Tuesday, May 3, 2011

the girl behind the shop - "simply ec"


I am so excited today to introduce you to another one of my favorite bloggers and etsy shop owners,
Erin from "simply ec"!
here's Erin with her beautiful pregnant belly! :)

I've gotten to know Erin via her super-creative blog and her fantastic etsy shop. She bought some quilt squares from me a couple of years ago, and made this amazing quilt. Make sure to check out her blog for lots of inspiring craft ideas as well as be encouraged in your faith.

Enjoy the interview with Erin of simplyec!

1. How did you come up with your shop name?

Naming things other than children and pets has always been difficult for me! At the time I named the shop I didn't have any particular idea of what it's "theme" was going to be, I just wanted to offer all the ideas that were exploding out of my creative time up for sale somewhere. I went over SO many renditions before finally just settling on simply my initials, "EC", therefore the shop has been "SimplyEC". I really like it as the shop really has become an appropriate representation of the essence of my style and likes, it really is simply me.

{Erin's studio space}
I love those flowers on her cabinet, don't you? And look at all that yummy fabric!

that curtain is so fantastic! i want it. :)

2. How long have you been making things with your hands? How did it all begin?

For as long as I can remember. My Grandma Dot taught me to sew when I was 4 and I remember making doll quilts and clothing with her from a very young age. Summers at Grandma Dot's house were always special as there was always a plethora of crafting supplies on hand and plenty of time to spend making everything from doll clothes to jewelry to pinatas.

I continued to sew through high school and college, making myself reconstructed clothing pieces and I even made my bridesmaid dresses for my wedding. I started creating on a regular basis and selling my wares shortly before I found out I was pregnant with my first child almost 4 years ago.

 



3. What kind of things do you enjoy making the most?

I really love making rompers. When I was pregnant with my son I found out, as most women discover, there is a severe lack of creative, adorable boys' clothing out there in the brick and mortar shops. I started making clothing for my son out of my husband's old t-shirts, and dying and appliqueing his blank onesies. I got so many compliments on them that I started making more and listing them in my shop and selling them at street fairs. I especially love getting custom orders for baby items, the fabrics and designs for baby stuff are SO fun to work with.


My children's record clocks are really fun as well. I love the bright colors kid's records come in and the vintage images and illustrations on the labels are positively adorable!


4. What is most fulfilling to you about creating things?

The creative process of taking something from concept to fruition is really good exercise for my mind. I'm a mamma, so most days are spend doing those repetitive tasks that mamas have to do to keep their households running smoothly. Giving my mind something completely different to focus on other than grocery and laundry lists for 2 hours a day really helps me to feel more rounded. My brain has to switch gears to figure out dimensions and color stories and all kinds of other things that delight and infatuate me in order to create something. There is a peace that comes with working on a project from beginning to end that fulfills me creatively in a way that nothing else can.


5. How do you connect with God while you create? What kinds of things does the Lord show you while you create?

If I am particularly upset or unsettled about something in my life, my studio is the first place I go. I will always find something to occupy my hands there so that my mind is free to talk to God about whatever is on my heart while working out the excess anxiety with my hands cutting, ironing, gluing, sewing, and organizing. Many a prayer has been said over my work, by the time I finish whatever I'm working on I will have usually spent hours talking to God.

Sometimes, if a project is taking a few days I look back over how my outlook on something has changed from the time I started through praying and sewing. It is so encouraging to feel His presence and guidance and to have something concrete to symbolize the journey. An example of this is the "You Are Loved" quilt I made for one of my best friends last summer (using a scrap pack I bought from eagerhands on Etsy incidentally!). Every time I see that quilt, it just resonates with the prayers I prayed over it.


Erin has lots of other super cute items in her etsy shop. And guess what? She has graciously offered all eager hands blog readers a 30% off discount from now until next Tuesday! Just use the coupon code EAGERHANDS at checkout to receive your discount.

Thanks, Erin, for sharing with all of us a little bit about yourself and your creative process!


ps- if you have an etsy shop and would like to be featured on my blog as well, please email me (eagerhands@gmail.com) and we'll talk!

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