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At the age of 6 I was told it was written on My Permanent Record that my childhood best friend and I could never again be assigned to the same classroom because we were “too weird” and made up our “own little worlds, excluding others.” From that point onward I felt a bit embarrassed about what I thought was “my condition.” In high school I stretched my wings a bit, quietly, by inventing my own clothing and bags, then, at the age of 18, I began classes at an art school and decided right then that being weird and creating my own little world was pretty okay in my book.

By the end of the ‘80s I began a terrific career in graphic design and made stuff on my own time: things from clothing to accessories, purses to Halloween props, and even some home décor items. Generally when I couldn’t find what I was wanting, I just made it myself. I think many Texas women are that way…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 19
  • Joined December 6, 2007

Favorite materials

velvet, silk, damask, cotton, broadcloth, fabric, felt, lace, ribbon, acrylic paint, crochet thread, mercerized cotton

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About

At the age of 6 I was told it was written on My Permanent Record that my childhood best friend and I could never again be assigned to the same classroom because we were “too weird” and made up our “own little worlds, excluding others.” From that point onward I felt a bit embarrassed about what I thought was “my condition.” In high school I stretched my wings a bit, quietly, by inventing my own clothing and bags, then, at the age of 18, I began classes at an art school and decided right then that being weird and creating my own little world was pretty okay in my book.

By the end of the ‘80s I began a terrific career in graphic design and made stuff on my own time: things from clothing to accessories, purses to Halloween props, and even some home décor items. Generally when I couldn’t find what I was wanting, I just made it myself. I think many Texas women are that way. A couple of years ago I had to stop working outside of my home and now that my health is a bit better managed I’m working on my own business of putting things out there that I make. The right person will see the right thing at the right time and fall in love, and with something that I made. What a wonderful thing!

I’ve lived most of my life in the lava-hot city of Dallas, Texas, where hair is big and most people wear little clothing aside from tans and lip gloss. I still get a lot of stares and questions at the grocery, but by now in life I’m pretty okay with it. Living with me are 5 very well behaved cats, I’m surrounded by art and books, and the only thing keeping me from turning into a crazy cat lady is the man who lives here, too.

About a third of my extensive wardrobe are things I’ve made, my paintings and photographs have sold at various shows and galleries, and I've won awards for my graphic designs. Making stuffandthings is something I compulsively do, whether it is something to wear, something to look at, or something to use. I get so lost in my own little worlds that I forget to come up for air, and I can’t imagine life any other way.

~SHOP~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/madwhimsy
~SHOP POLICIES~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/madwhimsy/policy
~CREATIVE BLOG~ http://madwhimsy.wordpress.com/
~FACEBOOK~ https://www.facebook.com/madwhimsy
~TWITTER~ http://twitter.com/#!/madwhimsy
~PINTEREST~ http://pinterest.com/madwhimsy/
~EVEN MORE~ http://madwhimsy.com for a teenie portion of my portfolio
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