Now lets discover some of Amy H.'s creations and her story!
What is your first creative memory?
My mother was always sewing. I remember a romper with sailboats on it that she made for me. I cried when I outgrew it. My first projects were sleeping bags and Christmas stockings for all my stuffed animals.
How long have you been an artist and an active business artist?
I can't remember a time when I wasn't sewing or working on a needlepoint project. About 15 years ago, I starting making purses, curtains, and pillows for other people. I took many years off to raise my sons. In 2010, once both boys were in school, I started sewing in earnest for craft shows, and I opened my Etsy shop.
How did you hear about Etsy and how long have you been selling on Etsy?
I was a buyer on Etsy for a few years before I opened my own store in 2010. I probably heard about Etsy from my mother-in-law who sells antiques. She has had an Etsy store since the early days.
How did you come up with your shop name?
It is from an English proverb: "A full cup must be carried steadily." I envisioned my fabric creations helping people carry all their gadgets and necessary items with a sense of calmness and fun. In my own life, I try to find smooth waters and lots of laughs.
No. I have two boys and a house to take care of. I also work as a part-time instructional design editor and researcher.
What inspires you?
Nature, travel, food, books, my family and friends.
What do you listen to or watch while creating?
It changes throughout the day - classical in the a.m., some jazz at lunch, and then some rock to get me through the afternoon.
Describe your work space
I work at my dining room table. Our dining room has windows on three sides, so it is the brightest room in the house. We live in the city on a steep hill. Our dining room is above the level of our neighbor's roof, so I feel like I am jutting out into space!
What does being an Amy mean to you?
A good friend to all - thoughtful and considerate, but also a lot of fun.
Where else can we find you?