Hello, hello! Welcome to the first installment of our Vendor Spotlight, featuring All Strung Out from Nancy Desrossiers. Because the Big Thaw falls on May 12 this year (one day before Mother’s Day) we’ve asked some of our vendors how moms have influenced their work.
How has your own mother (or mother figure) influenced your art, craft or endeavor?
I was blessed to have two special ladies who influenced any craft project I ever attempted growing up – my mother and my grandmother! My grandmother was a talented woman who could make anything and she shared her passion for crafting with me as a young girl and taught me how to knit and sew. Through the years, my mother supported anything I wanted to try by first buying any supplies that I needed and later by encouraging me to try new things.
When I started making jewelry about 8 years ago, she was the person that I went to for her opinion about any new items I had made and she would offer suggestions … or usually just enthusiasm! She had received quite a few handmade items over the years and was always thrilled. She passed away about four and a half years ago and my husband has stepped in to her role of guidance and support (poor guy!) He is such a good sport.
We agree with you, Nancy! Making and receiving handmade gifts in the family can mean so much more than the gift card from Amazon or Forever 21. Hear, hear!
If you’d like to see more from All Strung Out, check out these links:
-All Strung Out on Facebook
-All Strung Out on Etsy
-All Strung Out on Twitter
The Big Thaw will be held at Mayo Street Arts Center (10 Mayo St., Portland) on Saturday, May 12th from 10am to 4pm. It’s the day before Mother’s Day – so why not treat your favorite lady to a shopping spree full of handmade goods?
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G’night, everyone! We’re going to have trouble sleeping,… Kris just told me that the screen printed posters should be ready very soon!!