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When I was a little girl and anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, without hesitation and a lot of gusto, I answered, “An artist!” I may not have become a fine artist, like a painter or a sculptor, but I have always drawn, designed, lettered, sewed, knitted and crocheted things.

When my kids were preschoolers and my husband was a full time grad student, we needed a supplementary income to survive. I had three little ones at home and didn’t want to leave them to someone else’s care. So, what could I do? A few ideas bubbled up and soon I started a cottage industry, a new term in those days. In the daytime I tended my children, did the housework and prepared meals but as they went to bed, I flew into high gear until about 3 in the morning sewing cleverly-devised puppets. Each week I made as many puppets as was possible and then sold out by 1 pm at a weekly open air…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 4
  • Joined October 15, 2010

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fabric, fibers, yarn, threads, paper, paint, ink

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About

When I was a little girl and anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, without hesitation and a lot of gusto, I answered, “An artist!” I may not have become a fine artist, like a painter or a sculptor, but I have always drawn, designed, lettered, sewed, knitted and crocheted things.

When my kids were preschoolers and my husband was a full time grad student, we needed a supplementary income to survive. I had three little ones at home and didn’t want to leave them to someone else’s care. So, what could I do? A few ideas bubbled up and soon I started a cottage industry, a new term in those days. In the daytime I tended my children, did the housework and prepared meals but as they went to bed, I flew into high gear until about 3 in the morning sewing cleverly-devised puppets. Each week I made as many puppets as was possible and then sold out by 1 pm at a weekly open air market. Soon, by of word of mouth, I also had a mail order business; my puppets traveled all around the country and to other countries, as well. By the time my husband finished graduate school, I had made over 4.000 puppets and we were able to leave university life debt-free.

Moving along a few years, after my kids started school, I returned to college and then to graduate school. I didn't become a professional artist. Instead, I worked as a 1.) retail store manager that featured handcrafted items and 2.) as an educator. No matter what profession I pursued, my creative skills were put to good use.

Fast forwarding a few decades and a second husband, now I am a retired, It's official: I'm a senior citizen and enjoying time to dabble in many creative pursuits. I thought my working life was over but, because of tough economic times, I am once again (and joyfully so) turning to my creative interests to supplement our income by selling on etsy.

You are welcome to visit my blog: http://delights-gems.blogspot.com

I also sell under a second etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/fabriq

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