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It's time for another installment of "the girl behind the shop"! Today, I'm featuring Megan, of MegN Creations. We got to know each other through my blog over a year ago, and I've always been blessed and encouraged by her sweet comments and our conversations through etsy.
So, let me introduce you to Megan!
Megan (wearing one of her beautiful crocheted scarves)
Hello! Thank you so much, Lora, for letting me share today! My name is Megan and I blog at a couple places here on the web. Crochet Every Day is my artsy crafty / crochet / etsy blog. I write about fun family stuff there too. Newly Wife is where I write with my cousin about life as newlyweds. My husband Matt and I met in college and have been married for three years. We serve the Lord at a local cell church (like a home church but different, go ahead and comment on my blog if you have any questions) and love the family we have there. We also like to go down to Mexico and build lofthouses with an organization names Hands of Mercy. In our spare time, we love cooking together and working out. He is training to be a firefighter and I like to create stuff. Well, with that being said, let's get to those questions that Lora asked me!
1. How did you come up with your shop name?
My husband's business is Nadalet Design (nadaletdesign.com), so I wanted something similar to (but not the same as) that. MegN Creations was perfect. I love to create and my name (Megan Nadalet) fit perfectly as MegN.
Megan and her husband (aren't they cute?)
2. How long have you been making things with your hands? How did it all begin?
My mom says I have been creating thing since my hands could use scissors and a gluestick! I started crocheting when I was eight and sewing when I was a senior in college -- I got a machine so I could teach myself to sew. It has been years of handmade gifts for everyone since then!
Robby wearing Megan's Pumpkin Beanie (she custom makes these in her shop)
3. What kind of things do you enjoy making the most?
I love making gifts. My sewing started when I decided to make a baby quilt for a friend. Another friend taught me how to make a potholder with her machine, and I realized that a blanket was just a potholder on a larger scale! I have made many baby gifts for expectant friends; I just love showering a newborn with personalized onesies and blankets. For my shop, I love the coasters and cozies. I could walk around the fabric store for hours trying to find just the perfect pattern. The "Fruit Stand" and "Farmer's Market" coasters are my faves -- I love the fruit and vegetable prints!
4. What is most fulfilling to you about creating things?
I love taking a couple pieces of material and turning them into something beautiful. Watching a ball of yarn transform into a hat is just amazing! Knowing exactly who receives the gift fills me with joy. I have started praying over items as I create them, even if I do not know the recipient. I like the thought that my packages bring a little of Christ's light into someone's life. That is actually why I started putting verses on the tags.
5. How do you connect with God while you create? What kinds of things does the Lord show you while you create?
As I said above, I have started praying for my shop, packages as I mail them, and recipients of whatever I am creating. The Lord has really shown me to lean on Him for my daily bread, and that this business is His anyways. He has shown me new ways to tithe, by donating blankets to babies in Africa and hats to children with cancer. This business has definitely helped me draw nearer to the Lord in my prayer life. Lora has been a total encouragement in that area, and I thank the Lord for her bloggy friendship!
Megan has lots of other super cute items in her etsy shop. And guess what? She has graciously offered all eager hands blog readers a 15% off discount from now until next Thursday! Just use the coupon code EAGER15 at checkout to receive your discount.
Thanks, Megan, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll talk!