Friday, 21 August 2009

Fabulous Friday... The Interview ~ Cutie Pie

Today's Misi Crafter is Michelle from Cutie Pie.

How did you get started in your particular craft and how long have you been doing it?

I've always loved making things. Every since I can remember, if I needed something, I would try to make it. I hoarded so much stuff when I was younger, fabric, ribbons, paper, stickers etc and I still do. My mum used to sew a lot and made most of my babies dresses herself, she encouraged me, showed me the basics and bought me a manual singer sewing machine for Christmas when I was about 8. I've still got it and am now teaching my daughter to use it. I decided to try and make some money after lots of my friends came to me if they needed things and kept telling me to sell what I make. So I took the plunge, found a name that suited and started to make.

Are there any negative aspects to doing your craft and if there are how do you work around them?

Not having a dining room anymore!!! I've taken over it. In the summer its ok as we don't use it that much, but in the winter we have friends over and light a fire in there and I have to pack everything up and hide it somewhere. For the past year, when I've been making things for stock I've had my youngest at home with me, so having to entertain him and try to make things has been awkward at times, but he starts school in September, so hopefully I'll have more time for me.

What tips would you give to anyone thinking of starting your craft?

Make sure its a passion of yours. Don't try and do something like this if you've not passion for it otherwise it will show in what you produce. If you love sewing & creating, then play, practice, make things for yourself and friends which will be seen by others and let it all grow from there. Don't ever worry about not being good enough, if people like what you do they will buy it. Sometimes we are too critical of our work, we forget that the buyer sees something they couldn't make themselves but really wants.

How did you find Misi?
A girl I used to go to school with is now a textiles teacher in a local school. I met her at a local craft fair and we got chatting. She had opened a shop, Handmade Perfection, and recommended Misi. So I looked MISI up and opened my shop in October I think??

What is your favourite item in your own Misi shop?
I think it would be the crochet jug cover. I made one for me, for my pimms, and thought it turned out rather well. So made some more, its lovely to see them taking shape as I don't use a pattern, they confuse me!!

What is your favourite shop on Misi (besides your own)?

Its hard to choose between Tinymoments - She makes fantastic, individual pieces or The pink fairy cake - She has in her shop, everything I wish I could do myself.

Random Facts about you:

What is your favourite colour? - Pink

What is your favourite food?
- Roast Beef

What is your favourite season?
- Winter, log fires and wooly jumpers

What is your favourite time of day? - night

What is your favourite website (besides Misi)? Girlguiding UK - I'm a Brown Owl too.

What is your favourite TV programme? - Harry Hill's TV burp.

Thank you for chatting to us Michelle. Go along to Michelle's Cutie Pie shop to see more of her beautiful creations...

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  1. How exciting!!! I'd like to make Hennies speech after her mention a little tradition, so here goes. I'd like to thank Helen for giving me this opportunity, MISI for making it possible for the masses to see great quality work and my hubby for looking after the house and children when I'm trying to finish something. I dedicate this blog mention to everyone at MISI, don't dismiss your dreams, they can come true :)

  2. Another great interview, I couldn't agree more with your tip for beginners, Michelle