This talented artist makes beautiful things for babies and children. Learn more about her and her creations ...
Tell me something about yourself
My name is Stacey White and am Canadian. I have two daughters, a three year old and one year old. Paris, Ontario is where I live with my husband, our girls, and Ralph (our Pug). I've been a teacher for ten years and have focused on special education and advocacy for people with disabilities. I started my business while on maternity leave from my teaching job.
Snug-n-luv sells quilt kits, sewing patterns, knitting patterns, and other useful items for babies and children.
What are your sources of inspiration?
I find inspiration in many places. The first time I laid eyes on Amy Butler fabric, I was smitten. I decided to create one of a kind items from her fabrics with a focus on babies and children. I started creating unsual and unique baby quilts with funky fabric. I'm also inspired by other handmade artisans.
Handmade is the best. Every time you buy handmade you are getting a unique piece of art. Usually items are one of a kind and created with care. The craftmanship is at a level that mass producers can’t possibly achieve. It is also more environmentally friendly and community based, which I love.
Where and when did you learn your craft? Who taught you?
I learned to knit from my grandmother at the age of six. We still write most of our knitting patterns collaboratively! I remember being stuck for a show and tell item in grade five. As I frantically looked around the room searching for something, I noticed that I had knitted the sweater I was wearing. That was my show and tell and after that I never looked back.
Six years ago I taught my entire grade five class to knit. I learned to sew a few years ago. My mother in law is an avid quilter and she would come over with tips and advice to help me along the way. I also learned by trial and error.
Aside from your craft, what else do you enjoy doing?
I love music. My husband is a professional musician/music teacher and he has been teaching me to play the guitar. I hope it helps when I return to teach Junior and Senior Kindergarten in the Fall. :)
I've also been trying to learn crochet. It's not as easy as it looks. I admire the skills some people have with a crochet hook.
What piece of advise can you give to other artists?
Don't give up. Be confident in your art, there is always someone who will absolutely love it!
... and I totally agree with Stacey!
Please visit Stacey's shop at www.snugnluv.etsy.com
or follow her blog at www.snug-n-luv.blogspot.com
To get in touch with her, send her an email at email@example.com