I was born with a love of art.
I learned to sew in 4-H. My first project was a floor length skirt in a gold calico pattern that only an 11 year old could love. And oh, how I loved that skirt! I started painting in high school. I enrolled in every creative writing class I could find in both high school and college. As an adult I took up gardening. To me, it was just another form of art with the garden bed serving as a blank canvas.
In 2009, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. I read how creative pursuits could help with some symptoms of the disease and I decided it was time to start some new projects.
I bought a cheap sewing machine for about $80. I wasn’t sure if I’d stick with it and I was afraid to invest any more money than that.
Despite its cheap price tag though, the Brother XL2600I was a pretty decent machine. It sewed through multiple layers of fabrics and has 25 different stitch possibilities which was 24 more than I’d ever had before!
I’m not sure why I chose to start making purses and tote bags except that they were something I would use and they were fairly small projects that would give me an immediate sense of accomplishment. I soon became a purse pattern junkie. The fabric store was, and is, someplace I could spend hours just browsing. I love putting different fabrics together with different patterns. Before long I had more purses, or “WhackySacks” as I call them, than any one person could possibly use.
I started venturing into other sewing projects. I began making “WhackyCats” and table runners, rug mugs and quilted bookmarks. I took up crocheting, another old hobby from my early days. I found an old table in our barn and I did a “crazy paint” job on it. That paint project led to more paint projects. The projects started to build up. Those I didn’t like went back to the scrap bin or the Goodwill donation box. That was when I found Etsy and opened the WhackyShack shop. I loaded it with all of my favorites.
My sister joined me in my WhackyShack shop on Etsy after much nagging on my part! Julie makes beautiful jewelry. She uses lots of glass beads and has a real eye for stringing them together into gorgeous arrangements. If you buy one you will be surprised at the feel and weight of the pieces. Glass is heavier than plastic so the strands lay nicely around your neck. Juls loves horses and some of her designs incorporate horse charms. You can see and shop her designs and mine at the WhackyShack store.
I hope you’ll stop by and take a look around!