r-anne-dom : a place for me (anne) to leave random blog posts. Such as: ..knitting, sewing, and other random activities pursued ..Girl Guides of Canada : yep, Guiding Lives Here ..the 4 shops on Etsy : one features quality handmade items; the second has lots of patterns, & crafting supplies; the third is stocked with Vintage; and the fourth is guiding flowers. Enjoy the r-anne-domness!
Gardening, in recent years has become a popular hobby and as the population of baby boomers retires the interest in horticulture increases. But more important, there also has been a heighten attraction from the younger generations.
The focus to get back to one’s roots, in a matter of speaking, seems to be one of the forces that draws people back to the garden. Whether you were raised in the country or remember those wonderful visits to your grandparent’s farm, it’s all about working with the warm soil, planting seeds and nurturing those plants to produce beautiful blooms or delicious vegetables.
I love my garden. It has taught me so much over the decades – patience, tolerance, acceptance, and the wonderment of Mother Nature. All of this inspires me to share my experiences and knowledge to get people excited about gardening and the food it produces
I wrote this book ‘From My Garden’ earlier this year to encourage people to have fun growing your own food and preserving the harvest. I enjoyed sharing my stories and secrets about the garden as well as some of my unique preserving recipes.
I also have an Instagram page for anyone wanting to follow its the_turtle_shop
4. How long have you been doing your craft/art and how did you get started?
I have been making turtles for 20 years, I got started by helping my grandmother make them.
5. Who or what inspires you to create?
My inspiration comes from my grandmother.
Making turtles during the Christmas season was something she enjoyed doing as a holiday tradition, sharing them with friends and family that would stop by during the holidays as well as gifting them. As people's love for them grew, it slowly blossomed into a small Christmas business for her.
The popularity of Mrs. Watsons turtles grew to a whopping 400+dozen ordered from the months of October - December. Although grandma is still with us today her arthritis no longer allows her to carry on. The business grandma had has since been taken on by me to a larger level and The Turtle Shop was born.
6. Do you listen to music when you work, and if so what kind?
I often listen to the radio while working it's mostly new hits or during the Christmas time of course I have Christmas music on ☺
7. What do you like least/most about your craft?
The least thing I like about making turtles is the strain it puts on my arthritic hands during the busy season. My hands definitely need a break after Christmas ☺
The thing I like most is hearing people's reaction or reading someone's review when they try them. It's very nice to put a smile on someone's face because of something you've created. ❤️
8. Describe your workspace?
My workspace is a number of different locations...a kitchen, shops, my home, my van and pretty much anywhere I am. I am normally just a click away 😉
All of these locations play a very important role in my business.
9. What is one of your best moments as a crafter/artist?
One of the best moments was telling my grandmother that I was carrying on with her business on a much bigger scale, and having her approval and best wishes for success.
10. What advice would you give to anyone thinking about starting their own craft business?
For anyone thinking of starting a craft business the advice I'd give is, start slow and grow slow. There's no worse feeling, than the feeling of taking on too much, too quickly and getting swamped. That's the point in which you can become overwhelmed and may no longer enjoy doing your craft.