I have an Etsy shop called Afternoon at Andrea’s, and a couple weeks ago, I was contacted about possibly being featured in a blog promoting Michigan-based Etsy shops. I was more than thrilled to accept the exciting offer. This was a whole new, invigorating experience. MiEtsy is managed by Tonya, a very sweet person who contacted me out of the blue and truly made my day. Read More
My Etsy shop, Afternoon at Andrea’s, has introduced to me a new part of crafting that I haven’t explored much until the last few years: Making things to sell. Not making things as gifts for people, not making something for myself because I saw this great idea on Pinterest, but actually making things with nobody in particular in mind, for financial growth, and to share my crafts with strangers. I’ve been making things for my friends and family my whole life, and let me tell you, to get positive feedback from a stranger across the country is awesome. It’s like having your grandmother pinch your cheek your whole life and tell you what a pretty singing voice you have… When an unknown audience member compliments you after a concert, it’s a whole new ballgame. It’s like, “Ok, I believe you!” Read More
The patchwork was colorful and perfect. As a child, it kept me warm and safe, and served as the perfect picnic blanket on my bedroom floor with my toys. Each patch was a reflection of something else, a scrap of a bigger purpose. I studied that quilt with my eyes and my hands, so when I noticed that my Grandma’s pants or my Grampaw’s bathrobe shared the same fabrics, I knew that my Grandma had made those pants and that bathrobe, and that the colorful squares in my quilt were scraps from her other projects. The border and backing fabric matched my curtains, white with colorful polka dots. This quilt that was made for me by my Grandma with such love and care will stay with me forever, and it will be passed down through my family. That’s the thing about quilts; they stay with you.
A while back, I saw a mirror that was painted turquoise with a distressed finished. I saw it, liked it, and wanted it, but didn’t want to spend the money on it. Mirrors like that, sold in stores, solid wood and hand painted and distressed, cost upwards of $300. I’ve been thinking about refinishing some furniture of mine, and I thought a refinished mirror would be a good place to start. I scouted out the local resale shops and found a pretty nice 30″ x 40″ mirror with a solid pine frame. I paid $6 for it and then brought it home and stuck it in the garage where it remained for about six months until I decided I had procrastinated enough. A few days ago, I brought it out of hiding, cleaned the garage, swept the floor, laid out some paper on the floor, and got to work. Read More
I am an interior designer and crafter living in Marquette, Michigan. To view conceptual renderings, drawings and photographs of my work as an interior designer, please view my portfolio. Contact me if you’re interested in interior design services or custom crafts.