Friday, September 4, 2009

In the begining........

In the 90's My Mom, Dad and I had a craft business called Sweet Pea's friends, so named because we used to call my oldest son Sweetpea (Oh I hope he doesn't read this or he'll KILL me!!). My Dad was a master with wood, especially the lathe, so we started out creating pole snowmen, witches, Uncle Sam & Aunt Samantha, Santa's and bunnies. Later, my Dad created the basic bodies for me, while I sewed the clothes, painted and accessorized Witches, Santa's, Dolls, bunnies, you name it! My Mom is an excellent painter, so she did the master painting. She painted pots, wood signs even custom made (by my Dad) children's furniture. We had such a great time going to craft shows and selling to gift shops around town. One of my greatest Thanksgiving memories was the time we finished up eating, then pulled out the wood snowmen to paint because we had a huge order to fill! After I got pregnant with Mason, I had to slow down so we taught painting classes in my garage. It was so much fun having everyone get together and create! Our classes were always full and always fun:). After Mason was born, we kind of fizzled out. I still did some small projects for a few of my friends (well sewing for the Parade of Homes wasn't small, but fun!), but not like before. In 2003, I started freelancing for Chapelle publications doing Scrapbooking projects of all things! I had never really Scrapbooked before, but I though I would try for creativity sake. I had just finished working on my first project when my beloved Dad died suddenly. I was devastated, but I kept working. I knew that my Dad would be proud of me for what I was doing. After I published my first book, I dedicated it to my Dad. He was always my creative champion. When something didn't look right to me, my Dad would always say "You want it to look homemade, not manufactured. Remember, it's from your heart, ." I'll never forget that. I sure miss him, but I'm glad I do still have some of the projects we made. Emma Jayne has a special handmade table and chair set that she plays with every day and I still have some pole Santa's and pumpkins. I'll never part with those:). I loved working for Chapelle. Fun times. After Emma was born, Chapelle closed and I was so busy with the kids to really do anything other than personal projects. Now I'm doing some freelance web work for http://wherewomencreate.com/ Magazine and it is wonderful! I absolutely love the magazine and all of the creative women involved. So if you have a Facebook or Twitter account, please join us! www.facebook.com/wherewomencreate and Twitter is www.twitter.com/wherewomencreat . I have a personal Twitter too, so follow me at www.twitter.com/paigew . I'm in the process of putting buttons on my page, but there aren't enough hours in the day. For now, enjoy these early crafty moments that I just discovered in an old photo album. I don't have any of these things. I wonder who does?



One of my favorites. The Snow Couple. I wish I had these guys.I LOVED Debbie Mumm and used her fabric whenever I could......
In honor of my husband, The Fly Fishing Santa. No, Bruce doesn't look like Santa, he's a Fly Fisherman:)

Sweetpea himself (he's 15 Now!!!!).
*Remember the Forrest Green/Mauve combo? Gotta love the 90's:). Uncle Sam and Aunt Samantha....

The Moose Couple....

A smaller version.....

Pole Bunnies....




The Bunny Couple.....
*90's florals. These were upholstery fabrics. Does anyone have a couch like that? Pretty popular back in the day........



Witches. I'm really tempted to make one of these again......




Hope you've enjoyed this little "crafty" memory lane:) Have a great day!


* As you can see, I wasn't a great photographer back then either. At least we have digital cameras now............




3 comments:

  1. paige WOW you are so talented! and your little "sweetpea" was sure a cute tot! i am very tempted for you to make those witches again, too... in fact, you should host another craft day in your garage for those interested, like me! :)

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  2. Really, really cute! Thanks for sharing. What wonderful memories. P.S. I've become a fan of where women create on facebook.....I've already been following on twitter!

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  3. Loved your last comment, "At least we have digital cameras now." Too funny!

    When I first started selling on eBay (1997), I was using a 35mm. Thank goodness I lived across the street from Costco! I'd shoot a roll (and if I'd been shooting outdoors, I had to put everything back into the apartment!), run over to Costco, hang out while they did the one-hour developing, check the pics, come back home and sometimes have to haul everything back outside and take more pics!

    I've been totally digital since 2000 and I LOVE IT!!! I can take 10 or 20 pics, upload them, edit them, and it doesn't cost me a cent.

    Now if I could have permanently-charged batteries ...

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