Ruth Crean's Profile

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It all started when I was 10 and I asked my mother to show me how to use her turquoise 70's sewing machine. It's been a meandering road from making Barbie dresses, going to study fine art, selling at my local craft market, and now to selling on-line.

I love that every day brings me something new, I work in lots of different media, from making recycled clothes for Irish boutiques, or hand sewing my felt brooches which I sell here and at markets. It suits me perfectly that one day I'm lost in the world of design on photoshop, and the next I'm chatting to a customer online, or at a my market stall about buttons and crafts. People sometimes ask why I don't make 'art' anymore, but I see all my work as art, just made with different tools. Sometimes it a brush, others its a needle and thread, or the click of the mouse. It all comes from the same place, a drive to create things, a ceaseless twitch to find…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 19
  • Joined July 24, 2008

Favorite materials

buttons, ribbons, free time

About

It all started when I was 10 and I asked my mother to show me how to use her turquoise 70's sewing machine. It's been a meandering road from making Barbie dresses, going to study fine art, selling at my local craft market, and now to selling on-line.

I love that every day brings me something new, I work in lots of different media, from making recycled clothes for Irish boutiques, or hand sewing my felt brooches which I sell here and at markets. It suits me perfectly that one day I'm lost in the world of design on photoshop, and the next I'm chatting to a customer online, or at a my market stall about buttons and crafts. People sometimes ask why I don't make 'art' anymore, but I see all my work as art, just made with different tools. Sometimes it a brush, others its a needle and thread, or the click of the mouse. It all comes from the same place, a drive to create things, a ceaseless twitch to find new colours, patterns and lines.

I live in Limerick, Ireland with my wonderful boyfriend John. We share a beautiful city centre house which is now bursting at the seams with bags of clothes awaitng a rebirth. When I'm not attached to my sewing machine, I can be found with a vacant expression daydreaming of someday owning a shop. In the meantime I've found etsy which I'm thrilled and excited to be a part of.


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I'm an avid blogger and have been for over 2 years, I love posting about my crafty life and often do how-to's and giveaways. I was nominated in 2009 and 2010 for Best Irish Business Blog, and was also the co-ordinator for the Etsy Ireland Blog when we were nominated for Best Specialist Blog 2010 and Best Irish Craft Blog 2012.
http://nicedaydesigns.org

I'm a proud and active member of the Etsy Ireland Team, a group of over 180 Irish etsians. We are there to promote Irish crafts online and also as a community for Irish crafters.
http://etsyireland.blogspot.com

I also have a very active facebook fanpage, posting daily with lots of links and photos of my own work and other talented crafty folk.
http://www.facebook.com/nicedaydesigns

And if that wasn't enough social networking for you I'm also on twitter!!
http://twitter.com/NiceDayDesigns

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