This weeks artist is Loridee21, I met Loridee on Cafemom and we are selling our items through Peaceblooms in South Carolina.
Loridee is a scrapbooker and crafter and loves what she does! Here is what she has written as her bio: I've been crafting since I was a child but became more serious about it in my 20's. Then about 10 years ago, I discovered scrapbooking and it's now an obsession of mine! I enjoy creating lasting, archival items that will last for generations to come. As for me on a personal basis--I've been married for 24 years and live in southern Maine. My husband and I moved here from Massachusetts 19 years ago and we love it here! I have two daughters, ages 23 and 20. My oldest just became an Occupational Therapist and is currently working at a local hospital. My youngest daughter is special needs and may be getting a job at a local supermarket bakery working part-time. My husband and I just adopted his grandson, (my step-daughter's son)--Zachery--age 9, just a couple of weeks ago. So, I am now a parent to a boy! I've worked 16 years as a nursing assistant and became a medical assistant three years ago. Currently, I'm unemployed and in the interim have been creating projects to sell through Peaceblooms and on my blog.
Here are her answers to my small questionairre:
Tell me about your shop, what will I find in your shop? I don't have a shop, per se'. I've always made crafts as gifts and have participated in craft fairs in the past, but never have sold any items in a shop. This will be the first time for me. It's a new adventure! I plan on selling assorted scrapbook pages ranging in size from 8x8 to 12x12. I'll be including holidays, events, seasonal, pets, etc. I'll also be taking special orders as well. Besides pages, I'll be selling mini-albums of different sizes as well --accordion; star-shaped; explosion box; flip; envelope and many others. I also sell altered composition books, tags, and paper-piecings.
How long have you been in business? I've been scrapping and creating the above mentioned items for several years now but haven't been in a business. As mentioned before, most if not all of my items have been used as gifts or for personal use. I am published (just one layout) in Memory Makers "Oh Baby! book that came out in May of 2008. I've also won several local contests for my work as well.
Where do you sell your creations? I haven't sold any of my creations to date. I will be selling through Peaceblooms and through my own blog in the near future.
Do you have a blog or website? My blog address is: www.lorideedesigns.blogspot.com.
Who is your favorite crafts person/artison or favorite web resource? I don't think I can name one favorite artison. There are too many of them! I do refer to several scrapping sites for inspiration. Those would be: Creating Keepsakes, Memory Makers, Scrapbooks, etc.; Papercrafts and Two Peas in a Bucket.
Are there any upcoming craft fairs/art shows that you'll be participating in this year? I hope to display some items in our local craft fair in Acton, Maine in August and perhaps some Xmas fairs in the Fall. If not this year, definitely next year!
Here are a few photos of the items that Loridee likes to make: