After a break for a couple months I am thrilled to announce that our supplier interviews are back! Have I mentioned how much I enjoy introducing you to the talented people who make all the incredible items on Thea-Bel? It really is a highlight for me. All the hobbyists on this site are not only talented artists but also amazing people, Thea-Bel is so lucky to have all of them!
This month we sat down with Trudy from Trudy's Creations.
First Some Background
I met Trudy shortly after I arrived in Langdon as she and I were part of the same book group. After I found out she was a nail technician that came highly recommended, she became my go to for pedicures and the odd manicure. Trudy is married and has a beautiful nine year old daughter named Zoe. Before becoming a nail tech, Trudy was a stay at home mom for eight years. Going back further in Trudy's work history she worked a number of jobs including being a restaurant owner and working in insurance.
What Attracted You to Making Cards and Wreaths?
Since I have been making wreaths the longest, let's start there. I originally started making dried flower arrangements and over time it morphed into wreaths. I'm not sure why exactly but now that I started I really enjoy it and keep going.
For cards/paper crafting, I am part of a Stamping Up group that meets up once a month to make cards. I joined because of a friend and have been going since.
How Long Have You Been Making Wreaths and Paper Crafts?
I've been making wreaths since I was twenty and been paper crafting for around 15 years. I started out mostly scrap-booking but now do the cards.
How Do You Decide What to Create?
To get ideas for wreaths I look on Pinterest, the internet and magazines. The materials I have on hand also play a large role in helping me to come up with a design.
For making cards I look at the current Stamping Up catalogue to see what I like and then put my own twist on things.
Any Big Plans for New Items?
I'm hoping to make some seasonal framed art. [Here are some examples that Trudy sent of past work]
What Do You Hope People Get From Your Items?
I hope people feel joy and have pride of ownership! I hope people hang my wreaths on the wall and are proud to have people see them. I also hope people feel that everything is a good price point. For cards I am just happy to have an outlet for my creations. I just love making cards but am really bad about giving them away... My pile just keeps growing so I am happy to hand them over to Thea-Bel.
Do You Have a Favorite Product That You Have Created?
I made some custom wreaths last year and I am very proud of them!
What Prompted You to Join Thea-Bel?
My friend Sarah [as mentioned before I can be pretty persuasive]. I also saw an opportunity to get my creations out there and I love helping out local businesses such as Thea-Bel.
Is There Anything Else You Want People To Know?
I do custom work. I can do a wreath to suit your needs. I also do custom scrap-booking. You give me the pictures and some information you want included and then I do the rest.
Is There Anywhere Besides Thea-Bel That People Can Get Your Items?
Do You Do Custom Work?
Yes absolutely! I am happy to work with you so that you get a wreath or paper craft that you love.
There you go, I hope you enjoyed learning more about Trudy. Be sure to check out all the items she has available for sale. Also, if you place an order over $15 this month (till January 31, 2017) you get a free "Hello There" Card.