This week, Ashley of www.rocknrollmcmama.etsy.com is on the hot seat. Thanks, Ashley, for agreeing to be grilled!
Where in South Carolina do you live, and were you born here? If not, how long have you been in SC? Born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
What do you like best about living in South Carolina? The climate, the location- it's only a few hours drive to the beach or the mountains.
How long have you been involved in your craft, and how did you get started? I bought a sewing machine about three years ago and have been making things since then. When my daughter was born in December of 07 I got really interested in making baby items.
Do you work from your home, or do you have a brick and mortar store? I work from home
Who or what inspires you? I find inspiration from my daughter, fashion trends, I'm always thinking about ideas of things to make, sometimes I have ideas in the middle of the night!
Do you have a method for remembering ideas you want to implement, such as a notebook or tape recorder, etc.? I'd be lost without my notebook
What do you do when you hit a brick wall creatively and nothing is working? I'll go to a craft store or a fabric store and look around. Usually that will get the creativity flowing again.
What is the most rewarding, interesting, or even weirdest thing you’ve ever been asked to make? When I make a custom monogrammed baby girl's dress and my customers are so happy with it, that is rewarding.
What are some of your goals for your craft, and where do you hope it will take you? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I hope to build my business so I can stay at home with my daughter.
What are your hobbies, or how do you like to spend your free time, assuming you have any? With a six-month-old daughter, my etsy store, sewing, and the SC Street Team I don't have a lot of spare time, but when I do get a moment I love to play guitar and write music.
Now for the fun stuff!
Favorite color? hot pink
Favorite food? Indian
Favorite song or musical artist? I love bands like The Killers, Muse, Bloc Party, Weezer, I'm an indie/alt rock kind of girl.
Favorite book or author? The Harry Potter collection
Favorite movie, actor or actress? Favorite actor: Ewan McGregor (you gotta love a guy in a kilt) Favorite movie: It's a tie between the Wizard of Oz and Star Wars
And most importantly, Clemson or Carolina? I graduated from USC Upstate in '05, so Gamecocks RULE!
Thanks, Ashley! To see more fabulous works by South Carolina artisans, click on the TeamSC logo to the right!