What is your craft?
I love dabbling in all media however my specialty is vibrant watercolour illustration that appeals to both children and adults. I try to capture the subtle humor and sensitivity found in everyday situations. When I need a break from painting, I like to knit and crochet, work with wood and metal, make polyester resin pendants, sew, work with plaster and ceramics and what ever else I can get my hands on!
How long have you been doing your particular craft?
I’ve been working in watercolour for almost twenty years and developed crazy bliss illustration in 2004. I began doing pieces of cats in various sizes, selling at local art-shows then quickly found the ACEO group on ebay and was instantly addicted! I continue to sell my original crazy bliss ACEOs on ebay under crazy_bliss and have since expanded my artistic vision of crazy bliss to include various products such as pendants, tiny treasure mini-frames, cards and more found at http://crazybliss.etsy.com/.
Where do you find inspiration? Who inspires you to create?
I don’t sit still very easily so I’m constantly doing something crafty. I get inspiration overload sometimes so I keep many journals to keep the ideas organized. My inspiration for my illustration usually comes from something funny I heard or observed while out and about. I love the innocence and perspective of children and animals and am constantly inspired by their joy of discovery. I’m lucky enough to have a wonderful backyard to wonder in and let my mind run free. I have a really supportive and creative family who offer up many thoughts and ideas to keep me busy too.
Where do you craft?
I have a nice 9’x20’ studio in the basement of our home with a production area at one end and an office workstation at the other. I work on a plastic-top 6’ table with all of my tools and supplies close at hand. My computer, marketing files, finished products and mailing center is arranged so I can complete orders quickly. It’s been a long time coming but I’m finally set up well and “contained” as my husband would say. We have a dining room again!
What is your most favorite item that you have ever created?
Ooh, that’s a hard question! It’s between two projects. The first, a free-motion embroidered art quilt of a field of wild flowers for my mom’s 50th birthday that I had spent 40+ hours on and the second, a 13” tall, functioning cat in the hat teapot that won first prize at a teapot show (the tea came out of his paw!). I absolutely love making one of a kind pieces and it’s so hard to choose a favorite.Thank you very much for the opportunity to share a bit about my crazy bliss world. You’re welcome to visit my website at http://www.crazy-bliss.com/ .
Here are a couple fabulous items found in Crazybliss' etsy shop!
I would like to thank CrazyBliss for allowing her shop to be featured here on my blog!