelve, and at the same time I took up oil painting. In my early twenties, I began writing professionally and sold dozens of poems and prose to greeting card companies and a company that made framed art prints. I made a business out of macramé at a time when it was already ‘out of fashion,’ and did well enough selling wholesale to nurseries that I was able to open my own craft store and rent individual space to over sixty other crafters to showcase their work.

Over the next few years, I wrote several novels, children’s books and metaphysical books. I acquired contracts for seven of those books and eventually took back my rights to those books and published them myself with my own publishing company, as well as representing and publishing seventy other new authors.

I was injured in 1997 and lost the use of my hands for nearly eighteen months. I found working with clay on a potter’s wheel and eventually crocheting, helped me to regain the use of my hands. It was a slow process, but had I not strengthened my hands through working with the clay, I doubt I’d have the use of them now.

I went back to school in 2007 and first began on a degree in digital imaging, which led to the art work and products I have in my stores at www.zazzle.com/drcrafts and www.cafepress.com/drcrafts. I then switched to a history major and earned my B.A. in history, but had to drop out of my M.A. program due to my disabilities that I’ve been dealing with for the past decade.

I work now mainly on crocheting the things I enjoy making, and am slowly getting back to working with my potter’s wheel as my body permits. I don’t use patterns when I crochet, so I am always experimenting with designs I’d like to create. It is always trial and error on new items until I get it down, but once I do, I make however many I want to until I get bored with that and move on to something else. So virtually everything I make is one of a kind.

I especially enjoy making blankets. I make blankets that are practical and last for years. Some of the more exotic designs I've seen are gorgeous, but difficult to wash if they are covered in intricate flowers or ribbons. Mine are made with 100% acrylic yarn, which is soft and durable, machine washable and dryable. I have blankets I've made for my own home that are over 25 years old, so they stand the test of time. I offer the same quality of blankets, hats, scarves, shawls and so on to my customers knowing they'll enjoy them for years.


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