Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Meet the Maker - Meninafeliz

Not long now!!!

Squeezing in some more Meet the Makers, and here's the next - Meninafeliz, I'll let their answers explain everything!

What got you into crafting?

Anne-Marie and I (Bebe) actually met through a mother & toddler group and - with both of us coming from creative backgrounds - discovered a mutual desire to set up our own little business that would enable us to continue to be creative but look after our children at the same time. We launched in 2005 with the name 'Meninafeliz' which is Spanish/Portugeuse for 'happy girl' and also combines our two eldest children's names: Nina & Felix. I should probably point out that neither of us are Portuguese or Spanish. She's Dutch and I'm Scottish but the name fits well!
We make accessories - jewellery & textiles - in an eclectic mix of cloth, colour, buttons and beads, embroidery, knit, crochet, layering and felting. We're also great recyclers so use vintage and reclaimed fabrics wherever possible.

What's the best thing about crafting?

Making something out of nothing - designing and making a piece from start to finish and then someone loves it so much they actually want to pay you for it! Or when you walk down the street and a passer-by is wearing something that you made! That's a nice feeling.

What Handm@de stuff do you have your eye on?

We're both really looking forward to the fair and meeting all the amazing designers there and especially fellow Etsy sellers. There's such an incredibly high standard and array that it would be difficult to name anybody in particular! I think that Anne-Marie and I will be fitting in some very early Christmas shopping....

Another one on Thursday!

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